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Property News: 29 October 2018

Chlorine for resort's water this summer

Kaiteriteri’s drinking water will be chlorinated this summer, to minimise contamination risks in the popular holiday spot.

Tasman District Council’s engineering services committee voted yesterday to chlorinate the Riwaka-Kaiteriteri water supply scheme, beginning on December 1 and finishing on March 31, 2019.

The recommendation was made in a report by senior water quality officer Gillian Bullock and utilities manager Mike Schruer.

‘‘There’s nothing to stop someone illegally tapping into it or damaging the pipeline through property, and it may take a while to realise that,’’ Schruer said.

Once a potential water problem was identified, laboratory results often took 24 hours to confirm contamination, he said.

The council has 15 water treatment plants, and 11 of these are already permanently chlorinated. Riwaka-Kaiteriteri and Richmond have temporary chlorination facilities installed, while Upper Takaka and Motueka have none.

Council engineering services manager Richard Kirby said $22 million allocated in the council’s Long Term Plan would help its water treatment plants comply with potential drinking water standards arising from inquiry recommendations.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 26 October 2018)

Government Funding flushed

They did not want freedom campers near their estuary, and now Motueka residents have spoken out about having a motorhome dump station near the town’s aerodrome.

The town’s inability to agree on where infrastructure for freedom campers should go has lost Tasman district $300,000 of government funding.

That money, earmarked for a Kiwi camp unit and a waste station, will now be given to Marlborough to help it deal with its freedom campers.

Tasman District Council had until December 1 to complete projects in order to claim a $660,000 Responsible Camping Fund grant for a range of freedom camping projects. It had proposed building a dump site on the corner of College and Queen Victoria streets, at the entrance to Motueka Aerodrome.

However, council communications manager Chris Choat said the idea had been ‘‘taken off the table’’ in response to strong feedback from the public and aerodrome users.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 26 October 2018)

Takaka development gets green light

A new subdivision near Takaka has been given the green light.

Golden Bay developers Rose and Philip Windle are rejoicing at news that their 25-lot subdivision off Park Avenue, on farmland they own near the recreation centre, has finally been approved.

Housing has been a major concern for Golden Bay residents, with many being priced out of the real estate market. There is also a rental crisis, and Takaka has seen very little housing development opportunities recently.

The Windles said they saw it as an ideal development opportunity, close to schools and above the floodplain, with wastewater reticulation connections, and water and power already on site.

The sections will be between 400 and 1500 square metres, and the Windles hope they will be structurally developed by the end of summer 2019. They were unable to comment on price estimates yet.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 26 October 2018)

Classroom muckup avoidable - principal

A million dollars of taxpayers’ money has been wasted through continued delays in building urgently needed Nelson classrooms, a principal says.

The ministry has confirmed that the new classrooms at Waimea College in Richmond, the biggest school in the top of the South Island, won’t be ready until 2020, two years later than originally promised by the Government.

In June last year, the Government announced $4.2 million for the provision of eight new teaching spaces to accommodate the school’s rapidly rising roll. Then-Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe said it was hoped construction could get under way ‘‘almost immediately’’, with the classrooms being available ‘‘some time’’ in 2018.

In March, the ministry said the teaching spaces would not be completed until 2019, because of a change in scope to address weathertightness.

The ongoing delays were ‘‘simply unacceptable’’, Waimea College principal Scott Haines said.

The ministry said it had engaged ‘‘extensively’’ with the school and its board to ensure the project would be completed to the standards required by both the ministry and the college. It was providing the school with a two-storey, nine-classroom block, which would include a horticulture facility previously planned to be a separate facility, spokesperson Kim Shannon said.

Construction would begin in mid-2019, and was expected to last nine to 12 months, she said. Meanwhile, temporary buildings containing eight teaching spaces were being erected and would be ‘‘ready for occupation for the start of the 2019 school year’’.

The expected cost of the relocatable buildings was about $1 million.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 27 October 2018)

Dun Mountain Trail gets government funding

The Dun Mountain Trail will be getting a makeover after receiving funding for improvements.

Nelson Tasman Trail Cycle Trail Trust have collected more than $145,000 from Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to fix and upgrade one of New Zealand's 22 Great Rides.

Trust trail manager, Josh Aldridge said the money would fund three projects, including the Copper Mine down hill, the pipeline slip on the Maitai side and the Waimarama Brook Sanctuary fenceline slip.

He said the biggest project was the improvements to the 6.5 kilometres of track from the Copper Mine Saddle to the South Branch Bridge.

He said upgrading the track would open it up to more mountain bikers with a wider range of abilities.

The projects are expected to be completed by June 2019, also funded by Nelson City Council and the Waimarama Brook Sanctuary.

(The Nelson Mail via Stuff, Sunday 28 October 2018)

Thought for the Week

Thought for the week 29 Oct