Action Plan Needs Assessments

To provide a foundation for mahi under the Oranga Tamariki Action Plan, Oranga Tamariki is leading a series of in-depth Needs Assessments focused on the housing, health and education needs of our priority populations.


Ministers and children’s agency chief executives have committed to prioritising the needs and wellbeing of children and young people most at risk – they have agreed upon 11 actions to make this happen.

Action 3 is that Oranga Tamariki will lead a series of in-depth assessments focused on housing, health and education. These will identify un-met needs and set a direction to improve services for these children and young people.

9 Needs Assessments

9 Needs Assessments have been scoped under Action 3. 4 will be delivered in 2022 and the remaining 5 in 2023.

Prioritising housing services for rangatahi moving to independence from care and youth justice

This Needs Assessment, published in September 2022, provides an overview of the housing needs of young people who are transitioning to independence from statutory care or youth justice placements, with a focus on young people eligible for Oranga Tamariki Transition Support Services.  

We know that healthy, secure, culturally appropriate and affordable housing plays a significant role in:

  • wellbeing
  • supporting improved physical and mental health
  • educational attainment
  • employment
  • social cohesion
  • connection.

Young people transitioning to independence often have multiple and high needs, as well as fragmented personal support systems. These challenges can be compounding for some population groups such as Māori, Pacific, disabled people and rainbow communities.

Government’s existing housing services and supports are not meeting the needs of this population group. The adult housing system does not cater to the specific needs of many rangatahi in this cohort. This has contributed to higher rates of homelessness for this population group than the general population and can lead to lifelong housing deprivation. 

If you have questions or suggestions about this, or other Needs Assessments, email our Programme Team:

Published: October 10, 2022