Araparera funds on agenda

The long wait to find out where the proceeds from the failed Araparera forestry project will be spent might finally be over.

The joint venture between Auckland Council and Ngati Whatua O Kaipara wound up three years ago, but as yet not one cent of Council’s $2.5 million share has been spent on the promised road improvements.

No reason has been given for the long delay in releasing the money, but an Auckland Transport (AT) spokesperson says a report will be presented to a Rodney Local Board meeting in June.

“It will be based on discussions between the Board and AT held over the past couple of years,” he says.

“We expect the Board will make any announcements about projects.”

Around 7000 properties in Rodney’s former northern riding paid a targeted rate for 28 years to fund the joint venture, which involved a forestry project on 200 hectares on the Kaipara. The promise was that the proceeds would be spent on roads in the north.