|Blame the referee|
Any lay person would presume that when the Auckland City Council rezoned the historic Coolangatta homestead for twelve apartments they were hoping that this might happen. Not so. Apparently they really intended to save the heritage building.
Any lay person would presume that when the Auckland City Council charged rates on the artificially inflated value of the property they were trying to force the owner to sell. No so. Apparently the Council really felt proud that this gem had only had two owners since 1916, and only felt sad that they had no control over the Rating Act.
First published in the NZ Herald 20 December 2006
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