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Iwi seek say in Maraenui redevelopment

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Hawkes Bay iwi have signed a memorandum of understanding with Housing New Zealand, the Napier City Council and construction companies over the so called revitalisation of Maraenui.

Housing NZ’s plan to demolish 96 units in the suburb which includes a large Maori population sparked community outrage and have led to discussions about how the overall wellbeing of the community will be affected.

The first stage of the revised project would be led by Roopu a Iwi Trust, Housing NZ and the council, and would focus on informing the local community about the plan and seeking feedback.

Housing NZ area manager Andrew Cairns says the properties will still be demolished because they are either earthquake-prone or old, poorly configured and no longer fit for purpose.

But he says it makes sense to look at how the land can be used in a way that supports the community's vision.

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