Published 5 December 2012
The Auckland Council has paid $1.2 million for a 29.5ha addition to the regional park being developed at Pakiri, at the north-eastern extremity of the region.
The Auckland Regional Council began the park when it bought boxer David Tua’s 52ha at the southern end of Pakiri Beach for $10.25 million in 2005. Mr Tua, his manager Kevin Barry and manager of his financial affairs, Martin Pugh, intended to turn the property into a retreat, but instead their falling out ended in bitter High Court litigation.
The council added 126ha of the adjoining former Arrigato land rising above the end of the beach for another $7 million 3 weeks later, also sold after a falling out between developers. The Arrigato price was $19 million less than the previous purchase price.
The new property is largely low-lying pasture on Pakiri River Rd, the main road leading to Pakiri Beach. Council parks, recreation & heritage forum chairman Sandra Coney said it offered opportunities to enhance access to the existing regional parkland. The Auckland Council will take ownership of the extra property from 1 July 2013.
Cllr Coney said: “This property provides a link between the road and the existing beachfront block of parkland. It has potential for back-to-basics camping, carparking facilities & vehicle access.
“Pakiri Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, with white sands, great surf and spectacular views from the clifftop parkland overlooking the beach.”
Development of this land will be considered as part of the concept planning for the parkland at Pakiri and will be subject to public consultation and engagement with mana whenua.
The purchase money came from the council’s parks acquisition fund.
20 June 2007: ARC rejects sale of 5ha lot in new Pakiri park
26 March 2006: Fruit World & Panda directors plan Pakiri lodge
21 December 2005: ARC buys Arrigato land to enlarge new Pakiri park
3 December 2005: Regional council buys Tua’s Pakiri Beach retreat
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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.