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Property News - 14 January 2020

Rating review decision reversed

Tasman District councillors have agreed to spend no more money on a fixed charge rating review, which overturns a decision made a few months ago by their predecessors.

The move has disappointed Richmond resident and former Waimea county clerk Albie Aubrey, who helped to spark the review with calls for the council to change the way it applies fixed charges. ‘‘I think that’s a terrible decision,’’ he said.

His references to a subsidy relate to the way the council sets its Uniform Annual General Charge and some other fixed charges. These are applied to each single rating unit, not each Separately Used or Inhabited Part (SUIP) of a rating unit.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 8 January 2020)

Nelson house-buying frenzy

The price home owners in the Nelson region are prepared to sell their properties for rose by the biggest margin across New Zealand last month, as asking prices continued to surge nationwide, real estate data shows.

The average asking price in Nelson City and Tasman District rose 8.8 per cent to $763,094 in December, nearly double the second-biggest monthly rise, in Coromandel, according to the statistics from

The national average asking price was $703,780 – the first time the figure exceeded $700,000 since the property listings website’s records began 13 years ago.

The number of properties listed for sale in Nelson Bays in December was 10.7 per cent down on the same time last year, with new listings experiencing record lows nationwide.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 10 January 2020)

Freedom camping hub set up in central Nelson

A freedom camping services hub, with showers, toilets and a place to charge devices, that was initially proposed for Tāhunanui has found a new home in the Nelson CBD.

The Nelson City Council received $256,878 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Responsible Camping Fund.

The council’s original proposal to set up the services hub in Tāhunanui was met with opposition from beach users and nearby businesses, so it went back to the drawing board and has now settled on 20 Halifax St, Nelson, which used to be the site of a Z service station.

The services hub will be a temporary facility. It opened on Wednesday and will be available until February 28. Visitors will be able to use waste disposal, toilet and shower facilities between 8am and 6pm. Overnight stays are not allowed.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 10 January 2020)

Earthworks to lower fire risk

Earthworks on a Nelson hillside are a fire hazard reduction effort.

The work above houses on Walters Bluff is expected to be completed by the end of next week, and will include seeding the cleared area with grass.

Nelson City Council group manager of environmental management Clare Barton said the work was taking place on privately owned rural-zoned land.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 11 January 2020)

Thought for the Week

(Tuesday 14 January 2020)