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Property News: 11 March 2019

'Shack' renting for $300 a week "should be demolished'

A one-bedroom Nelson ‘‘shack’’ advertised on Trade Me for $300 a week has been described as ‘‘shameful’’.

Advertised as a one-bedroom home, the Toi Toi property was described on Trade Me as ‘‘two cabins sitting privately in the trees with views over Tasman Bay’’.

Nelson Tasman Housing Trust says the "overpriced" property is an example of how dire the private rental situation in Nelson has become.

The property’s agent, Annabel Black of Blacks Property Management, would not answer questions from Stuff.

The property is no longer listed on TradeMe.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 2 March 2019)

Dam company appoints chief executive, directors

A chief executive and two board directors have been appointed to the organisation responsible for building and operating the planned Waimea dam.

Mike Scott is due to start in May as chief executive of council-controlled organisation Waimea Water. He is serving in two executive management roles for Woodside Energy Ltd in Australia, including as CEO to the North West Shelf LNG Joint Venture Project.

Two directors were also appointed to the board this week – Andrew Spittal and David Wright.

Spittal, the Ngati Koata-nominated director, brings a range of experience and knowledge of the local civil construction industry, which he has been part of for more than 25 years.

Wright is Wellington Water Ltd chairman and a director of the Waikato District Council Water Governance Board, both council-controlled organisations. He is a former acting chief executive of Palmerston North City Council.

Waimea Water board chairwoman Karen Jordan said the Nelson and Tasman community could have confidence that the organisation’s leadership was of a ‘‘very high calibre’’, and the entire team was now working toward the start of construction.

The other directors are Ken Smales, Doug Hattersley, Julian Raine and Bruno Simpson.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 2 March 2019)

Tenants wait to know their fate

Lea Bevin is waiting.

Bevin lives in community housing in Stoke. Her modest, one-bedroom flat is one of 142 housing units currently for sale, and negotiations are still taking place between Nelson City Council, Housing New Zealand (HNZ), the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust (NTHT), and the newly-formed Ministry for Housing and Urban Development.

Tenants have been assured by the council that their homes are safe, but Bevin feels anything but secure.

The council said last year that about half its community housing needed some kind of renovation. At an estimated cost of up to $20 million, it’s a large burden for a new owner.

Since taking over the properties’ management 18 months ago, the trust had caught up on a backlog of maintenance and secured funding to upgrade heating and ventilation systems in each of the 142 homes, NTHT director Carrie Mozena said.

NCC communications adviser Ali Hamblin said there were no updates on the proposed sale. ‘‘There’s nothing new to report at this stage.’’

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 6 March 2019)

Landlords struggle with tradie shortage

Landlords are struggling to find tradespeople to upgrade rental housing to new regulatory standards.

Landlord Peter Lewis said the intention behind the new rules was good but there was a raft of frustrations that went with complying. A general shortage of tradespeople and a culture of unaccountability in some areas had left him high and dry.

The skills shortage in the construction industry meant tradespeople were scarce, he said.

‘‘Some of the people I used in the past have grown elderly and retired, other companies have changed owners and changed staff, while others are willing to help – in about seven months’ time.’’

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 9 March 2019)

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