Māori Wardens

“Aroha ki te tangata / For the love of the people”

Māori Wardens play an intrinsic role in improving the wellbeing of whānau and our communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.  They are one of the longest running volunteer institutions in Aotearoa built on aroha, manaaki, awhi and whanaungatanga.

Last updated: Thursday, 7 March 2024 | Rāpare, 07 Poutūterangi, 2024

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About Māori Wardens

Māori Wardens have been supporting whānau for over 150 years at a grassroots level and have well-established relationships that enable them to work closely with whānau, hāpori, Māori organisations, community groups and government agencies.

Māori Wardens are not police, but they have legal responsibilities under the Māori Community Development Act 1962 and they give their time to supporting communities.

The strength of Māori Warden’s is their intimate knowledge of, and close connection to their local communities. The guiding principles of a Māori Warden is respect, awhi, aroha, and whānaungatanga. The values are:

  • Rangimarie (Peace)
  • Manaaki (Kindness)
  • Kōrero (Talking)
  • Whakaiti (Humility)
  • Tautoko (Support)
  • Pono (Honesty)

More information

Ngā Wātene Māori o Aotearoa (National Māori Wardens Organisation) is the established entity supporting Māori Warden groups around the motu. 

For more information please go to www.maoriwardens.nz