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Child Poverty Monitor: Targets and a plan are overdue

Child Poverty Monitor

December 2016

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Children’s Commissioner says UN report must be taken seriously

October 2016

Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft says he welcomes the latest UN report outlining how well New Zealand is upholding children’s rights and well-being.
“I’m reassured that an expert international Committee has so accurately identified what is needed to improve the lives of our children. They have made a number of very appropriate and considered recommendations,” Commissioner Judge Becroft said.

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State of Care 2016: move to child-centred culture must begin now

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills

June 2016

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Children’s Commissioner – ‘vulnerable children deserve this radical change’


April 2016

Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills welcomes today’s announcement on the proposed radical changes to the child protection and care system.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that this piece of work is visionary and has potential to change the lives of many vulnerable children. If all the recommendations are accepted and implemented and resourced well – we would have a system that is world-leading and something to be very proud of."

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“This Bill is shameful” – Children’s Commissioner

February 2016

Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills has described a bill originally intended to improve the poor quality of rental housing as “shameful”.
The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill includes proposals to make smoke detectors mandatory and sets two different standards for insulation. The Social Services Select Committee is currently hearing submissions on this bill.

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National children’s advocate urges Thames residents to vote fluoridation

October 2015

National advocate for children Dr Russell Wills is urging Thames residents to vote in support of water fluoridation in this week’s referendum.
“I am asking Thames residents to make the right choice for children and vote to keep fluoride in their water supply. It is the best and most cost-effective way to improve the oral health of kiwi children. And it is safe."

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