Tamaki Collective representatives discuss Govt sale of Crown land for housing

By Taroi Black

In Manukau, 13 representatives from the Tāmaki Collective have met with the Government to discuss their sale of Crown land for housing.

The Government has said that it won't be giving iwi right of first refusal, prompting concern for iwi like Tainui over the RFR clauses in their treaty settlements, which has "upset the cart" with the Government expressing that it wants iwi to get involved with building houses.

Media weren't allowed in the meeting but Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith had this to say to the media shortly after.  

“I am confident we are going to be able to work both with the Tāmaki Collective but also with individual Iwi.  I emphasise to them that the Government is committed both in spirit and in word to ensure that their Treaty obligations are respected.”

Ngāti Whātua were one of the tribes represented in the meeting.

In the past weeks, they sought legal advice regarding the Government's decision not to give right of first refusal.