Children's Commissioner Act 2003

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Reprint as at 1 December 2020

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Children’s Commissioner Act 2003

Public Act
2003 No 121
Date of assent
25 November 2003
see section 2

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Social Development.


5Act binds the Crown
6Office of Children’s Commissioner continued
7Appointment of Commissioner
8Appointee must consent to appointment and disclose interests [Repealed]
9Term of office [Repealed]
10Removal of officeholder [Repealed]
11Matters to which Commissioner must have regard in exercising functions or powers
12General functions of Commissioner
13Functions in relation to Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
14Commissioner to develop means of consulting with children
15Capacity and powers [Repealed]
16Duties [Repealed]
17Commissioner’s investigations must have regard to rights or interests and welfare of children
18Commissioner may not investigate courts or tribunals
19Referrals of matters to certain statutory officers
20Special powers to call for information or documents
21Compliance with requirement to provide information or document
22Commissioner and staff must maintain secrecy
23Consultation with other statutory officers
24Access to court records
25Commissioner must not make adverse comment unless opportunity to be heard is given
26Commissioner may regulate procedure for investigations
27Proceedings privileged
28Annual report [Repealed]
29Money to be appropriated for purposes of this Act [Repealed]
30Provisions applying to Commissioner
31Continuation of office, appointment of Commissioner, and employment of employees
32Application of Act to matters commenced under Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
33Review of Commissioner’s operations and performance [Repealed]
34Power to request information in connection with review [Repealed]
35Good reasons for refusing to supply requested information [Repealed]
36Convention set out in Schedule 2 for information and reference only
37Consequential amendments
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