Oranga Tamariki

Help change young lives for the better

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children is working to ensure all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where their ongoing wellbeing can be achieved.

We support children, family and whānau to restore their mana, their sense of self, their important connections and relationships, their right to heal and recover, and reach their potential.

Working here, you'll have the opportunity to be part of an organisation that’s united in its commitment to achieving transformational change for our children.

The work we do is complex and critical. We know our people are fundamental to our success and we're always on the lookout for those who share our drive, passion and expertise. You'll enjoy an environment where people are listened to, respected and trusted.

We encourage our people to learn and grow within the organisation, and we'll support you in achieving your aspirations.

The Oranga Tamariki Way

Our full name is Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children.

'Oranga' is the wellbeing we want to help the children we work with to have.

'Tamariki' reminds us that children are descended from greatness. They are born with an inherent mana that can be damaged by abuse and neglect.

Our purpose is to ensure that all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised.

The Oranga Tamariki Principles

We hire students studying

Arts & Humanities
Business and Commerce

Available Positions

Policy Graduate Programme

We're on an exciting, bold journey, working to advance the wellbeing and positive long-term outcomes for tamariki. As a Graduate Policy Analyst, you will be right at the cutting edge of developing policies that ultimately improve the lives of tamariki and rangatahi in the Care and Protection and Youth Justice systems.

About The Programme

We have four policy teams at Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children, each covering a wide range of interesting and challenging social policy issues.

As part of our graduate programme, you will provide high quality analysis and advice on issues ranging from early intervention for some of New Zealand’s most at-risk tamariki, through to supporting rangatahi to transition out of the care system.

Our graduate development programme offers:

  • Exposure to a wide range of policy issues, including insight into the frontline work of our social workers
  • Coaching and mentoring, and a tailored training & development programme
  • A supportive cohort of graduates who will grow alongside you

Who We're Looking For

Everyone’s pathway to Oranga Tamariki is unique, and we actively seek individuals with different perspectives who can contribute to the diversity of the policy group.

There are also some key qualities and skills we look out for:

  • An interest in and passion for the work we do
  • Clear and logical writing skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Taking initiative
  • A collaborative working style
  • Confident communication skills
  • An understanding of issues that impact on tamariki and rangitahi Māori, and their whānau, hapū and iwi

This position is open to anyone with work rights in New Zealand (current visa, residency or citizenship).

You can view the job description here