Property News – 30 November 2023

Club hopes for wave of support for new sports hub

It’s one of the most ambitious projects in a Motueka rugby club’s 122-year history.

The Huia Rugby Club is in full fundraising mode to develop multi-purpose clubrooms that it hopes will become a sport and community hub at Sports Park, Motueka.

The estimated cost of the project is more than $2 million. The club has set a $1 million fundraising target itself, and is seeking financial and in-kind donors to cover around $500,000 with the remainder proposed to come from grants and other fundraising activities.

(Nelson Mail, 20 November 2023)

Forgotten 1870s rail bridge abutments discovered during sewerage work

A remnant of an 1873 section of the Nelson railway has been discovered as a sewerage pipeline was being installed.

Rail bridge abutments in Orphanage Stream, Stoke, were uncovered as work started on the new pipeline. General manager regional sewerage and landfill Nathan Clarke said the find was “big enough and probably significant enough” that they chose to re-route the pipe.

(Nelson Mail, 22 November 2023)

Roof pitched for Saxton netball courts

Netball has “exploded” this year across Nelson Tasman, but those most involved in the sport say that adding a roof to the courts at Saxton Field would strengthen netball’s appeal even further.

There are about 320 teams across all netball’s leagues and divisions in the region, but the Nelson Netball Centre says the weather poses a continual challenge.

Though this season’s weather hasn’t been as “horrific” as last year’s, the first four weeks of netball saw games postponed for the first two weeks, delaying the season by a fortnight already.

(Nelson Weekly, 22 November 2023)

$300k boost for new museum facility

The Nelson Provincial Museum’s long-awaited Archive, Research, and Collection (ARC) facility project to replace the dilapidated Isel Research Facility has been boosted by $300k from the Lottery Environment and Heritage Fund.

The current facility is at the end of its useful life and not suitable to safely store the collection or provide decent working conditions for the staff.

While the dedicated and professional team uses its international experience to care for the collection in difficult circumstances, the facility and its location in Stoke have inherent risks and ongoing challenges.

(Nelson Weekly, 22 November 2023)

Gallery seeks more funding

The Suter Art Gallery is asking Tasman District Council for greater funding after nine years of relatively unchanging contributions. For the 2023/24 financial year, the TDC is contributing almost $88,000 of the Suter’s budget, the equivalent of 11.6% of Nelson City Council’s $760,000 contribution. Last financial year, the Suter delivered the programme to 5000 students across Nelson Tasman. This year, 45% of students in the programme are from Tasman schools. When the Suter presented to Nelson City Council in April asking for a funding increase to help cover the cost of paying its staff the living wage, Mayor Nick Smith commented on Tasman’s smaller contribution. “We need to lean a little bit more on our neighbours because it is very much a regional facility,” he said.

(Nelson Mail, 24 November 2023)

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