We are 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.

Trails of Taonga

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Five taonga have been made to recognise those who've helped tamariki, even in a small way. Each taonga is passed on to another person, leaving a trail of wellbeing wherever it goes.

This is the second passing-on of these precious carvings. Our hope is to help build a culture of stepping forward, so that all tamariki can be offered the aroha and support they need to thrive. 

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Coroner's findings on death of Moko

Our response to the coroner’s findings on the death of Moko Rangitoheriri.

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Phone line connects caregivers

A phone line offering guidance and advice is a welcome support for caregivers.

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Safety of children in care report

Innovative research examining the safety of children and young people in care, highlights the importance of the Ministry's transformation.

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Give it a go

More than 80 tamariki in care from Gisborne, Manurewa and Christchurch have a clear pathway into sport through a new initiative.

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Gráinne's update - November

Gráinne talks about what we've been working on over the last several months and what's coming up

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Building stronger partnerships

Celia Patrick, DCE Partnering for Outcomes, talks about making changes to help our partners

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Home of support

Te Whare Awhi, Palmerston North’s new remand home, will provide a homelike environment where young people can thrive and maintain their mana.

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Focused support for rangatahi

Two tamariki with extreme disabilities are prospering in their disability-supported home.

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Support for caregivers

We’re working on providing our caregivers with better support and services

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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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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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