Vision and values

We’re on a journey to ensure all children are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised. 

Our vision

New Zealand values the wellbeing of tamariki above all else.

Our beginning

The origin of the Oranga Tamariki vision is partnership. The first part of the vision is the landmark 1988 report Puao-te-Ata-tu, which examined issues of racism and inequity within the-then Department of Social Welfare. The second part is the 2015 Expert Advisory Panel report, convened to propose a way to execute a fundamentally different way of doing things. Together, they called for a commitment to deliver on our obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and to create outcomes that all New Zealand children deserved, while reducing the disparities experienced by tamariki Māori. 

The Ministry would be equipped with the legislation, resources, policies, practices and remit that it needed to do what Child, Youth and Family had never been set up for – intervening earlier, supporting families to stay together and breaking intergenerational cycles. 

The scale of change that was and is needed, requires us to work broadly across the sector; including with whānau, hāpu, iwi and Māori organisations caregiving families, NGOs and other Government agencies involved in the wellbeing of children. 

Our values

We put tamariki first

We will challenge when things aren’t right for the child.

We believe aroha is vital

We listen, we don’t assume, and we create solutions with others.

We respect the mana of people

It keeps us focused on what is right.

We are tika and pono

We do what we say we’ll do.

We value whakapapa v2

Tamariki are part of a whānau and a community.

We recognise that oranga is a journey

We understand the long-term impact of our actions today.

These values were developed by the Te Whānau Aroha, the Youth Advisory Panel, and gifted to Oranga Tamariki— Ministry for Children. Everyone that works at Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children is encouraged to bring these values into their day-to-day work.

Our name

Our full name is Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children.

'Oranga' is the wellbeing we want to help the children we work with to have.

'Tamariki' reminds us that children are descended from greatness. They are born with an inherent mana that can be damaged by abuse and neglect.

Published: September 9, 2021