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

State of Care #8 - A Hard Place to be Happy


This report shares insights from 52 children and young people who were living in secure care and protection residences, run by Oranga Tamariki and Barnardos, between August 2017 and September 2018. It describes those insights and includes quotes from children and young people. 

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Getting It Right: Are We Listening?

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Our latest report on how well the government is implementing the Children’s Convention is out now. The second report in the Getting It Right series focuses on children's participation rights.

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State of Care #7


Read our latest State of Care report, "Supporting Young People on Remand to live Successfully in the Community." 

This overview report summarises our longer comprehensive workbook on “How Oranga Tamariki can enable young people on remand to live safely and successfully in their communities”. These reports give pride of place to the voices of young people and their whānau, reflecting their experiences in the youth justice system.

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What makes a good life? Children and young people's views on wellbeing


We have asked children and young people for their views on what wellbeing means to them. We heard from more than 6,000 children and young people about what a good life is and what they thought were the most important areas to focus on to make things better for all children and young people.

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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.
  • If you need an interpreter, just ask for language line and the language you want
  • Or email advice@occ.org.nz