We advocate for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people

State of Care: Maiea te Tūruapō - Fulfilling the Vision

The State of Care series is based on our independent monitoring of Child, Youth and Family’s policies, practices and services. It includes feedback from children and young people.

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Newsletter: September 2018

Our latest newsletter calls for youth to no longer be remanded in police cells, focuses on FASD awareness month, and looks back on the Criminal Justice Summit.

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If you were the boss of education, what would you do first?

The government’s multi-pronged conversation about the future of education is providing an opportunity for people of all ages to share their views with decision-makers.

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PM promotes work of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner on global stage

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner received global recognition when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke about the Office’s work in her speech to the 9th Annual Social Good Summit.

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Concerned about a child’s wellbeing?

If you’re concerned about the immediate wellbeing of a child or young person, call:

  • Police on 111
  • Oranga Tamariki on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459)

Child Rights Advice Line

Call 0800 224 453

  • Our Child Rights Line operates from Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 4pm.
  • If you need an interpreter, just ask for language line and the language you want
  • Or email advice@occ.org.nz 

About the Commissioner

The current Children's Commissioner is Judge Andrew Becroft. Before taking up the position on 1 July 2016 he was New Zealand's Principal Youth Court Judge.

See the Commissioner's top priorities