Westland Holdings defends controversial land sale

Westland Holdings defends controversial land sale
The Westland District Council-owned companies sold land in Hokitika (pictured) in part due to the need for more housing. (Image: West Coast Regional Council)
Oliver Lewis
The sale of nearly three hectares of land in Hokitika owned by council subsidiaries should have gone through an open market process, Westland's mayor says.In 2021, Westroads and Destination Westland sold their jointly held property at 188 Kaniere Rd to Hammer Down Developments (HDD), a company set up and controlled by local Stonewood Homes franchise owner Peter Blight and Adam Colville, a builder and former co-owner of the local GJ Gardiner Homes franchise.Rumours about the sale have circulated widely in the tight-knit West Coast community....

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