Human Rights Act

Complaints of discrimination are taken seriously. Check out our policy to find out what's OK and what's not OK.

The Human Rights Act 1993 (HRA) aims to provide better protection of human rights in New Zealand.  

If you’re advertising goods or services on Trade Me, you can’t discriminate against people on a number of grounds.

For more information on human rights and the HRA, check out the Human Rights Commission website.

Discrimination based on the following is prohibited:

  • Sex
  • Marital status (e.g. single, married, in a civil union or a de facto relationship, separated, a party to a marriage or civil union now dissolved, widowed)
  • Religious belief (or lack of religious belief)
  • Ethical belief
  • Colour
  • Race
  • Ethnic or national origins (includes nationality and citizenship)
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Political opinion (including having no political opinion)
  • Employment status (e.g. being unemployed or receiving either a Social Security benefit or ACC)
  • Family status (e.g. having dependents, not having dependents, being married to, or in a civil union or de facto relationship with, a particular person or being a relative of a particular person)
  • Sexual orientation


There are some exceptions, such as flatmates wanted (learn more on our Trust & Safety blog) and actions taken to eliminate existing inequalities (learn more on the Human Rights Commission website).


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