Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora social workers Soraya McGartland (left) and Nick Callaghan are keen to extend their work in the community by becoming Maori wardens. Photo by Brenda Harwood.
Having the chance to ''give back'' to the community has
inspired Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora social workers Soraya
McGartland and Nick Callaghan to step up and volunteer to
become Maori wardens.
The pair represent a new face for Maori wardens in Dunedin.
Up to 15 people are to be recruited for a new branch of the
service at a hui to launch Te Putahitanga O Te Waipounamu at
Otakou Marae on July 26.
Mrs McGartland told The Star that, as a youngster, she
would have benefited from having a Maori warden in her life.
As a resident of South Dunedin, she saw many rangatahi (young
people) who ''maybe need a hand up''.
''It is close to my heart,'' she said.
Mrs McGartland expected the work would be diverse, and hoped
she would have the right skills to help support whanau to
move forward with their lives.
Mr Callaghan said Maori wardens were a well-known brand
across New Zealand, both in cities and rural areas.
''The grass-roots, on-the-ground work is very important,'' he