The Office of the Children’s Commissioner is an Independent Crown entity.
All our work aligns with our vision for all mokopuna to live their best lives; kia kuru pounamu te rongo. You can find out more about how we're working to achieve this vision in the our work section.
We have three key functions under the Children’s Commissioner Act 2003:
- monitoring, assessing and reporting on services provided to children in care
- advocating on issues that affect children and young people
- raising awareness of and advancing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Children's Convention)
The Commissioner is a ‘National Preventative Mechanism’ under the Crimes of Torture Amendment Act 2003 and has responsibilities under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention Against Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).
A wide set of statutory functions set out in a number of Acts and international conventions determines the scope of our work and promotes the rights and wellbeing of children. For more information on our legislative framework go to our legislation page.
The Responsible Minister
The Commissioner meets regularly with the Responsible Minister, Hon Carmel Sepuloni and provides briefings on issues relating to the interests, rights and welfare of children. We keep all other relevant Ministers informed of our work.