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

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 on the Ōtākaro Avon River

Regenerate Christchurch showed best practice when they engaged children aged five to twelve years old in the engagement and planning process for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor regeneration.

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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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Budget 2017 good news for Kiwi kids

May 2017: The Family Incomes Package revealed in Budget 2017 has been welcomed as good news for children living in families experiencing severe poverty.

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Budget 2017 provides more assurance for kids in care

May 2017: More funding for independent monitoring has been hailed as a significant step forward for children in the care and protection and youth justice systems.

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Time to start moving on outdated children’s residences

May 2017: The conditions for children in many of New Zealand’s secure residences are prison-like, dated and bleak, and it’s time to move on better alternatives.

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State of Care 2017: A focus on Oranga Tamariki's secure residences

Limiting the use of Police cells to hold young people on remand

April 2017: The Children's Commissioner is advocating that young people should no longer be able to be remanded into Police cells after their first court appearance.

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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