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Property News: 18 September 2017

Dam costs rise under new model

The Tasman District Council will pump $26.8 million into the Waimea dam project, underwrite a further $29m and face the cost alone of any overruns above $3m, under a new funding and governance proposal for the controversial scheme.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne described the new plan as the ‘‘best combination’’ the council was going to get.

The alternative was to ‘‘scrap the whole thing’’ or for the council to fund the dam project on its own and neither was a good option for residents and ratepayers, he said.

‘‘We have to recognise that we do not have enough water ... in dry summer months.’’

The council’s share of sunk costs in the proposed joint venture is $3.3m. Its responsibility for $26.8m under this new plan brings its direct commitment up to more than $30m.

TDC had earmarked $25m in its Long Term Plan 2015-25 for the proposal to construct a dam in the Lee Valley with its likely joint-venture partner Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) and possibly Nelson City Council. The estimated overall cost of the project is $82.5m.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 11 September 2017)

Mitre10 Fundraiser house takes shape

A three-bedroom house has begun to take shape in the Mitre 10 Mega carpark to raise funds for Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Certified Builders Nelson joined a team of builders from the hardware store in Annesbrook to help construct the flooring and frames this weekend.

It will be built over the next eight weekends, with different member companies of certified builders helping out.

"NMIT carpentry apprentice students will come in during the week to do some of the work the weekend teams haven't got round to" Mitre 10 Mega marketing coordinator, Murray Leaning said.

Local companies taking part included Aotearoa Electrical, Tasman Bay Plumbing, Pinnacle Painters and Freeman Roofers who would supply materials and/or labour.

The house will be auctioned on the 18th November and will be relocated to the succesful bidder's desired site.

(The Nelson Mail, * * September 2017)

Emergency housing shortage

Community agencies are saying there is “not enough” emergency accommodation in Nelson, despite two extra emergency houses opening this month.

In total, there are now four 12-week-stay emergency houses in Nelson, plus a four-person room in Franklyn Village which can be used for a week.

All of them are regularly occupied, and all of them have waiting lists.

The two new houses join another two that opened in March, under a contract between The Salvation Army and the Ministry of Social Development, that could see up to six in Nelson.

(Nelson Weekly, Tuesday 12 September 2017)

90 years of Riverside Pool

Locals have been swimming, frolicking, and splashing around Riverside Pool for 90 years and facility manager Dave McKenzie is keen to mark the milestone with a look back in time.

This November, Riverside Pool is set to turn 90 years old while the slightly younger Nayland Pool will reach 40.

To celebrate, the pools are keen to collect photographs and stories of the two facilities.

Submit your stories/photographs by clicking on the History section at or hand it in to the team at Riverside Pool before Wednesday, November 1.

(Nelson Weekly, Tuesday 12 September 2017)

Thought for the Week

A ship is safe in the harbour, but that is not what ships are for.

(William Greenough Thayer)