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Life may be about to return to the vacant High Street
School site, but as yet, it is not known what the majority of
the site will be used for.
A small corner of the property has been bought by the son of
the land's former owners for sentimental reasons, and the
remainder sold to Ngai Tahu. Berwick farmer Dan Lyders (76)
has bought two lots, totalling 1133sq m, on the corner of
Montpellier and Alva Sts, from the Ministry of Education,
after it was offered to him as part of the ministry's
Now that the school has closed, the Public Works Act 1981
required the surplus Crown-owned property to be offered to
other government departments, previous property owners or
their successors, and local iwi, before being placed on the
Mr Lyders said the ministry bought the patch of land from his
parents in 1980 so it could expand the school's premises and
build a dental clinic on the grounds.
Mr Lyders paid $180,000 for the property and was pleased to
have it back in family hands.
He hoped to evenly divide the two plots, sell one of them and
then build a house for his retirement.
''I'm looking to retiring in four years time, when I'm 80.
''It will be my retirement spot,'' he said.
The remaining plots, totalling 4930sq m, were bought by Ngai
Tahu for $800,000 from the Ministry of Education.
The sale was settled last week.
A Ngai Tahu spokeswoman said yesterday no-one from the iwi
was available to comment on what the iwi planned for the
Dunedin City Council resource consents manager Alan
Worthington said the land was zoned residential 1 and the
owners would have to apply for a resource consent to use the
property for anything other than housing.
There had been no consent applications to change the zoning,