A protracted legal stoush between a property owner who built a boat on his land and a council is over after the parties reached an agreement.
Just Doi, who lives in the Otago coastal township of Aramoana, began building an ark on his property 15 years ago, but not before checking with the Dunedin City Council.
The council later argued that the boat-shaped structure was a house, which meant it was subject to building regulations.
In 2018, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment became involved, even using a naval architect to review the structure, known as Tohora.
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