New Zealand Police, in collaboration with Te Puni Kokiri, sponsored this research project with the aim of providing information to enable organizational change in the Police. This organizational change would contribute towards an improved perception by Māori of the police.
The research begins by explaining the research methodology and the history of police interaction with Māori. This is followed by the results which are then broken down into four key areas; suspects, victims of crime, Māori youth, and complaints against police. The report moves to discuss “What Works Best” concerning participants’ perceptions of current police relationships with iwi and Mäori communities and how these relationships may be improved. Finally the report concludes with a summary of findings.
This report forms one of two specific components of the project ‘Perceptions of Mäori and Police’. The two components have been researched independently of each other. This volume, ‘Mäori Perceptions of the Police’, was researched and written by Pania Te Whaiti and Dr Michael Roguski at the School of Education, Victoria University. The other volume, ‘Police Perceptions of Mäori’, was researched and written by the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University.