Property News – 23 February 2022

Joe’s Garage and childhood centre

A Joe’s Garage cafe and restaurant, along with a BestStart early childhood centre, are set to join Silky Otter Cinemas at the Berryfields Crossing complex in Richmond West, near Nelson.

The three businesses – part of the first stage of the Berryfields Crossing development by Gibbons – are tipped to generate about 65 jobs between them. Other business are expected to be announced for the site, which is centred around a village green adjacent to the fast-growing Richmond West residential area.

Gibbons chief executive Joe Scragg said Berryfields Crossing was seen as a centre for the community and a ‘‘true crossing’’ of developments – sitting between the Gibbons-owned Upper Queen retail area and Lower Queen St Industrial Park, and surrounded by the expanding residential suburb.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 14 February 2022)

Council sink public plea for splash park

Despite a plea from the public to include a water play area in the current $3.75m Modellers Pond Development, Nelson City Council says the location is “not suitable” for one.

Last Tuesday the council was inundated with comments on their Facebook post, which included an update on the long-awaited Modellers Pond park project.

The project involves transforming the weed-infested pond into a reserve featuring seating, picnic areas, trees, natural play areas, boardwalks, a sheltered lookout for birdwatching, and a proposed shunting yard that will complement the model train tracks.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 16 February 2022)

Most homeowners don’t want price drop

A new poll shows just 7 per cent of homeowners want house prices to seriously fall.

A further 18 per cent want them to drop ‘‘a little’’ while a massive 62 per cent don’t want them to drop.

Stuff obtained the poll from Talbot Mills – Labour’s private pollster – which follows on from a similar but not identical question asked in a recent 1 News poll, which asked if Kiwis wanted the ‘‘price of housing’’ to fall. In that poll, 47 per cent of Kiwis wanted the cost of housing to drop ‘‘a lot’’ while 29 per cent wanted it to drop a ‘‘little’’ – with just a fifth (18 per cent) not wanting it to drop at all.

The question from Talbot Mills was more specific, asking ‘‘would you like to see the price of your house fall?’’

About 42 per cent were not homeowners. Of the 491 homeowners in the poll sample, 7 per cent said ‘‘yes, a lot’’, 18 per cent said ‘‘yes, a little’’, 62 per cent said ‘‘no’’, and 13 per cent didn’t know. The question was asked as part of the pollsters’ regular tracking poll between February 1 and 11.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 16 February 2022)

Covid adds $1m to works bills in single year

Compounding delays in construction may cost the Nelson City Council up to $1 million in the current financial year alone, with further impacts likely from the Covid-19 ‘‘tidal wave’’.

In its first full meeting of the year, the council unanimously approved several mitigation steps planned for ongoing Covid-19 disruptions.

Those included setting aside $1m to cater for Covid-19 project-related cost increases in the next financial year and $1.8m for the tenders subcommittee to cover Covid-19 related increases ‘‘as and when they arise’’.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 18 February 2022)

Iwi collaborate on freshwater management

A collaborative report shows Te Tauihu iwi need a seat at the table and a holistic approach in the future of freshwater management, among other recommendations.

Top of the south iwi representatives presented Te Mana o Te Wai – Te Tauihu Stage One to Nelson City Council’s Environment and Climate Committee meeting on Tuesday as part of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020.

The National Policy Statement requires councils to manage freshwater under Te Mana o Te Wai, a concept of the importance of water in protecting the health, wellbeing and mauri (life force) of water.

The report comes as a collaboration between Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua, Te tiawa, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Rangitāne, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā To and Ngāti Toa, all eight iwi through the top of the south.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 19 February 2022)

Concern for homeless as shelter closes

With Nelson’s Night Shelter closing in a few days, there are fears more men will be sleeping rough.

However, there are still a number of services caring for the city’s homeless community.

The Male Room, a daytime drop-in service where men can cook, wash, make a meal and get support, was open, although they’d had to make a few changes, said manager Louis Chapman.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 19 February 2022)

Moonlit move for new homes

A project that has benefited trade students and will help those in need of new homes has moved a step closer.

Under moonlight and street lamps, a 100-squaremetre Habitat for Humanity house was transported by truck on Thursday night from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) site in Richmond to an interim storage area in Wakefield.

The house is one of three to house families and individuals in Nelson Tasman.

Habitat for Humanity general manager Nick Clarke said the houses were built over the last year on the NMIT Richmond campus by pre-trade students.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 19 February 2022)

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