Ian Hassall is an independent children’s advocate and Research Associate at AUT. He is part of the Tick for Kids campaign to place children’s rights and interests centrally in New Zealand’s public life. He is a specialist paediatrician, worked with the Plunket Society and was New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner. He taught the Children and Public Policy masters course at AUT and has published on child rights, safety and mortality. In 2010 he received the international Aldo Farina award for child rights advocacy.