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.
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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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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Identifying Causal Effects in Research and Evaluation

An overview of randomised controlled trials and a range of quasi-experimental approaches to identify what works and doesn’t work in social policy interventions.

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Gráinne's Update - February 2019

Chief Executive Gráinne Moss talks about how Oranga Tamariki is moving towards a new operating model in preparation for new legislation.

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What Makes a Good Life?

This report from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and Oranga Tamariki draws together the voices of more than 6000 children and young people.

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Evidence Centre Seminar: February 2019

Two presentations; One exploring the results from a Health survey and another discussing recent work by the Education Review Office (ERO) on resilience.

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Collaboration in Kāpiti

A collaboration between Oranga Tamariki, Police and Kāpiti Youth Service has been celebrated after a year-long pilot.

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Connection to whakapapa

How the Kairaranga-a-whānau role is connecting tamariki to their whānau, hapu and iwi.

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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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