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

Oranga Tamariki provides services to approximately 30,000 children and young people on any given day. Around 6000 of those children and young people are in the care or custody of Oranga Tamariki. The majority of those are living with whānau or non-kin caregivers, and a smaller number are living in community group homes. At any one time, approximately 200 young people are placed in Oranga Tamariki residences.

 We have a statutory responsibility to monitor and assess the policies and practices provided under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989. 

This gives the Commissioner for Children the mandate to monitor all care & protection and youth justice services across Aotearoa New Zealand.

 We are also a designated National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) responsible for monitoring New Zealand’s compliance with the United Nations (UN) Convention against Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) in relation to Oranga Tamariki residences. 

 New Zealand is required to report to the UN, every five years, on how it is implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Children’s Convention). Under the Children’s Convention, our role is to safeguard the human rights of all children and young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.


If you have immediate concerns about a child's wellbeing


  • Oranga Tamariki on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459) or
  • Police on 111

More information about the signs of abuse and neglect and how to get help (Oranga Tamariki website)

UNCROC (The Children's Convention) reporting and monitoring

UNCROC (The Children's Convention) is the only international human rights treaty that gives non-governmental organisations (NGOs) a role in monitoring its implementation.

Under UNCROC, each government has to report every five years on children's rights in their country. The UN committee examined New Zealand in September 2016, and the Office of the Children's Commissioner made this submission.

The UN concluding recommendations to New Zealand are here.

Read the full report here