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.

Our belief is that in the right environment, with the right people surrounding and nurturing them, any child can, and should flourish.

Trails of Taonga

Hannah Cover

Five taonga have been made to recognise those who've helped tamariki, even in a small way. Each taonga is passed on to another person, leaving a trail of wellbeing wherever it goes.

This is the second passing-on of these precious carvings. Our hope is to help build a culture of stepping forward, so that all tamariki can be offered the aroha and support they need to thrive. 

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Trish Shaq and Waana news
Seeking help helps

Shaquille’s life could have been much different today if his nana didn’t seek help.

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Isaiah news
Waitangi Day

Our people were at Waitangi representing Oranga Tamariki and sharing aroha as thousands of people gathered for our national day.

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Gráinne's update – February 18

Gráinne talks about what's coming up and Children's Day

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Census story news
All children count!

The lead up to Census Day gives us a chance to help tamariki and rangatahi explore their whakapapa. Everyone has a story, and everyone counts!

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Tiamaaria Wehi news
No task too tough for Tia!

Tiamaaria Wehi is an inspiring young woman whose actions speak much louder than her words.

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More funding news
More funding for tamariki

Minister for Children Tracey Martin has announced additional funding to expand our initiatives to better support our tamariki.

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Social workers news
Meet our new social workers

Recruitment for more people at the frontline continues as we focus on putting tamariki at the heart of everything we do.

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children in NZ communities news gallery
Children in NZ Communities Survey

We’ve asked New Zealanders if they feel responsible for kids, both children they are close to, and other children in their communities.

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Hamish Falekaono news
Hamish Falekaono: food for thought

Hamish shares part of his journey, going from being a Youth Justice resident to becoming a Youth Worker with Oranga Tamariki.

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Social worker recruitment

We're leading a new way of working to support children who need care, creating a major shift in emphasis.

We have a number of social worker positions available now and invite dedicated and passionate social workers to play their part in helping change the way New Zealand protects children.

Go to our social worker recruitment website

VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai


If you're a young person or child in care, and would like to connect with others who have had similar experiences, you should check us out at VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai. A big part of what we do is organise fun and engaging events for people with care experience. We’re an independent connection and advocacy service, separate from the Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, and we're here to support you and be 100% on your side.

VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai

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