About us

Our role in the oversight system

Mana Mokopuna – Children and Young People’s Commission promotes the rights, interests, participation and wellbeing of all children and young people, including those in the oranga tamariki system.

We work with the Ombudsman and Aroturuki Tamariki - the Independent Children’s Monitor to make sure services are upholding children’s rights and working in ways that support their wellbeing. This includes government organisations such as Oranga Tamariki, Police, Health and Education organisations, iwi, hapū, and Māori social services as well as community non-government organisations. For example, services like early support, emergency help, care, youth justice and transitions out of care.

Another part of our role is to help mokopuna and their whānau to resolve issues to do with their rights and wellbeing. Usually, this will involve connecting them with appropriate agencies and organisations and providing information.

You are welcome to get in contact with any of us for help.

Finding your way around the islands of kaitiaki - English

Te tipu haere ki nga moutere o kaitiaki - te reo Māori

Finding your way around the islands of kaitiaki - NZSL