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Property News - 12 February 2020

Building booms welcome new entrants

It's back to school this week for Nelson primary schools, and although rolls are looking steady heading into the new decade, building projects are taking off.

From classroom upgrades and paint jobs to major rebuilds - a government cash injection in December has so far been put to good use.

All state primary schools received between $50,000 and $400,000 (depending on their roll size) in the investment package for school-led property upgrade projects, which schools need to spend within two years.

Principal of Tāhunanui School Barbara Bowen, says it's been a good opportunity to give the school a "freshen up" with two new classrooms currently being upgraded.

Rob Wenyss, principal at Clifton Terrace School is also reporting a steady roll, as well as some exciting property developments.

Over at Victory School, a new walkway into the school is under construction, a new pellet burning boiler will go in before wunter and a mountain bike track is also being established.

Auckland Point School is currently building a high dependency unit and have refurbished their swimming pool - but according to prinicpal Sonya Hockley, there is something bigger in the pipeline. "Our year is shaping up to be a very exciting one as we begin the planning for a major rebuild of our school within the next two to three years."

Who Got What?

Auckland Point School: $83,160

Birchwood School: $177,408

Clifton Terrace School: $207,900

Enner Glynn School: $237,699

Hampden Street School: $327,096

Nayland Primary School: $282,744

Nelson Central School: $327,096

Stoke School: $185,031

Tāhunanui School: $200,970

Victory School: $237,699

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 5 February 2020)

Retirement village part of $750m expansion

The earthworks visible from Waimea Road will now be a common sight for most Nelsonians.

It is the basis of the $190m Coastal View Lifestyle Village in the Port Hills, as part of a $750m growth strategy undertaken by Christchurch-headquartered Qestral Corporation.

Ryman Healthcare Co-Founder and Qestral Executive Chairman, John Ryder, said it took four years to create a level building platform for the new retirement village.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 5 February 2020)

Retiring forests an option

The biggest forestry business in the top of South Island is considering retiring pine plantations on steep land at high risk of landslides, which threaten communities downstream.

Nelson Forests Ltd said it had identified around 5500 hectares, of its 60,000ha of productive forest in Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman districts, that was in an area ‘‘considered to be at the highest risk’’ of landslide.

Forests estate value manager, Andrew Karalus, said research that the company commissioned Landcare Research to carry out, divided the estate into ‘‘very high landslide susceptibility on the basis of slope and geology’’, down to low susceptibility.

Rainfall data would be used to assess the likelihood of a rain event that would trigger a landslide in those areas, to decide which catchments to examine first, to see what was at risk downstream.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 5 February 2020)

Police evict river site campers

Police have moved on freedom campers protesting their right to stay at a popular Golden Bay riverside site.

A group of campers has been occupying the freedom camping site at Waitapu Bridge near Takaka for weeks, despite being asked to leave and issued with infringement notices by a Tasman District Council enforcement officer.

Police confirmed that a group of freedom campers was moved from the site on Tuesday.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 7 February 2020)

The Boathouse bounces back

Two years on from devastating storm damage, the future of iconic Nelson waterfront venue The Boathouse appears to be sound – literally.

At 9am on February 1, 2018, Boathouse committee member Ali Howard arrived at the venue to see the water in Nelson Haven well above the usual high tide mark and threatening to rise further.

By mid-afternoon, a storm surge had ripped through the floorboards of the century-old building – one of a number of coastal properties damaged during ex-tropical cyclone Fehi.

At that stage, Howard realised that a show by visiting buskers scheduled for that evening would not be taking place.

Two years on from the devastation, the venue has hosted the buskers event that was unable to go ahead, as well as a number of musical acts, weddings and functions, since reopening in November 2018.

Following a fundraising campaign to pay for repairs and improvements not covered by insurance, things are largely back to normal.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 7 February 2020)

Echoes of Pigeon Valley as risk rises

A year on from one of New Zealand’s biggest wildfires, the risk of a repeat in the rapidly drying Nelson region is rising.

