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Oranga Tamariki: News and Updates

July 27, 2017 at 2:30 PM


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What is vulnerability?

What does it look like, what does it sound like and how does it impact on the lives of children?

These questions lie at the heart of Oranga Tamariki.

These questions are fundamental to improving the outcomes for young people in this country. They are crucial to shifting the mindsets of New Zealanders, to help us reach that common goal.

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Trails of Taonga   

Five 'taonga' or precious carvings have been made to recognise those who've helped a vulnerable child or young person, even in a small way. The taonga are designed to be passed from person to person, leaving trails of wellbeing wherever they go.

Our hope is that these 'Trails of Taonga' will help build a culture of stepping forward in New Zealand, so that all our tamariki can be offered the aroha and support they need to thrive. 

You can nominate someone to recieve a taonga, see how they were created and watch the stories of how they are being shared.  

Developing trauma informed support

We’re working with the Werry Centre to develop a trauma awareness training package for caregivers and frontline practitioners within the children’s workforce.

“There’s a lot going on for these children … 
this is how they’ve adapted to survive.

We need to stay stronger, for longer, and be persistent when we’re being pushed away.”

We’re also developing a new trauma informed remand decision-making tool. This tool will help reduce reliance on custodial remand and institutional care.

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Hand in Hand Book for caregivers

We worked with caregivers to create a resource that would make it easier to find health and education services information. 

The Hand in Hand Book helps caregivers access services they need for the children
and young people in their care. 
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Te Toa Matataki
A home for young people
on remand has officially opened
in the south of Rotorua

Young people connecting 
Twenty-two care experienced
young people rafted the rapids 
at a special event put on by
VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai

William Wallace nominations are open
The awards recognise outstanding young people in care
and their achievements

Mokopuna Ora expansion 
The Mokopuna Ora initiative is a partnership between Waikato-Tainui and Oranga Tamariki

Phase two of legislative reform complete

The second phase of legislative reform to support the Ministry’s new operating system was completed on 13 July 2017 when the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Act and the Vulnerable Children Amendment Act were enacted.

A small number of amendments took effect on 14 July, while the other amendments will come into force by Order in Council or otherwise on 1 July 2019. Find out more


Social worker recruitment

Oranga Tamariki is leading a new way of working to support children who need care, creating a major shift in emphasis.
We've got 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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Our mailing address is:
Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki
PO Box 546
Wellington 6011
New Zealand


Category: Oranga Tamariki