18 Jun 2013

Pacific leader says plan not meeting needs

10:41 pm on 18 June 2013

A community leader says a plan to overhaul some of Auckland's poorest communities has failed to recognise their wants and needs.

The Tamaki Redevelopment plan hopes to rebuild social housing in Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure under a joint venture agreed between the Auckland Council and the Government in 2012.

It aims to double the number of houses in the area to 11,000 within 25 years and improve jobs, education and health.

The 50-page draft strategy seeks the views of local communities, nearly 60% of whom live in state rental housing in Tamaki and two-thirds are Maori and Pacific Island people.

But the Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel says it was never consulted. Deputy chairperson Orchid Atimalala is very disappointed, saying Pacific people will gain nothing from the plan.

"It isn't inclusive of our Pacific people's needs and desires for their housing outcomes. Pacific Aucklanders are not gaining anything out of it."

The public has another four weeks to have its say. However, project leader Debra Lawson says there has been significant public input and it is time for action.