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

Child Poverty Monitor 2014

The Child Poverty Monitor measures and tracks child poverty annually. It is a joint project by the Children's Commissioner, Otago University and the JR McKenzie Trust. The 2014 Monitor shows a slight reduction in income-realted poverty but material deprivation remains unchanged from 2013.



Visit the Child Poverty Monitor website

Briefing for the Incoming Minister

Our briefing to the new Minister for Social Development Hon Anne Tolley.


New paper: why investing in kids matters

New Zealand needs every single child to thrive - for their own future and the future of the country.  But many children are not getting what they need to do well in life.  This paper outlines why we will all benefit if we invest better in children.

Read the paper

Child poverty: our work

One of the key priorities for the Children's Commissioner is child poverty. If you would like to find out more about the problem and solutions please follow the link below. You can also get good information at www.childpoverty.co.nz.


Read more about the work on child poverty

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