Art and books fill Motueka’s new library
A fresh chapter in Motueka’s rich history has begun with the opening of its new library.
A full moon was still clear in the dark sky when the opening ceremony started about 5.45am on Saturday, outside the 1100-square-metre building.
Signs were unveiled on the library’s Wallace St front and beside its main entrance, facing the Decks Reserve car park, before participants headed inside, noting the art on display including kaitiaki taniwha (protective guardian) Huriawa.
Art co-ordinator Donna McLeod described Huriawa as ‘‘the guardian of our waters’’, who came from Te Waikoropūpū Springs, dived deep and cleared underwater caverns.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 21 March 2022)
Prices falling as ‘FOMO’ leaves property market
Risks for the housing market are increasing as buyer sentiment evolves from ‘‘fear of missing out’’ to ‘‘I’m not paying that’, ANZ economists are warning.
The bank has downgraded its house price outlook to a 10 per cent decline this year, from January’s forecast of a 7 per cent fall.
ANZ’s economists said the market slowdown had continued broadly in line with its expectations, with prices down nationwide for a third consecutive month in February.
This took the year-on-year price increase to 18.7 per cent from the cycle peak of 30.4 per cent.
(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 23 March 2022)
Hira fire base damaged by vandals
Volunteer firefighters who put their lives on hold to help their community have been left frustrated after their station was damaged by vandals.
Hira Rural Fire Station’s building was damaged by slug pellets last Sunday, leaving small holes through the side of the building and its door.
Fire chief officer Gordon Cowie says the damage has disappointed the team and left them feeling frustrated at the senseless act.
The 21-strong volunteer brigade respond to motor vehicle accidents, rural and forestry fires and are co-first responders to medical events, leaving their homes, jobs and families to answer the community’s call for help.
(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 23 March 2022)
Council answers Air BnB call
Air BnB hosts who have so far slipped through the cracks of reactive rule enforcement can look forward to a crackdown as the council responds to calls for fairness in the accommodation sector.
Century Park Motor Lodge owner and Nelson accommodation sector chair Stacie Warren told a Nelson City Council meeting on Wednesday that she was readdressing an issue she had brought to the council more than a year ago when she urged the council to enforce rules it already had in place.
(Nelson Mail, Friday 25 March 2022)
Extra funding needed to fix Millers Acre water damage
The budget for repairs to Nelson’s Millers Acre complex could rise to $1.46 million after further water damage was discovered by contractors.
The final decision must be made at a full meeting of the Nelson City Council, which owns the centre.
On Thursday, the strategic development and property subcommittee recommended that the budget increase by $625,000, though Nelson mayor Rachel Reese was among those questioning whether the building was worth the investment.
The extra funding would bring the remedial project to a total of $1,460,000.
(Nelson Mail, Saturday 26 March 2022)