New market planned for Nelson CBD
An indoor market could soon set up shop in the Nelson CBD.
Bottle shop Liquorland is destined for a smaller area in its home at 32 New St, making room for stalls, produce and a microbrewery in the remaining warehouse space.
Bayleys Commercial Property Management’s Gill Ireland said a resource consent application was still before the Nelson City Council to install the microbrewery, but they had Christchurch-based brewer Nigel Jerard signed on, and work had already begun on other parts of the building.
Building owner Tony Vining said they always knew the Liquorland space would need to condense.
The microbrewery, which will be called The Workshop, will open on 1st November.
Vining said they were hoping the indoor market and microbrewery would be a welcome addition to New St.
The plan is for the indoor market to be open during business hours Monday to Friday.
(The Nelson Mail, Monday 21 August 2017)
Farewell Spit eco-sanctuary partnership
An eco-sanctuary will be created on Farewell Spit in a partnership between online retailer HealthPost and the Department of Conservation.
HealthPost, which is based in Collingwood in Golden Bay, hopes to raise $100,000 a year to fund the ecosystem restoration and native species protection project. It will be based on Farewell Spit and adjoining public conservation land.
Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry announced the initiative on Wednesday.
Barry said the Wharariki and Triangle Flat areas near the spit attracted more than 70,000 visitors a year.
The first stage of the project will cover a 900-hectare area at the spit’s base, with plans to extend it to the spit within five years.
HealthPost staff have already begun planting native species such as spinifex and sand coprosma in the dunes near Triangle Flat.
HealthPost chair Peter Butler said it aimed to create a ‘‘wondrous, accessible nature sanctuary’’ where control of predators enabled native species to flourish and rare and threatened species to be re-established.
(The Nelson Mail, Friday 25 August 2017)
SHAs put pressure on schools
Atawhai is in for a mini housing boom with 252 new sections earmarked for the area, but schools are wondering where they will fit the extra students.
Two new Special Housing Areas were recently gazetted for the coastal Nelson suburb with 125 sections planned for Bayview Rd/Atawhai Drive and 30 for Wastney Tce/Sunnybank Rd.
Clifton Terrace School principal Rob Wemyss said the school was ‘‘caught by surprise’’ that the gazetting of the SHAs was done ‘‘so quickly’’.
The school can take 335 children and had to reluctantly accept a zoning policy earlier this year. Its enrolment zone currently reaches from the end of Glen Rd near Seafield Tce to Atawhai Dr.
Deputy mayor Paul Matheson said it was the council’s responsibility to make sure the infrastructure for new SHAs was or could be put in place. The impact of those SHAs on schools was the Ministry of Education’s responsibility.
Nelson City Council communications manager Paul Shattock said the Ministry of Education was consulted when the SHAs were proposed.
Special Housing Areas are a collaboration between the central government and councils that aims to fast-track developments to increase housing stock. Nelson City Council has approved 29 SHAs.
(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 26 August 2017)
Nelson's rental crisis reaching 'critical' point
A jump in rental prices and a fall in available properties is causing an affordable accommodation shortage that has reached crisis levels, say community advocates.
The cost of the average rental in the Nelson region has jumped 15 percent in the last two years while listings have fallen almost 20 percent, according to figures provided by Trade Me
The Trade Me figures show that in June 2015 the average price for a rental property in the region was $350. However, over the last two years that has risen sharply - hitting $395 in Nelson and $410 in Tasman.
In the same time, the number of rentals in the region has dropped even more dramatically - causing a shortage of affordable homes.
(The Nelson Weekly, Tuesday 22 August 2017)
Thought for the Week
Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.