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

There are approximately 900 Māori Wardens who play an intrinsic role in improving the wellbeing of whānau and our communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Te Puni Kōkiri in partnership with NZ Police provides practical support to Māori Wardens including delivering training programmes and providing resources (e.g. vehicles, uniforms and equipment).

About Māori Wardens

Māori Wardens are an intrinsic part of our communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. They 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, Māori organisations, community groups and government agencies.

Māori Wardens are not police, but they have legal responsibilities under the Māori Community Development Act 1962. Today there are approximately 900 Māori Wardens who volunteer their time to supporting others in our 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)

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

Diana 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 and Te Tau Ihu

Aaron Munro (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Porou) is the regional co-ordinator for the Christchurch and Nelson regions. His rohe covers the entire Te Tau Ihu and Te Waipounamu Districts.

Aaron comes with a background in policy, community relationships, and communications. He looks forward to working closely with the Māori Warden Groups in the South Island.

Telephone: 027 263 6951 | Email: munra@tpk.govt.nz.




Modernising Māori Wardens

In July 2019, more than 450 Māori Wardens from across 16 districts gathered at the National Māori Wardens Conference at Tūrangawaewae Marae to embark on a way forward.

The roles, functions and powers of the Māori Wardens are provided for in the Māori Community Development Act 1962 which is administered by the Māori Development Minister. 

Over the years the initial role of the Māori Wardens has broadened and there are now over 900 Māori Warden volunteers across the nation supporting the homeless, encouraging rangatahi, providing community reassurance, facilitating hui between whānau and schools, providing event management and security, and facilitating youth at risk programmes.

Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta is passionate about ensuring the role Māori Wardens play in New Zealand communities’ remains strong, valuable and relevant. It is timely to consider what the future for the Māori Wardens could look like.

A Working Group, representing each Māori Wardens district, has been elected to oversee the development of some key objectives. For more information about the working group click here.

News and Stories

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

New Māori Warden funding aimed for the future


Māori Wardens Conference 2019


Māori Wardens supporting rangatahi to access higher education


What are the options being discussed by Māori Wardens


Helping to build a brighter future - Kat’s story


What does Modernising Māori Wardens mean for Māori Wardens


Induction of new Māori Wardens for Te Aroha



Māori Wardens are here to help our people on the right path to a better life


Aotea and Taitokerau Māori Wardens share why they do what they do


Katikati kids teaming up with Māori Wardens for a brighter future


Earthquake response leads to ongoing relationship with NZ Red Cross in Kaikōura


New funding to support Māori Wardens work with disengaged rangatahi



Ngāti Toa Māori Warden Mike August says "When you listen everything becomes simple"


New interim Māori Warden Warranting process ensures consistency throughout the motu


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 Guide to the new interim Māori Warden Warranting process – for new applicants and re-warranting

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The Māori Warden Warranting Application Form – for new applicants and re-warranting

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

Read more in PDF, 2.80MB

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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Read more publications about Māori Wardens

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  • Keeping it cool under pressure

    • Date: 28 November 2019

    Often a calm reassuring word from a respected person is all it takes to diffuse a situation that has the potential to get out of hand says one of the training stalwarts of the Tāmaki ki te Tonga Māori Wardens – she knows she’s been doing this for over 40 years.

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  • Warden stalwart still on duty

    • Date: 28 November 2019

    She’s proudly worn the Māori Warden uniform for over 40 years, clocked up thousands of hours of community service and driven three of her own cars into the ground: Peggy Hughes, Waikato has seen it all. Even catching up with her for an interview wasn’t easy because she’s still putting in more hours than most fulltime, paid workers and she’s not easing up. Not yet anyway.

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  • O Te Motu security training programme launches

    • Date: 28 November 2019

    A popular new Whanganui-based security training programme has opened attracting students from across the motu.

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  • Turehou Māori Wardens help whānau in need

    • Date: 28 November 2019

    Local Tāmaki Māori Wardens recently came to the rescue for a young south Auckland whānau in need.

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  • Whanganui Wardens prepare for New Year event

    • Date: 28 November 2019

    Pena Hikuwai, chair of local Māori Wardens, says she's pretty sure the Māori Wardens have been involved with Caboodle from the start.

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