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Property News: 19 August 2019

Dig gets dam underway

There was excitement in spades for backers of the Waimea Community Dam with Friday’s ground-breaking ceremony signalling the start of excavation on the controversial $104.4 million project.

It will take twice as long as initially expected and cost four times as much to construct, but for those who travelled to the Lee Valley site, about 36 kilometres south-east of Nelson, there was a sense of relief and determination to see a successful outcome for the future of Tasman.

The $104 million Waimea Dam project was rubber-stamped in November after a lively six-hour meeting where Tasman district councillors voted 9-5 to proceed.

A joint-venture between Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd, Waimea Water Ltd was responsible for managing the construction, operation and maintenance.

Contractors on the project were a consortium of Fulton Hogan and Taylors Contracting.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 12 August 2019)

From empty office to apartment

An initiative that turns empty office buildings into affordable inner-city apartments could be a fix for central Nelson, a councillor says.

In Wellington, developers are converting 195 Willis St in Te Aro into affordable apartments, and the council will act as landlord, renting them out as a social housing initiative.

Nelson councillor Matt Lawrey spoke at a Nelson City Council meeting last week about the project, which saw Wellington City Council sign a 15-year lease on the converted office building.

Community Action Nelson’s Kindra Douglas said that after seeing the idea presented at the council, she emailed the attendees of a workshop on affordable housing, including local architects, builders and developers. She said the idea of converting commercial spaces into affordable housing received a very warm reception, and was just one thing in a suite of options the council could look at.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 14 August 2019)

Plough confirmed as cause of massive fire

The cause of the New Zealand’s third-largest wildfire, at Pigeon Valley, has been confirmed as sparks from a disc plough.

Fire and Emergency Principal Rural Fire Officer for Nelson-Tasman Ian Reade said an investigation had found that the fire was accidentally sparked by an agricultural contractor using a disc plough on a rocky paddock.

The report found that sparks from metal on stone or metal on metal contact ignited dry grass in the paddock at Pigeon Valley, 30km southwest of Nelson city, on February 5. It quickly spread to a steep hillside of young pine trees.

The fire burned out of control for days, covering more than 2300 hectares of forest, property and pastures. A three-bedroom house and a shed were destroyed.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 14 August 2019)

FENZ won't seek costs

Fire and Emergency New Zealand will not be pursuing any of the nearly $13 million cost of fighting February’s Pigeon Valley wildfire, which an investigation this week confirmed was caused by sparks from a disc plough.

FENZ was responsible for all the costs directly associated with suppressing the fire with funding provided via the Fire and Emergency levy, spokesperson Pete van Schaardenburg said.

The latest total cost of the firefighting effort was $12.8m, he said. ‘‘Legal matters associated with any fire and any potential offence is a separate matter. We will review the Pigeon Valley Fire investigation report’s findings in the coming months to determine if any further action is required.’’

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 17 August 2019)

Gold medals for Canopy

Nelson’s Canopy Landscape Architects has won national recognition for its work on a Richmond lifestyle village and the space around a building at Lyttleton. The company won gold awards at the Registered Master Landscaper Landscapes of Distinction awards in Auckland recently.

Canopy’s work at Olive Estate Lifestyle Village in Richmond, and Waterfront House at Lyttelton Port – a joint entry with Athfield Architects – were awarded gold.

Managing director Luke Porter said he was thrilled with the national recognition for Canopy’s work, and to see both its Christchurch and Nelson offices rewarded. Porter said Canopy had worked closely with Kristin Nimmo of Olive Estate for several years, and having a client passionate about creating high standards of landscape design had encouraged innovation and creativity.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 17 August 2019)

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