5 Oct 2009

Lack of funding delays iwi crime strategy

9:07 am on 5 October 2009

A leading Maori policeman says lack of funds is preventing development of an iwi strategy to fight Maori crime in Auckland.

Wally Haumaha, the national manager of Maori, Pacific and ethnic services, says iwi want to get involved in crime prevention.

He told Waatea News that the James Henare Research Centre at Auckland University has been on stand-by for two years to write a strategy that would identify whakapapa patterns among offenders and set up support systems to discourage criminal activity.

Statistics issued last week show a slight drop in the level of overall crime in Auckland, with the area's crime resolution rate remaining steady on 39%.