Property News – 21 February 2024

Country school on the move

A historic country primary school in the Tasman region will be moving to the centre of a residential development in a fast-growing town nearby.

Ranzau School in Hope, which celebrated its 175-year anniversary in 2023, will be relocated to a Richmond subdivision, the Ministry of Education has confirmed.

Richmond’s population was rapidly increasing, and the preferred option following consultation was to consider building a new primary school within the subdivision.

(Nelson Mail, 12 February 2024)

Lobby group wants vehicle ban on beaches

A Golden Bay conservation group plans to lobby for a council bylaw prohibiting vehicles on some beaches to protect local shorebirds.

Forest and Bird Golden Bay chair Cynthia McConville said for two summers in a row now vehicles had destroyed the nests of ground-nesting birds and disturbed birds that were foraging.

The problem was “acute” in Golden Bay, she said.

However, progress on the issue at the council has been put on hold.

McConville said, previously Tasman District Council staff had made the argument that they couldn’t feasibly police such a bylaw, as the coastline was simply far too large an area.

(Nelson Mail, 12 February 2024)

Scientists seek land to burn for a good cause

Scion fire scientists Shana Gross and Hugh Wallace are on a mission – to burn your gorse and raze your wilding pines, all in the name of scientific research.

But Gross and Wallace, fire experts at Scion, the Crown Research Institute for forestry and wood processing, haven’t been having much luck finding a farmer with patches that need clearing.

Speaking with Stuff, Wallace said their hunt for thick gorse on a slope or dense wilding pines on flat ground as potential research burn sites had so far come up blank.

While they initially thought there would be hundreds of farmers who would dearly love to be rid of their pest vegetation, leads have come up as dry as the gorse they hope to ignite.

(Nelson Mail, 14 February 2024)

New life for hangar

A nine-month renovation of a World War II-era aircraft hangar at Nelson Airport has been completed. The 3400-square-metre building known as Hangar 2 was bought early last year by Nelson-based aircraft interior production and repair company Generation Global as an operations base. Nelson Airport chief executive Mark Thompson said the redevelopment work was extensive, requiring the complete removal of the building’s original cladding. Generation Global chief executive John Hill said they were looking forward to filling the hangar with aircraft as the custom and VIP aircraft side of the business continued to grow.

(Nelson Mail, 14 February 2024)

Plan Change 29 submissions

The Nelson City Council is accepting further submissions on existing submissions made to Plan Change 29 from eligible people and groups. They may submit on an existing submission if they represent a relevant aspect of the public interest such as an environmental group or their interest in the submission is greater than that of the general public such as a nearby landowner, an affected resource user affected, or directly impacted iwi or hapu. Submissions can only be made in support or opposition to an existing submission – they cannot extend on a submission point. The plan change proposes areas of higher-density development in the city. The council received 880 submissions on the plan change with 401 submitters seeking to speak at hearings later this year.

(Nelson Mail, 14 February 2024)

$5.8m to fix contaminated sawdust at Tāhunanui

The bill for removing contaminated sawdust that is leaching into the sand at Tāhunanui’s Back Beach is expected to be $5.8 million.

The Nelson City Council has announced the cost of the preferred option, which will see the contaminated sawdust and sand taken to landfill. But, while low-level sand dunes and a car park will be reinstated at the popular dog-walking spot, the car park will be about a third the size of the existing facility.

The plan was created after a site assessment, and will be considered alongside other options at a council meeting on March 7. The price tag for the options ranges from $5.3m to $6.2m, with the preferred option coming in at $5.8m.

(Nelson Mail, 16 February 2024)

Kākā Valley soils, erosion under scrutiny at hearing

Soils in the proposed Kākā Valley project have been described as being 50 times less likely to produce sediment than soils elsewhere in the country, the Environment Court has heard.

Yesterday, engineering geologist Mark Foley refuted the claim by Save the Maitai that the challenges included clay soils.

