Always addressing the manifest needs of Nga Mokai, and always pursuing real, observable, touchable, measurable outcomes, CART has been helping make New Zealand a better place since 1989. Our research has informed the Department of Labour, the Office for the Secretary of Justice, the Ombudsman’s Office, the Crime Prevention Unit, the Mahi Tahi Trust (Sir Norman Perry ), and the Ministry of Maori Development.Fostering family well-being in the fields of housing, education, employment, recreation, and justice have completed countless successful projects in Dunedin, Wellington Central, Porirua, Lower North Island, Central North Island, Bay of Plenty, and Hawke’s Bay.
In 2006, driven by health sector reforms and policies designed to encourage Maori development we lifted our sights from micro outputs to more comprehensive outcomes. These reforms have also promoted the notion of capacity building, the ‘growing up’ of service providers who have proved their effectiveness. This growing up has provided support for the building of organisational infrastructure and team training. Projects we have initiated include the following.
Key Fieldworker Project 1
In 1989 with assistance from the Department of Justice (Community Law and Order Fund) CART employed a fieldworker to work with gang members to assist them with education, employment, housing, and health and recreation services. The project was funded for four years.
Key Fieldworker Project 2
In 1993 CART was funded by the Department of Labour’s Community Employment Group to employ a co-ordinator to promote positive development amongst disaffected people in the Wellington area. The project was very successful and the model was replicated in Auckland in 1995
Southern Long Term Unemployed Project
CART was contracted by the Community Employment Group in Dunedin to establish a work trust for disadvantaged long term unemployed
Training Trainers Projects
CART has run a range of training programmes for street and community workers. These courses cover relationships with Government (structural analysis) communications and media management, organization and administration and leadership.
Heirs of Tane Project
CART ran a series of development programmes at Auckland Prison in conjunction with the Heirs of Tane Trust.
CART established the 418 Activity Centre, an alternative “second chance” education centre for street kids, long term unemployed and solo mums.
Porirua Safer City Research Project
CART undertook a study in conjunction with the Te Watea Society (Porirua) on the unusually high mortality rates of a group of disadvantaged families for presentation to the Porirua Healthy Safer City Trust
Lifting the Boulder Search Conference
In conjunction with CEG, Dept Corrections, Dept Internal Affairs, Willi Fels Memorial Trust, New Zealand Community Trust CART successfully undertook a search conference into what needs to be done in order to successfully reintegrate long term prison inmates back into their communities.
Miramar Rugby League Project
With funding from the Willi Fels Memorial Trust and the assistance of the New Zealand Community Trust CART worked with the Miramar Rugby League to reclaim a position in the ranks of the Premier Rugby League Clubs in Wellington. Miramar was an underperforming club with a strong gang orientation. A Police sergeant became the manager and a top league coach was recruited as the coach. A clubrooms was established, health programmes were commenced and the club was accepted into the top ranks of league clubs.
Wellington Central City Project
CART employed three high profile sportsmen to work on a daily basis with at risk youth at central Wellington High Schools. The scheme provided at school and after school support services.
Cyber Literacy Project 1
Following the findings of the Lifting the Boulder Search Conference CART secured funding from the Community Employment Group to successfully run a cyber literacy programme with inmates at Rimutaka Prison.
Cyber Literacy Project 2
Again funded by CEG, CART experimented with a less structured and wider approach cyber literacy programme based around a number of prisons. Although meaningful and possibly useful this project was not successful and has been discontinued
2003 Mind Your Jollies Campaign
In conjunction with an inner-city ‘underground’ dance music radio station (FIRM FM) CART developed a communications campaign with a harm minimization message aimed at people using methamphetamine (P). This work was funded by Willi Fels Memorial Trust and the New Zealand Community Trust
CART built on the Mind Your Jollies message to develop a anti-P website and CD-ROM based community resource. This project was funded by New Zealand Community Trust
2004 Sinners Tour Project
With support from the New Zealand Community Trust CART in October 2004 facilitated a methamphetamine awareness-raising tour by rock legend Joe Walsh. Joe is a recovered addict and played and gave powerful addresses to audiences at Parliament, Wellington; Otatara Pa Hawke’s Bay; and at Hone Waititi Marae.
2005 Mokai Whanau Ora
CART workers provided services to Mokai Whanau Ora, a Ministry of Health funded project that aims to reduce the demand for methamphetamine amongst the ‘Nga Mokai’ population
2005 Central Island Whanau Development
In conjunction with the Ministry of Maori Development (TPK) CART has employed a fieldworker to work with the ‘Nga Mokai’ target population in the central North Island in improving employment training and opportunities. A forestry training course was established. This work has spread to Auckland and to the Eastern Bay of Plenty and is scheduled to run until December 2005.
2005 Newtown Union Health Service – Mokai Whanua Ora
In conjunction with the Ministry of Maori Development (TPK) and in partnership with the Newtown Union Health Service CART has employed a fieldworker to work with the ‘Nga Mokai’ target population in the central and south west suburbs of Wellington seeking improved access to and engagement with health services.
2005 Symposium: Self, Drugs, Race and Justice in New Zealand
In March 2005 CART, in conjunction with the New Zealand Community Trust, Willi Fels Memorial Trust, Jenny Gill private Trust, J R McKenzie Trust, Ministry of Maori Development, Joe Walsh, Wareham and Associates, and the Eagles Foundation of America, facilitated a three day Symposium with the Black Power, Mongrel Mob and Sensible Sentencing Trust
2005 South East City Public Health Organisation – Nga Mokai Pilot Study
In conjunction with the South East City Public Health Organisation, CART undertook pilot study, investigating barriers to accessing health services for ‘hard to reach’ Whanau. The pilot study is due for completion in November 2005.
2006 and 2007 Healthy Eating Healthy Action Programme
CART developed and implemented a Health Eating Healthy Action programme, aimed ‘at risk’ youth in the South Wellington region. The programme was funded by the Capital and Coast District Health Board.
2006 – 2010 Whanau Ora
CART was contracted by the Ministry of Health to improve the health of 50 ‘hard to reach’ Whanau in the South Wellington Region. The aim is to help each Whanau to overcome barriers to accessing health services.
2006 Hard to Reach Whanau Action Project
CART has been contracted by the Ministry of health to improve the health of Mongrel Mob families in the North Island. The focus has been on immunisations for vaccine preventable diseases and building resistance in the community against the drug ‘P’.
2009 to 2012 Growing Champions Project
CART has been contracted by the Capital and Coast District Health Board to improved the health and wellbeing of low income families based in South Wellington through ensuring that all Nga Mokai Tamariki/Rangatahi between the age of 5 and 15 participating in a winter sport and a summer sport, to provide a free gym for ‘at promise’ youth and adults from low income families, to teach all Nga Mokai rangatahi between the age of 4 and 7 how to swim, to provide 3 free holiday programmes per year for Nga Mokai Tamariki aged between 5 and 12.
Increased Public Safety
- Target behaviour of hard to reach youth in South Auckland
- Develop an appropriate engagement tool to work with hard to reach youth in Sth Auckland
- Implement effectively designed interventions
Improved Public Health
Hard-to-Reach Whanau Project
- Communicable disease control
- Output 1 Assess health status of hard to reach whanau and communities by undertaking surveys and needs assessments
- Output 2 Ensure provision of health screening by running 2 screening days
- Output 3 Engage hard to reach whanau in collaborative partnerships
- Output 4 Undertake workforce training