The controversial sale of this land on Whangaparaoa Road, opposite the town centre, has moved on to the next stage.
A piece of land that was part of Whangaparaoa College and includes native trees that could be close to 100 years old is being readied for sale.
The site is very prominent, running along Whangaparaoa Rd west from the corner of Stanmore Bay Rd to opposite the town centre.
The Ministry of Education placed the land in the hands of Land Information NZ (LINZ) last year. When this was made public in Hibiscus Matters last November, it caused a lot of community interest and concern. The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board has so far been unsuccessful in its attempt to have some of the land set aside as public reserve.
Currently the land is being valued, prior to being put on the market. It is divided into three separate parcels. LINZ Acting Group Manager Crown Property Trevor Knowles says the organization has completed its investigation to determine whether any of the land needs to be offered back to the former owners.
“The former owner of a small area of Lot 1 (adjacent to the path to the college) has accepted our offer,” he says. “We are currently waiting on valuations of the remainder of the land to progress the next part of the disposal process.”
The bush, which includes mature pohutukawa and puriri trees, on the corner of Stanmore Bay Rd is included in the land to be sold.
Mr Knowles says LINZ has no intention of removing the trees.