Property News – 27 April 2023

RSA urges action on Stoke hall

Three years after the closure of the Stoke Memorial Hall, the Nelson Returned and Services Association (RSA) is urging Nelson City Council to act on the fate of the beleaguered building.

(Nelson Weekly, 19 April 2023)

Three Waters changes ‘very significant’

The government announced major changes to its Three Waters reforms last week and the feedback from the Nelson City Council chamber is mixed.

Nelson would have joined Entity C in the original proposal, alongside Wellington and the east coast of the North Island, with Tasman and Marlborough being split along the boundaries of the Ngāi Tahu takiwā.

(Nelson Weekly, 19 April 2023)

Historic homes open their doors

Seven privately-owned historic houses in the region will be opening their doors to the public next weekend as part of the Historical Homes Tour 2023, which showcases the beautiful architecture of days gone by and celebrates their history.

One of the featured homes on Ellis Street in Brightwater dates back to 1856, making it one of the oldest still inhabitable cottages in the area.

(Nelson Weekly, 19 April 2023)

Credit card spending and mortgage demand slides

Recent data from Equifax shows demand for credit card use in the Nelson region has declined significantly (-11.7 per cent) in the March 2023 quarter. Only Gisborne experienced a bigger decline (-14.8 per cent), which was attributed to the recent severe weather events. Nelson also saw the largest decline in mortgage demand, down 29.5 per cent while the national average has reached its lowest point since the index began in 2019, down 19.6 per cent year-on-year.

(Nelson Weekly, 19 April 2023)

Slipway upgrade in Port Nelson’s sights

The resource consent application to upgrade the Nelson Slipway has been lodged, with construction expected to begin in June.

Port Nelson has completed the preliminary design for the slipway upgrade, which will see the slip able to cater to vessels up to 550 tonnes, up from the current 120-tonne limit.

(Nelson Weekly, 19 April 2023)

‘Non-renovators’ tackle heritage conversion

If it’s true that every building tells a story then this one would involve students, prisoners, public servants and, soon, tourists.

Built in 1860 as Hardy Street Girl’s School, this iconic Nelson building served as a public school for 30 years before being turned into offices for the Ministry of Works and later, the Ministry of Education. By the time current owners Jason and Jennifer Monopoli bought it 2019, it had morphed into private offices, predominantly for the not-for-profit sector.

(Nelson Mail, 19 April 2023)

Bike trail back in use

The popular Coppermine mountainbiking trail was fully reopened last weekend. A slip wiped out the track on the Maitai water pipeline access bench – and damaged the pipeline itself – during last August’s weather event. It had previously been closed due to forestry harvesting. Cyclists had to detour on to Maitai Valley Rd for a section of the trail between the Maitai Dam and Smith’s Ford. A bridge was airlifted into place over the damaged section last month, and the trail was reopened at the weekend. More than 5000 riders used the Coppermine Trail last year. The 42km loop is considered one of the country’s great rides.

(Nelson Mail, 19 April 2023)

High anxiety in High St

Shop verandas hit by campervans, costing owners thousands

A ‘‘banana shaped’’ main road and the growing popularity of campervans are being blamed for costly damage to verandas in Motueka’s main street.

Claire Hutt, the co-ordinator for Our Town Motueka, the local business association, said the camber of High St, likened to a ‘‘banana shape’’, meant that high-sided motorhomes or caravans scraped up against the shop frontages, in some cases completely removing them.

(Nelson Mail, 21 April 2023)

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