Marlborough wildlife sanctuary for mortgagee sale
Properties which are part of the Te Kopi wildlife sanctuaries in Marlborough are up for mortgagee sale.
As advertised in today's National Business Review print edition, there are 20 titles ranging from 1.6ha to 342ha, out of a total of 1628ha in the Outer Pelorus Sound.
The properties were listed this week by Bayleys and are owned by Pelorus Wildlife Sanctuaries Ltd.
Bayleys says the properties include baches, building sites, a tourist lodge and more than100km of what are said to be "hand-crafted" hiking tracks.
According to the Te Kopi wildlife sanctuary website, it was set up to "restore and conserve indigenous biodiversity and enhance the natural character of this special environment".
"It is now ready for the next challenge in its evolution, which is to welcome visitors to its physical and virtual properties so they can also experience the wonder to be found there."
Pelorus Wildlife Sanctuaries was recently named in New Zealand King Salmon's Environmental Protection Authority application hearing to develop nine new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds, including five in Pelorus Sound.
Its owner, Peter Chalmers of Wellington, said in his submission opposing King Salmon's plan that allowing industrialisation of the Outer Sounds would be less profitable in the long term than capitalising on the tourism benefits associated with wildlife preservation.
Mr Chalmers, a former lawyer and financial trader, said the company could be described as an "eco-preneur" because of its intention to invest in the environment.
The local Ngati Koata iwi also objected to King Salmon's plans on the grounds the company ignored the iwi's rights over Pelorus Sound and issues around pollution.
Ngati Koata was one of eight iwi which asserted their customary foreshore and seabed rights to the Marlborough Sounds in 1997, which sparked a prolonged national debate and eventually led to the government's 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act.