TDC to review pensioner housing
Tasman District Council is about to review its role as a provider of community housing.
The council has 101 housing units across the district, which are generally for older people with limited financial assets.
News of the Tasman council housing review comes as Nelson City Council investigates the potential sale of its 142 units and Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford reiterates pre-election comments that councils are well placed to provide affordable public housing for their communities.
Reference to the Tasman council housing review appears in the TDC’s proposed age-friendly policy that is due to go out for public consultation from November 9 to January 25. The matter sparked a discussion at the community development committee meeting on Thursday 1 November where the proposed age-friendly policy was approved for consultation.
(The Nelson Mail, Monday 5 November 2018)
New arts block provides a suite spot for college
As delays on promised classrooms continue, Waimea College’s board of trustees has struck a chord with its music, dance and drama students to the tune of $950,000.
An official launch for the school’s new performing arts suite was held on Thursday night.
About 60 staff, students and parents gathered for the opening, which included several performances from students who would benefit most from the state-of-the-art building.
Waimea College performing arts head of department Alister Emerson said the new M4 building would be known as Te Whare Toi Whakaari and would complement the existing classrooms in the block.
The entire $950,000 project was fundraised by Waimea College and its board of trustees – largely sourced from revenue brought in by international students.
Principal Scott Haines said performing arts was one of the fastest growing areas of the Waimea curriculum and demand had outgrown infrastructure.
Board chairman Nathan Davis said the decision to fund the building was "a commitment to the Waimea community" which would enable all-round opportunities for students.
(The Nelson Mail, Monday 5 November 2018)
Committee backs local bill for dam
A select committee of Parliament has recommended that a local bill designed to enable construction of the proposed Waimea dam be passed, with some amendments.
The governance and administration committee’s report to Parliament yesterday says it has examined the Tasman District Council (Waimea Water Augmentation Scheme) Bill and recommends it be passed with amendments as shown in the report.
Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith, who has sponsored the bill, welcomed the report and the committee’s ‘‘unanimous support’’ for the bill’s passage.
If passed, the bill will enable the inundation of 9.67 hectares of conservation land in Mt Richmond Forest Park, needed for the reservoir of the proposed dam. It will also enable the transfer to the council of 1.35 ha of Crown riverbed in the Lee Valley, on which the dam will be built.
On September 19, the bill passed its first reading in Parliament.
It was referred to the select committee, which received 137 written submissions and travelled to Richmond to hear orally from 26 submitters.
(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 7 November 2018)
Location inspires new retirement village's name
The $130 million Arvida Group village under construction at Richmond West has a name – Waimea Plains.
Arvida general manager marketing and sales Tristan Saunders said he received 250 entries in a competition to name the multistage development, which, once complete, is expected to have about 150 one-, two- or three-bedroom villas along with 60 to 80 care suites.
Three entrants who suggested the name Waimea Plains each received a hamper of produce. John Jary, a resident of the neighbouring Arvida-owned Oakwoods village, said he suggested the name because ‘‘that’s where it is’’. Fellow winners Phillipa Mitchell-Brewerton and Jo McNabb were inspired by similar reasoning.
Earthworks started this year for the village on an eight-hectare site off Lower Queen St.
(The Nelson Mail, Friday 9 November 2018)
Centre designers win
A Nelson-based company has won two awards at the New Zealand Architecture Awards, including one for its revamped design of the Trafalgar Centre.
At the awards ceremony last night at Te Papa, Irving Smith Architects received two awards, one in the Public Architecture category for the Trafalgar Centre, and the other for Bach with Two Roofs, Golden Bay in the Housing – Alterations and Additions category.
In adding new life and purpose to the 1970s indoor events centre, the jury said Irving Smith had demonstrated ‘‘the difference good architecture can make in a community’’.
(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 10 November 2018)
Dam project critical in changing climate
In the wake of international scientists releasing new forecasts predicting higher global temperatures from 2018-2022, Andrew Curtis chief executive of IrrigationNZ, says projects like the Waimea Dam are critical to continue to grow produce and future-proof local communities against the effects of a changing climate.
IrrigationNZ strongly believes that as the climate continues to vary, many areas of New Zealand will be at increasing risk of drought and to mitigate this risk, the country must invest in well-designed water storage.
Farming educator Steve Breneger says if higher global temperatures impact on New Zealand we could be looking at hotter El Nino conditions than normal, which will affect our farmers and our food production. This will also have an adverse effect on home gardeners.
(The Waimea Weekly, Wednesday 31 October 2018)
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