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Property News - 19 May 2021

Plan floated for waterfront

An ambitious proposal to revitalise Nelson’s waterfront that includes a public saltwater pool, a covered market and an aquarium has been floated before councillors.

Kumanu landscape architect Lance Roozenburg presented the submission at Nelson’s Long Term Plan hearing, saying it would ‘‘activate the taonga that is the Haven precinct’’.

Kumanu is the environmental contracting arm of Nelmac. Nelmac is a council controlled organisation.

The plan included turning the former Reliance Engineering building in Haven Rd into a covered market, and the old Plant and Food Research building into an aquarium or education centre with an outdoor saltwater pool.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 10 May 2021)

Students help with forest restoration

A project to replant a native forest on the Waimea Inlet got reinforcements from Christchurch over the weekend in the form of the Student Volunteer Army.

On Saturday, about 30 volunteers planted 5000 native trees on a patch of land overlooking the inlet.

The plantings are part of an ecological restoration project, led by Forest and Bird, that has been going since 2019 to restore six hectares of private land back into native forest.

Ecological manager for the project Ian Price said the initiative had been sponsored by the Cohen family, who own the land and had paid for the approximately 40,000 trees to be planted over the course of the project.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 10 May 2021)

Cable Bay cell tower to relocate after protest

The company behind a controversial proposed cellphone tower installation in Cable Bay has bowed to community pressure and decided to relocate the 11-metre structure.

The proposed placement of the tower has been shifted from the scenic roadside spot opposing the Cable Bay Holiday Park and Cable Bay cafe to a private property on the hillside of Cable Bay Rd.

In August 2017, the Rural Connectivity Group was appointed by the Government to be the infrastructure provider to bring 4G mobile and wireless broadband coverage to rural New Zealand.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 12 May 2021)

Codes battle for sportsgrounds

The Tasman Rugby Union and FC Nelson have each made proposals to council requesting the primary use of a new sports facility.

Nelson City Council has invested $50,000 in a feasibility study into the need for an artificial turf in the region with findings indicating a preferred site at Guppy Park.

Tasman Rugby has made a submission for a training facility, while FC Nelson proposes converting the existing changing rooms into a 'club hub.'

As the region's premier sporting side, the Tasman Mako does not have a full-sized training ground while FC Nelson's base at Guppy Park has long been subjected to scrutiny for its poor playing surface.

The submissions were made at last week's Long Term Plan 2021-31 hearing.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 12 May 2021)

Sea sports back marina facility

Nelson’s sea sports groups are backing a council proposal to build a new purpose-built facility at the Nelson Marina.

The proposed $8.3 million facility, which was put to the public in the Nelson City Council’s Long-Term Plan (LTP) consultation document, would provide storage space and act as a base of activities for eight of Nelson’s sea sport clubs, from Sea Scouts to rowing to waka ama.

At the LTP hearings a week ago, Nelson Sea Sports Alliance representative Tim Babbage put the case for a new building.

Babbage said that since the construction of the current facilities in the 1980s, sea sport and recreation in Nelson Haven and its surrounds had grown ‘‘exponentially’’.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 12 May 2021)

Civic House revamp moves ahead

Nelson’s Civic House refurbishment has moved on to the next stage, after the council received the business case and rehashed old debates.

The business case identified several issues with the existing building which would be addressed in the refurbishment, including the location of the chamber, the perception of understaffing at the customer service desk and deferred maintenance.

The budget for the work is $16 million, or $18m taking into account inflation.

The three ‘‘key areas’’ identified were categorised as civic function, staff working environment, and sustainability and resiliency.

Group manager of infrastructure Alec Louverdis said the business case was ‘‘the culmination of a lot of work’’, but there was still more ahead. ‘‘The civic house needs a lot of work, in relation to the conditions for staff as well as elected members.’’

The business case outlined proposed changes like moving the council chambers, currently on the second storey of the old post office building, to the first floor of civic house to improve public accessibility, and a number of changes to improve the building’s efficiency both as a workplace and in the environmental sense.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 12 May 2021)

Renovation that took 12 years a winner

‘‘Good things take time’’ is an old adage that rings true for a Nelson beachside home, after it won its architects recognition for a 12-year renovation.

Tahunanui House, by Irving Smith Architects, won one of the four awards given to the firm in the Nelson-Marlborough region’s Te Kahui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects awards for 2021.

The project incorporated two main stages and many smaller moves to optimise the family home.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 14 May 2021)

New home consents ‘going gangbusters’

A record high 601 new dwellings were consented in Tasman District in the year to March 31 – almost three times as many as in Nelson City.

