Property News – 11 October 2023

Marae homes brought to life

Motueka’s newly completed papakāinga homes have been brought to life with a dawn blessing.

On Saturday, whānau, friends, builders, leaders and politicians came together to celebrate and pay tribute to those who contributed to their construction.

Those who came filed through the four completed whare (homes), shoulder to shoulder, many stopping every few metres for a hug or a kiss, the kaumātua (elders) exclaiming “ātaahua” (beautiful) as they took in the newly finished interiors.

For Allanya Misiepo (Ngāti Rārua, Te Ātiawa) who will move into one of the four completed dwellings, it was an emotional moment.

(Nelson Mail, 2 October 2023)

Airport earnings soar on the back of pent-up passenger demand

Pent-up domestic flight demand in the aftermath of Covid has fuelled a higher than expected $1.2 million dividend from Nelson Airport to the region’s councils.

In its annual report, the airport recorded 915,000 passengers in the 2023 financial year, up from 619,000 in the 2021-22 year.

Total revenue of $16.6m was up $4.9m and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $9.6m was 40% above budget.

(Nelson Mail, 2 October 2023)

Stoke church up for sale

The Whakatu Presbyterian Church on Songer St is for sale. Parish Clerk Elaine Henry says, they have built a new church on Champion Rd to serve the region and have combined their parishes of Stoke, Tāhunanui, and Richmond.

(Nelson Weekly, 4 October 2023)

To the letter(box): The precise nature of modern covenants

No dogs taller than 50cm, no garden ornaments, and only temporary campervans – there are some pretty particular rules for people living in subdivisions.

Known as covenants, they are becoming more and more popular in new developments, as a way to protect the area’s value and aesthetic. While some residents love living under covenants, others think some of the rules go too far.

Almost all subdivisions now come with a list of residential or land rules, Property Brokers Palmerston North real estate agent Eileen Farquhar said.

Some banned certain types of structures, such as garden sheds visible from the road, while others required certain colours and materials, or types of landscaping, all to create a “more peaceful and cohesive community”, Farquhar said.

(Nelson Mail, 6 October 2023)

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