News, stories, and updates about Oranga Tamariki and our partners.
Action Plan helps teens figure out “what next”
Knowing they have somewhere safe to go is the top priority for young people transitioning to independence after time in care or youth justice – they now have more options as a result of 3 agencies working together and increasing their support.
Caregiver Awareness Week: Hita and Nadia share their experience
This week is Caregiver Awareness Week – a chance to acknowledge and celebrate caregiving whānau across Aotearoa for everything they do for those in their care. We spoke to one of our whānau caregivers about the experience he and his partner share in carin…
Acknowledging caregiving whānau this Caregiver Awareness Week
This week is Caregiver Awareness Week (Monday 6 March to Sunday 12 March), and Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive Chappie Te Kani is recognising caregiving whānau across Aoteroa – and encouraging New Zealanders to join him in saying, 'Thank you for the…
Concluding Observations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child2023
The United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child has acknowledged the New Zealand Government’s commitment to upholding and furthering the rights of tamariki and rangatahi in New Zealand.
Whare Ngaakau Nui – a new home for tamariki and rangatahi with high complex needs
A karakia was held in Manurewa in December 2022 to officially open Whare Ngaakau Nui, a new purpose-built home for tamariki and rangatahi with high complex, special needs and specialist treatment.
Social work graduate inspired to make change
Oranga Tamariki Disability Advisory Group member, Hannah Watson, talks about her journey to graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work and the people who inspired her.
Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards 2022
On 7 December, 25 recipients of the 2022 Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards travelled from around Aotearoa to Wellington to have their achievements acknowledged over a special two-day celebration.
Getting to know Zeus: 2022 PMOTA recipient
The Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards were held in the first week of December to celebrate the achievements and potential of care-experienced rangatahi.
We got to know one of our award winners for this year, Zeus Greening.
Media statement - joint chief executives
A joint chief executive media statement in relation to Malachi Subecz and his whānau. Changes agreed to following independent cross-agency child abuse review.
Media statement – Chappie Te Kani
Media statement from Chappie Te Kani, Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki. Oranga Tamariki pledges action in Malachi’s memory.
Media statement – joint review into the children’s sector
Dame Karen Poutasi's report in relation to Malachi Subecz and his whānau was commissioned by six government agencies.
Kai and kōrero, recognising FASD
A multi-agency team in Waikato are hoping to raise awareness, connectedness and increase information sharing around FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder).
Oranga Tamariki welcomes Disability Advisory Group
Oranga Tamariki welcomes 6 members of its first ever Disability Advisory Group with a mihi whakatau.
Bringing family experiences to practice
For National Social Workers’ Day we catch up with disability advocate, PhD candidate, and mother of four, Racheal Priestley as she talks about bringing her experience of raising three autistic children to her social work practice.
Adventurous road to a rewarding job
'It’s an honour to do this work, and to have such amazing colleagues' Oranga Tamariki social worker, Veronica Jiang says of her last five years working in the Adoptions team.
Changing the system that raised her – Renée Porter
In this story, we hear from Renee Porter, a Care and Protection Social Worker at Oranga Tamariki Rotorua site.
Building a pathway in Aotearoa
In this story, we hear from Malalai Sadat, a care and protection social worker for Oranga Tamariki Tāmaki Makaurau.
Children who offend receive more support
The Tāmaki Makaurau Specialist Teams site is expanding to meet the increasing needs of children who offend.
‘Mark of excellence’ – Award nominations open now
Hear from Chief Social Worker Peter Whitcombe about the 2022 Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards.
Adoption law reform engagement opens
The public are being asked to have their say on options for reform of Aotearoa New Zealand’s adoption laws.
Published: March 29, 2021 · Updated: March 29, 2021