Flaxmere’s 120 new homes
Fans buying tickets to Neil Diamond’s concert in Napier next year have been caught up in an illegal ticket scam.
About $20,000 worth of tickets to the Mission Estate concert in March were bought illegally with stolen credit cards, and it is believed most have been put up for resale online.
Organisers of the March 17 event believe the sales were made through ticket reselling company Viagogo, and say the $20,000 equates to about 160 tickets across both general admission and gold reserve.
Concert director Garry Craft said three people who bought tickets through Viagogo had come forward with concerns about the validity of their tickets.
‘‘We have made contact with three purchasers from New Zealand who have purchased tickets from the Viagogo website and they have subsequently contacted their financial institutions to stop the payment, because clearly these tickets which are being sold illegally were bought with stolen credit cards.’’
The tickets were tracked back to stolen international Visas and MasterCards, and would not be honoured, he said. Flaxmere is in line to get 120 new homes after the Hastings District Council agreed to support a proposed village project for the area.
At a full council meeting on October 26, councillors unanimously voted in favour of supporting the proposal of Wainga¯kau Village, which gives the go-ahead for public consultation on 76 co-housing houses and 44 standard houses being built on 15.5 hectares of vacant land in Kingsley-Chatham in Flaxmere, Hastings.
‘‘We can check the information electronically. They will be flagged and not let in.’’
Official tickets for the concert, available through Ticketek or the Mission Estate website, range from $125 for general admission to $618 for a ‘‘prestige’’ seat. Only general admission tickets are still available.
Craft said he could not prove all 160 illegally purchased tickets were bought through stolen credit cards, but he could assume as much, ‘‘based upon what we’ve seen so far and the statements we’ve received’’.
He warned anybody who bought a ticket through Viagogo to contact their bank and attempt to cancel the purchase. ‘‘Please do not buy tickets from a non-authorised person or organisation. You’ve got to be really careful with your online purchases – check your URL addresses to make sure.
‘‘If they try to charge you in euros for a concert in New Zealand, don’t pay.
‘‘If you want a ticket, you can buy it from Ticketek or the Mission Estate concert website. Those are the only two places with actual tickets.’’
Earlier this year, Consumer New Zealand called for the Commerce Commission to take action against the ticket reseller.
The 76 co-housing, or community-housing, houses would be made up of 12 onebedroom homes, 14 two-bedroom homes, 35 three-bedroom homes and 15 larger three-bedroom homes.
The council had been considering what to do with the land since 2007, when Ma¯ori authority Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga (TTOH), which owns land adjacent to the council-owned sections, put forward a proposal to construct housing on the subdivisions. However, this did not eventuate.
Other discussions with the authority about what to do with the land fell through in 2013, and again in 2014 when council had discussions with Napier company Horvath Construction.
Earlier this year, following concerns being raised by councillors about the lack of social housing in Hastings, officers were told to revisit the project with the authority.
A working group was formed between council representatives, TTOH, U-Turn Trust and Te Aranga Marae to figure out a plan for the site, which includes 59 council-owned sections, as well as the land owned by the authority.
On September 26, TTOH chief executive George Reedy and project manager Emma Horgan presented the business case for ‘Wainga¯kau Village’ to council, and it was decided a mix of cohousing and conventional housing would be the preferred option.
Reedy said pricing was expected to be between $140,000 and $375,000, with multiple affordable paths offered to help people secure residences.
Forty per cent of the development, including Te Aranga Marae, would operate as green space. Residences would also integrate with ‘‘cutting-edge green technologies and ideas’’.
Additional development was proposed for a co-op community centre and cafe, a small business incubator, a wellbeing centre, a community food forest, and a resident carpark.
Horgan said Flaxmere’s current housing situation had led to high crime rates and a low quality of life for residents.
‘‘The Wainga¯kau Village project demonstrates a new model for building homes which are part of a tight-knit community, rather than an isolated castle,’’ she said.
Construction was scheduled to begin in 2019.
Neil Diamond will play at the Mission Estate on March 17.