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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VUW Seminar: Children, Families and the State

Examining the historical, current, and future role of the State, around families' and children's involvement in the child welfare system.

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A document to own and grow

As a new caregiver with Oranga Tamariki, Te Aroha is one of the first in Te Tai Tokerau to receive a Caregiver Support Plan - introduced as part of the National

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Access to historic information

Archives New Zealand and Oranga Tamariki are working together to protect access to historic personal information.

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Safety of Children in Care 2019

The Safety of Children in Care report for the three month period January to March 2019 has been released.

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Taitamariki involved in waka ama at Lake Manuwai
Hei Huarahi - a new path for tamariki

Tamariki are forming deeper connections to their culture and whakapapa at wānanga held within Te Whare Tapu o Ngāpuhi.

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Born to change lives

A mother and her two daughters are using their whanaungatanga to create positive change for rangatahi in Youth Justice.

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Family Start Mangere
Family Start celebrates 20 years

Family Start celebrates 20 years of success with their first national conference in late June.

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Evidence Centre Seminar: June 2019

Our June seminar featured two presentations looking at research on children's and Young people's educational experiences.

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Gráinne's update - a milestone day

Gráinne reflects on the legislative changes which take affect from July 1 - a key milestone in our journey and one which sets the scene for significant change.

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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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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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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 the Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children. We're here to listen and support you, and be on your side. Part of what we do is organise fun and engaging events for kids with care experience so you can connect with other care experienced kids.

Call 0800 486 923 0800 486 923

Advocacy service for children in care


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