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Property News: 23 April 2018

Building aids growth in Tasman

The Tasman district economy grew by 2.3 per cent in the year ended March 2017, thanks in part to a buoyant construction industry.

In its first annual report for Tasman District Council, economic consultancy Infometrics says gross domestic product (GDP) in the district measured $1654 million.

The tourism industry contributed $150m towards GDP in the district, providing 9.1 per cent of its economic output, up from 8.1 per cent 10 years ago. The sector employed an average of 2712 people in 2017, up from 2401 in 2016 and 1623 in 2000.

However, despite the rise of tourism, it was the construction industry that made the largest contribution to overall growth between 2016 and 2017, climbing 13 per cent from $106m to $120m.

The construction sector also made the biggest contribution to employment growth, adding 122 jobs over the year.

A council staff report on the Infometrics information points out that construction is one of the six largest industries in the district. The other five are:

  • agriculture, forestry and fishing;
  • manufacturing;
  • property operators and real estate services;
  • retail trade;
  • professional, scientific and tech services.

Council strategic policy manager Sharon Flood last week presented the staff report to the TDC community development committee and said those six industries contributed just over half of the district’s GDP and provided two-thirds of its employment.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 16 April 2018)

Tight rental market 'utter hell' for house hunters

Rental prices in the Nelson region have hit new highs, two reports show, on the back of a big fall in the number of rental properties available.

The median rent in Nelson/Tasman rose 10.5 per cent in the year to March to $420 a week, according to the latest Trade Me Property Rental Index. The increase was second only to Hawke’s Bay, where the median rent grew 14.3 per cent to $400 a week.

Competition for rental properties in Nelson, resulting from the shortage, was described by one house-hunter as ‘‘utter hell’’.

‘‘I went to one [viewing] in Oxford St in Richmond, and about 30, 40 people must have turned up, if not more,’’ said the man, who doesn’t want to be named for fear of jeopardising the rental house in Stoke that has taken him and his family three months to find.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 18 April 2018)

Changes to new Stoke centre

Some minor adjustments to the $7m Greenmeadows recreation centre, including reducing the size of the cafe, will not have a large affect on its budget.

The community services committee were told of some adjustments to the new recreational centre in Stoke last week, which last month was granted a further half a million dollars in funding after going over-budget.

Gaile Noonan, who chaired the committee, said the update was to ‘‘avoid any surprises later’’.

Group manager of infrastructure Alec Louverdis said the architect, Marc Barron, ‘‘feels that the work [on the recreation centre] is of a high standard and that the overall effect is very good’’.

However, there were a few things which had been changed, or which were to be changed, which the committee needed to be alerted to.

Louverdis assured the committee there was not a significant ‘‘dollar impact’’ from any of the changes, and that should the cafe prove to be more successful than anticipated, the wall constructed to reduce its size was relatively simple to remove.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 18 April 2018)

Residents desperate for action on stormwater

Some Ruby Bay residents have called on the Tasman District Council to upgrade the stormwater system in their coastal settlement, which has been badly affected by flooding.

At a hearing on the council’s proposed Long Term Plan 2018-28, Stafford Drive resident Chrissie Small urged the council to ‘‘look at what’s morally and ethically correct here, and help us’’.

Stage one of planned upgrades had been done but stages two and three, in the Crusader and Stafford Drive areas, were yet to be completed.

Ruby Bay was hit hard on February 1 by the devastating combination of a deep low and high winds – remnants of Tropical Cyclone Fehi – and a king tide that brought waves from Tasman Bay crashing over the seawall, forcing many residents from their homes.

Land that had been raised behind Stafford Drive added to the problem for lower neighbouring properties.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 20 April 2018)

Six months for Boathouse rebuild

Two months on from the storm that damaged the century-old waterfront venue, Nelson’s Boathouse is closer to nailing down a re-opening date.

Work to remedy the destruction caused by ex-cyclone Fehi on February 1 began in March.

Assistant manager Amie-Jo Trayes said The Boathouse Society’s rebuild subcommittee had been pleased with progress since then and encouraged by the support and understanding of the public during that time.

