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Oranga Tamariki Act - changes

Oranga Tamariki Act - changes
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The Children, Young Persons and their Families youth and criminal jurisdictions. (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Act 2017 comes fully into force on 1 July 2019. The amendments constitute the most significant changes since the original 1989 Act. It is vital that practitioners working in this area are not only up to date with the specific legislative amendments, but also have a firm grasp on the important changes to the principles, purposes and processes contained in the Act.

This seminar is a rallying call to hear, heed and implement the spirit of what was and remains revolutionary child protection law. It will encourage reflection on the value accorded to the mahi of child care and protection and to suggest how the legislation can be harnessed for the better benefit of children and whānau.

Topics covered will include:

  • The context within which the Act sits
  • Obligations in respect of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Key legislative changes
  • Tikanga Māori in relation to the Act.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will:

  • Critically examine your advocacy and collaboration role in the care and protection of children and young persons.
  • Identify opportunities within your practice to advance the purposes of the Act.
  • Be informed of the most significant legislative changes that take effect on 1 July.

Who should attend

All lawyers working in the area of child law (parenting, care and protection and youth justice).

Book / Technical Specs

A background book written by the presenters is available in hard copy, PDF, or both. Please indicate your choice upon registration. 

  • Hard Copy - Your book will be posted to you - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and posted the hard copy book  - additional $30 charge
For information on what is required to participate in the live web stream, click here.


  • Her Honour Judge Sharyn Otene, District Court, Hamilton
  • Natalie Coates, Consultant, Kahui Legal and Lecturer, University of Auckland, Whakatane
  • Dr Allan Cooke, Barrister, Quadrant Chambers, Auckland
  • Darrin Haimona MNZM, Chief Advisor Māori, Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, Wellington
  • Erin Judge, Chief Legal Officer, Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, Wellington

Fee (Incl GST)

In Person

  • $255 – NZLS members and NZLS Associate members
  • $305 – Non-members

Live Web Stream

  • $235 – NZLS members and NZLS Associate members
  • $285 – Non-members
Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here


  • 12.30pm - 5.00pm
  • Live web stream registration closes - 3.00pm, Tuesday 18 June 2019

View PDF brochure and registration form here.

Christchurch 17 June
Wellington 18 June
Auckland 19 June
Live web stream 19 June
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation & refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less the cost of the booklet and less an administration fee of $75. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.
freephone (within NZ)
0800 333 111


04 472 7837

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PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand