Māori Wardens

Māori Wardens are not police, but they have legal responsibilities under the Māori Community Development Act 1962.

The strength of Māori Warden’s is their intimate knowledge of, and close connection to their local communities.

The guiding principles of a Māori Warden is respect, awhi, aroha, and whānaungatanga. The values are:

  • Rangimarie (Peace)

  • Manaaki (Kindness)

  • Kōrero (Talking)

  • Whakaiti (Humility)

  • Tautoko (Support)

  • Pono (Honesty)


Māori Wardens create safer communities, encourage and assist rangatahi, and support whānau.

Māori Wardens volunteer their services throughout New Zealand, providing support, security, traffic and crowd control, first aid, and other services to the community. There are approximately 900 Māori Wardens who play an intrinsic role in improving the wellbeing of whānau and our communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Te Puni Kōkiri in partnership with NZ Police provides practical support to Māori Wardens including delivering training programmes and providing resources (e.g. vehicles, uniforms and equipment).

To become a Maori Waerde, or to find out more, download the materials below or email matthew@maoricouncil.maori.nz for more information. All nomination forms to become a Warden are signed by the Auckland District Maori Council Chair or authorised nominee. 

Read the review conducted by the Waitangi Tribunal