John Tamihere slams Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s criticism of housing plan as ‘bizarre’, ‘unfair’

John Tamihere has fired back at his former Labour colleague Phil Goff, calling the Auckland Mayor’s criticism of his housing developer “bizarre” and “grossly unfair”.

The war of words between the pair, neither of whom has ruled out running for the Auckland mayoralty next year, is over a proposed housing development on council-owned land in Papatoetoe, south Auckland.

Te Whānau O Waipareira, which Tamihere leads as chief executive, wants to lift social housing coverage at the development to 70 per cent, but council-owned Panuku has blocked those plans.

It requires an equal three-way split of market homes, social housing and “affordable” homes in the development.

Goff has claimed Waipareira’s stance is purely commercial.

“They buy the land off Panuku, they commission the builder, they sell it to Housing New Zealand and they sell it at a profit,” he said.

“They are acting like any other developer. That’s quite legitimate, I’m not criticising that, but let’s not pretend it’s anything other than that.”

Now Tamihere has struck back.

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Source: Stuff