March 08, 2022
Māori wardens go mobile to defend marae from convoy
Wellington Māori wardens are conducting mobile patrols to help deal with any ongoing Covid protests around Te Upoko o te Ika.
District commander Gabriel Tupou says the wardens have been called in to defend marae and Maori organisations since the start of the convoy protest, including attempted incursions at Takapuwahia Marae in Porirua, the Te Atiawa-Taranaki Whānui offices, Pipitea Marae, and at Wainuiomata Marae where he is also a board member.
“Our response to that this week is we’ve got mobile patrol units going around all the marae, rūnanga and hauora, many of which are vaccination clinics, from Kāpiti, Mana, Wellington and also within the Hutt Valley,” he says.
Gabriel Tupou says while manaakitanga is the essence of a marae, they are not places for protesters to regroup.