1 Nov 2023

New Chief Children's Commissioner: Claire Achmad

From Nine To Noon, 9:20 am on 1 November 2023
Dr Claire Achmad Chief Childrens Commissioner

 Dr Claire Achmad Chief Children's Commissioner Photo: Supplied

Kathryn talks with new Chief Children's Commissioner Dr Claire Achmad, who begins in the role today.

However what was the independent Office of the Children's Commissioner was disestablished earlier this year, and it now has no responsibility or power for monitoring or investigating.

The change was opposed by all political parties, except the then Labour government.

The new body, Mana Mokopuna Children and Young People's Commission, is about advocating for the 1.2 million children and young people across the country, ensuring their rights are respected, and upheld and providing advice to government.

Claire Achmad was Deputy Children's Commissioner, and previously worked for UNICEF, The Human Rights Commission, and children's charity Barnados.