Tonight I sat with 2 Maori Wardens at Papakura Marae and pay tribute to them for giving of their time and service to looking after the safety and security of our whanau and the marae grounds. There are many male and female Maori Wardens all over the country that give freely of there service and time to help others. They are our nunsung heroes.
Maori 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.
Title: Unsung Heroes
Medium: Oil pastels on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 41 Artwork Project 313
This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313