We are dedicated to improving the lives and wellbeing children and young people in New Zealand
The Treaty of Waitangi is central to our work and honouring the Treaty is one of the core values that drives our 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 relating to children, as well as tamariki and rangatahi themselves, to ensure children have the services and supports they need to thrive. We work across the education, advocacy, youth, health and social services sectors, with government, non-government and community organisations.
In all our work we:
The Treaty of Waitangi is central to our work and honouring the Treaty is one of the core values that drives our work. We have a tikanga framework with four principles:
Children are sacred beings, they are our Taonga. They are born perfect and innocent; they are shaped by those who care for them. We will always act with compassion and empathy, adapting readily to respond their needs.
We believe honesty and integrity are key to doing our job well. We always report things as we see them and never as how others want them to be seen. We stay true to one important thing: we do as we say we will.
We are always about the best possible results for tamariki and rangatahi. We empower others to bring about the best for them. We’re independent and will always speak out for their interests. We consider the range of needs we have to meet, and make every attempt to get it right. We never shy away from the hard stuff.
Children are our reason for being. They are involved, participate and have input into things we do. We act from a place of knowledge; we work from evidence and advise others based on the things we learn.