12 Jun 2013

Training changes for Maori wardens

7:06 pm on 12 June 2013

A revamped training programme for the Maori wardens will be rolled out next month.

In September last year Te Puni Kokiri - the Ministry of Maori Development completed a review of the Maori wardens' training needs, after talking to members through out the country.

The review found that in some regions a cadet might train for three months while in other regions there is a three year period before they're able to seek nomination to become a warranted Maori warden.

Writing in Te Puni Kokiri magazine - Kokiri - the senior strategist for the Maori Wardens Project, Ngapera Hoerara, says the aim of the new plan is to bring a consistent approach to induction and training.

She says the training programme will also help wardens to seek opportunities to gain tertiary qualifications.

In addition, Ms Hoerara says the review has taken on board the desire for the Maori wardens for greater responsibility to determine their own future.

A new induction and training manual has been produced and will be used in the July roll-out.