The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council (HRC) aimed at improving the human rights situation on the ground of each of the 193 United Nations (UN) members.

Human rights record reviewed every 5 years

Under this mechanism, the human rights situation of all UN Member States is reviewed every 5 years. 42 UN Member States are reviewed each year in Geneva during three sessions dedicated to 14 States each. These three sessions are usually held in January/February, April/May and October/November.

New Zealand's third Universal Periodic Review 

New Zealand’s third Universal Periodic Review is due in January/February 2019. This is a five-yearly review of our domestic human rights record. 

The New Zealand government submits a national report to the United Nations (due in October 2018) followed by a public examination of our report (January/February 2019).

At this examination, UN member states will have an opportunity to make recommendations on our progress on human rights.

New Zealand had our first Universal Periodic Review in 2009 and our second in 2014.

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (external link) — documents relating to our previous two reviews.

The Universal Periodic Review national report

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) is responsible for writing the national report covering a broad range of current human rights issues in New

We will engage with a range of government agencies from early 2018 to seek advice on the issues to be included in the 20-page report.

The Governments of Tokelau, the Cook Islands and Niue will also be consulted because of New Zealand’s constitutional relationship with these countries. 

We also want to hear from you about your experience of human rights in New Zealand.

Draft national report due mid-2018

A draft of the national report is intended to be released online for consultation in mid-2018. The report will also be circulated to all those who attended the consultation sessions, as well as other interested stakeholders.

Final national report 

The final report will require approval by the Minister of Foreign Affairs ahead of submission to the UN.

Information about the UPR process is available from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. (external link)

Have your say

We are holding public events in 8 locations during February and March 2018. 

Registration is now live at (external link).

We hope you can join us. 


Wednesday — 14 February 10am to 12pm

Rutherford House, RHLT2, 33 Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington


Monday — 19 February 10am to 12pm

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Level 6, 139 Quay Street, Auckland


Tuesday — 20 February 10am to 12pm

Te Ahu Centre, Corner of State Highway 1 and Mathews Avenue, Kaitaia


Tuesday — 27 February 10am to 12pm

Rydges Hotel, 272 Fenton Street, Glenholme, Rotorua


Friday — 2 March 12pm to 2pm

Rutherford Hotel, Trafalgar Square, Nelson


Monday — 5 March 10.30am to 12.30pm

Rydges Hotel, 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch


Tuesday —  6 March 9.30am to 11.30am

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin


Monday — 12 March 10.30am to 12.30pm

Emerald Hotel, 13 Gladstone Road, Gisborne

Register to attend

Please register your attendance for each session at (external link).

Download the invitation to the Universal Periodic Review sessions [JPG, 2.2 MB]

We will visit schools

We are especially interested to hear from young people about their view of human rights in New Zealand. 

We will visit a number of high schools in each region to talk to students about their thoughts on current human rights issues.

Contact us

Any queries about the Universal Periodic Review 2019 email us at