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Property News: 15 July 2019

Region's landfill sites at risk

Almost 20 historic landfill sites in the Tasman district are at risk of being exposed by storm surges and sea level rise.

Information from local councils show there are 20 closed landfills across Nelson and Tasman, 18 of which are located on the coastline or near rivers and estuaries.

A Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) report on council infrastructure exposed to sea level rise found five of the closed landfills would be exposed by a 0.5 metre sea level rise and 18 would be exposed by a 1 metre sea level rise.

Tasman District Council community relations manager Chris Choat said there were 19 closed landfills within the Tasman District and eight of those were on the coast.

They included the Richmond Resource Recovery Centre, Robinson Road in Mariri, Aporo Road in Tasman, Kina Beach Road, Old Wharf Road in Motueka, Lodder Lane in Riwaka, Pah Point near Kaiteriteri and Rototai in Takaka.

A further nine closed landfill sites were located on river flats and near estuaries, including Appleby, Cobb Valley, Murchison, Ngatimoti, Kaiteriteri, Tasman Highway, Tapawera, St Arnaud and Waiwhero.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 8 July 2019)

Pou whenua marks park’s ‘mana’

The newest part of the Kahurangi National Park was once destined to become the site of a hydro-electric dam, but now its cultural significance has been marked with a pou whenua.

The carved wooden posts were unveiled on Friday at a ceremony attended by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage, representatives of Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae, the Department of Conservation, regional and district councils and local conservation boards.

At the event, Sage said the Kahurangi National Park Management Plan would be reviewed following the addition of 64,400 hectares of land to Kahurangi from the Mokihinui River catchment area in March.

A hydro-electric dam on the Mokihinui River proposed in 2007 attracted strong opposition because of its environmental impacts. In 2012, the decision not to go ahead with the hydro scheme was followed by support for the Mokihinui catchment to be added to the park.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 8 July 2019)

More delays for Bateup Rd project

A 200-metre section of Bateup Rd in Richmond may have to be dug up, as the base is holding too much moisture to tolerate sealing.

It is the third delay for the $3.6 million Tasman District Council upgrade project, which was originally due to be completed in March but is now scheduled to finish at the end of this month.

Council engineering services manager Richard Kirby on Monday said the material used by the contractor – Higgins – was not appropriate for winter. Water had got into it, making it difficult to compact in order to take the seal. The affected area was the sub base on one side of the road near the intersection with State Highway 6.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 July 2019)

A new hub for climate action

It’s been a seafarer’s chapel, a haberdashery and a cafe. Now a historic building near Nelson’s port will become a focal point for local climate change action.

Earth Hub opens next week in the restored chapel at 235 Haven Rd, the former site of the Chapel Cafe. The new space will be a community hub for people and groups concerned about climate change, environmental issues and future resilience.

Cano likes the idea that the restored building will once again be used as a communal space.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 July 2019)

Harvest increases runoff, flood risk

Greater-than-anticipated harvesting of forestry in the Saxton Creek catchment above Champion Rd - the boundary between Richmond and Nelson - has increased the risk of runoff.

Original flow modelling by the Tasman District Council anticipated that 50 per cent of the area would be harvested at any time. "However, indications are that most of the trees in this catchment are to be removed." says a staff report on the matter.

Initial modelling indicated an increase of more than 50 per cent in the peak flow rate during a one-in-100-year rainfall event.

According to the report, council staff "consider it may be prudent" to reduce or remove a restriction in place at the Champion Rd culvert, which was completed in 2016. The seven-metre-wide 2m-high culvert replaced smallter twin culverts that did not cope during heavy rain in 2011 and 2013, when some properties in the area flooded.

Nelson council group manager of infrastructure Alec Louverdis said two of three planned phases of work had been completed between Champion Rd and Main Rd Stoke.

About $5 million had been spent to date, with another $2.6m earmarked for the third phase, to be completed in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 financial years, he said.

Another block of work was then planned from Main Rd Stoke to the sea, "in the order of $8.4m", for which the design was due to be completed this year.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 July 2019)

New share offer from irrigator

Water shares are for sale in Waimea dam joint-venture partner Waimea Irrigators Ltd.

The offer, for 2375 shares at $6325 each, is contained in the company’s product disclosure statement (PDS), dated June 14.

Initial water shares in Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) were in 2018 offered for $5500 each.

The first 2000 shares in the latest PDS are being offered by Century Water Ltd, which pumped $11 million into WIL via the purchase of 2000 convertible notes to help bridge a funding shortfall in the dam project.

Century Water is an investor vehicle formed in 2018 by a group of businesses based on the Waimea Plains.

WIL chairman Murray King said the purpose of the offer was to allow Century Water to convert its 2000 convertible notes into water shares and sell them to repay its investors. Under the offer, another 375 water shares would then be offered by WIL.

Available for irrigators on the Waimea Plains to consider, the offer is due to close on September 30.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 12 July 2019)

Harvest ‘complies with rules’

Tasman District Council is happy with the work to date on the harvest of the Silvan Forest above Richmond, according to environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King.

A post-harvest inspection was still to be completed, he said. ‘‘We do not expect anything untoward, given we have been happy with the work to date.’’

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 12 July 2019)

Book sale volunteers keep park humming

Nelson’s love of reading and the hard work of volunteers has ensured that a city heritage attraction can add a few more chapters to its future.

The Friends of Founders Trust has officially presented $175,000 to Founders Heritage Park from the annual proceeds of book sales.

Funds raised go solely towards the park’s development, as opposed to maintenance or general running expenses.

Founders Heritage Park supervisor Sarah Newman-Watt said that typically, the money would go towards improvements to venues or developing displays.

Recent examples included developing accessible toilets, the hop and beer museum, upgrading the livery stables, a wood turning display, and free wi-fi in the park through the Nelson city free network.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 13 July 2019)

Winter real estate running red hot

Winter has arrived in Nelson, but the heat has not gone out of the region’s property market.

While most other regions are experiencing a dip in sales volumes, figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) show that the top of the south continues to enjoy high property sale volumes and prices.

Seventy four houses were sold in Nelson city during June, an increase of 7.2 per cent on the 69 sold in June 2018.

The median house price also continued to rise in Nelson during the same period, up 8.2 per cent, from $490,000 to $530,000.

In Tasman district, sale volumes were down compared to June 2018, but the median sale price hit a new record level.

Sixty-two houses were sold in Tasman in June, compared to 72 a year ago, a decrease of 13.9 per cent.

However, the median price rose 12.4 per cent over the same period, moving from $571,000 to $642,000.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 13 July 2019)

Praise for Pohara park

A Golden Bay campground has been named one of the country’s five most hospitable holiday parks.

The Pohara Top 10 Holiday Park made the list of finalists for the Spirit of Hospitality Award, the premier prize awarded by industry group Holiday Parks New Zealand.

The award, sponsored by AA Traveller, recognises an outstanding visitor experience with an emphasis on customer service. The Pohara campground is up against the All Seasons Holiday Park in Rotorua, the Belt Road Holiday Park in New Plymouth, the Ohakune Top 10 Holiday Park, and the Whangateau Holiday Park in Rodney, north of Auckland. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Wellington on August 1.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 13 July 2019)

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