PATRONS AND CHAMPIONS
CART has received invaluable support from many people over the years. We would particularly like to acknowledge the following:
Sir Norman and Lady Perry
Sir Norman was the Private Secretary to Sir Apirana Ngata, and, I understand the only non-Maori officer in the 28th Maori Battalion. He was mentored by the late Hoani Waititi and was a good friend of Rewi Alley. He was a staunch Presbyterian – in fact he became the Lay Moderator of the Presbyterian Church – but after shifting to Opotiki he became involved in the affairs of Whakatohea and learned much about the Ringatu religion and Te Kooti. He was a member of Justice Sir Clinton Roper’s Ministerial Enquiry into Violent offending (1987). He utilised a Whakatohea initiative (The Mahi Tahi Trust) and pioneered alternative ways to deal with offending by young Maori. He was known for visiting long term prisoners at Paremoremo. He was a mentor and friend to Harry Tam and Denis O’Reilly, both CART trustees.
Rangitihi Rangiwaiata (John) Tahuparae
‘Tahu’ was a son of the Whanganui River and is credited with coining the shibboleth ‘I am the River, and the River is me’. In the 1970’s in Wellington he developed a school of martial arts as an alternative to gang life. He became recognized for his ‘tohunga’ skills and was called upon for matters to do with both physical and spiritual healing. He became the first ‘kaumatua’ for the NZ Parliament and played a significant role with successive Governors General and members of the Royal Family including the Queen in keeping them ‘safe’ in terms of Maori protocol. He was a member of the Waitangi Tribunal. Tahu was a staunch friend of Nga Mokai.
Bill & Fran Maung
Bill Maung, a committed Buddhist, was a political refugee from Burma. He was a senior figure there, one the post colonial comptrollers of the country, and a delegate to the United Nations. He joined up with the James K Baxtercommunity at Jerusalem after Hemi’s death and went on to run a series of both urban and rural based communes and work co-operatives with the tribe of Nga Mokai. Harry Tam came under his influence in the late 70’s when Bill and Fran ran an alternative school in Adelaide Road. Bill was also known as the political advisor to the Black Power and is to a great degree responsible for the roopu’s political consciousness. Although in poor health Bill attended the opening of CART’s premises in December 2009 (TV3-video). Bill died in August 2011.
Martin Joiner (right) hails from the Caribbean. He grew up in Newtown Wellington at a time when conservative white redneckism was likely to present problems for most dark skinned youth. Martin won respect by his tough and uncompromising attitude across the sports of rugby league, wrestling, boxing, and the martial arts. He became a successful businessman and has mentored and trained many athletes both in new Zealand and in Asia. Through his establishment “The Pool Room” Martin has been able to sponsor a significant amount of the equipment in the CART gymnasium.
Sir Robert Muldoon.
On becoming Prime Minister Rob Muldoon searched for a better way to treat the tribeless young urban Maori than just locking them up in prison. He encouraged the NZ Maori Council under the leadership of Sir Graham Latimer to engage with the tribe of Nga Mokai. He acted as a champion for work co-operatives and initiated the Detached Youth Worker programme – of which Denis O’Reilly was the prototype worker. Rob Muldoon was a mentor to both Denis and Harry Tam. On his retirement from Parliament the Mongrel Mob presented him with the Collected Works of James K Baxter. At his funeral over 100 Black Power performed a haka in the Auckland Town Hall after Sir Graham Latimer’s poroporoaki.
Elespie and Ian Prior
This wonderful couple were known as quiet philanthropists. They relentlessly supported work amongst Nga Mokai over two decades and through acts of kindness and generosity allowed many individuals to exit the darkness of prison and enter the light of community. Dr Ian Prior was recognized as a groundbreaking epidemiologist and he worked tirelessly amongst Ngati Tuhoe, Ngati Porou, and throughout the Pacific Islands seeking population focused health initiatives. Their home was always open to members of the tribe of Nga Mokai
Founding trustees Harvey Uiti and Gary Victor Martin