Written by Staff Writer
11 Jul, 2016 | 9:41 am
A pristine beach in New Zealand, bought through a crowdfunding campaign, has been handed to the public.
The handover of Awaroa Beach took place yesterday in a ceremony organised by the Department of Conservation, local iwi, and Duane Major and Adam Gard’ner, who organised of the campaign to buy it.
Nearly 40,000 people donated almost NZ$2.3m (£1.3m, $1.7m) to buy the Awaroa beach in the Abel Tasman National Park, on the South Island.
Campaigners snubbed a businessman who offered them money in exchange for private access to part of the beach.
The previous owner, businessman Michael Spackman, agreed to sell the beach after the online crowdfunding campaign reached its target in a little more than three weeks.
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