Our vision / moemoeā 

Imagine an Aotearoa where every child shines bright

That's our vision and everything we do is designed to bring us closer to that.

We believe in our tamariki. We believe they are born to lead a life of potential. 

Sadly, we know some of our young people are being robbed of their potential by:

  • abuse and violence
  • neglect and adversity
  • the impact of poverty
  • restricted access to quality education
  • inadequate role models
  • lack of understanding and support of their developmental needs.

For many children and young people there are challenges throughout their childhood, which is why our services are designed to the meet the needs of children from birth to adulthood.  

Our services range from universal services to intensive services targeted at some of our young people who are most in need

Our mission / kaupapa is to:

Make a lasting difference to the lives of tamariki and whānau in need, so they can thrive.

Our Guiding Principles 

Our guiding principles support our vision, shape our culture and reflect what we believe and value. They guide the work do and were developed through a number of hui held across the organisation, where staff shared what was important to them about working at Barnardos. Te Rōpū Tikanga ā Rua - the Barnardos Bicultural Reference Group worked to align these with the Māori Strategy - Ngā Pou E Whā and its six core principles. 

Once the concepts were agreed, Te Rōpū and former Barnardos Pou Ārahi Maori Whare Tamanui provided the Māori translation.  


We build reciprocal and cooperative relationships which create a sense of connection and belonging. 


Mahi Tōtika

We do the right things the right way, with integrity and purpose. 



We are visionary, we inspire, we are creative and show initiative to make change happen. 


Āta whakarongo

We listen carefully and our actions are guided by the voices of the tamariki and whānau we serve.



We have the courage and strength to achieve growth, development and transformation. 

We are a nation of people of many creeds, ethnicities, heritages and values. We respect our diversity and consider them in everything we do.

A culture that reflects the real Aotearoa.

We believe in the importance of listening to people and allowing them to direct the ways in which we provide assistance and support. We respond to local needs, individual challenges and diverse experiences.

The Barnardos Poutama

Kia eke ai te hunga taitamariki ki ngā rangu tūhāhā

The direct translation is 'realisation and development for children' however the essence captures the spirit of children being encouraged to strive for their potential much like Tāne 

The translation was presented by Maahia Nathan: Principal at Te Wharekura o Manurewa, Trustee of Te Runanganui o Te Aupōuri, Trustee Parengarenga Inc, Tribal affliations Te Aupouri, Ngāti Mahuta. Certified as translator under section 15 (2) c of the Maori Language Act 1987 – 15 (2)c oral and written ​​​​​​​