Property News 14 March 2024

EBus damage at $400k

A $400,000 plan to urgently fix roads damaged by Nelson’s new eBuses is to come before the council.

Tomorrow, the Nelson City Council will be asked to approve the funding for “urgent” remedial works to key bus routes and bus stops before the onset of winter.

In a report to go before the council, group infrastructure manager Alec Louverdis wrote that an “unforeseen outcome” of the roll-out of the eBus service and new bus routes had been that some road surface deterioration had occurred across the network.

(Nelson Mail, 6 March 2024)

Tasman water restrictions eased as dam opens the tap

Most of those using Tasman District Council reticulated water supplies are now free of water restrictions thanks to the release of water from the Waimea Dam.

On Saturday, water was released through the smaller of three dispersing valves.

Previously, much of the region had been under significant water restrictions, with Richmond falling under Level E.

“In the absence of releasing water, those restrictions were either going to stay in place or potentially need to be increased to a higher level,” Tasman mayor Tim King said.

(Nelson Mail, 6 March 2024)

Tracks back in action

The rainfall that brought welcome relief to the region on Monday has also allowed tracks closed because of fire risk to reopen. The Tasman District Council said yesterday that the internal trails at Moturoa/Rabbit Island had been re-opened, as had walking tracks to Split Apple Rock (Moonraker Way track), Towers Bay, Kohi Track, the track at Tokongawa Recreation Reserve, and the tracks in Brooklyn Domain. The council also announced that Spooners Tunnel and Tasman’s Great Taste Trail section between Wai-iti Domain to Flat Rock Cafe, Kohatu are open again.

(Nelson Mail, 6 March 2024)

Talks to resolve boat ramp dispute after court ruling

An Environment Court judge has ruled against recreational boaties in a long-running dispute over access to a launching site at an estuary north of Nelson.

However, the next step in the Delaware Bay saga will see the Nelson City Council inviting the Delaware Bay Access Group, representing boaties, and iwi Ngāti Tama to a meeting to achieve a “sustainable solution”.

In a decision released last Friday, Judge Prudence Steven found the use of the beach area below high tide at Delaware Bay for vehicles launching recreational boats was not a permitted activity under the Nelson Resource Management Plan, and required a resource consent.

(Nelson Mail, 8 March 2024)

Reliable water supply is finally here

A dedicated group of enthusiastic, progressive people deserve immense thanks for their part over the last two decades in securing water supply for our region’s future.

It certainly felt very good last weekend when water was released from the dam’s reservoir.

Since the early 2000s, the 2000/01 drought to be precise, farmers, growers, iwi, the Department of Conservation, Fish & Game, the wider growing community, commercial developers, the environmental sector and both councils have collaborated at various points along the journey of the dam.

Unlike many other New Zealand regions we are now lucky to have abundant water at the peak of summer. We are the envy of many other regions throughout the country who are still struggling to progress similar projects.

The dam will be just as important in 100 years and more, long after the people have been forgotten.

(Nelson Mail, 9 March 2024)

Water restrictions threatening crops

Apple growers in Tasman district said unprecedented water restrictions imposed on them by the district council threatened the future of their multi-generational orchards – and didn’t add up.

The orchardists in Lower Moutere said only being able to use a third of their authorised water usage had caused financial losses and potential crop failure.

Some had breached the restrictions to stave off crop losses as the three month harvest season got under way.

Among them was third-generation grower, Stephan Clark.

“I’ve got 100 people working here at the moment with harvest and the packhouse, over 100 people; what do we do, [say] ‘sorry, there’s no work for anybody’?”

The stage 4 water rationing in the Moutere Eastern Groundwater zone was “well below” what his 85-hectare orchard needed to survive, he said.

The rationing meant a 65% reduction in the weekly amount users were authorised to take from bores in the zone, in between Motueka and Upper Moutere.

(Nelson Mail, 9 March 2024)

Extra commissioner for plan change

Councillors voted in favour of appointing an additional commissioner to the hearing panel to consider Plan Change 29. The proposed plan change would set new rules about what type of residential property people can build, and where, with a focus on housing intensification, including making it easier to build six and three storey buildings in designated zones. Council received 880 submissions on the controversial plan, with many questioning the make up of the hearings panel.

(Nelson Mail, 9 March 2024)

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