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Property News - 4 March 2021

House heads to new home

A 1920s house destined for demolition has been saved, put on a truck and shuttled out to live out its days in greener pastures.

The space where the house sat in Nelson at 15 Shelbourne Street looks bare and small, the previous contents of it sitting in two pieces on the cordoned-off road yesterday morning.

The new owners of the house, Sue McNulty and Rob Douglas, recently learned it wasn’t the first time a house had been shifted from the property.

McNulty said the original house on the site was taken to Founders Park, drawn by horse and cart through the streets, ‘‘then this was built afterwards’’ in 1926.

After a week of preparations by builders to cut the house in two, the sections were craned from the site onto trucks to take them to a temporary spot in Wakefield where the house will stay until the couple find a suitable section, hopefully in Todd Valley where they currently lived, McNulty said.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 22 February 2021)

Damaged hall set to reopen early

Repairs are ahead of schedule to the Motueka Memorial Hall, which was hit by a hailstorm on Boxing Day.

Tasman District Council reserves and facilities manager Richard Hollier on Monday said the hall could be reopened by mid-March, all going well. The repairs were not originally due to be completed until after Easter in a seven-to-eight week planned programme of work.

‘‘But they’re well ahead of that schedule at the moment,’’ Hollier said.

The hailstorm, which pummelled Motueka, damaged the supper room, kitchen area and storeroom of the Memorial Hall on Pah St.

Hollier said the extent of the damage was minimised by the prompt actions of Motueka resident Mark Wentworth and other people – mainly hall users – who moved chairs, a piano and other items from the damaged storage room into the main hall and then cleaned and dried out the hall, supper room and furnishings over the ensuing days.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 24 February 2021)

Maitai consultation challenged

Save the Maitai campaigners say the Nelson City Council failed to follow its own advice with regard to a potential residential subdivision in the Kaka Valley, but the council says its consultation process was ‘‘robust’’.

The Save the Maitai group was formed in July 2020 in response to the Maitahi-Bayview syndicate’s plans to build up to 550 houses in the Kaka Valley (along with 150 houses in the Atawhai Hills) – and to date has received more than 10,000 signatures on its petition to prevent any future development.

The group has said there were ‘‘serious flaws’’ in the council’s process to designate the land as a residential development area in its 2019 Future Development Strategy (FDS).

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 24 February 2021)

Council builds in extra $8m for dam project

Another $8 million has been included in the Tasman District Council’s draft Long Term Plan 2021-31 for further costs associated with the already over-budget Waimea Community Dam project.

The expected project costs for the dam stand at $129.4m, $53.5m above an estimate of $75.9m that went out for public consultation in 2017 and $25m more than a $104.5m estimate at the time the decision to proceed was finalised in 2018.

However, the cost overruns don’t appear to be over yet.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 24 February 2021)

New riverside precinct aims to be sustainability 'beacon'

The Mahitahi Precinct plans are a framework for a project that will evolve over time that is built largely on Wakatu land, which it has owned since its inception in the 1970s.

"In the history of Wakatu it's always been pretty important land. Going back to pre-European times that was the mouth of the river - it was a critical area," Iain says.

One of the biggest developments will be a new library, which council voted to progress to take to consultation last week. That could see a $44.4 million library redevelopment proposal as part of its Long Term Plan.

The new library would be two-storeys with a 3250m2 floor area as well as a 5-star Green star rating, meaning it would use sustainable materials and be designed for passive heating/cooling and reduced energy costs.

It would have a lifespan of more than 100 years. Council voted to include the library for public consultation in the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan, and a business case will be brought to council for final approval.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 24 February 2021)

Big land for tiny homes

The Kenney family want to share their land with families looking to downsize both their home and their environmental footprint.

Adrienne and Josh Kenney's home, between Nelson and Rai Valley sits on 15ha of farmland, which they are now looking to open up to people wanting to bring in tiny homes.

