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Language preference: Māori English

“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.

A karakia and a cuppa


Talking and listening are key: Ray Coffin


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



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 Taitokerau

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.

  • Free Lunchtime Webinar on Statement of Service Performance

    • Date: 13 April 2017
    • Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm

    Stuck on Statement of Service Performance? Free webinar to help you find your feet with the new reporting standards for registered charities.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Charities Services
  • Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall being welcomed onto Tūrangawaewae.

    Māori Wardens Assist at Royal Visit

    • Date: 16 December 2015

    Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were welcomed onto Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngāruawāhia in early November. The event attracted a crowd of nearly 3,000 people. Māori Wardens from across the motu came to help and assist on the day.

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  • He Kupu nā Te Rau

    • Date: 16 December 2015

    Ngā mihi o te wā ki a koutou katoa.

    As you can see by my photo that it is getting closer to Christmas! So I thought I'd get in the Festive spirit also. 

    More importantly however we have the newest edition of Aroha ki te Tangata - Raumati, our reformatted quarterly newsletter which profiles the fantastic work that Māori Wardens continue to do in our rural and urban communities and beyond the marae gates.

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  • Left to right: Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle, Inspector Terry Van Dillen, Māori Warden – Mike August, Māori Warden – Heniaka (Hēni) August, Inspect Tracey Thompson, and Superintendent Sam Hoyle.

    Ngāti Toa Māori Wardens Praised for Service to Community

    • Date: 16 December 2015

    The brave, the selfless and the safety-conscious received Safety in the City Awards from the Wellington City Council for their contribution to keeping Wellington safe including the Ngāti Toa Māori Wardens.

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  • Huhana Tukaki

    Seeing the Kids Happy and Seeing Them Safe. That's All the Recognition I Need.

    • Date: 16 December 2015

    Earlier this year a humble Māori Warden was nominated as a finalist at the national New Zealand Pride Awards, we talk with Huhana (Susan) Tūkaki about her service as a Warden which spans nearly two decades.

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