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Property News - 11 March 2021

Water restrictions ease

Last week’s rain has brought a reprieve from planned water restrictions for many residents across the Tasman District.

Downfalls on Thursday ranged from 4mm in the Motueka gorge to more than 50mm in the Aorere and parts of Mt Richmond Forest Park.

Tasman Dry Weather Task Force convener Dennis BushKing said the welcome rain had prompted changes to planned water restrictions that were due to come into force from today.

Planned restrictions for zones across the Waimea Plains and parts of Upper Motueka zones would now not be imposed while restrictions in the Motupiko and Dove zones, both surface and groundwater, would shift to stage 2 – a 35 per cent cut in use.

The Moutere Eastern and Western groundwater zones would remain at stage 1 – a 20 per cent cut – while the Rainy zone, which serviced one permit holder, would be on a cease-take notice.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 1 March 2021)

Library plan may rule out retreat from rising seas

Building a library near a tidal river could lock the Nelson City Council into ‘‘hundreds of millions of dollars’’ of flood protection, and put the council ‘‘on a collision course’’ with central government, climate campaigners say.

The council voted last month for construction of a new $44 million library next to the Maitai River as its preferred option to replace the Elma Turner Library.

Other options were to find a different site for the city’s main library, or rebuild or refurbish the library at its current location.

The group Zero Carbon Nelson Tasman said the preferred site – currently home to a Burger King – was at high risk from sea level rise, storms and river flooding, being in a low-lying area near the river mouth.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 5 March 2021)

Council wants to shed ‘hard to deal with’ label

The Nelson City Council has a reputation for being ‘‘incredibly hard’’ for developers to work with and must improve its communication to shake it off, a city councillor says.

Councillor Mel Courtney made the comments at the first meeting of the urban development subcommittee on Tuesday, after asking staff for examples of ‘‘significant’’ changes the council had made to make it easier for developers in Nelson.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 5 March 2021)

Dam contractor hits back

The contractor building the Waimea dam says it considers that the majority of the delays to date have, for the most part, been caused by Waimea Water Ltd and/or its consultants.

The comments are contained in a January-dated letter leaked to The Nelson Mail, written by the contactor – a joint venture of Fulton Hogan and Taylors Contracting – in response to correspondence from Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott, dated December 24.

Waimea Water Ltd (WWL) is the company responsible for managing the construction, operation and maintenance of the dam, which has been under construction since 2019 in the Lee Valley, about 36 kilometres southeast of Nelson.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 5 March 2021)

Tasman’s request to city council for funding boost yet to flow through

The Nelson City Council has yet to receive a formal request from the Tasman District Council for an increased contribution towards the over-budget Waimea dam project.

Nelson council chief executive Pat Dougherty said yesterday it had not had a formal request for extra funding since an announcement last week that costs had increased.

The dam is being funded by the Tasman council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd along with contributions from central Government and an expected $5 million grant from the Nelson council, which it has yet to provide.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 5 March 2021)

Concerns flow over Water Services Bill

Concerns have been raised over the cost and effectiveness of treating drinking water supplies in some rural areas under potential changes signaled in the Water Services Bill.

The Tasman District Council has outlined those concerns in a submission on the bill, which passed its first reading in December and is now before Parliament’s health select committee.

‘‘We believe some of the concerns that we raise in this submission will also be relevant to many other councils in New Zealand, especially those that operate rural or other restricted water supplies,’’ the council says in its submission.

The Water Services Bill is a piece of companion legislation for Taumata Arowai – the Water Services Regulator Act, which was passed last July. That act set up a new Crown regulator – Taumata Arowai – to oversee the drinking water sector nationally. The bill provides the legislative tools for that new regime.

The Tasman council, a unitary authority, supplies drinking water to about 13,600 properties for approximately 33,000 residents, or 55 per cent of the district’s population. It operates 12 urban water supplies and four rural ones.

In its submission, the council says it strongly supports the use of end-point treatment for ‘‘Rural Agricultural Drinking Water Supplies’’ and other restricted or small supplies as an alternative to centralised water treatment. Endpoint treatment is a system installed at an individual property.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 6 March 2021)

Youth park supporters’ patience rewarded with council nod

After a 14-year wait, young people are thrilled to finally be heard as the Nelson City Council approved the site for a new youth park in Stoke.

The new park will be located in what is currently the car park adjacent to the Stoke Memorial Hall on Main Road Stoke – with $610,000 already allocated for its design and construction through the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.

Provision for the proposed park has been included in the council’s Long Term Plans since 2006, with consultation on the project occurring at various intervals in 2006, 2011, 2014, 2019 and 2020.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 6 March 2021)