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

Children and young people want time with whānau - survey


14 Dec 2020

A survey of children and young people in Aotearoa discusses how the impact of the Covid-19 lockdowns varied depending on their family situation, with those already disadvantaged usually faring worse.

Bold action needed to prevent worsening of child poverty after Covid-19


2 Dec 2020

One in every five children in Aotearoa New Zealand is living in income poverty, with bold action needed to prevent Covid-19 making low income and hardship even worse, according to the latest Child Pov

Call for By Māori for Māori approach for care and protection


23 Nov 2020

The second report of the review, Te Kuku O Te Manawa, Moe ararā! Haumanuitia ngā moemoeā a ngā tūpuna mō te oranga o ngā tamariki, was launched today and contains several recommendations for governmen

Appointment of Assistant Māori Commissioner for Children


7 Oct 2020

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft has today announced the appointment of Glenis Philip-Barbara as Assistant Māori Commissioner for Children.

Children’s Commissioner welcomes release of Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy monitoring report


10 Sep 2020

“Having a child and youth wellbeing strategy is vital and putting that strategy into coordinated practice is where we will really be able to make a difference for New Zealand’s children and young peop

Changing the lives of children with offending behaviour, and increasing the minimum age of criminal responsibility


24 Aug 2020

Most 10-13-year old children with offending behaviour are well known to many government departments. Focussed interventions are possible and will pay dividends.

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Email: l.haines@occ.org.nz