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Hui focuses on Māori staffing

Ways to enhance the recruitment, retention and development of Māori staff within Police was the focus of a two-day hui held in Waikato early last month.

Thirty-four staff from throughout the district attended the 2010 Waikato District Māori Staff Hui Taumata at the Kaitumutumu Marae, near Huntly.

Participants of the hui.

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“The key focus for the group was working on how we can attract Māori into a career in Police and, once we’ve got them, how we can develop their potential to retain them,” says Waikato District Pouwhakataki, Sergeant Dean Kaio.

A range of ideas for attracting and recruiting Māori staff were discussed. These included using non-traditional recruitment methods, such as wānanga courses and marae, using Māori staff to role model Police as a career choice to friends and whānau, and establishing support structures for new probationary constables.

Dean says a significant challenge was laid down for the participants' return next year.

“We challenged Māori staff to come up with some solutions to the problems of Māori offending and victimisation.

“Now that’s a challenge not to be taken lightly, but if we can meet it, it will benefit not just the Police but the wider community,” he says.

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