Abbeyfield home turns 25
Willy Stewart felt lonely and isolated before she moved into the Abbeyfield house in Stoke.
There are now 14 Abbeyfield homes across New Zealand, including four in Nelson and Tasman. There are homes in Takaka and Motueka, along with two in Nelson city – the house at Stoke, and another in Tahunanui.
Often described as ‘‘flatting for older people’’, the Abbeyfield concept was started in London in 1956 by Major Richard CarrGomm.
Concerned that many older people were living alone and feeling isolated, he bought a house and invited a couple of local residents to move in. Soon afterwards, he purchased five additional properties and formally established the Abbeyfield Society.
About 75 per cent of respondents to an Age Concern Nelson Tasman members’ survey at the end of 2016 mentioned loneliness or isolation as a ‘‘main issue’’ – the most common concern they highlighted.
(The Nelson Mail, Monday 1 July 2019)
Mapua work stops after oily discovery
Work has stopped on a multimillion-dollar upgrade of water and wastewater systems at Mapua after an oily substance was found.
Tasman District Council project manager Rob O’Grady said the contractor found some ‘‘oily material’’ in the ground at the end of last week.
Council community relations manager Chris Choat said soil tests were always conducted when work was done in that area of Mapua. The discovery of low levels of DDT was expected.
Members of the contracting team working in the contaminated areas along Aranui Rd will use protective measures, including overalls, fabric filter dust masks and disposable gloves when working with soil.
The construction phase of the $6.2 million project got under way on June 17. The project is due to finish at the end of 2020.
(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 3 July 2019)
Waimea Inlet to get 70,000 trees
More than 70,000 native trees are to be planted over the next three years to help restore the Waimea Inlet.
The announcement was made by Forestry Minister Shane Jones on Wednesday under heavy rain during a tree planting event at Hoddy Estuary Park, about 23 kilometres southwest of Nelson.
More than $1 million was committed to the project, with the investment coming from the $240m grants and partnership fund as part of the Government’s One Billion Trees programme.
Jones said the inlet was under threat due to excess silt from land clearance, and pollution from sewage, industrial waste and agricultural runoff.
Coverage of very soft mud in the inlet soared from 10ha in 1999 to 551ha in 2013. Jones said he was horrified by the increase.
(The Nelson Mail, Friday 5 July 2019)
Plans for Tarakohe revamp revealed
A proposed upgrade and reconfiguration of Golden Bay’s Port Tarakohe comes with an estimated price tag of between $28 million and $35 million.
The figures are contained in a draft business case for the proposed development, which Tasman district councillors on Thursday approved for public consultation.
Set to run from today to July 30, the consultation is due to culminate in a hearing of submissions at Takaka on August 7.
The preparation of the draft business case has been largely funded by the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, which is also set to be tapped for a chunk of the capital funding for the proposed upgrade of the council-owned and operated port.
In its Long Term Plan 2018-28, the council has capital funding of just under $6m earmarked for Port Tarakohe.
Port Tarakohe was established by the Golden Bay Cement Company more than 100 years ago to ship bulk cement from its adjacent quarry. The council bought the port assets in 1994, after the closure of the cement works. It has run at a loss since the cement shipping stopped.
In early 2018, Port Tarakohe was used to get goods in and out of Golden Bay when the effects of ex-tropical cyclone Gita forced the closure of the road over Takaka Hill.
(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 6 July 2019)
Plan aims to make city's heart beat stronger
Empty shops in central Nelson could be filled with vibrant art, music and community projects in an experiment to revitalise the CBD.
The Nelson City Council and the newly formed independent Make/ Shift incorporation hope the project will bring renewed life and colour to the CBD.
Nelson artist Anne Rush presented to the forum on the project, explaining the ‘‘global movement’’ to revitalise empty spaces.
A combination of rising rents and falling sales have led to dozens of closed and empty shops in the Nelson city centre.
She said the inspiration for the Nelson project was Renew Newcastle, a project which ran for 10 years in the New South Wales city.
‘‘Every dollar spent [on Renew Newcastle] came back eleven-fold,’’ Rush said.
(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 6 July 2019)
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