October 24, 2023
Police welcome familiar face for iwi role
Out with the old, in with the … old.
Police held a powhiri this morning at Takapūwāhia Marae in Porirua for the new deputy chief executive for iwi and communities, Pieri Munro.
He’s returned to the service after retiring at the rank of superintendent in 2010, and he’s since held a number of significant roles including most recently Te Pou Whakarae-Māori partnerships manager at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.
He replaces Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha, who will spend the time until his retirement in January inducting him into the role.
Mr Haumaha says they started the Māori strategy together in 1996 at the instigation of the late Api Mahuika.
“Pieri is an accomplished leader in his own right and will bring a whole different capability or new capability and refresh, fresh eyes to the position and take over from me. It will be exciting for him to see the changes in the way we have built the capacity and leadership particularly with our young Māori staff coming through the grades who eventually will be come deputy commissioner and hopefully commissioner,” Mr Haumaha says.
The powhiri also included a welcome for other new senior staff.