Briscoes boss Rod Duke fights for helicopter landing rights at his Auckland home

by RNZ / 11 December, 2017

Construction at the Duke's property. Photo / Sally Murphy

Rod Duke's plans for his helicopter at his new home has hit a snag - one he's prepared to fight.

The managing director of Briscoes is taking the Auckland Council to court to appeal a decision that he won't be able to land his helicopter at his new home whenever he wants.

Rod Duke and his wife Patricia Duke are building a mansion on Sarsfield Street in Herne Bay - one of the wealthiest suburbs in the city.

They have consent from the Auckland Council to transform the boat shed at the property, which overlooks the popular Sentinal Beach Reserve, into a helicopter pad - but can only land and take off three times a week.

Auckland Council is going to send noise experts to the property to determine how many flights can be made per week and whether or not the issue can be mediated, or whether it will go to a formal hearing.

Neighbours spoken to by RNZ were unaware of the consent for the helicopter pad.

One man said he was not concerned by it because another neighbouring property already has a heli-pad which is used almost on a daily basis.

That property is owned by property investor Ben Cook who bought it in 2015 for $24 million.

Herne Bay Residents Association chair Dirk Hudig also had not heard about the heli-pad plans.

"I think something as loud as a helicopter landing in a residential area should be a notified consent, I haven't heard anyone bring it up."

Waitemata local board member Vernon Tava said the board did recommend to the council that the consent should be limited notified - which means neighbours and those who would be affected by a helicopter coming and going should be able to give submissions to the council.

He said he wasn't sure if the council adopted the recommendation.

Mr Duke and the council have been approached for comment.

This article was originally published by RNZ.

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