The man who negotiated the controversial Ihumātao housing deal has launched legal action after fellow whānau leaders tried to remove him from the helm of a trust that supports the area's hapū.

The rift is yet another division among the close-knit Ihumātao community in South Auckland, where Fletcher Building wants to build 480 houses on 33-hectares of land it bought in 2016.

The NZX-listed company has always said thorough consultation took place with iwi, frequently referring to Te Kawerau ā Maki iwi authority and Makaurau marae.

The Herald can now reveal division over the housing development has led to legal

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