June 17, 2015
Haste raises spectre of deal done
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says lengths Housing Miniter Nick Smith is going to avoid offering surplus Auckland land to iwi makes her suspect a deal has already been done with developers.
Ngati Whatua Orakei and Waikato Tainui intend to ask the High court whether the land should still be subject to the right of first refusal contained in the Tamaki Makaurau Collective settlement.
Ms Turei says both sides are supposedly after the same social objectives.
"It’s not like these guys aren't interested in doing social housing, interested in the land. They've expressed over and over their keenness to work with government on building new houses. So it's not that they want something different from government, it's just they clearly are not the preferred agency for government. It actually suggests the government has already chosen or are in the process of choosing the people they want to buy this land and it's not the iwi," she says.
Metiria Turei says National is keen to talk up its record on treaty settlements, but at the first sign of conflict iwi get flicked off.
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