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Māori Wardens

5423797Māori wardens have been around since 1860 and have a proud tradition.  Throughout Aotearoa there are currently over 1000 wardens working in their communities.

It was not until 1945 that Māori wardens were officially gazetted under the Māori Social and Economic Advancement Act 1945.  This Act set up a system of self-government involved Tribal Executive Committees and Tribal Committees.  Tribal Executives were responsible for nominating Māori wardens, exercising control over their activities and reimbursing expenses.

The Maori Community Development Act 1962 gave the NZ Māori Council responsibility for Māori Wardens.

Section 7 of the Act outlines the role of District Māori Councils in the appointment, re-appointment, suspensions and cancellation of appointment of Maori wardens.


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The general functions of the New Zealand Māori Council are set out in the Māori Community Development Act 1962. This Act conveys the Council’s purpose and gives us the framework in which we operate.

Our Team

The NZ Māori Council is spearheaded by elected representatives from each Māori District. From within this national body, representatives are elected to advance the goals of the NZ Māori Council.

Our History

  • NZ Māori Council's rich and unique history can be traced back to the Kotahitanga movement and the Māori parliaments in the 1800s.

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