Recommendations issued to the New Zealand Government
Based on the Coalition's Worker Exploitation Report (see below)
The New Zealand Government should create and resource a specific human trafficking office, in alignment with international best practice, that actively coordinates an interagency government and civil society response to human trafficking and labour exploitation.
Worker Exploitation Report (2016)
In collobaration with the University of Auckland, and Dr Christina Stringer, we undertook a research project into worker exploitation in New Zealand. The Report — the first of its kind in New Zealand, and based on 100 interviews with (mostly) migrant workers — exposed concerning trends of exploitation.
The final report was released on 14 December 2016 and is entitled "Worker Exploitation in New Zealand: A Troubling Landscape". Media releases can be found here.
Temporary Migrant Exploitation Work (2019)
The 2016 Report was followed up by a more in-depth investigation of exploitation within the temporary migrant population. The research was undertake by Dr Stringer in collaboration with Professor Francis Collins of the University of Waikato.
NZ's obligations in relation to the criminalisation
of child trafficking (2021)
The Coalition consider it of vital importance that New Zealand is, at a minimum, meeting its international obligations to address human trafficking including in relation to children. As such, prior to the release of the 2021 TIP report, the Coalition took steps to investigate the TIP 2020 report recommendations regarding The Crimes Act 1961 further.
You can find our statement on the 2021 TIP report here