August 07, 2019
Council charged with Ihumātao neglect
A supporter of Te Kawerau a Maki says Auckland Council could do more to improve conditions at Ihumātao and ease some of the anger that led to the blockade of a housing development on land adjoining the village.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the council is considering turning an 8 hectare farmlet beside the Fletcher-owned land into public open space.
Pita Turei says the haukainga need more than green fields.
"One drive through Ihumātao village shows you it has been ignored by council for generations. The resources given to other communities have been denied in that community. It is time for council to front up for that they have done to create this situation and to start putting some of their solutions on the table," he says.
A solution at Ihumātao needs to be about the needs of the haukainga, including housing, rather than projecting the grievances of the rest of the nation on a postage stamp piece of land.
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