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We can share with you our kaupapa and explain how you are able to jump over to the TE-MOANA-NUI-A-KIWA jurisdiction - its heaps better and you will have higher jurisdiction ranking than the NEW ZEALAND POLICE - yet still be able to continue working with them.
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your photos and
a write up about your projects
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Approachable and friendly, Maori Wardens are assets, so why are they paid pennies? asks Krista Ferguson
Maori Wardens are in demand for their friendly approach to crime prevention and crowd control - but they are being paid less than the price of a cup of coffee for each hour they put in.
The operations manager of Manukau's Project Walkthrough, Mereana Peka, is also a warden. She says payment at some of the events the wardens cover works out to $1.50 an hour for their efforts.
This, she says, is creating frustration among some wardens.
Wardens are regularly asked to participate in Manukau events such as the Joe Cocker concert in January last year, she says. Reserved seats at that event sold for as much as $158 a ticket.
It took six months for the koha - or contributions - from wardens' efforts at the Cocker concert to arrive.
Manukau City Council's events manager, Barbara Cox, says the council uses the wardens for crowd control and parking management at a lot of events. It negotiates with the Maori District Council and agrees with what can be done, she says. This includes a fee to cover refreshments and travel expenses.
``I would hope all overheads are being covered in negotiations.'
Mrs Peka says it is not always easy for the wardens to focus on managing the financial side of things.
``We are a whole group of people with a whole lot of passion who just want to get out there and do the work rather than the admin.' But this is not enough, she says. ``We need to think smarter about service provision and be looked at as the professionals that we are.
``We should be looking at setting up as a business. We're in the business of looking after people.'
Maryanne Rapata, iwi liaison officer for Counties Manukau police, agrees the wardens are not always rewarded for their work at events.
``You would pay a security guard $20 an hour. The Maori Wardens take their role seriously and look after possessions and the people, and you only want to pay them 50 cents an hour.'
She says people need to start think ing about the worth of the wardens, and she notes that significant investment has been made in their training and skills development.
Mrs Cox says the wardens add something unique to events.
``In a crowd they are very approachable in comparison to security. They are a very reliable, well-connected group of people. They add another dimension.'
She recommends the wardens to other groups who hold events in Manukau.
Ms Rapata says things will get harder for wardens given the difficulties community groups face in the recession. ``The thing about them is they've never had a lot. They've worked for nothing before.'
21 05 2009