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Property News - 4 November 2020

Approach made over Port Tarakohe project

Tasman district councillors went behind closed doors on Thursday to discuss an ‘‘approach’’ by a government business unit over Port Tarakohe in Golden Bay.

That approach by the Provincial Development Unit (PDU) comes less than a month after the council declined a limited recourse loan of up to $20 million for the proposed redevelopment of the council-owned port and shelved the project.

Mayor Tim King said at the time the funding options placed too much risk with the council for it to be willing to proceed.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 26 October 2020)

More huts join online booking system

Getting into the top of the south’s great outdoors has been made easier this summer with the Department of Conservation adding more huts to its online booking service.

DOC has added the Bushline and Angelus huts in the Nelson Lakes National Park, and the Canaan Downs campsite and Cobb Hostel in Kahurangi National Park, to its online system. The Nelson Tasman region has 100 huts available – including basic/bivvies, standard, serviced, serviced alpine and Great Walk – and Marlborough has 65.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 26 October 2020)

Nayland College seeks feedback on enrolment zone

Nayland College is asking the public for feedback on its proposed enrolment zone boundaries.

The only co-educational school in Nelson has gone out to the local community, as well as the wider public, with submissions closing on 13 November.

As the school rapidly nears its 1330 student capacity, the Ministry of Education has requested they adopt an enrolment zone, which will need to be in place by the beginning of 2022.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 28 October 2020)

Nelson healthy homes celebrated

A project dedicated to making the homes of those in the Top of the South warmer and healthier to live in has just celebrated its 2000th insulation.

Warmer Healthier Homers Nelson - Marlborough has been subsidising insulation projects in the region since 2014.

Project chairman Leeson Baldey says it's an amazing achievement for the programme. "It's 2000 families living in healthy homes."

The project began in partnership between Rata Foundation, Nelson Tasman Housing Trust, Nelson City Council, and Nelson Marlborough DHB to address unhealthy homes in the region. Insulating a home typically costs between $2,500 to $5,000 in New Zealand.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 28 October 2020)

Habitat's spacious new ReStore opens this Saturday

After many months of hard work and preparation, the team at Habitat for Humanity Nelson are excited to be opening their new ReStore on Saturday (October 31st) and are hoping for a great turnout at its fantastic new location.

Habitat for Humanity is a charitable organisation which has operated in Nelson for over 20 years and is part of a global network which helps to house people and build communities.

In early 2020, the local organisation purchased the former Suburban Club at 166 Tahunanui Drive, with the desire to create a community hub and new operational base. Its Nelson ReStore accepts and resells quality new and used goods, and all the proceeds help to fund local housing programmes and initiatives.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 28 October 2020)

New cycle trail link follows well-travelled track

While the old Nelson to Glenhope railway is long gone, the latest link of the Nelson region’s Great Taste Trail is following in its tracks.

Set to open to the public tomorrow, the new section of the cycle trail stretches eight kilometres from Kohatu through to Tapawera.

The trail has been built along the route of the railway that operated between Nelson and Glenhope before it closed in 1955.

Nelson Tasman Cycle Trail Trust trail manager Josh Aldridge said that as well as the trail using some of the railway’s old bridge abutments, culverts and embankments, there were replica signs marking the locations of historic stations.

Aldridge said getting the trail extended to Tapawera was a ‘‘key milestone’’ for the trust.

The official public opening of the new section will take place in Tapawera at 10am tomorrow. Following speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, people can then cycle 5km to the Hidden Sculpture Garden for a morning tea and free entry to the garden. Cyclists can then either continue to Kohatu Flat Rock Cafe or Spooners Tunnel, or return to Tapawera for lunch.

The next phase of the trail will look to stretch north from Tapawera through to Ngatimoti. While no decisions have been made at this stage, an option to divert the route from the Motueka Valley and go over the Baton Saddle is being considered.

(Nelson Mail, 31 October 2020)