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Property News: 3rd November 2014

SYMBOLIC KAHURANGI GATEWAY OPENS

The blue paintwork on Tapawera's new Kahurangi Gateway shone as brightly as the sky when the landmark was unveiled to a crowd of about 100 on Saturday.  Visitors were welcomed to the area with a powhiri before kaumatua reverend Andy Joseph blessed the structure.  Tasman District councillor Stuart Bryant stood in for mayor Richard Kempthorne, who arrived late.  He congratulated the community on compeleting the project, which took eight years to follow through. Nelson master carver Mark Davis spent a year carving the archway out of totara wood donated by the Department of Conservation for the gateway.  He said the long arms on top represented outstretched arms which welcomed visitors, while the centre showed the face of the taiaha which issued a challenge.

(The Nelson Mail Monday, October 27, 2014) 

HELP ASKED TO MEET HALL COST

Tasman district will ask the Riwaka community to contribute $46,000 toward the estimated $226,800 cost of earthquake strengthening the local hall.  The hall is one of 13 community buildings so far assessed by the council - nine of which do not meet at least 34 per cent of the new building standard.  In a report to the council last week, community development manager Susan Edwards said the council planned to spend an estimated $442,000 to bring five of them up to the current requirement of 67 per cent of the new building standard, however the Government is reviewing the standards for public buildings and has indicated a 34 per cent threshold would be acceptable.  Other buildings assessed which did not meet the new building standard included the Golden Bay rugby clubrooms and grandstand near Takaka, which will be replaced with a new community facility, and the 8 Ball building at Motueka's Memorial Park, which will be demolished. No work would be needed on the Motueka Library, if the required building standard was relaxed. The Lower Moutere Hall and the Motueka Recreation Centre met current standards.  No immediate work was proposed for the Pohara Community Hall, which reached 36 per cent of new building standards.  The council has at least 19 other halls, and numerable community buildings, houses and structures, still in need of assessment.

(The Nelson Mail Tuesday, October 28, 2014) 

INSULATION PLAN QUESTIONED

Property developers looking to build in central Nelson will now face the added cost on insulating bedrooms from inner city noise.  A change to the Nelson Resource Management Plan, requiring residential bedrooms within the ring formed by Collingwood, Halifax and Rutherford streets and Selwyn Place to be insulated, was adopted by the Nelson City Council's planning and regulatory committee last week.  The cost of insulation will add about 5 per cent of the building cost of each bedroom, an amount council staff said was fair for developers who held some responsibility for noise management. 

(The Nelson Mail Tuesday, October 28, 2014) 

INNER-CITY LIVING KEY TO LIVEN UP CBD

A key driver to creating a vibrant Nelson city centre is getting people to live in it, a group of Nelson business representatives say.  At a Chamber of Commerce meeting yesterday the group agreed that increasing residential living in the CBD would create a lively atmosphere and reassure residents and tourists that Nelson does not go into lockdown at 5pm. Nelson City Council staff said 100 people live in the CBD area and the plan was to grow that number.  The meeting followed Nelson City Council's planning day held in September, and shared a similar vision for the CBD to that discussed at the Uniquely Nelson meeting earlier this month.  That vision included innovative and forward thinking urban design, hosting attractive events, strengthening connectivity and infrastructure and making sure the council and businesses were on the same page.  Ideas from the meeting will be taken to the council and considered in the drafting of the city's long-term plan, which is due out early next year.

(The Nelson Mail Wednesday, October 29, 2014) 

ECO-VILLAGE ON SHOW

For the first time, residents of the Braemar eco-village will open their doors for a public tour as part of this year's Ecofest.  Since the land was purchased in 2008, residents with like-minded, sustainability-based visions have been working to develop the 4-5 hectare site. Resident and eco-architect Lindsay Wood is passionate about sharing what they have learnt at Braemar and believes outreach is an important part of their philosophy. Wood's house is one of the four that will be profiled in the tour.  Visual features include recycled timber cladding, decking and doors, untreated macrocarpa and exposed aggregate flooring.  The more complex environmental attributes include a suspended concrete floor that provides passive solar heating, sectioned rooms with a thermal break curtain for multi-use, a solar water heater, solar power panel and a bathroom with a composting toilet and flow-restricted shower.  Tickets for the home tour are $30 and can be purchased from council customer service centres in Nelson and Richmond.

