WHAT WE DO
CART is a Maori organisation working with and for hard-to-reach and difficult-to-deal-with communities. Our mission is to deliver fresh hope and real change where most needed. Our core constituency is the long-term unemployed, prisoners and former prisoners, the mentally ill, alienated, disaffected, ostracized, impoverished and disenfranchised. Essentially these are the underprivileged or tribeless youth who struggle with the materialism and the competitiveness of urban culture. Poet James K Baxter called them the tribe of Nga Mokai, Detractors call them dole bludgers, drug addicts, and gang members.
HOW WE DO IT
We apply enlightened policies and strategies. We research what works and what doesn't. We advocate for the underprivileged, We consult with social leaders intent on making New Zealand a more harmonious society.
We strengthen the families, the Whanau, surrounding Nga Mokai. We put the power in the family's hands. We ask families what they want to do, then we help them do it. Whanau ora is a shift from pathology to potential, from seeing the family as sick to focusing on what's possible. We assume parents want good things for their kids, we find ways to help them to achieve that. We enable communities to build their own capabilities and capacities. No blame, just encouragement.
We bring out the best in gangs. We see them as gatherings of citizens who want to make a difference. We share the knowledge and insight that taps into the underlying urge to realise their full potential and to make real and lasting difference is the lives of their whanau.