New owner for bargain pad

Having the Hawera Black Power as a neighbour has not turned off one bargain hunter.

Housing New Zealand (HNZ) regional manager Darren Toy confirmed yesterday its two bedroom house on Hawera's A'Court St had been sold after an unconditional offer was made by a private individual last month.

The house had been on the market since May last year because of low demand for HNZ properties in Hawera.

The property was priced to go at $40,000, which at the time placed it as one of the cheapest homes for sale in Taranaki. It is not yet known how much the new buyer paid for it. Due to privacy concerns, no further details about the buyer were made available by HNZ.

In January, the Taranaki Daily News published a story about the house, including an interview with Black Power spokesman Ngapari Nui, who said gang bosses would do what they could to welcome any new neighbour to the street.

The Hawera chapter of the gang have owned the neighbouring property for the past 10 years and use it as their headquarters.

Taranaki Daily News