Who is Kāpō Māori Aotearoa New Zealand Inc.?
Kāpō Māori Aotearoa is the oldest national indigenous blind consumer led organisation, founded as a peer support network in 1983 by blind, low vision, vision impaired, deaf blind Māori and their whānau. We are guided by Māori values, principles and practices, and support tāngata whaikaha (disabled people) and their whānau to attain whānau ora (wellbeing), be strong self-advocates and leaders in their whānau and communities and contribute to educating Aotearoa New Zealand society about indigenous disability.
What is the vision of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa?
“Illuminating the darkness with hope, self-determination, independence, individual and whanau well-being”
Does Kāpō Māori Aotearoa have a Mission Statement?
Yes The misison statement of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa is to:
What are the strategic goals of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa?
The strategic goals of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa are:
Goal 1: Wealth generation and financial stability.
Goal 2: Increase organisational capability and systems integrity.
Goal 3: Create and maintain innovative ‘member centered’ programs and service solutions.
Goal 4: Build robust long-term sustainable relationships.
Goal 5: Expand the profile and reputation of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa.
Is Kāpō Māori Aotearoa a Business or a Consumer Social Network?
It is both. Kāpō Māori Aotearoa is a Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) that has the mandate to speak on behalf of Kāpō Māori and their whānau in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Society also offers a range of whānau-centered services that are funded through Crown, non-government and philanthropic service contracts and grants.
What is the core business of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa?
The core business of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa is to advocate for, design and implement service solutions that support Kāpō Māori Aotearoa members to attain whānau ora, thus realising their potential as individuals, as whānau and as contributing citizens in Aotearoa New Zealand society.
From an operational level Kāpō Māori Aotearoa undertakes the following functions:
Educate Kāpō Māori Aotearoa members about their rights in accordance with:
Broaden the profile and reputation of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa through publishing and contributing to ‘positive stories’ that highlight the work of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa and its members.
What is the organizational structure of Kapo Maori Aotearoa?
The evolution of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa and its infrastructure has been colorful, evolving from a peer support and advocacy group in Auckland to a lean and organic business entity, a national health and disability service provider as well as a non-academic research body. Central to the success of the Society’s sustainability is that the organization remains consumer governed and led with delivery of services founded upon kaupapa Māori principles and practices.
The internal organisational structure comprises of ‘Governance’ being Te Kahui Tumuaki and ‘Operational’ being staff employed by Kāpō Māori Aotearoa – refer following diagram – Kāpō Māori Aotearoa Organisation Chart.
Governance – Te Kahui Tumuaki
Te Kahui Tumuaki (National Executive) comprises of five positions, President, Vice-President and three board members. In accordance with the Society’s constitution, three of the five positions must be held by a kāpō person with two of those positions being that of President and Vice President.
Election of Te Kahui Tumuaki can only be facilitated at either a general or special meeting of the Society. Additionally, only Kāpō Māori Aotearoa ‘Tangata’ members can nominate, vote and or be elected as a member of Te Kahui Tumuaki.
Location is not a determinant of the election process. Up to September 2013 payment of service for Tumuaki members’ contribution was voluntary however at the Society’s 2013 General meeting Tangata members passed a remit that affirmed payment of honorarium to Board members.
Management & Staff
Kāpō Māori Aotearoa employs a total of six salaried staff.
I want to become a member of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa – what is the criteria and how do I join?
Kāpō Māori Aotearoa Membership
Any individual (disabled, able bodied, whānau member, friend, care giver and/or supporter) residing in Aotearoa and who supports the Society’s aim, purpose, philosophy and principles can register and access Kāpō Māori Aotearoa services.
Kāpō Māori Aotearoa registrants comprise of all genders, ages (0 to 80+ years), ethnicity, income level, religious preference, hāpu and Iwi affiliations.
There is no registration cost with potential registrants informed prior to signing up about the Society, its services and kaupapa Māori business practices and service delivery methods.
Registrants are also informed and given the opportunity to register as Kāpō Māori Aotearoa ‘Tangata’ through the payment of an annual subscription fee, this amount set at the Society’s general meeting. Payment of the subscription fee entitles ‘Tangata’ to fully participate in the governance and on-going strategic development of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa. Tangata registration is voluntary.
How do I contact Kāpō Māori Aotearoa?