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Property News: 15 October 2018

Storm-hit property gets new owners

Auction winners Errol and Lynette Freeman hope to build on the damaged Marahau waterfront property they have bought for $90,000.

Charmed by its ‘‘location and opportunity’’, the Nelson couple were able to see beyond the dilapidated state of the condemned house that sits at the rear of the site at the base of a large slip.

The property at 553 Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Rd made headlines in February when its tenant had to flee with her children as ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita pummelled the area. Gita’s force brought down trees, mud and other debris on to the property, much of it still rammed up against the back of the house, which has been deemed ‘‘dangerous and insanitary’’.

Lynette Freeman said the couple already had a bach at Marahau and knew the area well. They ‘‘sort of’’ came with a plan to buy the Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Rd property and did not go above the limit they set themselves.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 8 October 2018)

Climbing venue bowing out

Nelson’s only indoor rock climbing venue will shut its doors as the site is redeveloped for large retail outlets.

Vertical Limits has been leasing 34 Vanguard St for years, but its lease is not being renewed once it runs out in December.

The building was bought by Gibbons Construction in 2017, and Vertical Limits owner James Scoltock said Gibbons had told him it would be developing the site for retail. ‘‘They told us they had put in a consent request to build a Briscoes and Rebel Sport.’’

NCC communications adviser Leanne Macdonald confirmed that a resource consent application had been received for the site. She said the application was for ‘‘large-format retail activities’’ and was being processed.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 8 October 2018)

Lions leave legacy at Marsden

The Lions are leaving a legacy on the Nelson landscape.

To celebrate its 100-year anniversary, the Nelson Host Lions Club is creating a Woodland Park at Marsden Cemetery as a community project to be enjoyed by generations to come.

The club has previously signed a memorandum of understanding with Nelson City Council to turn hillside land at the end of Marsden Cemetery into a public Woodland Park.

The finished park will include landscaping, seating, and about 150 – 200 trees, planted over a two to three-year period by club members and supporters from the Marsden Valley community.

(The Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 10 October 2018)

New terminal open for business

Visitors to Nelson Airport have had their first look at the ‘‘stunning’’ new terminal which will greet travellers to the region.

Stage one of the airport’s redevelopment was completed yesterday, with the new terminal opening to the public for the first time. To celebrate the first flight out at 6am, passengers were greeted by airport staff with cupcakes and gifts.

The new terminal is the first stage of a $32 million redevelopment of the airport, which is expected to be complete by October 2019. During the next year the old terminal will be demolished, freeing up space for additions to the new building.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 October 2018)

More back beach parking

The loss of a storm-hit vehicle parking area at Tahunanui’s Back Beach will be mitigated over summer, with extra parking being opened up.

A storm surge in February has seen the closure of the beach’s middle carpark. The Nelson City Council says it would open a grassed area adjoining the first carpark as a temporary parking measure over summer.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 October 2018)

Ambitious plans for marine centre

A planned multimillion-dollar maritime education centre in Nelson aims to put a spotlight on the region’s ‘‘understated’’ fishing industry and inspire young people to get involved in the sector.

The centre, proposed to sit by the mouth of the Maitai River, would ‘‘better inform’’ people about Nelson’s maritime history and iwi guardianship of the ocean, as well as showcase the area’s marine science base, the project’s proponents say.

Touch tanks, hands-on traditional Maori crafts and a marine-themed play area are among the ideas being considered for inclusion at the Te Matau Marine Education Centre, put forward by a trust formed three years ago to steer the project.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 October 2018)

Unlocking the secrets of salmon

A new research facility in Nelson aims to save the salmon industry millions of dollars, as well as reducing its environmental impact.

The Cawthron Institute's new finfish research facility, opened on Tuesday at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park, is a state of the art lab with the capacity to hold thousands of fish.

The fish are held in tanks which can be heated, oxygenated and fed separately, giving researchers the chance to find out the most efficient way to farm King salmon.

Improving feeding efficiency by even a small amount could save the industry millions of dollars.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 October 2018)

'Serious concern' over dam bill

Forest & Bird has outlined its ‘‘serious concern’’ about a local bill designed to enable construction of the proposed Waimea dam.

On September 19, the Tasman District Council (Waimea Water Augmentation Scheme) Bill passed its first reading in Parliament. It was referred to the governance and administration committee, which accepted submissions until midnight on Friday.

