Maori wardens have tons of roles in the community from patrolling the CBD in the weekend, to directing traffic during events and helping manage crowds. The wardens received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1500 prize money. They also have the opportunity to represent the district at the 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards in Dunedin in March.
The Invercargill City Council website quoted Trustpower Community Relations Representative Arielle Monk saying it was heartening to see a Maori organization win the top award.
“We’re really stoked for the Murihiku whanau because often Maori wardens fly under the radar and work away quietly in the background and this award is so representative of what wardens do right across Aotearoa.” The Murihiku Maori Wardens provide an opportunity for Maori to be part of a nationally recognized organization and enhance the capability of Maori in the community.