High-powered pair reach agreement

21:20, Dec 13 2012
Tony Malkin and wife Shelly
Tony Malkin and wife Shelly.

A part-owner of the Empire State Building has had privacy worries sorted by his rural Queenstown neighbour, a Sydney socialite with links to the Danish Royal family.

Queenstown resource consent commissioners yesterday convened a hearing on the bid by Michaela W Meehan to subdivide a 25ha Dalefield block into two lots and build a house on each.

The Dalefield area has been dubbed the "golden triangle" by real estate agents for its top-dollar properties. Other high-profile neighbourhood faces include actor Sam Neill and A J Hackett founding partner Henry van Asch.

Mrs Meehan was a Danish Olympic sailor, who married a Sydney-based property mogul in 2004. The Copenhagen ceremony was attended by Danish Crown Prince Frederick and his Australian wife Mary, who used to work for Mr Meehan, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Mrs Meehan's block borders a 48ha block owned by a company called Redemption Song, which is owned by New York property high flyer, and part owner of the Empire State Building, Tony Malkin.

Known as a staunch advocate of green building principles, Mr Malkin's company got clearance from the Overseas Investment Office to buy the $4.5 million block in 2008. The property will be made available for Otago Polytechnic design, construction and environmental sustainability students as a "physical classroom".


This year resource consent was granted for three dwellings on the Redemption Song property.

The company filed a submission expressing concern the two Meehan houses would be close enough to their boundary to cause "adverse effects on their privacy and seclusion".

However, boundary wrangles between the soon-to-be neighbours were successfully headed off by Queenstown planner Alistair Smith, working for Mrs Meehan.

"The concerns relate to the proposed building platform on Lot two only. Discussions and an amended plan ... have been presented to their consultants including (earth) mounding and the introduction of further planting ... this plan has been accepted by Redemption Song."

The Southland Times