September 04, 2012
Brown weighs Maori plan against competition
Auckland mayor Len Brown says he supports the Maori plan for Auckland, but it will need to take its place alongside other interest groups that make up the greater Auckland plan.
The Independent Maori Statutory Board is asking for $29 million a year to get action on the plan, which asks Auckland Council to put its weight behind a range of education, economic, social and environmental changes affecting Maori.
Mr Brown says more work needs to be done to turn the plan into reality, including working out its cost.
“So we now put that beside all the plans for the communities of Tamaki Makaurau and prioritise, and we will do some, we won’t do other stuff, and together we will make some judgment calls, and that just won’t happen tomorrow, it will happen next month, next year, 10 years time, 15, 30 years time,” he says.