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Previous reports - United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report

The Committee considered both New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report and the Initial Report under the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (OPSC) in February 2016, and delivered their lists of issues to New Zealand on 3 March 2016.

The questions raised by the Committee covered a range of issues, including:

  • implementation of UNCROC in New Zealand
  • new or amended legislation
  • health
  • education
  • youth justice
  • sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
  • updated data and statistics.

New Zealand submitted its response to the two lists of issues to the Committee on 3 June 2016.

A delegation representing the New Zealand Government was examined on both the Fifth Periodic Report and the Initial Report under OPSC at the Committee’s seventy-third session in Geneva, Switzerland on the 15th and 16th September 2016.

New Zealand released a draft Fifth Periodic Report for public consultation between 19 December 2014 and 27 February 2015. Meetings were held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Email and postal submissions were received, and an online survey was conducted on the Ministry of Social Development’s website.

New Zealand submitted its Fifth Periodic Report to the Committee on 5 May 2015.


The Fifth Periodic Report was shortened to meet UN guidelines in consultation with government agencies and New Zealand resubmitted the Report on 14 December 2015.

See the following for guidelines on preparing a submission: