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ROTORUA COMMUNITY
MĀORI WARDENS
AT A GLANCE

Māori Wardens is the longest serving voluntary organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand, established in the early 1800's we, to this day do our best to uphold the integrity of those wardens who left a legacy to us. 

Here in Rotorua we are an independent body which operates under the legislation of the Māori Community Development Act 1962 which gives our warranted Māori Wardens the powers of which we carry out of care and protection, peace keeping and other powers which the act allows us to enforce.

We are always looking for people to join us who are wanting to give back to their community. Nau mai!

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OUR MAHI

TRAFFIC CONTROL SUPPORT

SECURITY SUPPORT

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PATROLS

Peace keeping including regular patrols is a service that our Māori Wardens do in their day to day work. We are able to provide this service with experience to de-escalate situations, deter crime and call emergency services when needed, with a direct line to the Police.

With a bunch of our Māori Wardens trained in security we offer this service to provide extra reliability to our clients at their events, functions and hui.

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CROWD CONTROL SUPPORT

Our wardens are trained in circumstances to which we are able to provide the best crowd control support that we can at local and national events.

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Māori Wardens offer a range of support to local and national events. We are able to support your event with car parking, traffic control and STMS support.

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Queen's Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours Ceremony Auckland September 1 2022

Watch as our Tangihaere (Gloria) Hughes receives her award of recognition for services to Youth and Māori at the Investiture Ceremony at Government House, Auckland.

Mrs Tangihaere Harihari-Hughes, of Rotorua, ONZM, for services to Māori and youth.

Tangihaere Harihari-Hughes was President of the New Zealand Māori Wardens Association. She organised three teams of Māori Wardens to assist following the 2010 Christchurch earthquake. She is Regional Manager for Māori Wardens Districts of Tauranga Moana, Waiariki, and a Rotorua Youth Court Lay Advocate. She organises a Māori Wardens team to assist at the annual Secondary School Waka Ama Competition. She helped establish a Māori Wardens branch in Brisbane. She is a member of the Bay of Plenty and Rotorua Police Advisory Board and a nominated person for Rotorua Police interviews with youth. She was involved with the Te Arawa land claim via Te Pumautanga O Te Arawa and chaired the Ngāti Rongomai Iwi Trust land claim. Mrs Harihari-Hughes was Regional Manager of Waiariki Māori Women’s Welfare League.

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AROHA KI TE TANGATA

For the love of all people

Māori Wardens are volunteers who provide a safety presence on the Marae, at events and in the wider community. The Māori Community Development Act 1962 empowers District Māori Councils and the Minister of Māori Development to appoint Māori Wardens who work towards the prevention of unruly behaviour in public places. There are over 2000 Māori Wardens throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Thank you to our major supporters!

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