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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. Our belief is that in the right environment, with the right people surrounding and nurturing them, any child can, and should flourish.

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 diversity and range of career opportunities available is impressive – whether it’s dealing directly with tamariki and rangatahi, or helping behind the scenes to ensure we stay on track to better support children and families.

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.

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


Our way of looking at the world, which guides everything we do.



We put TAMARIKI first

We will challenge when things aren’t right for the child.

We respect the MANA of people

We listen, we don’t assume, and we create solutions with others. 

We believe AROHA is vital

It keeps us focused on what is right.


Tamariki are part of a whānau and a community.

We are TIKA and PONO

We do what we say we’ll do.

We recognise that ORANGA is a journey

We understand the long-term impact of our actions today.