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August 2009
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Pre-recruitment programme launched in South Auckland.

A new programme to prepare those wanting to join the police was launched at Manukau-based tertiary institution Te Wananga o Aotearoa (Wananga) in late July.

The 18-week Certificate in Vocational Preparation (Police), Level 3, is the result of a highly successful collaboration between police and the Wananga.

Counties Manukau District Kaumatua, Te Keepa Stirling finishes speaking at the powhiri. Supporting him with a waiata are (standing from left to right): Counties Manukau District Commander, Mike Bush; Counties Manukau District Kaumatua, Te Keepa Stirling; Local MP for Mängere, Su’a William Sio; National Manager, Mäori, Pacific and Ethnic Services (MPES), Superintendent Wally Haumaha; District Commanders from Auckland City, George Fraser and Waitematä, Bill Searle and Inspector Hurimoana Dennis, Strategic Mäori Advisor.

Photo: Te Wananga o Aotearoa

National Manager, Māori, Pacific and Ethnic Services (MPES), Superintendent Wally Haumaha says development and implementation of the programme is a major milestone for future joint training opportunities between the two organisations.

The course is modelled on the successful programme run by Unitec and set up by police staff from MPES.

Wally says the relationship with the Wananga is key to achieving two key strategic objectives for police both in the short and long term. Police’s responsiveness to Māori (RTM) strategy prescribes a pro-active framework for all 12 police districts to ‘reduce Māori offending and victimisation’ and to ‘enhance service delivery options to Māori’. Also underpinning the RTM strategy is the Treaty of Waitangi, which is one of four core values of Police.

The launch began with a powhiri to welcome Police onto the Wananga. Local MP for Māngere, Su’a William Sio; Counties Manukau District Kaumatua, Te Keepa Stirling; and Sonny Rauwhero accompanied Wally and District Commanders from Auckland City, George Fraser, Counties Manukau, Mike Bush and Waitematā, Bill Searle. Staff from PNHQ and Waikato District also attended.

Police programme coordinator and Maori Responsiveness Advisor for Auckland City District, Glenn McKay, says the programme will provide essential tools to prepare those wanting to go to the police college for training.

The course, which runs over 18 weeks, includes modules on critical thinking, maths and transformative leadership training, combined with a focus on Te Ao Māori and a fitness component.

More than 120 applicants from a range of ethnicities and backgrounds applied for the initial student intake, with 70 applicants making it through to pre-testing and 28 students accepted into the programme.

“Currently, the organisation is seeking to recruit 300 new recruits specifically for the Counties Manukau District, with a focus on and commitment to recruiting locals who are reflective of their communities,” Glenn says.

Successful applicants and their families were welcomed on to the Wananga immediately after the police welcome. The first course session took place later in the evening after formalities were completed.

The programme is expected to be rolled out nationally throughout Wananga campuses in 2010.

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