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About Us

Commissioner Eivers

Judge Frances Eivers

Te Kaikōmihana mō ngā Tamariki ō Aotearoa | Children’s Commissioner

Her Honour Judge Frances Eivers (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato) is our current Children's Commissioner, taking on the role from 1 November 2021. Before being appointed Commissioner, she was a Judge in the District Court in Manukau, working extensively with mokopuna in the court system.

About Judge Frances Eivers

Glenis Phillip-Barbara

Assistant Māori Commissioner

Glenis (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Uepōhatu, Clan McDonald) is an experienced senior leader and the first person to be appointed to the newly-created position of Assistant Māori Commissioner.

About Glenis Philip-Barbara
Our History

Ngā kōrero

Our history

The role of Children’s Commissioner was established in 1989 to be an independent advocate for children. Since 1989, there have been eight Commissioners, all unified with an unwavering commitment to confront the systemic issues children are affected by but do not have a voice in changing.


Te moemoeā

Our vision

Kia kuru pounamu te rongo | All mokopuna live their best lives

Our vision is for every child in Aotearoa, regardless of their background, to grow up knowing they belong with their whānau and have what they need to live their best life. It also means mokopuna have a say about what really matters for them, and that their rights are honoured by those in power.

We have a tikanga framework with four principles: Aroha, Pono, Tika, and Mātauranga.

Te tiriti

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The office is committed to recognising and implementing the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Under the leadership of our Commissioner, and Te Rōpū – our caucus of Māori staff – our office is working towards reflecting the true intention of te Tiriti o Waitangi in everything that we do.

Te mahi mō te tari

Work for the office

Working for the Office is an opportunity to help realise our vision for an Aotearoa where all mokopuna live their best lives. We are a friendly, supportive and inclusive office that prioritises wellbeing and a child friendly working environment.

Senior Engagement Specialist

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