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

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Gen remembers how Henare was so traumatised he couldn’t speak. But not anymore. Now he never stops. 

Looking back, it was everyday things that enabled this brother and sister to understand the simple pleasure of ‘normal’ for the first time.

Stable, positive experiences went a long way to helping them grow into the happy, confident young people they are today.

Find out more about Trails of Taonga

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.

Go to our social worker recruitment website


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Youth Justice research

The extent to which breaching bail conditions and reoffending while on bail may contribute to youth being detained in custody.

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Care standards- Cabinet paper release

We're proactively releasing the Cabinet paper and Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) on national care standards.

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Powerful letter of thanks

A teenager in the care of Oranga Tamariki writes to his social worker, thanking her for the massive difference she's made in his life over the years.

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Gráinne's update - April 18

Gráinne talks about the first year as Oranga Tamariki and what's next in our journey ahead

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National care standards update

National care standards are being developed through wide consultation with care-experienced children and young people, whānau, caregivers and more.

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MOU signing news
A powerful partnership

A special agreement between the Taupō Collective including Oranga Tamariki and Te Waiariki Iwi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa will improve outcomes for tamariki and whānau.

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WRAPPED group news
Made with love

Children in care know they’re thought about wherever they are, thanks to the generosity of a local group of quilters in Napier.

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Excellence In Foster Care Awards

Ten extraordinary caregivers received their Excellence in Foster Care Awards at a ceremony at Parliament.

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Te Tai Tokerau welcomes Rangatahi Court

A new Rangatahi Court in Whangārei will make a big difference for young Māori in Te Tai Tokerau.

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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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