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Property news - 21 January 2020

Static solution hits home

Getting on the property ladder could soon be a lot easier in Nelson with the arrival of static caravans at a local holiday park.

Nikki Ryan, owner of Nelson real estate company, YOU Realty said the three-bedroom, two-bathroom caravans cost $189,950 and would arrive in the country mid-year.

The number of properties listed for sale in Nelson Bays in December was down 10.7 percent on the same time last year, with record low numbers of new listings nationwide.

There were 30 sites available for the static caravans at the Queen Street Holiday Park in Richmond at a cost of $195 rent a week, plus power and water.

Buyers were also able to purchase a static caravan and locate it elsewhere if they wanted.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 13 January 2020)

Crowded camp a concern

A survey to determine infectious disease risk at a popular freedom camping spot in Golden Bay has given it a clean bill of health.

But Tasman District’s mayor has agreed with Bay residents that the number of people using the site during the summer peak was ‘‘not appropriate’’.

The survey of the Waitapu Bridge site on Monday morning by an environmental health officer found no evidence of any public health nuisances. A small amount of toilet paper with some faecal matter was noted under the bridge.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 15 January 2020)

Homeless ‘need a hub too’

Homeless people in Nelson need a base where they can shower and do their laundry, similar to the one rolled out for freedom campers in the central city, an advocate says.

The Male Room director Philip Chapman said more money and support were needed for New Zealand’s homeless. He said the government-funded, Nelson City Council-run freedom camping service hub that recently opened in Halifax St was ‘‘pretty close’’ to what local homeless people needed.

Chapman said the Male Room in St Vincent St had become a kind of day shelter due to a lack of other options, but it wasn’t equipped with everything a proper shelter should have, like laundry facilities or showers.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 15 January 2020)

Concerns over digs at historic sites

The discovery of apparent dig sites at historic local homesteads has lead the Nelson City Council to warn alleged culprits that they may be at risk of prosecution under legislation protecting archaeological heritage.

There have been allegations circulating that those responsible are metal detectorists looking for historic items at the sites. As pre-1900 archaeological sites, Isel Historic House and Broadgreen Historic House and Park are protected under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 and Resource Management Act 1991.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 15 January 2020)

Brook Sanctuary confirms entry charges

The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is planning to start charging visitors in the first quarter of this year.

Nelson and Tasman residents will pay a reduced entry fee compared to out of towners and this is estimated to come into effect after the sanctuary's new footbridge opens next month.

The move comes after the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust, which runs the sanctuary, missed out on Nelson City Council funding of $50,000. The trust already receives $150,000 a year from the council.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 15 January 2020)

Centre back in action

It’s been a year in the making, but Richmond’s Action Centre is finally filled with kids at play once again.

The centre reopened on Wednesday morning, after it was gutted by fire on January 27 last year.

The fire began in the Inflatable World area of the centre. Staff and customers were evacuated safely and firefighters contained the flames relatively quickly. However, highly toxic smoke from the inflatables caused most of the damage to the building, gutting the indoor sports area and rendering the ten-pin bowling and cafe areas unsalvageable.

He said the time taken to rebuild the McPherson St premises had allowed him to improve the functionality of the building, while visiting other centres around New Zealand to pick up ideas.

The revamped centre mixes familiar activities with some new additions. There is an 18-hole mini-golf course and a brand new six-lane bowling alley, as well as an upgraded arcade games area, and an array of new bouncy castles and blow-up attractions.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 17 January 2020)

Rising fire risk leads to ban in city reserves

Fire risk is on the increase in Nelson, resulting in a total fire ban in all council parks and reserves.

The Nelson City Council said yesterday that precautions needed to be taken, including people avoiding reserves or parts of reserves that had a high risk.

The council said signs would be put up on ‘‘well-used trails’’ to alert people to the risks, and recommended that they use higher-risk reserves in the early morning or in the evening only.

High risk reserves: Grampians Reserve, Tantragee Reserve (Codgers), Sir Stanley Whitehead Reserve, Botanical Hill Reserve, Brook Conservation Reserve, Maitai Water Reserve, Marsden Valley Reserve and Roding Water Reserve.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 18 January 2020)

Frustration over FENZ review

A government review of the way Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) is funded has sparked frustration.

FENZ was formed in 2017, bringing together urban and rural fire services along with paid and volunteer firefighters. It is funded by a levy on property insurance.

The ‘‘sales pitch’’ from the Department of Internal Affairs at the time was that the new entity would be self-funding through the insurance levy, King said.

‘‘Local government said, ‘Yep, we’d like that – one thing taken off our plate and provided through a different funding model’. So to see it come back, and suggest going back to a property-based system collected by council, is far from ideal.’’

(Nelson Mail Weekend, Saturday 18 January 2020)

Thought for the Week

(Tuesday 21 January 2020)