About us

Working with others

We are a Ministry founded on a fundamentally different approach – one of listening and learning, ensuring that the voices of children and young people, families, whānau, hapū and iwi, alongside caregivers, Māori organisations and NGO partners, are at the centre as we co-design a new way of doing things.

Partnerships drive transformational change

Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act provides our practical duty to the Treaty of Waitangi and sets out responsibilities to improve outcomes for tamariki Māori working alongside whānau, hapū, Iwi and Māori.

As part of transformation change through section 7AA, we welcome invitations from iwi and Māori organisations to enter into a strategic partnership. We expect partnerships with iwi and Māori to drive change across our core services. We can only do better for tamariki and rangatahi Māori and their whānau in partnership with others. 

Partnerships with Māori

We  have four strategic partnership agreements with Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi, Waikato-Tainui and Tuhoe. In each partnership we are, or we will be, reviewing how we work with tamariki and whanau across the full range of what we do as a Ministry with a commitment to make fundamental changes to that work.

We also have a Memorandum of Understanding with others including Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, the Taupo Collective Impact governance group and the New Zealand Maori Council. Signed relationship redress agreements are held with several other iwi, as part of their Treaty Settlement. We expect in time the iwi will initiate some more intensive work with us.

Each partnership, agreement or co-design initiative between Oranga Tamariki and our Iwi Māori partners is unique. These align to individual Iwi and rohe priorities and meet the needs of their whānau. But all share a vision to reduce the number of tamariki in the care of Oranga Tamariki, supporting vibrant thriving tamariki connected to Te Ao Māori and  loving whānau, hapū and iwi. 

Other partners and providers

We work closely with other partner agencies and providers to ensure we meet the needs of children and young people. These range from organisations and government agencies such as Police, the Ministry of Health, NGOs, to community groups, local bodies and businesses – we all have a part to play.