Foley, who was the supervising author of the geology and geotechnical hazards report, said his statements had been misquoted and were misleading.

What had been omitted, he said, was that the dominant rock types did not weather to sandy and silty soils that were easily erodible by rainfall.

It was fine clay and silt particles that were susceptible to fine erosion and produced sediment, he said, while in the Plan Change area, the geology was hard rock with a thin layer of soil, which had a lot of course particles.

(Nelson Mail, 16 February 2024)

Water restrictions to increase for some

Tighter water restrictions will commence for some areas of Tasman as water consents continue to be exceeded.

The Tasman District Council announced on Wednesday that Richmond, Hope, Māpua/Ruby Bay, Redwood Valley 1 and 2 and Eighty-Eight Valley will moved to Phase C water restrictions from Monday.

Nelson residents living adjacent to Champion Rd, Wakatū Industrial Estate and parts of Saxton Rd West, where water is supplied from the Richmond Water Supply Scheme, will also face Phase C water restrictions.

(Nelson Mail, 16 February 2024)

‘Crazy high’ fire risk means public access to park closed

With parts of Marlborough in “crazy high risk” of wildfire, forestry company OneFortyOne has closed its public access roads into Mount Richmond Forest Park.

Kylie Reeves, OneFortyOne’s corporate affairs manager, said the restrictions came into place yesterday morning and would continue until further notice.

“The restriction will impact all public access easements in our forests as well as OneFortyOne public permits,” Reeves said.

(Nelson Mail, 16 February 2024)

Proposed ramp launch fee hike rocks the boat

Nelson boaties say proposed ramp launch fees are too much for the facilities available.

Nelson City Council is proposing to increase the launch fees at the Nelson Marina boat ramp by 150% next financial year, causing the per launch fee to jump from $6 to $15.

The price for a year’s annual launching permit would also increase from $125 to $312.50.

Currently, the boat ramp’s revenue is $30,000 but the total cost to operate the boat ramp is $90,000. The shortfall is filled by other revenue streams from the marina.

Increasing the launch fees by 150% would increase the ramp’s revenue to about $65,000.

The $90,000 cost of operating the boat ramp covers dockhand wages, maintenance and upkeep, rates paid to the council by the marina, utilities, insurance, depreciation, resource consent compliance, waste collection, and security services.

(Nelson Mail, 17 February 2024)

‘Evidence ‘strongly favours’ Kākā Valley rezoning, says judge

An Environment Court judge has given a preliminary view that the evidence strongly favours rezoning Nelson’s Kākā Valley.

After a three-day hearing in Nelson, Judge John Hassan said yesterday afternoon that the court’s preliminary view was that the evidence “strongly favours” rezoning Kākā Valley in accordance with a structure plan proposed by developers.

Environment Judge John Hassan said a “sleeves up” drafting hearing was anticipated, in which counsel, planners and members of the court engaged.

The judge said the court considered that effective integrated management would include stormwater, erosion and sediment control, and hazard management, freshwater ecology, and kaitiakitanga, considering the evidence of Hemi Toia, the chief executive of the commercial arm of Ngāti Koata.

What remains in the air is the whether the National Policy Statement on Highly Productive Land pertains to part of the site, and the court will have to make a determination on that in future.

(Nelson Mail, 17 February 2024)

Increased fire concerns closes recreational activity

Increased fire risk in the region has Tasman Pine Forests Ltd closing its forests off to recreational activities until further notice.

Tasman Pine forests were closed to recreation on Thursday night, affecting access to Nelson City Council recreational trails.

Closed off access will affect the Brook Conservation Reserve (Fringed Hill), which has downhill trails leading into the Brook Valley and all of Sharlands forest, accessed via the Maitai, and its trails.

After discussions between the council and Tasman Pine Forestry Ltd, the public can still access the Firball Skid via Middle Rd.

(Nelson Mail, 17 February 2024)

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