Property News – 3 August 2022

Three Waters ‘major issue’

The Government’s controversial Three Waters Reform programme will be a major issue in local government elections, says National Party leader Christopher Luxon.

During a visit to Nelson yesterday, Luxon said the Government had not listened to ‘‘local democracy, local government and local voice’’ on its plan to shift management of the country’s drinking water, wastewater and storm water assets from councils to four proposed water entities.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 29 July 2022)

Tasman water to stay fluoride-free for now

The Tasman District Council is not one of 14 local authorities that have so far been directed to fluoridate their water supplies – an order that includes Nelson City Council.

In one of his last acts as director-general of health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield has told the 14 councils to add fluoride to some or all of their water supplies. Along with Nelson, the directive applies to Auckland, Hastings, Horowhenua, Kawerau, New Plymouth, Rotorua Lakes, Tararua, Tauranga City, Waipā, Waitaki, Western Bay of Plenty, Far North and Whangārei councils. They will have between six months and more than three years, depending on the circumstances, to fluoridate parts of their water supply not already fluoridated.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 29 July 2022)

Providers seek $2m for 25 homes

Two Nelson community housing providers are seeking $2 million in seed money from the Nelson City Council to help build 25 new homes for the region.

Nelson Tasman Housing Trust and Habitat for Humanity Nelson presented a proposal to the council yesterday asking it to activate phase two of the Housing Reserve.

This would mean the council paying out $1m each as a capital grant to the two community housing providers.

Those funds would provide leverage for the organisations to build another 25 new affordable homes for the city.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 29 July 2022)

Compliance on effluent at high level

Inspections of all 121 active dairy farms in Tasman District have found that 93% were fully compliant for effluent management.

It’s the eighth season in a row that full compliance has topped 90% in the district.

The 93% result in 2021-22 follows all but two of the then 124 farms being fully compliant in 2020-21, a near-perfect result in 2019-20, and a 95 per cent compliance rate in 2018-19.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 30 July 2022)

Region’s architecture award winners get close to nature

Nelson and Marlborough’s spectacular scenery is the hero for many of this year’s winning entries in the region’s Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Architecture Awards.

The winners

Housing – Pūponga Bach by Athfield Architects, The Cliffs House by Modo Architects

Housing – Alterations and Additions – Wakefield Quay Apartment by Arthouse Architects, Faith & Doubt by Crosson Architects, Spring Creek Revisited by Modo Architects

Commercial – WallE by Irving Smith Architects, Fairfield Office low-energy certified by KLT Architects

Education – Waimea College new teaching blocks by Arthouse Architects and Sheppard & Rout Architects

Enduring Architecture – Blenheim House (1989) by Peter Beaven – Architect

Public Architecture – Marlborough District Council public toilet upgrades by Arthouse Architects

Small Project Architecture – Honeymoon Bay Bach by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects, The Cabin by Johnstone Callaghan Architects

Resene Colour Award winners, Waimea College new teaching blocks by Arthouse Architects and Sheppard & Rout Architects, Pūponga Bach by Athfield Architects Wakefield Quay Apartment by Arthouse Architects

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 30 July 2022)

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