22 Aug 2012

Transparency urged in council sales

12:45 pm on 22 August 2012

The Auckland Council has been told to be more transparent with Maori about its plans to sell surplus properties.

A Maori wardens' base in Otahuhu is to be sold by the council.

The Independent Maori Statutory Board says the council has failed to engage with mana whenua over surplus real-estate sales, especially where land was previously taken under the Public Works Act.

Board chairperson David Taipari says he questioned the council because the board wasn't kept in the loop, and would be very concerned if the wardens had to move.

Mr Taipari says he has asked for assurances that Maori representatives will be informed about buildings or land the local body wants to sell.

Both the Maori Statutory Board and the Maori Wardens say they understand the council will offer them another building.