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Property News: 27 November 2017

Bay freedom camp spot blocked

All vehicle access to a controversial Takaka freedom camping spot will be blocked in two weeks.

The Tasman District Council will install barriers to restrict most vehicles accessing the unsealed section of Reilly Street, Takaka by December 1.

The area, bordering the river behind the Takaka Memorial Library, is a popular freedom camping spot.

It attracted hundreds of freedom campers last summer, leading to a number of complaints.

The council agreed to the access restrictions at a full council meeting on Thursday.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne said the site had seen recent problems including antisocial behaviour, litter and environmental health issues.

Pedestrians and cyclists would still have full access to the area.

A private landowner would have a key for personal access.

Other key stakeholders such as emergency services would also have keys.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 20 November 2017)

Dam plan water cost 'stacks up'

Irrigation New Zealand estimates water from the proposed Waimea dam will cost 25c a cubic metre – less than half the price tipped by economist Peter Fraser.

"This is the real cost to the grower," Irrigation New Zealand chief executive Andrew Curtis said.

Curtis said Irrigation New Zealand used expected costs provided by Waimea Irrigators Ltd for its calculation. Those were $5500 in capital and $550 in operational costs per hectare for 4.2mm/ha supply to get a price of $1445 a hectare or 25c a cubic metre.

"It stacks up with any other modern scheme," Curtis said of the Waimea dam proposal.

According to an Irrigation New Zealand report, the average cost of water supplied by schemes in 2016 was 14c a cubic metre. The cost ranged from 2c to 43c a cubic metre.

If recent irrigation developments were compared, the average cost was 21c a cubic metre with a range of 17c to 26c a cubic metre, the report says.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 22 November 2017)

World-beating villa

Nelson architects Jeremy Smith and Andrew Irving’s design of a Golden Bay holiday home has won the villa category at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The house they called the "Bach with Two Roofs", above, was built in stages to adapt to a forest landscape changed by a 2014 cyclone. Smith described the festival event as "a bit like a cross between the architectural Olympics and X-factor, with a 10-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of questions live on stage from the judges. Not for the faint-hearted as you might imagine."

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 22 November 2017)

Lift-off for airport project

A new landmark at Nelson Airport is taking shape with the roof of the $75 million control tower craned into place.

Around it, the separate $32m airport redevelopment project, which started in May this year, is on schedule to be finished in the middle of next year. Travellers will be relieved that the first of the new carparking areas will be opened next month.

The lift of the steel control tower roof went smoothly in calm conditions at 6.30am yesterday. Two cranes lifted the seven-tonne structure into place.

The $7.5m, 22-metre high tower is owned by Airways New Zealand and is being built by Gibbons Construction adjacent to the new terminal development.

Airways manager of future systems Tim Boyle said air traffic controllers in the new tower's operational centre would have 360-degree view of the airfield.

From June 2016 until June 2017, over one million passengers landed or took off from Nelson Airport. The new terminal is being built as a 70 per cent increase in passengers is forecast in the next 17 years.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 24 November 2017)

Dam plan prospectus likely in February

A key piece of the financial puzzle around the proposed Waimea dam won’t be released until February.

Dam proponent Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) expects to release its product disclosure statement on February 8, subject to final approval by the Financial Markets Authority.

That is months later than originally planned.

Product disclosure statements have replaced older forms of financial product disclosure information such as investment statements and prospectuses.

WIL and Tasman District Council are proposed joint-venture partners in the $82.5 million dam project in the Lee Valley, which is tipped to be funded by a mix of ratepayer, irrigator and Crown funding. A council consultation document on governance and funding options for the project is open for public submissions until Sunday. As part of its end of the proposed deal, WIL is expected to raise $15m from the sale of shares. Potential shareholders must be given a copy of the product disclosure document before they invest.

WIL project manager Natasha Berkett said the offer would be open on February 8.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 24 November 2017)

Queen St extra costs top $2.08m

Additional costs have reached more than $2 million for the partially completed upgrade of Queen St in Richmond.

Those extra costs of $2.086m for additional work and time claims swallowed up a contingency of about $1.2m that was built into the original contract. The forecast overall project cost has climbed by $947,000 to almost $14.78m.

Tasman District Council engineering services manager Richard Kirby this week faced questions from councillors when he sought additional funds and approval for a change in the contract to a lump sum price arrangement.

Kirby said the bulk of the extra costs – about $800,000 – related to two items: the disposal of a layer of old coal tar seal found in the road foundations and the need to replace a crumbling section of stormwater pipeline that was originally thought to be in good shape.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 25 November 2017)

Thought for the Week

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

(Will Rogers)