3 Purposes

The purposes of this Act are—

(a)

to continue, as the Children’s Commissioner, the office of the Commissioner for Children and to state the Commissioner’s functions and powers in a separate Act:

(b)

to re-enact the Commissioner’s functions with modifications that are consistent with the Commissioner’s primary role as an advocate for children:

(c)

to confer additional functions and powers on the Commissioner to give better effect in New Zealand to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:

(d)

to require the Commissioner to have regard to the Convention when carrying out the Commissioner’s functions and powers:

(e)

to give the Commissioner express powers to obtain information and documents, and to apply for access to court records, in order to enhance the effectiveness of the Commissioner’s investigative and inquiry functions:

(f)

to repeal Part 9 of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989.