Northland news briefs: January 10

Property deal on cards

A cash offer has been made by an international buyer for 58 hectares of land at One Tree Point, Ruakaka that has been earmarked for residential and business development. The site went to tender and closed on December 6, selling agent Ross Blomfield said. Due to Christmas holidays, the offer is yet to be accepted or declined, but a decision should be made by the end of this month, Mr Blomfield said. It is believed the potential buyer is based in Singapore. The site has been approved for 411 residential lots and 2.28 hectares of business land.

Remanded in custody

A 41-year-old Kaitaia man was remanded in custody when he appeared before a Justice of the Peace in the Kaitaia District Court yesterday on 10 counts of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 12, and one each of inducing and attempting to permit a girl under 12 to perform an indecent act upon him. He was remanded without plea to appear before a District Court judge in Kaitaia on Monday, when an application will be made for bail. An interim suppression order was granted yesterday, prosecutor Duncan Coleman saying the police would oppose bail and continued name suppression at that appearance. According to the charge sheets the allegations relate to one victim between 2000 and 2002.

Building doesn't sell

The Farmers building on Robert St, Whangarei did not sell at tender last month. Ross Blomfield at Bayleys Real Estate Ltd said he believes the building will be back on the market later this month. The premises is over 5,000 m2 and is zoned for business use.

- Northern Advocate

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