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Property News - 7 January 2020

Nelson houses at record price

Median Nelson house prices have risen by 16.6 per cent in just one year, the third-biggest jump in the country.

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) monthly property report showed the median house price in Nelson in November this year was $610,000, compared with $523,000 in November last year.

This is the first time the median house price has cracked $600,000 in Nelson.

Marlborough also saw a record jump, going up by 8.4 per cent from $450,000 in November last year to $488,000. Tasman was one of just two regions where median prices fell, the other being Northland. Tasman’s median house price fell by 3.7 per cent, from $625,000 to $602,000 this year.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 16 December 2019)

Couple buy heli home

We’ve all done it: popped into the shop for one or two things and walked out with a full trolley.

But Bruce and Judy might just take the cake with their trip to Mitre 10 for plants that resulted in buying a house.

‘‘We were just buying some plants at Mitre 10, we were watching [the Helicopter House] being built, we sneaked over and looked over the fence,’’ Bruce said.

‘‘The minute we walked in we thought, this is an amazing house.’’

Construction on the Helicopter House began in September, when Mitre 10 Mega Nelson partnered with construction firm Gibbons Naylor and a group of local organisations for a second attempt at raising funds for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust (NMRHT) by building a house to be sold for charity.

Early next year, the house will travel by truck to their property on Todds Bush Rd, where it will sit overlooking the bush. The couple is planning to rent it out for now, but eventually, they hope it will be filled with children and grandchildren, who live overseas.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 16 December 2019)

Plans to house Nelsons homeless

Every day, more than 20 homeless men come into The Male Room seeking help.

Although they can offer some guidance and support for males in the region, director Philip Chapman says its not enough to help the homeless.

"We haven't got a shower - we don't have all the facilities. What we desperately need in Nelson is a day shelter."

To solve the problem, Philip has teamed up with other agencies - including Te Piki Oranga and Gateway Housing Trust, under the leadership of the Salvation Army to introduce Housing First Nelson Tasman.

Launched on Friday at Pioneer Park, the government-funded programme aims to house and support homeless people with multiple, high and complex needs.

It is an expansion of the nationwide programme administered by The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development with Nelson Tasman being identified as an area of need.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 18 December 2019)

The new 'Founders Bridge'

The new 'Founders Bridge' at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary was lifted into place last week. The $140,000 footbridge was fabricated from steel off-site and was put in by Scott Construction over the top of the front dam.

It marks the completion of the Lower Valley Loop Track project, which has been three years in the making.

Chief Executive Ru Collin says the project is a big coup for the sanctuary. "The funds we've attracted for the footbridge has been substantial. We are really pleased that we've got good support and our volunteers are helping where they can."

Ru says they are hoping to have the project wrapped up before Christmas and it will be officially opened for the public to enjoy in mid February after getting council sign-off. "In terms of visitor experience, what we're trying to do is make the sanctuary visit more enjoyable."

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 18 December 2019)

Creaky school’s $7.5m rebuild

Damp, cold classrooms will soon be a thing of the past for a Nelson school, which will be completely rebuilt.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins yesterday announced a $7.5 million upgrade for Auckland Point School, a primary school of 130 pupils.

Hipkins said the school’s six classrooms, built in the 1970's, were in need of an upgrade. ‘‘They have served the school well for a long time, but their condition has deteriorated and the buildings are no longer weathertight.’’

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 18 December 2019)

Motueka library design concept gets TDC nod

A concept design has been chosen for a planned new $5 million library at Motueka.

The Tasman District Council selected the design from three proposals it received through a tender process, and has appointed Coman Construction and Jerram Tocker Barron Architects to carry out the design and construction of the library, earmarked for Decks Reserve.

The council said the Coman Jerram Tocker Barron concept was for a ‘‘sensitive urban design that creates a significant community centrepiece for Motueka’’.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 18 December 2019)

More council cash for NCMA

Nelson’s school of music is in for more city council funding, following a secret business review.

The Nelson City Council discussed the funding in public excluded, but made the final decision public.

On top of an existing loan of $680,000, the council will grant the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA) another interest free loan of $150,000.

On top of that loan, the council will grant a further $40,000 to cover the budget shortfall of the NCMA, bringing its total grant for the 2019-20 financial year to $225,000.

The funding decision comes after the NCMA told the council in May that it was expecting a $62,000 shortfall, thanks to increased insurance and staff costs.

