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Property News - 28 January 2021

Pressure for hospital revamp

Nelson Hospital’s rebuild could cost $713 million, the Government has revealed, and MP Nick Smith is urging the Government to give a clear indication of when construction will begin.

Nelson Hospital has been earmarked for a rebuild for more than a decade but the goalposts for the timeframe have been constantly moving.

National MP Nick Smith said the Nelson community and health professionals needed certainty that the Government had a ‘‘clear plan, timetable and budget to replace Nelson Hospital’’.

In answers from Health Minister Andrew Little to questions from Smith, it was disclosed the upgrade would cost $713m.

Little said further work was ‘‘under way to confirm the scope and cost of the investment’’.

There was ‘‘no current timeframe for the upgrade’’, he said. ‘‘Timeframes will be determined once I have been provided with advice from officials regarding the prioritisation of district health board capital projects.’’

(Nelson Mail, Monday 18 January 2021)

Retirement village set to open in March

A $190m retirement village located in Tahunanui Hills is set to open its doors in March this year.

Located on a 12-hectare site near Princes Drive, The Coastal View Lifestyle Village has been six years in the pipeline and will house up to 300 people in a mixture of standalone units, apartments, and care beds.

It is the first Nelson development for Christchurch-based Qestral Group, says managing director Simon O'Dowd.

(Nelson Weekly, Monday 18 January 2021)

Long road to recovery

While the ice has long since melted and the sun is out on High St in Motueka, behind closed doors some businesses are still reeling from the effects of the Boxing Day hailstorm.

The sheer volume of water and ice overwhelmed many buildings’ drainage systems, causing leaks in roofs and ceilings and flooding ground floors.

Paper Plus in Motueka was one of the hardest hit, with the water damage ruining the store’s walls, ceiling and floor – and wiping most of its mainly paper-based stock.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 20 January 2021)

Govt hears growers’ pleas

The Government hasn’t committed to any specific support for Tasman District growers affected by the Boxing Day hailstorm, but it is working through requests for help, says West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor.

One of those requests was for Government support to help retain permanent staff ‘‘and then to look at the ability to have the seasonal staff needed to get the trees and the vines in shape for next season’’, said O’Connor, who holds several portfolios in the Labour Government, including agriculture and rural communities as well as trade and export growth.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 22 January 2021)

Region to benefit from state housing spend-up

The Government’s announcement of where it plans to build 8000 new public and transitional homes it promised in the last Budget isn’t the whole story for the Nelson region, says Nelson MP Rachel Boyack.

As Labour MPs gathered in Nelson yesterday for the first caucus meeting of the year, the Government released its Public Housing Plan 2021-24, outlining where the planned new homes would be built.

In Budget 2020, the Government promised to build 6000 new public housing spots – state and community homes – as well as 2000 new transitional housing spots by 2024. Transitional housing replaces motel stays as a place for those most in need to stay while they wait for a public house.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 22 January 2021)

Nelson Hospital rebuild to start this term – Little

Health Minister Andrew Little has quashed any suggestion of a rebuilt Nelson Hospital being relocated to Richmond, and says the redevelopment work will get under way by the end of this parliamentary term.

‘‘Any new building will be commenced before the end of this term of Parliament, absolutely,’’ Little said yesterday after a tour of the hospital.

‘‘We’re not shifting location, but the George Manson building has a very limited life – it has to come down – so it would be a new building.’’

A Government stocktake in 2020 of hospitals throughout the country found that the George Manson block was in the worst condition of any hospital building in New Zealand.

‘‘We know there needs to be a replacement building sooner rather than later, so we’re on to it,’’ Little said.

An Indicative Business Case for the project was submitted in May, costed at about $713 million.

The figure was disclosed by Little in response to questions from Nelson-based National list MP Nick Smith, who has been pushing for the project to get under way.

However, Little said yesterday that the rough costing of $713m included ‘‘all the bells and whistles, and absolutely everything’’, and had been sent back for revision.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 23 January 2021)

New station under way

After the Pigeon Valley wildfires, the Appleby Volunteer Fire Brigade almost doubled in size.

Volunteer firefighter Bella Clark-Melchers said that before the 2019 fires, the brigade had 12 volunteers. It now had 20. Some of those new recruits came from the Redwood Valley and had been personally affected by the wildfires.

Later this year, the brigade will have a new station to call home, on the corner of Redwood Rd and the Moutere Highway.

Clark-Melchers said the brigade wanted to train the new recruits so they would be ready to go when the station was finished.

Earthworks have begun at the new site, which is just over two kilometres away from the current station, with the build estimated to take around seven months.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 23 January 2021)