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

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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What Makes a Good Life Follow-up Report


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?


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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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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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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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