13 Feb 2013

Northland iwi aims to stop out crime in its rohe

7:25 pm on 13 February 2013

A Northland iwi is striving to try and stomp out crime in the rohe through its work with two neighbouring tribes and participating in a police strategy.

Te Runanga o Te Rarawa chairperson Haami Piripi says three Far North tribes, Te Rarawa, Ngati Whatua and Ngapuhi are working on a crime prevention plan.

He says his iwi is also part of a police strategy called Turning of the Tide, which is designed to use services of some iwi, Whanau Ora, as well as police changing the way they deal with tangata whenua.

The strategy aims to reduce the prosecution rate of Maori by 25% by 2018.

Mr Piripi says his goal is to create crime-free communities.

He says achieving his goal is a long way off, but he says Te Rarawa is striving to make it a reality, and as part of getting there the tribe is working alongside statutory agencies.