An elderly Maori warden who broke up a fight in Whangarei this week says she would do the same thing again.
Muriel Sexton, 78, was off-duty when she spotted her sons getting into an argument with gang members.
She says shop keepers stood around and watched but she didn't think twice when weapons were brought out, even though wardens are supposed to stand back at such times.
She says the incident left her exhausted.
Waatea News reports two men are facing charges of assault with a weapon and disorderly behaviour and a third was charged with wilful damage and disorderly behaviour.
They will appear in Whangarei District Court next week.