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Property News: 18 June 2018

Homeless families struggling this winter

Some Nelson families are still struggling to put a roof over their heads despite an increase in the number of available rental properties.

Rental listings in Nelson jumped by 29 per cent between February and April, according to the most recent figures from Trade Me.

But there was no sign that it was getting easier for families to find a home to rent, Maitai Valley Motor Camp manager Carol Waite said.

‘‘We’ve had some [families] that have been in here for months – they just haven’t been able to find anywhere.

‘‘The places which would suit their family, and look like they would be warm and tidy, are just so expensive. It’s tough on the people that are even in the middle earning bracket.’’

People who were sleeping in their cars were continuing to arrive at the campground, 6km east of the city centre, Waite said.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 16 June 2018)

Protecting a wetland wonder

A renewed push is under way to seek international recognition for Mangarakau Swamp, Whanganui Inlet and Lake Otuhie at the top of the South Island.

The Tasman District Council environment and planning committee on Thursday agreed to renew a 2010 letter of support for the area to be the subject of a Ramsar nomination. It also agreed to be a co-nominator of the application, to be prepared by the Department of Conservation.

Ramsar is the common name for the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, which came into force in 1975 following a treaty signing at Ramsar in Iran during 1971. New Zealand signed in 1976.

In a report on the issue, TDC environmental information manager Rob Smith says DOC wants the council as a co-nominator of the application ‘‘as it would improve the profile of the application to those deciding on the merits of giving the wetland international recognition’’.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 16 June 2018)

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