Māori land sold to the Whangarei Racing Club for less than its real worth. Now, the Whangarei District Council has agreed to amend the regional plan so a residential development can be built.
The proposal has the council funding support in their 10-year regional plan. An independent commission vetted the issue, despite one of the three commissioners being Councillor John Williamson.
The local Patuharakeke tribe say the Whangarei Racing Club issue is one example of council and local government interference.
In 1991, the Whangarei District Council purchased 56 hectares for just $200,000, and it was worth at $1.8mil at the time.
The Patuharakeke board plan is to meet tonight to see what can be done to progress this issue.