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Property News: 30 January 2018

Retailers leave CBD

Nelson’s CBD is losing a number of retailers with some saying the rent is too high.

Three businesses currently standing on Trafalgar St are shutting up shop.

Jeweller Michael Hill, Beds R Us and clothing shop Pagani will all be gone by the end of the month.

Beds R Us manager Steve Whitley said "the market has been slower in the last 12 months" than it was in 2016.

According to electronic payments network Paymark, Nelson’s Christmas spending was up 4.2 per cent on the same time for 2016, but this didn’t translate to the till for Beds R Us, Whitley said.

Bayleys Real Estate currently has 10 retail businesses listed in the CBD. Half of those are down Nelson’s main street.

Director Tony Vining said some spaces were getting snatched up while others weren’t so lucky.

He said the prime properties were going "very quickly" down the centre of Trafalgar St but there were "a number of properties that are sitting due to rental rates".

The high rental rates included building costs and rates – "they’re compounding the total tenancy cost".

"The CBD has a future, retail has a future but the council has to be very mindful of the operational costs as do building owners," Vining said.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 22 January 2018)

New multi-club facility backed for Tahunanui

A number of clubs and groups are supporting the construction of a "much needed" multi-use facility next to the Tahunanui Beach sports field.

Chairman of the Tahunanui Business Association Rob Stevenson, is co-ordinating the proposal.

He says they are very much in the "preliminary stages" but the idea has been "floating around for years".

The building would house the Nelson Surf Life Saving Club, Marist Rugby Club and various kite boarding and paddle sports clubs, plus others who all currently operate from "limited facilities".

(The Nelson Weekly, Tuesday 23 January 2018)

Hut donated

A mystery tramper is to thank for a new hut on the Waiau Pass track between Nelson Lakes National Park and St James Conservation Area. The Department of Conservation said the donor, a keen recreational tramper, wanted to remain anonymous until the six-bed Waiau Hut is officially opened on Saturday. "I have been tramping in New Zealand for 40 years and used the hut system extensively; this is my way to thank all involved," he said. "I’m also a fan of long distance tramping and the Te Araroa Trail is such a fantastic initiative that I particularly wanted to contribute to this project." DOC’s Eastern South Island Director Andy Roberts says it could be the only DOC hut funded solely by a living individual, although there have been a few huts funded through a legacy, such as one in South Westland.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 24 January 2018)

New name for historic music hub

One of Nelson’s oldest musical institutions has changed its name, ushering in a new era in its revamped building.

The Nelson School of Music will now be known as the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.

It’s a change that comes near the end of an 18-month redevelopment of its 122-year-old building on Nile St.

Newly appointed director James Donaldson, who had his first day at work on Monday, said the new name was broad and encompassed more than the old one.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 27 January 2018)

Popular Nelson trail is back on track

One of Nelson’s most popular mountainbike tracks is back after log harvesting forced its closure.

The grade three Firball, at Codgers Mountainbike Park in the Brook Valley, will re-open today.

Nelson Mountain Bike Club secretary Paul Jennings said the trail was close to many riders’ hearts.

For many club members it was their first "proper" track and a trail where they "learnt how to ride and experienced the thrill of mountain biking".

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 27 January 2018)

Thought for the Week

There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.

(Alfred Wainwright)