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Property News - 8 August 2017

Demand for sections fires water plan

Water infrastructure will be installed earlier than planned at south Richmond as the demand for sections continues to outstrip supply.

Another 62 sites in the 140-lot Hart Rise subdivision, off Hart Rd, were snapped up as soon as they went on sale in July. The quick turnover mirrored the release of the first 50-odd sites in 2016, which sold out in 24 hours.

Hart Rise spokesman Gordon Webb said demand ‘‘far exceeded’’ the available sites at the subdivision. ‘‘We knew that the demand was high [but] it does take you back when you’ve got 62 sites and something like 110 offers,’’ Webb said.

Tasman district councillors last week approved additional funding of $370,000 in 2017-18 to enable early construction of a planned trunk water main. The main will run alongside the Hart Rise development and an adjacent proposed 49-lot subdivision called Paton Rise. A planned four-stage development, Paton Rise is earmarked for land on the corner of Paton and Bateup roads and is awaiting resource consent.

The move by TDC to approve additional funding for south Richmond follows a similar decision in June when councillors agreed to provide an extra $600,000 in 2017-18 to co-fund water supply infrastructure that would enable the early development of up to 400 dwellings at west Richmond.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 2 August 2017)

Flying start to new Mega project

A vacant piece of industrial land in Nelson will become a hive of charitable activity as an ambitious project to build a house inside two months was announced.

The latest Mitre 10 Mega Helping Hands project, ‘Building for the Future’ was unofficially launched yesterday, with the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter giving five Mega staff an unforgettable break from work to fly into what will soon become a building site.

To celebrate the expansion of its trade department, Mitre 10 Mega Nelson has partnered with the local branch of New Zealand Certified Builders Association to build a three-bedroom, 149-square metre house on AMP Capital-owned Nelson Junction land beside the Mitre 10 Mega store in Annesbrook.

The house will be built by various members of the Nelson Certified Builders Association, commencing on September 2. Crews will be rostered to work on the build over the following eight weekends.

Open homes will be held most weekends, allowing the public an opportunity to see the building process.

The house will then be auctioned by Summit Real Estate on November 18, with proceeds going to the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Endowment Trust. It will then be relocated to the owner’s choice of site anywhere in the top of the south.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 2 August 2017)

Nelson property growth slows

Things are looking up for Nelson home buyers as residential property value growth slows down.

The latest QV House Price Index shows nationwide house value growth is being driven by the regions as the Auckland market rises 5.3 per cent year on year, the slowest annual rate in five years.

The average house value in Nelson is $531,659 and $533,816 in Tasman.

Nelson’s residential property value rose 14.4 per cent year on year but has slowed to 0.8 per cent over the past three months. Tasman’s residential property value rose 16.7 per cent year on year and 2.3 per cent over the past three months.

House values are 38.8 per cent higher in Nelson and 32.9 per cent higher in Tasman than the previous peak of 2007.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 2 August 2017)

TDC to assess risk of bores

Up to 2000 private bores in Motueka are likely to be inspected in the wake of the 2016 campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North.

Last August, 5500 people in Havelock North – 40 per cent of the town – became ill with campylobacteriosis as a result of campylobacter in the water supply.

The Havelock North water supply sources water from the Te Mata aquifer, which was thought to be confined. Two bores on the edge of town took water from the aquifer and pumped it directly into the reticulated network. There was no treatment in place.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 2 August 2017)

Grassroots campaign for new hospice

The biggest project in the Nelson Tasman Hospice's 30-year history is kicking off and they need your help.

The hospice is looking to the community to help fundraise $2.5 million for its new facility in Stoke.

Plans for the new $11.5m building in Suffolk Rd were released at the organisation's fundraising campaign launch on Wednesday night.

The new design includes 10 patient units, consulting rooms, space for families to spend time together, as well as outdoor areas. It will also include storage for the hospice equipment that is used in the community.

By the numbers:

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  • There are 155 patients in hospice care at any one time.
  • There has been a 28 per cent increase in the number of referrals to the hospice since 2013.
  • In the last year there were 367 admissions to hospice services across the region, more than 3600 visits to patients in the community and over 900 calls after hours.
  • Around 70 per cent of patients are supported to die in their own homes, aged care facilities or hospital. Of those who receive hospice care, 50 per cent of them have cancer.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 4 August 2017)

Dairying not affecting nitrate level

Groundwater nitrate concentrations in the aquifers of the Takaka Valley are generally low and stable, a survey has found.

A total of 48 samples were collected in February 2016 for the Tasman District Council survey, which has just been released. It was a repeat of a similar nitrate survey undertaken in January 2006.

In a report, TDC resource scientist Glenn Stevens says the predominant land use is intensive dairy farming, which does have the potential ‘‘to result in the leaching of excess nutrients (nitrates) to groundwater’’.

However, the groundwater quality monitoring to date indicates that dairying is ‘‘not having any significant widespread impacts to groundwater’’, Stevens says.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 4 August 2017)

Old deed stalls church sale

An historic Nelson church has been taken off the market after an 1849 deed was found to restrict the use of the land. The Presbyterian Trinity Church on Nile St, which is more than 150 years old, was put up for sale in June.

Dwindling congregation numbers and the steep cost of maintaining the large wooden building saw the last service held there two years ago. The church and the land is owned by the parish and held on its behalf by Church Property Trustees, which looks after Presbyterian Church assets.

Alpine Presbytery moderator Reverend David Coster said Trinity Church had been withdrawn from the market after advice from the trustees that an 1849 deed restricted the land to church use only. Coster said the deed was mentioned in a 2007 conservation plan.

Coster said the church would be working with the trustees in order to amend the current land use restrictions.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 4 August 2017)

Thought for the Week

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

(Eric Hoffer)