Sardinian island sold to 'green' NZ banker
Heritage groups urge Italy to buy it back03 October, 14:49
Michael Harte, 47, bought Budelli Island in the Maddalena National Park archipelago off Sardinia for around three million euros after the previous owners, a Swiss corporation, went bust.
Harte's lawyer responded to widespread calls for Italy to buy it back and avert threats to a famed landscape including its iconic Pink Beach by saying "my client is a true environmentalist, involved in marine and land conservation projects around the world".
The island was the backdrop to parts of Michelangelo Antonioni's cult 1964 film Red Desert, starring Monica Vitti.