It was a decision they knew was coming but even prior knowledge of a buyout did nothing to soften the blow for Matatā's Awatarariki fan head property owners.

At a private meeting last night fan head residents were told $15 million, made up of equal contributions from Government, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Whakatāne District Council, was in the kitty to buy the 16 houses and 18 vacant sections deemed too high-risk to be lived on.

In the Whakatāne District Council's Long-term Community Plan, the $15m would also need to fund the creation of a reserve on the land

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