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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Young people connect on the white water

Twenty-two care experienced young people rafted the rapids at a special event put on by VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai.

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Developing trauma informed support

We’re partnering with others to develop a trauma awareness training package and a new trauma informed remand decision making tool.

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Mokopuna Ora initiative expands

The Mokopuna Ora initiative - a partnership between Waikato-Tainui and Oranga Tamariki – has recently been extended from Waikato into South Auckland.

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Te Toa Matataki youth home launch

The official opening of Te Toa Matataki, an Oranga Tamariki-funded home for youth justice young people.

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Unions ratify landmark pay equity agreement

A pay equity agreement has been signed by union leaders and the Ministry of Social Development and Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

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Gráinne's update - July

Our chief executive Gráinne Moss talks about our work progress and changes that are being implented.

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Regulatory impact statement (RIS)

The RIS - Legislative Changes to Increase the Professionalism of the Social Work Workforce has been prepared by the Ministry of Social Development.

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Oranga Tamariki Bill passes into law

The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill passed into law on 13 July 2017.

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Pay equity for vocational and disability workers

Ministry of Social Development and Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki vocational and disability support workers are to receive pay equity.

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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.

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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 Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, and we're here to support you and be 100% on your side.

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