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

Media release – UN-funded report another reason to stop locking New Zealand children in police cells

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says a new United Nations-funded report is more compelling evidence why New Zealand should stop locking children in police cells.

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Limiting the use of Police cells to hold young people on remand

The Children's Commissioner is advocating that young people should no longer be able to be remanded into Police cells after their first court appearance.

Read more on the Children's Commissioner's submissions about police cells on the Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill.

Media release: Once in a lifetime opportunity to do better for New Zealand children and young people

The Children’s Commissioner says there will never be a better chance in our lifetimes to improve the lives of the children and young people who need it most than with the launch of the new Oranga Tamariki.

Read Judge Andrew Becroft's statement here.

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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.

Visit the Child Poverty Monitor website

Media statement: UN report on children's rights

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.

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Read the Commissioner's full statement

Reporting to the UN on children's rights

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.

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Read the Commissioner's report to UNCROC

Concerned about a child’s wellbeing?

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

  • Police on 111
  • Child, Youth and Family on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459)

Looking for advice on children's rights?

Contact our Child Rights Advice Line by:

  • calling us on 0800 224 453 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Wednesday and 9am to 4pm on Thursdays. 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

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.