The Kenney family have decided to offer up three 3ha paddocks for people to bring in portable tiny homes.

Adrienne says their vision is to see tiny homes on the property, all fully self-sufficient and helping look after their unique environment.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 24 February 2021)

Dam costs overrun, again

The already over-budget Waimea Community Dam is facing another $29 million blowout. Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott announced yesterday that the company had a new forecast cost to complete the dam of $158.4m, up from $129.4m.

That new forecast included $11.2m for Covid-19 related costs and associated delays. The remainder was related to design changes that were made to adapt to the geology at the site and improve resilience as well as the cost of some underbudgeted elements such as the mechanical and electrical work, he said.

Waimea Water is a council controlled organisation that is responsible for managing the construction, operation and maintenance of the dam. It is a joint venture between the council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 26 February 2021)

Mayor warns of issues from scrapping RMA

Nelson’s ‘‘most critical’’ regulatory plan and by extension the region has been put at risk of ‘‘potential ... significant collateral damage’’ by the scrapping of the Resource Management Act, according to mayor Rachel Reese.

Reese raised her concerns at Tuesday’s meeting of the city council’s audit, risk and finance subcommittee.

She said the plan had ‘‘probably elevated to one of our biggest unknowns’’ after the Government’s announcement earlier this month that it would be scrapping the Resource Management Act (RMA) and replacing it with three new pieces of legislation.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 26 February 2021)

‘Community house’ burnt

Police are investigating a fire at the Renaissance Community in the Motueka Valley which burnt a ‘‘community house’’ to the ground.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire just after 9pm on Tuesday night at a property on Graham Valley Rd.

A Fire and Emergency spokesman said crews from Ngatimoti, Motueka and Tasman attended the blaze, which was ‘‘well-involved’’ by the time they arrived at the 12 metre by 12m building. Motueka fire chief Mike Riddell said by the time fire crews reached the house just before 9.30pm, it was ‘‘pretty much destroyed’’.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 26 February 2021)

Single company tipped for port and airport

A proposal to establish a single holding company for Nelson Airport and Port Nelson could deliver annual estimated operational synergies of $592,000 to $932,000, according to an analysis of the option.

Tasman district and Nelson city councils own both strategic assets 50/50.

They are proposing to transfer their shareholdings in both Nelson Airport and Port Nelson into a single new company with both councils as equal shareholders.

That option, along with three alternative choices including the status quo, will go out for public consultation as part of the councils’ draft Long Term Plans 2021-31.

Any change in the structure of the companies is conditional on both councils agreeing to proceed and a final decision will not be made before June 30, when both Long Term Plans are due to be adopted.

Business consultancy Deloitte was commissioned to independently review the direct operational synergies in the proposed option. It found that $592,000 of the annual synergy benefits appear ‘‘reasonable and likely’’. Another $54,000 appears ‘‘possible’’. The rest appear either ‘‘possibly unlikely’’ or ‘‘unlikely’’.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 26 February 2021)

Councillor wants dam information investigation

Tasman District councillor Dean McNamara has called for an investigation into the integrity of the information presented to elected members about the Waimea dam project, as the estimated cost of the build rises again.

‘‘We’re destined to repeat this procedure if we don’t get to the bottom of what went wrong,’’ he said.

His comments came as news broke that the already overbudget dam project is facing another blowout, of $29 million.

Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott announced on Thursday that the company had a new forecast cost to complete the dam of $158.4m, up from $129.4m.

The $129.4m estimate was already $53.5m above an estimate of $75.9m that went out for public consultation in October 2017, and $25m more than a $104.5m estimate at the time the decision to proceed was finalised in 2018.

At a council meeting after the announcement, McNamara said he was concerned that when the council was presented with the $75.9m estimated cost, it came with a ‘‘P95’’. He was referring to a touted P95 confidence level, which meant there was 95 per cent confidence the dam would be built at or below the estimated cost.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 27 February 2021)