WE believe in James K Baxter’s simple direction to ‘make ourselves available’ to those in need, those he named ‘the tribe of Nga Mokai’.
CART is made up of a unique workforce of social change agents who are available to work across the spectrum of Nga Mokai groups and their various divides.
We believe in Whañau Ora, a healthy, thriving family. We believe in helping recipient communities to build on their own capabilities and capacities. We are dedicated to strengthening and empowering the families, the Whanau and the surrounding Nga Mokai.
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 take a community development approach, walking beside those most in need. CART’s unique strength is its workforce of social change agents. Our members have the knowledge and experience to reach and work across the spectrum of Nga Mokai groups and their different needs. We enable recipient communities to build their own capabilities and capacities.
We remove the labels - we believe that labelling kids creates a self-self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, we recognise that young people need peer support and we focus on how that support can become positive and productive.
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 and respect that leadership takes many forms. Maori are not a homogenous group and a Whanau has its own leadership that agencies need to acknowledge and work with.
We engage Whanau and community - they are not passive recipients and they are aspirational. Their experiences with hard-to-reach peoplemean they are qualified to deliver intervention 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 align with their Whanau and community kaupapa.
We build capability, whirikoka.
We recognise that whanau and community leaders are often people with instinctive qualities but may need support to develop and grow their leadership skills.
We support and source Whanau & community initiatives. We Encourage Maori designed, developed and delivered initiatives that grow from the ground up and we ensure they are adequately supported and evaluated by government iwi and community agencies.
Winning Black Power parliamentary debate team at Wellington Fowler Center event