Suspicious fire destroys former hospital
A second suspicious fire has ‘‘completely destroyed’’ a historic Nelson building in line for apartment refurbishments.
The owner’s dreams to include the 1929 structure in his Montebello development plans were gutted when the devastating blaze ripped through the last standing structure in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The Fire Service was called to the former Ngawhatu Psychiatric Hospital in Stoke at 1.07am. Fire crews had the blaze under control by about 2.20am but the building was severely damaged.
The first building destroyed by fire has been fenced off and will be pulled down at a later date.
The building, in the Ngawhatu Valley in Stoke, has been abandoned for many years.
Originally an orphanage – St Mary’s – it later became the Ngawhatu Psychiatric Hospital from 1922 to 2000.
(The Nelson Mail, Monday 26 June 2017)
Panels win innovation award
A Nelson company’s acoustic panels at the new Takaka recreation facility have won an innovation award.
Transport & Marine Covers Ltd (TM Covers) was awarded the Emerging Innovation Category Winner at the recent New Zealand and Australia Specialty Textiles Conference for the acoustic panels at the newly constructed Golden Bay Recreation Centre.
TM Covers was used by Gibbons Construction to manufacture the acoustic panels for the main gymnasium and squash courts.
TM Covers director Christine Clark said the product was an acoustic mesh made by prominent French specialty textiles company, Serge Ferrari.
(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 28 June 2017)
Shed revamp costs owner $4,000
Transforming a rural shed into a potential dwelling without building consent has seen a property owner near Nelson fined $4,000.
Wakefield landowner Robert Arthur Scott appeared before Judge Tony Zohrab in Nelson District Court yesterday for breaching the Building Act.
Judge Zohrab told Scott he must have ‘‘really got up their nose’’ for the Tasman District Council to take the prosecution.
The court heard neighbours first complained of Scott’s alterations to his consented shed in 2013. Council staff inspected the work in December 2013 and worked to resolve the issue.
Two council notices to fix were subsequently lodged with Scott, although his defence lawyer, Gerhard Engelbrecht, said the arrival of the first notice was disputed.
Outside the court the council’s environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King said the council regarded the building as a dwelling.
(The Nelson Mail, Thursday 29 June 2017)
Battle to save grandstand ends in defeat
Supporters of the historic Golden Bay grandstand have been dealt a tough blow with the Environment Court deciding not to make an order to stop the building’s demolition.
The Tasman District Council said yesterday it would now focus on fully opening the new Rec Park Centre in Takaka.
Council communication spokesman Chris Choat said the decision was subject to a 15-day appeal period and it was ‘‘far too early to say when it would be pulled down’’.
Acting Tasman District Mayor Tim King said the fact ‘‘that many community members have advocated passionately for this facility, and raised over $1 million towards it’’ had been lost.
Trustee of the Golden Bay Grandstand Community Trust, Hazel Pearson, said it was considering whether to appeal the decision or not.
Pearson said Judge Dwyer recognised the grandstand possessed amenity values, which would be lost as the result of its demolition.
Pearson said it was great news the council planned to open the new facility fully and the trust looked forward to working constructively with the council.
The trust had sought an enforcement order in March in the Environment Court prohibiting the removal of the grandstand.
(The Nelson Mail, Friday 30 June 2017)
Thought for the Week
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
(E. M. Forster)