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Property News - 4 February 2021

Dam company cracks whip

A letter leaked to The Nelson Mail reveals concerns about delays with the Waimea Community Dam build, including fears that the hold-ups threaten the 2022-23 irrigation season.

‘‘This is of serious concern to Waimea Water and its stakeholders,’’ says Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott in the letter, dated December 24, 2020, addressed to the contractor for the build – a joint venture of Fulton Hogan and Taylors Contracting.

Waimea Water Ltd is the company responsible for managing the construction, operation and maintenance of the dam, which has been under construction since 2019 in the Lee Valley, about 36 kilometres southeast of Nelson.

(Nelson Mail, 27 January 2021)

Takaka tops Tasman land value increases

Golden Bay has led Tasman District in percentage hikes for residential land value, with an 80 per cent jump since 2017 in Takaka alone, well above the 40 per cent increase for the district overall.

The figures have been revealed as part of new rating valuations prepared for 25,987 properties on behalf of the Tasman District Council by Quotable Value (QV). They reflect the likely selling price of a property at the effective revaluation date – October 1, 2020.

(Nelson Mail, 27 January 2021)

Planting the seeds of change

‘‘It’s a model for other people.’’ Colin Davis

Just as a seed can become a towering tree, Colin Davis hopes his tiny forest will grow a movement.

On a 100-square-metre triangle of sloping land on his property in the Enner Glynn hills, Davis is planting a microforest.

Each weekend, he and friend A J Clarken, whose engineering know-how is driving the project, are joined by friends, neighbours, and volunteers from the Nelson Whakatu Muslim Association, of which both men are members.

Together, they’re preparing the ground, working to the principles of Akira Miyawaki, a Japanese botanist whose microforest movement has spread out of Asia and into Europe.

(Nelson Mail, 27 January 2021)

Sewage plant’s land plan

More treated wastewater could be discharged on Best Island rather than being dumped into the Waimea Inlet.

The business unit running the Nelson regional sewage treatment plant has bought 64 hectares on Best Island as it looks to dispose of more of its treated wastewater to land rather than releasing it into the inlet on the outgoing tide.

Nelson City Council infrastructure group manager Alec Louverdis said the land cost $3.1 million, and the Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit (NRSBU) took possession of it in June.

According to its draft Wastewater Activity Management Plan 2021-31, the NRSBU also proposes to secure another location in the second decade (2031-41), in preparation for a future relocation of the treatment plant away from Bell Island.

NRSBU chairman and Tasman District councillor Kit Maling said shifting the plant’s location was a plan for ‘‘away in the future’’, estimating it could cost $200 million.

(Nelson Mail, 29 January 2021)

Water restrictions from next week

The first water restrictions of the summer in Tasman District will come into effect on Monday.

For residents of Richmond, Hope, Brightwater, Redwood Valley, Mapua, Ruby Bay and Wakefield, the restrictions mean they will not be permitted to fill swimming pools, although they will still be able to top them up.

Watering grass and lawns will be banned, but people using a hand-held hose will still be able to water plants and vegetable gardens as well as washing buildings and cars.

These restrictions will apply to homes, businesses and public organisations. They also apply to Nelson residents living adjacent to Champion Rd, whose water is supplied by the Tasman District Council’s Richmond scheme.

(Nelson Mail, 29 January 2021)

Sales of $1m-plus properties hit record

There was a huge jump in the number of million-dollar properties sold in New Zealand in 2020, with new Real Estate Institute data revealing that sales were up by 68 per cent on 2019.

A total of 18,181 $1 million-plus properties were sold in 2020. Not only was this up from the 10,819 sold in 2019, it also far surpassed the 2016 record of 11,619.

If the Auckland market was taken out of the equation, sales of $1m-plus properties were up by 61.5 per cent on 2019, with a record 5056 properties sold in this bracket.

15 of the 16 regions recorded year-on-year increases to hit record highs – and some turned in jaw-dropping increases in sales of over $1m.

(Nelson Mail, 30 January 2021)

Clubhouse bowls over residents

Referred to as the heart of Arvida’s fastest-growing retirement community, the residents’ clubhouse has officially opened in the aged care provider’s Waimea Plains village at Richmond, near Nelson.

Since the first residents arrived 16 months ago, Waimea Plains on Lower Queen St has grown to include 83 villas and townhouses. The official opening of the clubhouse on Friday with a blessing by kaumatua Harvey Ruru was described as the ‘‘icing on the cake’’.

Arvida chief executive Bill McDonald called the opening of the $6.5 million building a ‘‘big milestone’’.

The clubhouse would be ‘‘enjoyed for years to come by the residents who already live at Waimea Plains, as well as those who will be moving in over the coming years’’.

(Nelson Mail, 1 February 2021)

Couple switch focus to homes

After bookings for their lodge dried up within two weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown, a couple in Tasman with three children to raise have started building tiny homes.

The first of the 47 square-metre homes will be ready for sale today, with a $160,000 price tag. A second home is due for completion in a few weeks while construction on the third is also underway.

Fran and Daniel Huelsmeyer did not believe they had time to wait for a hoped-for recovery in international tourism.

‘‘Ninety-nine per cent of our guests were international visitors,’’ Fran said of the couple’s Split Apple Lodge and spa business. ‘‘For the last four years, we built up the business and within two weeks, it was completely wiped out.’’

As they already had plans to build extra accommodation, which they had to cancel, and were friends with a longtime professional builder with who they had worked with previously, they decided on the burgeoning tiny home industry and closed their lodge business.

Instead of creating bespoke properties as other companies do, the Huelsmeyers, via their Ruru Building Ltd business, are building their tiny homes to one high-end design, with the ability for small adjustments, and putting them on the market once complete.

That design catered for people as tall as 188cm-high Fran, who said she would not want to have to bend in her home to avoid touching the ceiling.

Thus, the design ‘‘maxed the dimensions’’ of the tiny homes with a 30 square metre footprint plus two mezzanines, providing about 47 square metres of interior space. The homes were 4.3m high, which meant standing height everywhere, including the kitchen, bathroom and both mezzanines.

(Nelson Mail, 1 February 2021)

Richmond businesses feel squeeze

Business owners are calling for the Tasman District Council to put the pedal to the metal and get the upgrade of the roundabout at the northern entrance to Richmond completed as quickly as possible.

The disruption caused by stage two of the $2 million upgrade project at the intersection of Salisbury and Champion roads is affecting the bottom line of some businesses.

Barbecue and heating store owner Brendon Bailey said the cafe side of his business, Zink, next to Raeward Fresh on the northwest corner of the intersection, was down about 30 per cent since the work started.

‘‘It’s in the same 12-month period as [the Covid-19 lockdown],’’ Bailey said. ‘‘We already had six weeks with no income.’’

Although financial support from the Government covered wages during lockdown, there were still other costs that had to be met such as the lease, power and insurance.

Now, less than a year later, they faced the effects of the roundabout upgrade, Bailey said. ‘‘It’s a double impact.’’ Moxini Home owner Wayne Boote said his business was more of a destination, so it was less affected than some other businesses in the area. ‘‘It’s got to be done,’’ Boote said of the work. ‘‘But every day it goes on is definitely costing businesses money.’’

Boote and Bailey urged the council to lessen the financial pain by ‘‘hurrying up’’ with the work.

(Nelson Mail, 1 February 2021)