Supporting oranga for disabled people

We want to work with you on a future Oranga Tamariki disability strategy.

We want to work with tāngata whaikaha who have lived experience of care and protection and/or youth justice services, and the people who support them.

One of our most important goals is to make services better for all disabled people we work with – that includes disabled tamariki, rangatahi, parents, caregivers and their whānau

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Future disability strategy

Oranga Tamariki needs a clear vision describing the ideal future for tāngata whaikaha we work with. We also need a strategy, or roadmap, to show us how to get there.  

We want to work with you to create an Oranga Tamariki disability strategy. This will give us the opportunity to uphold equal rights for disabled people we work with, especially tangata whaikaha Māori.

Progress on our disability strategy vision development

Thank you for your interest in the disability kaupapa and the Oranga Tamariki Disability Strategy. Phase 1 involved developing a Vision Statement for the Disability Strategy which was done in partnership with disabled people, their champions, tāngata whaikaha Māori and care experienced rangatahi.    

The Vision is:

'The mana of tāngata whaikaha me o ratou toa (disabled people and their champions) is enhanced by meeting their needs, upholding their rights and supporting their hopes and dreams.' 

To achieve this Vision, we have identified 4 Shifts that need to occur: 

  1. How we see disability. 
  2. Systems work for people. 
  3. Disability competent and confident workforce. 
  4. Oranga Tamariki is safe and proactive. 

During the engagement we also heard some ideas on how to achieve these shifts.  

There is more detail on the Vision, the Oranga Tamariki working definition of disability, the 4 Shifts and the activities to achieve those shifts here:

Disability strategy research and insight summaries

We have completed phase 2 of engagement as part of developing our Disability Strategy. We’re now working with our Disability Advisory Group to determine the direction of the strategy based on the feedback we received.

In the next few months we will be sharing progress on our strategy development and a timeline for next steps.

In the meantime, if you want additional information or have any questions, please email

Published: November 14, 2023