Children's Day – Te rā o ngā Tamariki, provides New Zealanders with an opportunity to celebrate and give time to children. It is a day of national awareness, annually recognised on the first Sunday of March. It was introduced by the first Children’s Commissioner in the year 2000.
It is an opportunity for families, and communities to celebrate and nurture the children of New Zealand. The day is as much a celebration of children as an opportunity to engage all of New Zealand to think about their responsibility to support the lives of tamariki in their communities.
Children’s Day is driven by communities with Councils, NGO’s, libraries, early childhood centres, schools and churches amongst some of the groups that host and run their own Children’s Day events.
There are hundreds of Children's Day events in neighbourhoods all over Aotearoa every March – some big and some small. Events range from teddy bears picnics, family expos, to councils opening their pools and facilities for free. Businesses are encouraged to get involved by contributing time and resources.