About us

Our journey

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, was formed as part of a bold overhaul of the existing care and protection, and youth justice systems.

The organisation will become a single point of accountability for the long-term wellbeing of vulnerable children, with the voice of the child represented at every stage of our planning and strategy.

The task ahead

We’re on a journey to ensure all children are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised. Our aspirations are high, and the scale of the task is significant.

A priority is making sure all children receive care from loving, stable families at the earliest opportunity. It’s about investing in children now, so that we can prevent harm later. And it means using evidence to figure out what to do, and the best way to do it.

We also want this approach to be taken on board by every sector that’s involved with caring for children and young people. If we work together, we can make it happen.

It won’t be achieved overnight, but we have the determination needed to make this vision a reality. 

Our strategic intentions

The release of our Strategic Intentions demonstrates to all New Zealanders and Parliament how we will reduce vulnerability for children and young people over the medium to long term. 

In accordance with the Public Finance Act, these statements must be published within six months of the Ministry's inception. They provide transparency around our work.

Our Strategic Intentions will:

  • explain the logic between what is intending to be achieved and what will be done to achieve it
  • outline our expected contributions to government’s priorities
  • be set out in a way that the public can understand 
  • provide a platform from which we can report progress. 

Included in the Strategic Intentions document is our strategy, how we will transform our service delivery and our capability and capacity. 

We hope New Zealanders including our staff, our providers and partners, Maori and Pacific peoples and our young people find this helpful. 

"Actually, just the love. We're one family."

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Legislation reform that supports our work

As part of the radical overhaul of care and protection and youth justice services, Cabinet committed to a significant programme of legislative reform to underpin the operation of the new system.

This was done in two phases:

Phase one

The Children, Young Persons and their Families (Advocacy, Workforce and Age Settings) Amendment Bill passed into law on 1 April 2017 and included:

  • extending the care and protection system to include 17 year olds
  • ensuring the views of our tamariki are heard and taken onto account
  • supporting the creation of independent advocacy services (such as VOYCE)
  • enabling a wider set of professionals to get involved in more ways.
Phase two

The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill passed into law on 13 July 2017. Changes provide the foundations for the system by:

  • ensuring an effective and accountable child-centred system
  • improving outcomes for Māori
  • sharing information to better respond to vulnerable children and young people
  • changing the name of the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act to the Oranga Tamariki Act, to reflect the nature and scope of the changes.


The legislation also supports the operation of the Ministry’s five core services to:

  • target early investment in the lives of children and families
  • respond to concerns
  • help children and young people develop life-long relationships with caregiving families
  • help children and young people to lead crime-free lives
  • help young people transition to independence.

Delegation and subdelegation

These documents contain information about the delegations and subdelegation of operational functions and powers under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989. We provide this information on our public facing website in accordance with section 7F of this Act.