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Bid to exclude Maori fails

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Right wing councillors have failed in an attempt to exclude Maori from voting on recommendations on Auckland’s Unitary Plan.

The council this morning voted 13-8 to against shifting debate on the Independent Panel’s recommendations from the development committeee to the full council, which does not include members of the Independent Maori Statutory Board.

Board chair David Taipari welcomed the vote and says he and fellow development committee member Liane Ngamane looked forward to the deliberations, which must be completed by August 19.

He says claims the panel may have rolled back proposed protections for Maori sites may be overstated, and he’s keen to hear detail on how cultural impacts will be considered.

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