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Property News - 4 August 2020

Plan change for Maitai project yet to be made

A controversial Nelson subdivision has already sparked an opposition group, but it may be months before there is a formal opportunity to contest it.

That’s because no application has yet been made to the Nelson City Council for a plan change, which would be the first regulatory step for the proposed Maitai area housing development.

The proposal was put under the spotlight earlier than normal when the council applied for a $25 million government grant for shovel-ready projects, to ‘‘replace and upgrade existing critical infrastructure affecting the Nelson East, Maitai and Bayview catchment area’’.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 29 July 2020)

Residents unite to protect wetland

The country’s increasingly rare protected coastal wetlands have been boosted after a group of Golden Bay residents purchased a block for restoration.

Heather Wallace, Rick Cosslett and Victoria Davis, with support from Bill Adams and two private donors, recently purchased seven hectares on the eastern side of the inner reaches of Parapara Inlet, near Collingwood. In keeping with their wishes that the wetland be protected forever, they have gifted it to the Native Forest Restoration Trust.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 29 July 2020)

Homeless hub gets boost

Plans to create a ‘‘homeless hub’’ in Nelson have received a boost, with the city council agreeing to provide up to $30,000 worth of funding.

Nelson organisation The Male Room will be leading the project, dubbed ‘‘Whare Haumaru’’, which is aimed at providing a daytime hub area for Nelson’s homeless community. It would include bathroom, computer and laundry facilities.

Its concept is similar to the now discontinued Freedom Camping Hub set up on Halifax St, which gave free access to shower and toilet facilities.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 31 July 2020)

Methane levels at old tip ‘safe’

The site of a former landfill in Nelson is expected to continue producing gas at decreasing levels for the next few decades.

The Atawhai landfill occupied the area bounded by Queen Elizabeth II Drive, Atawhai Drive, Weka St and Sovereign St, and operated for about 40 years before it was closed, covered and buried in 1987.

Nelson City Council group manager for infrastructure Alec Louverdis said the levels of methane were within expectations and were being managed safely – although the site was likely to continue to release gas at decreasing levels for the next 20 to 30 years.

Council figures show that the proportions of methane and carbon dioxide in the landfill gas have remained at stable levels, at about 24 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 31 July 2020)

‘Home away from home’ hotel still among travellers’ favourites

An unassuming but high-quality player in Nelson’s accommodation market has been rated over some top South Pacific hotspots.

Delorenzo’s Studio Apartments has been named New Zealand’s second-best hotel in the latest Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The awards recognise travellers’ favorite hotels, restaurants and airlines around the world, with 4817 businesses honoured this year.

Winners are calculated based on the quality and quantity of the millions of reviews, opinions and ratings collected on Tripadvisor in 2019, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 31 July 2020)

Work needed to improve campground accommodation

Increased scrutiny is being placed on semi-permanent accommodation at Nelson’s campgrounds to make sure they comply with building regulations.

The Nelson City Council has begun a project at its three campgrounds – the Brook Valley Holiday Park, Maitai Valley Motor Camp and Tahuna Beach Holiday Park – to make sure that the semi-permanent accommodation at each is healthy and safe.

The council says each campground has some issues relating to compliance with the Camping Ground Regulations 1985, the Resource Management Act, the Building Act and the Reserves Act, which need to be resolved.

Group manager for community services Roger Ball said the council had begun to engage with campground occupants through an independent third party to inform them about the process.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 1 August 2020)