The purpose of this website is to look at the law and explain how the law relates to tamariki and whānau. We look at some areas of the law, how it fits together and what it might mean for whānau. This information is not legal advice. It is general legal information. If you need help for a specific case, you may need to contact a lawyer or your local community law centre.
Throughout the website we have used graphics to represent various people and organisations involved in the legal process including the Family Court, District Court, Oranga Tamariki (with two social workers), NZ Police (an officer) as well as tamariki, whānau, hapū and iwi.
At different points on the website, we refer to whānau meaning the whānau, hapū and iwi. At other times we refer to the parents on their own. We also move between using the words tamariki, child or children.
He mihi nui ki te Borrin Foundation, nā rātou, tēnei pae tukutuku i tautoko. We wouldn't have been able to create this website without a grant given to us by the Borrin Foundation.
The Borrin foundation is an organisation that funds projects that intersect with the law and that benefit the community. The Borrin Foundation work epitomises the whakataukī,nā tāu rourou, nā tāku rourou ka ora ai te iwi, with your basket and my basket the people will live.
For more about the Borrin Foundation, you can find them at www.borrinfoundation.nz