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

COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19 is changing everything about work and life as we know it. Our office is working remotely so we continue to support and advocate for the best interests of all children. We've set up a frequently asked questions page to answer any questions you might have.

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Removal of pēpi Māori into State care

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There are persistent and intergenerational inequities in the removal of pēpi Māori into State custody.

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Child Poverty Monitor 2019

Big, bold permanent change is needed to reduce child poverty. See our annual Child Poverty Monitor website which shows more bold and sustainable action is needed.

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See the website here

What Makes a Good Life Follow-up Report

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We heard from 113 children and young people under the age of 18 who were in care and we compared their response to those not in care. This follow-up report presents the key themes we heard from these children in care through focus groups and interviews.

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What Makes a Good Life for Young Parents?

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We heard from 15 young people under the age of 18 who were themselves parents. We've released a summary report presents the key themes we heard from these young parents.

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About the Commissioner

The current Children's Commissioner is Judge Andrew Becroft. Before taking up the position on 1 July 2016 he was New Zealand's Principal Youth Court Judge.

See the Commissioner's top priorities

Child Rights Advice Line

Call 0800 224 453

  • Our Child Rights Line operates from Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 4pm.
  • Or email advice@occ.org.nz