Property News – 13 July 2022

Modellers Pond Park delays

The Modellers Pond redevelopment is more than $1 million behind budget, will not be completed on time and rising costs have forced council to scale-back the project.

In a January-March 2022 quarter report presented to Nelson City Council’s community and recreation committee last week, the shortfall in capital expenditure of $1.1m was put down to delays due to Covid-19 and the weather.

The report stated that, due to cost increases, some features of the design have been removed and others reduced.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 6 July 2022)

Nelson steps closer to joint district cemetery

Nelson City Council is a step closer to establishing a joint cemetery with Tasman District Council.

Councillors voted to approve a memorandum of understanding between NCC and TDC during Thursday’s meeting of the community and recreation committee.

The memorandum provides a framework for the two councils to work together to develop a business case for a regional cemetery without locking either council into the project.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 6 July 2022)

Transfer of Nelson hill to iwi ownership begins

Kākā Hill, a site of significant cultural and historic value in Nelson, is being transferred into Ngāti Koata ownership.

A memorandum of understanding between the current owners of the maunga and the Te Tauihu iwi was signed on Monday, beginning the process of transferring a parcel of land, including the hill, back into tangata whenua ownership.

Directors of Koata Ltd, members of Ngāti Koata Trust and the Kaumātua Council, members of the Harley family, who had owned the land since 1968, representatives of Bayview Nelson, and representatives of CCKV Developments, which is behind the proposed Maitahi Village housing project, were present at the proposed village site for the signing.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 8 July 2022)

Hopes high for housing project funding

Work to secure Government funding to help pave the way for a 200-home development in Motueka is ‘‘cracking on’’, says Tasman District Council strategic policy manager Dwayne Fletcher.

The Motueka West Phase 1 Whakarewa St proposal was one of 35 projects nationally invited to enter the final stage of the application process for a slice of the Infrastructure Acceleration Fund (IAF).

Managed by Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, the IAF is a contestable fund of at least $1 billion for new infrastructure or improvements to allow for the faster development of homes nationally.

The Motueka West housing proposal was submitted by the council in conjunction with Wakatū Incorporation.

Fletcher on Thursday told elected members on the strategy and policy committee that the IAF process was ‘‘really cracking on’’.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 9 July 2022)

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