PHOTO: The view of Cable Bay from Pepin Island. Photo: RNZ / Tracy Neal
The mayor of Nelson wants the public to buy back Pepin Island, just as it bought a beach in the Abel Tasman National Park.
The island is on the market for $16 million, and it has also been suggested by a former iwi trust chair, that Ngāti Tama buy it back.
Agent John Bampfylde of Sotheby’s in Nelson said interest in the 1200-acre island, 15 minutes north of Nelson City has gathered pace since the recent media attention.
“We’re getting regular inquiries, from Kiwis and from overseas people – also Kiwis living overseas who are thinking maybe this is their route home.”
Mayor Rachel Reese wants to see it locally owned.
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