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Written by Dylan Thorne, The Northern Advocate   
Friday, 04 August 2006

Neville Harris. - Picture/Michael Cunningham

Neville Harris doesn't pay a cent for his million-dollar views of Bream Bay.

For the past seven months he's been living in a one-man tent hidden within a stand of pohutukawa above Ruakaka beach. It's an idyllic spot - and his personal solution to spiralling rents in the area, which have risen between $50 and $70 during the past 18 months, according to the Whangarei Budgeting Service.

Yesterday, Mr Harris, 38, was drinking vodka mixers at his campsite as an offshore wind blew across the beach. He admits having a problem with alcohol - "Sometimes I can't pay for it" - and works odd jobs.

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