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Property News - 16 December 2020

Big hopes for tiny housing project

A co-housing development using sustainable buildings and permaculture principles is gaining traction in Golden Bay.

Those behind the eco-village say 18 future residents have provided loans between $50,000 and $100,000 each, allowing them to reserve a home and for land for the project to be purchased.

Mohua Ventures Ltd recently purchased 14.5 hectares of residential-zoned land in Takaka and has bold plans to build 60 sustainable homes clustered around shared spaces.

It is currently working on its resource consent application for the site.

Located opposite Golden Bay High School, on the corner of Meihana St and Rototai Rd, the first eco-village of three is planned on two hectares of the land, with 28 homes to be built in early-2022. The co-housing model is gaining popularity around the world, with some new developments popping up around the country – and dozens more planned – as people look to forge alternative paths to home ownership.

In Stoke-Nelson, a new Habitat for Humanity project will see a multi-house development built, a mixture of 14 one, two and three-bedroom homes.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 7 December 2020)

Renaissance revival, sparks homeless fears

The Renaissance Community, based on a farm off the Motueka Valley, is undergoing a revival that may lead some people down the path to homelessness.

Renaissance Community Trust (RCT) board chairwoman Olive Jones said the non-compliance of some dwellings at Graham Downs had been an issue between the council and successive trust boards since the trust bought the farm in 1979. A new trust board, appointed in July, acknowledged it had to ‘‘resolve this long-standing issue’’.

The purpose of the trust ‘‘is not to provide homes for people who have nowhere else to go or no other options’’.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 9 December 2020)

City council yet to pay dam share

The Nelson City Council has yet to provide an agreed $5 million grant to the Waimea Community Dam project, saying the payment is dependent on reaching final agreement on the terms of the contribution.

Corporate services group manager Nikki Harrison on Wednesday said the council still intended to pay. ‘‘TDC (Tasman District Council) and NCC (Nelson City Council) are fully engaged in the process of finalising that agreement, and we expect this to happen in the first quarter of next year.’’

The Tasman council is the majority shareholder in the dam project, which is a joint venture with Waimea Irrigators Ltd.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 11 December 2020)

Landslide study has ideas for better forestry management

Ex-tropical cyclone Gita left behind more than 4500 landslides when it slammed into Nelson and Tasman in February 2018.

The authors of a new research article, published in the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, developed a high-resolution model of the landslides that occurred in a 196-square-kilometre area of Tasman District as Gita brought heavy rain to the region.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 11 December 2020)

Manager fined for letting damp, mouldy homes

This week, Blacks Property Management was ordered to pay damages of $12,654 to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for 22 breaches of the Residential Tenancies Act. These included failing to provide insulation statements, breaching smoke alarm regulations, and breaching health and safety standards.

The ruling also gave details about unsafe properties, questions over paperwork, and a threat against a tenant who complained.

The outcome was a result of a three-year investigation that began when Black’s tenants began complaining to MBIE, and resulted in the government body looking into 24 of her tenancies around Nelson City and Tasman District.

Unhealthy Homes

These include:

- Leaks, plumbing and drainage problems.

- The tenant of one home having to toilet outside because they were unable to use the inside toilet on a regular basis.

- Gaps in doors and cladding.

- A ‘‘pond of water’’ beneath one house, resulting in rising damp, mould and decay.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 12 December 2020)

New hydro power scheme opens

Despite a series of challenges that caused delays, including a large slip and the Covid-19 pandemic, the Matiri hydro scheme, near Murchison, has officially opened.

Capable of generating 28 gigawatt hours annually – enough to power just under 4000 homes – the scheme was built by South Island generator Pioneer Energy, which will also operate and maintain it.

Pioneer Energy chief executive Fraser Jonker was coy on the exact cost of the investment but said it was more than $20 million.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 12 December 2020)

Region reaches new median price highs

Nelson and Tasman are among 11 regions with record median house prices for November, while Nelson leads the country in low stock numbers, according to the latest Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) data.

In the 12 months to November 2020, Tasman District’s median house price experienced a 28 per cent jump, from $605,000 to $774,400, while Nelson City increased 9.8 per cent, from $610,000 to $670,000.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 12 December 2020)