Hapu gives olive branch to North Shore people
A central Auckland hapu says it's willing to work with Devonport residents over the future of land the sub-tribe's seeking to buy there.
A Treaty of Waitangi settlement for Ngati Whatua o Orakei included the Crown's offer of several blocks of naval land at Narrow Neck beach in Devonport.
The hapu will use the $18 million settlement to buy the 3.2ha of land before leasing it back to the Government.
Several Devonport residents fought the deal at a Maori Affairs Select Committee hearing into the issue earlier this year, pleading with the Government to offer cash or other land instead.
Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board trustee Ngarimu Blair says the hapu will work to address residents' concerns.
The sale of the land is expected to go through early next year.
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