Reforming NZ’s hate speech laws

Following up on the Cabinet Paper, the government has released a discussion document (PDF) to prompt feedback about their proposed changes to New Zealand’s little-used hate speech laws.

Moving the criminal offence from the Human Rights Act to the Crimes Act, the proposals raise the threshold for being triggered but also increase the coverage to include more categories including religion, disability, and gender.

We recommend the following articles as doing a good job of explaining the proposed law changes: