It could be as long as a year before a piece of land on Whangaparaoa Road that was part of Whangaparaoa College goes on the market for sale.
The site is very prominent, running along Whangaparaoa Rd west from the corner of Stanmore Bay Rd to opposite the town centre.
It includes a group of native trees that could be close to 100 years old.
Earlier this year, Hibiscus Matters revealed that the Ministry of Education has placed the land in the hands of Land Information NZ (LINZ) – the first stage of preparing it for sale.
LINZ needs to subdivide the property to offer back a portion to the previous owner.
Currently a geotech report is being prepared as part of the application to subdivide.
LINZ Acting Group Manager Crown Property Trevor Knowles says once subdivision is consented, the next step will be to submit the property to the Office of Treaty Settlements for consideration under the Maori Protection Mechanism process.
He says this stage could take up to 12 months.