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

Contact us

Please note, we are not open to the public. If you want to talk to someone for advice about the rights of a child, please call our Child Rights Advice Line on 0800 224 453.

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How we work

We work with a diverse range of organisations, groups and individuals, as well as tamariki and rangatahi themselves, to ensure children have the services and supports they need to thrive.

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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.

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Our role and purpose

We advocate for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people, and monitor the services provided under the Oranga Tamariki Act.

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Our people

The Office includes the Children’s Commissioner, the Strategy Rights and Advice team, the Monitoring team, the Corporate team and a Communications Advisor.

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Latest news

Find our latest news under Publications > News

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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