The journey to achieve oranga tamariki starts here and now. Guarding the wellbeing of our children is a huge, but exciting challenge – one that every New Zealander has a hand in.
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We are a new Ministry 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.

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Release of practice review into infant death

The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, has released a practice review into CYF’s involvement prior to an infant's death.

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From teddies to foster care

How collecting teddies for Foster Hope lead to becoming foster carers who provide respite and emergency care for children in need.

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Budget 2017

$434.1 million in funding over five years to support vulnerable children and young people.

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State of Care Report

We share the same goals as the Children’s Commissioner in his recent State of Care Report.

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No privacy breach says independent review

Release of an independent review into potential privacy breach.

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Gráinne's update

Our chief executive Gráinne Moss talks about our work and what the focus will be as the new service evolves.

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Ministry welcomes State of Care report

The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki welcomes the report of the Children’s Commissioner assessing the state of care in secure residences.

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L’Oréal Face Your Future

16-18 year-olds in care get inspired about what their future career could be and learn how to prepare to make it a reality.

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Positive findings for Family Start

Recent research has highlighted the positive impact of the Family Start programme for different groups of children.

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Survey about children in New Zealand communities

The Ministry is undertaking a nationwide survey about New Zealand’s children and young people. We want to find out how well we, as a country, are supporting our children and young people to thrive.

Between 23 May 2017 and 25 June 2017, approximately 12,500 New Zealanders will be invited either by letter or by an interviewer to take part. Nielsen an independent research company, is undertaking this survey on our behalf. For more information contact Nielsen
0800 400 402

VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai


If you're a young person or child who is already in care you can contact VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai. The people are friendly, and know what it's like to be in care so are 100% on your side. They'll listen to your needs, connect you with others, and help you be heard when you need it.

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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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