Māori Wardens Newsletter - October 2010

Meet the Māori Wardens

This edition’s instalment of Meet the Māori Wardens profiles Hineipoua Grindlay from our Tāmaki Makaurau region.

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Hineipoua Grindlay


Hineipoua Grindlay



Auckland and Ngā Wātene o te Raki Pae Whenua


Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi


Te Whānau-ā-Apanui





Years with Māori Wardens

27 years
Chairperson and Treasurer of the Tāmaki District Māori Council

Best part about the job

I enjoy the challenges and meeting different people

Worst part about the job

None! I love being a Māori Warden

What’s the main mahi you do?

Community work and street patrols

Wātene Māori On-line

We are pleased to introduce our new website for Māori Wardens and others who may be interested in finding out what’s happening with the Project.

The website includes information on:

  • Project Leadership and Administration;
  • Pānui and Publications;
  • Training and Development;
  • Uniforms, Equipment and Vehicles;
  • Regional Coordinators’;
  • Māori Warden Funding; and
  • Frequently Asked Questions.

Check out the new site at:

Final Word - Message from the Team

The Māori Affairs Select Committee (MASC) has been conducting an inquiry into the Māori Community Development Act 1962 (MCDA, the Act) and this continues to generate interest. I have attended three oral hearings with strong representation from the both the New Zealand Māori Council, District Councils, Māori Warden groups and individuals and other interested parties and individuals.

In summary, the Māori Council focus has been on the retention of the Act and that the Māori Council needs ‘strengthening and support’ to allow this to happen. Māori Wardens on the other hand have asked for greater control and independence to make their own decisions. The decision by the MASC will take some time but it is encouraging to observe that people are having their say.

Over eight weeks the Project Team, along with the New Zealand Māori Council’s Jim Nichols and Gloria Hughes for the New Zealand Māori Wardens Association, met with warden groups around the motu. During these visits the overall view from Māori Wardens across the country has been to “retain the Act but give Māori Wardens their own autonomy”. Overwhelmingly Māori Wardens do not wish to be under the control of the NZ Māori Council.

This newsletter is the first for the new budget year. Keep an eye on the training available and when it hits a town close to you! There will also be accredited training opportunities for you on the way. Contact your Regional Coordinator for more information.

Te Rau Clarke
Māori Wardens Project Manager


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