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Property News - 14 April 2021

Which names for Richmond’s new suburbs?

The Tasman district town of Richmond is getting so big it may be time to partition it into suburbs but how many and what should they be called?

Tasman District Council environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King has put forward names for four suburbs ‘‘to provoke the conversation if councillors wish to go down this path’’. Those suggestions are Richmond Central, Hope, Templemore and Waimea.

Bush-King told elected members at a regulatory committee meeting on Thursday that he sought some direction on whether there was ‘‘any appetite’’ to liaise with the NZ Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa over suburb names for Richmond.

The naming of suburbs has to be approved by the geographic board.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 5 April 2021)

Shock as school zone comes in

A school zone described as ‘‘draconian’’ has come into effect, prompting further calls for the government to re-consider the restrictions.

Opponents fear the Ministry of Education enforced enrolment scheme at Nelson’s Nayland College – implemented last week – could harm some students, by removing their choice of a coeducation high school in the inner city.

Principal Daniel Wilson said with around 1480 students, the school was ‘‘chock-a-block’’, and would not accept any more out-of-zone enrolments this year.

People could apply for an out-of-zone place for next year, from July.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 7 April 2021)

No deal: Government dams flow of funding to over-budget dam

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has effectively closed the door on any further Government funding for the over-budget Waimea Community Dam project.

In a letter to Tasman District mayor Tim King, Robertson says any further funding to complete the project is expected to be borne by Tasman District Council, ‘‘as set out in the initial contract, unless there are compelling reasons for further Government funding’’.

The correspondence from Robertson is in response to a letter from King, seeking central Government support to meet escalating costs with the dam build, which is under way in the Lee Valley, about 36km southeast of Nelson.

King went cap in hand to Robertson and Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash on February 23, the day after the council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd – as shareholders in the project – received news of the latest forecast $29 million blowout with the project.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 9 April 2021)

‘Wall of renewals’ in pipeline

Upgrading essential infrastructure is one of the key planks in Nelson’s planning blueprint, with nearly half a billion dollars allocated over the next decade.

Among the eight key areas in the Nelson City Council’s long term plan (LTP), $491m has been earmarked for core infrastructure – from wastewater to transport to flood protection.

Over the next 10 years, infrastructure will account for 71 per cent of council’s capital works programme, and 49 per cent of its operational expenditure.

Council group manager for infrastructure Alec Louverdis said this represented a significant increase from the previous LTP in 2018, which had a budget of about $368m for infrastructure.

Louverdis said much of that increase would be set aside for infrastructure renewals across the city’s ageing water supply and wastewater network, much of which was installed in the 1950s and 1970s.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 9 April 2021)

Plan change bid for Maitai housing development to be lodged

The landowners behind a large housing development proposed in a Nelson valley aim to lodge a private plan change application next week.

A syndicate of two companies is behind the Maitahi-Bayview development – Maitai Development Co General Partner Ltd and Bayview Nelson Ltd. Tipped to include hundreds of homes, the proposed development is earmarked for a 310-hectare block of land stretching from Atawhai over the hills and down through Kaka Valley, which is linked to Maitai Valley.

Maitai Development Co director and Koata Ltd chief executive Hemi Toia yesterday announced that the landowners had advised the Nelson City Council an application for a private plan change would be submitted on April 16.

The application would include 10 technical reports that explained the potential effects and benefits.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 9 April 2021)

Wastewater budget discomfort

Nelson’s mayor is urging the public to identify priorities for sewerage spending, after pared-back business and activity plans proved controversial with Nelson City councillors.

The Nelson City Council had requested lower spending from the Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit (NRSBU), but the proposed deferral of $5 million from the first to the second half of the 10-year plan was contentious at its final presentation to the council’s infrastructure committee.

General manager of regional sewerage and landfill Nathan Clarke said the NRSBU had been careful to balance risks and costs to maintain critical functions.

‘‘What we’ve done is prioritised the collection and conveyance [of wastewater] away from areas of the public, so we can avoid public health implications of wastewater. And we’ve put that over the top of some of the other considerations we’ve had, such as climate change or other mitigation strategies.’’

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 10 April 2021)

Market gardener plans to shrink carbon footprint

Tasman District-based market gardener JS Ewers plans a series of large-scale projects to help reduce its on-farm energy emissions by 99 per cent over the next couple of years.

Those projects include the installation of a new biomass-fueled plant to replace an existing coal boiler, conversion to wood pellets on smaller sites and retrofitting thermal screens to enhance energy efficiency. The total spend is estimated to be about $8.6 million.

Operating on the Waimea Plains, near Nelson, JS Ewers produces tomatoes, eggplants and capsicums in 12ha of hothouses. It also has 19 lines of outdoor vegetables on 220ha.

Co-funding of $4.078m was announced on Thursday for the JS Ewers projects, from round one of the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA)administered Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry Fund.

JS Ewers general manager Pierre Gargiulo said the ‘‘growing operation’’ embraced sustainability and the latest co-funded projects would allow the business to fast-track its energy strategy, which was built around improving efficiency and reducing emissions.

Environment Minister David Parker said decarbonising process heat was one of the biggest opportunities for New Zealand to reduce its domestic energy emissions, ‘‘and will make a significant contribution to New Zealand’s 2050 net zero carbon target’’.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 10 April 2021)