Independent Māori Statutory Board target of Auckland Ratepayer’s Alliance criticism

Independent Māori Statutory Board target of Auckland Ratepayer’s Alliance criticism

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A lobby group that monitors spending
by the Auckland City Council has the Independent Maori
Statutory Board in its sights. The Auckland Ratepayers’
Alliance says the legal bills racked up
by the IMBS to protect wahi tapu are an abuse of their process. The legal bill for the case, which was eventually
thrown out by the court, cost $270,000. Ripeka Timutimu with this story. Jordan Williams says the High Court is no place for the
Independent Maori Statutory Board. The board took the council to court after it says it ignored advice
from its own officials and made the decision
to remove 3000 sites of value from the city’s Unitary Plan. The board lost and the council says
the bill cost around $270k. Approximately $140k was spent by the
council on legal services, and $130k was expenditure
incurred by the board. Current Mayor of Auckland
Phil Goff says he would have done
it differently. It’s a huge expense. What I would like is that there are
answers to questions Maori may have. The board chair, David Taipari was unavailable
to speak on camera but in a statement he said they want to continue
to carry this kaupapa forward and adequate resource
should be made available for this, but one of the architects
of the board, Pita Sharples, is demanding more transparency. I have advised the IMSB
to talk to iwi so that we know what’s going on
and can support them. We can’t do that if they are hiding
what they are doing. The board says they want to ensure research
and monitoring is undertaken to enable plan changes. Ripeka Timutimu, Te Karere.

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