Property News – 17 September 2021

Maitahi may provide affordable living

Community housing providers say the proposed Maitahi Village development is one of many in Nelson that could benefit from the provision of affordable housing.

The developers behind the Maitahi Village proposal in the Kaka Valley have applied for a private plan change request, to rezone parts of the land and pave the way for the development of up to 350 houses.

Further to this, they have made an application to the Government’s Infrastructure Acceleration Fund (IAF), which, if successful, would help offset costs and allow for the construction of 100 ‘‘affordable’’ homes.

Koata Ltd chief executive Hemi Toia has said housing providers such as Habitat for Humanity, the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust and Abbeyfield have all been invited to talk about their potential involvement in the affordable housing element of the development.

Toia told the Nelson City Council that without the IAF, the development would consist of 350 homes at full market price.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 6 September 2021)

Getting the building supplies moving

Discussions are understood to be under way to unplug the bottleneck of building supplies stuck in Auckland, while the rest of the country starts to run dry.

Sources say the Government is talking with the construction industry about how to free up key materials like insulation, roofing materials and gibraltar board, which are unable to leave Auckland under level 4 lockdown.

For builders outside Auckland who can resume work, the hold-up has exacerbated existing shortages and raised fears about protecting partly built houses from the elements. Even the country’s largest residential builder state housing builder, Kainga Ora, which is in the middle of many large housing projects, said it was affected.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 8 September 2021)

Fee discounts increase as planner shortage grows

It’s a good time to be a planner in New Zealand with central government and local authorities competing to sign staff in a tight market.

Like other local bodies across the country, Tasman District Council is actively trying to recruit planners to process resource consent applications within statutory time frames.

Since January, eight planning officers have either left their roles or are working out their notice period – that’s half the normally 16-member team.

Replacements have been near impossible to secure, while strong growth continues across the district, with 647 applications for resource consents and other matters in the six months to June 30 – up from 584 during the same period in 2020.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 10 September 2021)

Piece of local postal history up for sale

Wakefield’s postal history includes a golden key, buried treasure and at least one temperamental postmaster.

Now, a piece of it is up for grabs, with the former Post Office building at 21 Edward St on the market after 20 years.

According to postal historian and former detective John Dearing, the town’s first post office opened in 1856, at Wakefield School.

Teacher John Squire was postmaster, a position he held for a decade until he was sacked, Dearing said.

Among other misdeeds – which spoke to the teacher’s bad temper – Squire had damaged a date stamp, for which he was fined £10. Dearing liked to imagine the teacher had broken the item throwing it at a child.

In 1876, the post office moved to the new railway station and William Austin took up the dual positions of stationmaster and postmaster. He wasn’t much better than his predecessor, Dearing said.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 11 September 2021)

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