Flaxmere’s 120 new homes

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DRE CHUMKO AN­DRE CHUMKO

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.

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