Māori Wardens return to Pōneke
A plan to revive Māori Wardens in the capital has been launched.
Rongotai MP Paul Eagle says it’s about time the organisation is brought back.
“It's been over a decade since we've seen Māori Wardens here from Wellington city, being on the streets of Poneke with Māori whānau, helping them out and doing what Māori Wardens do across Aotearoa.”
Lee Rauhina-August of Ngā Wātene Māori o Te Whanganui a Tara says the recruitment is open to anyone.
“Mō ngā tāngata katoa. Ko tēnei te whakatūwheratanga e pā ana ki te taha o ngā pahake, ēngari i kitea e mātou ngā rangatahi mō ngā rangatira mō āpōpō.”
Wellington Police Area Commander Chris Bensemann says it's an initiative that has the backing of the local police.
"It's so important to have them as a partner in Wellington city and to feel that they're at our table, sharing some of the decisions that we have to make and contributing to those decisions.
“But also, being in partnership in reducing the offending in the Māori community, reducing victimisation in the Māori community and really helping us with that kaupapa.”
In the next coming months, Māori Wardens are expected to be back on the beat again on the streets of Wellington.