Clar­i­fi­ca­tion: War­dens

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Ed­i­tor,

As a re­sult of an ar­ti­cle in your news­pa­per ti­tled ‘Walk the beat with war­dens’ [KMN, Jan­uary 15], it was agreed at our most re­cent meet­ing that I write to pro­vide your pa­per with a clearer un­der­stand­ing in re­gards to the pro­ce­dures and re­quire­ments to be­come a Maori War­den.

Maori War­dens are the com­mu­nity vol­un­teer work­force of a four tiered struc­ture: The New Zealand Maori

Coun­cil, District Maori Coun­cils, Maori Com­mit­tees and Maori War­dens.

Maori War­dens work within spe­cific bound­aries and do not have the right to work wher­ever they choose.

The Maori Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Act 1962 is the over­all Con­sti­tu­tion of the above struc­ture. Its re­quire­ments in­clude tri­en­nial elec­tions which each tier must abide to.

All groups and Maori War­dens lose their pre­vi­ous sta­tus un­til they have com­pleted pub­lic elec­tions to stand for a fur­ther three years. This process is sim­i­lar to or­gan­i­sa­tions who al­lo­cate a three-year pe­riod of sta­tus to their chair, sec­re­tary, trea­surer and so on.

Maori War­dens un­der­take this process to seek ap­proval to con­tinue their work. Their ap­pli­ca­tions are sup­ported by the Maori Com­mit­tee which they be­long to and are submitted to the District Maori Coun­cil for ap­proval.

Pol­i­tics, as stated within the ar­ti­cle in your pa­per, is cre­ated by groups who do not com­ply with the MCD Act 1962 and yet make claims to the sta­tus of be­ing Maori War­dens.

Th­ese loose state­ments de­lib­er­ately cre­ate con­fu­sion which is un­nec­es­sary given that there are very clear guide­lines as out­lined in the MCD Act 1962. It is im­por­tant to have a balanced ac­cu­rate un­der­stand­ing of how a Maori War­den is ap­pointed. If peo­ple have not been ap­proved by an ac­cred­ited District Maori Coun­cil to be a Maori War­den, they are not Maori War­dens. (Let­ter abridged) We re­gret any con­fu­sion caused by our mis­un­der­stand­ing of the process to be­come a Maori War­den.

The main in­tent of the ar­ti­cle was to ac­knowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tion of vol­un­teers in com­mu­nity, be they of­fi­cially sanc­tioned or not – Ed­i­tor Ed­i­tor,

I have been led to be­lieve the city coun­cil is propos­ing a law to pre­vent pri­vate ci­ti­zens from cut­ting down or trim­ming trees on their own prop­erty.

What right does the coun­cil have to in­ter­fere with what peo­ple grow on their prop­erty?

To me this is just a step in the di­rec­tion of com­mu­nist con­trol.

I con­sider this to be gross in­ter­fer­ence with the demo­cratic and free­dom rights of in­di­vid­u­als.

It must be re­mem­bered that many res­i­dents over the years have paid good money to buy prop­erty be­cause of a beau­ti­ful view or to catch the sun, and over the years the trees have over­grown their use­ful­ness and be­come a prob­lem and con­se­quently de­value prop­erty by re­duc­ing views or by caus­ing ex­ces­sive shad­ing.

One should have the right to ei­ther re­move the trees or at the very least to trim the trees on their own prop­er­ties to rem­edy this prob­lem, and th­ese same trees may also have be­come a prob­lem to neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties.

I for one would be tempted to ig­nore such a rule.

If a tree on my prop­erty was caus­ing the prob­lems as men­tioned above, I feel I should re­tain the right to re­move or trim it.

This is my busi­ness, not the coun­cil’s bu­reau­cratic right to de­cide for me.

Can coun­cil please note my ob­jec­tion to the pro­posal. (Let­ter abridged) bar­be­cue we got talk­ing to a group who now live in lo­cal rest homes. The idea of this group, who were 82 years and older (some on sticks to get around) was to be able to do what we were do­ing.

The thing that stopped them was lack of bar­be­cue ta­bles as they can’t get down to sit on rugs. I do feel two bar­be­cue ta­bles are not nearly enough.

More could be added with­out tak­ing any of the grass area where peo­ple like to play ball, and so on.

Th­ese wooden ta­bles don’t cost much th­ese days and a bit of con­crete to ce­ment them in.

Is this pas­si­ble while we en­joy a long hot sum­mer?

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