Frontage fails test for future
Nelson’s council is asking for feedback on a request to demolish a 100-year-old Trafalgar St facade.
The building, known by some as the old pharmacy building thanks to its history, was built in 1924. It has stood empty for several years thanks to its low earthquake safety rating – just 10 per cent of the new building standard.
Reports on the Nelson City Council website show that the building is not technically a heritage site. It is listed as a ‘‘group B’’ building – one that is allowed to be demolished or altered only with council permission.
From 1866 to 1917, the site housed several pharmacists and chemists and was modified or rebuilt several times. After the building burned down, the site was left vacant until 1924, when it was sold and a new building was constructed, also housing a chemist.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 20 January 2020)
New sanctuary opens at spit
A community conservation effort to restore a safe home for seabirds, rare native plants, giant snails and geckos has been celebrated in Golden Bay.
The Wharariki Eco-Sanctuary and predator-proof fence was officially opened on Saturday by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.
The sanctuary was established in a partnership between Collingwood business HealthPost, local iwi and the Department of Conservation. It aims to reintroduce fluttering shearwaters and diving petrel to Cape Farewell and to re-establish a new breeding colony on the mainland.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 20 January 2020)
Intersection work starts
Work is beginning on the controversial new intersection joining Nelson City’s Waimea Rd to Princes Dr via a new retirement village.
The intersection will have unimpeded southbound travel and traffic lights controlling northbound and turning traffic.
The Railway Reserve will be maintained with a culvert tunnel. The Nelson City Council said work affecting Waimea Rd was expected to last for five months.
The first phase will be the removal of several trees, which will start on Monday. The intersection was consented in 2000 after public consultation, when the project was under a different developer and was planned to be residential.
The plans were updated in 2015 due to increased traffic on Waimea Rd.
(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 22 January 2020)
Rental squeeze forces people into cars
The rental squeeze continues to hit Nelson hard, as the pressure of the housing market makes an increasing number of people homeless, with some even resorting to hiring vehicles to live in.
The problem is being highlighted once again by social agencies as Nelson City Council and central government continue to fight homelessness in the region.
Philip Chapman from The Male Room says it is not unusual to find people living in vehicles because they have nowhere else to go.
Property management general manager at Summit Real Estate, Stewart Henry, says they are seeing a constant demand for rental properties.
"We are getting around 10-15 people viewing each rental and around 5 will apply. But, one third won't be accepted after credit checks." He says private listings are becoming harder to find.
"More landlords are listing their rentals through agencies. It's becoming more complicated because of all the law changes, so they say, 'can you just deal with it for us, please?'"
Director of the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust, Carrie Mozena, says they are fielding at least 6 enquiries a week from people living in cars, vans or caravans.
(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 22 January 2020)
Water restrictions flow as fire ban looms
Stage-one water restrictions for a swath of the Waimea Plains, along with a fire ban across the Nelson Tasman region, are due to come into force from Monday as more hot, dry weather is forecast.
The Tasman Dry Weather Taskforce decided this week to bring in the first water rationing of the summer, after a run of hot and windy weather with no rain on the horizon.
The stage-one restrictions – a 20 per cent cut in use of consented take levels – will apply to water users in the Upper Catchment, Reservoir, Waimea West, Delta, Golden Hills and the Upper Confined Aquifer zones on the Waimea Plains.
Stage-one restrictions will also be in place for the Motupiko zone.
Urban households on the Richmond reticulated supply were urged to conserve water.
(Nelson Mail, Friday 24 January 2020)
Intersection upgrade gives Kohatu Park plan a rev-up
The upgrade of an intersection near Kohatu brings plans for a Nelson Tasman regional motorsport and adventure park closer to the starting line.
Completed before Christmas, the upgrade of the Motueka Valley Highway-Olivers Rd intersection was a condition of granting consent for the proposed multimillion dollar Kohatu Park development.
Concepts for the park include a 3.5km car racing track, a rally circuit, a drag racing strip and a karting track, as well as a mountainbiking park, a luge and zorb track, a campground and a picnic area. Adcock said the estimated cost ‘‘for everything’’ was $25 million.
Adcock said the park could also be used for work-based training, teaching skills that were ‘‘in high demand’’, such as gravel extraction, crushing and landscaping, as well as the maintenance of gravel roads, while parents could use the site to teach their teenagers to drive in a safe environment.
(Nelson Mail Weekend, Saturday 25 January 2020)
Thought for the Week
(Monday 27 January 2020)