Property News – 14 January 2022

New growth sites identified

A range of new potential sites for residential growth in Nelson and Tasman have been identified following community consultation.

During October, the Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council received feedback for their Future Development Strategy (FDS), after a series of webinars with stakeholders and community members.

The FDS is a joint project to assess and set out where and how residential and business growth within both regions will occur over the next 30 years. This includes a focus on increasing affordable options for residential and commercial sites by enabling growth and planning for a range of housing types, including smaller, denser housing.

Council teams also assessed 200 potential growth areas in the region, suggested by planning consultants, landowners and developers.

Most of these were in Tasman District, with 154 sites suggested, including areas such as Tapawera, Murchison and Golden Bay.

Of these, 60 had been included in the 2019 FDS, 74 were new sites, and 20 emerged through community consultation.

In Nelson, 46 sites were assessed. Most of these were included in the 2019 FDS, but seven were new sites.

The feedback will be fed into the first draft of the FDS, which is expected to be completed by February.

This will be followed by public consultation beginning in March 2022, with the final strategy expected to be finalised by July 2022.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 22 December 2021)

Pocket park for Collingwood Street

A community planting day will mark the completion of a new pocket park on the edge of the city.

The pocket park outisde the NCMA building, near the corner of Collingwood and Nile Streets, is the inspiration of Rory Langbridge Landscape Architects. It will provide a setting, and seating where the public can relax and watch music being made and rehearsed in the building.

The design incorporates a Harold Pastorius sculpture titled ‘Out Black Spot’, donated by generous Nelson art lovers Kay Pastorius and Joe Waller.

The sculpture is the only Pastorius work created using a steel beam from his art studio. A prolific artist, he created over 30 significant artworks in public places before his death. Joe observed it resembles an orchestral conductor, arms outstretched, covered in musical semibreves or “whole notes” of diminishing intensity.

NCMA director James Donaldson says that frustrated music-readers inside the building might well find the thought of eliminating black spots appealing.

“After more than a year of planning it was exciting to see site preparations begin earlier this month.”

He says the project has inspired real generosity from the community.

Working with Rory and his team has been a real pleasure from concept to reality, and we’re so grateful to contractors Asphalt and General whose support for the project comes in addition to a demanding work schedule in the lead-up to Christmas. Thanks also to a number of local nurseries who are contributing native plants and trees.”

Nelson City Council and the Cityy of Nelson Civic Trust were major project funders.

The community planting day is on Saturday 22 January with anyone welcome to head along to help. Please email NCMA at for more detail.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 29 December 2021)

New sites suggested for region’s growth

A joint project to cope with the region’s growth over the next 30 years has identified 200 potential sites for residential and business growth.

The Nelson Tasman 2021-2051 Future Development Stategy (FDS) has helped identify some key preferences and new sites of interest.

The FDS is a joint project between Nelson City and Tasman District Councils which assesses and sets out where and how residential and business growth within both regions will occur over the next 30 years.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 29 December 2021)

Golden Kiwi help bring kiwi to city

Golden kiwi from a Nelson jeweller are doing their part to help rowi or kārito kiwi come back Nelson.

Kiwi have been high on the wishlist of birds to bring back to the area after the successful establishment of the predator-proof fenced sanctuary in the Brook Valley.

Now, the nearest potential kiwi reintroduction at the sanctuary is at least three or four years away, and could cost a significant sum in preparation and other expenses, so local jeweller Halfdan Hansen of Jens Hansen Jewellers has committed to a recurring donation for the next four years.

Hansen visited the sanctuary recently, the same day another 20 kākāriki karaka were being released into their new home to join other orange-fronted parakeets released last month, to see what his donation would go towards.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 3 January 2022)

The steady rise of Richmond

A multiplex cinema and a selection of food and drink businesses are taking shape at Berryfields Crossing as the growth of Richmond continues apace.

Part of the Richmond West area, the Berryfields Crossing development by Nelson-based family business Gibbons already has a customer base within cooee of the site – a burgeoning residential suburb bordered by Lower Queen St and McShane Rd.

The first of those Richmond West residential sections sold in 2016. In 2017, then Building and Construction Minister and Nelson MP Nick Smith announced Government approval of two Special Housing Areas at Richmond West – ApplebyField and The Meadows.

Meanwhile, earthworks are under way on another commercial development earmarked for a site of about 24,000 square metres at 431 Lower Queen St, called The Cube on Queen.

Set to include 87 business units – ranging between 45 and 146sqm – plus four large lots, ranging in size from 1500 to 2004sqm, construction is tipped to begin in the first half this year.

Industrial development, too, is en route. On the other side of McShane Rd from The Meadows, Coman Construction is developing a subdivision called Ashfield Park, with 28 industrial lots.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 5 January 2022)

Hospital rebuild on track for 2030 finish

A future-proofed Nelson Hospital is on track for completion in 2030, with buildings being refurbished and rebuilt on the current site.

At the start of 2021, Health Minister Andrew Little said any Nelson Hospital rebuilding ‘‘would be commenced before the end of this term of Parliament’’, and hospital officials say they are working hard to start work in 2024.

Nelson Marlborough Health chief executive Lexie O’Shea said it was ‘‘working to deliver to that date [Little] indicated’’. This included holding regular meetings with the Health Infrastructure Unit, which supports the project through the Ministry of Health, and making ‘‘good progress’’ on the detailed case, which was the next stage in the process.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 January 2022)

Council pine planting cycle set to continue

It is a saga that started publicly when Councillor Rachel Sanson called for a ‘‘rethink’’ of Nelson City Council forestry, due to concerns that it was of only marginal financial benefit, and at great environmental cost.

What followed was, in Sanson’s words, a ‘‘Kafkaesque’’ process in which her best efforts to follow advice from council staff and elected members has almost invariably culminated in accusations of trying to move too quickly and being out of step with council process.

Sanson has had some level of success, however. Though her own proposals have not usually managed to get majority support, her advocacy has resulted in a forestry review, looking into the costs of developing a regenerative forestry plan prioritising indigenous planting (Sanson’s proposal was to simply develop a regenerative plan).

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 January 2022)

Kāinga Ora spends big on maintenance for Nelson and Tasman tenants’ homes

Kāinga Ora spent more than $500,000 on home improvements for 170 customers in Nelson City and Tasman District last year, including safety measures to protect children around driveways.

The Government’s housing agency used local contractors to make improvements to properties in the region.

Kāinga Ora director of maintenance contracting and asset services Doug Spick said properties were upgraded with exterior repainting, new roofs or boundary fences.

In homes with children aged under 5 years, fenced play areas were installed as part of a driveway safety programme.

Of the $505,000 spent in Nelson and Tasman, $208,000 went on painting, $105,000 went on fencing, $170,000 paid for new roofing, and $22,000 went towards the secure play areas.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 January 2022)

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