New Zealand - NPM Internal Organisation

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)

The Human Rights Commission was designated as the NPM coordinating body by the Crimes of Torture Act 1989. The coordinating role includes:

  • Publishing of the NPM annual report
  • Coordinating NPM policies and procedures
  • Maintaining an online workspace for NPM institutions to share information
  • Convening regular meetings of the NPM
  • Assistingh with NPM monitoring
  • Organising training activities
  • Liaising with the SPT

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission works with the NPMs to identify systemic issues, as well as any potential gaps in the monitoring system.As the Central NPM, the Human Rights Commission does not carry out any visit to places of detention, nor accompany the other NPMs in their monitoring activities.

The institutions comprising the New Zealand NPM have designated specific persons or departments for OPCAT purposes.