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Property News - 21 July 2020

House auction proceeds to help child cancer families

It was a win for the Child Cancer Foundation having a fundraiser house built, and it will be a big win for whoever bags the Brightwater build at its upcoming auction.

The Homes By Orange house at 41 Katania Heights had its first open home yesterday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony carried out by 8-year-old Frank Urbano, a leukaemia survivor.

Child Cancer Foundation central development manager Tony Fitzgerald said the funds raised from the sale of the house would go a long way towards helping to support families during the tough child cancer journey.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 13 July 2020)

Culvert almost complete as Waimea dam work ramps up

Construction of the diversion culvert is almost complete at the Lee Valley site of the $129.4 million Waimea dam.

At the dam site about 36km southeast of Nelson on Monday, Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott said the culvert measured 160 metres long, with walls as thick as 1.6m in places.

The walls of the culvert were 80 centimetres thick in the sections that included a central wall, and 1.6m in three areas without a central partition, Scott said.

Almost 4000 tonnes of reinforcing bar was also expected to be used in the project, he said, along with another 10,000 square metres of mesh.

The number of people working at the site has increased as construction has picked up.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 15 July 2020)

Nelson house prices increase despite gloomy forecast

House prices in Nelson City have continued their upward trend, despite predictions of a postCovid-19 fall in the housing market across New Zealand.

The median house price in Nelson rose 13.2 per cent year-onyear, from $531,500 to $601,500, the latest figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (Reinz) show.

The top sale price was $1,887,000, for a house on Wakefield Quay in Stepneyville, according to the Reinz House Price Index for June.

Nelson’s median house price rose 2.6 per cent from May to June. The value of its housing market has increased by more than 150 per cent since 2003.

In Tasman District, the median house price rose 2.4 per cent on last year, to $650,000.

Tasman had the lowest number of days to sell of all regions, at 28 – down 17 days from the same time last year, and down 37 days from May. It also had the lowest number of days to sell for June since records began, and was the only region with a median number of less than 30 days.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 15 July 2020)

Diverse projects honoured

Projects ranging from Nelson’s new airport terminal to baches and public toilets have been recognised in the Nelson/Marlborough Architecture Awards.

Eleven buildings from six categories won awards. Awards convenor and Nelson architect Andrew Irving said the jury was encouraged by the quality of the entries in the education and public and commercial architecture categories.

The Winners:

Commercial architecture - Nelson Airport Terminal (Studio of Pacific Architecture), Pic’s Peanut Butter Factory (Jerram Tocker Barron Architects)

Education - St Joseph’s School, Nelson classroom block (Create Architects)

Housing - Axe House (architecture+), Kaiteriteri Family Bach (redbox architects 2017), Vineyard House (Arthouse Architects)

Housing multi-unit - Betts Apartments (Arthouse Architects)

Public architecture - Saltwater Creek Bridge (Jerram Tocker Barron Architects), The Quays (Studio of Pacific Architecture)

Small project architecture - Queens Garden Toilet Block (Jerram Tocker Barron Architects), Picot Bach (Mitchell Stout Dodd Architects)

(Nelson Mail, Friday 17 July 2020)