Karearea: Institute for Change Ka rongo te po, ka rongo te ao

Karearea: Institute for Change is a partnership. We create social and organisational change, through facilitation and innovation. Co-creating outcomes is our speciality.

  • organisational review, business development and improvement
  • community engagement and customer voice
  • project planning and management
  • training and development
  • social and transition design
  • performance and developmental evaluation, monitoring and research
  • policy and programme design

We have a passion for facilitating, framing, and integrating social, economic, and cultural design and outcomes. MEANINGFUL IMPACT through PARTNERSHIP and EMPOWERING capability.

We love to help people and organisations that help people. We like a challenge, working to results and complex social design projects. Equity, inclusion, social procurement, employment, training and development are a few of our favourite things. We have strong links with diverse communities across Aotearoa, with a number of leading industry, development, Maori, education and health partners.

Kym Hamilton (Nga Rauru, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kahungunu) - convenor and strategist. passionate about Aotearoa, public good, business, social, indigenous, Maori development, international, community, and public projects and policy. coffee snob, founder of Karearea Partnership, Phone Kym 027-2545821

Sandy Jamison (Ngati Pakeha). rights and diversity change maker. employment coaching specialist and HR trouble shooter. Sandy is a talented race and human rights educator. She is based in Wellington where she dotes on her puppies, Awhi and Ruru, and her newly minted tertiary scholar daughter.

Sandy brings her justice and mediation superpowers, and knowledge of rights and employment law to create outcomes that preserve the mana of people and organisations.

Emma Rawson is an experienced changemaker, trainer and Director with a history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Coaching, Health Promotion, Healthcare Management, and Healthcare. Emma has a Master’s degree in Public Health - Institutional Racism in Public Health from Auckland University of Technology.

Adrian Te Patu has worked for various organisations including government departments and agencies, community organisations, education institutions, hospitals, health providers and also iwi. His roles have included social worker, youth worker, counsellor, educator, trainer, cultural supervisor, health promoter, cultural advisor, MC, facilitator and on occasion, he's pulled the odd rabbit out of a hat.

His experience, knowledge, networks and links are wide-ranging at a local, national and international level. He has extensive experience in governance and leadership roles in public health, schools, not for profit, social service agencies, sports clubs and various government and local government roles.

Adrians’ unique perspective and effective approach has seen him sought after locally, nationally and internationally. His ability to work alongside a diverse range of providers, services and organisations and skill to astutely identify gaps, recommend and implement innovative solutions is highlighted in the variety of governance and advisory roles he has held in Mainstream and Māori organisations, Not for Profit and international organisations.

Sharon Armstrong (Ngati Kahungunu) - author, speaker, facilitator, changemaker. cyber and social justice is her calling. creating cultural shift and helping people overcome prejudice are her superpowers. Sharon currently works in a groundbreaking youth justice programme in Northland.

She is sought after as a paid public speaker where she candidly and powerfully shares her stories on the importance of family, resilience, hope.

Sharon provides cybercrime advice to the financial and tech sectors, the police and to whānau. While she has reached many people affected by scams, Sharon is looking for funding partners to keep up with the demand for her services. She is a team member and campaigner for MULE

We have many years experience designing and delivering kick-ass facilitation and training, working together on contracts, research, policy and projects. Our collaborators have included businesses, the not for profit sector, philanthropic agencies, Maori and iwi organisations, central and local government agencies including those focussing on Tertiary Education, Social Development, Justice, Business, Innovation and Employment, Local Government, Economic Development, Community and Regional Development.

Get in touch to see how we can work together! Mauri ora!

Karearea - the native falcon, is a fast and fierce protector. Native to forests, it has adapted to the changing landscape of Aotearoa (NZ). The karearea is thought to have connections to the spiritual realm. Ka rongo te po, ka rongo te ao ... felt in innocence and in consciousness

Ph 027-2545821

Karearea: Institute for Change. 727 Christchurch-Akaroa Road. P O Box 33363, Barrington, Christchurch. GST # 127-687-510

Change partners have included: Christchurch District Health Board, the Mental Health Foundation, ACE Aotearoa, Department of Corrections, High Impact Innovation Programme, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry for Women, the Human Rights Commission, National Iwi Chairs Forum, Te Paepae Arahi, Building Better Homes Towns and Cities National Science Challenge, Te Arawhiti, and many other Maori, hapu, iwi, not for profit and government organisations who are committed to positive change.

Created By
Kym Hamilton


Created with images by Becca Tapert - "Wanderlust" • Warren Wong - "untitled image" • Corinne Kutz - "Working Hands" • tommileew - "snail relief texture" • xxolgaxx - "happiness back side woman" • yohoprashant - "child colors nepal" • Jon Tyson - "untitled image" • Greyerbaby - "eagle bird animal" • holgerheinze0 - "new zealand mural maori" • mickeyshih - "maori stone hai bian landscape"