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

Benefit increases a good step towards ending child poverty

Media releases

20 May 2021

Benefit increases announced today will help relieve hardship among some families, but much more is needed to significantly improve children’s lives now, and meet poverty targets in the future, Childre

End to some handcuffing of mums welcomed

Media releases

17 May 2021

Today’s announcement by Corrections to end the handcuffing of women in late pregnancy and after birth is a good first step to putting the wellbeing of mothers and babies first, Assistant Māori Commiss

Action needed so all tamariki have high wellbeing

Media releases

13 May 2021

Child Wellbeing reports today show bold action is needed on discrimination, incomes and housing to ensure Māori, Pacific and disabled children enjoy the same high wellbeing as others.

Tribunal findings must spur changes for mokopuna Māori

Media releases

30 Apr 2021

The Children’s Commissioner and Assistant Māori Commissioner strongly welcome the Waitangi Tribunal’s call for a by Māori, for Māori approach to care and protection of mokopuna Māori

Children's Commissioner comment on updated child poverty statistics

Media releases

22 Apr 2021

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft has today welcomed the correction of child poverty figures by Stats NZ but reminds New Zealanders to remain focussed on what’s really going on for tamariki and r

Centring children in the COVID-19 response

Media releases

7 Mar 2021

New Zealand’s COVID-19 response highlights the need to centre children’s rights in all government planning, especially if we are to be prepared for future shocks and crises

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Leah Haines

Phone: 027 696 5101

Email: l.haines@occ.org.nz