Property News – 12 May 2022

Four-bed mental health respite facility now open

A four-bed mental health respite facility has opened to aid Nelson Marlborough Health’s acute and urgent mental health needs.

According to Nelson Marlborough Health’s mental health services manager, Michael Bland, the alternate crisis community facility acts as an alternative to being admitted to an inpatient setting.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 4 May 2022)

Drop in rental listings

The Nelson Tasman region saw the biggesr drop in rental listings in the country in March, compared to the previous year.

Rental listings were down 39 per cent in the region, ahead of Canterbury (33 per cent) according to Trade Me’s latest March Rental Price Index.

The national median weekly rent jumped seven per cent year-on-year to reach $575.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 4 May 2022)

Nelson’s largest mural

A new mural, depicting Nelson’s aquatic wildlife across its 420m2 span, has brought a splash of beauty to the Nelson Waste Recovery Centre.

The blank 60m x 7m concrete wall has been given a makeover by artists Sean Duffell, Thijs de Koning and Chris Zesk. The $30,000 mural is the largest in Nelson to date and was funded by a portion of Nelson City Council’s yearly arts budget and solid waste closed account.

The mural was installed over five days during the Easter break.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 4 May 2022)

‘Rethink library site’

Plans to build a new Nelson library on a riverside site near the coast should be halted as new data shows the sea is rising twice as fast as previously thought in the region, a councillor says.

The Nelson City Council plans to build the library – at an estimated cost of $44.4 million – along the Maitai River, at the edge of the CBD, near the river mouth.

City councillor Rachel Sanson said the council should pause the project and reconsider its location, following findings from the NZ SeaRise programme that Nelson and Tasman district was experiencing on average double the global rate of sea level rise.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 4 May 2022)

New school for high-needs kids

The only day school for students in the top of the south with high and complex needs is due to be rebuilt on a new site – a move staff say can’t come soon enough.

Maitai School in Nelson is set to move to Richmond – on the same site as residential school Salisbury, and other specialist services – with new satellite classes also in the pipeline at Tāhunanui School and Nayland College.

Principal Jenny Milne said the move would nearly double the capacity of Maitai School, for students aged 5-21, mirroring growth in the roll (now 45 students, compared to 25 in 2018).

(Nelson Mail, Friday 6 May 2022)

Plan for 13 units on Richmond site

Subdivision and land use consents have been granted for the planned development of 13 two-storey units on the corner of Waverley St and Gladstone Rd in Richmond, near Nelson.

Issued to Whiteridge Property Ltd by Tasman District Council, the consents help pave the way for the homes to be built on the 1709m2 corner site, which is opposite Jubilee Park and three blocks from the CBD section of Queen St.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 6 May 2022)

Resource consent processing ‘disappointingly poor’

Failure by Tasman District Council to process 48 resource consent applications within the statutory timeframe in a six-month period has been described as ‘‘disappointingly poor’’ by the manager of the team responsible for doing the work.

In a report for a meeting of the council regulatory committee on Thursday, resource consents manager Tania Harris says the timeframe compliance for the six months to December 2021 was 76%. That result was well down on the annual timeframe compliance for the previous six years of between 83% in 2020-21 and 100% in 2015-16.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 7 May 2022)

Noel Edmonds buys properties near Nelson

Drawn by the region’s ‘‘positive energy’’, British television entertainer Noel Edmonds has bought ‘‘at least three’’ properties near Nelson.

Two are located in Ngātı¯moti, a small rural settlement on the banks of the Motueka River, about 40 kilometres west of Nelson.

Jennifer Dunbar, who co-owned Dunbar Estates with her husband John for just over years, confirmed that the Ngātı¯moti property was one of Edmonds’ new acquisitions.

The 6.5 hectare site includes a vineyard, cellar door and a cafe´. A estimate put the property’s value at $1.44 million.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 7 May 2022)

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