Iwi liaison officers

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Police has a group of iwi liaison officers who help navigate cultural issues and work on improving police relationships with Māori. The group is made up of police officers and police employees, based in every police district in the country.

Iwi liaison officers are involved in:

  • giving advice on cultural issues, such as helping both sides understand the procedures and protocols of the other when a sudden death happens
  • helping local police work with iwi and whanau on preventing crime, crashes and victimisation
  • providing leadership for special events such as Waitangi Day and Māori cultural events
  • dealing with the cultural aspects of major incidents like the Canterbury earthquakes
  • helping with major criminal investigations involving Māori.

Becoming an iwi liaison officer

Becoming an iwi liaison officer is a rewarding and satisfying way of serving Māori, your community and especially rangatahi. It means you can use your cultural skills to make a real difference.

There are two ways to become an iwi liaison officer.

  • You can become a police officer. The advantage is that you will bring an understanding of policing to the role. Visit the Police website New Cops.
  • You can join Police as a civilian employee. You will learn what you need to know about policing from training and on the job. See the Police Jobs pages.

It's desirable if you know Te Reo and Tikanga Māori. A strong interest in helping to reduce crime, crashes and victimisation among Māori also helps. You will need to be mature and undergo a police vetting check.

Contact details of iwi liaison officers

Northland District

Whangarei: Senior Constable Richard Brown
M 021 191 5933

Kerikeri: Constable Mario Kake
M 021 191 6015

Waitemata District

Henderson: Senior Sergeant Richard Kapa

Northshore Policing Centre: Sergeant Caroline Anderson
M 021 191 4392

Waitakare: Senior Constable Wane Wharerau
M 021 192 0533

Auckland City District

Inspector Scott Gemmell - Māori Responsiveness Manager
M 021 192 0321

Counties Manukau District

District HQ: Senior Sergeant Mike Paki
M 021 191 0459

District HQ: Sergeant Deanne Teao
M 021 191 5309

District HQ: Constable Woodie Peka

Waikato District

Te Kuiti: Senior Constable Steve Rickards
021 192 3634

Huntly: Destry Murphy
M 021 927 029

Hamilton: Anaru Grant
M 021 192 3533

Thames: Senior Constable Arama Chase
M 021 192 3635

Bay of Plenty District

District HQ: Sergeant Lehi Hohaia

Tokoroa: Sergeant Brian Nicholas
M 021 191 3716

Whakatane: Joshua Kalan
M 027 227 5008

Tauranga: Senior Constable Greg Clark
M 021 191 5504

Te Puke: Constable Tawhai Schuster
M 021 191 3903

Eastern District

Tairawhiti: Senior Constable Rob Rutene
M 021 191 3356

Hastings: Constable Melanie Leonard
M 021 192 3675

Te Runanganui O Ngati Porou: Constable Whiti Timutimu

Central District

New Plymouth: Sergeant Warren Wipatene
M 021 191 4907

Wanganui: Constable Dave Hiroti
021 192 0259

Wellington District

District HQ Wellington: Inspector Tracey Thompson - Māori Responsiveness Advisor
M 021 192 1998

Kapiti Mana: Constable Mike Tahere
M 021 190 9617

Lower Hutt: Constable Asher Hauwaho
M 021 190 8909

Wairarapa: Constable Nathan Riwai-Couch
M 021 190 9542

Wellington Central: Te Roera Puna
M 0211921785

Tasman District

District HQ Nelson: Arch Deacon Harvey Ruru
M 021 192 0172

Blenheim: Detective Sam Hedley
P (03) 972 2196

Canterbury District

District HQ Christchurch: Timoti Riwaka
M 021 192 1364

District HQ Christchurch: Constable Huata Martindale
M 027 485 2170

Southern District

District HQ: Senior Sergeant Marty Gray
M 021 192 3792

Invercargill: Constable Simon Kairau
M 021 191 5207

Dunedin Central: Senior Constable Toni Wall
M 021 191 5069