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Property News: 29 July 2019

'Don't panic' over hazards

Tasman district residents are being urged to stay calm if they receive a letter indicating their property may be at risk from sea level rise and storm tides.

‘‘I’d say don’t panic but come and find out,’’ Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said. ‘‘I’d really strongly encourage them to get involved . . . find out all the information they can about potential impacts where they live.’’

About 5500 letters from Tasman District Council are expected to arrive this week in the mailboxes of people whose properties have been identified as potentially at risk. Those properties are within or partially within areas affected by a range of sea level rise scenarios on new council coastal hazard maps, scheduled to be available on the council website from today.

The maps show areas of low-lying land and how it may be affected by sea level rise scenarios in half-metre increments, from 0.5m to 2m. They also show the effect of higher tides caused by storms. Areas of coastal erosion and sediment gain have been mapped, along with structures such as stopbanks, walls and rock revetments.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 22 July 2019)

End of Bateup work in sight

After months of delays, the end is in sight for Bateup Rd, providing the sun shines down on Richmond.

‘‘All the base materials are in place – we’re just waiting for a few fine days so it can dry out and we can seal it,’’ said Tasman District Council (TDC) engineering services manager Richard Kirby.

While the heavy rain that had affected Tasman district on Friday hadn’t helped, Kirby said he hoped a few fine days would push the project towards completion.

‘‘It depends how dry it gets. We are hoping to seal it on Wednesday or Thursday.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 22 July 2019)

Region hit by rental squeeze

Families moving to the Nelson region are struggling to find long-term accommodation, owing to the rise of short-term rentals, locals say.

Community Action Nelson spokesperson Mary Ellen O’Connor said it also supported tools advocated for by Pattullo, such as rates increases or regulatory costs, but for different reasons.

O’Connor said that with the increase of the sharing economy – websites like Airbnb and Bookabach – homeowners could tap into a global market for tourists during the peak holiday season. ‘‘People will often be keen to rent their stand-alone property for six months from May until October, then they want it back to do nightly rentals.’’

Nelson Regional Development Agency chief executive Mark Rawson said the lack of housing was ‘‘one of the biggest issues’’ for those looking to move to the region.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 24 July 2019)

Safeguards for springs urged

A range of protections has been urged for the landmark Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay, including an exclusion zone to ensure no new bores or water takes within 1 km of the main spring.

The recommendation is one of 34 in a package covering the management of freshwater in the Takaka catchments, which the Freshwater and Land Advisory Group (FLAG) wants adopted by the Tasman District Council.

The council’s environment and planning committee is tomorrow due to formally receive the FLAG document, along with a report by Manawhenua Ki Mohua, an iwi-mandated organisation representing Ngati Tama, Ngati Rarua and Te Atiawa in Golden Bay.

In its report, Manawhenua Ki Mohua outlines the freshwater management principles and values it holds, its aspirations for the future, and a review of the FLAG work.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 24 July 2019)

Nitrates in water a worry

A Nelson man is concerned that high nitrate levels in Richmond’s water supply could be affecting residents’ health.

Lew Solomon asked the public health unit of the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board to investigate the levels during a board meeting on Tuesday.

Having obtained water testing certificates from the Tasman District Council for the last five years, Solomon approached the health board. He said he wanted to ‘‘shine a torch’’ on the issue.

The Ministry of Health-set standard for drinking water was a maximum level of 50mg per litre for nitrate, equivalent to 11.3mg/L nitrate-nitrogen.

Solomon said Nelson’s drinking water came from the south branch of the Maitai River, which had low levels of nitrates, while Tasman’s supply came from two borefields in Richmond and Waimea.

Board chair Jenny Black said a copy of the Danish study along with Solomon’s speech to the board would be forwarded to the Medical Officer of Health for review.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 26 July 2019)

Older population set to swell

Nelson’s retirement village population is set to almost double during the next two years, as several new developments near completion.

Currently, about 1300 older people live across 12 retirement villages in the region, in addition to those in rest homes or aged care. Three new villages are under development, with three others undergoing significant extensions or redevelopment.

The three new developments are expected to house a total of about 1000 people once completed. The largest of them is likely to be Summerset’s Richmond Ranges retirement village, which will have capacity for about 400 people.

Summerset Group chief executive Julian Cook said that while the completion date would be some time in 2021, the first residents would be able to move in by September. ‘‘We’ve been doing some pre-sales, and there’s pretty good interest in the site. We’ve got 30 villas which we’ll finish at the end of this year.’’

Initially announced at the beginning of 2017, the $100 million gated community will have 220 homes, 64 assisted living suites and a rest home – and will be twice the size of Stoke’s Summerset in the Sun complex.

Also in Richmond, the Arvida Group’s $130m Waimea Plains village is set to welcome its first residents in October.

The first homes were completed in June, and are being displayed to the public as show homes this month. They are the first of 12 townhouses and 26 villas in stage one of the development, which is due to have about 180 homes eventually as well as care suites, a clubhouse, pool, spa, gym and retail precinct.

As of June, Arvida marketing and sales general manager Tristan Saunders said there was a database of 250 to 300 people interested in buying a home in the village, of which a large number had signed up for a property.

A third development is on Nelson city’s Port Hills, a $125m lifestyle retirement village funded by Christchurch’s Qestral Corporation.

Coastal View Lifestyle Village’s residential units are expected to house up to 300 people, including 180 stand-alone units, 60 apartments and 50 care beds, built on an eight-hectare, northwest-facing section at the Tasman Bay end of Princes Drive.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 26 July 2019)

New path expands cycleway network

Stage one of a $2.8 million cycleway in Tahunanui has been completed, with stage two to start this summer.

The shared pathway from the Annesbrook roundabout down Tahunanui Drive to Parkers Rd was finished this month. Nelson City Council group manager of infrastructure Alec Louverdis said the project came in under budget and on time, despite a weather delay.

The project has a budget of $2.8m over the three years of its construction, from 2018 to 2021. The budget for the first financial year, May 2018 to June this year, was $200,000.

The shared pathway, a widened footpath designed for cyclists, pedestrians, and people using mobility devices or scooters, is the first part of an extensive pathway that will link major points around the suburb.

The next stage will be connecting Annesbrook to the beach, via Parkers Rd, Muritai St and Waikare St.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 26 July 2019)

Farms more compliant on effluent

Inspections during 2018-19 of all 130 active dairy farms in Tasman district found 95 per cent were fully compliant for effluent management.

The remaining 5 per cent – seven farms – were graded noncompliant. Of those, six farms had ‘‘minor ponding’’, and the seventh had a stockpile of effluent solids on bare, unsealed ground.

Tasman District Council compliance and investigation officer Kat Bunting yesterday told the council’s environment and planning committee there were no big issues with compliance during the season. ‘‘Everything that I came across was pretty minor.’’

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 26 July 2019)

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