We are dedicated to supporting any child in New Zealand whose wellbeing is at significant risk of harm now, or in the future. We also work with young people who may have offended, or are likely to offend.


Reports of concern about childen received every day.


Assessments social workers do each day to help families keep children safe.


Of the hundreds of calls and assessments about 4 children will need our care.

How we support whānau

We have 3 roles: We assess the needs and work with the family to support a stable, loving environment for the child. If this is not possible we work with iwi and others to provide care through whānau. For young people leaving care we support them to transition to adulthood in a positive way.

Find out how we're working differently

COViD-19 our response

Under Alert Level 1, the restrictions that have affected our engagement and practice with tamariki, whānau and communities are removed. However, we are mindful of, and prepared to respond to COVID-19 when idenified in our practice.

Find out about our service in Alert Level 1.


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Children and young people with impairments

This report provides an overview of children and young people in care, or with Oranga Tamariki involvement, who are living with impairments.

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Navigating virtual participation in Family Group Conferences

Guidance on how FGCs can best be run with a combination of in-person and virtual participation in the context of COVID-19.

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Gráinne's update - Budget 2020

Chief Executive Gráinne Moss talks about the Government’s Budget, and how it is putting money right where it’s needed.

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Budget 2020 caregiver initiatives

Budget 2020 is investing additional funding to ensure caregivers have the support they need to care for children and young people during the pandemic recovery.

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Budget 2020

Budget 2020 directly helps those in our communities who keep rangatahi and tamariki safe and cared for.

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Budget 2020 at a glance

This infographic shows what Budget 2020 means for tamariki and rangatahi in care, caregivers and Oranga Tamariki partners.

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Gráinne's update - Moving to Alert Level 2

Gráinne discusses our phased transition to Alert Level 2, and how we will 'play it safe' while we support tamariki, whānau and caregivers during this time.

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Videos continue whānau connection in lockdown

A couple is getting creative to ensure they stay connected to their niece, with COVID-19 restrictions having put plans for her to move into their care on hold.

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Ingredients for positive change in Youth Justice

Young people in Youth Justice have been cooking for their whānau during the lockdown, thanks to a ready-to-cook delivery experience developed by social workers.

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VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai: advocacy service for children in care


If you're a child or young person in care, VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is an independent connection and advocacy service, separate from Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, and we're here to listen to you, support you, and be on your side. Part of what we also do is organise fun and engaging events for kids with care experience so you can connect with each other.

VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai: advocacy service for children in care


We're keen to hear about your experience with us. Do you have any ideas about how we can improve our service?

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