Property News – 29 June 2022

Save the Maitai complaints partly upheld

The Chief Ombudsman has partially upheld complaints about Nelson City Council’s consultation process for the Future Development Strategy (FDS), but said the flaws in consultation did not undermine the process as a whole.

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier partially upheld a complaint lodged by the Save the Maitai group about the Nelson City Council consultation process for the 2019 FDS, which included Kākā Valley as an area for development.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 22 June 2022)

Valley to be greener thanks to big grant

Nelson’s Maitai/Mahitahi Valley will be much greener thanks to a grant from an international organisation.

The philanthropic United Statesbased Abor Day Foundation has provided $107,000 for the planting of native trees and plants in the valley.

Te Uru Rākau NZ Forest Service environmental programmes manager Belinda Miller said the Nelson City Council was the first recipient of an Arbor Day grant. It received the grant for a number of different reasons, she said.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 22 June 2022)

Submissions now open on Three Waters reform

A much-awaited opportunity to provide public feedback on the controversial Three Waters reform is now available.

The Government is accepting submissions on the Water Services Entities Bill, which is the next stage in the reform programme.

In October last year, Government decided they would mandate the reform across the country, meaning local councils must transfer their wastewater, stormwater and drinking water assets to one of four new entities.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 22 June 2022)

Accommodate or avoid, protect or retreat?

Accommodate, protect, avoid or retreat – with a 1.5-metre sea level rise forecast to happen within 100 years in Nelson under a worst case scenario, it is time to work out a strategy.

Flooding near the coast and Maitai River is forecast to affect a quarter of households and large parts of the central city, so the Nelson City Council, which has modelled the scenarios, now wants to start hearing what residents think should be done about it.

The council is holding a series of workshops to explain the impacts of climate-related flooding in places due to be affected soonest and to get feedback on options, releasing information on its website on Wednesday, including 3D maps to show how flooding is predicted to affect the region over time intervals.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 24 June 2022)

Dam cost blows out by $10m more

The forecast cost to complete the Waimea dam has jumped again – by another $10 million to $195m – and further delays are expected.

The dam’s main contractor has advised the completion of the dam and the closure of the reservoir is now forecast to be in February 2023 – 16 months later than originally planned.

Such a delay would mean water from the dam will not be available in time for the summer of 2022-23.

Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott said the subsequent mechanical and commissioning work was also tipped to be further delayed until early February 2024 – two years behind the original schedule.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 24 June 2022)

Council calls for Three Waters submission feedback

If you have views about the Three Waters reforms, now is your time to share them.

The select committee process for the Water Services Entities Bill is open for submissions, and the Nelson City Council is asking for people’s feedback to inform its own submission to the process.

Last year the Government mandated reforms to water services, known as the Three Waters, across New Zealand, proposing to transfer those services to four publicly-owned entities by July 2024.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 25 June 2022)

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