finds children that don't officially exist
A sprawling family with children who didn't officially exist was the focus of a major Oranga Tamariki uplift which led to Beehive briefings after it threatened to spiral out of control.
It came after social workers and police turned up at a remote and rural property to take a number of children into care.
The visit led to Oranga Tamariki realising there were more children than believed in the wider family grouping - and no idea who they were or where they might be.
The problem confronting those who turned up was the lack of any formal legal connection between the children and wider society. The children weren't registered with local - or in some cases any - schools, didn't have their births registered and existed on no formal or official record.