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Property News - 12 May 2021

Irrigators slam target rate plan

The council has been accused of going ‘‘through the back door’’ with a proposal to target rate Waimea Irrigators Ltd-affiliated landowners to recover a slice of the Waimea dam project overrun costs.

In one of more than 1700 submissions to the council’s draft Long Term Plan 2021-31, Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) said the Tasman District Council agreed to a clause in the project deed that any overrun costs would be shared 50/50 between the council and WIL for the first $3m, ‘‘and those in excess of $3m are to be funded by TDC’’.

The submission comes in response to four options, A to D, that the council outlined to meet the irrigators’ estimated $25.2 million share of another $54.5m needed for what TDC is now budgeting to be a $159m project. Its preferred option is A, to collect $14.6m via a targeted rate on those with WIL-affiliated water permits. The other $10.6m is tipped to be funded by general ratepayers.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 5 May 2021)

Concerns over new library plan

Public opinion over Nelson’s library proposal is divided, with concerns over cost and the impact of rising sea levels providing the major roadblock.

The library proposal was one of the big issues discussed on the first day of hearings for the Nelson City Council Long Term Plan, with nearly 50 people speaking to their submissions at Civic House yesterday.

Along with the oral submissions, there were hundreds more written submissions provided across a range of subjects.

In the draft Long Term Plan, council has recommended the construction of a $44m library to replace the Elma Turner Library, to be built next to the Maitai River on the corner of Halifax St and Trafalgar St. The two-storey library would be built to modern library standards, and constructed with a 5-star green-star rating.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 5 May 2021)

McGazzaland gets seal of approval

It’s been the perfect destination for rugged mountain bikes and BMXs, but soon Wakefield’s McGazzaland pump track will have the perfect seal for a variety of wheels.

McGazzaland crew member Dan Shallcrass said the pump track would open to the public on May 22 from 1.30pm with a smoother look and feel, after asphalt had been laid and lawn had been rolled out.

It will mark the finish of a four-year labour of love on a piece of land between the Wakefield Fire Station and the Wai-iti River in memory of freeride mountain bike legend Kelly McGarry, who was originally from Wakefield.

Shallcrass said he was sure McGarry would be looking down, saying: ‘‘It’s pretty epic.’’

McGarry died in 2016 when he suffered a cardiac arrest while riding on a Queenstown trail.

Shallcrass said the asphalt on the track would be ‘‘the crown jewel’’.

‘‘We’ve got a few jumps on the inside . . . a few more different features, which is kinda cool,’’ Shallcrass said.

The improvements cost $150,000, he said, which wouldn’t have been possible without Lottery Community grants, the Rata Foundation and the Tasman District Council.

"McGazzaland is something good to come from something bad.’’

(Nelson Mail, Friday 7 May 2021)

Properties join ‘slope instability’ list

About 7000 Nelson properties have been identified as being potentially subject to slope instability, following assessments completed in 2020.

From Wednesday, property owners in the affected areas received emails and letters informing them about a Land Information Memorandum (LIM) about the slope instability going on their property file.

A Nelson City Council statement says the assessments were made ‘‘to better identify the natural hazards in Nelson and manage the risk to people and property’’.

Under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act, councils are obliged to issue LIMs on information they hold and where that information is not yet contained within the Nelson Resource Management Plan (NRMP).

(Nelson Mail, Friday 7 May 2021)

Petition signatures challenged

Landowners behind a proposal to build about 750 homes on a greenfield site near central Nelson say one-quarter of the signatures on a petition opposing residential development in the area came from Nelsonians.

A syndicate of two companies is behind the venture, known as the Maitahi-Bayview development – Maitai Development Co General Partner Ltd, and Bayview Nelson Ltd. The proposed development is earmarked for a 287-hectare site about 3 kilometres from central Nelson, stretching from Atawhai over the hills and down through Kaka Valley, which is linked to the Maitai Valley.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 7 May 2021)

Prominent voices back campaign

High-profile Nelson residents have added their voices to the Save the Maitai campaign.

Monica Pausina spoke on behalf of the Save the Maitai group on the second of three days of hearings of public submissions to the Nelson City Council’s Long Term Plan on Wednesday.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 7 May 2021)

Football and rugby split over sportsground development

Two codes are split over which should get the lion’s share of a proposed new sportsground development in Nelson.

The Tasman Rugby Union and FC Nelson support a new multipurpose sports facility for training and games – but have differing views over who should get to use it the most.

Both organisations made submissions to the Nelson City Council on the first day of hearings for the Long Term Plan 2021-31 on Tuesday.

In 2020, a council-funded feasibility study recommended a $2.3m multipurpose artificial turf for Guppy Park. The former chief executive of Tasman Rugby, Tony Lewis, said at the time it would prefer the turf to be at the northern end of the Tasman Mako’s home base at Trafalgar Park.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 7 May 2021)

A smaller solution – big push for tiny homes in Tasman District

Living in tiny homes should be made easier in the growing Tasman district, say council plan submitters.

During a four-day hearing of submissions on the Tasman District Council’s draft Long Term Plan, Motueka Community Board chairman Brent Maru told councillors the ‘‘tiny home concept’’ had been strong in Motueka and Golden Bay.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 May 2021)

Rafting crew restore remote back country huts

Five back country huts across the top of the south have been overhauled as part of a scheme to keep tourism workers employed.

Funding to repair and maintain huts, tracks and bridges in some of New Zealand’s more remote places was announced last September as a key part of the Covid-19 economic recovery package.

The initiative led by the Backcountry Trust, saw rafting guides from Murchison company Ultimate Descents start the restoration of the East Matakitaki Hut last August.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 May 2021)