26 Jan 2022

Will the Children's Commissioner be scrapped?

From Nine To Noon, 9:10 am on 26 January 2022

The Children's Commissioner and one of her predecessors are speaking out against plans to scrap the Commissioner role and overhaul the monitoring of Oranga Tamariki. 

The bill would replace the Children's Commissioner role with a new Children and Young Person's Commission, which would be run by a board of three to six members. 

It also plans to set up a new monitor of Oranga Tamariki, bringing it within the purview of the Education Review Office.

Kathryn speaks with Judge Frances Eivers, the current Children's Commissioner, and Dr Russell Wills, a paediatrician and former Children's Commissioner, serving from 2011 to 2016. 

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Photo: RNZ / Supplied