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Aroturuki Tamariki

Independent Children’s Monitor

Monitoring the oranga tamariki system

They monitor the oranga tamariki system by:

  • checking that the organisations which support and work with tamariki and rangatahi and their whānau and families, are meeting their needs, delivering services effectively, and improving outcomes
  • monitoring compliance with the Oranga Tamariki Act and associated standards and regulations, including the National Care Standards Regulations
  • monitoring system performance and using an outcomes-based approach for tamariki and rangatahi who are in care or at risk of coming into care
  • looking at the quality of practice and identifying areas for improvement across the wider oranga tamariki system, under the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System Act.

How Aroturuki Tamariki works


  • focus on the stories and lived experiences of tamariki and rangatahi, their whānau, caregivers and community
  • contact government organisations — such as Oranga Tamariki, the Police, and those in health and education
  • talk with community organisations — including Iwi and Māori organisations and those with care and custody of tamariki and rangatahi
  • analyse what they hear from the communities they visit, alongside nationwide data and other information they collect.


Aroturuki Tamariki provides reports to Ministers, which are:

  • shown in Parliament and published on their website
  • shared with iwi and others who advocate for system change.




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