The crowdfunding campaign to buy a beach in Abel Tasman National Park and gift it to the public has been successful – the beach now belongs to Kiwis.
Christchurch residents Duane Major and Adam Gard’ner set up the campaign on January 22. Their aim was to raise enough money to take the private beach off the elite market permanently, allowing future generations of New Zealanders to enjoy.
More than 39,000 donors pledged over $2 million to the Give a Little page. The page is a website set up to give or fundraise for causes and charities. The government topped up the pledge with $350,000, to make it a successful tender.
Almost all the pledges made to purchase the seven-hectare private beach on the Awaroa Inlet have been cleared, while more continue to roll in.
The money collected through the Give A Little page will be transferred to the vendor and the beach title transferred to the Awaroa Beach Property Trust. An intermediary trust established to hold the title until it is formally a national park.
Major and Gard’ner have been overwhelmed with the public’s response, with Gard’ner saying that “this is something to treasure, it’s been a real bringing together of different sectors of the community.”
Danielle Muir, 25, from Albany, says,“it’s a real show of community and highlights some really important values that we tend to forget about.”
Kristopher Burch, 35, from Parnell, says, “it was great to see the nation get behind it, but it shouldn’t have got to that stage. The government dropped the ball.”
Public access to the beach will be granted once the beach is a part of the Abel Tasman National Park.