The core CART philosophy is based on Baxter’s simple direction to 'make ourselves available' to those in need, the people he called ‘the tribe of Nga Mokai.' Our value proposition derives from our unique workforce of social change agents, the members of which are available to work across the spectrum of Nga Mokai groups and their various divides.
We believe in Whañau Ora, a healthy, achieving family. We believe in helping recipient communities to build their own capabilities and capacities. We are dedicated to strengthening the families, the Whanau, surrounding Nga Mokai and putting the power in the family's hands. We ask families what they want to do and help them to do it. Whanau ora is a shift from pathology to potential, from seeing the family as sick to focussing on what's possible. We assume they want good things for their kids and find a way for them to acheive it. No blame, just encouragement.
We believe in innovative, targeted intervention. Our programs focus on community-oriented action research and facilitation. We actively help Nga Mokai families identify and achieve observable, measurable targets. Our dedicated change agents both live and share the philosophy of fresh hope and real change.
CART Team Leader Eugene Ryder explains our core philosophies to Ministry of Justice personnel
The Philosophy in Action
- We align with those most in need. We take a community development approach. We enable recipient communities to build their own capabilities and capacities. CART’s value proposition springs from its unique workforce of social change agents. Our members are available to work across the spectrum of Nga Mokai groups and their various divides.
- We remove the labels. There is a propensity to label groups of youths as youth gangs without recognizing that young people need their peer support as part of a natural youth development process. Labelling theorists argue that labelling can create a self fulfilling prophecy where the young people’s behaviours will be influenced by the label.
- We recognise the good. Regardless of how alienated or dysfunctional a Whanau or community may be, there will always be some good within. We identify the good and tap into it to start the change process.
- We recognise the leadership diversity. Maori are not a homogenous group and a Whanau has its own leadership that agencies need to accept and work with.
- We engage Whanau and community. They are not passive recipients. They are aspirational. Their experiences with hard-to-reach populations perfectly fit them to deliver interventions projects. They are motivated to share the insights and experiences that led them to make positive life choices.They can design, develop and deliver interventions and services that factor in their Whanau and community realities.
- We build capability and capacity. Recognise whanau and community leaders are often people with instinctive leadership qualities and may need support to develop their formal leadership acumen.
- We support and source Whanau & community initiatives. Encourage Maori designed, developed and delivered bottom up initiatives and ensure they are adequately supported and evaluated by government iwi and community agencies.
Winning Black Power parliamentary debate team at Wellington Fowler Center event