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Hauraki-Coromandel Post - 2021-06-10

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Your own slice of Pacific Ocean

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Alison Smith Auction date : Saturday, June 12, 1pm. Harcourts’ Tairua office,238 Main Rd, Tairua

Tony White isn’t exaggerating when he says he has a slice of Pacific Ocean for sale. The real estate agent from Tairua has sold some “neat” addresses over the years but his listing on Slipper Island, or Whakahau, is possibly his favourite so far. 191b Ocean Pacific, to be exact. No street, no road, no views. Just ocean. “It makes me laugh. There’s nothing as iconic as 191b Ocean Pacific for an address.” It’s not actual ocean that’s for sale but a 1ha piece of the island, being sold by the four families that bought it in 2007 and made a pact to put it back on the market in 10 years. They enjoyed campfires, and preparing and cooking fresh fish in the offgrid two-bedroom house and made the most of their watercraft on the island that’s 20 minutes’ boat ride from Tairua. At the last count Tony had 32 enquiries for the property at the southern end of the island, known as South Bay. There are 11 properties altogether on the island, most of which are clustered at the northern end in Home Bay. 191b Ocean Pacific has the beach bordering one side and a clifftop cove at another boundary, encompassing one hectare of land. “There’s two properties at south beach, 191a and 191b,” says Tony. “It’s an unbelievable site, really.” Tony says most people inquiring are expats looking to return to New Zealand from the UK, one each from the US and Middle East, but the majority from Australia. The addressing on offshore islands is managed by Regional Councils so for Slipper Island Thames Coromandel District Council would be responsible for determining these addresses. A spokesperson from NZ Post said the company align addresses and locations to Land Information New Zealand who receive their data from local and regional councils. “We also will add addresses if the local council request it directly, in that case they normally supply a map of where the address/road is supposed to go.”

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