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What Makes a Good Life for Tamariki and Rangatahi Māori?

Summary Report Preview

As part of our engagement with children and young people for our What Makes a Good Life report, we did 175 face-to-face engagements with tamariki and rangatahi Māori. This summary report shows how they envision a good life for themselves and their whānau, and the barriers they face to experiencing a good life.


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Getting it right: Children's rights in the COVID-19 response


Children’s Rights in the COVID-19 response outlines what has worked for children in the COVID-19 response over the last year and recommends ways to better implement children’s rights in laws, policies and practices.

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Te Kuku O Te Manawa — Moe ararā! Haumanutia ngā moemoeā a ngā tūpuna mō te oranga o ngā tamariki

This is our second and final report of our review 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?"

What's needed is a total transformation of the care and protection system, and a by Māori, for Māori approach. This report provides useful recommendations for improving the system until that transformation is achieved, but ultimately, these are not destinations on their own.

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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.

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