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

We are a small office and our influence is strengthened by the links we have with others.  We work with a diverse range of organisations, groups and individuals who have responsibilities and powers relating to children, as well as tamariki and rangatahi themselves, to ensure children have the services and supports they need to thrive.   We work across the education, advocacy, youth, health and social services sectors, with government, non-government and community organisations.

In all our work we:

  • promote a child-centred perspective
  • advocate for individual tamariki and rangatahi and for systemic change
  • raise awareness of and act in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Children's Convention)
  • strive to engage children and young people and include their voices and perspectives  
  • seek to influence the quality of debate about tamariki and rangatahi in Aotearoa
  • reflect the principles of our tikanga framework.

Our tikanga framework

The Treaty of Waitangi is central to our work and honouring the Treaty is one of the core values that drives our work.  We have a tikanga framework with four principles:


Children are sacred beings, they are our Taonga. They are born with their own inherent self-worth and dignity. We will always act with compassion and empathy, adapting readily to respond their needs.


We believe honesty and integrity are key to doing our job well. We always report things as we see them and never as how others want them to be seen. We stay true to one important thing: we do as we say we will.


We are always about the best possible results for tamariki and rangatahi. We empower others to bring about the best for them. We’re independent and will always speak out for their interests. We consider the range of needs we have to meet, and make every attempt to get it right. We never shy away from the hard stuff.


Children are our reason for being. They are involved, participate and have input into things we do. We act from a place of knowledge; we work from evidence and advise others based on the things we learn.


Relationship Agreement

The Office of the Children's Commissioner and Oranga Tamariki believe that by working constructively together in areas of shared commitment, we can have significant collective impact that would be lost if we worked in isolation.

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