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Property News: 18 December 2017

Pair land Helicopter House

Nelson’s helicopter house has sold for $276,000 at auction, the culmination of months of work for the volunteers and donors who made it happen.

General manager of the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust, Paula Muddle, said she was very happy with the result.

"This has pushed us into our first million, we’re planning to raise $10 million in the next 10 years, so we’re right on target," she said.

The new owners of the three-bedroom home are Emma and Dean McCashin, owners of McCashin’s Brewery, known for Stoke beer, Rochdale cider and Paleo water.

The couple have been living in a shipping container house with their three children, after plans to build their own home were delayed.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 11 December 2017)

Talley's discharge permits cut

Seafood giant Talley’s has been given only three-year consents for water and air discharges at its Port Motueka factory.

After a four-day hearing and site visit in May and June this year, commissioners Sharon McGarry, Jayne Metcalfe and Dr Jim Cooke ruled on Talley’s resource consent applications for its seafood processing complex at the port. The commissioners said they wanted to send a "strong signal" for the company to reduce the plant’s environmental impact.

Talley’s had pushed for a 35-year consent term on a suite of permits to continue its longrunning operations at the site, where it has been based since the 1930s. However, in a decision last week the panel granted only three-year consents for the discharge of contaminants to the air from Talley’s fishmeal plant and from the factory wastewater into coastal waterways. Three other consents – covering discharge of truck wash water, storage of hazardous materials and occupying the coastal marine area – were granted for between 15 and 35 years.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 13 December 2017)

Dam plan submitters have their say in court

The proposed Waimea dam is not a sustainable model for commercial water users, says submitter Annette Walker.

A retired entomologist, Walker, of Mapua, was one of the first people to speak at the first of four planned Tasman District Council hearings over a controversial proposal to build a dam in the Lee Valley, near Nelson.

"The TDC is not in the business of sustaining water users on the [Waimea] plains," she said.

Sheep and cows were grazed until it was uneconomic "and I suspect vegetable growers will do the same".

Walker told the panel squeezing maximum growth by pouring water, insecticides and fertilisers onto increasingly impoverished alluvial soil was neither sustainable nor economic.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 13 December 2017)

Regional housing values still rising

Growing demand for houses in Takaka has seen property prices there rise by the biggest percentage margin in the Nelson region over the last year, according to Quotable Value.

Prices in Takaka increased by 15.3 per cent in the year to September, with the median value of a house in the area estimated at $378,850, QV’s latest E-Valuer Quarterly Suburb Report showed.

However, the median house value in Takaka remained the lowest of the 11 places listed.

Central Nelson recorded the highest estimated median house value of $700,550 at the end of September, rising by just over $60,000 year-on-year, compared to a $50,000 annual rise in Takaka, with similar dollar increases across Nelson and Tasman.

The median value in Atawhai was estimated at $637,050 and in Richmond at $576,300.

Takaka also topped the table for percentage price growth over the last quarter, increasing by 3.5 per cent.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 15 December 2017)

Trathen's new building opens for business

A 95-year-old Trafalgar St resident is looking for tenants as it kicks off a new lease of life.

The new $2.4 million retail space on the site of the former Trathen’s building was officially opened and blessed on Thursday.

First built in 1922, the building at 191 Trafalgar St was originally a prominent three-story department store featuring high, art deco windows.

The decision to rebuild came after seismic assessments in 2013 found the building to be an earthquake risk.

Designed by local firm Irving Smith Architects and constructed by Fitzgerald Construction, work to reconstruct the building began in July 2016.

While ground floor tenants Pascoes and Life Pharmacy have already moved in, building owner Ben Trathen said tenants for the upstairs spaces had not yet been confirmed, but there had been definite interest.

It is understood Trathen Properties have invested a total of over $4.5 million, plus the original family land holdings, into the rebuild.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 16 December 2017)

Modellers Pond gets temporary clean-up

The infamous weed-infested pond in Tahunanui has had a summer clean ahead of it playing host to an international modellers convention.

When the Nelson City Council decided to go back to the drawing board to consider long-term solutions for the pond, it also agreed to foot the bill for a mechanical clean in the interim.

Society of Modellers president Nigel Gibbs said in October he hoped the clean-up would take place in November. The $50,000 job was undertaken this week.

Gibbs said they had about 220 modellers registered to attend their international convention being held at the pond from January 4 to 8.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 16 December 2017)

Thought for the Week

If everything is under control - you've forgotten something.

(Mario Andretti)

Christmas hours 2017