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Property News - 24 February 2021

Port and Airport proposed to merge

Port Nelson and Nelson Airport are proposing to join forces and operate under a new company after looking for ways to prepare for an uncertain future.

The proposal is currently before Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council, which own both the port and the airport, 50 percent each.

The proposal, which is being led by the board of Port Nelson, began at the end of last year. The port started to look at several options to help "release synergies" across the two organisations, according to a joint statement by Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 11 February 2021)

Mayor defends rates increase

Nelson City Council will increase its rates about five percent each year for the next ten years as part of its Long Term Plan, Mayor Rachel Reese says.

Rachel says the plan was an interesting one to put together. "There is no doubt that Covid-19 has had an impact."

She says council saw many of its revenue streams reduced, such as commercial rentals and parking.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 17 February 2021)

$44m Riverside library plan

A new $44 million Riverside precinct library proposed for Nelson has the potential ‘‘to rival some of the best libraries in New Zealand’’.

The proposal for the future of the Elma Turner Library was released to the public yesterday, and will be discussed at a council meeting tomorrow.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 17 February 2021)

House prices smash record

The median house price in Nelson has increased to a record high of $712,000 – the first time the region has ever exceeded the $700,000 mark, latest figures from REINZ show. REINZ said Nelson showed a 19.2% increase in median house price from $597,500 in January 2020 to a record high of $712,500 in January 2021. House sales decreased by 34.5% from 84 in January 2020 to 55 last month. House sale days decreased by four from 43 in January 2020 to 39 last month. Tasman had its lowest January sales count in 21 years (35 sales).

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 17 February 2021)

Councillors back new library site

The first hurdle towards the construction of a $44 million replacement for the Elma Turner Library has been cleared.

At a full meeting of the Nelson City Council yesterday, councillors passed a resolution confirming it was their preferred option to build a new library building on the corner of Halifax and Trafalgar streets within the Riverside Precinct.

This means the proposal will now be included for public consultation in the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan, and a business case will be brought to council for final approval.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 19 February 2021)

Maitai guardians say council must do more

Environmental group Friends of the Maitai is calling on the council to set an example for the forestry industry by moving its asset towards a ‘‘lower impact’’ forestry model.

The environmental group said steps such as reducing clear-cut harvest areas, improved environmental monitoring, and more accurate erosion classifications needed to be taken to reduce the effect of sedimentation on the river.

Friends of the Maitai made a presentation to the Nelson City Council’s Environment and Climate Committee on Wednesday, commenting on the work done by the short-lived Maitai Forestry Forum which ran from 2019 to 2020.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 19 February 2021)

Crown should give back land, says kaumatua

Negotiations over the return of thousands of hectares of Nelson land have hit a wall, with local Maori asking for a little understanding from a Labour Government dedicated to ‘‘kindness’’.

But with a Supreme Court decision in his back pocket, kaumatua Rore Stafford could still make things messy for the Crown in the High Court.

Descendants of the owners of the Nelson Tenths reserves say a settlement offer over land tied to that Supreme Court decision in 2017 was rejected, and Stafford was asked to try again.

The last man standing in a case that started 36 years ago, Stafford says the Crown should just give the land back.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 20 February 2021)

Tenants could be caught out by new law’s loopholes

The biggest overhaul of tenancy laws in 35 years came into force this month, introducing reforms aimed at giving tenants greater protection and security.

Tenants can now request to make a change to the property, and landlords cannot decline it if the change is minor. This includes hanging pictures, earthquake-proofing, and minor paint jobs.

Nelson tenants’ rights advocate Brenda McQuillan said that while the changes were positive, she had some reservations.

While Section 40 of the Residential Tenancies Act says ‘‘the tenant must ensure that the premises are left reasonably clean and tidy and remove all rubbish’’, it does not specify exactly what ‘‘reasonably clean and tidy’’ means.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 20 February 2021)