Well Child Tamariki Ora Programme

Well Child Tamariki Ora Programme

The Well Child Tamariki Ora programme is a series of health visits and support that are free to all families for children from around 6 weeks up to 5 years of age.


Make sure you join up with Plunket or another Well Child Tamariki Ora service as soon as your baby is born, so that they can see your baby when your midwife finishes visiting you. Your midwife can help you to choose the Well Child Tamariki Ora service that's right for you.

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What does the Well Child Tamariki Ora Programme cover?

You and your child have the right to use the free Well Child Tamariki Ora service in New Zealand.

The 3 parts of the service will support you to make sure your child grows and develops to their full potential. 

Health and development assessments

Providing reassurance that your child is developing normally, through growth and development assessments, and informing you about other services to keep your child healthy.

Care and support for families and whānau

Supporting and helping you and your family/whānau to identify your needs as you care for your child, and linking you with community and other services.

Health education

Supporting you to gain the knowledge and skills to respond to your child's needs at the different stages of their development.

Māori health providers

There are a number of Māori health providers contracted to deliver the Ministry of Health's Well Child Tamariki Ora Programme and/or whānau care and support. Check what services are offered by your local Māori health provider.

Tamariki Ora nurse sitting talking to a mum and her partner with their baby

Hearing and vision checks, dental care and immunisation are an important part of Well Child care


This page last reviewed 16 June 2021.

Call Healthline on 0800 611 116 any time of the day or night for free health advice when you need it