Children's Commissioner

We are an Independent Crown entity established under the Children’s Commissioner Act 2003, operating pursuant to the Crown Entities Act 2004 and represents the 1.1 million people in Aotearoa under the age of 18. We want Aotearoa New Zealand to be a place where children thrive.

Our primary responsibilities are to advocate for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people, monitor the services provided under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and develop means of consulting with children. We also advocate for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Our goal is for New Zealand to be the best place in the world to be a child, where New Zealand’s children experience neither poverty nor disadvantage, where families, whānau, hapū, iwi and wider communities are supported and resourced to provide their children and young people with safe loving homes and create the best possible platform for a good life.