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Property News - 1 July 2021

Tasman rates fourth highest

Ratepayers in Tasman District paid the fourth highest average residential rates bills in the country during the year to June 30, 2020, according to the latest Ratepayers’ Report from the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

With average residential rates of $3228, Tasman District Council was behind top-placed Carterton District Council, whose residential ratepayers faced the highest average bills of $3639, Auckland Council ($3599) and Whakatane District Council ($3314). Nelson City Council was in ninth place with average residential rates of $2971.

At $1815, Buller District Council had the lowest average residential rates in New Zealand in the year to June 30 when, on average, councils charged $2571 – an increase of $111 from the previous year.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 21 June 2021)

Boat users ‘not going away' in fight for bay access

Small boat users looking to maintain recreational access to Delaware Bay are keen to work towards a ‘‘fresh start’’ with council, but insist they are not going away either.

Members of the Delaware Bay Access Group were at Civic House on Thursday, to state their case before the Nelson City Council’s Community and Recreation Committee of the need to maintain boat access rights from the Bishop’s Peninsula launch site at Maori Pa Rd. The issue has been a sticking point between the council, small boast users, and Ngati Tama over the past 20 years, due to the murky legal standing of the site.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 21 June 2021)

Stirling Sports takes on bigger site

Hannahs in central Nelson has permanently closed – and Stirling Sports is moving in.

The Trafalgar St shoe shop has shut, with a sign in the window directing customers to head out to Richmond Mall, or to shop online.

But the prime commercial space wouldn’t be empty for long, with Stirling Sports taking over the shop, with doors opening in early August.

Stirling Sports’ owner, former All Black Wyatt Crockett, said the shift to the new premises had come about quickly in the past six to eight weeks.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 23 June 2021)

Forestry amendments fail

A Nelson City councillor calling for an overhaul of ratepayer-owned commercial pine forestry has been criticised for jumping the gun for trying to get change, despite her belief that she was following correct procedure.

A run-of-the-mill Nelson City Council meeting yesterday to rubber-stamp the Long Term Plan turned into an almost four-hour forestry discussion. It involved accusations of disrespect, pointed remarks, and a comment from Nelson mayor Rachel Reese that Councillor Rachel Sanson was letting herself down.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 25 June 2021)

Region’s chance at slice of $1b

Developers, councils and iwi in Nelson and Tasman are being urged to apply for a slice of at least $1 billion on offer via the Government’s Infrastructure Acceleration Fund to help speed up housing development.

Nelson MP Rachel Boyack said expressions of interest in the contestable fund would be invited from June 30 and were due to close mid-August. Once those bids were assessed, some applicants would be invited to submit a full proposal.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 25 June 2021)

‘Greenest’ Countdown opens

Countdown opened the doors on the blueprint for its green supermarkets on Wednesday when the first customers were welcomed into the company’s new store at Richmond, near Nelson.

Set to be the first supermarket in New Zealand to be accredited by internationally recognised rating system Green Star, the 3450 square metre Richmond store has solar panels on its roof, LED lighting, EV charging points for customers’ cars, digital shelf labels to reduce paper use, an electric truck for the delivery of online orders, water-saving taps and doors on its fridges and freezers.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 25 June 2021)

Big donor helps trust’s housing build go ahead

An anonymous philanthropist is helping a housing trust accelerate its building of six new homes for low-income earners.

Nelson Tasman Housing Trust director Carrie Mozena said the philanthropic donor, who wished to remain anonymous, was crucial in the trust’s ability to buy land and gain funding for the $2.5 million project.

‘‘We are very, very aware of the escalating need for housing for people on low incomes and we have been wanting to build for a while,’’ Mozena said.

With the donor’s contribution, the trust bought a large section in the Nelson suburb of Toi Toi, which originally had one house on it.

The trust was then able to apply for Government funding to build on the site.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 26 June 2021)