The Te Whanganui-ā-Tara District encompasses 3 main areas, which include Te Awakairangi (the Hutt Valley), Wellington and Porirua-Mana. There are around 9 Māori Committees who appoint local Branch Chiefs to manage their wardens. Area Liaison Officers act as a point-of-contact and support for Branch Chiefs in the 3 areas and the District Commander oversees the whole district, promoting our kaupapa at a regional level. 


Te Whanganui-ā-Tara District Commander

Gabriel Tupou

Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Waitaha ki Te Arawa, Tongan

Gabriel is the Wellington District Māori Council member responsible for the Māori Wardens portfolio and is also a member of the Wainuiomata Māori Wardens. He has a background in the Public Service, community work and governance. Gabriel is a recipient of the Lower Hutt Civic Honours Award and the Kiwibank Local Heroes Medal. 


Pōneke Area Liaison

Suzanne Tamaki

Te Arawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Tūhoe

Suzanne is Branch Chief fo the Te Manawa Ora ki Te Whanganui-ā-Tara Māori Wardens. She has over 20 years experience working with numerous Māori and Pacific groups in the creative arts and cultural sector. Suzanne worked as a Programme Leader at Te Papa Tongarewa and currently works as Wellington City Council's Events Co-ordinator for Festivals.


Kāpiti-Mana Area Liaison

Heniaka August

Ngāti Kahungunu

Heniaka is Branch Chief for Ngāti Toa Māori Wardens based in Porirua. She has worked as a Māori Warden since 2009. Ngāti Toa Māori Wardens was formally recognised by Wellington City in 2015 and Porirua City in 2016. In June 2018 Heniaka was named as one of 25 influential wāhine in Porirua City as part of the national celebrations marking 125 years of women’s suffrage.


Te Awakairangi Area Liaison

Te Ari Taylor

Ngati Tūwharetoa, Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Kāi Tahu, Rangitāne 

Te Ari has served as Branch Chief for Lower Hutt Māori Wardens for almost 3 years. She is originally from Kaikoura where she was a founding member of the Kaikoura Māori Wardens from 2014. As their community presence grew, through street patrols and helping out at local events, the unruliness of the town calmed down. She brings her experience and passion for the kaupapa to Lower Hutt.


Senior Chaplain

Chaplain Rev Bruce Aranga

Ngāi Tūhoe

Rev Bruce Aranga is a renown Kaumātua and Minita of Te Hāhi Mihinare in the Wellington Region. He has been involved with the Māori Wardens kaupapa since 1964. As Chaplain, Rev Aranga oversees the spiritual wellbeing/ wairuatanga of Māori Wardens and is also called upon to officiate at ceremonies, functions and hui.


Executive Advisor for Civil Defence

Matua Joe McLeod

Ngāi Tūhoe

Matua Joe has a passion for "promoting our untapped Māori Culinary Culture to the world" with community groups, Marae, iwi and businesses. He is also the Māori Liaison Director for the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office. And has worked with Marae and communities towards emergency preparedness.