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.

Trails of Taonga

Hannah Cover

Five taonga have been made to recognise those who've helped tamariki, even in a small way. Each taonga is passed on to another person, leaving a trail of wellbeing wherever it goes.

This is the second passing-on of these precious carvings. Our hope is to help build a culture of stepping forward, so that all tamariki can be offered the aroha and support they need to thrive. 

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children in NZ communities news gallery
Children in NZ Communities Survey

We’ve asked New Zealanders if they feel responsible for kids, both children they are close to, and other children in their communities.

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Hamish Falekaono news
Hamish Falekaono: food for thought

Hamish shares part of his journey, going from being a Youth Justice resident to becoming a Youth Worker with Oranga Tamariki.

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Gráinne's update - December

Gráinne reflects on the foundations we're building and what we're working towards in the New Year.

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Christmasbox news
Christmas boxes of joy

Our Otahuhu Youth Justice team partnered with Counties West Police and Blue Light to help to bring boxes of Christmas joy to thousands of Auckland families.

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Teaming up for tamariki

We're partnering with Police and Kapiti Youth Support to ensure positive outcomes for rangatahi.

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Whakairo news
Partnership benefits taiohi Māori

A partnership with Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa Trust and Midland DHBs is expanding services offered to taiohi Māori experiencing drug and alcohol addiction.

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Coroner's findings on death of Moko

Our response to the coroner’s findings on the death of Moko Rangitoheriri.

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Prithika Maharaj news
Phone line connects caregivers

A phone line offering guidance and advice is a welcome support for caregivers.

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Safety of children in care report

Innovative research examining the safety of children and young people in care, highlights the importance of the Ministry's transformation.

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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.

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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.

VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai

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