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Property News - 8 April 2021

Garin’s Chapel to be restored, just not yet...

An earthquake-prone historic chapel at Nelson’s Wakapuaka Cemetery will be restored, but it’s a long-term project, the Catholic Church says.

The final resting place of Father Antoine Marie Garin is listed as a category one historic place, with ‘‘special or outstanding historical or cultural significance or value’’.

In 2018, a notice from the Nelson City Council said the building’s owners needed to carry out work by 2038 to ensure the chapel was no longer earthquake prone.

Parish of the Holy Family Nelson and Stoke spokesman Gerry Quin said the notice covered two aspects of the chapel: the canopy at its entrance, and the bell tower.

The canopy had been strengthened with a support beam until more permanent repairs could be made, Quin said. Strengthening the bell tower was on the to-do list.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 29 March 2021)

Open day highlights success

A vision that started almost 20 years ago has evolved into a 691-hectare sanctuary whose progress will be open for the public to see next weekend.

The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, in the hills of the Brook Valley near Nelson, will host a public open day next Sunday, April 11. The open day is intended be a twice-yearly event to highlight the sanctuary’s activities and promote itself to the wider community.

As well as free entry, food stalls and live acoustic music, guides will be on hand to inform and assist visitors along the Loop Walk.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 31 March 2021)

Protesters call for dam inquiry

Protesters have called for Tasman District Council to have an independent inquiry into the over-budget Waimea dam project.

About 150 people gathered outside the council’s Richmond office on Thursday to make known their displeasure with the project.

The protest comes after the release of Waimea Water Ltd’s midyear report that outlines further detail of what’s behind a $42.8 million hike in the probable construction budget for the dam, which has taken the expected build cost from $104.4m in 2018 to $147.2m.

Another $11.2m is tipped to be needed for Covid-19 related costs and associated delays, taking Waimea Water’s latest forecast cost to complete the dam up to $158.4m.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 3 April 2021)