November 02, 2018
Minister keen on warden funding
The Minister for the Voluntary sector would like to see more money going into the Māori wardens, but not without a hard look at the amount spent on administration.
Figures obtained by the Tāmaki Makaurau District Māori Council, which has statutory authority for wardens in its rohe, shows the bulk of money going into Te Puni Kōkiri’s wardens’ project is spent on staff and administration, with little left for training programmes.
Peeni Henare says wherever he goes as minister he is met by wardens or hears praise for their activities.
"They get to places where social workers can't get to. they have a different approach to communicating with our young people on the streets, whether it is in south Auckland or down in Ōtautahi. It's really impressive to see the work they have done so it is about time they got supported," he says.
Mr Henare says while the police have assisted with training wardens, it’s important to remember they are not the police.
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