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.


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Gráinne’s update

This Children's Day - Te Rā o ngā Tamariki is an opportunity for communities to celebrate children and take time to have fun with whānau

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Royal Commission of Inquiry

Information about the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, and the role Oranga Tamariki

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Children’s Day - Te rā o ngā Tamariki

On March the 1st, more than 50,000 people will come together at community events across the country to celebrate children.

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Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency releases report

Oranga Tamariki acknowledges the Ko Te Wā Whakawhiti: It’s Time for Change report.

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Gráinne's update

Chief Executive Gráinne Moss reflects on the decade ahead.

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Te Tai Tokerau Regional Manager, Rena Hona, Waitomo Papakainga Chief Executive, Katie Murray, and Kaitaia Site Manager, Hemoata Tauroa
Whānau Care partnership

Oranga Tamariki and Waitomo Papakainga have launched Whānau Care for tamariki and whānau in Kaitaia and Te Hiku o Te Ika (the Far North).

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Independent Children’s Monitor releases report

Oranga Tamariki welcomes the first report of the Independent Children’s Monitor (ICM).

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Spotlight on new Care Standards resources

Since the Care Standards came into effect on July 1, we’ve created a range of new resources to help us meet our obligations.

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Children’s Commissioner releases snapshot

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) has released statistics on assessments and removals of Māori babies into state care.

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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

Information Sharing

Safe and appropriate information sharing will ensure everyone working with tamariki can work together in the best interests of the child. 

Watch the video and the children will tell you why it's important.

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VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai: advocacy service for children in care


If you're a child or young person in care, VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is an independent connection and advocacy service, separate from Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, and we're here to listen to you, support you, and be on your side. Part of what we also do is organise fun and engaging events for kids with care experience so you can connect with each other.

VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai: advocacy service for children in care


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