Property News – 12 June 2024

Wilding pine plan under fire

A plan for the region’s councils to hold forestry companies to account for wilding conifers within 200 metres of planted forests has come under fire from the industry and has prompted councillors to seek legal advice.

Under a partial review of the Tasman Nelson Regional Pest Management Plan, rule changes are being considered for pest and wilding conifers.

Two conifer species, douglas fir and radiata pine, or “wilding conifers”, can result in “self-seeded and unintentional spread”, a council report said.

Their proposed inclusion in the plan stemmed from a need to protect the “substantial investment” that had already been made in reducing pest and wilding conifer populations in the Mt Richmond Forest Park area, North Nelson, Tākaka Hill area, Abel Tasman National Park, and Golden Bay area.

The proposed rule, Rule B, would require occupiers of planted conifer forests to be responsible for the destruction of any wilding conifers present on adjoining land within 200m of the planted forest boundary.

(Nelson Mail, 5 June 2024)

Stoke loses banking hub

Stoke is set to lose its regional banking hub only a few years after the community fought to get it.

In 2019, after the departure of Westpac and Kiwibank branches in the suburb, Stoke residents fought to get banking services, with support from the region’s politicians.

In 2020, Labour minister Megan Woods officially opened the Stoke Banking Hub, based at John’s Pharmacy on Putaitai St. The non-branded hub is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and locals can make an appointment with one of the five banks that operate out of it.

But on Friday, New Zealand Banking Association announced that the Stoke hub was one of only two around the country that would not continue, saying a “permanent arrangement would require a disruptive refurbishment” due to the high earthquake standards banks set for its buildings.

(Nelson Weekly, 5 June 2024)

Major resilience upgrades for airport

The first in a series of major resilience upgrades began at Nelson Airport in May with the replacement of a 60-year-old stormwater pipe that drains water from the runway. The airport’s current water, stormwater and sewerage infrastructure dates back to the 1940s and 1970s. Much of it is reaching the end of its life, and some is undersized and in poor condition. The first priority is the upgrade of the stormwater pipe that drains from the runway to the detention basin beside Trent Drive.

(Nelson Weekly, 5 June 2024)

Totara homes on track

With “continuous” applications for homes and a growing waitlist, Nelson Tasman Housing Trust’s near-completed development on Totara St is in hot demand.

The six, two-storey houses in Victory include two 2-bedroom homes, three 3-bedroom homes, and one 4-bedroom home.

The houses will be rented out by the trust, where tenants will pay an income-related rent which keeps them affordable for families.

Trust director Carrie Mozena says construction, which started in late summer, is ahead of schedule. It is now due for completion by late August, with tenants moving in by September.

(Nelson Weekly, 5 June 2024)

Award-winning surf lifesaving club gets facility green light

A lot of training goes into a successful surf rescue, especially a Rescue of the Year.

Nelson Surf Lifesaving Club came home with the award from Surf Life Saving NZ’s Canterbury Awards of Excellence last month, given for a callout that saved a kayaker in December.

And the club may soon have a new base at Tāhunanui Beach, getting a green light from Nelson City Council ,with a new facility being included in its Long Term Plan for the next decade.

The council voted in support of footing half the bill of a new building, with a $1.65 million cap on its contribution, as well as upgrading changing facilities at the beach reserve.

(Nelson Mail, 7 June 2024)

Epic Ruby Bay home wins NZIA award

An epic house that recently sold for $3.08 million and was more than 10 years in the making is one the 2024 winners of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects awards in the Nelson-Marlborough region.

The Lookout in Ruby Bay, designed by Parsonson Architects, is one of four Housing Award winners. It projects from the hillside like a piece of contemporary sculpture, thanks to it rusty red exterior and Brutalist form. The house also won a Resene Colour Award.

(Nelson Mail, 8 June 2024)

Building activity down 4% in the first quarter of year

Tough economic times have led to a significant decline in the total volume of building work put in place in the first three months of this year.

Stats NZ’s latest figures show $8.3 billion of building work was put in place in the March quarter, a 4% decline on the December.

It was driven by a seasonally adjusted fall of 4.8% (to $5.2b) in residential building work, and a 2.8% fall (to $3b) in non-residential building work.

Stats NZ construction and property statistics manager Michael Heslop said that the total volume of building work was the lowest quarterly volume in the past two years.

“The fall in residential building activity reflects the decreasing number of building consents for new homes in the construction pipeline.”

New home consents climbed to a record annual high of 51,015 in the year to May 2022, and have been decreasing since then.

(Nelson Mail, 8 June 2024)

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