Below is their response into my complaint concerning Maoridom's chief 'wasted space'.
They're actually suggesting I take my complaint to the Mana Party!!!!
The HRC is a toothless tiger and an apology for the indefensible.
Mr English ... here's the axe, use it.
14 September 2012
Thank you for contacting the Human Rights Commission about a comment made by MP Hone Harawira on Facebook and widely reported elsewhere, accusing other Maori MPs of being the Prime Minister’s ‘little house niggers’.
The Race Relations Commissioner, Joris de Bres, recognises that this is a highly abusive term and will be offensive to many people. He considers it deplorable that Mr Harawira continues to use language so unbecoming of a Member of Parliament.
The use of such an abusive term is however not, in itself, a breach of the Human Rights Act. While the Act does cover serious threats to racial harmony, it is not enough that a comment offends people who read it, is racist or factually inaccurate – such comment is protected by s.14 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 which affirms the right of freedom of expression. Only comments that actually incite racial disharmony, rather than merely offend, are unlawful under the Human Rights Act. Most instances of racially offensive language are instead dealt with through the enforcement of standards such as those promulgated by the Broadcasting Standards Authority, the New Zealand Press Council or an organisation of which the person complained against is a member, employee or to which they are in some other way accountable. In this case that would be the Mana Party.
In light of the above, your complaint is not one on which the Commission is able to take any formal action under the relevant provisions of the Human Rights Act. If you disagree with this decision, you are entitled to take your complaint to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, either directly or by seeking representation from the Director of Human Rights Proceedings. These agencies can be contacted at 04 4626680 and 09 3758623, respectively. In making this referral, we are not suggesting that the Tribunal’s consideration would be different from that of the Commission.
We recognise that this matter has caused you offence and appreciate you bringing your concern to our attention. A record of your complaint will be retained by the Commission.
Team Leader, Infoline