Former All Black and radio host Marc Ellis and his
jewellery designer wife Agustina Mon have bought a slice of
The couple have purchased a headland site overlooking
Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island.
The expansive and vacant 1.15ha site, with a large building
platform, is in the gated community of Matiatia Estate.
The property, which has 270 degree views of Auckland, the
Hauraki Gulf and islands, and Matiatia Bay, has an official
valuation of $1,760,000 but Ellis and Mon bought it by tender
in January for $1,650,000.
Ellis was coy this week about his purchase but agreed it was
a spectacular property.
"We like it, but I don't really want to talk about the plans
I have for my house or my properties," he said.
The father-of-two would not be drawn on whether his family
would remain living at their central Auckland house or would
eventually move to the island while he commuted to his early
morning job as More FM breakfast host.
The large site has a protected native reserve and is
understood to contain two archeological sites - thought to be
Maori cooking or rubbish pits.
Both the sites are some distance from the large central
The previous owners had grand plans for a waka-inspired home
on the site, in keeping with the history of Matiatia Bay -
the Maori word amatiatia means outrigger.
But Tricia Clark and Chris Thomas let their resource consent
lapse as they focused on their business.
Clark said the property was "absolutely amazing", especially
at night when the lights of the city could be seen.
"We were disappointed we had to sell, but I am thrilled Marc
bought the property because I know he will do something
wonderful there," she said.
- by Kirsty Wynn of the Herald on Sunday