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Property News: 6 March 2018

McKee camp may close for good

The days may be numbered for the popular campground at McKee Memorial Recreation Reserve, near Nelson.

Already prone to flooding, the picturesque seaside spot was hammered on February 1 by ex-Tropical Cyclone Fehi.

Inundated by stormwater and seawater from a massive surge that swamped several coastal areas around the Nelson-Tasman region, the reserve has not been reopened.

Options for its future and the associated costs are due to go before the Tasman District Council community development committee in April.

One of those options looks likely to be the permanent closure of the campground.

Wilkes said rough estimates for tidying up the reserves indicated it could cost up to $400,000. However, that did not include McKee reserve.

Of the 23 council reserves damaged by Fehi, 14 were in Tasman Bay and nine in Golden Bay.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 3 March 2018)

155 more state homes for regions

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has announced that up to 155 new state houses in the regions will be ready by June this year.

The houses will be spread across 15 regional centres, with Nelson/Marlborough getting 20.

The homes will be built on vacant Housing New Zealand land and on under-utilised lots.

"This is the first step in building more new homes to help those most in need in our regions. In total, it will build more than 270 bedrooms for individuals or families in the areas where they are needed most," Twyford said.

Where are they going?

  • Far North - 10
  • Rotorua - 8
  • Whakatane - 8
  • Napier/Hastings - 49
  • New Plymouth - 6
  • Whanganui - 7
  • Palmerston North - 11
  • Nelson/Marlborough - 20
  • South Canterbury - 19
  • Dunedin - 14
  • Invercargill - 3

Twyford said, "Work will begin on these houses this month and it’s expected that people will start moving in from mid-2018."

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 3 March 2018)

Great Taste Trail extended

The Tasman Great Taste Trail is set to be upgraded and extended with a $2.4 million funding boost.

The popular cycle track will offer bikers the option of doing a multi-day ride as it is extended by more than 60km south between Wakefield and Woodstock.

The funding comes from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and is matched by local money.

The Great Taste Trail is one of 22 Great Rides around the country, encouraging locals and tourists to get in the saddle and explore the region.

It is currently 113km, allowing cyclists to ride west from Nelson to Kaiteriteri and south to Norris Gully via Spooners Tunnel, through various rural communities.

The new trail will complete a loop, taking cyclists from Wakefield to Kohatu and Tapawera, then down the Motueka River valley to connect with the trail to Kaiteriteri.

Other sections will be upgraded, including 33km between Woodstock and Brooklyn.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 3 March 2018)

Thought for the Week

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

(Victor Hugo)