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Property News: 21 January 2019

Toxic algae warning in Tasman

Toxic algal blooms have reached dangerous levels in Tasman district rivers.

Tasman District Council (TDC) has issued a warning that levels of toxic algae in the lower Wai-iti and Waimea rivers are ‘‘a serious risk to dogs and any persons’’ who consume it.

The council advises keeping dogs on leads if algae is seen, and not allowing dogs to drink from, play in, or scavenge in or near the water.

The toxic blooms happen during extended periods of low water levels in the rivers. The warning will be in place until significant rainfall can flush the algae out.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 14 January 2019)

Property values still climbing

The average residential property in Nelson city is now valued at $601,571, according to the latest Quotable Value figures.

The latest QV House Price Index shows that in last quarter of 2018, Nelson residential property values climbed 2.4 per cent, contributing to an overall 8.4 per cent annual rise.

Tasman district property values also continued to rise, with 6 per cent growth reported for 2018, and 1 per cent growth over the last three months. The average residential property in Tasman is now valued at $589,630.

QV figures show that property values increased across New Zealand over the last year by 3.2 per cent, and 1.2 per cent in the final quarter. The nationwide average value is now $682,938.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 16 January 2019)

Troubled centre given a reprieve

Tahunanui Community Centre has been given a three-month stay of execution with a temporary funding boost from Nelson City Council (NCC).

The centre closed its doors at the end of December with an announcement that it was in financial trouble and facing liquidation.

NCC community services committee chair Gaile Noonan said the council wanted to help the centre stay open while its board worked through the potential liquidation process. ‘‘We’re very appreciative of the volunteers on the board and those assisting them, and we want to be supportive of the Tahuna community.’’

Meanwhile, a working party, headed by convenor Murray Leaning, is investigating ways to help the centre operate in the future.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 16 January 2019)

Construction of Waimea dam to start

Construction of the $105.9 million Waimea dam is poised to begin.

Work on the site in the Lee Valley is scheduled to get under way in early 2019 although, as of Tuesday, the exact start date had not been finalised.

Financial close – when all funding and project agreements are signed – was reached just before Christmas. The construction contract has been signed with a consortium of Fulton Hogan and Taylors Contracting.

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said the final pieces were now in place for the project to proceed.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 18 January 2019)

Councils getting millions for fight against erosion

A multimillion-dollar fund to fight erosion will be helping the top of the south keep its land.

Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand) has announced this year’s $36 million Hill Country Erosion Fund (HCEF). The funding will be shared around 12 councils, four of which have never accessed the fund before.

Nelson City Council (NCC) and Marlborough District Council (MDC) are both getting a slice of the multimillion-dollar pie.

NCC will be bringing in $1.275m. The money will be used to work with small forestry block owners to prepare forestry environment plans, help iwi in Te Tau Ihu with sustainable management practices, and preparing for heavy rain events to reduce slips.

An NCC spokesman said these events were likely to become ‘‘more frequent and intense as our climate changes’’.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 19 January 2019)

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