Property News – 13 October 2021

Ex-TDC mayor, staff to be quizzed over dam costs

Former Tasman District Council (TDC) chief executive Lindsay McKenzie and former mayor Richard Kempthorne are among 11 people set to be interviewed this week as part of a Waimea dam investigation.

The interviews are scheduled as part of an independent investigation by Philip Jones, trading as PJ & Associates, into the quality of advice and background information provided to the council up to and including the final decision in 2018 to proceed with the controversial project.

Waimea Water Ltd, a council-controlled organisation, is responsible for managing the construction, operation and maintenance of the dam, which is being built in the Lee Valley, about 36km southeast of Nelson.

Oversight of the investigation is being provided by the council’s audit and risk committee, which had a timeline for the inquiry on the agenda for its meeting last week.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 4 October 2021)

Govt funding to repair flood-hit Tasman cycle trail

A Tasman cycle trail will receive government funding for repairs after parts of it were damaged by flooding.

Washouts and damage took place along parts of the Tasman Great Taste Trail during the storms and flooding of July this year.

The trail goes through Nelson, Wakefield, Richmond, Motueka and ends in Kaiteriteri. The extreme weather caused washouts along the trail in Kaiteriteri, Hoult Valley, Quail Valley, and Tunnel Rd.

The Tasman Great Taste Trail will receive $79,013 from the Government’s NZ Cycle Trails Fund to cover past and future repairs.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 4 October 2021)

Boost for community housing

After frustrations about its slow progress, the Nelson City Council’s housing reserve fund is getting into gear with ‘‘phase one’’, releasing $2 million of the $12m fund in grants.

Representatives from the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust (NTHT) and Habitat For Humanity , as well as Nelson MP Rachel Boyack, spoke in favour of the phase one proposal.

The council approved the proposal to make about $2m of the total $12m fund available for applicants who can prove that they are providing housing which meets the council’s criteria.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 6 October 2021)

More families to benefit from $3.25 million loan

Twelve families will be helped into secure housing in Nelson and Richmond after Habitat for Humanity was given a multimillion-dollar government loan.

Nelson has secured a $3.25m share of a $13.8 million zero-interest government loan to Habitat For Humanity.

Nelson general manager Nick Clarke said the money would enable 12 families to benefit from the Christian charitable organisation’s home ownership model.

Habitat received the funding through the Progressive Home Ownership (PHO) programme. Nationally, it will partially fund the construction, or purchase, of homes in Dunedin, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Auckland, as well as Nelson.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 6 October 2021)

Pensioner housing review on ice until future becomes clearer

Tasman district councillors have put on ice a review of the council’s community housing portfolio – again.

The delay, until the next relook at the Long Term Plan in 2024, is the second time councillors have pushed the pause button on the review for the 101 housing units which are generally for older people with limited financial assets.

In October last year, the council agreed to suspend the review of the housing until at least August this year because of heavy workloads from the development of the Long Term Plan 2021-31. Reserves and facilities manager Richard Hollier last week told the strategy and policy committee a possible outcome of the review was the transfer of ownership or control of the housing. As it was a strategic asset, that would trigger an amendment of the Long Term Plan.

The process could take two years and require “considerable” staff, and some external, resources.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 8 October 2021)

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