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Property News - 31 July 2017

Action urged over dam

Tasman district ratepayers are being urged to press their councillors to stop the Waimea dam project.

A ‘‘concerned group of Tasman ratepayers’’ is behind a leaflet that is due to be distributed to 16,300 households over the next three days.

It urges action over the multimillion-dollar project.

‘‘The council is rushing to get the dam started, as once started, it will have to be finished and you will have no option but to pay,’’ the leaflet says.

‘‘If that is what you want, stay silent, otherwise make sure your councillors really know your wishes.

‘‘This means you Murchison, Golden Bay and every other ratepayer in Tasman.’’

TDC community relations manager Chris Choat said the council was not in a position to comment until it had seen the leaflet.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 24 July 2017)

Urban water rates may rise

Tasman ratepayers who are part of the ‘‘urban water club’’ are expected to face water account rates rises of 8-9 per cent if the proposed Waimea dam gets the nod.

The Tasman District Council’s urban water club includes Richmond, Brightwater, Wakefield, Mapua, Pohara, Collingwood, Murchison, Tapawera and Upper Takaka. It also includes Takaka for firefighting only.

TDC corporate services manager Mike Drummond said the tipped 8-9 per cent rise was the additional amount the council expected it would need to collect in total from volumetric and fixed charges as the urban water share of $25 million earmarked by the council for the proposed dam.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 26 July 2017)

New plan to save grandstand

A new proposal has been suggested to save the Golden Bay grandstand.

The Golden Bay Grand Stand Community Trust proposes buying the building for a ‘‘peppercorn price’’ and taking responsibility for any restoration work as well as the ongoing maintenance costs.

Tasman district councillors are due to consider the proposal at a full council meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 26 July 2017)

Eco apartments charging ahead

The owners of Fresh Choice Nelson have a new apartment complex in store for the CBD, with construction planned for early next year.

Mark A'Court and Veronic Hippolite-A'Court, who are also directors of Malthouse Investment Property Limited, plan to build a 12-unit terraced development on Malthouse Lane, off Collingwood St.

The three-level complex will be home to two and three-bedroom apartments, with the owners also promoting the "outdoor living" and "internal garaging".

The site is on the southern boundary of the Maitai river, and was formerly a malthouse and more recently the MedLab South laboratory.

The apartments will have energy saving lighting, solar-powered common lighting, passive heating and shade elements, low water consumption plumbing, argon filled double-glazing and individually-controlled under floor heating systems.

There will also be provision for e-car charging at the car spaces.

Mark A'Court said they were particularly excited to see apartments built close to the city.

(The Nelson Mail, Thursday 27 July 2017)

Growth plans follow winery sales

One of Nelson’s best-known wine producers has been sold.

After 24 years of building their business from the ground up, Nelson’s Bolitho family has sold Waimea Family Estate Wines to New Zealand financial services company Booster.

The company, which manages KiwiSaver funds, has placed it in partnership with the Awatere River Wine Company from Marlborough.

Awatere River Wine Company was established in 2007 by Louis Vavasour, of the original family who pioneered viticulture and wine-making in the Awatere Valley in 1987.

Waimea Family Estate Wines was established in 1993 when Trevor and Robyn Bolitho planted the first of over 140ha of vineyards on Nelson’s Waimea plains.

Waimea Estates general manager, Ben Bolitho, who is staying on with the company along with other current staff, has welcomed the biggest change in the company’s history as a positive step forward.

(The Nelson Mail, Thursday 27 July 2017)

Review says dam is best water plan

A review of a shortlist of water augmentation options has found the proposed Waimea dam is the cheapest and most viable solution.

Tasman District Council engineering services manager, Richard Kirby, carried out the review. He considered the water augmentation options identified since a 1991 Agriculture New Zealand report including small dams, deep bores, a pipeline from Rotoiti/Buller River to Wakefield and pumping from the Motueka aquifer. He also investigated household rainwater harvesting.

Those four options were the Waimea dam, a high dam on the Roding River, the transfer of water from the Motueka aquifer and storage ponds beside the Waimea River.

Kirby found the capital cost per cubic metre a day for the urban supply was cheapest for the Waimea dam at $290 compared with $4000 for the Roading high dam, $6150 for the Waimea storage ponds and $6356 for pumping from the Motueka aquifer, which would serve Mapua only.

As well as the favourable price comparison, Kirby found that only the Waimea dam would:

  • increase flows in the Waimea River to improve ecosystem health and meet new national freshwater standards;
  • hold enough capacity for current and future primary production needs;
  • successfully leverage funding from partners – Waimea Plains water users, central Government (via Crown Irrigation Investments and the Freshwater Improvement Fund) and Nelson City Council.

Kirby said weirs were discounted because by themselves they could not provide enough water to meet demand.

Council chief executive, Lindsay McKenzie, said the information in the assessment was not new but combined the knowledge collected over the past 26 years into a single review for the first time.

(The Nelson Mail, Thursday 27 July 2017)

Grandstand gets three-month stay

The Golden Bay grandstand has escaped demolition – for now.

Tasman district councillors on Thursday agreed to give the Golden Bay Grand Stand Community Trust the opportunity to refine a last-minute proposal aimed at preserving the grandstand.

Councillors also agreed to authorise council staff to arrange the demolition of the squash courts, the rear lean-to extension and that part of the front extension that can be removed without the risk of the roof collapsing. That demolition work is to be completed at the trust’s cost.

The trust has three months to complete ‘‘to the satisfaction of the council’’ a preservation and restoration programme for the remaining grandstand structure, which includes a conservation plan giving precedence to heritage values over community use and a plan to raise the requisite funds.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 28 July 2017)

TDC angst over dam funding

Concern over funding for the proposed Waimea dam prompted some Tasman district councillors to suggest the multimillion-dollar project should be put on ice.

The call to shelve the project came at a council meeting on Thursday amid frustrations over a lack of binding commitments from other potential funders.

However, a majority of councillors passed a resolution that keeps the project moving.

TDC and dam proponent Waimea Irrigators Ltd ( WIL) are potential partners in the estimated $82.5m project in the Lee Valley. The council has earmarked $25m in its Long Term Plan 2015-25 for the project. WIL proposes raising at least $15m from irrigators along with up to $25m via a 15-year loan from Crown Irrigation Investments Ltd, which acts on behalf of the Government as a bridging investor for regional water infrastructure development.

It is anticipated other funds may come from the Nelson City Council and the Ministry for the Environment. TDC in June passed a resolution that allows for an increased council capital contribution of up to $3m along with TDC taking a higher share of operating costs. It also opened the door for the council to underwrite the proposed loan from Crown Irrigation Investments.

None of the non-TDC funds have so far been secured.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 29 July 2017)

Cafe plans for historic building

Prior Organic Green Grocer StoreA new cafe could soon be setting up shop in The Wood.

Plans for the 150-year-old building on the corner of Tasman and Grove streets, which until recently housed the Organic Green Gocer, have been revealed.

Owner Barb Lawson said they planned to keep the original building, but the facade would get a fresh lick of paint, and it would get a new base fit out inside.

Lawson said the upstairs could be used as either an office space or as a residential apartment.

The vacant land at the rear of the building will be developed with three new townhouses.

The townhouses will be two to three bedroom homes and Lawson said they were working as fast as they could to develop the site and get the build completed.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 29 July 2017)

Thought for the Week

The world is full magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

(Bertrand Russell)