One of the country's top Maori police officers says recent police recruitment campaigns and a wananga course have all helped to boost the number of Maori joining the force.
Te Wananga o Aotearoa launched a vocational course in 2009 aimed at Maori, Pasifika and other ethnic groups to improve their cultural understanding, leadership and communications skills, numeracy and fitness prior to applying for a career in the police.
On Thursday 23 police graduates - the majority of them Maori - will graduate with their certificates at the wananga's Hamilton campus.
Superintendent Wally Haumaha says the recruitment campaigns and the wananga course are paying off.
He says ultimately the police want to see more young women, Maori, Pasifika, Indian, Asian and African people take up the challenge of a police career.
He says the wananga pre-recruitment courses have been running in Mangere, Waikato, Rotorua and Gisborne.
Superintendent Haumaha says the recruitment advertisements have attracted more Maori to the police than any other group.