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Maori Wardens take up City Watch duties

Maori wardens have taken over the role of the City Watch team who previously patrolled the central business district of the city.

The previous City Watch patrols stopped operating in December after all three officers resigned.

No reason was given for the resignations.

Gisborne District Council director environmental services and protection, Helen Montgomery, said the Māori wardens were engaged to undertake the functions of City Watch for the time being.

“The council is still providing the same service, with Maori Wardens filling the role.”

There has been no indication how long the wardens will fill the role.

City Watch was established in December 2009 as the “eyes and ears” of Gisborne's central business district.

The team watch over the central city to improve safety, assisting retailers with shoplifters and liaising with groups that use the central city.

GDC has provided such patrols in the central city as far back as 1998, with the 101 patrols.