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A gun club has been cleared to build a firing range two doors down from a silent meditation retreat on the outskirts of Auckland.
The newly-formed Auckland Shooting Club claims the sound of gunfire from 6am to 6pm will seem little more than "gentle raindrops on the roof" for their neighbours. But residents adjacent to the club are upset they only found out about the plans by accident.
The location of the club near Kaukapakapa is close to the Vipassana Meditation Centre. Students on 10-day residential courses are not meant to talk for the first nine days. Ross Reynolds from the centre said: "This may change the nature of our tranquillity."
He added: "We thought we were totally protected here. It is so incompatible with our lives, to be thinking about pistol shots."