to police minister over location of proposed remand facility
The local Labour MP and the mayor in Hastings have expressed their "strong concern" to the police minister over the location of a new kind of remand facility proposed by iwi and police.
Its supporters say it will be transformational for Māori, while local authorities believe it will destroy prime land for desperately needed houses.
The idea is to transform a fruitpackers lodge into accommodation, where providers can give live-in support to those who have been arrested or charged by police.
In January, when the development was still under wraps and out of public knowledge, Labour MP for Tukituki Anna Lorck and Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst both sent letters to then-police minister, Poto Williams.
Those letters have now been made public, after RNZ requested them from the police minister's office under the Official Information Act (OIA).
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