Property News -30 August 2021

Who actually wins from the housing crisis?

If you are a homeowner, it is easy to watch your house jump tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in value and think you are benefiting from the housing crisis.

However, when you run the numbers, the reality is that for most owner-occupiers the ability to move up the ladder into a bigger home or better school zone is getting harder, resulting in bigger debts, longer-term mortgages, and less disposable income. So if the average homeowner, who has enjoyed an estimated median property gains of $215,000, is arguably still in the losing column, who is winning?

Stuff looked at the figures to establish exactly who falls into the winning and losing column, and what it means for the country.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 16 August 2021)

Draft RMA replacement law ‘a skeleton’

The first draft of a proposed law to replace the Resource Management Act provides some useful indications of the Government’s intended direction, but it also creates many uncertainties and challenges, says a Tasman District Council submission.

That submission is before Parliament’s environment committee for its inquiry on the Natural and Built Environments Bill, one of three new laws being crafted to replace the RMA. The others are the Strategic Planning Act (SPA) and the Climate Change Adaptation Act (CAA).

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 21 August 2021)

Work on Waimea Dam to restart

Construction of the Waimea Community Dam is set to recommence today.

Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott said the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment had authorised resumption of the work during Covid-19 alert level 4.

Construction was suspended last Tuesday evening when the country went into lockdown.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 23 August 2021)

New bike track touted for Abel Tasman Park

Local businesses hope a bike track can be created in the Abel Tasman National Park that could open up a cycling network from Picton to the West Coast.

Abel owner Brendan Alborn was among tourism operators and businesses proposing a family-friendly mountainbike trail through the national park renowned for its golden sand beaches and coastal walking track. Current rules governing activities in the park – set down in the park’s management plan – permitted mountainbiking in only two areas over winter, he said. But the plan was due to be reviewed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) three years ago.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 23 August 2021)

Houses may replace ‘eyesore’

The days look numbered for an ‘‘eyesore’’ collection of buildings along King Edward St in Motueka, which may pave the way for additional housing in the growing town.

The properties were used for many years by the tobacco industry. The name of tobacco company Philip Morris is still legible on the front of one of the buildings, all of which are tucked behind safety fencing along with yellow and black tape warning of an asbestos dust hazard.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 25 August 2021)

Feedback sought on vision for city centre

A proposal which could shape the vision for Nelson’s city centre over the next 30 years is set to be put to councillors this week.

After six months of pre-engagement work with stakeholders, the Nelson City Centre Spatial Plan – Te Ara o Whakatu – has been recommended for approval to council.

In the draft of the spatial plan, it was stated that 81 meetings totaling more than 200 hours were held from March to August, involving 275 stakeholders.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 25 August 2021)

Mayor asks why region isn’t housing focus area

Nelson is calling for higher priority on housing for both the city and Tasman District from central Government.

The city council will have a meeting over Zoom tomorrow, and Mayor Rachel Reese’s report to the meeting includes a letter she wrote on behalf of the council asking for more focus for the region in the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD).

Writing to Minister of Housing Dr Megan Woods, Reese said she was ‘‘extremely surprised that Nelson-Tasman is not . . . an area that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Ka¯inga Ora are prioritising effort and investment’’ in the document.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 25 August 2021)

Legal query over library decision

Legal concerns have been raised over the Nelson City Council’s decision to build a new library close to the Maitai River, but the council’s chief executive says the process was robust.

Lawyers for Climate Action New Zealand sent a letter on behalf of Zero Carbon Nelson Tasman (ZCNT) calling for the council to make a final decision on the proposed library’s location only ‘‘in conjunction with determining a climate change adaptation plan for central Nelson’’, ZCNT said.

This request was to ensure that total costs to ratepayers were minimised, the group said. It also asked the council to ‘‘ensure any steps taken in relation to the proposed site … in the meantime are legally and practically reversible’’.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 25 August 2021)

Calls for better Three Waters communication

Nelson residents are calling for more information and better communication on the Government’s proposed Three Waters reform before any decisions are made.

Lindsay Hay and Dr Henry Hudson spoke on behalf of the Nelson Citizens Alliance in the public forum of yesterday’s full meeting of the Nelson City Council held over Zoom. Both called for greater public engagement in the decision-making process.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 27 August 2021)

Pohara SHA construction could start in summer

Construction may start this summer on the first stage of a planned 71-lot subdivision at Pohara in Golden Bay.

The Richmond Pohara Holdings Ltd development was one of 20 Special Housing Areas in Nelson and Tasman to receive Government approval in August 2017. It relates to part of a 34-hectare rural property behind Pohara Beach, bounded by Richmond Rd to the east and a gully to the west, and adjoining Sandridge Terrace to the north.

The Pohara proposal along with some other Special Housing Area (SHA) developments at Richmond are the subject of the Tasman District Council’s proposed plan change 74, which is before a hearing panel that is headed by independent commissioner Gary Rae and includes councillors Kit Maling and Celia Butler.

The purpose of the plan change is to rezone five areas of land at Richmond West, central Richmond and Pohara to reflect resource consents for those sites that have been granted for residential and ruralresidential development, and subdivision.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 28 August 2021)

Vision for central city up for public feedback

The public has a chance to help shape the vision for central Nelson over the next 30 years.

Te Ara o Whakatu, the Pathway of Nelson, is the Nelson City Council’s proposed 30-year spatial plan for the city centre. It will be open to the public for feedback via the council’s Shape Nelson web page from August 30 to September 24.

The council voted unanimously to put the document out for public consultation at a full meeting held via Zoom on Thursday.

City centre development programme lead Alan Gray said the plan was ‘‘about creating a vision’’ to allow the council and public to ‘‘reimagine the potential of our city centre’’.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 28 August 2021)

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