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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Our progress 3 months in

We’re excited to share our progress since starting the journey to stabilise and transform the services for vulnerable children and young people.

Read our report to Cabinet on what we’ve done in the first three months to implement the new operating model for the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

Our progress so far


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Meet VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai or ‘Voice of the Young and Care Experienced – Listen to Me’ is the independent connection and advocacy service.

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Gráinne's update - August

Our chief executive Gráinne Moss talks about our journey and initiatives that are underway.

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Speaking up to stay safe

Rangimarie wanted her voice and her younger sisters’ voices to be heard by their whānau. Together, they want to feel loved and secure.

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Celia Patrick, DCE Partnering for Outcomes

Celia (right) shares how she sees our partners, providers and community groups working together to make a difference in the lives of children and families.

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Working differently, working together

Find out more about some of the projects we're working on with our partners.

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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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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.

Go to our social worker recruitment website

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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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Feedback and Complaints

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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