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Property News: 28 May 2018

Sedimentation is degrading estuaries, new study finds

The Kaiteriteri and Otuwhero inlets along the Tasman district coast are being ecologically degraded by sediment that is smothering habitats, according to a new report.

However, sedimentation in the protected Torrent Bay estuary, which has a catchment of native forest rather than pine plantations, remains at pre-human levels, the report found.

Davidson Environmental Ltd prepared the report for Sustainable Marahau Inc, which received funding from NIWA. The project was initiated by Stew Robertson, of Tasman Bay Guardians.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 21 May 2018)

Iwi 'locked into' forest land linked to damage

Iwi have little option but to keep forestry on land handed back by the Crown, a top of the south iwi says.

As the forestry industry faces criticism for the environmental impact of some of its operations, Ngati Koata says the structure of its settlement deal gave it little room to move.

The iwi received around 9000ha of forestry land across the Nelson region as part of the settlement of its Treaty of Waitangi claim, signed in 2012, including most of the pine plantations in Nelson’s Maitai River catchment.

Tighter controls on forestry in the catchment were called for last month, after research confirmed that harvested or recently replanted pine forests were a significant source of environmentally-damaging fine sediment in the river, in line with findings from river systems in Tasman district.

Forestry companies in the district have also faced renewed pressure to cease logging some hillsides, after slips and debris from land including plantations swamped properties when ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita hit the area in February.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 21 May 2018)

TDC votes to demolish grandstand

The axe is hanging back over the Golden Bay grandstand.

Tasman district councillors voted 8:6 to demolish it after the group wanting to save it made a last-minute pitch to retain the building where it is for a year, after earlier agreeing that it would be relocated.

Staff were directed to proceed with the work ‘‘as soon as practicable’’.

Councillors decided to confirm prior decisions to remove the grandstand after multiple presentations and robust debate at a council meeting on Thursday.

At the meeting, the Golden Bay Grandstand Restoration Society urged the council to remove the squash courts and rear lean-to and leave the grandstand in situ for 12 months while it prepared a restoration plan. This was a move away from an earlier agreement for the upper portion of the grandstand to be relocated.

Society deputy chairman Robin Manson told councillors there was a ‘‘groundswell of support’’ to leave the grandstand where it was.

The plea was backed by the Golden Bay Community Board.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 26 May 2018)

Mayor blocks calls for dam referendum

A referendum on the proposed Waimea dam came tantalisingly close twice on Thursday before it was crushed by Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne wielding his casting vote.

Two draft resolutions – one for a binding referendum, and the other for a non-binding referendum – split the council 7:7. In both instances, Kempthorne used his casting vote against the resolutions, which meant they were lost.

Councillor Mark Greening moved the resolution for a binding referendum seeking majority ratepayer approval to proceed or not with funding the construction of the proposed dam in the Lee Valley. It would have been held after the council had received an ‘‘acceptable’’ tender price, which is due in late July.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 26 May 2018)

Brook Sanctuary wins funding in NCC plan

The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is one of the winners in the Nelson City Council’s Long Term Plan, receiving $250,000 in funding from the council.

The sanctuary applied for funding in the Long Term Plan (LTP) process, and received a lot of public support during the submission period.

Funding of $250,000 for the next financial year has been approved, with a further $150,000 each year for the remaining nine years of the LTP.

Some submitters requested free entry to the sanctuary for Nelson residents as a way to promote walking, which Councillor Kate Fulton was in favour of. However, the council ultimately decided that there was not enough left in the budget to support the idea.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 26 May 2018)

Minor setback a victory for Golden Bay residents

Golden Bay residents who appealed a boundary rule that could have affected thousands of landowners have won a reprieve.

The Tasman District Council last year introduced a blanket rule requiring an onerous consent process for all habitable buildings, or that they be set back 30m from boundaries in Rural 1 and Rural 2 zones.

Following mediation in the Environment Court, council spokesman Chris Choat confirmed it had agreed to reduce the setback for habitable buildings in rural zones to 5m, but only for titles less than 2500sq m in area.

For buildings on or adjoining sites greater than 2500sq m, the 30m setback still applies. There were exceptions for alterations to existing dwellings that did not go closer to the boundary.

Farm buildings and other non-habitable buildings were not caught by this rule, Choat said.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 26 May 2018)

Duke & Cooke welcomes new rural valuer

Matt Taylor - Rural ValuerDuke & Cooke welcome Matt Taylor to the team.  Matt is a Registered Valuer who has recently joined us from Auckland and will be working with Dick Bennison in the busy rural sector.  He was previously valuing residential and rural-lifestyle properties for Opteon Auckland, but with a rural background wanted to get into valuing more productive properties. 

 Matt has a strong leadership and sporting background having been Deputy Head Boy at Rosmini College on Auckland’s North Shore where he also played 1st XI cricket and 1st XV rugby.  He then went on to compete internationally in multi-sport events before returning to NZ in 2013.  His other interests include house renovations and surfing.

Thought for the Week

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

(Victor Hugo)