December 07, 2020
Panuku opens door for Maori participation
The new chair of Panuku Development says the Auckland Council property arm has a major role to play in making the city environment look and feel more Māori.
Lawyer and Ngāti Maru leader Paul Majurey has been a director of the company since 2015 and deputy chair since the beginning of this year.
He says in its work looking after the council’s property and land holdings and regenerating town centres and neighbourhoods it has made a point of building up relationships with mana whenua and mātāwaka.
This has created opportunities for capacity building, participation and investment, such as its work with the New Zealand Housing Foundation and Te Ākitai Waiohua to build a new neighbourhood of up to 300 homes on Kōtuitui Street near the Manukau city centre.
"We're going to see more and more of that where Panuku is determined to give opportunities for iwi Māori to be a key part of those commercial opportunities so whether it's build and design, Te Aranga design principles, whether it's the commercial opportunities, Panuku has a big role in achieving those Māori outcomes for Tāmaki Makaurau," Mr Majurey says.
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