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Property News - 4 August 2021

Marina plan for harbour

A new 240-berth marina is being floated for Nelson Harbour to fill an increasing demand.

Gary Phillips, owner-operator of vessel maintenance and boat brokerage company MarineWorx, has revealed plans for a 220-240 berth marina, a hardstand and dry stack facility, and potentially even a floating apartment block.

Phillips said the proposal was motivated by the sheer need for more berths in Nelson – something his 10 years of experience working in the marina had made clear to him.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 26 July 2021)

Climatorium project a vital ‘think-tank’

A proposed Climatorium project in Nelson is much more than the sum of its physical parts, backers say.

Wakatu Incorporated director Miriana Stephens says while many people were concentrating on a potential structure to house the Climatorium, the most important part was what the structure housed – a concept tested by Denmark’s new Klimatorium in the town of Lemvig.

‘‘It’s more about people coming together – it’s more about the concept and about how we might be able to partner with Denmark,’’ Stephens says.

That partnership had already led to Denmark’s proposal for a school exchange, she says, as well as information-sharing from their Klimatorium.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 26 July 2021)

Advocacy group seeks action on housing crisis

Community organisers are frustrated that Nelson's promised housing fund is still months away, as the council works through criteria.

Community Action Nelson (CAN) chair Penny Molnar said the housing advocacy group was "really disappointed that it's taking so long" for the $12 million housing reserve fund to be available.

"It seems like it's an incredibly long process," Molnar said. "We are in a housing crisis, and it's not improving in Nelson - the sooner that money becomes available to the community to change the situation, the better."

She said the council had kept CAN informed during the process, but it had been "incredibly long" considering the council knew it would be coming into the funds.

Molnar said it was particularly frustrating for CAN, as it had been in talks with the council on a specific co-housing project for some time, which it believed could benefit from the fund, but was stuck waiting on the council's timeline.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 28 July 2021)

Dairy effluent compliance high

Inspections during 2020-21 of the 124 active dairy farms in the Tasman District found all but two were fully compliant for effluent management.

That latest finding follows a near-perfect result in 2019-20 and a 95 per cent compliance rate in 2018-19.

Of the two farms not fully compliant during the 2020-21 milking season, one was graded as ‘‘non-compliant’’ for ‘‘minor ponding of effluent on the ground’’.

‘‘This ponding was not in danger of running off and entering water,’’ according to a Tasman District Council staff report on the matter, which is on the agenda for a council regulatory committee meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow.

The other farm not fully compliant was graded as ‘‘serious non-compliant’’ because of ‘‘moderate ponding of effluent’’ after an irrigator malfunctioned.

‘‘This ponding occurred on the crest of steep sloping land where a small stream flowed at its toe,’’ the report said.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 28 July 2021)

Flood destroys Quinneys swimming hole

The popular swimming hole at Quinneys Bush will look a lot different after this month's floods. While floods are not unusual, Andrew Quinney says the sheer force of this flood eroded the land more than any he can remember.

"We are fortunate it happened over winter when we are closed," he says. "We use this time for maintenance and rebuilding."

For the past few years Mark Quinney had been building a slide down to the swimming hole. The flood destroyed the slide, its structure and 20-tonne concrete foundation that took several years to build. It also destroyed the raft, and the new diving platform which hadn't even been used. "It was looking really good," says Andrew. "It's a bit gutting, especially for dad who has worked hard on it."

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 28 July 2021)

Trust feels ‘urgency’ for council reserve fund

Grant a $12 million reserve fund as soon as possible, and you could end up housing 140 people at once, a housing trust director says.

Carrie Mozena, the director of the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust (NTHT), spoke to the Nelson City Council’s urban development subcommittee on Thursday, urging it to implement the council’s $12m housing reserve fund as quickly as possible – a sentiment that was echoed by Nelson’s mayor.

The council had established the fund from the sale of its pensioner housing to Kainga Ora to help tackle Nelson’s housing crisis.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 31 July 2021)