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

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We've moved!
If you have a meeting at the Office of the Children's Commissioner please note we are no longer in Lambton Quay.
Our new office is at 110 Featherston St (see postal details below). Come ...

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How we work

We are a small office and our influence is strengthened by the links we have with others.  We work with a diverse range of organisations, groups and individuals who have responsibilities and powers re...

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Working here

Working for us gives you the opportunity to contribute to ensuring New Zealand is a place where all rangatahi and tamariki thrive.  We also offer:
a friendly and informative induction to help you beco...

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Our role and purpose

All our work aligns with our vision to make New Zealand a place where all children thrive.  You can find out more about how we're working to achieve this vision in the our work section.
Legislative fr...

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Our people

Judge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner
His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed a District Court Judge in 1996. In 2001, he became the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand; a role th...

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Latest newsletter March 2017

Oranga Tamariki legislation

We need to find a resolution on the role of whānau, hapū, iwi and wider family in caring for children and young people who have been removed from their usual caregivers.

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Our history

The position of Children’s Commissioner was established in 1989 under the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989, as a separate body from the executive and administrative arms of government.  Our independence was reinforced when we were given our own statute, the Children’s Commissioner Act 2003, and the status of an independent Crown entity

There have been seven commissioners since the position was established – Dr Ian Hassall, Laurie O’Reilly, Roger McClay, Dr Cindy Kiro, Dr John Angus, Dr Russell Wills and the current Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft.

You can read more about our history in the 2003 publication A Voice for Children - The Office of the Commissioner for Children in New Zealand 1984–2003