8 Jul 2014

Maori focus in Auckland's 10-year plan

7:53 am on 8 July 2014

Auckland Council is prioritising the wellbeing of Maori in its new 10-year budget.

The council has begun debating its first decade long budget, with six priorities on the table.

One of those is to significantly lift Maori social and economic wellbeing in Tamaki Makaurau.

The plan outlines ambitions, including creating a development fund for urban papa kainga, providing support to marae across the rohe and helping strengthen Maori business.

The financial data is not final but the Independent Maori Statutory Board's wishlist of projects is set to cost about $160 million.

It comes after a report in May showed the council spent only a quarter of its budget set aside for Maori specific initiatives last year, and even less in the first half of this year.