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Property News: 5 August 2019

Masonic temple up for sale

The Southern Star Masonic Lodge is on the lookout for a new home after spending the past 130 years at their temple on Collingwood St.

The temple building has come up for sale this month, with a tender date set for Wednesday August 14.

The Southern Star Lodge, the oldest and largest masonic lodge in the South Island, was set up in 1853 and has owned the site at 133 Collingwood St since the building was first constructed in 1885.

During the following decades the temple was extended, with the iconic structure of the building’s facade built in 1928.

However, due to rising maintenance and steep earthquake strengthening costs, the masons are being forced to move on.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 29 July 2019)

Million-dollar home trend on the rise in Tasman

While asking prices for houses of more than $1 million are dipping nationally, Tasman district is bucking the trend.

New data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) has revealed that the number of $1 million-plus properties being sold across the country has dropped by 11.2 per cent compared to the first half of 2018.

Auckland has borne the brunt of the decrease, with 722 fewer high-end houses being sold.

The news is better in the regions, however, with Tasman one area experiencing strong growth in high-end sales.

Compared to the first six months of 2018, there was a 17 per cent rise in sales of more than $1 million in Tasman in 2019, an increase from 18 to 21.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 3 August 2019)

Free e-bike charging stations get nod

Riders of electric bicycles should be able to recharge their machines at one of several stations to be installed across Nelson city and Tasman district in time for summer.

Tasman district councillors on Thursday authorised staff to work with company Big Street Bikers to create a network of e-bike locking and charging stations. Called Bikedocks, the stations enable riders to secure their bikes without carrying a lock and to recharge their bike batteries.

Stations are due to be installed at Richmond, Motueka and Mapua this year, with the rollout extending to Tapawera and Takaka in 2020-21. They will be free to users for the first two hours.

The three initial installations have been timed to coincide with the planned establishment of three stations in the Nelson City Council area – near the i-SITE in the CBD, near the library at Tahunanui, and outside the Greenmeadows centre at Stoke.

In addition to recharging e-bikes, the stations can be used for other battery-powered personal mobility devices, such as electric scooters.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 3 August 2019)

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