A dry spell, with little rain in sight, has already seen water restrictions imposed and a total fire ban for Tasman District.

The Nelson City Council and the Department of Conservation have closed walkways and reserves due to the fire risk, as various indices show levels of dryness approaching those during the 2019 summer that created conditions for the devastating Pigeon Valley blaze.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 February 2020)

Fire risk closures

Reserves, tracks and roads closed due to the high fire risk as of February 6:

Department of Conservation reserves closed:

Nelson: Cable Bay walkway

Kaiteriteri: Kaiteriteri walkway

Riwaka: Moss Bush Freedom Camping area

Brightwater: Eves Valley Scenic Reserve, Snowden’s Bush Scenic Reserve

Wairoa Gorge: Access to Mid Wairoa. Fire & Emergency NZ intend to close access to the Wairoa Valley

Tapawera: Shedwood Bush Scenic Reserve

Aniseed Valley: Hacket Track

Mt Richmond Forest Park: all forest access easements leading in from the western side

Te Araroa Trail: no entry or exiting from the following access points: – Rocks Hut to Dun Mountain and Nelson City – Hacket Valley – Left Branch Wairoa. Inwood’s Lookout – Motueka Gorge. Access along the Mt Richmond Range section of the trail will only be permitted if walkers are prepared to walk the entire length from Pelorus Valley to Red Hills. Other exiting locations are also closed

Abel Tasman National Park: A total fire ban is in place. No smoking is permitted. Cookers can only be used in cooking shelters provided, on sandy ground or picnic tables

Kahurangi National Park: A total fire ban is in place

Nelson Lakes National Park: A total fire ban is in place

Nelson City Council reserves closed: Grampians, Sir Stanley Whitehead, Marsden Valley, Maitai Water, Brook Conservation, Roding Water. From Monday the following council reserves will be closed: Eureka Park Titoki, Atmore Reserve Venner, Bolwell Reserve Pipers, Tantragee,, including the Brook Mountain Bike Area/Codgers Trails Days Track

Tasman District Council areas closed: Forestry plantations areas at Kingsland Forest, Moturoa Rabbit Island, Rough Island and Tunnicliff Forest; Tasman’s Great Taste Trail at Moturoa Rabbit Island remains open, providing access to and from Mapua; Tasman Great Taste trail through the lower edge of Tunicliff forest and up to Spooners tunnel is open but expected to close next week; Aniseed Valley Reserves are closed. This includes Busch Reserve, Twin Bridges and White Gate Reserve; Lee Valley Reserves-Firestones Reserve and Meads Bridge Reserve are closed. Faulkners Bush Scenic Reserve from the scout den to the lookout point is now closed; Dellside and upper Easby Park are closed.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 February 2020)

Unsafe removal of asbestos sees company fined

A Nelson boat sales and service company has been fined $108,000 for exposing workers to risks from asbestos during a building demolition.

Bays Boating Ltd was sentenced in the Nelson District Court yesterday on charges brought by WorkSafe, which described the company’s mismanagement of asbestos removal ‘‘unacceptable’’. The company had earlier pleaded guilty.

A breach of the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) rules carries a penalty of a maximum fine of $500,000.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 February 2020)

Tiny case has national impact

Tasman District has a new guide for regulating increasingly popular tiny homes, after a ruling that a trailer-based tiny house is a building.

Councils around the country, including the Tasman District Council, have been grappling with how to regulate tiny homes, as it is not always clear if the structures can legally be considered buildings.

Some owners argue that their tiny homes on wheeled trailers are vehicles, which are not regulated by the Building Act, so don’t require building consent.

However, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has ruled that a structure with some characteristics of a vehicle could also legally be considered a building in some circumstances.

Council communications manager Chris Choat said each tiny house case would still be treated on its merits, but the MBIE determination would ‘‘act as a guide and inform our decision-making’’.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 February 2020)

Thought for the Week

(Wednesday 12 February 2020)