We enjoy a reputation as innovative, hard-edge circuit breakers and innovators. We specialize in solving problems within hard-to-reach and difficult-to-deal-with communities. We advocate for and work with Nga Mokai seeking Whanau Ora, good health and success for themselves and their families. Our clients include gang members, prisoners and former prisoners, struggling drug addicts, long-term unemployed, mentally ill, those on the margins of society, alienated and alone. Messages from perceived 'outsiders' to these groups are unlikely be heeded.
Our unique work force has 'street cred' and convert relatively high end notions like Whanau ora into reality. Our highly effective programmes translate Government policy into demonstrated reality… even at this very difficult end. We deliver measureable, assessed, tangible results.
- For evaluations about the work of Roy Dunne and Edge Te Whaiti – refer to Te Puni Kokiri
- For evaluations about CAYAD go to Ministry of Health
- For evaluations about Whanau Ora refer to Capital and Coast District Health Board
We invert long-standing paradigms. Consider for example our Kai o te Ata programme, We targeted at-risk teenagers, encouraged them to cook breakfast at home, then got them to look after themselves and their siblings. Sooner or later the parents jumped in and breakfast became part of the family routine. Among other benefits was an improvement in the performance of the children at school of these Nga Mokai whanau. This was a case of the child teaching the parents.
This evolved into the whole Whanau Ora programme which now includes, swimming classes, winter/summer sport, doctor enrolment programme. Some of these children are now regional or national representatives within their chosen sport. The community is now surrounded by winners rather than losers – a subtle and powerful shift within the community