You just get that nice warm feeling about the Māori Wardens Organisation. No matter where you live throughout the country, you will find a growing cohort of Māori Wardens who are the mainstay of ‘keeping order’ at our major events and key hui. But I bet you didn’t know just how varied their roles and responsibilities truly are.
These days Māori Wardens are often called out with first response teams to domestic violence incidents, they provide traffic management services, and those who have security certificates are often called on for crowd control events run by councils. There are court navigations roles for whanau and rangatahi who don’t know the system and then there’s the community volunteering which could range from supporting the local food bank, helping the homeless or supporting tangihanga and birthdays at the marae.
The Māori Wardens movement is a legacy organisation who have trained and generated a steady cohort of whanau committed to community development and wellbeing. As I acknowledge their work, I want to express my deepest appreciation for the work they do.
Tēnei e mihi kau ana ki ngā Wātene katoa.