16 Feb 2012

Maori board agrees to more talks over Auckland Council funding

6:25 am on 16 February 2012

The Independent Maori Statutory Board in Auckland says it will take more time to try to resolve debate over the city's commitment to fund the needs of Maori.

The board argues that Auckland Council has included as little as one sixth of the $295 million needed in the next decade, to advance Maori.

Board chairman David Taipari says while he sticks with the board's $295 million figure, he welcomes the opportunity to work further with the mayor and council on it.

He says the board needs to focus on the maintenance of their relationship with the council.

But Mr Taipari says if that doesn't work following the public consultation process, then the board will have to work on other strategies.