TAKING THE PULSE OF POWER IN NELSON
If the power goes out in a small rural valley and no-one calls the
network company, does anyone – apart from those sitting in the darkness –
know about it? For the past 125 years the answer has been absolutely not.
An antiquated system means that much of the network sits in black spots,
with no way of measuring exactly how much power homes or businesses use.
But from next month, Network Tasman, the company that owns the power lines
from Farewell Spit to the Collins Valley, will change that.
At a cost of
$20 million, the trust will begin installing about 40,000 ‘‘advanced’’ or
‘‘smart’’ meters in homes to replace the old meters which have been in
existence for decades. Currently there are about 120,000 such meters,
covering about 38,000 customers.Already, 1 million such meters have been
installed throughout the country. The Nelson region is next on the
(The Nelson Mail Monday, September 29,
LULL IN HOUSE BUILDING EXPECTED TO PICK UP
Building consents, excluding apartments, fell 1.6 per cent in August to
1768 after a near flat month in July. There may have been a lull in
house-building work before the general election this month, economists
said, but activity was expected to pick up towards the end of the year.
There was a drop off in consents issued in both Auckland and Canterbury in
August, though they remain the biggest powerhouses for house construction
in the country. And the falls in Auckland, down about 15 per cent, and
Canterbury, down about 5 per cent, came after some strong results earlier
in the year, economists said. In contrast to the recent slow patch for
housing, apartment consents are on a roll, with 254 consented in August
Apartments have been on a rising trend for the past 10 months and a
growth area for builders. In 2010, apartments were well out of favour,
making up barely 4 per cent of the total consents. Now apartments make up
more than 12 per cent of total consents. Statistics NZ figures out
yesterday showed 2022 new homes were consented in August, including 254
(The Nelson Mail Wednesday, October 01,
CRITIC RUBBISHES LANDFILL PLAN
'Great for Tasman, negative for Nelson'
Bringing the Tasman district’s landfill waste to York Valley behind
Bishopdale will halve the city landfill’s life and bring a lot more
hazardous waste into Nelson, city councillors have heard. It will also
create a regional monopoly for landfill waste and hand the TDC half of
Nelson’s landfill asset for nothing.
Under the proposal the TDC will
mothball its Eves Valley landfill, which takes 28,000 tonnes of waste a
year from four transfer stations and another 2000 tonnes by arrangement.An
earlier consultants’ report said Tasman’s waste would increase Nelson’s
revenue by $3.4m but add only $640,000 to operating costs. Nelson would pay
Tasman $1.7m of the $2.8m surplus to offset the gate rate at York Valley,
with the remaining $1.1m split between the councils. Consultant Deloittes
had given the landfill a book value of $6.6m, though no market value had
been done. Deloittes’ modelling showed in all funding scenarios, the joint
landfill proposal was financially beneficial to Nelson. Gibbons Holdings is
opposing the plan and made a lengthy written submission to the council.
Governing director Roger Gibbons attended yesterday’s meeting and told the
Nelson Mail it didn’t make sense to bring rubbish into a city from the
surrounding country. ‘‘They have a beautiful landfill out there at Eves
Valley, surrounded by trees, it’s all on natural clay ground. ‘‘The reason
the TDC are really on to this is that they’re going to avoid spending $10
to $12 million developing it.’’ Tasman was avoiding investing in its own
landfill and would get a rebate for bringing its rubbish into Nelson,
Gibbons said.What a fantastic investment for TDC - and for Nelson,
negative,negative, negative."Councillors will debate the submissions
point-by- point next Friday.
(The Nelson Mail Friday, October 03,
CONSENTS PROCESS CONFUSES
Tasman property owners wishing to undertake low-risk building work are
encouraged to seek a building consent exemption, or check to see if the
work can be done without a consent. Schedule 1 of the 2004 Building Act,
which allows such exemptions, has been around for a while, but it appears
few people know about it. But the seemingly simple signoff saw some
passionate discussion at yesterday’s district council’s environment and
Golden Bay councillor Paul Sangster waded in saying none
of the builders he had checked with had been able to get work signed off
without a full consent. And Richmond councillor Michael Higgins noted there
appeared to be a disconnect between information given to landowners and
builders over the front counter and back-room policy.
(The Nelson Mail Friday, October 03,
ARTS FEST HUB STANDS READY
Strengthening work on the Energy Centre at Founders Heritage Park, which
was closed in July, is now complete. The building will be the main
performance venue for the Nelson Arts Festival which will open on October
16. The council said detailed assessments had revealed a critical
structural weakness in the building and it had now been strengthened to
more than 34 per cent of new building standards, under the budgeted cost of
$90,000.Work to strengthen the Granary building to more than 34 per cent of
the new standards and Duncan House to 67 per cent is also complete.
(The Nelson Mail Saturday, October 04,
"THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK"
Keep your thoughts positive
Because your thoughts become
Keep your words positive
Because your words become
Keep your behaviour positive
Because your behaviour
Keep your habits positive
Because your habits become
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