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Property News: 16 September 2019

Regions top list of least affordable

Tasman district and Nelson are the second and third least affordable regions respectively for home buyers in New Zealand behind Auckland, according to a new report.

The median sale price for the year ended March 2019 was $540,083 in Nelson and $593,500 in Tasman. That’s an increase of 8.5 per cent in Nelson and 6.9 per cent in Tasman compared with the year earlier – and a hike of almost 50 per cent over the past five years.

According to the Massey Home Affordability Index to June, Tasman district is the second least affordable region in New Zealand after Auckland with Nelson in third place. Last year, the combined Nelson-Tasman region was third behind Central Otago Lakes and Auckland. However, this year Nelson and Tasman have been split into individual categories while Central Otago Lakes has been bundled into the wider Otago region.

The Massey Home Affordability Index takes into account the cost of borrowing as well as house prices and wages.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 9 September 2019)

Hopes dashed for subdivision

A Tasman district couple are ‘‘devastated’’ after learning their bid to build affordable housing on their land has been denied.

Jason and Ange Mudgway, who live in Hope, south of Nelson, had planned to build up to 47 homes on their rural property under the Special Housing Areas Act.

In March, the Labour Government said the legislation would not be extended beyond its September 16 expiration date, and that no new special housing areas (SHAs) would be established after the deadline.

The Mudgways application is ahead of the September 16 deadline. However, in a letter to Tasman District Council mayor Richard Kempthorne, new Housing Minister Megan Woods explained that a backlog of applications meant the Mudgways’ wouldn’t be considered.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 9 September 2019)

Changes afoot in Nelson CBD

Changes are coming to Nelson’s CBD with several buildings being leased or sold in the past month.

A range of properties on Hardy St, Bridge St, and Trafalgar St are all set to have new owners or lessees from September.

One of the new businesses will be an Asian fusion restaurant, replacing what was the Char Bar and Grill on the corner of Collingwood and Hardy Streets.

The site has been leased by Asian Garden Hospitality, which runs a collection of restaurants throughout the South Island and Wellington, including Nelson’s Thai Tahuna.

Other businesses have moved premises within the CBD, including both Flight Centre and House of Travel.

ActionTech, which specialises in cameras and drones (ranging between $600 and $80,000), has also relocated from Vanguard St to a more central location on Bridge St.

The lease for the former Cheryl Mackie Boutique building at 50 Bridge St has also been bought in the past week.

Uniquely Nelson manager Simon Duffy said there had been more positivity in the CBD compared to previous winters.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 9 September 2019)

Emergency Response team seeks new superheroes and new base

Job ads often seek "unflappable" applicants who can think on their feet under pressure.

Rarely would those attributes seem more called for, than in the upcoming recruitment round for Nelson Tasman civil defence emergency response team, NZ-RT2.

Members of the voluntary group can be called out at any time to disaster zones - which have recently included the Pigeon Valley wildfire and flood-hit areas during ex-cyclone Gita - to help evacuate people or make sure they stay safe.

Frontline members could find themselves doing anything from searching buildings, collapsed in an earthquake, to helping man roadblocks.

The group hoped to add six to eight such members to the 19 currently on call 24/7, through the latest recruitment drive which was due to get underway in earnest this week, section leader Jason Monopoli said.

The group was also calling for help to find a new home after it had to move out of the Nelson Fire Station, which has become a national fire training centre.

It hoped to hear from any local commercial property owners with unused property they could donate for the new base, which would mainly be used for class teaching and storing two vehicles and two trailers.

It would ideally be about 120 - 150 square metres, and located around the Stoke or Richmond areas, with such central locations helping the team to respond quickly.

People interested in becoming frontline or support members can email:

Duke & Cooke's Barry Rowe pictured top right

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 9 September 2019)

Nelson overtakes Otago as wine producing region

Nelson has overtaken Central Otago as the country's fourth-biggest wine producing region, according to new data from the wine industry.

The amount of grapes harvested for wine production rose by 36 per cent in Nelson and Tasman district this year compared to last, making up 3.1 per cent of New Zealand's total, the figures from New Zealand Winegrowers showed.

That was just above Central Otago's 3 per cent.

The country's powerhouse wine region remains Marlborough which produced 76.6 per cent, followed by Hawke's Bay's with 9.3 per cent and Gisborne's 4.1 per cent.

In Nelson, grapes used to make sauvignon blanc, gewurztraminer, sauvignon gris, syrah, viognier and Albarino saw the biggest rise in volumes, with production up across nearly 90 per cent of varietals.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 11 September 2019)

Bedrock find keeps dam build on track

Bedrock has been found at the site of the Waimea dam build in the Lee Valley.

Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott said the geology at the site was as expected, and even better than expected in some spots.

‘‘It’s early days but we’re pretty happy,’’ Scott said. ‘‘We’ve cleared the overburden and we’re on bedrock.’’

Waimea Water is the Tasman District Council-controlled organisation responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of the dam.

Scott said engineers from Waimea Water, Damwatch, Jacobs and SMEC, of Australia, had inspected the site. ‘‘They’re all pretty happy with it.’’

The geology has been identified as one of the major risks for the $104.4 million project. Bedrock is required to anchor the planned 53m-high concrete-faced rockfill dam.

Excavation was underway for the left-hand plinth, which would be a 5.5m-wide leading edge of the dam, sealing it with the subsurface, he said. /p>

Meanwhile, the Waimea Water team plans to hold a public meeting at Richmond Town Hall on September 25 to provide an update on the dam build and answer questions.

The event is scheduled to be held from 7pm to 8.30pm, and attendees are asked to email by September 22 to register and submit questions or topics of interest.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 14 September 2019)

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