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Property News - 3 November 2021

Thousands of new homes for Waimea

More than 2000 homes will be built in Tasman in the coming years with multiple projects progressing to their next stages.

Tasman District Council has approved plans for up to 2000 new houses in an area which will become known as Richmond South.

A separate project in Wakefield is also one step closer to Government funding for 321 new homes after making it through the first round of applications in the Infrastructure Acceleration Fund (IAF) process.

The Richmond South project covers the current southern boundary of Richmond, at Bateup Road, southwards to between White Road and Ranzau Road, and into the foothills of the Barnicoat Range.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 27 October 2021)

Big demand for tiny homes

The demand for tiny homes is "hotting up" as more Nelsonians look for alternative housing solutions amid a frustrating property market.

Local tiny home company Ruru Homes says the demand is bigger than they can cope with.

"We build 50 homes per year and finish one per week, but pretty much all of them have sold," owner Fran Huelsmeyer says. "We are almost sold out until March."

She says most enquiries are from people who cannot afford to buy a house - this includes retirees, young families, and couples getting into the market, and also people wanting an 'instant bach'.

Tiny homeowner Margie Etherington has been living in her 10.75m by 3m tiny home in Hope since July 2020 and is a South Island agent for another company, NZ Tiny Homes.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 27 October 2021)

Cemetery clean-up volunteers throw in the towel

A team of volunteer headstone restorers at Nelson’s Wakapuaka Cemetery has called it quits, citing too many rules and regulations getting in the way.

The group announced on its Facebook page that it was withdrawing from restoring headstones and maintenance at the historic cemetery because ‘‘the rules and regulations that would allow us to continue are just a step too far’’.

‘‘We are unable to meet the commitments required to enable us to continue,’’ the post on the TOSI Friends of Nelson Wakapuaka Cemetery Facebook page said.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 27 October 2021)

Feedback sought on ‘City for all Ages’ plan

A project to improve the health and wellbeing of Nelson’s over-65 population is looking for public feedback on the best way to keep older Nelsonians connected and contributing.

For two years, a community steering group, with the support of the Nelson City Council, has been working on its City For All Ages Strategy. Last week a draft of the strategy was released for public consultation, which will run until November 18.

Steering group chair Paul Steere said Nelsonians were living longer lives, and changes needed to be made to accommodate a population that was becoming older.

Currently, about 20 per cent of people in Nelson are aged over 65, but this is expected to rise to a third by 2043.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 27 October 2021)

Ruru takes flight with village plan

A resource consent application is being finalised to pave the way for the creation of a tiny-home village on a leasehold rural site in central Motueka

Fran and Daniel Huelsmeyer, of Ruru Homes, are behind the proposal to build a village of 30 tiny homes, to be owned by the occupiers and placed on a communal site with land leases of about 35 years.

‘‘If we stay under 35 years, we don’t have to subdivide,’’ Fran said.

Under the proposal, the five-hectare site for the village – near the recreation centre – would be landscaped and would include communal facilities such as gardens, a barbecue area, walkways, and possibly a playground and shared storage.

Initially, the Huelsmeyers aimed to put 40 houses on the property.

However, discussions with Tasman District Council staff revealed that the homes could not be connected to the Motueka wastewater scheme, so the number was reduced to 30 to allow space for on-site treatment of sewage.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 30 October 2021)

Council agrees to sell CBD land to Kainga Ora for housing

Social and affordable housing in Nelson’s central city is one step closer, after the council voted in favour of selling two plots to Kainga Ora.

The decision passed 9–3, with one absence. Councillors Tim Skinner, Yvonne Bowater and Gaile Noonan voted against it.

The vote means that Kainga Ora will now carry out due diligence before potentially purchasing the lots at 69-101 Achilles Ave and 42 Rutherford St to build high-density affordable and social housing.

Skinner said he was ‘‘a huge fan of community housing and affordable housing’’, but he could not support the sale due to his ‘‘lost faith’’ in Kainga Ora, since there had been no move to subdivide the pensioner housing the council sold to the agency last year.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 30 October 2021)

Farmers market on the move to new site

After three years at Kirby Lane, the Nelson Farmers Market is moving to a new location beside the library.

The market was held in Kirby Lane for the last time on October 27. From November 3, it will be at 23 Halifax St, in the space beside the Elma Turner Library.

The new location was due to Kirby Lane organisers changing their vision for the site, farmers market manager Miriam Clark said.

However, the Halifax St location would give the market more space and more options, she said.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 30 October 2021)