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Our practice vision

To support and enhance the wellbeing of tamariki through practice that is:

  • child centred within the context of their whānau
  • family led
  • culturally responsive
  • trauma informed
  • strengths and evidence based
  • focussed on life outcomes

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Who we are

Oranga Tamariki is 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.

Our vision

New Zealand values the wellbeing of tamariki above all else.

Our purpose

To ensure that all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised.

The Oranga Tamariki Way

We’re introducing a new way of doing things. A way of looking at the world that guides everything we do:

Oranga Tamariki Way



In 1986 the most significant report to address welfare issues and the needs of Māori was introduced, Pūao-te-ata-tū (Ministerial Advisory Committee, 1986) (PDF 551 KB). The report made many recommendations regarding the particular needs of Māori children and their families, reinforcing the centrality of whānau and the maintenance of the child within the family group.

The hopes of Pūao-Te-Ata-Tū manifest themselves in the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, particularly with its focus on family/whānau decision making, empowerment and the centrality of the child or young person.

This is nicely reflected in the Pūao-Te-Ata-Tū waiata:

Ānei rā āku ringa
He ringaringa māu
Pūao te ata tū

Pupuritia kia mau
Hei kaimahi māu
Pūao te ata tū

Ko te manawanui
Me te tūmanako
Kia ea ngā wawata a tōu iwi e
Pūao te ata tū

Here is our offering
to empower you
heralding the new dawn

Hold on to these principles
give them meaning

through your dedication
and commitment
the aspirations of our people
can be fulfilled

Every day as we work with families/whānau, every family group conference we convene, gives effect to Pūao-Te-Ata-Tū and its challenge to us to understand the place of tamariki within their familly group, their whānau, their hapū and iwi.