June 17, 2016
Role sought for wardens in child protection
The New Zealand Maori Council is looking at ways Maori wardens could become involved in child protection work.
Having resolved an internal struggle for control, the council can now resume its tussle with Te Puni Kokiri for oversight of the voluntary wardens.
Chair Sir Taihakurei Durie says they need to get more support from the council than they have received in recent years.
He says the council is talking with a wananga about setting up training that will be more extensive than what they get from the police.
"We’re hoping wardens will be interested or some will be interested on focusing more on social activities and in particular issues around child placement and child abuse and we are looking at programmes where we can extend wardens into that area which formerly was undertaken by Maori community officers," Sir Taihakurei says.
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