Our purpose

The Oranga Tamariki Action Plan is the Government’s commitment to ensure that the children and young people with the greatest needs receive the right support and services. 

A strong and passionate sense of urgency is needed by all agencies to respond immediately to the needs of children, young people and their families and whānau before issues and challenges escalate, further impacting on the wellbeing of whānau. 

The Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, launched in 2019, sets 6 wellbeing outcomes that outline what children and young people want and need for a good life.  

However, children and young people continue to face barriers to achieving these outcomes. These barriers include limits on access to key services that have the potential to significantly improve their wellbeing and long-term outcomes. 

The Oranga Tamariki Action Plan drives a framework across Government agencies that will:

  • support children and young people on their journey
  • reduce or remove those barriers.  

This will reduce the need for children and young people to come into care or be involved with the youth justice system. When they are already involved with Oranga Tamariki or do need their help, the Action Plan framework will help improve the support those children and young people receive.  

In particular, the Action Plan will drive activities to ensure that the holistic wellbeing needs of children and young people are met, enabling them to achieve the outcomes they want and need.  

Published: March 22, 2023