We advocate for the interests and wellbeing of children and young people
We provide advice to people who are concerned about a child or young person's rights or wellbeing
Our Child Rights Line operates from Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 4pm.
All our work feeds into our vision of ensuring New Zealand is a place where all children thrive
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We also raise awareness and understanding of the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child
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The Children’s Commissioner is undertaking a review of Oranga Tamariki
This report, Te Kuku O Te Manawa – Ka puta te riri, ka momori te ngākau, ka heke ngā roimata mo tōku pēpi, shares insights gained so far in this review which aim to answer the question:
What needs to change to enable pēpi Māori aged 0-3 months to remain in the care of their whānau in situations where Oranga Tamariki is notified of care and protection concerns?
There are persistent and intergenerational inequities in the removal of pēpi Māori into State custody.
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.
COVID-19 lockdown impacted children and young people living in secure residences. Check out how we did our monitoring work below.
A pocket edition of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child unique to Aotearoa New Zealand, printed in both the English and te reo Māori.
Children and young people's views on education in New Zealand
The term 'child-centred' is often used but not well understood. Find out what it's all about and how your organisation can elevate the interests of children.
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.