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Guidelines for school food programmes available now

Practical new guidelines for schools wishing to introduce food programmes have been released by Children’s Commissioner. The five guides provide clear advice to schools, whether they are thinking about where to start or wanting to improve an existing food programme.


Read the guidelines here

Media release - school food programme guidelines

Read the Children's Commissioner's media statement.

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First Child Poverty Monitor released

Too many kiwi kids live in poverty. Each year the Children's Commissioner, J R McKenzie Trust and Otago University will release a monitor of child poverty in this country. The data is backed up by a Technical Report produced by Otago University's NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service. Read the Child Poverty Monitor: 2013 Technical Report

Visit the Child Poverty Monitor website

White Ribbon day: an open letter to those violent men of NZ who want to change

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills has written an open letter to the men of New Zealand who are violent towards their families and want this to change. Need help? Call the 0800 Family Violence Information Line (0800 456 450)

Read the Commissioner's letter

Progress paper on child poverty

Almost one year on from the release of their report, the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty have released a progress report. You can also read their press release.

Read more about child poverty

Looking for advice on children's rights?

Contact our Child Rights Line by:

  • calling us on 0800 224 453 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. If you need an interpreter, just ask for ‘language line’ and the language you want when you call us
  • emailing advice@occ.org.nz

About the Commissioner

Dr Russell Wills combines his role as Commissioner with his work as a paediatrician at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.

Find out more about Russell