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

He toka tū moana, ka tū, ka tū, ka tū ahakoa i āwhātia mai e te rangi, i whakapākākātia e te whitinga o te rā;
He toka tū moana, tū tonu, tū tonu! Tīhei Mauri ora!

About Māori Wardens

Māori Wardens are not police, but they have legal responsibilities under the Māori Community Development Act 1962.

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)

Māori Wardens create safer communities, encourage and assist rangatahi, and support whānau.

Māori Wardens volunteer their services throughout New Zealand, providing support, security, traffic and crowd control, first aid, and other services to the community.

News and Stories

The latest news and events for Māori Wardens are listed below.

Sitting down for a cuppa tea with the Prime Minister


Māori Wardens, Kōhanga Reo and NZ Police solidify relationship at 35th Annual Kōhanga Reo Conference


Māori Wardens: A proud tradition


Ngāti Toa Māori Wardens Praised for Service to Community


Māori Wardens Assist at Royal Visit


Seeing the Kids Happy and Seeing Them Safe


Murihiku Māori Wardens Win Supreme Community Award


Talking and listening are key: Ray Coffin



A Handbook for new Māori Wardens to introduce you to and prepare you for your new role

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Available training programmes for Māori Wardens to recognise and support the importance of upskilling our people

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To deliver community-based services, improve organisational capacity and capability, and support national events

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Read more publications about Māori Wardens

Māori Wardens Regional Coordinators

Each rohe (seven) across the country has a Regional Co-ordinator. The purpose of the regional co-ordinator is to build relationships with local agencies and community groups in order to promote the services provided by Māori Wardens.

Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Tai Tokerau

Hoana Parangi (Ngā Puhi) is the regional co-ordinator for Te Taitokerau – Tāmaki Makaurau regions. Her region extends from the Bombay Hills right to the tip of the North Island – Te Hiku o Te Ika.

Based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Hoana believes in supporting wardens with various kaupapa and providing direction and guidance when needed. This role has given her the opportunity to service the needs of Māori Wardens who work alongside their respective communities including whānau, hapū, and iwi.

Telephone: 027 598 9871 or 09 571 2966 Email: parho@tpk.govt.nz.

Waikato Tainui

Pareaute Panapa-Solomon (Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou) is the regional co-ordinator for the Waikato – Tainui region. Her region extends from the Bombay Hills and Port Waikato in the north, along the western coastline south to Mōkau, eastward embracing the King Country, through to the Kaimai Ranges, the Hauraki plains and returning northwards to the Coromandel Peninsula

Pareaute utilises her role as regional co-ordinator to broker strong relationships with whānau, hapū, marae and organisations that contribute to the capacity and capability of the wardens in her region. A critical component of the work in the Waikato-Tainui region is the kaupapa of the Kiingitanga – this kaupapa is unique to her region.

Telephone: 027 465 5843 or 09 571 2966 Email: panap@tpk.govt.nz.

Wellington, Kāpiti, Horowhenua and Manawatū

Diane Kawana (Ngā Wairiki) is the regional co-ordinator for the Wellington regional centre covering Manawatū, Horowhenua, Kāpiti and Wellington. She is based in Palmerston North.

As regional co-ordinator, Diana believes that this role has given her an opportunity to provide valuable resources that actively services the needs of Māori Wardens who work alongside whānau, hapū and iwi in their the wider communities.

Telephone: 027 415 9837 Email: kawad@tpk.govt.nz.

Whanganui, Taranaki, Rangitikei and Ruapehu

Wayne Seeley (Ngāpuhi) is the regional co-ordinator for the Whanganui regional centre covering the Whanganui, Taranaki, Rangitikei and Ruapehu districts in additional to this he covers the Waiariki, Whakatāne and Tauranga districts. Wayne has been a Māori Warden for 22 years and has worked closely with the District Māori Council.

He is pleased to be able to work with Māori Wardens in his region as he wants to see the work that Māori Wardens do in their communities more valued. He believes that giving the wardens the right tools is pinnacle to achieving this.

Telephone: 027 415 9651 Email: seelw@tpk.govt.nz .

Te Tairāwhiti, Heretaunga and Wairarapa

Robert Whaitiri (Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kahungunu) is the regional co-ordinator for the Gisborne and Hastings regional centres covering Te Tairāwhiti, Heretaunga (Hawkes Bay) and the Wairarapa.

Through his role Robert wants to help unite the various associations to move forward together. He believes that the current structure sees too many associations competing for the same jobs and for the same pool of pūtea.

There is strength in numbers and if we can all move forward together and become self-sustaining and business orientated including contracting for services, Māori Wardens would be in a much better position to deliver a top quality service.

Telephone: 027 296 9654 Email: whair@tpk.govt.nz.

Te Waipounamu

Meikura Taiaroa Arahanga (Kāi Tahu, Te Arawa, Ngāti Rangi) is the regional co-ordinator for the Christchurch and Nelson regional centres. Her rohe spans the entire Te Waipounamu rohe. Before returning to Christchurch she was in the Wairarapa region. As a regional co-ordinator, Meikura sees her role as one that compliments the Māori Wardens mahi.

Telephone: 027 415 9951 Email: arahm@tpk.govt.nz.

Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Whangārei Māori Warden, Henare Hape

    Sitting down for a cuppa tea with the Prime Minister

    • Date: 16 February 2018

    Everyone enjoys sitting down for a chat with friends and whānau over a nice cuppa tea including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who did so with a group of Māori Wardens at Waitangi.

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  • Māori Wardens, Kōhanga Reo and NZ Police solidify relationship at 35th Annual Kōhanga Reo Conference

    • Date: 04 December 2017

    The 35th Annual Kōhanga Reo National Conference and Expo held in November 2017 was an opportunity for Māori Wardens, NZ Police and Kōhanga Reo to show case their services to conference attendees as well as solidifying their long-standing relationship with each other.

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  • Māori Wardens: A proud tradition

    • Date: 23 November 2017

    Māori Wardens are unique to New Zealand life. Following the anniversary of the Kaikōura earthquakes, we meet the Kaikōura Wardens. It is a group committed to securing a strong future for its distinct volunteer organisation and giving it a fresh face for the future.

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    • Date: 03 October 2017 to 04 October 2017

    A conference to be held at Turangawaewae Marae on 3rd & 4th October, 2017. Supporting whanau impacted by loss, grief and suicide

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
  • Organisational Outcomes and Meaningful Measures

    • Date: 20 June 2017
    • Time: 2pm – 3.15pm

    Do you manage multiple projects, with multiple plans, multiple outcomes and multiple measures, and do you seek one framework for all of your outcomes and measures?

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Community Research

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