Kiwis have recently been struggling with a housing crisis, as real estate prices in Auckland have jumped almost 80% in only five years. To combat that problem, the 800 residents of Kaitangata have forged a plan to offer new houses and parcels of land for the meager sum of $165,000.
"It won't appeal to everybody, but it has got to appeal to the odd person that wants their own quarter-acre [section] and their own Kiwi dream," Kaitangata farmer Evan Dick told Radio New Zealand.
While Kai, as it is lovingly called, offers only a pub, a dairy, and a fish-and-chip shop, the nearest supermarket is only an 8-minute drive, and of course, there's all that beautifiul New Zealand landscape.
"The river, you can go fishing, catch whitebait and do all the outdoorsy things.. for half the price of a house in Auckland," said Ross Pudney, who moved to Kaitangata six years ago.
Now that the Kai's out of the bag, of course, Mayor Cadogan has gotten nearly 10,000 messages -- 5,000 unanswered phone calls alone -- since the story first came out a few days ago.