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Property News - 12 June 2017

Plan in place to safeguard Pupu Springs

Te Waikoropupu Springs are in line for the highest level of environmental protection to preserve their crystal clear waters.

Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today he had accepted an application for a Water Conservation Order (WCO) for the world-renowned coldwater springs in Golden Bay — and for the Arthur Marble aquifer that feeds them.

Smith said the application had been referred to a special tribunal.

Te Waikoropupu Springs are the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand and contain some of the clearest water measured anywhere in the world.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 5 June 2017)

Change in the air for heli firm

Helicopter New Zealand is pulling its remaining helicopters out of Nelson, disrupting four jobs and shifting the company's headquarters in to the CBD.

Nelson has been the offshore Asia-Pacific base for HNZ since 1962 and provides chartered flights, support to oil rigs, and transport to and from scientific expeditions to Antartica.

However, after hitting the mid point in their lease, international executive vice president Keith Mullet says the time was right to make some changes.

HNZ will move its management team of around 40 people from the former Origin Pacific airlines terminal into a soon-to-be-developed Halifax St office in the heart of Nelson.

(The Nelson Weekly, Tuesday 6 June 2017)

Work to start on luxury apartments

Nelson’s inner-city Betts Corner apartments have been given the green light, with construction planned for August.

The site, which had been used as a car park, is one of 17 special housing areas (SHAs) approved by Nelson City Council and Housing Minister Nick Smith.

Betts Corner syndicate spokesperson Craig Dennis said while the CBD apartments had been on the market since December, they have now been given resource consent.

‘‘We’re really excited about it. It’s the first of the [SHAs] to come through for Nelson,’’ Dennis said.

Consent has been given for 17 apartments at the Betts Corner development, on the corner of Trafalgar Square and Nile St, and 11 of the apartments have already been sold.

‘‘There’s been overwhelming demand for penthouses, which have all sold,’’ Dennis said.

The apartments have been designed by Arthouse Architects, and the one, two and three bedroom apartments range in price from $760,000 to $1.8 million.

(The Nelson Mail, Tuesday 6 June 2017)

Concern over Waimea Plains nitrates

Growers on notice as high nitrate levels found in water

Nitrate concentrations in groundwater in some areas of the Waimea Plains have risen to worrying levels, meaning growers may need a resource consent to apply fertiliser in the future.

Tasman District Council resource scientist Glenn Stevens presented councillors with the results of a 2016 groundwater nitrate survey on the plains.

It showed nitrate concentrations in the Bartlett-Blackbyre roads and State Highway 60 area remained high and appeared to have increased in some locations since a previous survey in 2005.

Overall, the nitrogen loadings were expected to have reduced because of improved horticultural practices, tighter controls over wastewater discharge and animal effluent, and piggeries no longer operating on the plains.

Survey Results

The groundwater in the affected area did not meet the New Zealand Drinking Water Standard for nitrate, which was 11.3g/cubic metre (11.3g/m3 -N). Some areas of high concentration measured up to 24g/m3 -N in the survey.

Nitrate loadings decrease naturally over time if no more nitrogen was added. However, that could take decades, he said.

2016 Waimea Plains groundwater nitrate survey

The TDC would continue to collect quarterly groundwater samples as part its State of the Environment Monitoring Programme. In addition, it was taking monthly nitrate samples from three sites in the Bartlett Rd-Blackbyre Rd area over winter.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 7 June 2017)

House price rises

It has become harder for home owners in Nelson to purchase their first house, with new figures from QV showing the average price in the region has risen 16.1 per cent, going from $454,565 in May 2016 to $527,974 one year later. In Tasman, the increase was 18.8 per cent, with the cost rising from $450,447 to $534,908 in the same period.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 7 June 2017)

Dam costs continue to rise

Annual operational costs for the proposed Waimea dam are tipped to be more than $600 a hectare for affiliated irrigators on the Waimea Plains.

That’s a rise from an estimated $500 to $550 per hectare for the initial year of operations contained in the Shareholder Information Document and Survey, dated January 2017, from dam proponent Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL).

