The Auckland Regional Council has conditionally added 126ha of the former Arrigato land at Pakiri to the 52ha Tuaman property it bought 3 weeks ago to create a $19.25 million regional park.
10 years after land developer Ian Gillespie (through 2 companies, of which Arrigato Investments Ltd was one) began his attempt to subdivide 149ha of the former Greenwood farm into 14 lots
5 years after High Court judge Robert Chambers rejected the whole basis on which the Environment Court granted consent for that subdivision
4 years after the Appeal Court overturned Justice Chambers’ ruling
5 years after Kitchener Homes Ltd (director Kim Spencer; at the time he was a shareholder who had been released from bankruptcy the month before and his wife, Susan Hamilton, was director)
after numerous council abatement notices over replanting programmes & their maintenance, and
after resolute opposition by the regional council to the extent of subdivision & the novel basis on which the Environment Court allowed it.
It’s the fourth patch of Rodney District which the regional council has added to its regional parks portfolio in 3 months. The others were:
the 52ha property adjoining the Arrigato site, bought from heavyweight boxer David Tua’s Tuaman Inc for $10.25 million
the 843ha Atiu Creek Farm at Tapora, gifted by owners Pierre & Jackie Chatelanat, and
a 247ha South Head property bought for $5.4 million, with Rodney District Council contributing $1 million.
Mr Gillespie bought 169ha for $3.2 million and put together a subdivision scheme priced at a total $9.64 million, serviced & planted. Mr Spencer bought 149ha from Mr Gillespie, partly reshaped the subdivision and put asking prices totalling $24.7 million it, plus $1.6 million to cover landscaping & planting bonds. A wedge of the most difficult terrain â€“ a steep, mountain-goat triangle down to the southern end of the beach â€“ is excluded from the sale to the regional council.
Kitchener Homes, which had owned the property, was wound up on Inland Revenue’s application on 15 December. By then, the Arrigato property was owned by Fisherton Ltd (Mr Spencer) & Anzani Pakiri Ltd (Richard Kroon).
Mr Kroon has spent much of this year trying to escape from his business relationship with Mr Spencer, resulting in receivership for these 2 Arrigato property owners and several other joint-venture companies, and also culminating in Mr Kroon’s prosecution for allegedly kidnapping Mr Spencer at the Pakiri property. That allegation is not likely to reach trial before late 2006.
Mr Kroon said today this transaction by the receivers, Grant Graham & Brendon Gibson (Ferrier Hodgson), cleaned up the last of the joint ventures. He’d got his money back on the others and would be slightly under on this one.
Coney says unrivalled park will protect 3km of coastline
Regional council parks & heritage committee chairman Sandra Coney said the 2 Pakiri properties combined would create an unrivalled regional park and protect 3km of the coast: “The purchase of this property protects the backdrop to the beach so no trophy houses will intrude on to this part of Pakiri Beach. Visitors to the southern end of the property will be able to enjoy stunning & uninterrupted vistas that stretch from Whangarei Heads to Great Barrier Island.”
Cllr Coney said the joining of the 2 properties also allowed for the protection of a number of culturally significant sites, including an extensive hilltop pa site, midden & terraces.
The committee’s deputy chairman, Christine Rose, who’s the Rodney representative on the regional council (and was photographed, at right, on purchase of the Tuaman land with Cllr Coney, David Tua & ARC chairman Mike Lee) said the new regional park would protect this part of Pakiri from subdivision & development, for the enjoyment of generations to come: “This property has historically been subject to many complex circumstances, therefore public ownership is a positive outcome for both the property & the region. It protects iconic landforms in a continuous link here, from coast to headland. The preservation of these landforms from prominent coastal development is critical.”
Access to the former Tuaman part of the property will be possible from Thursday 22 December, when ownership transfers to the regional council, but full park facilities won’t be introduced to either part of the park for some years. The Arrigato section won’t be formally opened for a number of years, but casual foot access will be possible from late January, once title is transferred to the council.
3 December 2005: Regional council buys Tua’s Pakiri Beach retreat
28 October 2005: Councils buy South Kaipara farm for regional park
4 October 2005: 843ha Kaipara farm gifted to ARC
10 August 2004: ARC proposes changes to Environment Court costs
12 September 2003: Coastal subdivision prices skyrocket
27 May 2002: Arrigato case back in Environment Court
4 March 2002: Arrigato revegetation failure rate very high
12 September 2001: Appeal Court sets aside anti-Arrigato judgment (long version)
11 September 2001: Appeal Court sets aside anti-Arrigato judgment (short version)
18 February 2001: Pakiri beachfront subdivision approved
18 February 2001: Coherent planning explanation hard to come by
27 May 2000: ARC fights on against coastal subdivision