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Media statement: UN report on children's rights

Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft says he welcomes the latest UN report outlining how well New Zealand is upholding children’s rights and well-being.

"I’m reassured that an expert international Committee has so accurately identified what is needed to improve the lives of our children. They have made a number of very appropriate and considered recommendations," he said.


Read the Commissioner's full statement

Reporting to the UN on children's rights

New Zealand signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) in 1993. Every five years the Government is required to report to the Committee on how well children's rights are being respected and upheld. There is an opportunity for non-government agencies and the Children's Commissioner to provide comment and to present to the Committee in Geneva.


Read the Commissioner's report to UNCROC

Raising the youth justice age

New Zealand is one of just a handful of countries around the world that still treats 17-year-olds as adults in the justice system. The Children's Commissioner strongly believes this needs to change.

You can read his six reasons why in the document below.

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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.