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


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  • reproduce the material accurately
  • do not use the material in a derogatory manner or a misleading context, and
  • acknowledge the source and copyright status of the material.

The permission to reproduce copyright material doesn’t extend to any material on this site that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holder.

This licence does not apply to any logos, emblems and trade marks on the website or to the website’s design elements. Those specific items may not be re-used without express permission.


We collect email addresses and other contact details, together with any comments provided voluntarily via this website. We also collect information on what pages are visited and use this information to improve the site.

All personal information that you give us via this website will be kept confidential as required under the Privacy Act 1993. Your personal information will only be used for the purpose for which it was given, including for our own research or reporting and as otherwise specified on the website. Except with your consent or as required by law:

  • you will not be identified in our research or reports
  • we will not pass on your personal information to any other person or organisation, other than our agents or contractors who will deal with it on the same basis as us.

We use cookies on the website to allow users to carry information across different pages. Cookies are not used to track or identify users for any other purpose. When you visit the website, our web server makes a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes only:

  • your server address
  • your top level domain name (for example .nz, .govt, .com, etc)
  • the date and time of your visit to the website
  • the pages accessed and documents downloaded
  • the previous website visited
  • the type of browser used.

We do not identify users or try to identify users or their browsing activities except as required in the unlikely event of an investigation by a law enforcement agency.


The website is provided on an 'AS IS' and 'AS AVAILABLE' basis and without warranties or representations of any kind, expressed or implied.

You use the website and any linked website at your own risk, and we are not liable for any loss resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you on the website or any information or material on it.

Transparency Statement

This Transparency Statement explains how the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC, our or we) collects, uses and shares information gathered about members of the public or other entities (directly or indirectly) in accordance with the Information Gathering Model Standards published by the State Services Commission.

This Transparency Statement should be read in conjunction with our Privacy Policy.

The OCC does not have any law enforcement or regulatory compliance responsibilities and does not gather any information for these purposes.

The security of our premises is managed in accordance with our health and safety policy and in accordance with government procurement standards and government Protective Security Requirements. The security of our information is managed in accordance with our Privacy Policy and in compliance with the Privacy Act 1993, the Official Information Act 1982 and the Public Records Act 2005. The information we hold is used only for the purpose for which it is collected or as otherwise advised, including as described in our Privacy Policy.

Where we have serious concerns regarding potential threats to the physical security of staff, or the security of information or places, we will engage an appropriate authority (such as the NZ Police).

Should we identify a need to gather information in scope of the model standards in future, we will engage an appropriate authority (such as the NZ Police).

Should we identify a need to gather information in scope of the model standards in future, we will ensure compliance with the Information Gathering Model Standards, and update this Transparency Statement.

This Transparency Statement applies to information gathered by us, our contractors, or any other third parties engaged by us.

Enquiries and Complaints

If you have any enquiries about our information gathering activities, or believe we have not acted in accordance with this Transparency Statement, you should contact us at the following address:

Office of the Children’s Commissioner
PO Box 5610
Wellington 6145
New Zealand
Or email: children@occ.org.nz