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

A new chapter for children’s rights in New Zealand?

The UNCROC Monitoring Group has released a report about how New Zealand is putting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Children’s Convention) into practice, and where it can do better.

Getting It Right: The Children's Convention in Aotearoa

Child and youth voices on their positive connections to culture in Aotearoa

Despite knowing cultural identity and belonging is important, we know very little about how young people understand, value and express their culture. So we asked them.

We wanted to hear how children and young people feel about their culture when they have positive connections to it.

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Children’s views shape the future of Christchurch

28 June - The future residents of Christchurch took centre stage today to present their ideas for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.

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Report shows the way to improve the lives of all children and young people

June 2017: The UNICEF Innocenti Report Card for 2016 provides a template for how to improve the lives of children and young people living in the most difficult circumstances.

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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

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 for 2017