‘‘It is a record for us,’’ Tasman District Council environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King said. The previous high was 581 in 2002-03. ‘‘We thought Covid was going to create a slowdown, but it is going gangbusters.’’

The numbers, contained in a May 6 report from Statistics New Zealand, show that the Nelson City Council consented 202 new dwellings in the year to March 31, down from 287 in 2019-20 and 362 in 2018-19.

While the number of consented new dwellings has dropped each year over the past three years in Nelson, it has been the opposite trend in Tasman, where the numbers rose from 383 in 2018-19 to 475 in 2019-20 and 601 in 2020-21.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 14 May 2021)

Big start for tiny home firm

Taking a big punt on a tiny home business in Tasman District, Fran and Daniel Huelsmeyer hoped they might sell up to six a year.

They were wrong. Within 12 weeks of putting the first home on the market, the couple’s Ruru Building business, known as Ruru Homes, had contracts to build 13 more.

The Huelsmeyers had since recalculated and now estimated they could sell and deliver 30 to 40 homes a year. They had to quickly increase production to accommodate that expected increased demand. Staff and contractor numbers had jumped from four in January to about 30 now.

A new site was secured at Motueka as the increased production quickly outgrew the space at the couple’s home, between Kaiteriteri and Marahau.

As well as sales of tiny homes to individuals, the Huelsmeyers were investigating the possibility of providing multiple dwellings for myriad uses such as workers’ accommodation.

Another possibility, which has piqued the interest of Tasman District Mayor Tim King, is the provision of 20 tiny homes for a site at Motueka – a growing town with a shortage of affordable housing.

‘‘We’ve signed an agreement with a landowner . . . with the option to build 20 small homes to be sold for affordable prices,’’ Fran said. ‘‘The idea is to build quality housing for a realistic price. People would own the house, and lease the ground for 34-35 years.’’

Talks had been held with Tasman District Council staff and King about the possibility of a 20-unit site at Motueka and also about how to ensure all Ruru homes complied with the Building Code and could be relocated.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 15 May 2021)

Pensioner housing plan receives strong support

A community-led proposal to build two additional pensioner flats on Tasman District Council land in the Golden Bay town of Takaka has received strong support from district councillors.

Driven by the Golden Bay/Mohua Affordable Housing Project, the two architect-designed homes are to be built at the rear of the four council-owned Taakaka Cottages along Commercial St.

The affordable housing project, established by engineer Dr Christopher Bennett, aims to build quality homes that are affordable to people on lower incomes including pensioners and beneficiaries. It is based on the provision of low-cost homes with a basic two-bedroom, 60 square metre house costing $150,000.

A shortage of affordable housing to rent or purchase in Golden Bay prompted the development of the project with the idea of using licences to occupy rather than purchasing land, to help keep costs down.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 15 May 2021)

Hail-struck Tasman kiwifruit saved from going to waste and donated

A Tasman kiwifruit grower couldn't bear to see his hail-damaged crop go to waste, so has donated it to a food distribution hub servicing the entire South Island.

Mac Hops lost half of its crop of hops and had its small gold kiwifruit block written off when a freak 40-minute hailstorm hit the Motueka region on Boxing Day.

After the storm, many growers were advised to thin their crops but Mac Hops decided to keep growing its crop, so it could donate it to people in need, he said.

About 35,000 tonnes of gold kiwifruit was delivered to the Food Network South Island's distribution hub in Christchurch on Friday.

Mac Hops carried the growing and harvesting costs and local city councillor Phil Mauger covered the transport costs, McGlashen said.

A second truck and trailer load, carrying about 20 tonnes of Braeburn apples from Riwaka family farm The Cederman Bros, would be delivered to the hub this week.

"It is pretty awesome really when an idea can come together that benefits so many with the help of just a few key people who believe in helping others."

McGlashen said a "ridiculous" amount of food was being wasted around the world because it may be mis-shapen, have a mark, or not fir a colour grade.

"It doesn't change its taste because of not conforming to rules of how things should look. Farmers always bear the losses and the criticism and just have to get on with it."

(The Press, Monday 17 May 2021)

Comment from Duke & Cooke regarding the above article

Duke and Cooke applaud the actions of two of its clients, Mac Hops of Motueka and Cederman Bros of Riwaka, for their foresight and generosity in making the otherwise valueless, hail damaged fruit, available to the New Zealand Food Network Charity.