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

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Our history

The position of Children’s Commissioner was established in 1989 under the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989, as a separate body from the executive and administrative arms of government. Our independence was reinforced when we were given our own statute, the Children’s Commissioner Act 2003, and the status of an independent Crown entity

There have been seven commissioners since the position was established – Dr Ian Hassall, Laurie O’Reilly, Roger McClay, Dr Cindy Kiro, Dr John Angus, Dr Russell Wills and the current Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft.

Contact us

Please note, we are not open to the public. If you want to talk to someone for advice about the rights of a child, please call our Child Rights Advice Line on 0800 224 453.

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Our role and purpose

We advocate for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people, and monitor the services provided under the Oranga Tamariki Act.

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Our people

The Office includes the Children’s Commissioner, the Strategy Rights and Advice team, the Monitoring team, the Corporate team and the Communications team.

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Previous Children's Commissioners

Each Commissioner that followed Dr Hassell has brought a unique background, strategy and set of priorities to the role. This page outlines full list of previous Commissioners and their achievements.

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Got a question?

Answers to some of the questions we get asked, about children's rights, parenting, and what we do to help the over 1.1 million children and young people under 18.

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How we work

We work with a diverse range of organisations, groups and individuals, as well as tamariki and rangatahi themselves, to ensure children have the services and supports they need to thrive.

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Working here

Working for us gives you the opportunity to contribute to ensuring New Zealand is a place where all rangatahi and tamariki thrive.

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