Council faces accusations of corruption over social housing

Urban Māori leader John Tamihere has accused Auckland Council of losing control of its “arrogant” and “corrupt” development arm and shutting out the poor.

During a feisty Auckland Council meeting National Urban Māori Authority’s leader said the council and its semi-independent development arm, Panuku, were not providing enough social housing, in breach of the Human Rights Act.

Mr Tamihere said his Waipareira Trust had been looking to build social housing in Papatoetoe when they discovered Panuku had capped the amount of social houses allowed.

The Trust obtained a legal opinion that said the cap was a breach of the Human Rights Act, Mr Tamihere said.

It then didn’t want to sign an agreement to develop the land knowing it was in breach of the law and approached, he said.

“The answer from this arrogant outfit was ‘get lost,'” he said.

“There is something seriously corrupt about that conduct. They need to be sorted out.”

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Source: Radio NZ