How Ōtautahi Māori Wardens awhi communities in and out of COVID
One of the biggest struggles for Māori Wardens working through lockdown in Christchurch East, was being unable to give whānau what they desperately wanted - the simple power of a hug.
COVID-19 accelerates training and processes for Māori wardens
Wharekāhika is a small coastal township between Potaka and Te Araroa along State Highway 35 on the East Coast. Like many other rural communities around Aotearoa during lockdown, the Wharekāhika community were determined to protect their whānau, especially the vulnerable like kaumātua and pēpi, from the coronavirus by setting up checkpoints to stop the spread of the virus into their township.
As long as people keeping ringing us up, we’ll keep on going
These are the words of Teone Te Rangi (Rongomaiwahine) who has been working with his team of 12 from the Flaxmere Māori Wardens over the past six weeks to assist their region respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ahuriri Māori Wardens providing support to their region
As part of a collaborative effort between Te Kupenga Hauora (NGO), Te Tai Whenua o Whanganui o Rotu, Takitumu Seafoods, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Ltd the Ahuriri Māori Wardens have been out in the community supporting local whānau in the region.
Tairāwhiti Māori Wardens support during Covid-19 pandemic
Like most Māori Wardens across the motu, Tairāwhiti mobilised together to see what support they could provide during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Helping kaumātua in need
Māori Wardens are often associated with manaaki and have been a strong presence amongst our communities right across Aotearoa New Zealand.
Tāmaki Māori Wardens providing relief
Prolonged dry weather in the Auckland region is putting pressure on water supplies for rural residents, in response to this need the Auckland City Council have set-up water relief centres across the rural districts.
Prime Minister meets with Māori Wardens
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern along with other ministerial colleagues met with the Māori Wardens a day before Waitangi at their annual hui.
Rotorua Māori Wardens Community Trust share why they do the job
Everyone's got an uncle and aunty in the Rotorua Māori Wardens - whether you're a backpacker in town, a businessman, or before the courts. While they may fulfil the role of the police and security, they are one of the most selfless community organisations across the motu doing it for "Aroha ki te tangata - For the love of the people".
A tradition of responsibility
Māori Wardens have supported whānau at a grassroots level since the late 1800s. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters calls them "a huge asset to New Zealand's social cohesion".