News, stories, and updates about Oranga Tamariki and our partners.
Clinical nurse and social workers tackle unmet health needs
As the first clinical nurse specialist working alongside Oranga Tamariki in South Auckland, Fonoifafo (Fono) McFarland-Seumanu has a big job on her hands.
Government expands Fast Track youth offending programme
The government has announced that more children who have offended, and their whānau will receive additional support.
Tobias has a message for other kids in care
Meet Tobias. He’s a school prefect, dancer, pianist, and performer, with big dreams for the future.
Iwi-led plan transforms the way whānau are supported
A new Ngāti Kahungunu-led plan was launched at Waipatu Marae, that will improve and transform the way tamariki and whānau in Te Matau ā Māui are supported through early intervention to limit whānau involvement with Oranga Tamariki.
Oranga Tamariki therapy dog helps kids
Juliette Pineda is a therapist for Oranga Tamariki at Puawaitahi, Auckland. She works with tamariki to help them heal from trauma with the help of Yazzy, a trained therapy dog.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Needs Assessment published
Oranga Tamariki | Ministry for Children has published an in-depth report about the mental health and wellbeing needs of children within the Oranga Tamariki system. The report comes as part of the Oranga Tamariki Action Plan, a cross agency effort to impro…
Iwi-led Youth Justice prevention programme: Oranga Rangatahi
Oranga Rangatahi is an iwi-led youth justice prevention programme in Ōpōtiki, Bay of Plenty. Rangi Williams and Karl Severinsen both work in the programme.
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…
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.
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.
Published: March 29, 2021 · Updated: March 29, 2021