No dam: I'm out, says grower
For four generations, Mark O’Connor’s family have been on the Waimea Plains. For the past three, they’ve been growing vegetables.
But the Appleby Fresh managing director says if there’s no Waimea dam, he will consider subdividing some of the land and selling up.
For O’Connor, the dam means a secure supply of water for the myriad crops Appleby Fresh produces on about 160ha – from cabbages and lettuce to melons, celeriac and herbs.
This week, Environment Minister and Nelson MP, Nick Smith, announced a $7m grant for the dam project as part of a plan to distribute $44m nationally in the first tranche of funding from the Government’s $100m Freshwater Improvement Fund. It is anticipated another $5m may come from Nelson City Council.
If Appleby Fresh stopped its market garden business on the plains, ‘‘you can guarantee the price [of vegetables] is going to be dearer for the consumer’’, he said.
However, he also said the dam was a ‘‘no-brainer’’ for urban ratepayers because it was the cheapest option investigated by the council to augment urban water supplies in the long term.
‘‘It’s the cheapest water – you’re talking 100 years here,’’ he said. ‘‘Look at the growth we’re getting in the urban areas ... hundreds and hundreds of [planned] houses.’’
(The Nelson Mail, Monday 14 August 2017)
'Very ordinary house' has a stunning makeover
It may be called ‘‘Shades of Grey House’’ but this complete transformation of a small basic Nelson house is anything but bland.
Local architectural designer Tony Karsten won the Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award and Resene Colour in Design Award for the project in the 2017 Nelson Marlborough Regional ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards.
ADNZ CEO Astrid Andersen said she was impressed to see a ‘‘very ordinary house’’ transformed into an award-winning dwelling.
(The Nelson Mail, Monday 14 August 2017)
New look for Shoreline Cafe
Refurbishment of Kaiteriteri’s Shoreline Cafe restaurant will see efforts made to improve beachside dining from the inside out.
Chief executive of Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve David Ross confirmed that work to refurbish and rebrand had started on Monday, involving a full upgrade of the interior as well as the roof.
A second stage of development later in the year would see the decking area upgraded, including a structure to provide additional shelter.
(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 16 August 2017)
Nelson's big building boom
Building is booming in Nelson with the building consents value the highest it's been since 2008 and builders having to turn away work.
The value of issued building consents increased to $170.5 million in the year to June in Nelson. This compares to $108.1m for the 2015/2016 financial year, according to Statistics New Zealand.
Residential building consents increased in value to $104.3m to June, up from $71.1m for the previous year.
Tasman District Council communications manager Chris Choat said its figures showed the value of building consents for new residential dwellings as well as commercial buildings in Tasman was down 19 percent for the year to June to $153.7m, compared with $190.2m for the year before.
The value of residential building consents in Tasman year to June was down 18 percent to $122m, compared with $149m the year before.
Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith said a 58 percent growth in building activity in Nelson was "huge and very challenging for our building industry".
Smith said increasing the supply of houses was "the number one solution" to making Nelson housing more affordable.
(The Nelson Mail, Friday 18 August 2017)
New housing areas for 1700 homes
A new community west of Richmond, near Nelson, is in the pipeline with more than 1000 homes and a new school earmarked for the area.
Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith yesterday announced Government approval of 20 new Special Housing Areas (SHAs) in the Nelson-Tasman region with capacity for about 1700 homes.
The Nelson MP said those SHA developments involved a total investment of about $800 million, ‘‘which is truly huge for a community of our size’’.
More than 1000 of the 1700 proposed new homes are part of two SHAs approved for adjacent greenfield sites near McShane Rd in an area called Richmond West – Appleby Field SHA, with a potential yield of 250 homes, and The Meadows SHA with a minimum of 800 houses tipped including a retirement village.
Developer Graeme Dick tipped prices would stabilise after the new sites started to come on stream in an expected 12 to 18 months.
Andrew Spittal, of Richmond West Development Company, said plans were not yet finalised but it was expected the first stage of the residential development would have either 66 or 80 sections, depending on how the final design integrated with the proposals by Arvida. The ‘‘interface’’ between the residential and retirement village properties was still to be confirmed.
As well as the two-bedroom villas, the first stage was tipped to include some four-bedroom houses on 600 to 700 square metre sections and 20 three-bedroom, two-storey townhouses – a medium-density residential development that’s new to the district.
The mix of properties was a key focus for The Meadows team, which aimed to develop about 550 to 650 lots with an average section price of about $220,000, excluding GST.
(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 19 August 2017)
Thought for the Week
The trouble with simple living is that,
though it can be joyful, rich, and creative,
it isn't simple.
(Doris Janzen Longacre)