23 Apr 2013

Gun lectures and tests for rural Maori

6:33 am on 23 April 2013

More than 1000 people have had a firearms safety lecture and test - as part of a programme mostly designed for Maori.

The two-year-old scheme called Whakatupato is run by the Mountain Safety Council in rural areas.

It was set up after a 2005 survey showed about half of the gun users in Te Urewera didn't have a firearms licence, which means they weren't being told about the potential dangers.

Mountain Safety Council manager Tracy Wakeford said elders are helping them find people who need the lessons.

She said a kaumatua in Te Urewera, John Ransfield, goes out and recruits communities that are interested in the safety programme.