7 Apr 2009

NZ opposition concerned about impact of Super City plan on Pacific people

8:48 pm on 7 April 2009

Opposition politicians in New Zealand have voiced concern about the impact of the idea to make the Auckland region a supercity on local Pacific communities.

Labour's Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, says Pacific Island people living in Auckland should have been consulted on the Super City idea, especially as they have serious concerns about the proposal.

Luamanavao says Pacific Island peoples could have less access to decision makers under

the proposal which she says makes clear that community boards will have limited if any power.

She says Auckland is known as the Polynesian and Pacific capital of the world yet it is facing the possibility that the power to set its future direction will be given to a select few rather than

in the wider community.

The opposition leader Phil Goff says the whole set-up will disenfranchise the west and south of Auckland, but more wealthy areas like Remuera will be well served.