Dr Claire Achmad
Te Kaikōmihana Matua | Chief Children’s Commissioner
Dr Claire Achmad is a recognised advocate for children in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally, having worked in a wide range of areas relating to children's rights, including from legal, policy and practice perspectives. Claire took up the role of Chief Children's Commissioner on November 1, 2023.
Deputy Chief Children's Commissioner
Donna Matahaere-Atariki (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Atiawa, Ngā Rauru, Ngā Ruahine and Tuwharetoa) has a background in education, health and social services, and governance experience with the Gambling Commission and the University of Otago. She was previously Chair of Te Kāhui, the Māori Advisory Group to Aroturuki Tamariki, the Independent Children’s Monitor. Donna took on the role of Deputy Chief Children's Commissioner on November 1, 2023.
Dr Julie Wharewera-Mika
Dr Julie Wharewera-Mika (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe and Te Whānau ā Apanui) is a māmā to four sons, a registered senior clinical psychologist and Kaupapa Māori researcher who completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Auckland University.
Ronelle (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Ngāti Apakura and Ngāpuhi) has extensive experience across the health, disability, NGO and government sectors, and is currently Principal Advisor Accessibility at Stats NZ and Chair of Spectrum Care Ltd.
Josiah Tualamali’i is a wellbeing governance professional, history postgraduate student, and brings frontline youth advocacy experience through a range of health, leadership and young people’s networks.
Our tohu is an expression of what we stand for and the work we do. It references the whakapapa of the Mana Mokopuna framework while reflecting our aspirations for all mokopuna in Aotearoa.
Placing the pītau (unfurling fronds of the fern) within the hue (gourd), this tohu represents a safe and protected community that exists within an abundant and flourishing environment. Hue have a special connection to whakapapa and childbirth, music and peace. The use of mangōpare (hammerhead shark pattern) speaks of courage, strength and resilience.
Our blue and green tohu references Ranginui and Papatūānuku – sky father and earth mother - with a slice of light in between representing the space for mokopuna to thrive and grow.
Our vision, values and priorities
Kia kuru pounamu te rongo | All mokopuna live their best lives
Our vision is for every child in Aotearoa, regardless of their background, to grow up knowing they belong with their whānau and have what they need to live their best life. It also means mokopuna have a say about what really matters for them, and that their rights are honoured by those in power.
We have a tikanga framework with four principles: Aroha, Pono, Tika, and Mātauranga.
We have set four priorities for the office: Education, Mental Wellbeing, Ending Family Violence and Monitoring Places of Detention.
Mana Mokopuna - Children and Young People's Commission was established on July 1, 2023, replacing the sole-Commissioner model with a governing board of six Commissioners.
The role of Children’s Commissioner was established in 1989 to be an independent advocate for children. Since 1989, there have been eight Commissioners, all unified with an unwavering commitment to confront the systemic issues children are affected by but do not have a voice in changing.
Te mahi mō te tari
Work for the Commission
Working for the Commission is an opportunity to help realise our vision for an Aotearoa where all mokopuna live their best lives. We are a friendly, supportive and inclusive office that prioritises wellbeing and a child friendly working environment.
There are currently no vacancies
Our commitment to Kia Toipoto
Our Commission is committed to meeting the milestones of Kia Toipoto - the Public Service Gender, Māori, Pacific, and Ethnic Pay Gaps Action Plan 2021-24.
Under Kia Toipoto, agencies and entities need at least 20 employees in each comparative group to publish statistically robust pay gaps, while also protecting the privacy of employees. We are a small organisation, meaning publishing pay gap data risks breaching the privacy of our kaimahi. We are, instead, using the data we have and employee engagement to develop our first Kia Toipoto Action Plan.