16 April 2018
The Auckland Māori Housing Summit is an opportunity for Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau to help shape the future of housing development in Auckland, and to address housing issues in the region with key government Ministers, the Chairman of the Independent Māori Statutory Board, David Taipari says.
28 June 2017
Nothing speaks “New Zealand Inc.” more strongly than our Māori identity. The return of the America’s Cup to Tāmaki Makaurau is a real opportunity for the region to lift the promotion of its Māori identity. The Challenge is brimming with opportunity for Auckland Council and its Council Controlled Organisations: ATEED, Panuku, and Auckland Transport, to work with Mana Whenua from day one to create an experience that is not only unique, but delivers direct economic benefits to all Aucklanders.
5 July 2017
Increasing housing supply is a necessity as everyone knows but Auckland does not need more large and unaffordable houses, supplied by the open market in response to unconstrained stimulus. This, unfortunately, is what the task force recommends in abundance. What’s desperately needed are houses people can afford to buy, priced within reach of ordinary working families.
15 July 2017
Is it time for the advocates for affordable housing in Tāmaki Makaurau to finally celebrate? At first glance, the ten-and-a-half thousand new homes for Whenuapai and Redhills promised this week by Mayor Goff looks like a cause for optimism. But does simply opening up more land and making the infrastructure conditions right for development make housing affordable? Experience tells us that increased housing supply does not equate to more affordable houses being built.
27 November 2017
An independent assessment of Auckland Council’s activities to improve Māori economic, social, cultural and environmental development in Tāmaki Makaurau highlights ongoing and significant missed opportunities, not only for Auckland Māori, but for the region as a whole.
The Board-commissioned assessment by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) finds that over half of the issues raised in a 2014 assessment report remained unresolved. Underspending on budgets and over-reporting on some expenditure remains a feature; and matters relating to setting outcome measures and the variable quality of project management remain unresolved, with high impact on the effectiveness of projects.
18 December 2017
The Independent Maori Statutory Board welcomes Shane Ellison, Ngāi Tahu and Te Āti Awa, as he takes up his new role as Chief Executive of Auckland Transport this week. His arrival is timely. As new CEO, Mr Ellison is well-placed to bring a fresh approach to the part Auckland Transport can play in acting effectively in the interest of Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau and to realise the benefits that advancing the interests of Māori can bring to the region as a whole.