6 Jun 2009

Minister tells warden to take take charge of their own affairs

7:21 am on 6 June 2009

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples wants Maori wardens to take more responsibility for themselves.

Waatea News reports Waitemata Wardens are threatening to pull out of a training programme run by Te Puni Kokiri in protest over what chair Jack Taumaunu says is "amateurs" trying to tell experienced wardens what to do.

While the wardens supposedly operate under the New Zealand Maori Council, Dr Sharples says they in effect took care of themselves until the previous Government appointed TPK to administer a new resourcing package.

Ultimately, he says, wardens need to take charge of their own affairs.