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Property News: 13th July 2015


The doors of the Junction Hotel in Takaka closed at the end of March but the grand old lady of Takaka pubs has one last act in her. The building that spent 62 years sheltering Golden Bay drinkers will be knocked down later this year, putting a definitive end to Nola Drummond’s half-century behind a bar. The 80-year-old started as a publican at the Globe near Takaka, now known as the River Inn, then pulled pints at the Junction and Hotel Motueka, both owned by her family, and, recently, just at the Junction.

(The Nelson Mail Monday, July 06, 2015)


Steep rises in hiring parts of Founders Park feature in a Nelson City Council review that lifts some charges, holds others and sets some aside for further work. The changes, approved by the council’s community services committee, come into effect on August 3.( Most are going up by 0.08 per cent in line with the rise in the Consumer Price Index. This means, for example, that $200 a day plus GST and power for a circus at the Tahunanui sports field will go up to $201.50. Others such as charges for the Stoke Memorial Hall, where the split between general rates and user charges are producing results that fit the council’s finance and revenue policy, have been left alone. Other examples of charges included: Riverside and Nayland Pools, adult admission up from $4.80 to $5, children from $3 to $3.30; Saxton Stadium and pavilion, up from $3600 to $3630 for a whole day; Burial plot, up from $1650 to $1700.

(The Nelson Mail Wednesday July 08, 2015)


Well-known and sometimes controversial developer Alan Trent is planning to create a 180-hectare coastal community between Tasman Village and Ruby Bay. The proposal would see the staged development of 130 residential sections, 55 apartments, commercial space, a village plaza, green space and 12 hectares of productive land. It is being developed by Harakeke 2015 Ltd.

A resource consent application for the development was lodged with the Tasman District Council last week. Once completed the community would include 130 residential sections ranging from 4000 to 10,000 square metres, up to 55 one - to three bedroom apartments, about 3000 square metres of commercial space, two larger commercial holdings and a village plaza and green space.

Trent said the project would also see streams replanted and bounded by walkways and cycleways, a new public recreation reserve along Permin Rd, new public access to the coast and beach, the protection of a historic pa site and the amalgamation of the most versatile productive land into a 12ha block. Potential buyers would face design controls to ensure development was in sympathy with the local environment.

These would include building profiles in keeping with the land’s natural contours, a six-metre height restriction, the use of natural building materials and native planting plans. The community would rely on groundwater and rainwater as water sources. And there would be a large gravity-fed central water storage facility. Purchasers would be required to each store 70,000 litres of rainwater and four large water reservoirs would also be built to buffer summer supply and back up the commercial hub’s needs. Residential sections would use on-site wastewater systems.

The treated wastewater from commercial buildings and apartment buildings would be applied to planted land. Local residents and businesses can find out more at and at drop-in sessions at Tasman School to be held on Saturday, 10am-noon, on Tuesday, 5pm-7pm and on July 17, 10am-noon.

(The Nelson Mail Thursday, July 09, 2015)


Log-laden juggernauts might soon be rumbling through narrow city streets for five days a week if the Nelson City Council approves the urgent felling of a forestry block in Brook Valley. The same job will also shut the popular Dun Mountain Trail for four months.

Alarmed council governance committee members yesterday forestalled an attempt by staff to rush the approval through so that work on the valley’s pest-proof fence wouldn’t be delayed. All appeared stunned that the need to remove the trees before the fence was built hadn’t been foreseen. They decided to bring the issue back to the full council on July 23, when they will have to make a decision to fell or risk losing the chance to ever profit from the block, potentially costing $350,000 in lost revenue.

The 25-hectare pinus radiata block, close to Brook Valley Holiday Park and just uphill from the route of the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust’s $4.7 million pest-proof fence, is ready to be cut. It has left the councillors scrambling to deal with issues such as:

  • Routing forestry trucks down Brook Valley and along Tasman, Nile, Tory, Hardy, Milton, Collingwood and Halifax streets and Atawhai Drive for five days a week over 12-15 weeks, beginning next month, with no public consultation yet.

  • Locking out residents and visitors who cycle and walk the trail while the work is done.

  • Weighing up whether it would be better to leave the trees standing and lose the income from their sale, with the declining Chinese log market shrinking returns.

  • Finding out what the future use of the block can be, with a strong suggestion that forestry can never happen there again because of the sanctuary fence.

(The Nelson Mail Thursday, July 09, 2015)


The iconic Founders Park windmill, which was damaged in a blustery storm, has been repaired but will no longer spin to withstand future weather events. The repair job carried out by Nelmac involved welding the axle together which will stop it from spinning . Bolts and brackets were also replaced. The windmill was damaged in a storm earlier this year and was a danger to the public, causing a temporary closure at Atawhai Drive.

(The Nelson Mail Friday, July 10, 2015)


Housing Minister Nick Smith announced on Thursday that the Residential Tenancies Act would be strengthened, with new requirements for landlords to provide floor and ceiling insulation by mid 2019. Social housing, which receives government subsidies, will require insulation by July 2016. Smith said the pragmatic package of the tenancy law changes would insulate about 180,000 homes nationwide over the next four years at an expected cost of $600 million. From next year all rentals will also need to have smoke alarms, and Smith said that where new alarms were being installed they would have to be more expensive long-life smoke alarms which retail at about $40 each.

(The Nelson Mail Friday, July 10, 2015)


Its mis-matched corrugated iron exterior along with a giant fan palm standing straight and tall beside it has made the old empty homestead along Appleby Highway the subject of thousands of pictures and artworks for over 40 years. Many of these photos have surfaced since the Nelson Mail reported on Wednesday that its days were numbered, with plans to demolish the historic home within the next year. The historic house was bought by the Harford family in 1919. It remained in the family for generations, where they operated a farm on the property growing crops with sheep and cattle. In 1960 the Harfords built another house close by. The family moved into the new home, turning the old house into a woolshed. The house was finally sold out of the Harford family in 2002 when Robert Morrison bought the property from retired farmer Dave Harford.

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, July 11, 2015)


The Nelson City Council is holding an extraordinary meeting next week to discuss the future of the Trafalgar Centre and plans to make a final decision at its regular meeting on July 23. In a release today the council said the extraordinary meeting was being held to receive engineering advice from international consultancy ARUP, which it commissioned to carry out additional stability testing to supplement initial work by Tonkin and Taylor. Mayor Rachel Reese said the earthquake risk presented a challenging engineering problem that had required a ‘‘comprehensive proposition’’ to address it. In May Gibbons Construction and Downer won the contract for stage one of the strengthening work, scheduled to begin this month.

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, July 11, 2015)


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Josh Wednesday July 22 2015 09:33 AM
A sad loss for Golden Bay drinkers!
Josh Wednesday July 22 2015 09:43 AM
Great news for renters. There is a lot in the press about winter deaths. Let hope this can make a difference!
Josh Wednesday July 22 2015 09:46 AM
Looking forward to getting the Trafalgar center back up a running!