Māori Wardens were formally established in the 1940s to manage the behaviour of Māori under the influence of alcohol. Over the years the role of Māori Wardens has evolved to meet the changing needs of whānau and communities.
Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta is passionate about ensuring the role Māori Wardens play in New Zealand communities’ remains strong, valuable and relevant. It is timely to consider what the future for the Māori Wardens could look like.
Māori Warden Groups have shared their aspirations to be more independent and in control of their own affairs so three options are being discussed: