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

Media statement: 'vulnerable children deserve this radical change'

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills says the changes to the care protection system proposed by Minister Tolley today are very promising and have potential to improve the lives of vulnerable children. Read more in his media statement below.

Media statement

Child Poverty Monitor 2015

Every year the Child Poverty Monitor measures various rates of child poverty and reports on them to track progress.

It is a joint project with the University of Otago’s NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES) and the J R McKenzie Trust.

This year we're saying #itsnotchoice


Visit the Child Poverty Monitor website for more info

Listening2Kids - new resource

Listening2Kids is an online resource to help organisations keep children and young people at the heart of decisions, policies and actions.

It contains practical advice and tools to help you collect children's views and use the information when setting priorities, policies and services.

It is designed primarily for government agencies - but is useful for any organisation wanting to include the voices of children in their work.



Check out Listening2Kids

Annual Report available now

Read about our work and impacts for the 2014/2015 financial year in our Annual Report.

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. 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)

Find out more about Russell