January 25, 2022
Save Children’s Commissioner says petitioners
Save the Children New Zealand says there is widespread support for its call for the retention of the role of Children’s Commissioner.
Submissions close tomorrow on a bill that will replace the commissioner, who has the authority to report directly to the Prime Minister on behalf of children with or without invitation, with a Children and Young Person’s Commission with between three and six members.
Save the Children’s advocacy director Jacqui Southey says for more than 30 years the Children’s Commissioner has been a powerful public voice for change on crucial issues, such as children in care and child poverty.
She says despite it being the holiday season, so far more than 6000 people have signed the society’s online petition to ‘Save the Children’s Commissioner’.