We have launched a new pocket edition of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Children's Convention) to celebrate its 30 year anniversary! You can download the full version as well as the separate English and te reo Māori versions below.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights of all children, aged 0 to 18 years, and the responsibilities of governments to ensure those rights are respected.
Children's rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and reach their potential.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, we consider the rights of children in the context of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and a child's connection with their family, whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.
The New Zealand Government signed up to the Children's Convention in 1993. This means the Government has agreed to promote, respect, protect and fulfill the rights of all children.