Negotiating with Ray White

By | 1 June 2022

South Auckland property
for sale by online auction today
921m2 of freehold urban zone land
3 beds, 1 bath, 2 cars, 1 free-standing sewing room.
This is a great opportunity for keen developers,
investors, or those who are looking
for the opportunity
to add value.

Request an inspection.

Nana and Granddad’s house
Goes under the hammer today
Te Ākitai Waiohua whenua, home to
4 kids, 10 grandkids, 2 great-grandkids.
So many hui, tangihanga, piss-ups, catch-ups,
kid’s birthday parties, fishing expeditions,
and multi-sibling-gossip-fests
took place here, you know.

We miss you.

My dear grandparents
Bought this place 57 years ago
for 4160 pounds. I dunno how much
money that would work out to be these days,
but I reckon their unassuming, squat estate will easily
clear a million today, even though Takaanini
isn’t anyone’s idea of flash,
not even close.

Close, closing, closed.

It’s funny –
what is emphasized by a realtor
And what is left unsaid. Like how damn
cold that house is every winter, how we shuddered
into more jumpers till our goosefleshed arms could barely lift.
Or how the windows in the lounge swing open
wide enough to hoist a hospital bed inside
but a wheelchair won’t fit in the bog.

All mod cons.

A family friend recorded
a video of the neighbour’s place
being hauled away, trailer-bound to
Kawaka, up North. Bloody developers, eh?
Souls of the departed journey up North
too, to Te Rerenga Wairua.
We all make our way
to the setting sun.

Need a ride?

Well, none of us could
jet out of there fast enough,
and now we’re all dragging our feet.
Whānau huddled on the floor, our own Ihumātao.
Pull up a chair for those hard-case haunters,
and set out the temuka with milk, sugar.
Those old ghosts rise from room to
room, best put the jug on.

He konei rā.

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