Date
24 July 2024

Review legal requirements under NZ law

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Meeting your legal responsibilities and other obligations’

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Objectives of boards

Objectives of boards

Section 127 of the Education and Training Act 2020 sets the primary objectives of boards.

Boards need to ensure that:

  • every student can reach their highest possible educational achievement in a physically and emotionally safe environment
  • the school gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, is inclusive, and caters for students' individual needs.

Source: Education and Training Act 2020: Section 127 – New Zealand Legislation website (opens in a new tab/window)

Protect human rights

Protect human rights

Section 57 of the Human Rights Act 1993 states:

"It shall be unlawful for an educational establishment, or the authority responsible for the control of an educational establishment, or any person concerned in the management of an educational establishment or in teaching at an educational establishment

(a) to refuse or fail to admit a personal as a pupol or student; or 

(b) to admit a person as a pupil or a student on less favourable terms and conditions than would otherwise be made available; or

(c) to deny or restrict access to any benefits or services provided by the establishment; or

(d) to exclude a person as a pupil or a student or subject him or her to any other detriment; –

by reason of any of the prohibted grounds of discrimination." 

Source: Human Rights Act 1993 (opens in a new tab/window)

Support all national languages

Support all national languages

Ensure that the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006 is honoured.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Education and Training Act 2020

Administered by the Ministry of Education

Publisher: New Zealand Legislation

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Website

Human Rights Act 1993

Administered by the Ministry of Justice

Publisher: New Zealand Legislation

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Website

New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006

Administered by the Ministry of Social Development

Publisher: New Zealand Legislation

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