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Property News - 22 June 2020

Appeal over land sale rejected

Maori landowners have lost a Court of Appeal case to prevent the sale of land held by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in Nelson.

The landowners of the Nelson Tenths’ Estate argued the Crown should not be allowed to sell the site, in Morrison Square in the CBD, because it was part of land the Crown failed to reserve enough of for Maori across the region, in the 1840s.

In a split decision 2-1, the court rejected the appeal, saying the ACC was not a crown entity for the purposes of the proceedings.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 17 June 2020)

Hospital building in ‘poor condition’

One of Nelson Hospital’s main buildings is in the worst condition of any in the country, a Government hospital stocktake shows.

The National Asset Management Programme for district health boards was published this month and involved engineers assessing 166 buildings at 31 hospitals – in the first report of its kind.

Of the 24 buildings housing clinical facilities that were found to be in poor condition, the George Manson building at Nelson Hospital had the highest score. Built in 1960, the 6863sqm block had fire separation issues, a likelihood of asbestos and seismic restraint issues.

The report showed the building fabric at Nelson Hospital was old but in reasonable condition. A large area of flat roof on the central block was in poor condition and the building services were in variable condition and near the end-of-life.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 17 June 2020)

Who’s keen to revive The Riwaka Hotel?

Once a happy haunt for hunting competitions and summer gigs, The Riwaka Hotel’s owners are keen to return a favourite establishment to its former glory.

After several years’ inactivity, a motivated operator is being sought to kickstart the ‘‘legacy project’’ to re-open the 166-year-old pub.

In 2016, the historic pub was listed to lease as its last owner-operators ‘‘cut their ties and spread their wings.’’

Carsten Buschkuehle bought the hotel in December last year, with a vision to ‘‘get all the action from the old times back.’’

Since January, the hotel has rented out the eight-room accommodation.

Buschkuehle was a co-owner of tourism venture Nelson Tasman Air at Motueka Aerodrome before it was sold to Auckland-based aviation tourism operator INFLITE who also bought Skydive Abel Tasman.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 17 June 2020)

Classic car museum ready to reopen in bigger space

Plans are under way to reopen Nelson’s classic car museum in Annesbrook, but the future of the WearableArt section of the museum is less clear.

The World of WearableArt and Classic Car Museum was put into hibernation in May, with WOW management blaming a massive loss in revenue due to the pandemic.

The group reopening the car museum to the public comprises owners of the cars and buildings, former employees of WOW, and the contractors that maintain the car collection.

Museum volunteer and Cartel Works design director Mike Wilson said the 160 cars within the museum would be made more accessible for viewing. This would include opening up former WearableArt exhibit space for the classic car collection.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 19 June 2020)

Backing for park, not pond

The Nelson City Council has abandoned a plan to concrete the base of the Modellers Pond in favour of filling it in and creating a park.

The latest twist in the decades-long saga of the weed-infested pond played out over more than five hours at a sports and recreation committee meeting on Thursday.

There was confusion, recriminations and a resignation but councillors voted 9-2 to progress the alternative plan, which will turn the Tahunanui pond into a community park. That proposal will now go out for preliminary design work before being put to public consultation.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 19 June 2020)

Maitai pathway put on fast track for widening

Widening the Maitai riverside path is good news for pedestrians, especially for parents with young families and mobility scooter users, says a Nelson city councillor.

The project to widen the popular pathway between Collingwood St and Bridge St is among those to be fast-tracked after the council received $1.23 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for infrastructure projects to help the Covid-19 recovery.

Traffic-calming measures on Beach Rd and resurfacing a road in York Valley are among the five approved council projects.

The Maitai River Path widening project – which would widen the existing 1.5m path to 2.5m – was first approved by the council in 2015. At the time the plan was to widen the path between Collingwood and Nile streets, and was costed at $600,000.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 19 June 2020)

Tasman swim spots ‘envy’ of NZ

The water quality at popular swimming spots across Tasman District last summer would be the envy of other regions in New Zealand, Tasman District councillors have been told.

Council environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King on Thursday told the operations committee that monitoring of 20 freshwater and coastal sites over the 2019-20 season revealed swimmability rates that would again ‘‘be the envy of any other regional council’’.

‘‘The average swimmability rate across the country is under 70 per cent – and we’re getting in the high 90s and we’ve consistency done that over the years,’’ Bush-King said.

‘‘People can be reassured that our rivers and our beaches are good places to swim over summer.’’

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 20 June 2020)

Camping hub won’t come back next summer

Nelson’s temporary camping hub won’t be making a reappearance next summer, but work is progressing on a service hub for the homeless.

The temporary camping services hub was set up in Halifax St last summer with funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Responsible Camping Fund.

It was meant to ease the pressures of freedom camping on the region.

While it was not clear if the hub served its purpose in terms of freedom campers, it proved popular with and useful for local homeless people.

Nelson City Council team leader of parks and facilities assets Paul Harrington told councillors at the sports and recreation committee on Thursday that staff did not recommend repeating the service hub.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 20 June 2020)