FOR THE LOVE OF THE PEOPLE
We are volunteers who provide a safety presence on marae, at events and in the wider community. The Māori Community Development Act 1962 empowers the Wellington District Māori Council and the Minister for Māori Development to appoint Māori Wardens who work towards the prevention of unruly behaviour in public places and on public transport. There are around 100 Māori Wardens throughout the district, which encompasses Pōneke (Wellington), Kāpiti-Mana (Waikanae to Porirua) and Te Awakairangi (Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt).
Māori Wardens work with community and government agencies to help those in need, including the homeless, rangatahi and whānau. We work closely with the NZ Police, local councils and community partners.
AROHa KI TE TANGATA
Māori Wardens provide a high visibility presence in town centres and at community events as a way to deter crime, de-escalate tense situations and encourage people to make good choices
Māori Wardens provide tikanga, protocol and ceremonial support for tangihanga (funerals) and other occasions. They also raise and lower flags of town centres and Marae.
Area Liaison Officers act as a point-of-contact and support for Branch Chiefs in the Wellington, Te Awakairangi and Porirua-Mana Areas. The District Commander promotes our kaupapa at a regional level.