CART takes a community development approach and seeks to enable the recipient communities to build their own capabilities and capacities. CART’s value proposition is derived from its unique workforce of social change agents, the members of which are available to work across the spectrum ofNga Mokai groups and their various divides.
“I’m on your side”
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.
Recognise that there is good in all Whanau & communities
Regardless of how alienated or dysfunctional a Whanau or community may be, there will always be some good within it – identify the good and tap into it to start the change process.
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.
Engage Whanau & the community
Recognise Whanau & community are not passive recipients but are aspirational and are capable of designing, developing and delivering their own interventions and services that will factor in their Whanau and community realities.
People who have common experiences with hard to reach populations are the most appropriate people to design and deliver interventions projects because they can share their experiences of what has led them to make positive life choices.
Build capability & capacity
Recognise whanau and community leaders are often people with instinctive leadership qualities and may need support to develop their formal leadership acumen.
Support & 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.