We regularly collect children’s views on various issues to inform our work
This section includes views and voices of children from our engagement with them. We include children's voices and perspective in our work, and help them to have a say on government policy and decisions.
We invite you to use this information in your work. If you re-use quotes, please reference the Office of the Children's Commissioner.
What we ask children about...
In 2018, we asked more than 6000 children and young people for their views on wellbeing. Their views will feed into the government's Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. The report was done in collaboration with Oranga Tamariki with the support of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
What makes a good life? (2019)
In late 2017, we asked children and young people for their views on education to inform the National Statement of Education and Learning Priorities.
- Education matters to me: Experiences of tamariki and rangatahi Māori
- Education matters to me: Emotional wellbeing
- Education matters to me: Engagement
- Education matters to me: ‘If I were the boss’ - improving our education
- Education matters to me: Progress and achievement
- Education matters to me: Transitions
Previous work on education
- Education Act (Update) Amendment Bill (Nov 2016) - what kids say about education and achievement, and the resulting OCC submission
- Children's thoughts on the education system (Term 4 2016)
- How I learn (2015)
- Tama-te-rā Ariki: The lived experience of rangatahi and tamariki Māori (2018)
- Engaging with tamariki and rangatahi Māori on the Mana Mokopuna lens (2017)
- What children think about culture (2017)
We have undertaken several consultations with children on their experiences of living in poverty and their views on solutions to child poverty.
Included in these are sub-topics of “housing”, “education”, “health”, “recreation activities”, “drugs and alcohol”, “parents and family”, “income and resources”, “community”.
- Our Views Matter: children and young people talk about solutions to child poverty (2012)
- This Is How I See It: Children, young people and young adults’ views and experiences of poverty (2010)
We have a role to monitor Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children. In doing this, we talk to children and young people in state care about their experiences, concerns, hopes and expectations.
Included in this feedback are sub-topics of “transitions from care”, “expectations”, “social worker”, “voice in decision-making”, “parents and family”, “advocates”.
The views from children and young people in care are included in:
- Our State of Care reports
- Vulnerable Children's Bill submission by the Young People's Reference Group
- Youth Crime Action Plan submission (joint consultation with JustSpeak)
We carried out consultations with children and young people around issues and solutions for vulnerable children, particularly around the release of the Government's Green Paper on Vulnerable Children in 2011.
Included are sub-topics of “a good childhood”, “being fair”, “government’s role”, “drugs and alcohol”, “parents and family”, “schools”, “community”.
We talked to 300 children and young people from around New Zealand to get their views on the Green Paper. We met with children and young people from eight Child, Youth and Family residences, four primary schools and a number of youth groups.
- ‘Every child thrives, belongs, achieves’ (2012) - submission based on consultation with years 7 and 8 students on the Green Paper on Vulnerable Children
- Submission on the second-hand effects of adult alcohol abuse on children (2012) - by the YPRG on the Green Paper on Vulnerable Children
- ‘We all need TLC’ (2012) - submission based on consultation with youth groups on the Green Paper on Vulnerable Children
- ‘Treat me with respect like a taonga’ (2012) - submission based on consultation with children in residential care on the Green Paper on Vulnerable Children.
Here is a visual summary of what they told us:
- What makes a good life? (2019)
- What’s important to me (2017)
- Bullying (2017)
- Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee (July 2016) - we asked children what they thought about riding bikes on the footpath - OCC submission
- Children's key relationships and their views on ages of responsibility (Term 1 2016)
- What makes me happy (2015)
- Out-of-school activities (2015)
- NZ Flag referendum (2015)
- National languages (2015)