Here at Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui, we're rapidly adapting to new ways of working in response to Covid-19. We're doing all we can to support and inform our workforces. Find out more by visiting our dedicated Covid-19 portal.

Here at Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui, we're rapidly adapting to new ways of working in response to Covid-19. We're doing all we can to support and inform our workforces. Find out more by visiting our dedicated Covid-19 portal.

Kia Noho Rangatira Ai Tātou

An education programme on human rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

"To build a fully inclusive, fair and prosperous society, we need more people educated about a human rights approach to ensure people have the appropriate skills, values and commitment."
- Paul Gibson, former Disability Rights Commissioner, Human Rights Commission 

What is Kia Noho Rangatira Ai Tātou?

A unique education programme developed by Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui and the Disabled Persons Assembly that puts human rights for disabled people and the Disability Convention into a New Zealand cultural context.

    The name Kia Noho Rangatira Ai Tātou expresses the right of all people to exercise self-determination to participate as full citizens in their whānau, community and world.

    Our thanks to governance group kaumatua, Te Huia Bill Hamilton (Ngāti Kahungungu, Nga Rāuru, Ngāti Raukawa, Kotimana) for gifting the programme name.

    System transformation

    As we work towards transformation of the disability system, the concepts at the heart of this unique programme are fundamental and timely:

    • disabled persons' human rights
    • self-determination
    • citizenship
    • belonging.  

    “Nothing about us without us” 

    Informed by human rights education best practice, the programme is developed and delivered by disabled people. 

    “Nothing about us without us” is the basis of the programme’s philosophy.

    This interactive education programme is delivered in four modules. It has three main learning objectives:

    • understand the meaning of human rights and the New Zealand human rights system
    • learn about the Disability Convention
    • apply practical knowledge of the Disability Convention. 

    The programme includes a manual which provides a practical reference guide to applying the Disability Convention. 

    Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui aims to deliver the human rights education programme in a way that suits you or your organisation’s needs. We have a range of options to participate in the Kia Noho Rangatira Ai Tātou programme. 

    To register:

    1. For organisations we welcome enquiries from organisations that are interested in providing education to 20+ staff.  We are currently offering the programme via a 10 hour webinar, delivered in four 2.5 hour modules. 
    2. For individuals and smaller organisations we offer set dates that you can register for our 10 hour webinar and participate in the four 2.5 hour modules.  
    3. Other options: we are keen to share our programme with you. Please contact us and we can discuss which other options work best for you.

    Please note we are not currently offering the face to face, two-day workshops that we have in the past. We will revisit this option later in 2020.

    What have past learners said about the programme?  

    “Excellent facilitators. Comprehensive, user-friendly manual.”

    “Brilliant – beyond expectations.”

    “Extremely relevant information that was engaging throughout”

    “Excellent amount of information to apply to daily practice."