Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Fair Deal For Land Purchases

Fair Deal For Land Purchases

Owners of privately-owned properties sited along the route of major new roads or other infrastructure projects will be appropriately compensated if their land is required, Manukau mayor Sir Barry Curtis says.

He says needless concerns have been raised about properties in Manukau City which may be affected by the proposed Eastern Corridor route. In particular, these concerns were expressed at the open days held on the corridor proposal recently. The route has not yet been finalised and a decision will not be made until February next year.

Sir Barry says, "I can understand that many people in the Panmure/ Pakuranga area would like certainty about whether or not they will be affected, but we cannot provide that as yet. The law requires that all possible alternative routes be considered, even if some are completely unsuitable and unlikely, and that is being done."

Sir Barry says the Council is continually buying properties for many purposes such as creating parks, building roads and expanding parking areas.

He says Manukau City Council's policy is to pay the market value for these sites. "We always offer a fair price reflecting their value before the road building plans are announced. I can guarantee that people will be fully compensated and we will negotiate in good faith, as the law requires. Property owners can rest assured they will not be disadvantaged, and I am proud of the Council's record in this regard."

Under the Public Works Act, properties may be purchased compulsorily by local authorities if necessary but Sir Barry says the Council prefers to negotiate to seek a resolution without resorting to compulsory acquisition, which is a last resort only.

In the last financial year Manukau City Council spent $6.4 million on land purchases.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Government’s Smokefree Laws Debacle

The most charitable explanation for National’s behaviour over the smokefree legislation is that they have dutifully fulfilled the wishes of the Big Tobacco lobby and then cast around – incompetently, as it turns out - for excuses that might sell this health policy U-turn to the public. The less charitable view is that the government was being deliberately misleading. Are we to think Prime Minister Christopher Luxon is a fool, or a liar? It seems rather early on in his term of office to be facing that unpleasant choice. Yet when Luxon (and senior MP Chris Bishop) tried to defend the indefensible with the same wildly inaccurate claim, there are not a lot of positive explanations left on the table.... More

Public Housing Futures: Christmas Comes Early For Landlords

New CTU analysis of the National & ACT coalition agreement has shown the cost of returning interest deductibility to landlords is an extra $900M on top of National’s original proposal. This is because it is going to be implemented earlier and faster, including retrospective rebates from April 2023. More

Green Party: Petition To Save Oil & Gas Ban

“The new Government’s plan to expand oil and gas exploration is as dangerous as it is unscientific. Whatever you think about the new government, there is simply no mandate to trash the climate. We need to come together to stop them,” says James Shaw. More

PSA: MFAT Must Reverse Decision To Remove Te Reo

MFAT's decision to remove te reo from correspondence before new Ministers are sworn in risks undermining the important progress the public sector has made in honouring te Tiriti. "We are very disappointed in what is a backward decision - it simply seems to be a Ministry bowing to the racist rhetoric we heard on the election campaign trail," says Marcia Puru. More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.