Working with children

Children’s Teams

The Children’s Team approach is a way of working hand in hand with families and whānau to create safer lives for at-risk children. It's not another service, but it’s a different approach.

We work together with other agencies, non-government organisations and communities to put the child first and ensure their voices are heard. Together we share information and create one plan for each child.

Transition of Children’s Teams

Children’s Teams are one part of the current Oranga Tamariki early intervention system. The development of the future early intervention system will take time, and it’s important that tamariki and whānau receive the support they need while this happens.

Recent evaluations of the Children’s Teams have told us what is working well and what could be improved. In response, we will be gradually shifting the Children’s Teams to new, community-based approaches as these are developed. In the interim it will be business as usual for Children’s Teams which will continue to need the support of partner agencies and NGOs.

From 29 November 2019, Turanga Health commenced delivery of the coordination of services for children at risk of harm in Tairawhiti. The remaining nine Children’s Teams are currently at different levels of transition discussion with all teams expected to transition by 30 June 2021.

Children's Teams contact information

This table provides the direct contacts for Children's Teams. Important – please never email referrals or any personal information about tamariki or their whānau to the Children’s Team.

Children’s Team


Phone number


(07) 921 5082

Te Tai Tokerau

029 237 9147

Horowhenua/Ōtaki (06) 949 4271


(03) 984 4291


(07) 957 4671 


(06) 869 0457

Eastern Bay of Plenty

029 200 8482


(06) 965 3466


(03) 963 2166

Counties Manukau

(09) 919 3816