At the time, it requested $70,000 in funding, and was eventually granted $35,000, half the request.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 18 December 2019)

Croquet crew pitches in

Nelson-Hinemoa Croquet Club will look its best for an international competition next month after a team of helpers carried out some much-needed work.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Air Cadets 23 Squadron volunteers arrived early on Sunday morning to replace 600 metres of old, weathered boards around the club’s perimeter.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 18 December 2019)

Cinema part of Richmond development

A multi-screen luxury cinema is a proposed part of the lineup for a new commercial development at Richmond West.

Film-goers could be reclining in the New Zealand-owned and operated Silky Otter Cinemas complex as early as 2021.

The eight-screen cinema is earmarked to be built as part of a development by Nelson-based family business Gibbons on a 59,000-square-metre site off Lower Queen St.

Called Berryfields Crossing, the site is nestled among residential areas in the rapidly growing suburb of Richmond West, which is tipped to have about 1200 homes once complete.

Gibbons chief executive Scott Gibbons said details of the overall development for Berryfields Crossing were still being finalised. It would be completed in stages, with the cinema complex part of stage one, as long as it received the required consent.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 21 December 2019)

Bid for new launching site ramps up

The Tasman District Council has given the Mapua Boat Club permission to apply for a resource consent to build a boat ramp at Waterfront Park in Mapua.

‘‘It’s a small but not insignificant step,’’ said club member Martyn Barlow after the decision was made at the December meeting of the full council. ‘‘It’s not approval to build a boat ramp.’’

The move comes after boaties lost access to the club-built ramp at Mapua Wharf following a council decision in 2015 to restrict vehicle access to the increasingly busy area. The club has been trying to get a replacement ramp ever since, launching concept plans in 2016 for the Waterfront Park site.

However, a master plan for the area, which was adopted by the council in its previous term, does not include provision for a replacement boat ramp.

The club vowed at the time to keep fighting for a replacement community ramp.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 21 December 2019)

Submissions open on plan for forestry land

A proposal to retire land above Richmond from commercial forestry is out for public submissions.

Covering about 150 hectares, Kingsland Forest is on the flanks of the Barnicoat Range immediately behind the town, and is popular with walkers and mountain bikers.

About two-thirds of the forest is planted in radiata pine, and owner the Tasman District Council is due to harvest a ‘‘significant portion’’ over the next few years.

The draft plan and submission forms are available from the tasman.govt.nz website, council offices and libraries. Submissions close on March 6.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 21 December 2019)

Delaware Bay estuary access issue still murky

Boaties are set to continue launching at the controversial Delaware Bay estuary site over the festive season as decisions over access and compliance are deferred.

The long standing issue of vehicle access to the Wakapuaka inlet estuary, north is Nelson City, will remain at a stand still over the summer months. No action action to restrict access is likely for at least the next few weeks, despite the Nelson City Council admitting vehicle access at the site is in breach of its rules.

(The Nelson Mail, Thursday 26 December 2019)

Bay cycle path taking shape

A cycle trail in Golden Bay is nearing completion, more than 20 years after it was first mooted.

For the past month, work has been continuing on a cycle trail connecting Pohara and Takaka. It is expected to be completed early next year.

Just over 50 per cent of the route has been finished. The cycle-way follows Abel Tasman Drive from Motupipi and Meihana St to Selwyn St in Pohara.

The route, which was the top priority of the Golden Bay Cycle and Walkway Society’s 20-year plan, was given the go-ahead for development by the Tasman District Council and the NZ Transport Agency.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 27 December 2019)

Petrol station plan sparks safety worries

Residents of a Nelson suburb are accusing the city council of hypocrisy over plans for a new petrol station.

Tahunanui locals say that allowing the station, on a road where a cycle-way is about to be introduced for safety and environmental reasons, will only increase hazards and pollution.

The Nelson City Council has granted resource consent for the NPD petrol station on the site of a former car yard on the corner of Parkers Rd and Muritai St.

NPD said it believed there was ‘‘sufficient demand’’ for the station, which was scheduled for completion next year. Residents’ concerns were best addressed by the council, spokesperson Ian Young said.

Council officers working on the cycle-way project had been talking with the developers to ensure any impact was minimised, council spokesperson Paul Jennings said.

The proposed petrol station did not go through a notification process because of its location, he said.

‘‘The site is within the industrial zone, which has objectives and policies which generally support activities such as service stations.’’

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 28 December 2019)

Thought for the Week

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."

(Ronald Reagan)