Community's bid to purchase Kina reserve
The Tasman community is tendering to buy the LEH Baigent Memorial Reserve on Kina peninsula.
The 4ha reserve near the northern tip of the peninsula has been the subject of controversy ever since current owners Carter Holt Harvey applied to subdivide it. That application was denied, a decision upheld by the Environment Court in February.
The land had functioned as a public reserve for about 80 years, and under a covenant from Lewis Baigent since 1982, although CHH maintained that the covenant governing the land's use as a public domain was not valid.
A fundraising effort spearheaded by the Tasman Area Community Association ends tonight (Monday), with the donation account to be cleared tomorrow, said TACA chairman Hamish Rush.
The association will be making the bid in association with the Tasman District Council by the tender deadline of this Friday.
The land, which had previously been listed with Bayleys for $2 million, is now being marketed by CRT real estate.
Mr Rush said that although the bid will legally come from the TDC, it should be considered a community bid ''because a massive chunk of the money will come from the community''.
He declined to indicate the portion of the bid that will come from the TDC or the total amount, citing confidentiality around the tender.
A billboard on the coastal highway in Mariri erected on Saturday said the association was trying to raise $50,000 by 5pm today, and Mr Rush said that figure had been reached but the association was still appealing for funds.
He said he knew of seven tender documents that had gone out and could account for four of them, meaning the association could be up against several private bidders.
He was confident the community had done everything they could to buy the land
''A large portion of the community right across the district have rung in and put their hands in their pockets.''
He said he believed the land ''was primed for a community bid'' because were the land to be returned to the community, it would get rid of any liability issues for CHH and would restore the public access the community had had for about 80 years.
Donations can still be made until tomorrow morning through internet banking to TACA's bank account: 03 0693 0141622 00. Include your surname as a reference and also email your name, mailing address for tax receipt and donation amount to TACA's secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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