The red line on the left of the image shows some of the fence line. The red line to the right shows the approximate legal boundary. The large building under construction is Ric Kayne's future house. Photo: Supplied

The fence the billionaire built

An exclusive golf course has fenced off over two hectares of public conservation land. Farah Hancock reports on what the locals and the Department of Conservation say about the fence.

When it’s finished, the new house of US billionaire and Tara Iti Golf Course owner Ric Kayne’s will have spectacular views over the dunes of Mangawhai.

Those views won’t be built out. Just 12m from his pool and 25m from his future house is the Mangawhai Wildlife Reserve.

Go for a stroll in the reserve and it’s unlikely you’ll realise you could get within eyeballing distance of a bathing billionaire. A sturdy, eight-string fence built by Tara Iti Holdings, extends - in places - up to 90m into the public reserve.

In total, 2.62 hectares of public land lies within the fence. Confusion over what is and isn’t public land has resulted in members of the media and public being told they were trespassing on at least two separate occasions.

The fence was built with the approval of the Department of Conservation. The understanding is it protects the native planting work done by the golf club and weed control within the fence would be done by Tara Iti Holdings.

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