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Property News - 18 May 2020

Construction ramps up

Roading, footpath and other council projects are under way again in Nelson city or about to resume.

‘‘Many of our projects are about to start again, following all the requirements around good hygiene ... the builders were delighted to be able to get back,’’ mayor Rachel Reese said on Friday.

She said in terms of private construction projects, while work on the actual sites couldn’t take place under level four lockdown, building consents and other paperwork had continued over the lockdown period.

‘‘Our building consent team had about 40 calls, so they’ve been very busy over that period, and processing of resource consents has continued.’’

Council contractors have gone back to work on projects at Saxton Creek, the new intersection on Waimea Rd, the Tāhunanui shared pathway and several other infrastructure projects.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 4 May 2020)

Industry predicts steady property prices

Nelson's property market is busy playing catch-up after four weeks of "pent-up" listings that were hindered by the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown.

In just the first two days of Level 3, TradeMe Property reported 35 new rental listings and 25 houses for sale in Nelson.

General manager for Summit Property Management, Stewart Henry, says they've had to adapt to strict new criteria for rentals.

"The demand for rentals is there, but you've got to remember we've got a four-week pent-up on people not being able to get through.

We've also had a whole month of not being able to take on any new stock, and people haven't been able to move out. We're basically just on catch-up at the moment."

Stewart says he hasn't seen Covid-19 have any influence on rental prices.

Meanwhile, Nelson real estate agents got the go-ahead to show potential buyers through homes last week - but they have had to adapt to how they do this.

Mark Rumsey, owner and principal of Ray White Nelson, Richmond and Motueka says the adaptation to Level 3 has been relatively straightforward.

He says they are seeing the same demand for well-priced and presented properties, although it is too early to see the bigger picture yet.

"Anecdotally, the properties priced over $1 million are still receiving interest, but not at the same rate and the middle $400 - $700k properties are seeing really good attention.

"Overall, everything's just been dumbed down and while stock is always tight in our region, I don't think it's much different from pre-Covid-19."

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 6 May 2020)

Footpath hits a snag

Work on widening the footpath on Nelson’s Trafalgar St has been put on hold, following concerns raised by retailers in the central business district.

A meeting arranged at short notice between Nelson City Council staff and a group of central business district retailers took place on Wednesday afternoon.

It was prompted by retailer concerns over a perceived lack of consultation over the temporary footpath project and its effect on shopping activity.

Council staff reiterated the purpose of the temporary changes would allow pedestrians to maintain physical distancing requirements safely, and give businesses confidence that their staff and customers could interact in a way that minimised risk. The planned work would see footpaths along Trafalgar St, between Halifax St and Hardy St extended in width to 6 metres each side using temporary markers, signage and line marking.

However, business owners on Trafalgar St who had arrived to process online orders at their stores on Wednesday, were alarmed to discover widening work had begun.

At the end of the 20-minute meeting, council chief executive Pat Dougherty agreed to cease work along the main street.

However, in a statement, the Nelson City Council said it would ‘‘consider consulting the public later this year’’ on making the 30kmh limit permanent.

The slower streets will be:

■ Hardy St from Rutherford St Collingwood St

■ Bridge St from Rutherford St Collingwood St

■ Trafalgar St from Hardy St to Halifax St

■ Church St

■ Park St

■ Hope St

■ Morrison St

■ Halstead St

■ The three parking squares, Montgomery, Buxton and Wakatu.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 8 May 2020)

Restrictions on water end

The final remaining water restrictions in Tasman have been lifted.

Tasman District Council announced the lifting of all remaining restrictions on Tuesday, which marked the latest date the council had done so since the 1990s.

Dry Weather Task Force convenor Dennis Bush-King said a combination of 25mm of rainfall and the Dove River now flowing to Cowing Bridge was enough to ease the restrictions.

Most of the restrictions in Tasman were lifted after April 14.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 8 May 2020)

Agent develops property app

A Nelson entrepreneur has launched a new pre-market property app which he says could save vendors thousands of dollars in real estate agent commission payments.

Green Door real estate agent Mike Harvey launched the Yelsa app near the end of April, with about 400 vendors and potential buyers having already signed up.

The app works by using an algorithm to match prospective buyers with vendors, based on their search criteria, and would give buyers early access to properties before they go on the market.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 8 May 2020)

Black mould in city building

Urgent repair work is under way on Nelson's Millers Acre Centre after black mould and water damage were discovered in the 15-year-old building.

The Nelson City Council said in a statement it commisioned a detailed report "assessing ongoing issues with the building's water-tightness" in January this year. The assessment found water damage in several parts of the building and the black mould, Stachybotrys chartarum, in four areas.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 8 May 2020)

Appeals over springs order

Ten parties have lodged appeals with the Environment Court over a report recommending the protection of Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay.

They are NZ King Salmon, Trustpower, Save our Springs, Robert and Cherrie Chubb, A P Reilly, Upper Takaka Irrigators, David Scotland and Sally-Anne Neal, Federated Farmers, applicants Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Trust and Andrew Yuill, and the Tasman District Council.

The Environment Court must now hold an inquiry based on the submissions. The springs are the largest freshwater springs in the Southern Hemisphere and contain some of the clearest water ever measured.

The proposed Water Conservation Order (WCO) seeks the highest form of national protection for the springs, the Arthur Marble Aquifer, and associated water bodies.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 8 May 2020)

Charity begins at home auction in Brightwater

Young cancer sufferers in Nelson are set to benefit from a new charity home build, set for auction in the coming weeks.

Built by local company Homes By Orange, proceeds from the sale of a three-bedroom house on Katania Heights, near Brightwater, will go towards helping the Child Cancer Foundation in the region.

The build is currently in its final stages of construction, with only the interior fit-out, flooring and landscaping yet to be completed.

The on-site auction was originally scheduled to take place in May. However, due to the shutdown of work caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it was now expected to occur at the start of July.

Homes By Orange's sales and marketing manager Mackenzie Orange said the 153 square-metre home was specifically designed for the section and had since become a standard plan, that was already in demand by customers.

Set on an elevated section above Brightwater, orange said the views of nearby vineyards and the western ranges stretched as far north as The Glen and were "seldom seen" in the region.

"Price-wise, if you were to rebuild this, it would be around $330,000," she said.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 16 May 2020)