$12,000 fine for fire safety issues
The owners of a commercial property in Motueka have been fined $12,000 for failing to meet safety standards.
The Tasman District Council successfully prosecuted Tasman Property Holdings Limited (TPHL) for non-compliance with a notice to fix and offences under the building warrant of fitness regime.
The dispute centred around a sprinkler system at 400 High St, Motueka, which is home to nine tenants including Repco and Liquorland.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 6 July 2020)
Modest increase in home values
Nelson’s house values have experienced a ‘‘modest’’ growth as the local market looks to recover post-lockdown.
According to the June 2020 QV House Price Index (HPI) results released today, Nelson’s values increased by 5.9 per cent over the last 12 months and 0.6 per cent over the last quarter. The average house value was $661,345.
(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 8 July 2020)
Historic church saved by Quinneys
Popular camping park Quinney's Bush has taken on the historic neighbouring St. George's Church and is currently undertaking a huge landscaping project to restore the gardens and natural surroundings of the church.
The church, which was originally built in 1892, was the first Anglican Church in the rural area. The church was sold by the Anglican diocese towards the end of last year, to neighbouring Quinney's Bush.
Last year the diocese approached the community to try and come up with what to do with the old building, which was seldom used. That's when Mark Quinney knew he had to do something.
As well as being an important historic site and listed as a Category 2 Historic Site under Heritage New Zealand, the church also holds family significance Mark and the Quinney family.
(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 8 July 2020)
Local board for Bay likely to cost more
A proposed switch in Golden Bay from a community board to a local board may come with $75 per property targeted rate increase, according to a consultation document.
The information is contained in a report by the Local Government Commission called Option of a Golden Bay local board, which was released on Monday and is open for submissions until August 14.
The document also outlines estimated annualised additional indirect costs of $190,000, which the commission believes should be funded via general rates across Tasman District.
(Nelson Mail, Friday 10 July 2020)
Group to fight proposed Kaka Valley development
A group has formed to oppose a proposed 550-section development in the Maitai’s Kaka Valley.
The group, Save the Maitai – Kaka Valley, had its inaugural meeting on Tuesday. Spokesman Tony Haddon said the 60 attendees were concerned that the proposed development of potentially 550 lots would ‘‘destroy the Maitai’s natural ambience’’.
He said the Nelson City Council’s recent confirmation of $1.7 million in funding for Maitai Valley environmental restoration was ‘‘ironic’’, as the development would ‘‘diminish the effectiveness of this’’.
(Nelson Mail, Friday 10 July 2020)
Big price tag for new Tahunanui loos
Despite a $250,000 grant from the Government, the Nelson City Council will still be spending half a million dollars for a new block of toilets.
The Tahunanui Lions playground toilet block has been up for refurbishment since 2018, when the council was granted $500,000 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund, to be split down the middle to pay for the upgrade of the Tahunanui and Millers Acre loos.
The new block, to be built by Coman Construction and designed by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects, will cost a total of $798,000, according to councillor Matt Lawrey.
Council group manager of community services Roger Ball said the demolition of the existing block and construction of the new facility would cost $323,000, and fitting the prefabricated toilet and changing rooms would cost $412,000.
A portion of the costs, $250,000, will be covered by the grant, leaving a $548,000 tab for the council to pick up.
The new block will have four unisex toilets, one accessible toilet, one urinal, three unisex changing rooms, one unisex accessible or family changing room, three outdoor showers, and a drinking fountain with a water bottle filler and foot wash.
(Nelson Mail, Saturday 11 July 2020)