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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The Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards 2019

It's that special time of year when we celebrate the incredible achievements of care experienced young people.

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Update from Gráinne and Hoani

Gráinne Moss introduces the Oranga Tamariki 2018/19 Annual Report and Hoani Lambert gives an update on Transition Support for rangatahi.

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Gráinne's update - Looking to the future

Chief Executive Gráinne Moss reflects on the Hastings Practice Review, Partnerships and celebrating the Foster Care Awards.

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Hawke's Bay Practice Review

Today we release the findings of a practice review into events at Hastings Hospital in May.

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Te Awe – a home, a special gift

A new home co-designed by Te Ātiawa iwi and Oranga Tamariki has been officially opened.

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Evidence Centre Seminar: October 2019

Our October seminar featured two presentations; the impact of early intervention child support on financial wellbeing; and findings on support for teen parents.

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A ripple effect in Southland

This kaupapa-Māori organisation is delivering more than 70,000 interventions every year for tamariki and whānau in Southland through health and social services.

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Reoffending following high-end Youth Court orders

This report examines reoffending rates for recipients of three types of Youth Court order between 2011/12 and 2016/17.

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Children in New Zealand Communities Survey 2019

To what extent do New Zealanders feel responsible for the wellbeing of children and young people in their community they don’t know?

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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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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.

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