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The Government is keen to involve mana whenua as partners in the development of more than 3000 Kiwibuild houses in Mount Albert.

Speaking at the Unitec marae Te Noho Kotahitanga yesterday, Housing Minister Phil Twyford said the government was buying 29 hectares from the polytechnic.

It will be used for a mix of affordable KiwiBuild homes for first home buyers, public housing and open market houses.

The transfer of land between crown agencies triggers conditions in the Tamaki Makaurau collective settlement.

"We are committed to working with Nga Mana Whenua under the same terms the government has been for some time now and that means that iwi will have the opportunity to be part of the new development and in the next few weeks we are going to be sitting down with iwi together looking at what that process will look like," Mr Twyford says.

He says the Government will want to preserve many of the special features of the site, including the environment around Oakley Creek, the mature trees and some garden areas.


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