This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Official Information request 'Nature of property purchases in Marlborough'.

1 June 2022 
Mike Patrick 
[FYI request #19325 email] 
Tēnā koe Mike 
Thank you for your email of 11 May 2022 to the Ministry of Education requesting the 
following information:  
I see from the news that you have purchased one or more houses in Marlborough, by 
the sounds of the news story as part of the work you are doing at Marlborough boys 
and Girls Colleges, and the intermediate school. 
1. Can you please advise of the legal basis and mechanism that you purchased
these properties with ie. were they purchased under the public works act, if so
under what provision/s.
2. Can you also please advise of al  the types and amounts of compensation paid to
the owners for each property you have purchased. if for some reason you cannot
disclose the amounts paid then please list all the types of payments made.
Your request has been considered under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act). 
One property has recently been acquired for the Tautoru o Wairau project, situated at  
35 McLauchlan Street, Blenheim. This is a significant project at Marlborough Girls’ College 
(MGC) and Marlborough Boys’ College (MBC). This property was acquired under section 17 
of the Public Works Act (PWA). It was not compulsorily acquired. The compensation paid 
was negotiated based on advice provided by two independent registered valuers, and 
agreed at $680,000 plus a sum of $50,000 as provided for under section 72 of the PWA 
together with the apportionment of rates 
The purchase price of the property is also publicly available at the following link: 
The homeowner is also entitled to disturbance costs under section 66 of the PWA to cover 
their reasonable expenses, such as valuation, legal or relocation costs. The full text of the 
PWA can be found here: 
DLM45427.html, and you can read more about acquisitions for public works here:
OIA: 1287679 
National Office, Mātauranga House, 33 Bowen Street, Wellington 6011 
PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140. Phone: +64 4 463 8000 Fax: +64 4 463 8001 

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Nāku noa, nā 
Scott Evans 
Hautū | Deputy Secretary 
Te Puna Hanganga, Matihiko | Infrastructure and Digital