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

Q. I’m concerned about the safety or well-being of a child or young person. What can I do? 

  • Call the Police – 111  
  • Call Oranga Tamariki/Ministry for Children - 0508 326 459
  • For further information about a child or young person’s right to be safe, see Child Safety

Q. What kind of advice do you provide?

We provide free and independent advice to anyone concerned about a child or young person's rights. You can call our Child Rights Advice line 0800 224 453 from Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm and Thursday 9am to 4pm. If you need an interpreter, just ask for language line and the language you’d like to speak. You can also email us: advice@occ.org.nz

If you need advice on other issues to support a child or young person, we can put you in touch with someone else who can help.

Q. I am a child or young person and want to know my rights. I am concerned about a child or young person and want to know their rights.

All children have the right to the same level of respect and treatment as adults. Children also have special rights protected under the Children’s Convention. To find out more about children’s rights (safety, health, education, legal, media, in care), see Rights and Advice.  

You can also call our Child Rights Advice line 0800 224 453 from Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm and Thursday 9am to 4pm. If you need an interpreter, just ask for language line and the language you speak. You can also email us: advice@occ.org.nz 

Q. How can I share my thoughts, ideas and feedback about being a child or young person in New Zealand?

You have the right to have a say about things that matter to you. Our ‘Mai World’ project is our way of helping you exercise that right. It emphasises the importance of your voice and helps us bring your thoughts to the attention of people who make policies and decisions for children and young people in New Zealand.

You can complete our survey. Please don't tell us your name or address. Your answers will be anonymous - we won't know who said what.

Q. How many children live in New Zealand? How many children are supported by Oranga Tamariki services?

Over 1.1 million children and young people under the age of 18 live in New Zealand - that's about a quarter of our population.

Oranga Tamariki provides services to approximately 30,000 children and young people. There are approximately 5000 children and young people in the care of Oranga Tamariki. For more information about how children in New Zealand are doing, including statistics on safety, health and education, see Stats on Kids.

Q. How can I help make a difference to children and young people in New Zealand?

As an individual, business, iwi organisation or philanthropist, there are many ways you can help improve the lives of children in New Zealand – especially those living in poverty. For information and ideas on why, how and where you can make a difference, see Giving2Kids.

Q. Where can I get information and support to help me to be the best parent I can?

We know that being a parent can be joyful, stressful, confusing, and difficult – sometimes all on the same day.  There are many resources available for parents.  Some we recommend are

Taking care of yourself helps you to be a better parent.  The Mental Health Foundation and Women's Refuge both provide useful information.

Q. Can the Children’s Commissioner speak to my group or at my event?

We receive many requests for the Children’s Commissioner to speak to different groups at events all over New Zealand. Given his very busy role and limited availability, to make a request please download and complete our Speaking Request Form (WORD, 60KB)

Q. How are you funded? Which Minister do you report to?

We are an independent Crown entity funded through the Ministry for Social Development. Read more about independent Crown entities.

The Children’s Commissioner meets regularly with the Responsible Minister, Hon Carmel Sepuloni. We provide her with briefings on issues relating to the interests, rights and welfare of children. We keep all other relevant Ministers informed of our work too.

Q. Can you sponsor our event or project?

No. We appreciate that many individuals, businesses and organisations work hard to support the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in New Zealand. Unfortunately, we do not have the funding to support external events or projects.

 


The Child Rights Line

For free, independent advice on children’s rights:

  • call us on 0800 224 453 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.  If you need an interpreter, just ask for ‘language line’ and the language you want when you call us
  • email advice@occ.org.nz