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Property News - 19 August 2020

Overhaul needed for Nelson’s ageing pool network

Nelson’s ageing pool network could be due for major redevelopments or replacement within the next 10 years.

A report presented to Nelson City Council on Thursday has recommended action be taken at Riverside Pool and Nayland Pool to bring the council’s aquatic network up to modern standards.

The Aquatic Facilities Strategy was discussed at the council’s Sport and Recreation Committee, which outlined the state of Nelson’s pools and what needed to be done to upgrade them.

The report stated the pool network was ‘‘functional but dated’’, and would need investment to keep up with (or in some cases be brought up to) modern operational standards.

Riverside’s 30m pool was built in 1927, with Nayland’s 50m outdoor pool being built in 1977.

While during summer Nelson was well-supplied for lane pools, there was a shortfall when Nayland Pool was closed during the winter months, the report stated.

It was recommended that feasibility studies be carried out to see whether both pools could be redeveloped, or new pools built on an alternative site.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 10 August 2020)

Alpine huts' restoration gains altitude

Efforts are under way to restore a beloved alpine fixture in Nelson Lakes National Park.

The Mt Robert Foundation is trying to raise funds to upgrade and preserve two alpine huts that have played a big part in the history and culture of New Zealand skiing and alpine education for over seven decades.

The Foundation is a registered Charitable Trust and was formed for the purpose of acquiring the Mt Robert lodges from the Mount Robert Snow Sports Club. This occurred in April 2007.

The Robert and Christie lodges, built in the 1940s and 1960s respectively, are situated in the second basin along the Mt Robert range and are used year-round by top of the south secondary schools, for Department of Conservation ranger training and by local enthusiasts.

(The Leader, Thursday 13 August 2020)

Helping hand for environmental projects

Nelsonians looking to start an environmental restoration project can apply for a helping hand this month.

The Nelson City Council’s first round of environmental grants funding for the financial year began on August 3, with a closing date of August 31.

The fund will focus on individual and community projects aimed at restoring or enhancing native ecosystems and wildlife, from native plantings to pest control and erosion mitigation.

The council can award grants of up to $20,000 per project in any one year.

With limited funds available though, aside from projects mitigating erosion, applications for grants under $5000 are more likely to succeed.

During the previous round of funding, Lud Valley resident Tom Jolly received a grant of just under $5000 to work on a wetland restoration project.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 14 August 2020)

House sales at highest level in decades

The Nelson-Tasman real estate market has had its biggest July for nearly 20 years, as buyers flocked back to the market after lockdown.

Figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) showed that Nelson, Tasman and the West Coast had the largest increase in annual sales volume throughout the country.

House sales in Nelson went up 42 per cent from 85 to 121 for the month of July, while in Tasman they increased by 56 per cent from 61 to 95. This represented the busiest July for 27 years in Nelson, and for 18 years in Richmond.

Across Nelson/Marlborough/ Tasman, days to sell were the same as July 2019 at 37, while median prices had increased by 14 per cent and sales counts were up 31 per cent.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 15 August 2020)

First water flows after dam diversion culvert blessed

A newly completed 165-metre diversion culvert for the Waimea dam was given a blessing by iwi yesterday and then opened, temporarily taking the Lee River on a diverted flow path.

The ceremony for the milestone in the $129.4 million dam project was scaled back from what had been planned, due to the Covid-19 alert level increasing from 1 to 2 this week.

Like other projects across New Zealand, construction of the Waimea dam was hampered by the Covid-19 level 4 lockdown this year.

During the event, the karakia, led by Te Waari Carkeek (Ngati Koata, Ngati Toa), celebrated the cycle of the seasons and the importance of paying respect to the deities of nature, as well as emphasising the safety of the site and those who work there.

Following the blessing, Melanie McGregor (Ngati Koata) led the visitors in a waiata.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 15 August 2020)

Rethink 'high-risk' project, council told

Building a new library, council offices and a climatorium along the Maitai River could prove ‘‘an expensive mistake’’ in the face of climate change, a Nelson City Council meeting has heard.

Councillors were due to make a provisional decision about whether to move the council’s offices to the site, near the river mouth, in a public excluded section of yesterday’s meeting, council chief executive Pat Dougherty said last week.

It was part of the council’s ‘‘stepped’’ approach to decision making on proposals to develop the riverside precinct, including plans to redevelop the Elma Turner Library there.

During the meeting’s public forum, geologist Dr Aaron Stallard said there was a ‘‘real risk’’ that the precinct would be permanently under water within 80 years.

The area was ‘‘destined to become inundated by rising sea levels, and to be increasingly affected by flooding relating to intense rainfall, storm surges and high tides’’, he said.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 15 August 2020)