All tamariki/mokopuna, rangatahi and whānau have the right to have their experiences and aspirations of oranga understood and we must intentionally seek out the knowledge that helps us do so.
Our practice is strengthened when we are clear about our knowledge bases. We begin with Te Ao Māori sources of knowledge, methods and social work approaches. These are supported by complementary sources of knowledge and research that promote working effectively for Māori, and offer benefit to all tamariki/mokopuna, rangatahi, whānau and families. We work collaboratively to invite in the stories and lived experiences of whānau and families to help us understand the situation while drawing on a range of professional opinion and views. Working toward oranga means we understand whānau and family hopes, ideas and goals, and what worries them. To understand oranga we must also comprehend and consider risk and worries.