Property News – 12 April 2023

Dam filling delayed by the paperwork

The Waimea Dam is 85% complete but there is yet another holdup for the Tasman district’s massive $198 million project – paperwork.

Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott told the Tasman District Council last Thursday that closure of the reservoir would be delayed from February to May because they had not received documents from the contractors.

The dam is a joint venture between Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd. It is being constructed for Waimea Water, a council controlled organisation, via a joint-venture of Fulton Hogan Ltd and Taylors Contracting Ltd. ‘‘We now foresee a delay of closure of the reservoir from February to May … that is really around the contractor completing their QA [quality assurance] documentation,’’ Scott told councillors.

(Nelson Mail, 27 March 2023)

Mountainbike trail bridge lifted into place

Nelson’s popular Coppermine mountainbiking trail is closer to being fully reopened after a heavy-lift helicopter flew a bridge into place over a slip-hit section.

The slip wiped out the track on the Maitai water pipeline access bench – and damaged the pipeline itself – during last August’s weather event. Cyclists had to detour on to Maitai Valley Rd for a section of the trail between the Maitai Dam and Smith’s Ford.

On Friday, a Blackhawk heavy-lift helicopter from Wellington lifted the 2.8 tonne bridge into place, spanning the slip. The helicopter, which can take loads of up to 3.2 tonnes, made another trip to airlift a rock crusher machine that will be used for on-site aggregate to maintain the trails.

(Nelson Mail, 27 March 2023)

Global award for straw design

A plan for homes made with straw-filled timber panels has won an international architecture competition, and support for a potential prototype in the Nelson region.

The Kiwi-designed ‘‘Strawlines’’ project took joint first prize in the competition run by London-based organisation INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism).

(Nelson Mail, 29 March 2023)

Ways to cut slash risk outlined

From slash traps to helicopter removal, ways to mitigate the risk from forestry debris have been put to Tasman district councillors.

PF Olsen, which manages the Tasman District Council forestry interests, was commissioned to evaluate the risk of woody debris from its forest estates.

PF Olsen regional manager Nelson Sam Nuske, who gave a presentation at the full council meeting last week, said of the council estates, the highest risk area was Kingsland, behind Richmond.

(Nelson Mail, 29 March 2023)

Farmer researching safety in dairy sheds for thesis

A Golden Bay dairy farmer is combining her working knowledge and her academic studies to research safety in the milking shed.

Collingwood farmer Deborah Rhodes is examining the safety climate in dairy sheds for her Master of Health Research thesis through the Victoria University School of Health.

Safety climate looks at the perceived value placed on safety in an organisation, and can be used as a predictor of safety issues and as a catalyst for change.

(Nelson Mail, 1 April 2023)

‘Garden shed’ puts region’s valuable heritage collection at risk, says trust

Treasures were covered in plastic sheeting at a Nelson research facility during last year’s floods, and the region’s $20 million collection is at ‘‘significant risk’’ in a home that is not fit for purpose, councillors have been told.

During a presentation at a joint committee meeting of the Tasman District and Nelson City councils, the Tasman Bays Heritage Trust’s internal project manager for the archives, research and collection project, Belinda Wheatley, said the current Isel Park building was the ‘‘equivalent of a garden shed’’.

(Nelson Mail, 1 April 2023)

Free parking a ‘red herring’

Nelson Airport has been asked to look into extending free parking at its car parks, potentially following the lead of New Plymouth Airport.

At the Taranaki airport, drivers can spend up to two hours at the airport without paying a cent thanks to a new charging schedule that came into effect from February 1.

At Nelson Airport, parking is free for drop-offs up to 15 minutes.

(Nelson Mail, 3 April 2023)

Challenges overcome at Waimea

The Waimea Community Dam has provided some unique challenges but also some great opportunities to those involved in its construction.

Civil engineer Richard Greatrex is the dam’s construction manager and engineers’ representative. Prior to taking on this role, he worked on several major transport infrastructure projects around the country.

(Nelson Mail, 3 April 2023)

Work set to begin on social housing project

Work is set to begin at Kāinga Ora’s central Nelson site as the housing provider prepares the ground for new social housing. Kainga Ora’s regional director for Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast Julia Campbell said site testing will begin this week at 107 Nile St, with contractors preparing to remove the fire-damaged Masonic Hall. Fencing will go up, and machinery will be on site from next week, Campbell said. While the demolition should be completed sometime next month, the building’s historical status means an archaeological authority is needed before the foundations can be removed. It was not yet known how many homes would eventually be built on the 3000m2 site, Campbell said. Details would be firmed up around the middle of the year, when resource consent was lodged. ‘‘We appreciate neighbours’ patience as we go about this work. There may be some noise and dust while the work is carried out, but our contractors will be doing all they can to minimise this.’’

(Nelson Mail, 5 April 2023)

New homes unlock freedom

In the lounge of her new rental home, Kylie Hoult doesn’t need any encouragement to jump for joy.

Enter the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust. Its mission to build affordable homes for people on low incomes, with funding from local government and a generous philanthropist, is changing the lives of families like Kylie’s.

At the official opening of a fivehouse complex in Muritai St on Wednesday, Kylie said her new two-storey home meant a whole lot.

‘‘It’s freedom, independence, it’s [the kids] having their own space – it will be amazing. The kids are very excited – they keep asking, ‘When we can move in?’.’’

(Nelson Mail, 8 April 2023)

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