‘‘We had a few choices to make - obviously when you’re dealing with this kind of timber you can’t just go to Mitre 10 and buy it, so it’s a bit of a process.’’

‘‘It does seem that people are starting to miss their Friday nights here - I guess the weather’s changing and everyone’s heading inside.’’

Contractors YouBuild have started with the utility areas, including the kitchen and toilet areas before moving across the main floor area.

The main room will have newly-installed hard beech flooring sourced from cyclone-felled trees on farmland near Karamea with new joists where necessary.

The society hoped to recycle as much of the current boards as possible, including the kauri bar top.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 20 April 2018)

Land use change tipped if dam gets nod

Waimea Irrigators Ltd chairman Murray King is putting his money where his mouth is to support the proposed Waimea dam.

The dairy farmer and long-term proponent of the dam project said he had committed to buy more water shares, at $5500 a pop, than he needed for his 57ha block of land on the Waimea Plains.

‘‘We’re fully subscribed, a little bit over actually.’’

Like other shareholders, he also faces estimated annual charges of $600 a share if the dam gets the nod.

‘‘So, for us growing grass it’s not great,’’ he said. ‘‘It does force you into thinking about how you would better utilise your land.’’

Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) and Tasman District Council are proposed joint-venture partners in the dam project, earmarked for the Lee Valley, near Nelson.

The project is tipped to be funded by a mix of ratepayer, Crown and irrigator funding. WIL plans to raise at least $16.5 million of its share of that funding via the sale of at least 3000 water shares.

King said commercial growers had all fully subscribed, or oversubscribed in same cases.

One of those growers, Bruno Simpson, speaking as director of Waimea Group Ltd, which owns Waimea Nurseries, this week told a council hearing panel what his company signed up to buy.

King said none of the subscriptions came from outside the area. He expected to see land use change and intensify if the dam was built but that would not mean more dairying.

Land use change on the plains was nothing new, King said from a newly planted orchard along the Moutere Highway on land that used to be a dairy farm.

Wai-West Horticulture had leased the site and was planting 32ha in apples. That would provide work for two permanent fulltime employees and many others at times, such as the harvest.

The land came with a water consent.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 21 April 2018)

Helicopter house can finally be called a home

The house that a community built has finally become a home.

The house, built in just three months in the Mitre10 Mega car park in Nelson and auctioned last December, has settled into its new address without a hitch.

Mitre10 Mega marketing coordinator Murray Leaning said he was terrified that the glass splashback in the kitchen would break in the move, or that cracks might appear in the paint, but his fears were unfounded.

The house was bought by Dean and Emma McCashin, who have turned the beautiful but impersonal house into a welcoming family home.

When the house was moved, divided into two pieces, the movers had to lift the house over cars, and tilt it at alarming angles between trees and lamp-posts, Leaning said.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 21 April 2018)

Suter tells Tasman to give more funds

The Suter Gallery is doing well, but needs more funding from the Tasman District Council.

Chairman of the Bishop Suter Trust Craig Potton said it currently receives about 12 per cent of its ‘‘base grant funding’’ from the TDC, but according to the trust almost 30 per cent of local visitors come from the Tasman district.

‘‘This is not Nelson’s gallery, this is a gallery belonging to the people of Nelson and Tasman,’’ he said, while presenting the half-yearly report to the council’s governance committee on Thursday. ‘‘We went to the TDC and we gave them a very clear message that they are underperforming,’’ Potton said.

TDC Communications officer Beth Catley said the Suter has submitted to the TDC’s long term plan asking for a review of the grant.

‘‘The funding we give the Suter has been static at about $87,000 since 2014-15.

‘‘In its submission, the gallery has asked us to increase the grant progressively between now and 2027-28, plus adjustments for inflation,’’ she said.

The TDC is holding hearings on its long term plan this week, and enter deliberations in early May.

A final version of the Long Term Plan, including any changes to the Suter’s funding, will be adopted on June 28.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 21 April 2018)

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At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them.