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Govt wants DHB land for iwi housing deal

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/09/2016

The government has pounced on 13 hectares of surplus hospital land in south Auckland to steer it towards a housing deal with iwi.

It has been estimated the land could hold about 250 homes

The Counties Manukau District Health Board earlier this month decided it didn't need two sections of its 48.6ha Manukau Super Clinic as part of its growth plans and it could sell it to raise cash for other projects.

It says 9.7ha of the land, which is in pasture, can be built on.

The government on Thursday said it had approved the sale and the land would be freed up for housing.

"It makes sense for DHBs to sell land they don't need for future use as it allows them to reinvest the proceeds into new or upgraded health facilities," said Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

Housing Minister Nick Smith says the government will now negotiate a market price for the land and add it to the Crown land housing programme.

"We will be exploring with Auckland iwi the opportunity to partner with them on the proposal to develop the area for housing," he said.

In July, Dr Smith said the hospital land should be used for social and affordable housing after $100 million more was set aside in the May budget for land purchases.

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