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Property News - 9 December 2019

Popular Farewell Spit cafe ‘totalled’ by blaze

A popular cafe at the top of the South Island has been ‘‘totalled’’ by fire, less than a week before the busy tourist season kicks off.

Firefighters were called to The Farewell Spit Cafe, in Puponga, Golden Bay, in the Tasman district, about 4.25am on Saturday.

Cafe owner Dion Leigh said a farmer called him early in the morning saying the building was on fire. He rushed to the scene but the heat and flames prevented him getting close.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 2 December 2019)

Air quality in Richmond, Motueka below par

The air over Richmond exceeded the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality on four days of winter 2019.

While that’s much better than 12 exceedances recorded during winter 2018, three only are permitted, which means the Richmond airshed was non-compliant and therefore classified as ‘‘polluted’’.

In addition, early indications from a study by Niwa are that Motueka appears to have ‘‘an air quality issue’’.

From September 2020, the Richmond airshed can have one exceedance only in any 12-month period and ‘‘additional measures’’ to improve air quality were likely to be required.

There are 5904 properties in the Richmond airshed, of which 2404 have either a compliant wood burner, a compliant pellet burner or an alternative hearing source, according to council records.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 2 December 2019)

Cash ‘a drop in the pond’

New roofs and upgraded classrooms are among the improvements state schools in the Nelson region hope to fast-track, as they take in the news that they will each receive between $50,000 and $400,000 in property funding.

Six schools in Nelson City and Tasman District have each been allocated the maximum amount of $400,000 under the $400 million cash injection, announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Labour Party conference last weekend.

The grant, worth $693 per state school student, is based on a per-student calculation, with even the smallest schools getting $50,000.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 4 December 2019)

Nelson and Tasman schools’ funding

(School, roll and amount in funding:)Appleby School (124) $85,932; Auckland Point School (120) $83,160; Birchwood School (256) $177,408; Broadgreen Intermediate (527) $365,211; Brooklyn School (110) $76,230; Brightwater School (325) $225,225; Central Takaka School (35) $50,000; Clifton Terrace School (300) $207,900; Collingwood Area School (153) $106,029; Dovedale School (40) $50,000; Enner Glynn (343) $237,699; Golden Bay High School (350) $242,550; Hampden Street School (472) $327,096; Henley School (518) $358,974; Hira School (96) $66,528; Hope School (72) $50,000; Lake Rotoiti School (26) $50,000; Lower Moutere School (204) $141,372; Mahana School (54) $50,000; Maitai School $200,000; Mapua School (282) $195,426; Motueka High School (673) $400,000; Motueka South School (253) $175,329; Motupipi School (74) $51,282; Nayland College (1063) $400,000; Nayland Primary School (408) $282,744; Nelson Central School (472) $327,096; Nelson College (992) $400,000; Nelson College for Girls (885) $400,000; Nelson Intermediate (448) $310,464; Ngatimoti School (89) $61,677; Parklands School (229) $58,697; Rai Valley Area School (109) $75,537; Ranzau School (156) $108,108; Richmond School (469) $325,107; Riwaka School (217) $150,381; Salisbury School $200,000; Stoke School (267) $185,031; Tahunanui School (290) $200,970; Takaka Primary School (152) $105,336; Tapawera Area School (180) $124,740; Tasman School (123) $85,239; Upper Moutere School (137) $94,941; Victory School (343) $237,699; Waimea College (1520) $400,000; Waimea Intermediate (644) $400,000; Wakefield School (275) $190,575.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 4 December 2019)

Rats breach sanctuary fence

Nelson’s Brook Waimarama Sanctuary has missed out on its first kiwi population after a surge in rat numbers saw some breach the sanctuary’s predator-proof fence.

Chief executive Ru Collin said an untimely incursion of rats in September, fuelled by this year’s mega-mast of tree seed, put paid to a planned introduction of rowi kiwi.

‘‘You can’t have a sanctuary full of rats. It was a tough decision,’’ he said.

Rats were first detected inside the sanctuary on September 22. Collin said staff and volunteers had been on ‘‘high alert’’ ever since, with over 3000 devices monitoring or trapping rats.

He said there had also been an incursion of weasels, but volunteers had killed them and there had been no evidence of a lingering population.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 4 December 2019)

Highway repairs enter final phase

Work on the final five major repair sites on State Highway 60 over Takaka Hill is set to take place in the new year.

The NZ Transport Agency has awarded construction company Downer the contract to complete the repairs at the five sites, which were significantly damaged by ex-tropical cyclone Gita in 2018.

Ten minor sites damaged during the storm were repaired earlier this year.

Repair work at the remaining five slip sites will include reinstating the road using reinforced earth retaining walls and rock-filled facing. It is expected to be completed around mid-2020.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 4 December 2019)

Port redevelopment under way

Port Nelson says the $20 million redevelopment of Main Wharf North will create long-lasting regional economic benefits and future-proof the region’s import and export sectors.

Work is set to begin on the project, with the first phase being to demolish the century-old wharf, before replacing it with a new concrete and steel berthing facility.

Port Nelson Ltd general manager infrastructure Allanagh Rivers said the investment would improve the port’s resilience; move Main Wharf operations further north, away from residential neighbours; and enable the port to accommodate larger vessels.

Once completed, the new section of the wharf will help the port attract larger ships, up to 270m long, and 300m cruise ships.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 4 December 2019)

School project a winner

The Nelson School of Music revamp has been recognised with a UNESCO heritage award.

Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA) director James Donaldson told the Nelson City Council’s governance committee about the award, one of just three presented this year.

He said it was a ‘‘huge surprise’’ to receive the award, after architects Andrew Irving and James Smith submitted the project for consideration.

The NCMA received an Award of Distinction in the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, missing out on the Award of Excellence to a Hong Kong project turning a historic police station into an arts centre.

Donaldson said the competition was stiff, with 57 entries from 14 countries in the running.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 6 December 2019)

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