Shifting how we work – our strategic shifts

Our 3 strategic shifts: Mana Ōrite, Whakapakari Kaimahi and Rato Pūnaha guide how Oranga Tamariki will work towards our new direction. Our mahi aligns to these shifts and moves us towards ensuring tamariki are in loving whānau and communities.

Our new strategy – focusing on the 'what' and the 'why' behind our transformation – has 3 pou:

  • Mana Ōrite – entrust our partners to lead and deliver services for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau as we support and enable Māori and communities.
  • Whakapakari Kaimahi – support, train and equip kaimahi to enable a skilled, confident and trusted workforce.
  • Rato Pūnaha – enhance our system supports with provision of correct information and performance systems, infrastructure and resources to facilitate innovation and improvement.

These strategic shifts are essential for us to deliver on critical work programmes including our Future Direction Plan [PDF, 1.5 MB] and the Oranga Tamariki Action Plan [PDF, 2 MB] . Progress against each shift for this quarter is outlined in the quarterly report found here:

Quarterly performance report March 2023 [PDF, 924 KB]

Our impacts

We have 6 impacts under our new strategic direction that describe the changes we want to see for tamariki and rangatahi.

The measures under each impact are based on the current Outcomes Framework in our 2021-2025 Strategic Intentions [PDF, 1.6 MB] . We are currently developing the Oranga Tamariki Performance System, which will include measures that reflect our strategic direction. New measures will be reflected in future quarterly reports.

Impact 1: Tamariki and rangatahi Māori are safe and secure under the protection of whānau, hapū and iwi

Measure: Placement availability on entry to care

Ideally, we want tamariki to safely remain within their wider whānau, but the situation of each tamaiti is unique and complex. Their safety, wellbeing and best interests are the most important consideration.

Of the tamariki that entered care in quarter 3, the placement types they entered were:

  • 13% of placements were with whānau.
  • 25% of placements were with non-whānau.
  • 61% of placements went into other placement types.

Measure: Ethnicity match with caregivers

It is important for tamariki and rangatahi in care to be connected to their whānau and culture.

Of the tamariki in whānau or non-whānau placements in quarter 3:

  • 89% are living with a whānau or with a caregiver of the same ethnicity.
  • 1777 were placed with whānau.
  • 442 were placed with a caregiver of the same ethnicity as them.
  • 249 were placed with a caregiver who had a different ethnicity to them.

Impact 2: Whānau resilience is strengthened to care for tamariki and rangatahi

Measure: Entries and exits for out of home care

It is a priority to provide support for our tamariki and rangatahi to remain home with their whānau or return home successfully to their whānau following an out of home placement. We want to see a trend of more exits than entries for out of home care.

In quarter 3:

  • 254 tamariki and rangatahi entered an out of home placement.
  • 380 tamariki and rangatahi exited an out of home placement.

Impact 3: Tamariki and rangatahi in care or custody are safe, recovering and flourishing

Measure: Out of home placements type for longer term placement

Having stable and safe placements for tamariki and rangatahi is one of the best protective factors that contribute to long term recovery and help them to flourish. Oranga Tamariki try and keep children with their whānau where possible.

In quarter 3, of all out of home placements longer than 3 months:

  • 1699 (55%) were in whānau placement.
  • 627 were in non-whānau placements.
  • 770 were in other placements, including NGO providers or in residences.

Measure: whānau placement stability

  • 95% of tamariki in placement staying in the same placement in quarter 3.

The 5% who changed placement is comprised of the:

  • 3.5% (64 placements) were moved to a non-whānau placement.
  • 1.1% (20 placements) moved to another caregiver within their extended whānau.

Measure: Final status of first bail

Oranga Tamariki and partner organisations work to support rangatahi to successfully complete their bail.

Of the cases that had some bail during quarter 3:

  • 187 (52%) did not offend and stayed on bail throughout the quarter or until sentencing.
  • 67 (19%) stayed on bail despite committing an additional offence.
  • 84 (23%) offended and were moved from bail into custodial remand.
  • 21 (6%) did not offend but were moved from bail into custodial remand.

Impact 4: Improved equity for Māori, Pacific and disabled tamariki and rangatahi

Measure: Completion status of Gateway assessment

A Gateway assessment is an interagency process that helps to clarify and identify ways to address the health and education needs of tamariki we work with.

Of the tamariki who were in care in quarter 3:

  • 3574 (82%) have a completed Gateway assessment.
  • 336 (8%) have a Gateway assessment that is in progress.
  • 473 (11%) have not been referred to Gateway assessments for reasons including tamariki who are on a specific order (for example, a temporary placement), or if they have recently had an assessment and their doctor decides this sufficiently replaces a Gateway needs assessment.

Measure: Referral to core health support

Oranga Tamariki has consistently high rates of recommending vision, dental and hearing referrals.

Of the tamariki who had a Gateway assessment completed in quarter 3:

  • 85% of those with a dental need identified were recommended for a referral.
  • 89% of those with a hearing need identified were recommended for a referral.
  • 86% of those with a vision need identified were recommended for a referral.

Measure: Status of cases after first court appearance.

This measure tells us the number of cases finalised in the quarter by the status of their release after the first court appearance.

In quarter 3, after the first appearance before a judge for each case:

  • 37 (9%) rangatahi were released on custodial remand.
  • 57 (14%) rangatahi were released on custodial remand then later went onto bail.
  • 300 (74%) rangatahi were released on bail.
  • 12 (3%) rangatahi were released into the community.

Impact 5: Fewer tamariki, rangatahi and whānau need statutory services

Measure: Custodial placements in Youth Justice

This measure tells us if more rangatahi are safely managed in the least restrictive placement appropriate. In quarter 3:

  • 113 (26%) rangatahi had a community-based placement.
  • 282 (64%) rangatahi had a residence placement.
  • 44 (10%) rangatahi were in police custody.

Measure: Re-engagement for those with Youth Justice history

This measure is indicative of how well we are performing at keeping rangatahi from re-offending following their first contact with Oranga Tamariki Youth Justice Services. Ultimately, we want more rangatahi to stop offending before adulthood.

Of rangatahi with a past Youth Justice Family Group Conference (YJ FGC) referral, 73% had no contact with Oranga Tamariki this quarter. In quarter 3:

  • 45% of rangatahi who had only one previous YJ FGC did not have any engagement with Youth Justice.
  • 28% of rangatahi who had multiple previous YJ FGC did not have any engagement with Youth Justice

Measure: Average days on custodial placements

This measure shows how we are working to ensure we are holding rangatahi in custody for the shortest possible period appropriate to the circumstances of the case.

In quarter 3 the average length:

  • of placement for a supervision with residence placement was 115 days
  • for a resident placement on remand was 50 days
  • of time of spent in a community-based placement was 18 days.
  • of time spent in Police Custody was 1.6 days.

Impact 6: Tamariki, rangatahi, whānau, and victims of youth offending feel listened to, valued and understood

Measure: Youth Justice Family Group Conference history for young people with current Family Group Conference

This measure tells us how well we are performing at keeping rangatahi from returning to Youth Justice for multiple Youth Justice  Family Group Conferences (YJ FGC). Of all rangatahi who had a YJ FGC in quarter 3:

  • 299 have had 1 YJ FGC
  • 243 have had 2 to 4 YJ FGCs
  • 94 have had 5 to 9 YJ FGCs
  • 82 have had 10 or more YJ FGCs.


Published: April 20, 2023 · Updated: September 12, 2023