Property News – 27 September 2023

Airport and port to disclose climate risk

Nelson Airport and Port Nelson will disclose the impacts of climate change on their businesses, and vice versa, even though they aren’t required to by law.

Shareholders said more businesses should have to disclose the information, to help prevent developments and practices where risks like flooding and environmental damage were too high. The airport and port – both in low-lying coastal areas – were not among the approximately 200 entities in New Zealand obliged to disclose their climate-related risks, under legislation that came into force this year.

But the company controlling the two operations, Infrastructure Holdings Ltd (IHL), this week said it would would disclose their risks against the standards of the climate-related disclosure (CRD) scheme.

(Nelson Mail, 18 September 2023)

Higher intensity the vision for housing in Richmond

Without intensification, Richmond faces the risk of becoming a “great big retirement village” which young people can’t afford to live in, council staff say.

To combat this, the Tasman District Council has put forward the Richmond Spatial Intensification Plan, Richmond on the Rise, and is seeking community input.

The plan proposes two new higher-density areas, where increased building heights would be permitted, alongside an easier consenting pathway for well-designed developments.

(Nelson Mail, 20 September 2023)

Springs get high legal protection

Te Waikoropupū Springs in Golden Bay has received the highest level of legal protection from human-induced pollution.

Environment Minister David Parker announced yesterday that Te Waikoropupū, the country’s largest freshwater springs with the second clearest water after the Blue Lake in the Nelson Lakes National Park, would be protected with a water conservation order (WCO).

The order, that was gazetted yesterday, will put restrictions on activities that contribute to pollution of the springs and its surrounding waters, including conditions on nitrate levels. It ends a 10-year battle for the order, first lodged by local iwi Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust and long-time Tākaka Valley resident Andrew Yuill in 2013.

(Nelson Mail, 22 September 2023)

How much of a risk are Nelson’s sawdust dumps?

The risk that Nelson’s four recently identified historic sawdust dump sites pose to the public depend on the sites’ exposure pathways, a senior lecturer in environmental health and toxicology says.

The Nelson City Council has confirmed it will be testing a further four sites in Nelson where sawdust was historically dumped for toxins as soon as possible.

The areas to be tested are located at the Trafalgar Park embankment, Corder Park, Miyazu Reserve and Queen Elizabeth II Reserve.

(Nelson Mail, 22 September 2023)

Millions needed to make Dovedale’s water safe

Millions of dollars will have to be spent to bring small rural water supplies that serve just a few hundred people up to regulation in the Tasman district.

The small village of Dovedale has been on a permanent boil water notice for more than three decades, but $6 million is needed to find a new water source and for treatment plant upgrades.

Mike Schruer, Tasman District Council’s waters and waste manager, said they’ve had treatment plant upgrades on their books for the past 10-15 years.

(Nelson Mail, 22 September 2023)

Extensive makeover for Nelson’s Bridge St entering design phase

Nelson’s Bridge St is lining up for an extreme makeover, but just what the final look will be is open for debate.

On Thursday the Nelson City Council announced that an “extended programme of community engagement” is starting for the major inner-city project.

The Government has committed $36.4 million from the Infrastructure Acceleration Fund, and the council has committed $32m to the “Bridge to Better” project.

“Council may need to consider bringing forward and refining existing budgets in the Long Term Plan 2024-34 to progress the work and to consider increased construction costs of up to $12m,” the statement released on Thursday said.

(Nelson Mail, 23 September 2023)

Langford’s Store fundraising drive surpasses its target

A crowdfunding campaign to keep Golden Bay’s historic Langford’s Store open this summer as its owner deals with breast cancer has passed its target. The PledgeMe campaign to support store owner Sukhita Langford reached $39,510 when it closed on Thursday afternoon. It had a minimum target of $35,000. The money will allow Langford to employ a family friend to run the popular 95-year-old store in Bainham with her husband as she recovers from surgery and decides on the next step of her treatment. Langford said she had been blown away by the donations from almost 400 people. She was aiming to reopen the store for summer at Labour Weekend, but it would be operating on reduced hours.

(Nelson Mail, 23 September 2023)

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