New Zealand - Balance and Results

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification March 14, 2007
UNCAT Ratification December 10, 1989
NPM Designated

5 different bodies coordinated by the Human Rights Commission (central NPM), and including the Office of the Ombudsman, the Independent Police Conduct Authority, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Inspector of Service Penal Establishments of the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces.

NPM Type

Multiple Institutions

NPM Legal Framework

Crime of Torture Amendment Bill and its section on torture prevention (Part 2 of the consolidated version of the Crimes of Torture Act Torture prevention section)

In July 2012, the New Zealand NPM published a review of the first five years of NPM operations (2007-2012), highlighting the achievements, challenges, good practices and issues going forward: resources; publication of visit reports; increased engagement with civil society; increased level of expertise within the NPM; improving how the NPM works.  

NPM five year review 2007-2012