The president of the Maori Wardens Association worries Maoridom may loose out because of possible job cuts at Te Puni Kokiri - the Ministry of Maori Development.
The chief executive of Te Puni Kokiri (TPK), Leith Comer, says up to 50 jobs may go, but no decisions have yet been taken on the redundancies.
Mr Comer has told staff the ministry must save $8 million over the next four years.
The Maori Wardens Association receives support and some funding from TPK.
Its president, Gloria Hughes, says she feels for staff at the ministry.
She says she is not just concerned about the plight of TPK but also for Maoridom, which receives help from the ministry.
Ms Hughes says the organisation provides help and support to iwi and hapu to run their programmes.