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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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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Oranga Tamariki Bill passes third reading

This signals the second stage of major reform to New Zealand's care and protection system and supports the Ministry's new operating model.

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New handbook to better support caregivers

Hand in Hand is a new book for caregivers just released that brings together universal health and education services as one easy to use guide.

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William Wallace Awards nominations open

Nominate a young person in care for their achievements between now and August 4, 2017.

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Oranga Tamariki Bill passes second reading

The second phase of a legislative reform programme, aimed at improving life outcomes for vulnerable children and young people has passed its second reading.

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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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