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Napier Council & Kainga Ora - similar case

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Similar case to ours; Council pulled out and paid $7,000 as a modest contribution to the Associations legal costs after a Judicial Review was pending a court hearing. I spoke with the Napier Association member Sandi Boyden for a good 25 minutes which was very helpful and it became evident the case is 100% the same as ours.

  • Similar mix of housing 1/3 Social, 1/3 Affordable, 1/3 Open Market (Ours being labeled Long term Worker Accomodation)

  • Without public consultation or engagement

  • Without proper consideration of the council’s significance and engagement policy

  • Decision to exclude the public from the meetings was not necessary for the council to carry out its duties without prejudice

  • In discussing the matter behind closed doors the council had “failed or refused to have regard to the principles of availability” under the Local Government (Official Information and Meetings) Act

  • Council had breached the Local Government 2002 Act by failing to act in an open, transparent and democratically accountable manner

  • Council didn’t reach any financial settlement but did make “a modest contribution of $7,000 to the Association’s legal costs

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