27 Mar 2014

Maori wardens aim to curb youth crime

7:46 pm on 27 March 2014

The New South Wales Maori Wardens says engaging with Maori youth in Sydney, to keep them out of trouble, is one of its top priorities.

It's the newest branch of the Australian based wardens which launched in February with support from the Queensland and Victoria Maori Wardens.

New South Wales Maori warden public officer Ema Williams, of Te Arawa, says they are concerned about rangatahi.

She says there are plans to work alongside the police in a co-ordinated effort to curb youth crime.

Ms Williams says the wardens are well positioned to start projects with the New South Wales Police Service in two areas of Sydney.

She says the wardens have already been talking with the police and will review where they are at in 12 months time.