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Property News - 6 October 2020

200 new homes for Toi Toi

Developers hope to start work later this year on a Nelson South subdivision that has been in the works for the best part of two decades.

Developer Garry Adcock said the housing development, which will be built on a block of land that sits below Princes Drive and extends to Toi Toi St, had been beset by red tape.

But now, things were moving, Adcock hoped work would begin late this year after construction plans were finalised, he said.

Some of these would be apartments which would be built around a park in the centre of the development.

The subdivision would have access at the top of Toi Toi St, below Banff Way. Other access points were yet to be finalised, Adcock said.

(The Leader, Thursday 1 October 2020)

Funding boost for hall renovations

Five Tasman District halls, at the ‘‘heart of the community’’ they serve, have received a financial boost from the Government for long-awaited improvements.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones on Saturday announced Tasman District Council would receive a grant of $403,089 for improvement work on the Motueka Recreation Centre (roof, insulation and lighting work), Murchison Sport, Recreation and Cultural Centre (new storage shed), Spring Grove Drill Hall (re-roofing work), Collingwood Memorial Hall & Community Library (painting) and Lower Moutere hall (painting).

Coming from the Provincial Growth Fund, the grant is one of many – totaling just under $12.4 million – announced for the renovation of town halls, war memorials and other ‘‘community landmarks’’ across New Zealand.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 28 September 2020)

New cell sites go live in ‘dead spots’

Better mobile phone coverage and broadband services are available across a swath of rural Tasman District after nine new cell sites went live.

The nine sites at Ariki, Shenandoah, Lake Station, Pohara, Creighton, Maruia West Bank, Mahana, Kikiwa and Takaka were built as part of a Rural Connectivity Group project. That group was appointed by the Government in August 2017 to bring 4G mobile and wireless broadband coverage to rural areas. It is a national collaboration between Crown Infrastructure Partners and three mobile network operators – 2degrees, Spark and Vodafone.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 28 September 2020)

Port project not financially viable, says TDC

Taking a $20 million Government loan for the Port Tarakohe redevelopment is not financially viable, the Tasman District Council has decided.

The council has declined the Government’s offer of a loan of up to $20m for the work at the Golden Bay port.

Tasman mayor Tim King said the current funding options placed ‘‘too much risk’’ with the council for it to be willing to proceed.

‘‘We appreciate the Crown’s offer, but ultimately, a loan has to be repaid,’’ he said.

‘‘It is disappointing we won’t be able to invest in this proposal for Port Tarakohe, but the upgrade isn’t financially viable under the current funding model. I appreciate all the time and effort that has gone in up until this point by our stakeholders and partners.’’

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 3 October 2020)