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Property News: 19 March 2018

'Lifeline' loan to School of Music

The Nelson Centre for Musical Arts (NCMA) has been given a "lifeline" loan of up to $680,000 as it faces a funding shortfall for its redevelopment.

The music school's $900,000 shortfall in its redevelopment project was recently made public. On Friday Nelson city councillors debated providing a loan in a public-excluded meeting.

A statement from the council said it had already made a "significant ratepayer contribution" to the project, with a grant of $3.15m.

"However, in order to ensure the construction continues on track for the April opening date, council has agreed to offer the NCMA an interest-free bridging loan of up to $680,000 while it undertakes further fundraising to reach its $900,000 target," the statement said.

The NCMA Trust has said the shortfall of around $900,000 is due to the need for more seismic strengthening work, and the discovery of asbestos in the building.

Mayor Rachel Reese said the Nelson School of Music was "part of this city's proud heritage".

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 12 March 2018)

Help is on the way - Storm taskforce for Tasman

Relief is on the way for storm-hit Tasman residents.

Economic Development Minister David Parker and Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi yesterday announced an additional $100,000 to support Golden Bay residents and businesses affected by Cyclone Gita last month.

It will go into a relief fund managed by the Tasman District Council.

Tasman mayor Richard Kempthorne said the council would develop the criteria for the distribution of the money.

This is on top of the $500,000 that was announced by Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni on Monday for an Enhanced Taskforce Green scheme for Tasman and Taranaki to help with the clean-up.

The taskforce is a work programme that employs job seekers to help with clean-up following emergency events, and will be shared between the two regions.

The taskforce will focus on areas which do not require skilled work or heavy machinery.

Nelson spokeswoman for Rural Support Trust Barbara Stuart said the taskforce workers would let orchardists harvest their crop without having to spare their staff for clean-up.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 14 March 2018)

State home boost 'a start'

Nelson will get seven new state houses but social agencies say many more are needed.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has announced that up to 155 new state houses would be built across New Zealand's regions by June this year.

The top of the south will get 20 new state houses, with 13 in Marlborough and seven in Nelson.

Nelson Tasman Housing Trust director Carrie Mozena said while she applauded the new Government for paying more attention to housing, the new houses on the way for Nelson wouldn't make "enough of a difference".

She understood the government intended to increase Housing New Zealand funding.

Nelson's new homes, to be built by Housing New Zealand, include a mixture of one and two-bedroom homes on Kawai Street South, Waimea Road and Kawai Street.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 14 March 2018)

Council's post-cyclone damage bill may surge past $12m

The costs of cleaning and repairing Tasman District Council roads in the wake of hits from two ex-tropical cyclones is tipped to cost up to $10 million.

Council engineering services manager Richard Kirby said an estimated $1.5m to $2m had been spent on streams and rivers in the district, which has hammered by two ex-tropical cyclones last month - Fehi on February 1 and Gita on February 20.

Kirby said he planned to bring a report before the council in April with estimates of the cost and where the money might come from.

Both Kirby, who attended a meeting at Ngatimoti on Wednesday evening, and recovery manager Adrian Humphries, who attended a meeting at Brooklyn the same evening, said the council had a responsibility to ratepayers and could not put money into private work on private land.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 16 March 2018)

Stay of execution for Haulashore Island wharf

The Haulashore Island wharf was scheduled for demolition next week, but has had a stay of execution after a public outcry.

The Nelson City Council yesterday announced the wharf's proposed demolition on its Facebook page, but were overwhelmed with comments saying it should be saved.

At the time of the announcement, the council said it was not planning on replacing the wharf.

But a number of commenters said it was a piece of the city's history and should be retained.

The council's group manager, community services Chris Ward said the project was now delayed "in light of approaches from members of the public".

Anyone wishing to visit the island must use a boat capable of a beach landing.

Haulashore Island was formed in 1906 when the harbour board created The Cut through the Boulder Bank to form a new entrance to the port after the natural entrance filled up with sand.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 17 March 2018)

Dam plan $5m grant decision on hold

It is likely to be May before Nelson decides whether it will contribute $5 million to the proposed Waimea dam.

A $5m Nelson City Council contribution is included the draft financials for the dam project for which the Tasman District Council (TDC) and Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) are proposed joint-venture partners.

Earmarked to be built in the Lee Valley, near Brightwater, the dam is tipped to be funded by a mix of ratepayer, irrigator and Crown funding.

The city council in late 2017 consulted on a proposal to contribute $5m to the project in the form of a grant.

It was scheduled to deliberate on the matter on February 27 but that meeting was postponed.

Nelson City Council acting strategy and communications manager Nicky McDonald said it recently received a report on the "drought impacts" for Nelson's future water supply.

It contained new information relevant to the council's proposal to contribute to the dam project.

TDC corporate services manager Mike Drummond said the expected delay by the city council was "probably not going to greatly affect the timeline".

While the TDC Long Term Plan, now out for consultation, had assumed the city council funding "will be there", the final LTP could have a revised budget for the dam, which could also include the estimated construction cost.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 17 March 2018)

Thought for the Week

My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem.
But they don't really know me.

(Garry Shandling)