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

Sort By: Default | Date | Title


Being Child-Centred

Elevating children's interests in the work of your organisation

Office of the Children's Commissioner

October 2015

Being child-centred is about elevating the status of children's interests and views in the decision-making processes of your organisation. Consider the impact on children and take their voices into account.

Download (pdf 2.1 MB)

OPCAT Annual Report 2014

Published by the Human Rights Commission

December 2014

This is the seventh annual report of
New Zealand’s National Preventive
Mechanism (NPM), a monitoring
mechanism established under the
Optional Protocol to the Convention
against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or
Punishment (OPCAT).

Download (pdf 351 KB)

Legislating to reduce child poverty

Research brief

John Hancock

May 2014

High levels of child poverty have stark social implications. It is now well documented that children who grow up in poor households are also more likely to experience adverse outcomes in other facets of their life.
There is growing recognition that a systematic policy approach is required if child poverty in New Zealand and its broad social impact are to be sustainably reduced. Using legislation to embed a child poverty reduction strategy is one approach to consider. This Research Brief is based on a research paper by John Hancock and explores the impacts child poverty legislation has had in the UK, and what lessons New Zealand can take from that approach.

Download (pdf 280 KB)
Generic pic

Mitigating poverty with microcredit

Office of the Children's Commissioner

August 2013

This paper discusses the rationale for microfinancing, proposes a definition, comments on the Government’s announcement that it will develop microfinance policy, and canvases key policy parameters.

Download (pdf 497 KB)
Generic pic

Faith communities workshop - agenda

July 2013

The agenda for the workshops held in Auckland and Wellington to support faith leaders to put their commitment to address family violence into action.

Download (pdf 518 KB)
Generic pic

Faith Communities Workshops on Family Violence

Faith communities workshop presentation

Dr Russell Wills

July 2013

The presentation by Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills at the workshops held to support faith leaders to put their commitment to address family violence into action.

Download (pdf 1001 KB)

Looking for our parenting guides or posters?

We have moved to online publication of our reports and guides and no longer have hard copies available to order. We have also discontinued the 'Behaviour' series of brochures and posters.

SKIP (Strategies with kids/Information for parents) has some helpful resources available for parents and those working with parents.

Our popular booklet 'Choose to Hug' is available to download.

choose to hug