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

What makes a good life? Children and young people's views on wellbeing


We have asked children and young people for their views on what wellbeing means to them. We heard from more than 6,000 children and young people about what a good life is and what they thought were the most important areas to focus on to make things better for all children and young people.

Read more

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.

Read more

Annual Report 2018

The annual summary of activity and achievements for the Office of the Children's Commissioner for the financial year 2017 - 2018.

Read the report

Child Poverty Reduction Act: “An historic cause for celebration”

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the passing of the Child Poverty Reduction legislation third reading is “an historic cause for celebration”.

Read the media release

Children’s Commissioner welcomes report on young voices talking about porn

The report, “NZ Youth and Porn” looks into how and why young New Zealanders view online pornography, and does so by asking young people themselves.

Read more

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

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