A chance for young people to show how amazing they are – that’s the real value of a Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Award according to Chief Social Worker Peter Whitcombe.
“Everyone who works with children knows how incredible they can be. Given the right love and support, and in spite of some of the big challenges they have faced, they grow into these passionate, talented and caring people,” says Peter.
“Tamariki and rangatahi who have experiences with care have all these qualities and more – and they often have developed a strong determination to succeed.
“The Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards recognise that, and create a special opportunity to celebrate young people in care.”