Based on the Maori Warden Scheme introduced in the 1950s, the Whau Pacific Wardens began beating Avondale’s mainstreet in 2019.
Their purpose is to form strong relationships with people in the community as well as a close working relationship with the police. Kids “at risk” are less likely to act up with guardians being visible, and their presence acts to provide a greater sense of security.
Currently, there are 22 wardens of all ages - some even still at school. They are police-vetted and trained on how to deal with some of our community’s most vulnerable. As our wardens are mostly long-time Avondale residents, it’s a way for them to take ownership of and make a contribution to our community.
Wearing easily identifiable high vis vests they patrol the mainstreet every Friday or Saturday for a couple of hours and members of the community are most welcome to join them.
Should you wish to become a Pacific Warden, application forms may be found at the Avondale Police station, or contact:
Savea Al Harrington Lavea
Pacific Wardens Coordinator