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Property News: 21 May 2018

Housing First programme being expanded into Nelson

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese has welcomed a Government housing initiative due to break ground in Nelson.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has announced as part of Budget 2018 that both Nelson and Blenheim will be included in an expanded rollout of the Housing First programme.

It is part of a $63.4 million budget allocation to see the programme, which has been under way in Auckland since 2017, expanded to seven more regions over the next four years.

It is intended to reduce homelessness by placing an emphasis on getting people into stable housing first before other issues, including mental health, substance abuse and employment, are addressed.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 14 May 2018)

Winter harvest sees access to Silvan Forest tracks closed

It’s a hiatus on Hare Down as regular mountainbike riders around the Richmond Hills are being notified of a temporary halt to their activities as logging crews take over.

Due to harvesting operations over winter, Tasman Forest Management Ltd has announced a full closure of Silvan Forest and mountainbike park until further notice. No bike or walking access is permitted on any of the tracks during the harvesting period.

MTB Trails Trust chairman Chris Mildon said no official timeframe had been given for the closure, but he expected it to last several months.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 18 May 2018)

City council giving $5 million towards dam

The Waimea Dam will get $5 million from the Nelson City Council.

Councillors debated the controversial issue for more than an hour in Wednesday’s Long Term Plan deliberations before voting 8-5 to approve the funding.

The money will be given as a lump sum in the third year of the council’s Long Term Plan (LTP) in 2021.

Council officers said Nelson’s own water supply was secure for at least the next 50 years, but the supply for Tasman district was less secure. Economic benefits to the whole region were raised in support of dam funding.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 18 May 2018)

Hospice gets NCC cash for new building

The Nelson Tasman Hospice has been granted $150,000 in city council funding for its new building.

The hospice applied to both the Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council for a one-off grant of $250,000 in their longterm plans.

The city council had earlier declined to waive a $142,000 development fee for the new hospice building in Stoke. Officers said they believed the hospice could be granted more if it sought long-term plan funding.

During its long-term plan deliberations on Tuesday, the council provisionally approved a $150,000 grant for the hospice, contingent on other fundraising efforts being successful.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 18 May 2018)

Refinery could host new arts, theatre hub

A new arts and theatre hub has been proposed around a redeveloped Refinery ArtSpace.

In a submission to the Nelson City Council long term plan, Ian Bowell said a new community arts centre would become a ‘‘dynamic’’ entry point to the redeveloped Rutherford Park, and an attraction in its own right.

Bowell, representing arts and community groups, said the proposed project could take as little as four years.

It would redevelop the two existing Refinery galleries to create three spaces. The site behind the Refinery would be developed into a permanent base for Ghost Light Theatre and Community Artworks, plus a shared outdoor performance area and a permanent space for fringe theatre.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 19 May 2018)

Restored chapel blessed at architecture awards

A restored chapel, a research facility and hilltop homes are among the winners in the Nelson-Marlborough Architecture Awards.

The awards evening was held last night at the newly revamped Nelson Centre of Musical Arts. Twelve awards went to Nelson architects, acknowledging excellence in house design, interiors and public buildings.

Seven awards were nabbed by houses in the region, including Candish house on Cathedral Hill, Tasman View, Mana Heights House, Kennedy de Leur House in Motueka, and 12 Year House in Cable Bay.

The heritage category was won by the Seafarer’s Chapel, formerly the blue church on Haven Rd. The panel of judges said the chapel was ‘‘decrepit to the point of write-off’’ before it found salvation in an owner prepared to invest in the building’s future.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 19 May 2018)

Thought for the Week

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

(Gloria Steinem)