Delays in the issuing of warrants to Maori Wardens have prompted the Maori Council to take over the job from Te Puni Kokiri.

By law, it’s the role of the council to oversee the accreditation for the volunteers.

But the task was picked up by Te Puni Kokiri – the Ministry of Maori Development – when some of the Maori Council’s regional representation fell into decline.

A deputy chair of the council Des Ratima says the waiting time is now a maximum of two weeks.  He says in the past, in some cases, it has taken years for the ministry to process the warrants.

Mr Ratima says there are some horrendous stories, including one case of someone waiting 10 years or longer. Mr Ratima says he does not blame Te Puni Kokiri for all of the long delays in assigning the warrants, and recognises that some of the Maori Council’s administration might have been at fault.

Kei te tomuri te haere o TE Puni Kokiri ki te whakamana i te hunga Watene Maori e whakahaeretia ai ratou i nga haihana meiha i waenga i nga hapori Maori. Kua piki mai te Kaunihera Maori ki runga i te waka ki te tiaki i tenei ahuatanga, a, ma ratou e tohutohu i nga kaupapa ma nga Watene Maori. Na te Puni Kokiri te kupu whakatau mo nga Watene Maori i te wa e mimiti ana nga mangai o te kaunihera matua engari hei ta te heamana tuarua a Des Ratima, ko te wa tatari he rua wiki noreira te wahanga e whakakii ai te kaunihera i nga hu a te Puni Kokiri. Heoi ano kei te whakapono te kaunihera Maori ehara na te Puni Kokiri te he mo te whakautu i nga hiahia a nga watene Maori, hei ta ratou na etahi kaimahi utu whakahaere o te kaunihera te take i pupu ake ai.