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Property News - 13 January 2021

Brook Sanctuary announces early windfalls

Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is celebrating a series of windfalls ahead of its summer season.

The sanctuary has announced that NBS would ‘‘substantially increase’’ its support, signing up as a Gold Sponsor for two years.

NBS commercial and marketing manager Howie Timms said the bank ‘‘want[ed] to be a true partner assisting in their continued aspirations, particularly around getting more locals to visit and enjoy this amazing piece of land so close to Nelson’’.

(Nelson Mail, 21 December 2020)

Suspected arson at school

A suspicious early morning fire at Tahunanui School has damaged part of a new build.

Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) Nelson acting station officer Jaryd Wilson said two fire engines from the Nelson Fire Station attended the incident and found a small fire outside a classroom at 5.30am on Saturday.

It appeared the fire had been lit on the deck outside a classroom, causing damage to the structure underneath and melting the clear plastic panelling. ‘‘It doesn’t look huge but it has probably caused around $20,000 of damage.’’

(Nelson Mail, 21 December 2020)

Rate hikes get nod for consultation

Tasman District residents are facing potential annual rate hikes of between 4.5 and 7 per cent over the next 10 years and the mayor says he’s surprised the proposed increases are not higher.

A ‘‘huge amount of effort’’ had been involved over the past six months to arrive at this point, mayor Tim King said before a majority of councillors voted to adopt the proposed rates revenue rises along with increasing the external net debt limit from $200 million to $260m.

The tipped rate and debt cap hikes are due to go out for public submissions next year as part of consultation for the council’s Long Term Plan 2021-31.

(Nelson Mail, 23 December 2020)

Son to take issue of ‘monstrosity’ to Ombudsman

Knocked back by the Tasman District Council, Dean Grooby plans to ask the Ombudsman to intervene over a building in Motueka next door to the home of his dying father.

Diagnosed with cancer and expected to have fewer than two years left to live, Dean Grooby’s father, Terry, 84, wanted to enjoy that limited time in his Courtney St home of 50 years but says the ‘‘monstrosity of a building’’ on the other side of the fence is blocking most of his sun. It is also causing him to lose sleep.

That building is a former classroom, one of two structures relocated to a subdivided section next to Terry Grooby’s home.

(Nelson Mail, 23 December 2020)

Roads, toilets and bike stands ready to go before break

A series of Nelson City projects has been completed just in time for the holiday season.

The Nelson City Council is celebrating a raft of completed infrastructure projects which were finished in the week before Christmas.

The new $798,000 Tahunanui toilet block, partly funded with a $250,000 Government grant, has opened on schedule despite the Covid-19 lockdown. It has six toilets, unisex and family changing rooms, external hand basins, and a place to fill water bottles and rinse off sandy feet.

(Nelson Mail, 26 December 2020)

Critic takes aim at property warnings

Nelson property values and insurance costs could be affected by inundation risk warnings that are ‘‘off the chart’’ of projected sea level rises, says a residents advocate.

Nelson Residents Association spokesman Steve Cross said many of the 4500 properties with updated LIM reports based on new inundation mapping had risk warnings that were so far in the future as to be irrelevant.

He said mapping used by the Nelson City Council used incremental sea-level rise increases up to and including two metres, which was ‘‘off the chart’’ of climate projections.

(Nelson Mail, 28 December 2020)

Nitrate levels linked to growers

Agricultural and livestock land uses are the primary sources of nitrate contamination in the waters on and under the Waimea Plains, a new report says.

A summary of existing science from catchment management consultant Andrew Fenemor for the Tasman District Council said monthly groundwater data suggested that historic contamination from a piggery that closed in the 1980s has ‘‘likely passed and that the nitrate signature in these wells is caused by local and upstream intensive land uses, particularly market gardening’’.

(Nelson Mail, 30 December 2020)

Plan for fires, villagers warned

October 4 was a wake-up call for Wattie Mortimer and other St Arnaud residents.

Fire ripped through the small settlement of Lake Hau, several hundred kilometres further south, destroying nearly 50 properties. Video showed a wildfire – described as one of New Zealand’s biggest – raging in forest near the remote lakeside community near Twizel in the middle of the night, and homes reduced to charred rubble.

‘‘When you see the pictures ... that could have very easily been us’,’’ said Mortimer, chief of the volunteer fire brigade in the village bordering Nelson Lakes National Park and Lake Rotoiti.

(Nelson Mail, 6 January 2021)

Lake plan aims to keep Mapua safe from floods

The establishment of a lake on the outskirts of growing Mapua would provide a recreational venue and help to prevent flooding in the seaside village, says a resident.

Ray Bolderson has seen floodwater in the streets during the 18 years he’s lived in the village, including in February 2018, when ex-tropical cyclone Fehi hit the Nelson region, bringing a storm surge that coincided with a king tide.

Bolderson’s concept plan for a lake he has dubbed Lake Aranui features a flood control gate. He likened it to the Thames Barrier, which protects London from flooding during tidal surges.

The gate at Lake Aranui could be raised when heavy rain coincided with a king tide, to keep stormwater in the lake, he said. A double whammy of heavy rain and a king tide often prevented stormwater being able to flow out to sea. When the tide receded, the gate could be lowered to release the water.

(Nelson Mail, 6 January 2021)

Nelson housing stock halved in 2020

Nelson-Tasman is one of the regions at the forefront of New Zealand’s housing shortage, with available stock dropping by 50 per cent during the past year.

Data from realestate.co.nz showed Nelson and Bays housing stock dropped by 49.2 per cent from December 2019 to December 2020, with only Wairarapa (58.5 per cent) and Coromandel (50.3 per cent) experiencing bigger drops.

This amounted to a reduction in stock of 172 houses, with an inventory of listings lasting for five weeks.

The figures were reflected nationwide, with housing stock in 16 of 19 regions falling to all-time lows since records began 13 years ago.

(Nelson Mail, 8 January 2021)

Our ‘hidden homeless’ a growing clan

In Mike’s motel room, there’s a box of carving tools, and shelves for his books. Most are about carving, art and geography, but the book on the table beside his bed is Ernest Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream, a present from his father.

In the two years to March 2020, the number of EHSNGs across Nelson City, Tasman District and the West Coast almost tripled from 239 to 673, and the number of households supported by the grant more than doubled, from 74 to 167.

During lockdown, the number grew sharply, as organisations contracted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development raced to house rough sleepers as part of a $107 million Government package to keep the most vulnerable New Zealanders under a roof until March.

In the three months to September 30, 2020, there were 1419 EHSNGs paid out across Nelson, Tasman and the West Coast, supporting 350 households. This was a 66 per cent increase over the same quarter in 2019.

(Nelson Mail, 9 January 2021)