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Judge Frances Eivers appointed as new Children’s Commissioner

Judge Frances Eivers is the new Children's Commissioner.

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Judge Frances Eivers is the new Children’s Commissioner.

Frances Eivers, a District Court Judge, has been appointed as the new Children’s Commissioner.

Judge Eivers will step into the role on November 1 taking over from Judge Andrew Becroft, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced on Friday.

The Children’s Commissioner is an independent Crown Entity and advocates for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people.

“Judge Eivers has extensive experience in the rangatahi courts, as well as practising law both in New Zealand and internationally,” Sepuloni said.

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“She has a strong focus on youth and her experience has given her a deep understanding of the issues facing tamariki and of related legal frameworks.”

Eivers had been appointed at a “time of change” Sepuloni said.

Outgoing Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft has been in the role for five years.

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Outgoing Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft has been in the role for five years.

“The Office of the Children’s Commissioner is about to undergo significant change, with monitoring activities under the Oranga Tamariki Act transferring to the Independent Children’s Monitor. This will allow the Commissioner to focus entirely on the critical role of advocating for our tamariki and rangatahi.

“I am sure Judge Eivers will ensure the office smoothly transitions through this period of change while continuing to deliver on the advocacy role.

Becroft had done a fantastic job, she said.

“I also want to acknowledge the fantastic job of the outgoing Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft. Since 2016, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of our children and young people and the lives of many young people are better because of his work.”

Eivers has been appointed for two years.

This article first show on www.stuff.co.nz Source link Author BRIDIE WITTON on date 2021-10-07 22:04:12

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