August 26, 2022
Wahine take up police challenge
The Puhikura campaign to recruit more wahine Maori into the police is paying off, with two graduates in Wing 357 which finished initial training yesterday.
Layce Walker from Ngāti Porou says she was influenced to put in her application after working in the mental health sector in Palmerston North as a community support worker.
Tori-Anne Barton from Ngāti Maniapoto and Tainui was working as a youth facilitator/youth coach at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Youth Services.
She says she has always wanted to join the police but had thought she couldn’t pass the physical appraisal test until she changed her mindset and put the mahi in to make it happen.
Thirty-one percent of the 57 recruits are women and 10.5 percent are Maori.