Property News 20 July 2022

‘Confidential’ areas to be made public

Tasman District Council faces a ‘‘very difficult conversation’’ with landowners who have significant natural areas mapped on their properties – what they thought was confidential looks set to become public knowledge.

Via its voluntary Native Habitats Tasman programme, the council got about 70% of landowners to agree to the mapping of significant natural areas on their properties.

However, that work was carried out with a commitment by the council that the mapping would remain confidential to the landowner and the council – a commitment the council is unlikely to be able to keep.

Under the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity, for which an exposure draft was released in June, the council will be required to map and publicly notify the location of all significant natural areas in the district.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 11 July 2022)

Holding company process sunk

The establishment of a holding company for Nelson’s port and airport has been stalled, after it failed to gain majority support from Nelson City councillors.

The Tasman District Council (TDC) and Nelson City Council (NCC), currently 50/50 owners of both the Nelson Airport and Port Nelson, have been working towards establishing a holding company for the two strategic assets, which would grant access to loan funding from the Local Government Funding Agency at relatively cheap rates.

The latest step, the culmination of work since at least February last year, included a suite of recommendations and proposals on the precise set-up of the holding company to allow it to be registered. It passed at the TDC on June 30, but at a full meeting of the city council yesterday, the recommendation received just five supportive votes.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 13 July 2022)

TDC buys church site

The Tasman District Council is buying the Methodist church site in central Richmond for $3 million.

The 1801m2 property on the corner of Wensley Rd and Queen St includes the Ernest Loney Memorial Methodist Hall, the grounds and a car park. It is across Wensley Rd from the council’s main Richmond campus.

Council community infrastructure group manager Richard Kirby said the purchase of the Methodist property would provide options for accommodating council staff and services. The TDC is due to take possession of the site on August 17.

News of the purchase comes as the council faces constrained space for a growing number of staff in an earthquakeprone hotchpotch of buildings on its main campus. The property is at capacity, with about 30 staff working off site in leased satellite offices on Wensley Rd and in the Richmond Mall building.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 13 July 2022)

New home for twelve families

A domestic violence survivor who worries every day for her son’s future and a couple sharing a bedroom with their 3 children have been given an opportunity that will change their lives.

Twelve families, with a combined 22 children, were last week told which of the new Habitat for Humanity townhouses in the Main Rd Stoke development will become the first property they have ever owned.

Habitat for Humanity were able to purchase the land, behind Elim Christian Centre and build six two-bedroom and six three-bedroom homes with an interest free loan from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 13 July 2022)

‘Race-biased’ response to iwi’s role in housing plan

Commentary on Ngāti Koata’s involvement in a proposed Nelson housing development has been ‘‘bordering on patronising and even race-biased’’, says an iwi leader.

Hemi Toia, chief executive of the iwi’s commercial arm Koata Ltd, presented his whakaaro on the first day of an eight-day hearing into a proposed private plan change to allow urban development in Kākā Valley and on the Atawhai Hills.

He said that so far, the iwi had remained silent in the face of the comments, which were ‘‘less than complimentary’’.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 15 July 2022)

NCC approves Three Waters submission

The Nelson City Council has approved its draft submission to the government’s Three Waters bill despite differing views and one councillor feeling like they have been ‘‘boxed into a corner’’ by the Government.

The council received more than 100 responses about the Water Services Entities Bill, and 20 people spoke at public forums. A breakdown showed that 87 per cent of respondents were opposed to the reforms, and 13 per cent were in favour.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 15 July 2022)

Planned pop-up library for city to open soon

Nelson’s main library could partly reopen to the public in just over a week.

The Elma Turner Library was closed in early June following revelations that heavy ceiling tiles in both the Nelson City Council’s Civic House and the library building posed an earthquake risk.

Tiles in the library were found to be ‘‘ much heavier’’ than anticipated, at between 8kg and 11kg. With library users being potentially vulnerable, the decision was made to close the library. Ceiling tiles weighing more than 7.5kg are considered to pose an earthquake risk if not properly restrained.

The council said yesterday that a pop-up library was planned to open on Monday, July 25 in the building’s children’s area and activity room, provided that work to bring the area up to safe standards was completed.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 16 July 2022)

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