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Property News - 28 April 2021

Improvements for ‘much-loved’ library

Plans to redevelop Nelson’s Elma Turner Library have grabbed the headlines in recent weeks, but what about the ageing library in the suburb of Stoke?

The intended lifespan of Stoke Library was put at ‘‘less than five years’’ in a building consent for remedial work on the building in 2019.

Stoke Library did not feature in the Nelson City Council’s latest Long Term Plan (LTP), on which public submissions close today.

The council’s group manager community services, Andrew White, said the library was a ‘‘well-used and much-loved community facility’’, and the council had no plans to close it.

Almost $650,000 had been allocated for structural improvements and a further $60,000 for furnishing renewals in the current LTP, White said.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 21 April 2021)

Kainga Ora probes city housing market

Kainga Ora is looking into four sites in Nelson to ‘‘intervene’’ in the housing market, some councillors heard yesterday.

Nelson City Council’s team leader of city development Lisa Gibellini told the urban development subcommittee that Kainga Ora were ‘‘keen to get some projects going in Nelson’’.

‘‘As we know, with the Government announcement, there’s a lot more recognition at a national level that intervention is required in addition to what local government can do in the housing space,’’ she said.

‘‘Since then [the announcement] Kainga Ora has been in touch and we’ve had a number of meetings. They have identified Nelson as a key area where they want to partner with [the] council and developers to achieve housing supply, social housing, and also to intervene in the housing supply in terms of housing affordability and [the] rental affordability market.’’

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 21 April 2021)

Prominent locals weigh in against valley development

Several prominent Nelsonians have added their voices to campaign against a planned housing development in the Kaka Valley.

Olympian Rod Dixon, health advocate Annette Milligan and actor Mark Hadlow have spoken out against the proposal, after developers lodged a private plan change application with the Nelson City Council on Friday.

The proposed development is earmarked for a 287-hectare site about three kilometres from the Nelson CBD, stretching from Atawhai over the hills and down through Kaka Valley, which is linked to Maitai Valley.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 23 April 2021)

New recreation hub to be a whole in one

Nelson’s Maitai Valley is set to gain a new $1 million recreation hub, pitched as a destination for cyclists, walkers and families.

At a Nelson City Council meeting yesterday, councillors voted unanimously to approve the Waahi Taakaro Golf Club as the location for the planned hub.

While the details of the design are still to be developed, the hub is expected to centre around the club’s existing buildings, while aiming to reduce the impact on the golf playing area.

Some of the activities and facilities that could be provided included a pump track and skills area, outdoor decking, a bike wash down area and repair station, additional car parking, and a cafe´.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 23 April 2021)

Families welcome ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ for home ownership

When Storm Nathan and her whanau first walked on to the building site of their new house, her son said, ‘‘Mum, it’s our forever home’’.

Nathan was recently selected to partner with Habitat For Humanity in its progressive home ownership scheme, an offer she first thought was ‘‘too good to be true’’.

A librarian and mother of two, Nathan moved to Motueka after being displaced following the Christchurch earthquakes. The family had moved around the country before choosing to settle in her then partner’s home town.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 23 April 2021)