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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 >>

Helping Our Kids Navigate The Dangers Of Growing Up With Porn

Saturday, 18 April 2020, 8:15 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft welcomes the release of a report showing what we can do about the harmful prevalence of porn in Kiwi kid’s lives. The report, Growing Up With Porn , released today by the Classification Office, is a timely insight ... More >>

“Virtual” Monitoring Of Children Detained In Secure Residences

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:25 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the safety and conditions of children and young people in the care of Oranga Tamariki continue to be monitored, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. “Our immediate priority is the safety, rights ... More >>

Child Poverty Monitor: Big, bold, permanent change needed

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:34 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

In partnership with the JR McKenzie Trust and University of Otago, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft has today released the annual Child Poverty Monitor at childpoverty.org.nz  which shows more bold and sustainable action is needed. More >>

Chief Censor’s porn report a ‘wake-up call’ for everyone

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 4:07 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, calls the Breaking Down Porn report, released today by the Chief Censor, a ‘wake-up call’ for all New Zealanders. “I welcome today’s report. It’s a wake-up call and a catalyst for a national ... More >>

International Children’s Day

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 10:16 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the government to re-prioritise its commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Children’s Convention) on International Children’s Day. More >>

Statement on Oranga Tamariki practice review

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 3:41 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Birth of a pēpē should be a time of joy for all whānau, not a fight to stay together says Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft. More >>

Locked-in care is a ‘hard place to be happy’

Monday, 7 October 2019, 9:01 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft has today released a new report where children and young people say, in their own words, what it’s like to live in secure residential care. More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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