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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 >>

Bill To Establish New Children And Young People’s Commission A “huge Opportunity”

Thursday, 11 November 2021, 4:19 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Legislation paving the way for a Children and Young People’s Commission is a huge opportunity to improve outcomes for all tamariki mokopuna, Children’s Commissioner Judge Frances Eivers says. The Oversight of the Oranga Tamariki System and Children ... More >>

Family Support Increases A Start, But More Is Needed

Saturday, 6 November 2021, 2:42 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Small increases in family support announced today are a welcome step, but much more is needed to make a significant change for children and whānau, Children’s Commissioner Judge Frances Eivers says. The Government today announced small increases to the ... More >>

Making Aotearoa / New Zealand The Best Place To Be A Child

Friday, 22 October 2021, 3:11 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

In the third of Judge Andrew Becroft’s five addresses reflecting on his time as Children’s Commissioner, he examines five ways we can significantly improve wellbeing for children and young people in Aotearoa / New Zealand. “We are fortunate”, ... More >>

Our Care And Protection System Has Failed – It Needs Nothing Less Than Radical Transformation

Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 7:15 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

In the second of Judge Andrew Becroft’s five addresses reflecting on his time as Children’s Commissioner, he argues that tinkering with our care and protection system over the last three decades has failed our children and young people. He believes ... More >>

Some Stark Injustices In Our Youth Justice System Need Fixing - And Here's How

Wednesday, 13 October 2021, 2:07 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Some stark injustices in our youth justice system need fixing – and here’s how. In the first of a series of five addresses reflecting on his time as Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft identifies some stark injustices in our youth ... More >>

The Time Has Come For 16 Year Olds To Get The Vote

Tuesday, 5 October 2021, 4:00 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Children's Commissioner is welcoming the Government's review into our election laws as the perfect opportunity to extend the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds. The Government announced today that it would be conducting a comprehensive review ... More >>

Transformation Of OT Can’t Come Soon Enough

Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 10:56 am | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Government’s commitment to “transform” a dysfunctional Oranga Tamariki is welcome and change must be concrete and urgent for children who need help now, the Children’s Commissioner and Assistant Māori Commissioner say. “Today’s ... More >>

Mortality Report “a Call To Prioritise Children’s Wellbeing”

Monday, 27 September 2021, 4:14 pm | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Aotearoa New Zealand must ask if the lives of children and young people are being systemically undervalued, as mortality statistics show high numbers of rangatahi drying by suicide, and pēpi of SUDI, the Children’s Commissioner and Assistant ... More >>

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 >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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