Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft has been appointed the country’s next Children’s Commissioner with a brief to monitor massive changes to Child, Youth and Family.
He will replace paediatrician Dr Russell Wills, whose five-year term ends in July.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said Judge Becroft would be seconded from his duties as a judge for an unusually short two-year term as Children’s Commissioner.
"His input will be invaluable as we transform our care and protection system through the radical changes I recently announced, to focus on the short and long-term well-being of our children through to adulthood," she said.
"Judge Becroft’s experience of dealing with troubled and at-risk young people will be vital in the development of a youth justice service aimed at preventing offending and reoffending as part of the major overhaul.