TĒNA KOUTOU KATOA
TŪ MAI RĀ MAUNGA HIKURANGI
E RERE ATU RĀ KI TE AWA OWAIAPU
NEI RĀ A POROU E MIHI ATU NEI
Kanohi ki te Kanohi collaborates with people and organisations that are seeking to create their own change.
We share a passion and aroha for serving our community and working in partnership with whānau and organisations. We have mana in the Aotearoa disability community and have extensive networks and experience across the disability, not-for-profit, Māori and government sectors.
WHAT WE OFFER
- Mentoring and advocacy
- Management and service quality evaluation and advice
- Strategic planning and project management for community and small organisations
- Group facilitation for whānau, disability organisations and community groups.
How we can work with you...
Our approach is solutions focussed and innovative. We think outside the box and then follow through with the practical steps needed for people and organisations to achieve their goals.
We have lived experience of disability and we use our collective strength and perspective to enable people to take action and enhance their lives.
We Can Share Our Knowledge About...
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Effective governance
- How the disability sector has progressed and our vision for its future
- The Disability Support System in Aotearoa and how to make the most of it.
MEET GARY AND RUTH
Get to know Gary
Gary was raised in Tokomaru Bay as one of six children. He is now a Dad and Poppa G to three mokos. He is a recent arrival to Christchurch but brings a wealth of experience and knowledge.
After working as a software developer for nearly two decades, Gary became the CEO of the Disabled Persons Assembly, which he led for 11 years. There he focused on changing attitudes about disabled people, including advancing the idea that disabled people could have choice over where they lived, where they worked and could live in the community.
He was influential in the development of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, working alongside governments to get the best possible outcomes.
Get to know Ruth
Ruth was born in Christchurch and remains close to her family and friends here.
Ruth is proud to serve and work in the communities that she is part of. Initially as a social worker, then a manager and now as a consultant, Ruth provides and encourages leadership in the community, NGO, education and disability sectors.
She and her husband Gary established the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group (EDLG) to promote the need for the new Christchurch to be a genuinely accessible city.
Our Mahi: Updates and News
We're excited to be leading Hei Whakapiki Mauri, a new project that empowers Māori with disabilities and their whānau through whanaungatanga and korero.
We run free hui and connect with whānau in Waitaha, focusing on who we are as Māori. We also offer one-on-one Navigation.
Hei Whakapiki Mauri is free to all whānau in Waitaha who have a Māori family member with a disability.
Through Hei Whakapiki Mauri whānau will:
- Explore what’s important to them and how to make it happen
- Get together with other whānau who know what it’s like
- Enhance their knowledge and confidence in te ao Māori
- Get up-to-date information about disability.