Superintendent Wally (Wallace) Haumaha has been appointed National Manager Maori Pacific and Ethnic Services (MPES) for NZ Police, the Commissioner of Police, Howard Broad said today.
Supt. Haumaha was previously National Strategic Maori Adviser at Police National Headquarters. He has been Acting National Manager of MPES since the appointment last year of Superintendent Pieri Munro as Wellington Police District Commander.
Mr Haumaha was involved in establishing the first Memorandum of Understanding between Police and 14 major Iwi groups in the Bay or Plenty, and received a Commissioner's Commendation for his role in coordinating police liaison with the 2004 Seabed and Foreshore hikoi. He has affiliations to Te Arawa and Tainui.
"Superintendent Haumaha takes up his appointment at a crucial time in the history of Police's relationship with Maori. After several years of relationship building both partners are ready to move strongly forward with Police being ready and willing to help Iwi develop their own crime and crash reduction plans," said Commissioner Broad.