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Ram Raid Bill Will Place Children In The Pipeline To Prison

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 10:11 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

 Judge Frances Eivers, Chief Children’s Commissioner: Submissions on the Ram Raid Offending and Related Measures Amendment Bill closed last week. This bill would add ‘ram-raids’ to the Crimes Act, punishable by up to ten years in ... More >>

Radical Change Urgently Needed In Alternative Education – Children’s Commissioner

Wednesday, 28 June 2023, 12:13 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Judge Frances Eivers welcomes yesterday’s report on Alternative Education in Aotearoa by the Education Review Office (ERO). An alternative education? Support for our most disengaged young people looks at how the education ... More >>

New Oranga Tamariki Investigation A Time To Make Once In A Generation Change

Wednesday, 21 June 2023, 12:31 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Judge Frances Eivers welcomes the investigation launched by Oranga Tamariki in the wake of two separate Police investigations. “I’m extremely disappointed to learn that - yet again - harm has come to mokopuna in the care of ... More >>

New Initiatives Welcome But We Need To Maintain Momentum To Lift Families Out Of Poverty

Friday, 19 May 2023, 11:46 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Wellbeing Budget announced yesterday shows promise for mokopuna and their whānau but the new initiatives need to be closely monitored to ensure they will make a real difference to their lives, Children’s Commissioner Judge Frances Eivers says. The ... More >>

Children's Commissioner - Targeted Action Needed To Address Child Poverty Right Now

Thursday, 23 March 2023, 12:50 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The child poverty statistics in the NZ 2022 Household Economic Survey show no annual change in the year ended June 2022. Again, we see Māori, Pacific and disabled children are disproportionately impacted by poverty in Aotearoa. The Children’s Commissioner, ... More >>

Latest Report On Oranga Tamariki Reveals Underperformance And Information Gaps

Wednesday, 1 February 2023, 1:42 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner, Judge Frances Eivers, said today that the latest Independent Child Monitor report into the performance of Oranga Tamariki, provides valuable insights, but its findings are of huge concern. Judge Eivers said, “In ... More >>

Motels Can Never Be A Home

Friday, 27 January 2023, 1:38 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner, Judge Frances Eivers: "Myself and previous Commissioners have been clear that the use of motels at all is deplorable, and a symptom of a system that is failing children. "Concerns around the practice have been raised repeatedly ... More >>

New Zealand Government Under Spotlight At UN Review On Children’s Rights Progress

Thursday, 26 January 2023, 9:00 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

New Zealand Government representatives will today present to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as part of the sixth review on the country’s progress in upholding children’s rights. This review is the first since 2016. A New Zealand ... More >>

Lost Opportunity, But A Clear Mandate Remains – Children’s Commissioner, Judge Frances Eivers

Thursday, 28 July 2022, 11:13 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Yesterday’s second reading of the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People's Commission Bill has seen it progress largely unchanged, despite a chorus of voices calling for it to be overhauled, or at least delayed until we ... More >>

Role Of Children's Commissioner Under Threat

Tuesday, 14 June 2022, 12:50 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

By Children’s Commissioner, Judge Frances Eivers. How can we trust our democratic process when people’s voices are ignored? Against the will of the public, Parliament’s Social Services and Community Select Committee has pushed the Oversight of Oranga ... More >>

Office Of Children’s Commissioner Supports Action In Budget 2022 For Low-Income Communities

Monday, 2 May 2022, 11:22 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner supports the call of The Fairer Future group to adopt a seven-point plan of action to support low-income New Zealanders facing the high cost of living. The Seven Steps for Fairer Future report can be accessed ... More >>

Distressing Report Shows Major Work Needed To Ensure Our Children Are Safe

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 3:49 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Today’s release of the Oranga Tamariki Safety of Children in Care Report showing our mokopuna, our children are suffering an increase in abuse in state care is sad and distressing, says Judge Frances Eivers, Children’s Commissioner. “The statistics ... More >>

Tribute To Sir Wira Gardiner

Friday, 18 March 2022, 4:37 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

‘Kua hinga te totara o te waonui a Tāne’ (the totara in the great forest of Tāne has fallen) As Children’s Commissioner, I extend my aroha to Sir Wira Gardiner’s whānau whānui. “Aotearoa has lost a Rangatira, statesman, soldier, writer, storyteller, ... More >>

More Work Needed To Make Lives Better For Our Children

Thursday, 24 February 2022, 12:33 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Child Poverty statistics released today show an encouraging trend according to Children’s Commissioner Judge Frances Eivers. “I welcome the trends reported today, but we need to recognise there is still much work to do for the children of our nation. ... More >>

Statement From Children's Commissioner RE: Children Involved In Occupation At Parliament

Monday, 21 February 2022, 5:33 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

As Children’s Commissioner I want every mokopuna, every child, to be safe in all situations with the support of their whānau and communities. It is crucial every parent or caregiver considers the impact the ongoing situation at the Parliamentary ... More >>

Children's Commissioner Welcomes Insights From ICM Report Into State Care

Tuesday, 1 February 2022, 12:53 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children's Commissioner Judge Frances Eivers is welcoming the release of the first Independent Children's Monitor report into state care practices, which outlines the gaps in practice that must be addressed. The Independent Children's Monitor has today ... More >>

Redress For Survivors Highlights Need To Prevent Future Abuse

Wednesday, 15 December 2021, 3:06 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner welcomes the Government commitment to establish a redress system for survivors of abuse in care and highlights that the monitoring of current care systems must be robust enough to prevent further generations of children ... More >>

More Effort Needed To Reduce Child Poverty For Māori, Pacific And Disabled Children

Monday, 6 December 2021, 7:36 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Poverty targets are mostly on track at a national level and for Pākehā children, but much more focused efforts will be needed if they are to be met for Māori, Pacific and disabled children, this year’s Child Poverty Monitor shows. The Child Poverty ... More >>

Children’s Commissioner Welcomes Vaccinations For Children Aged 5 To 11

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 4:28 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Frances Eivers welcomes the announcement of the plan for the rollout of vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 years early next year. “As we enter the next phase of the pandemic, where COVID-19 is likely to be in more of our ... More >>

Bullying Prevention Is About Creating Inclusive Schools – Joint Project Finds

Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 11:22 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

A project to understand why some schools and kura have low levels of bullying has found its not all about clamping down on bad behaviour, but on building school cultures that know and respect students and whānau. The Office of the Children’s Commissioner ... More >>





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