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Property News - 11 September 2017

Brook poison drop runs 'smoothly'

As the dust settles after a controversial weekend poison drop at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, near Nelson, people on both sides are looking to the future.

Two helicopters and 75 people on Saturday took part in the first of three planned drops of bait laced with brodifacoum, a common rodent poison that is toxic to humans and animals. The operation aims to eradicate all rodents from within a 14 kilometre pestproof fence that was completed in 2016 at the 691-hectare sanctuary, to allow for the reintroduction of native wildlife.

About 11.5 tonnes of bait was applied during the first drop. The total to be applied for all three drops is 26.5 tonnes.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 4 September 2017)

Days Track reopens

Nearly six years after a slip swept away a section of Days Track on the Tahunanui Hills at Nelson, the reinstated walkway has been officially reopened.

Residents who live near the popular track on Saturday joined Nelson City councillors, staff and contractors as well as extended members of the Day family - after whom the track is named - for a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the rebuilt section between Grenville Tce and Moana Ave.

City council works and infrastructure committee chairman Stuart Walker said the track was the last council project to be completed following the "extreme weather event" in December 2011 that caused hundreds of slips across the region. The track's construction cost came in at $360,000.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 4 September 2017)

Takaka subdivision divides

Two long-time Takaka dairy farmers say they have an ideal low-cost development opportunity, if only the council would get on with approving it.

Developers Rose and Philip Windle have been trying to get a resource consent approved for a 25-lot subdivision development on Park Ave, 2km from the town.

The development is located above the flood plain, is adjacent to the new recreation facility and sports grounds, and is within walking distance to the township, the health centre and Central Takaka school.

The soil is flat and easy to develop, has wastewater reticulation connections, and water and power already on site.

But council staff recommended the application be turned down, and told the Windles they needed to fix the stormwater problems at Park Ave first. This is largely because of neighbours’ objections about the historical flooding, and fears they might be exacerbated by a new development.

Council spokesperson Richard Liddicoat said he understood the consent process was frustrating. ‘‘But you have to be careful that further down the line there aren’t any unintended effects that cause issues. Certainly council is open to having a dialogue about this.’’

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 6 September 2017)

$10 million loan for Waimea dam

The Waimea dam project has received a boost in the form of a likely $10 million interest-free loan.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy flew into Nelson on Monday to announce a change to the constitution of Crown Irrigation Investments Ltd that allows it to provide concessionary loans to local authorities for projects that ‘‘directly lead to environmental benefits’’.

Guy indicated the proposed $82.5m Waimea dam was just such a project.

The change enables Tasman District Council to negotiate a $10m interest-free loan from Crown Irrigation for the environmental benefit component of the proposed dam in the Lee Valley, near Nelson.

It means $10m of the council’s estimated capital contribution of $25m to $28m will likely be interest free, providing an expected saving to ratepayers of about $500,000 a year in interest costs.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 6 September 2017)

New hospice site gets blessing

At first light, the earth on the Nelson Tasman Hospice’s new site in Stoke was overturned during a ceremony to bless the land.

At a dawn ceremony yesterday the land on Suffolk Rd, which will soon be the new home of the region’s hospice, was blessed by Archdeacon Harvey Ruru.

Nelson Tasman Hospice CEO Frans Dellebeke said the ceremony was a moving experience with staff, board members and representatives from Nelson Marlborough Health and Nelson Bays Primary Health present.

A hole was prepared on the site and stones of significance were placed in it by those at the ceremony, including one from the Sally McCormack House, which is where the hospice first began in Nelson.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 6 September 2017)

Wairoa Gorge park gets a new lease of life

The Nelson Mountain Bike Club is delighted it has been granted an extension on its lease of Wairoa Gorge Mountain Bike Park by owners RHL NZ.

The new lease extends access until October 31, 2019.

The lease agreement gives the club’s 2600 members the opportunity to continue riding what has been described as some of the world’s best mountain bike trails.

NMTBC has been operating the park, situated 45 minutes south of Nelson, since November last year.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 8 September 2017)

Land purchase connects Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks

Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks are now connected by a block of land purchased by the Department of Conservation.

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner said the 169ha, bought through the government’s Nature Heritage Fund for $275,000, had high ecological value and will be added to Abel Tasman National Park. The new block of land means that the two national parks are now linked by a corridor of legally protected land on Takaka Hill.

The acquired land borders Abel Tasman National Park to its north and its southern boundary adjoins Takaka Hill Scenic Reserve. This reserve is next to the Harwood QEII Covenant-protected private land alongside Kahurangi National Park.

It is being managed by DOC as scenic reserve while the process of adding it to Abel Tasman National Park is completed.

Wagner said the protected areas would now form ‘‘a scenic skyline of continuous native forest’’ on the crest of the Pikikiruna Range and Takaka Hill.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 9 September 2017)

Harakeke development changes hands

A major rural housing development in Tasman, kick-started by the controversial US businessman Alan Trent, has been taken over by a locally-based German developer.

Carsten Buschkuehle bought the cluster-style Harakeke development covering 178 hectares of coastal farmland off Aporo Rd in August, after Trent sold up ‘‘for personal reasons’’.

The 96-lot subdivision was granted resource consent in December 2016, only after Trent removed plans for a commercial space, hub, plaza and apartments, and reduced the number of proposed lots.

Buschkuehle, who lives opposite the site, said the project would proceed as planned, with about 50 hectares of the site being developed and the rest remaining as rural land.

Work on 32 sections on the ocean side of the valley, and six, million-dollar seafront sections, would begin as soon as the weather allowed.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 9 September 2017)

Landowners settle over dam land acquisition

Two landowners have withdrawn their objections to the compulsory acquisition of part of their properties for the proposed Waimea dam, near Nelson.

Property owners Matt Stuart and Mitch Irvine have reached agreement with Tasman District Council at mediation.

One objection, by JWJ Forestry Ltd, to the council’s compulsory acquisition of land under the Public Works Act remains before the Environment Court with a hearing scheduled for October 9.

However, council chief executive Lindsay McKenzie on Thursday told councillors ‘‘every effort’’ was being made to reach an agreement with JWJ without the need for a formal hearing.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 9 September 2017)

Thought for the Week

When something seems to go wrong, it's invariably part of a larger right.

(Jed McKenna)