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New Zealand: United Nations body raises concerns over housing development on traditional Māori land

The OHCHR has called for answers over the New Zealand government's approach over the private development of housing for commercial sale on traditional Māori land in Māngere, South Auckland. The land in question, near Ihumātao village, was purchased by Fletcher's Living Ltd in 2016 and has been occupied by members of the community since. Noting the cultural, spiritual and archaeological importance of the site to the Māori involved, the UN report questioned how development would ensure Māori culture and heritage would be protected, and how the houses proposed to be built would benefit Māori.