Auckland Council


PHOTO: JONATHAN JANSEN Shelley and Jonathan Jansen are pleased Auckland Council are investigating affordable developer Imperial Homes.

A group of first-home buyers who blew the whistle with Auckland Council on a questionable affordable housing development practice have been told they won’t be eligible to get any compensation, even if the council wins a legal case against the developer.

But other home buyers who didn’t complain – or who simply followed up after the original complaints – could each get tens of thousands of dollars back.

In a crazy Kafkaesque turn of events, the original whistleblowers are penalised by the very fact they were the first to raise the alarm. Council argues the Resource Management Act stops it acting on allegations more than six months old.