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.
Consultation - Supporting oranga for disabled people
We want to work with you on a future Oranga Tamariki Disability Strategy.
We want to work with disabled people who have lived experience of care and protection and/or youth justice services, and the people who support them.
One of our most important goals is to make services better for all disabled people we work with – that includes disabled tamariki, rangatahi, parents, caregivers and their whānau.
Action Plan helps teens figure out “what next”
Knowing they have somewhere safe to go is the top priority for young people transitioning to independence after time in care or youth justice – they now have more options as a result of 3 agencies working together and increasing their support.
Caregiver Awareness Week: Hita and Nadia share their experience
This week is Caregiver Awareness Week – a chance to acknowledge and celebrate caregiving whānau across Aotearoa for everything they do for those in their care. We spoke to one of our whānau caregivers about the experience he and his partner share in carin…
Acknowledging caregiving whānau this Caregiver Awareness Week
This week is Caregiver Awareness Week (Monday 6 March to Sunday 12 March), and Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive Chappie Te Kani is recognising caregiving whānau across Aoteroa – and encouraging New Zealanders to join him in saying, 'Thank you for the…
The Practice Centre is an online resource aimed primarily at Oranga Tamariki practitioners.
It contains policy, guidance and tools to help us in our work with tamariki and rangatahi and their whānau or family. The policies are our must-dos, and the guidance our how-tos.
Orphan’s Benefit & Unsupported Child’s Benefit: Caregiver Engagement Report
This report is based on an online engagement survey we conducted in June 2021 with caregivers receiving the Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit. Over 2,000 caregivers responded to the engagement survey. In addition, in July and August 2021, Ni…
Engaging All New Zealanders – 2022 survey report
Engaging All New Zealanders surveys provide insights on how the country’s attitudes towards the care and wellbeing of children and young people are changing.
Evidence Centre Seminar: February 2023
The Evidence Centre’s February online seminar featured presentations on the persistent ethnic disparities in uptake of early childhood healthcare services in Aotearoa.
Compliments, complaints and suggestions
We're keen to hear about your experience with us. Do you have any ideas about how we can improve our service?
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.
Social Worker recruitment
We're leading a new way of working to support children or tamariki 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.