Property News – 27 March 2017

Price surge in ‘affordable’ suburbs

House values in Nelson’s most ‘‘affordable’’ suburbs are increasing faster than anywhere else in the region, new figures show.

The central Nelson suburb of Toi Toi has seen the greatest rise in house values over the past year, followed by Tahunanui and Nelson South.

The rise of Nelson’s most affordable suburbs has occurred during a ‘‘perfect storm’’ of strong competition for entry-level houses and low numbers of listings, driving up prices to record highs.

NM 20 March 2017

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 20 March 2017)

New rules may prune thorny heritage tree issues

Nelson property owners stumped about their responsibilities for protected trees on their land are about to be given a say.

Nelson City Council communications manager, Paul Shattock, said a letter had been sent out to listed tree owners, asking for their feedback as part of the council’s revision of its Resource Management Plan.

A copy of a letter showed that the council was considering removing the need for resource consent for certain works on protected trees.

Owners could remove selected branches to allow light through, prune storm-damaged trees, prune large branches at risk of falling, and trim branches away from buildings, aerials, and power lines, all without a resource consent.

Owners out on a limb

Nelson’s Resource Management Plan currently allows for ‘‘very limited trimming of heritage trees’’ without a resource consent but anything more must go through the consent process.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 20 March 2017)

Boarding house re-opens

With all the mod cons, an indoor-outdoor flow and all set for winter, Nelson College’s refurbished Barnicoat boarding house had its official re-opening on Saturday.

For more than a year, the boarding house has been undergoing a major makeover to bring it up to speed with the needs of students in technological times.

The total cost of the project came to $2.3 million, which was funded by the school.

Nelson College deputy principal, Tim Tucker, said the rooms were now wi-fi enabled with improved lighting, storage, modern desks, as well as carpeted floors and radiators.

Originally built in 1931, he said they had remained faithful to the boarding house’s heritage value, sporting traditional colours, ‘‘which is really obvious when you look at the house’’.

Tucker said they hoped to do the same when it was time to renovate Rutherford House.

(The Nelson Mail, Tuesday 21 March 2017)

What lies beneath

The former Atawhai landfill is leaking potentially deadly gases. But to what extent?

Creeping gas levels near a former landfill have prompted further testing of properties located near the site.

Nelson City Council deputy mayor Paul Matheson said the council was “not expecting a bomb” but had decided to undergo further research after routine tests at Nelmac Nursery on Atawhai Drive between the Wakatu Marae and Miyazu Gardens saw gas levels creep up.

“We’re not concerned but we feel we need to have a bigger look at the catchment area,” Matheson said.

Residents living near the old Atawhai landfill can expect a letter detailing the council’s intent to spend $60,000 to test for gases beneath them.

The site was once a rubbish dump that operated for about 40 years, filled with city waste. It was closed in 1987 and capped with clay from Walters Bluff to make way for Founders Heritage Park, Whakatu Marae and, potentially, 250 houses and sporting fields.

Now the council is preparing a long-term management plan to “ensure we are following best proactive management principles into the future,” a letter to residents states.

Investigative testing will take place from mid-April until early May, weather dependent.

Atawhai Investigation Area

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 22 March 2017)

Plans for new Stoke hospice development

Planning is under way for a purpose-built $14 million hospice facility in Stoke that will streamline its services in the community.

Last March, it was announced that the Nelson Tasman Hospice was in need of a new site before 2019 as it was outgrowing the current Manuka St site.

Nelson Tasman Region Hospice Trust chairman, John Peters, said while the development was in its early stages, a team including an architect and a builder had been tasked with putting plans together.

In October, a 1.4 hectare section was purchased in Suffolk Rd, Stoke in October for the new hospice facility to be built on.

Peters said the trust went ahead with the purchase of the land at the time because it was ‘‘too good’’ of an opportunity to pass up. Ideally, at least 1.4 hectares was needed in a location between Nelson and Richmond.

The hospice currently use four buildings around Manuka St and a purpose-built building would help to streamline services.

The new building would also have 10 beds and room for growth when needed. It would have more space for training, administration, storage and accommodation for out-of-town family members.

The estimated cost of the new hospice and the land is $14 million and Peters said the cost would be met by fundraising, grants and existing savings.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 22 March 2017)

Stink raised over Mapua loos

Tasman District Council has fined itself $1,000 over a toilet block it placed outside Golden Bear Brewery at Mapua Wharf.

The toilet block has since been removed and replaced by another set of toilets for Golden Bear patrons to use.

The new block was placed by Golden Bear Brewery director, Jim Matranga, who aims to have permanent toilets built inside his business as part of a planned expansion.

TDC environment and planning manager, Dennis Bush-King ‘‘at arm’s length’’ from the council, imposed the infringement fine over the first block of temporary toilets that was placed by TDC and remained for about a year. He said the matter of the new toilet block was being ‘‘followed up’’ by the council.

Bush-King said the fine for the first toilet block, which the council had paid, was imposed under the Building Act for unconsented building work.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 22 March 2017)

Dam plan lives on after hitting target

The controversial Waimea dam project is still alive after proponent Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) reached a key target for the proposed multimillion-dollar Lee Valley scheme.

WIL had to get expressions of interest from water users on the Waimea Plains and its surrounds for the purchase of at least 3000 shares at $5000 per hectare/share for the project to continue.

Earlier this month, the project looked like it could be dead in the water. ‘‘In the absence of getting there, this project is dead,’’ WIL strategic adviser John Palmer warned. WIL project manager, Natasha Berkett, told Tasman district councillors on Thursday that the target had been exceeded.

Tasman District Council is a potential partner in the project and has earmarked $25 million in its Long Term Plan 2015-25 for the scheme.

It is proposed money from the sale of shares will be used as a big chunk of $40m in capital funding tipped to come from irrigators for the dam, which has an estimated cost of $82.5m.

The remainder of the $40m is expected to come via a 15-year loan from Crown Irrigation Investments Ltd, which acts on behalf of the Government as a bridging investor for regional water infrastructure development. Other funds may come from Nelson City Council and the Ministry for the Environment.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 24 March 2017)

Council split on pond fix

The Nelson City Council is backing the Modellers Pond, after a proposal to spend up to $1.2m on fixing the long-standing weed and water quality issues at the Tahunanui site passed by a single-vote margin.

However, many councillors remain unconvinced that the plan will effectively fix the problems, and say the money would be better spent on other community projects.

A recommendation to fix the pond was made to councillors on Thursday by the council’s sport and recreation committee.

The weed-infested pond has had problems on and off since the 1980s, with a variety of solutions presented to councils without success.

It was most recently put to the Nelson Society of Modellers to come up with at least half of the repair bill, through community funds and grants.
However, the Modellers Society has been unable to secure its full share of the funds, through potential Lottery grants, without the council progressing a resource consent application.

The council voted to shoulder the burden of fixing the pond, with the understanding the Modellers Society would still apply for Lottery funds.

The pond is owned by the city council and leased to the Modellers Society.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 25 March 2017)

Church transformed into home

When Steve Galpin first walked into an old church in Brightwater that was converted into a cafe he thought it would make a great home.

So several years later when he learnt the owners were thinking of selling, Galpin jumped at the chance to live in it.

The former Methodist church in Brightwater was built in 1904 and was closed in September 1991. It was then restored by the former owners, who ran it as a cafe and bed and breakfast business.

The church has a category two Heritage New Zealand rating, which means it is rated as having historical or cultural significance.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 25 March 2017)

Thought for the Week

Expecting the world to treat to you fairly because you are good,
is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.

(Dennis Wholey)

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