23 Jun 2014

Council under-spending looked at

7:30 am on 23 June 2014

The Independent Maori Statutory Board is confident that Auckland Council wants to get to the bottom of why it's under-spending on specific Maori initiatives.

The Council's Finance and Performance committee has passed resolutions to address issues around Council spending on Maori outcomes.

An independent report found the Council spent a quarter of its budget set aside for Maori- specific initiatives last year, and even less in the first half of this year.

Maori Board Chairman David Taipari said a number of the reports key recommendations will be worked on, from a top down approach.

He said it was about taking stock of what was happening in the Council that related to Maori outcomes, and having inclusion in the long-term plan to meet those Maori outcomes.