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Property News: 17 December 2018

Maori name sought for Abel Tasman

The country’s most popular national park should also have a Maori name, says the author of a new book.

Acclaimed conservationist Philip Simpson has suggested Totaranui National Park as an alternate name for the 23,000ha Abel Tasman National Park, which has one of the country’s Great Walks along its spectacular coastline.

Simpson, a botanist based in Golden Bay, has written a painstaking natural and cultural history of the park, Down the Bay, that will be launched this week. He said a Maori name was overdue and would ‘‘redress the balance’’ lacking in the park despite its long history of iwi settlement.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 10 December 2018)

Industrial subdivision plan divides opinion

A proposed small-scale industrial development has generated large concerns among Tasman residents determined to maintain the rural charm of their village.

The Tasman District Council has received an application for a subdivision and associated earthworks at an Aporo Rd property. The proposal is to establish a small contracting yard with a raised ground level, erect two sheds and create a new vehicle access.

If successful, the site would be rezoned from Rural 1 under the Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) to industrial, and would involve the construction of buildings in the Coastal Environment Area.

Nearby residents have raised issues about the subdivision, including changes in traffic movements around Aporo Rd and the safety of school children, increased noise and dust, and the environmental impact and cultural significance of the nearby Moutere estuary.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 10 December 2018)

Reserve gets nod for new library

A new multimillion-dollar library for Motueka will be built at Decks Reserve.

Tasman District Council’s community development committee yesterday chose the site for the library upgrade, preferring Decks Reserve over the option of redeveloping the existing library on its Pah St site, which could have required the relocation of the Motueka Senior Citizens hall and Laura Ingram Kindergarten.

Updated cost estimates from the feasibility study put the price at just over $4.7m for a new library at Decks Reserve or $4.8m for an expansion of the existing site. A council staff report says these updated estimates are about $1m over the budget contained in the Long Term Plan 2018-28. Libraries manager Glennis Coote told councillors staff would look at ‘‘alternative options’’ for the additional funding.

Construction of the new library is scheduled to begin in 2020.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 14 December 2018)

TDC ratepayers hit harder in the pocket

Many Tasman district ratepayers are set to pay higher rates than anticipated in 2019-20, with the council ticking off a total rates rise of 2.74 per cent, compared with 2.42 per cent outlined in its Long Term Plan.

Although news of the additional hike in overall rates income comes just two weeks after Tasman District Council gave the green light to the $105.9 million Waimea dam, the controversial project is not given as a reason for the bigger rates take.

According to a staff report on the Annual Plan 2019-20, which includes the rates rise, the main reasons for the increase are:

  • A $100,000 increase in the rivers activity account to replenish the emergency fund after ex-tropical cyclones Fehi and Gita;
  • $250,000 for the review of the Tasman Resource Management Plan;
  • $150,000 to action the findings of the council’s Capacity and Capability Review;
  • Higher insurance premiums of $250,000;
  • Increased staffing costs, including allowance of an additional 1 per cent in salaries ‘‘to respond to labour market pressures’’.

The report says that offsetting these increased costs are infrastructure reductions of $200,000 for one-off project costs, and lower interest costs of $800,000.

In addition to the bigger overall rates take, the capital works schedule is set to change.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 15 December 2018)

Dun Mountain's slip saga slides on

Ongoing slips on a section of Nelson’s Dun Mountain Trail have raised fears that it will be permanently closed.

However, the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust says that while the slips are disappointing, work on a new solution will start next week.

The site of New Zealand’s first railway between 1862-66, the 43km Dun Mountain Trail is one of New Zealand’s Great Rides and is promoted as one of the most accessible back country alpine cycle trails in the country.

But a series of slips since the construction of the 14.4km predator-proof fence at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary has led to sections of the track being closed to runners, mountainbikers and trampers, as well as causing damage to the fence itself.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 15 December 2018)

Modellers Pond trial extended by council

The trial to clean up the Tahunanui Modellers Pond will continue for another five months, at the cost of a further $130,000, giving it one summer to get results.

The pond, which has had problems with weed and algae for decades, has cost the Nelson City Council $155,000 this financial year in attempts to clear it once and for all, including a $135,000 trial using a product called Diatomix.

The other options available to the council were to increase the budget even more, for longer trial periods, or to abandon the attempt altogether.

John Gilbertson, who has been volunteering in the efforts as part of the council’s working party, said the results initially were very good. Photos from October showed the pond to be almost completely clear of scum. However, in early November algae had started to build up again.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 15 December 2018)

Introducing Jaimee Ryan

Jaimee RyanDuke & Cooke are pleased to welcome Jaimee Ryan as Administrator to our Rural and Commercial teams. Jaimee replaces Keile Johns, who has left to pursue her own business options.

Jaimee joined us initially to complete her internship programme with NMIT and has since graduated with a New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology), also managing to secure a Leadership award.

Prior to joining us, Jaimee was working in the Hospitality industry for over 10 Years which took her throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Outside of work Jaimee’s interests include photography and travelling.

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