Property News – 2 December 2021

Train coffee on track for Mapua gallery

‘‘We wanted to do something different. We wanted something interactive.’’

Cabinet maker Andreas Niemann always regretted selling his beloved childhood train set cheaply to buy a moped in his teens.

Now, decades later, he finally has a working miniature train again – along with a lifesize 6m-long bright yellow train carriage he’s carefully crafted at his Mapua business, interactive wooden art gallery Rare Creations.

‘‘Forty-five years later I’ve got my train back,’’ he laughed.

Insulated and with a full commercial kitchen in it, the carriage has taken about 10 months to build and will be used as a coffee cart on the Mapua Drive site. A quirky feature is the working miniature train with wagons, which can carry food and drinks from inside the carriage, along tracks to a covered outside seating area to serve customers.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 22 November 2021)

Toi Toi housing development breaks ground

A housing development in Victory that has been two decades in the making has finally broken ground.

Toi Toi Grove is a 202-dwelling development planned for the north-facing hillside below Princess Dr and above Toi Toi Street.

First mooted in the early 2000s, it will include a combination of free-standing houses and three-storey buildings, with reserves, walkways, and a community garden.

It will also include a road that will come off Princes Dr and run along the ridge before heading down to Toi Toi St.

In 2016, the development was approved as a Special Housing Area (SHA) after the Nelson City Council entered a Housing Accord with the Government. Preliminary earthworks have now begun near the top of Toi Toi St, near the roundabout.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 24 November 2021)

Legislation anticipation puts Nelson Plan on pause

Nelson’s ‘‘most critical plan’’ has been put on hold, but work to address housing issues will continue.

The decision to pause the Whakamahere Whakatu Nelson Plan (WWNP) was foreshadowed in an environment and climate committee meeting this month, and the decision was made at the end of the full council meeting on Tuesday.

The plan is an overarching document laying the groundwork for all other Nelson City Council plans and works under the Resource Management Act (RMA), and has by now been in the works for several years.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 26 November 2021)

Interest rate rises hit affordability of homes

Home affordability has declined by 14.3 per cent nationwide over the past year due to house price and interest rate rises, new Massey University analysis shows.

Median house prices increased by 3.7 per cent, or $30,000, nationwide over the three months to August, according to the university’s latest Home Affordability report.

Over the same period, interest rates started to rise from record lows and the combination meant home affordability dropped by 2.7 per cent. That contributed to the annual decline in affordability.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 26 November 2021)

To build, or not to build – the Tasman District Council’s dilemma

Facing constrained space for a growing number of staff in an earthquake-prone hotchpotch of buildings, the Tasman District Council looks set to build or lease new premises for its Richmond base by mid-2028.

A majority of councillors at an extraordinary meeting on Thursday agreed that a preferred accommodation proposal – either council-built and owned, or leased – is to be developed for inclusion in the Long Term Plan 2024-34. Pre-consultation is to be undertaken to help develop that preferred solution.

Nominal costs outlined in a staff report show a net capital outlay of $44.6 million for a council-built and owned development delivered in the first quarter of 2028. The first year of operating expenditure is tipped to be $710,000 under this scenario.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 27 November 2021)

Modellers Pond redevelopment beginning soon

The redevelopment of the Tahunanui Modellers Pond into a family park is set to get under way in time for Christmas.

Just over a year ago, the Nelson City Council voted to fill in the Tahunanui Modellers Pond, putting up $3.75m to construct a park in its place.

The design includes options for seating, picnic areas, trees planted for shade, natural play areas, boardwalks, a sheltered lookout for birdwatching, and a proposed shunting yard that will complement the model train tracks that are being retained.

The Modellers Pond has proved to be a millstone for successive councils, being beleaguered for decades with sedimentation and algae problems.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 27 November 2021)

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