Com­mu­nity cov­ers costs

North Shore Times - - IN BUSINESS - KASHKA TUN­STALL

The Devon­port Penin­sula Precinct Society has fi­nally fin­ished pay­ing off the costs as­so­ci­ated with tak­ing Ry­man Health­care to the En­vi­ron­ment Court.

The group spent $81,000 in its bid to amend Ry­man’s de­vel­op­ment of a 600-bed re­tire­ment com­plex in Ngataringa Bay in Devon­port.

The de­vel­op­ment was granted con­sent by Auck­land Coun­cil, but the Society lodged an ap­peal with the En­vi­ron­ment Court.

The dis­pute be­tween the groups was set­tled in June, but the costs have only just been paid off.

The society spent $10,000 to pro­vide an ex­pert for the com­mis­sioner’s hear­ing on the site’s re­source con­sent, and $71,000 on the le­gal ap­peal.

Society spokesman Iain Rea said the com­mu­nity had ral­lied be­hind the group to pull to­gether the nec­es­sary funds.

More than $25,000 was raised through Give A Lit­tle pages, and the Society took out small loans from the com­mu­nity to pay the fees.

The big­gest fundrais­ing ef­fort was a week­end yard sale that raised $19,000.

A fundraiser screen­ing of Mur­der on the Orient Ex­press at the The Vic Cin­ema on Mon­day, Novem­ber 13 pushed the group over the thresh­old, with all loans re­paid and all costs cov­ered.

KEITH HUMPHREYS

The 4.2 hectare site in Devon­port where Ry­man Health­care is con­struct­ing a re­tire­ment vil­lage.

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