Work for wardens

17:00, Sep 23 2010
WARDENS
BRIGHT FUTURE:Waitemata Maori Wardens Trust chairman Jack Taumaunu.

Jack Taumaunu and his Waitemata Maori Wardens are standing proud after he signed off a new contract with the Waitakere City Council until June next year.

As part of the deal, the wardens will continue to patrol the main town centres and work closely with the police and local authority.

Mr Taumaunu says it means the organisation can continue its work in west Auckland after the council shuts its doors for the last time on October 31.

"That will give us enough time to assess the situation with the supercity," Mr Taumaunu says.

Waitakere City Council director of community well-being Sue Bidrose says the new contract includes a $20,000 support grant to help the trust with its costs.

The wardens are all volunteers and only receive payments for nominal expenses including their food, uniform and petrol.

They also have to undergo between six and 12 weeks' training before they are sworn in.

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