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State of Care 2016

The State of Care 2016 report is an annual summary of our findings and recommendations from our monitoring of Child, Youth and Family. 


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Are we there yet? Five years on the road to addressing child poverty

Dr Russell Wills made child poverty a priority in his time as Commissioner. What has changed in his five years in the role? In his final weeks as Commissioner he spoke about where progress has been made and where there is still much work to be done.


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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

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

(Photo: NZ Listener/Hagen Hopkins)

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