Deer-hunting park still for sale

PAUL EASTON
Last updated 09:15 29/05/2012

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A controversial deer-hunting park near Upper Hutt is still on the market, with an owner claiming plenty of interest from overseas.

The 203-hectare Taiwhaiwhai estate opened in 2009, charging hunters up to $800 for a guaranteed kill of one of about 300 red deer on the property.

Neighbours raised fears at the time that someone could be accidentally shot, because of the park's proximity to private homes.

The property went on the market in November last year.

Taiwhaiwhai co-owner Ken Rollings said he and two co-owners had decided to test the market. "We've been so busy, the three partners haven't had the time to put into it as required. We just thought we'd see what sort of interest there was."

While there had been significant interest from New Zealand and overseas, "at this stage no-one has fronted up".

The Whitemans Valley property's 2010 rating value was $800,000 and a UK-based website has listed the block for sale at $750,400. Complaints from neighbours had died away, Rollings said.

"I think they have now seen we are not causing any grief, not causing any danger."

Deer hunted on the property were not brought in especially to be killed, but were the remnants of a deer farm.

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- The Dominion Post

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