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Commissioners welcome vaccines for young rangatahi

Thursday, 19 August 2021, 3:46 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft welcomes the Government’s announcement today that the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will be available for children and young people aged 12 to 15 years. More >>

Returning Children Must Be Protected And Embraced

Monday, 26 July 2021, 12:33 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft is urging the public and media to respect the privacy and wellbeing of the children returning with their mother from Turkey, following the Governments’ announcement today. “I am proud that New Zealand has ... More >>

Decision To Close Residences Strongly Welcomed

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 1:32 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner and Assistant Māori Commissioner are welcoming, and relieved by, the decision of Oranga Tamariki to commit to the phased closure of Care and Protection institutional residences. “This could not come quickly enough. At ... More >>

All Tamariki Deserve The Best ECE And Childcare

Friday, 18 June 2021, 12:16 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children with the most to gain from quality early childhood education (ECE) risk missing out as a report finds Aotearoa has some of the most expensive childcare in the world, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says. UNICEF today released is More >>

Office Of The Children's Commissioner Mourns Passing Of Sir Ian Hassall

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 12:54 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Commissioner, Assistant Māori Commissioner and all the staff of the Office of the Children’s’ Commissioner mourns the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall – the first person appointed Children’s Commissioner for Aotearoa New Zealand. Sir ... More >>

Housing Deprivation Requires Urgent Action

Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 12:05 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

A survey showing nearly a third of secondary students in northern New Zealand experience housing deprivation shows the need to urgently review the accommodation supplement and increase the Family Tax Credit, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says. ... More >>

End To Some Handcuffing Of Mums Welcomed

Monday, 17 May 2021, 4:44 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

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 Commissioner for Children Glenis Philip-Barbara says. Corrections ... More >>

Tribunal Findings Must Spur Changes For Mokopuna Māori

Saturday, 1 May 2021, 5:43 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

30 April 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 following its Oranga Tamariki Urgent Inquiry. The ... More >>

Big, Bold Action Needed To Continue Gains For Children

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 10:55 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Bold action will be needed on incomes and housing if the Government wants to continue making progress on child poverty and material hardship, Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft said today. Stats NZ released the latest child poverty statistics ... More >>

Advisory Board Welcomed As Step Toward A By Māori For Māori Approach For Care And Protection

Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 10:31 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The appointment of an advisory board for Oranga Tamariki is welcome and should be a step toward a total transformation of the care and protection system to a by Māori, for Māori approach, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft said today. Minister ... More >>

Comment On Resignation Of Grainne Moss

Friday, 22 January 2021, 11:47 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft acknowledges the huge effort and commitment of departing Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive Grainne Moss and says her decision to resign today was principled. “The issues facing Oranga Tamariki are beyond individual ... More >>

Royal Commission Report Shows Need For Closure Of Large Residences

Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 4:04 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The devastating interim report of the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care reinforces the call for the phased closure of New Zealand’s large care and protection residences, and the eventual abolition of the four youth justice detention centres, Assistant ... More >>

Report Shows Phased Closure Of Children’s Residences Needed

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 9:35 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

A review of the use of seclusion and restraint on children and young people in detention shows the urgent need for the phased closure of New Zealand’s four large care and protection residences, and the reduced use and eventual abolition of the four youth ... More >>

Child Poverty Monitor Launch And Technical Report

Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 6:59 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

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

Call For A By Māori For Māori Approach For Care And Protection

Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 5:51 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

He mihi aroha tēnei ki ngā reo katoa kua hōmai kōrero ki a mātau. He utu nui te mamae e piri tonu nei ki ngā mahara, engari, e ai ki te kōrero, he tohu hoki o te aroha. Nareira, e kore e mutu te rere o ngā mihi ki a koutou ngā kaitukukōrero. ... More >>

Time For Police To Stop Chasing Young Drivers

Thursday, 15 October 2020, 3:00 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft is calling on Police to stop pursuing young drivers, except in very rare circumstances, following an IPCA report today criticising a chase that ended in the death of a Christchurch man. The Independent Police Conduct ... More >>

Children's Commissioner Welcomes Release Of Child And Youth Wellbeing Strategy Monitoring Report

Thursday, 10 September 2020, 5:58 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

“Having a child and youth wellbeing strategy is vital and putting that strategy into co-ordinated practice is where we will really be able to make a difference for New Zealand’s children and young people,” says Children’s Commissioner Andrew ... More >>

Changing The Lives Of Children With Offending Behaviour

Monday, 24 August 2020, 9:59 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

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

Safeguarding The Rights Of Children In Secure Detention Centres

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 3:26 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

On 03 July Children’s Commissioner was given additional responsibility by the Minister of Justice which extended its role as the independent monitor of the conditions and treatment of children and young people in secure detention centres. The Children’s ... More >>

Budget 2020: COVID-19 Response Leaves Many Children Disadvantaged

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 4:01 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner says Budget 2020 is a realistic response to the crisis but is insufficient, especially for the 150,000 children who were already doing it tough before COVID-19. “These are immensely challenging times for everyone. So ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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