The Human Rights Act absolutely prohibits discrimination on the basis of race in employment. It is illegal to refuse to offer someone a job on the basis of their race, colour, or ethnic or national origins. It is illegal to even ask an applicant for details which might indicate an intention to do so. Because of this, all newspapers now carry prominent notices in their employment sections warning that they will not accept advertisements which appear to seek to employ people only of a certain race or gender.
As part of an initiative to kick-start the IT careers of Maori graduates, we are seeking up to 30 graduates to take part in an internship project which will see you learning the in’s and out’s of being a successful business analyst. […]
These internships are open to all Maori graduates nationwide with training being held in Wellington and Auckland…
(Image here in case they take it down).
This indicates a clear intent to discriminate on the basis of race. It would not be acceptable to advertise a position as open only to Pakeha, and it is not acceptable to advertise a position as open only to Maori. Any racial requirement in employment is unlawful discrimination.
I first saw the ad being twittered last night. I am also amazed Candle ICT let such an ad go up. You expect HR firms to know the law.
I note the ad has now been removed.