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

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 framework

We operate under the Children’s Commissioner Act 2003.  The Act gives us three key functions:

The Commissioner is a ‘National Preventative Mechanism’ under the Crimes of Torture Amendment Act 2003  and has responsibilities under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention Against Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).

Read a summary of our legislative mandate.

See the Commissioner's current priorities (PDF, 787KB).

The Responsible Minister

The Commissioner meets regularly with the Responsible Minister, Hon Anne Tolley, and provides briefings on issues relating to the interests, rights and welfare of children.  We have an output agreement with the Minister and we publish quarterly reports, an annual report, and an annual statement of intent.

Children’s Commissioner’s top priorities in 2017

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner is focused on ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand is a place where all children can thrive.

Top priorities for 2017 (PDF, 787KB)

Our Advocacy and Monitoring Teams

Read about what our Strategy, Rights and Advice and Monitoring teams are doing to meet our statutory functions

See our latest annual report for a summary of what we achieved in 2016