WIL is a potential joint-venture partner in the project with Tasman District Council. WIL strategic adviser John Palmer stressed the higher forecast annual operating costs, based on the uptake of 3000ha, were ‘‘still tentative numbers’’. Irrigators who attended a meeting last week were told of the higher estimate.

‘‘They are very concerned about that,’’ Palmer said. ‘‘A number above $600 makes it pretty challenging. It’s got to work economically; we’ve got to get a number that works for the vast majority of landowners.’’

He said he believed the dam company could be a ‘‘very efficient organisation’’ and there was an ‘‘opportunity in the future to get those costs down’’. Savings might also be made if the construction cost was below the estimate.

The Tasman District Council has earmarked $25 million in its Long Term Plan 2015-25 for the dam.

TDC chief executive Lindsay McKenzie said councillors were due to be asked next week to provide a mandate to stay at the negotiating table with WIL and Crown Irrigation Investments after the ‘‘shift of position’’.

Palmer said the higher estimate was partly driven by a ‘‘very significant increase’’ in likely insurance costs.

(The Nelson Mail, Thursday 8 June 2017)

Wakapuaka SHA gets council tick

A controversial Special Housing Area at Wakapuaka is one of nine areas to be given the go ahead in Nelson.

The proposed areas were debated and voted on at a full Nelson City Council meeting yesterday. The Wakapuaka site, which sits on rural land near Atawhai, has been criticised by the neighbouring community.

Resident Biddy Myers spoke to councillors about issues which included flood risk and roading challenges, but said her biggest concern was the way in which SHAs were given approval.

The council received written feedback from 123 respondents, with 10 in support of the SHA, 37 opposed, and 76 who raised issues with the proposal but didn’t specify what they wanted the council to do.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 9 June 2017)

Fears new complex will block sun

Residents of a Nelson housing complex are worried a new Special Housing Area proposed to be built nearby will block their sun.

A Special Housing Area planned for 46 to 48 Trafalgar St would see 18 dwellings built as a mix of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments on the site.

The development was one of nine to get approval from the city council this week. Detailed designs have not been drawn up yet but consultant Mark Lile and architect Rob Vostermans told councillors the broad plan was for units with private gardens and balconies with a ‘‘modern architectural style’’.

Neighbouring Hathaway Court residents presented the council with letters and spoke in the public gallery about their concerns the proposed SHA would impact on their sunlight.

Council staff advised that the Urban Design Panel would address amenity issues, which included sunlight, before it gave the SHA design its sign-off.

The council also approved the following SHAs:

  • 21 Cherry Avenue
  • 40 Van Diemen Street
  • 15 Quiet Woman Way
  • Atawhai Drive (Bayview Subdivisions Ltd)
  • 23 Wastney Terrace/19 Sunnybank Drive
  • Highview Drive (KB Quarries)
  • Crown Terrace (KB Quarries)
  • 12 Wakapuaka Road

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 10 June 2017)

Fringed Hill track gets go ahead

A new, dual-purpose track is being built a stone’s throw away from Nelson city, thanks to the efforts of one enthusiastic club and its supporters.

The Nelson Mountain Bike Club (NMTBC) was given consent a fortnight ago to build a track on Fringed Hill.

It will be roughly six kilometres long.

The club planned to make an intermediate level route.

This required the track to be roughly one metre wide and one metre deep – a colossal job for volunteers armed with pick axes and rakes.

Nelson City Council chair of the sport and recreation committee, Tim Skinner, said the council had been working closely with the mountainbiking community to deliver on projects that would enhance Nelson and create world class mountainbiking facilities.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 10 June 2017)

Ngatimoti's own restoration man

A Tasman district man is undertaking the mammoth task of restoring native habitat to three hectares of his property.

Steve Anderson bought the land in Ngatimoti about a year ago and has since planted over 17,000 native plants of 40 different varieties, in an effort to support wildlife endemic to the area.

As the area was originally wetland, Anderson wanted to recreate a similar ecosystem. He removed pines and used a digger to mould ponds on the property where the creek would have originally flowed, before it was moved to create room for farmland.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 10 June 2017)