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Issue No. 411 March 2017

New role for Woodie

Woodie Peka is welcomed to Takanini School.
Photo: Senior Sergeant Ivan Tarlton

Police in Counties Manukau said farewell last month to Kaitakawaenga/Iwi Liaison Officer Woodie Peka as he took on a new challenge.

Woodie – real name Gerald – has taken a role as a liaison officer at Takanini School in South Auckland, tasked with building relationships with the local community. It is a newly established position.

He was farewelled from Police – where he started work as a jailer in 2005 – and welcomed to his new role with a powhiri at the school.

The Police contingent was led by Counties Manukau South acting Area Commander Inspector Mark Rowbottom.

Attendees included past and present Police staff, kaumatua and Maori Wardens.

“This won’t be the end of our involvement with Woodie as involvement with kura is a key part of our business,” says Senior Sergeant Ivan Tarlton, acting Maori Responsiveness Manager.

“We look forward to a continuing, valuable relationship.”

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