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New data from MSD: One in four still missing out

MSD's latest Household Income data suggests a slight decrease in the number of children in poverty. Those in income poverty have fallen from 285,000 to 260,000. There's still a big job ahead according to the members of the Child Poverty Monitor.


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Research on child poverty legislation published

John Hancock is a Principal Advisor at the Office of the Children's Commissioner and a recipient of a 2013 fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

The Trust recently published his research paper on the topic of child poverty legislation strategies in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The paper examines what New Zealand could learn from the experiences of these countries.

The full research paper can be found at: www.communitymatters.govt.nz/Funding-and-grants---Trust-and-fellowship-grants---New-Zealand-Winston-Churchill-Memorial-Trust---Research-reports#2013


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New guidelines to prevent bullying

Practical guidelines to help schools prevent bullying have been published. The Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools was developed by a cross-sector Bullying Prevention Advisory Group, which included the Children's Commissioner.

The guide is based on research and evidence about what works - and includes practical advice about how to create a safe environment for all students.


Read the guidelines here

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

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