Reservoir handover watershed moment
A celebration to mark the handover of the completed Pomona Rd reservoir project brings to an end a multimilliondollar programme of water and wastewater upgrades for Māpua and Ruby Bay.
The $4.6 million project included the construction of a new 2500 cubic metre concrete reservoir on Pomona Rd to replace the former smaller timber tank, which leaked and lacked earthquake resilience.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 4 April 2022)
Homes to be built on marae grounds
Twenty new homes for whānau are to be built at Te whina Marae in Motueka – the first stage of a proposed $28 million redevelopment.
The new homes are to be constructed as part of a $12.3m papakāinga development, in a partnership between the marae and Te Puni Kōkiri – Ministry of Māori Development.
It is the largest papakāinga project Te Puni Kōkiri has supported, with the Government investing nearly $10m.
A mauri stone laid on the grounds of the marae at dawn on today marks the location of the planned homes.
(Nelson Mail, Monday April 2022)
Private deal to return hill to iwi
More than 60 hectares of land, including culturally significant sites, are being transferred into iwi ownership.
Kākā Hill is being transferred to Ngāti Koata ownership via an agreement between shareholders involved in the Maitahi Village development.
Koata Ltd chief executive Hemi Toia said in a statement about the arrangement that Kākā Hill had significant cultural history for local iwi, and was believed to be the site of an urupā (graveyard). He said ownership of the hill was ‘‘incredibly significant’’ for the iwi, and there were plans to improve the maunga and make it a destination in its own right.
(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 6 April 2022)
Dam debt transfer may help council
The anticipated transfer of Tasman District Council’s debt in its water assets including the Waimea dam could create some financial headroom, says community infrastructure group manager Richard Kirby.
It is expected the council’s interests in the over-budget dam project will transfer to proposed water entity C under the Goverment’s Three Waters reform programme along with the management of most of its other water assets.
Kirby on Wednesday said members of the National Transition Unit – established to oversee the implementation of the reforms – had visited the dam, which is under construction in the Lee Valley, about 36km southeast of Nelson.
(Nelson Mail, Friday 8 April 2022)
Building up, not out, ‘critical’ for future
New Zealand risks falling short of its carbon reduction obligations if it keeps building homes on previously undeveloped land, climate campaigners say.
The global authority on climate change this week warned global carbon emissions had to halve in a decade, and reach net zero in 2050s, to have a 50 per cent chance of keeping global warming to 1.5 celsius (safer than the 2 or 3C currently on track for) by century’s end.
Compact, low-carbon buildings and active and public transport were part of the fix, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Tuesday said.
But climate campaigners in the top of the South Island said plans for accommodating population growth on undeveloped terrain hampered those solutions.
Nelson Tasman Climate Forum member Jack Santa Barbara said councils planned to cater for about half of the region’s population growth – two per cent per annum – on such greenfield sites, mainly in Tasman district.
(Nelson Mail, Saturday 9 April 2022)