Motel complex taking shape
Construction of a 28-unit motel complex in Murchison is nearing completion.
Spokeswoman Sue Hocken said the development on the corner of Waller and Grey streets, which had yet to be named, was due to open this year. It included a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units along with a manager’s residence.
Hocken was coy about the people behind the motel, saying only that it was a married couple based in Twizel.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 16 March 2020)
Water restrictions begin in Nelson
Despite recent rainfall, local river levels continue to drop - prompting Nelson City Council to announce rural water restrictions for those taking water directly from streams and wells.
A council statement says rivers and streams have met a 'low flow trigger level' under the Resource Management Act 1991, which signals the need for water restrictions to be introduced.
Affected residents are required to stop using water for non-essential purposes from the following rivers, streams and their tributaries: Wakapuaka River, Teal River, Lud River, Todd Valley Stream, Poorman Valley Stream, Hillwood Stream Maori Pa Stream, Waihi Creek.
The restrictions only affect those Nelson residents who take their water directly from the above rivers and streams and their adjoining wells.
Restrictions do not currently apply to those on the council reticulated supply, however, all residents are encouraged to use water wisely.
(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 18 March 2020)
Virus testing centres set up
Community testing centres have been established in Nelson and Motueka as part of a national response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Where are the community-based assessment centres located?
Nelson: the former Nelson Suburban Club building, 168 Tahunanui Drive. 9am to 6pm.
Motueka: Motueka Bridge Club, Tudor St. 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Golden Bay: A cabin had been placed outside the Golden Bay Community Health centre to allow the safe assessment of people with symptoms.
Murchison: There is a separate entrance to a negative pressure room, separate to other parts of the hospital and health centre.
What happens at a centre?
People will be assessed free of charge by healthcare workers wearing protective masks and other equipment. Masks will also be provided as required. People will be assessed, and swabs will be taken and sent to laboratories for testing, as determined by staff.
How do I find out when a centre is open?
Anyone worried about Covid-19 symptoms should call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP in the first instance. The locations and operating hours for all community-based assessment centres will be kept up to date on the Nelson Marlborough Health website.
What if I need assessment outside a centre’s working hours?
People are asked to stay at home and call Healthline or their GP for advice. In urgent situations, they can attend an urgent care centre in Nelson or Blenheim. In emergencies only, they can phone 111 or attend a hospital emergency department (ED). Any person visiting an urgent care centre or ED with Covid-19 symptoms is asked to wait at the front door and signal for attention. They should also distance themselves – by at least two metres – from other people who may be present.
(Nelson Mail, Friday 20 March 2020)
Ratepayers may fund pricey grandstand project
The Golden Bay grandstand is to be reinstated, with ratepayers on the hook for the estimated $930,000 cost.
A majority of Tasman District councillors agreed to the move on Thursday at an extraordinary council meeting.
It is the latest twist in a long-running dispute over the future of the historic grandstand, which sits next to the Golden Bay Recreation Park Centre in Takaka.
It was to have been demolished as part of the rec centre, which opened in 2017. However, in a fight to retain the grandstand - including protests and court proceedings, along with a council about-turn - has stopped the wrecking ball from swinging into the structure, which dates from 1898-99.
(Nelson Mail, Saturday 21 March 2020)
Thought for the Week
(Wednesday 25 March 2020)