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Spartacus star to call Waiheke home

Last updated 13:00 23/06/2010
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NEW ISLANDER: Manu Bennett plans to bring up his children on Waiheke

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Manu Bennett, star of cult television show Spartacus Blood and Sand, has bought land on Waiheke to build a home for his family.

The 10-acre lifestyle block, a recent subdivision of award-winning olive growers Rangihoua Estate, includes a three-acre olive grove and an acre of archeological value.

Mr Bennett was particularly interested in the property because it is in sight of Rangihoua Hill, as he is part Maori and a descendent of Maori explorer Kahumatamomoe, says his New York based media management company A+P Group.

The actor started his career in the teen soap Paradise Beach, before enjoying guest roles in Water Rats, All Saints and Beastmaster.

He also appeared in the mini series The Violent Earth and Xena: Warrior Princess before taking up roles in Shortland Street and Street Legal.

His film career includes starring alongside actors Josh Hartnett in the US film 30 Days of Night and Vinnie Jones in The Condemned.

Mr Bennett, his fiancé, Israeli socialite Karin Horen, and their three-year-old daughter Huia have been regular visitors to Waiheke with Mr Bennett celebrating his 40th birthday at Stonyridge Vineyard last year.

Rumours are rife the couple, who are expecting their second child, are hoping to marry on the island this summer.

A+P Group confirmed the purchase of the land, saying Waiheke was a place of great significance to the actor.

"He has relocated his family back to New Zealand after a very long break away. Both he and Karin are looking forward to eventually raising their family there.

"In terms of the couple's wedding plans, I am not at liberty to confirm those details yet."

The family is currently holidaying in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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