Advocating for an Aotearoa New Zealand where every child shines bright

We believe in an Aotearoa New Zealand where all children get to actively live and experience their rights, feel confident, capable, resilient and culturally connected, with a strong sense of hope for their future.

We advocate for change on these issues:

Although most children in New Zealand do experience a positive and thriving childhood, unfortunately too many children and tamariki are experiencing a different reality. We advocate on these key issues which we see impacting tamariki and rangatahi in Aote

Child and Youth Mental Health

Mental health support for every child and new parent.

Family Poverty

Lift children, families and whānau out of poverty.

Child Abuse & Neglect

Too many children are experiencing a harsh reality.


An affordable and healthy home for every child.

Children’s Early Years

The first 1000 days of a child’s life are critical.

Children in Law and Policy

Making Aotearoa New Zealand the best place to be a child.

Championing all children

Our latest submissions

Barnardos stands strongly for the rights and well-being of all children in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Creating positive change

We welcome your support to join with us in building a culture of respecting, protecting and celebrating all children as the taonga they are.

Five to Thrive

Tick For Kids

Children’s Rights Alliance

Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA)

Five to Thrive

Get in touch

If you’d like to know more, contact our Wellington head office

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