We are dedicated to supporting any child in New Zealand whose wellbeing is at significant risk of harm now, or in the future. We also work with young people who may have offended, or are likely to offend.

Our belief is that in the right environment, with the right people surrounding and nurturing them, any child can, and should flourish.

Christchurch tragedy

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the terrible incident in Christchurch on Friday March 15.
We are working hard to support all our people through this tragedy – tamariki, staff, caregivers, whanau, and our partners.
Caregivers who need advice for children in their care can call the Caregiver Support Line. The 24/7 phone line is available to all Oranga Tamariki caregivers nationwide - 0508 CARERS (0508 227 377).
Anyone who has concerns can call our National Contact Centre on 0508 326 459.

Advice about talking to kids after a traumatic event

Social worker recruitment

We're leading a new way of working to support children who need care, creating a major shift in emphasis.

We have a number of social worker positions available now and invite dedicated and passionate social workers to play their part in helping change the way New Zealand protects children.

Find out about our Social Worker jobs


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Waikato-Tainui Strategic Partnership

The relationship between Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children and Waikato-Tainui has taken a significant step forward, with the signing of a Strategic Partners

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Mind of My Own Review

Mind Of My Own is an app-led suite of products and service used to gather the views of children and young people.

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Dedicated service for caregivers

We now have 11 regionally based Care Teams whose sole focus is finding and supporting loving caregivers for tamariki and rangatahi.

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Gráinne’s update – March 2019

Chief Executive Gráinne Moss reflects on the month that's been, and talks about the Oranga Tamariki response to the tragedy in Christchurch on March 15.

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Care Standards give tamariki in care a voice

Part 4 of the National Care Standards is about supporting children and young people to express their views and contribute to their care experience.

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Indigenous service award for Mahuru

The Ngāpuhi-led remand service, Mahuru, has received an international award for supporting tamariki Māori to make positive life choices and cultural connections

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Measles outbreak - information for caregivers

There are confirmed cases of measles in a number of parts of the country. Here's what our caregivers need to know.

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Tamariki are the greatest teachers

Sharon and Tame are caregivers, teachers and mentors in Ruakaka helping tamariki overcome trauma and learn about their true self and culture.

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Celebrating our caregivers

It’s Foster Care Awareness Week and we’re celebrating our incredible caregivers.

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VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai


If you're a young person or child in care, and would like to connect with others who have had similar experiences, you should check us out at VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai. A big part of what we do is organise fun and engaging events for people with care experience. We’re an independent connection and advocacy service, separate from the Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, and we're here to support you and be 100% on your side.

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