Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children
Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children is dedicated to supporting any child in New Zealand whose wellbeing is at significant risk of harm now, or in the future.
Their belief is that in the right environment, with the right people surrounding and nurturing them, any child can, and should flourish.
Oranga Tamariki are moving from a system focused on crisis response to one focused on prevention and early intervention, with fewer children moving through the system and into care. They focus on the underlying factors that make families and children more vulnerable, and aim to strengthen families and whānau to provide children with the best possible chance to experience a loving and stable home.
Their aim is to keep children safe in their own homes and develop interventions that work intensively with families and whānau to enable this to happen.
When it’s not possible for children to remain safely at home, Oranga Tamariki endeavour to find stable homes and loving care for children and young people, firstly within their own families and whānau, but if that’s not possible, with a care giving family that best matches their needs.
They’re also helping children and young people who have offended accept responsibility for their actions and support them so they don’t re-offend, also helping children who are likely to offend, so they don’t go down this path.
8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
From 5.00pm – 8.30 am Monday to Friday, all day on weekends and public holidays, social workers will only assess emergency situations. If you’re unsure and it’s an emergency they encourage you to call 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459).
New Plymouth Physical Address
Level 1, Dawson House, 160 Devon Street West, New Plymouth, 4310
New Plymouth Postal Address
PO Box 4043, New Plymouth 4340
Hawera Physical Address
242 High Street, corner Argyle and High Streets, Hawera
Hawera Postal Address
PO Box 59, Hawera
Contact Phone Number
If you suspect child abuse or neglect, or are worried about a child or young person, you can call our 24/7 Freephone number anytime 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459) or
Phone POLICE ON 111 If you believe a child is in immediate danger