March 2017 newsletter: Keeping Oranga Tamariki legislation on track
We need to find a resolution to the growing debate about the role of whānau, hapū, iwi and wider family in caring for children and young people who have been removed from their usual caregivers.
Read the Commissioner's newsletter on the topic here.
Child Poverty Monitor
The fourth annual Child Poverty Monitor has been published. The Monitor is a joint project with the JR McKenzie Trust and Otago University and reports on various measures of poverty experienced by kiwi children.
Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft says he welcomes the latest UN report outlining how well New Zealand is upholding children’s rights and well-being.
"I’m reassured that an expert international Committee has so accurately identified what is needed to improve the lives of our children. They have made a number of very appropriate and considered recommendations," he said.
New Zealand signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) in 1993. Every five years the Government is required to report to the Committee on how well children's rights are being respected and upheld. There is an opportunity for non-government agencies and the Children's Commissioner to provide comment and to present to the Committee in Geneva.