Point England Reserve goes on sale for a $1 in aim to raise awareness

The Trade Me listing.
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The Trade Me listing.

A contentious Auckland reserve has been listed on Trade Me for a $1 reserve as a local resident courts publicity for what he calls "poor decision making"

Pt England Reserve has been advertised for sale by Tsz Ho who said he created the listing because he thought comedy was a good way to engage with the issue of change in the community.

Ngati Paoa is set to build 300 new houses and a marae on reserve land at Pt England. Concerns have been raised about the threat to the environment among other things.

The listing comes after the government announced in December that it will change the status of Pt England Reserve so ...
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The listing comes after the government announced in December that it will change the status of Pt England Reserve so about a quarter can be sold as part of a Treaty of Waitangi redress.

The Pt England development enabling bill has been through the select committee stage and is set to go before parliament for a second reading.

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The Trade Me listing described the land as "favourably positioned just 12kms from the CBD".

The listing went on to describe Pt England as "acres of wasted public open space and sports fields [that] are just waiting for you to make a killing". 

"While the land currently includes a bird sanctuary for endangered wildlife, these will benefit your beloved furry companion to roam free and hone their natural hunting prowess."

It also jokes about there being no need for the buyer to make plan changes because the government had zoned the land mixed urban residential. 

"Plan as your heart desires height and environmental concerns are gone burgers."

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Ho said the listing was an attempt to "raise awareness for what's happening and the government's poor decision making".

"It's the last chance the people of New Zealand are able to make their voices heard as parliament is likely to push the bill through by the end of the week," he said.

 - Stuff

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