The bill, which is being sponsored by Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith, seeks to gain an inundation easement over 9.67 hectares of conservation land in Mt Richmond State Forest Park, needed for the reservoir of the proposed dam. It also aims to vest in the council 1.35ha of Crown riverbed in the Lee Valley on which the dam will be built.

In a written submission to the select committee, which it also released to Stuff, Forest & Bird says the use of a local bill ‘‘is misguided in attempting to override sound conservation legislation and reduce the amount of public scrutiny that should be given to this activity on public conservation land’’.

National, Labour, NZ First and ACT MPs supported the bill at its first reading, while the Greens opposed it. Labour Minister David Parker said he didn’t know of a ‘‘better water augmentation scheme in New Zealand than this one’’.

The select committee is likely to hear submissions later this month. The bill is due to be reported back to Parliament on November 7.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 October 2018)

Free of campers, reserve rebounds

It’s almost 10 months since camping was banned at Edward Baigent Memorial Scenic Reserve on the outskirts of Wakefield. Since then, the Wakefield Bush Restoration Society and members of the wider community have been working to restore the site to its pre-camping state.

Much of that labour has been by hand, such as the removal of gravel that marked parking areas for the vehicles of the many freedom campers who used the reserve – more than 120 people some nights.

Trees are a special feature of the reserve, which has some of the largest podocarps in the area, notably Kahikatea, Totara and Matai. Some of the trees are believed to be 200 to 300 years old.

The site was gifted in 1951 to the people of Waimea by grandchildren of settler Edward Baigent. It was a popular spot for barbecues, picnics and family outings.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 12 October 2018)

Gap in Great Taste Trail to be filled during summer

The ‘‘missing link’’ in Tasman’s Great Taste Trail is set to be fixed this summer.

A 4km stretch of track in Wakefield from Pigeon Valley Rd to Hoult Valley Rd will begin construction later this year.

Nelson Tasman Cycle Trail Trust trail manager Josh Aldridge said the announcement was a ‘‘big milestone’’ for the trust.

Aldridge said the design for the new section was being finalised, after the final landowner approval for the trail was received about two weeks ago.

He said the track could be completed by the end of summer, although there were still resource consents awaiting approval.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 12 October 2018)

New traffic lights for Waimea Road

A new set of traffic lights will be installed on one of Nelson’s busiest routes, at the intersection of a new road linking to a large retirement village.

Work has already begun on a road that will link to the new $125 million Coastal Views Lifestyle Village being built at the southern end of Princes Drive to Waimea Rd.

Nelson City Council communications manager Paul Shattock said the road from Princes Drive would connect close to the old Bishopdale Pottery site on Waimea Rd, and would be controlled by a set of traffic lights. The developers are paying for the lights.

A traffic assessment report from the developers of the lifestyle village said Waimea Rd traffic could be ‘‘expected to increase to a small degree as and when the village is progressively developed, and also to a greater degree when Princes Drive connects through from Tasman Heights’’.

At the time of the report, the most recent data, from 2015, showed a total of 25,962 vehicles per week going both ways on Waimea Rd, which was ‘‘relatively static’’ with the previous six years.

The $125m lifestyle retirement village will feature three eateries, an indoor pool, a movie theatre, and a new road connecting Princes Drive and Waimea Rd.

Residential units will house up to 300 people, including 180 stand-alone units, 60 apartments and 50 care beds.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 13 October 2018)

The die is cast after dam U-turn

It seems evident now that the political momentum to ensure the enabling bill for the proposed Waimea dam in the Lee Valley will get the green light from central government well within the timeframe required to ensure some support funding for the venture from the public purse will be available if and when it is requested.

The extraordinary turnaround following the Tasman District Council’s initial thumbs-down vote was either a very clever 11th-hour reconstruct by the mayor and his support group or a fortuitous intervention by financiers with deep pockets.

Either way, Tasman’s amiable Richard Kempthorne, and those with a vested financial interest in the ‘‘there is no alternative’’ political positioning, almost seamlessly outflanked what appears to be an extraordinarily diverse opposition to the scheme and ensured the necessary enabling legislation will proceed.

On that premise, there is every chance that the enthusiastically supportive and loquacious Regional Development Minister, Shane Jones, will have the necessary central government political backup to ensure access to the multibillion-dollar fund available for rural development.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 13 October 2018)

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