Gareth Morgan clarifies his Abel Tasman beach offer
Philanthropist Gareth Morgan has made it clear that he does not want all of an Awaroa beach for his private use in return for stumping up $1 million towards a crowdfunding campaign to buy the beach.
Morgan wrote a blog post on Tuesday, saying he was opposed to taxpayer money going towards buying the beach, in the Awaroa Inlet.
He offered to put $1m towards buying it, so long as he could enjoy part of it for his own private benefit. His offer was declined by those behind the fundraising drive.
On Thursday he posted another blog, with a diagram showing how little of the beach he intended to use with his family.
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He urged the campaigners to consider his offer of help before refusing it.
"The fact is that we all want the same outcome," he wrote. "I don't want to see Kiwis excluded from this beach any more than the rest of us.
"I also don't want to see taxpayers' money being used to curry favour and buy votes."
He hoped the campaign would make enough money to buy the beach without his help, but did not think it would.
He said the beach sold for $2m eight years ago. "With the amount of interest in this beach, I think the price could go as high as $3m."
By Thursday night, the campaign had raised $1.88m.