Recruiting Māori into Police

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Police are keen to recruit a broad base of young New Zealanders, in particular women, Māori, Pasifika, Indian, African and Asian. This is to help Police be responsive to the needs of all New Zealanders.

We're looking for young leaders with:

  • mana
  • communication skills
  • empathy
  • an understanding of Te Reo and tikanga.

These skills are crucial to prevent crime, crashes and victimisation in our communities.

Research tells us that Māori recruits joining Police are often motivated by a desire to help their local communities and rangatahi.

  • There are over 100 iwi and ethnic groups represented in Police.
  • 10.9 percent of Constabulary employees identify themselves as Māori (June 2012).
  • Māori recruitment drives resulted in a 31 percent increase in the number of Māori police officers from 2002 to 2012.

If you want to become a police officer

If you are interested in putting yourself forward, take the first step by visiting the Police website New Cops.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa offers a police pre-preparation course for those who don't feel ready to apply straight away. Visit their web page New Zealand Certificate in Career Preparation (Police).

Talk to someone in the job Find out what it's like to work for Police from someone who is already doing it - contact your local Iwi Liaison Officer.