Auditor-General Lyn Provost said yesterday she’d decided to carry out an inquiry into Auckland Council’s management of the project to develop the new Westgate town centre at Massey North.
Mrs Provost said: “A number of concerns have been raised with us about the way in which the project was established and is being managed, largely relating to how the line between the public & private benefits of the project has been managed.”
She said it was appropriate to examine on these matters, given the public sector’s continuing interest in exploring new ways of working with private sector partners and the novel collaborative arrangements in this project.
Waitakere City Council entered into a set of agreements in 2010 with NZ Retail Property Group Ltd (Mark Gunton) & related companies for the development of the new town centre. The old council became part of the super-city Auckland Council in November 2010.
The agreements set up a collaborative project between the council & NZRPG, with NZRPG managing the construction project for both the council’s & its own parts of the development.
Image above: Activity in numerous spots around the Westgate development at the end of last year.
Attribution: Auditor-general’s release.