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, November 01, 2014) 

CAMPGROUND CHANGES TO BOOST COUNCIL COFFERS

The Tasman District Council plans to introduce a single infrastructure ownership model for its four campgrounds, in a move predicted to almost double its return from the assets. The campgrounds at Pohara, Motueka, Murchison and Collingwood are run under different management models, and have had improvements developed and owned by the leasing camp managers.  In his report, commercial manager Gene Cooper said the council would have to re-purchase the lessee-owned improvements, estimated to be around $1 million for Pohara and $500,000 for Motueka. Servicing the $168,000 annual interest and principal debt would be paid for by improved returns from the two campgrounds, expected to be around $200,000 a year. In addition to purchasing current camp assets owned by lessees, the council would need to invest in the facilities, he said. The council approved the introduction of the new ownership model across the campgrounds from 2015.

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, November 01, 2014) 

CULTURE OF ORIGINALITY HANDICAPS HOUSING

The kiwi love affair with individualised house design is bogging the building industry down, a new report says.  The industry commissioned study was carried out by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research to chart the impact of bespoke housing on the building sector.  The report said greater use of new building techniques such as prefabrication was one way residential builders could meet the rising demand for more houses and the need for quality and affordability. Buyers were open to more standardised methods of building, but only an long as they could tweak the design.

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, November 01, 2014) 

BUILDING CONSENTS HAMMERED

Building consent numbers slumped a surprising 12 per cent in September, possibly because of election jitters and rising interest rates, despite a record migration boom. Much weaker than expected Statistics NZ figures out yesterday showed 1985 consents issued in the month, including 262 apartments.  The total was down 12 per cent on the previous month, seasonally adjusted, though some economists had expected a slight lift. The numbers are back near levels seen a year ago with consents largely flatlining since the summer, which economists said may reflect the Reserve Bank's higher interest rates and speed limits on low-deposit loans.  The building boom is seen as one of the key pillars of economic growth. National building consents crashed after the global financial crisis, with housing consents down to just 12,000 a year or so in both 2009 and again in 2011.  In the latest September year they were up to almost 21,000 excluding apartments, a gain of nearly 3000 on the previous September year.  However, the level of housing work remains almost a third down on the previous housing building boom in 2004. 

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, November 01, 2014) 

TENANTS LINE UP

Retail and office space being built by Gibbons Construction is being snapped up in Richmond. The property arm of the construction firm was talking to one final tenant about office space on the Queen St side of the Warehouse development, which opened in August, and has already filled most of the office space in an adjoining two-storey building which is due to open in January. Gibbons property manager Louise Devine said half of the office space down the southern side of the Warehouse had been taken by the box chain's management while Nelson Radiology and a legal firm had secured two other offices. Discussions were under way with a party interested in the final 45sqm of space, she said. The adjoining two-storey building, on the corner of Queen St and the entrance to the shopping complex, would consist of two retail spaces over the 400sqm ground floor and offices across the 300sqm first floor.

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, November 01, 2014) 

CAFE BY RAEWARDS

A store within a store, Zink, will open next week at the old Couplands site next to Raeward Fresh. Husband and wife business team Ray and Judy Minchin aim to provide a superb cafe experience tied to the use of local fresh produce presented in relaxed surroundings. Alongside the cafe is a Weber barbecue specialist and home heating store.  It will open in the middle of next week.

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, November 01, 2014) 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

The only person you should try to be better than,

Is the person you were yesterday.