Property News – 04 February 2020

‘Green break’ taking shape

With the prospect of more dry summers ahead, the St Arnaud community needed to be better prepared.

Not long after the Pigeon Valley wildfire last February, St Arnaud resident Kevin Berkett raised the idea of reinstating a firebreak to protect the alpine village.

Many years ago, a firebreak had existed along Lodge Rd, after earlier bushfires threatened homes.

The community initiative to bring back the firebreak has been dubbed the Rotoiti Smart Fire Project. It has been endorsed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ), and is being undertaken by the Rotoiti District Community Council.

The 20-metre-wide ‘‘green break’’ runs for 600m alongside Lodge Rd to the top of the West Bay track in Nelson Lakes National Park, with the aim of limiting the potential spread of fire from the west into the village.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 27 January 2020)

Fire destroys workshop and cars

A workshop at a Nelson car yard and eight vehicles have been extensively damaged in a ‘‘significant’’ fire.

MS Ford’s service lane building, located behind its Haven Rd showroom, caught alight about 10pm on Saturday. The fire spread through the building, damaging eight cars. It did not affect the showroom or any of the cars displayed at the front.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) was called out about 10.10pm. Eight crews from Nelson and the surrounding area responded, and FENZ escalated the response to ‘‘fourth alarm’’, making it a ‘‘significant incident’’.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 27 January 2020)

Restoration sees quarry site recover

Remediation of the Staplegrove Farm quarry site at Waimea West has recovered the land’s productive versatility to a level that satisfies its consent conditions, the Tasman District Council says.

However, council resource scientist Dr Bernard Simmonds said that with gravel extraction, there was ‘‘no way of disturbing and replacing soils without incurring losses in productive potential’’.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 27 January 2020)

Mānuka replacing pines on erosion-prone Mārahau hills

The first 50 hectares of mānuka seedlings have taken well on erosion-prone land behind Mārahau.

Planted at a density of 1000 stems per hectare over the winter of 2019, the trees are permanent replacements for commercial radiata pine trees on land in the Mārahau catchment that is at high risk of slips and erosion.

They are the first 50,000 of 114,000 mānuka trees to be planted in the area over four years – a programme of work known as the Mārahau-Otūwhero mānuka reversion project.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 27 January 2020)

Quality builds recognised nationally

Homes in Nelson and Tasman have been named best in the country at the 2019 Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition.

A development of eight high-end, architecturally-designed, two and three-bedroom units on Nayland Rd and a new-build in Kakano Lane, Richmond, have each taken out nation category awards.

More than 330 properties from across New Zealand were entered into the regional rounds of the competition and InHaus Developments Ltd director Russell Campbell says winning the New Home $600-750K category for their Kakano Lane build is great recognition for the staff, builders and sub traders.

A town house development on Nayland Rd, built buy Scott Construction, also claimed the title of Master Build 10-Year Guarantee Multi Apartments/Duplexes/Terraces National award winner.

Judges said the “standout project” showed good planning on a site that had been used to its maximum potential.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 29 January 2020)

Māpua residents urged to conserve water

Māpua residents are being urged to conserve water and report any leaks promptly, as the Tasman District Council struggles to keep up with demand in the seaside village.

Engineering services manager Richard Kirby said the water level in the Pomona Rd reservoir was depleting faster than it could be replenished, ‘‘and we are struggling to keep up with demand’’.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 31 January 2020)

Nelson prices and sales follow national trends

Nelson house prices have gone up again, with the median price last year reaching $565,000.

The latest report from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) found that all but two regions had an increase in their median sale price, with Nelson following the trend.

The median 2019 price in Nelson was a 7.6 per cent increase from the previous year’s $525,000, which was itself a 9.1 per cent increase on 2017’s median of $481,130.

Though house prices are steadily climbing in Nelson, they still fall short of the national median including Auckland, a record-setting $590,000.

It was more expensive to buy in Nelson than most places, however, as excluding Auckland the also record-breaking national median was $500,000.

The flip-side of the rise in prices in Nelson was a decrease in sales, for the first time in two years. There was a 1.7 per cent drop in the number of houses sold to 1011, from 1029 sales in 2018.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 31 January 2020)

Rising fire risk sees city reserves closed

Increasing fire risk has closed several reserves around Nelson.

The Nelson City Council said yesterday the decision was made after taking advice from Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ).

Six reserves have been closed, including the Sir Stanley Whitehead Reserve, which was burned at the same time as the Pigeon Valley wildfire near Wakefield last year.

The council had been monitoring the Build Up Index (BUI), a measure of the difficulty of suppressing a fire, and said earlier in January that at a BUI of 80, it would consult with FENZ about whether to close reserves. It said yesterday this point had been reached.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 1 February 2020)

Thought for the Week

(Tuesday 4 February)

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