Property News – 18 October 2023

Installation to honour site

Visitors to Glenduan will gain a new appreciation for the seaside village and Te Taero a Kereopa (The Boulder Bank) with an interpretation panel honouring the area’s history and significance.

A shoreline installation, a collaboration between Nelson City Council, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, and Rangitane, will include two interpretation panels, one in Māori and the other in English, describing the location’s cultural importance.

The installation will be installed in the next few weeks. In the meantime, council staff have installed a mock-up to show locals the scale of the structure.

(Nelson Mail, 9 October 2023)

Affordable housing need in Nelson and Richmond greater than ever

The demand for affordable housing in Nelson and Richmond is higher than ever, says a social housing provider.

Twice a year, the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust (NTHT) gathers information from housing providers, camp grounds and community organisations.

The results of the latest survey, which showed that 696 households needed affordable housing, made for “sobering reading,” said director Carrie Mozena.

When the trust first began collating the data, in 2018, the number was just over 400. The increase of about 70% over five years was “alarming”, Mozena said. The number did not include the number of people on the Ministry of Social Development’s public housing register, which has 282 Nelson and 141 Tasman applicants waiting for homes, Mozena said.

(Nelson Mail, 11 October 2023)

Wāhi tapu conditions on resource consent appealed by sewerage unit

A condition on resource consents blocking staff working with biosolids from entering wāhi tapu sites was appealed by the Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit (NRSBU) at the Environment Court.

The wāhi tapu restriction was one of three conditions imposed by the Tasman District Council that the NRSBU appealed against.

The NRSBU oversees the Nelson Regional Sewerage Scheme, which is jointly owned by the Nelson City and Tasman District Councils, managing the current treatment facilities and network.

The other two conditions related to holding tanks being enclosed and biofilters installed to reduce odours, and the upgrading of valves to an automated system.

(Nelson Mail, 11 October 2023)

Agents hope for election bounce

As voters head to the polls, real estate agents in the top of the south are hopeful the result could lead to an upswing in the local market.

“It can turn on a dime,” Tall Poppy Nelson and Tasman business partner and sales consultant Brent Sturm said.

The market always went quiet in the lead up to an election, and if the result was a National-led government the region could see a very different market in six months’ time, he said.

(Nelson Mail, 13 October 2023)

Long-running dispute over access to Delaware Bay ends up before Environment Court

A long-running dispute between iwi and recreational boaties over access to Delaware Bay, at the top of the South Island, is now before the Environment Court.

The Nelson City Council has sought a declaration from the court that vehicle access to the Wakapuaka estuary is not permitted, under the Nelson Resource Management Plan.

The estuary has been used as a launching site by the fishing and boating community for decades, due to its safety and proximity to fishing grounds.

But local iwi, particularly Ngāti Tama, oppose vehicle access as the area is of cultural significance and includes several wāhi tapu and urupā.

(Nelson Mail, 13 October 2023)

Off-the-grid millionaires’ playground for sale as grandkids call owners home

If stunning, special and off-the-grid are all keywords on the shopping list for your next home – and money is no object – you’ll be hard-pressed to find better than Falcon Brae.

Nestled in the hills above the Motueka River, the five-star eco lodge and beloved family retreat has received a spectacular design treatment.

Built by American couple Don and Stacey Fergusson from 2016 to 2019, their goal was “to nestle the structure unobtrusively into the hilltop, creating a completely private, peaceful and remote oasis”.

They have certainly succeeded. With a swimming pool, spa pool, helipad, music and games spaces, three expansive suites, a bunk room and six bathrooms, all set with sweeping views above the winding river, Falcon Brae as a home and lodge is simply staggering to behold.

(Nelson Mail, 14 October 2023)

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