Property News – 31 May 2024

Motueka pool group ‘blown away’ by $492,000 donation

Motueka’s long-awaited public pool has inched closer to reality, thanks to a donation of almost half a million dollars from the former custodians of Nelson’s Ngawhatu Pool.

Motueka Community Swimming Pool’s committee treasurer Sue Clark said the $492,000 donation was a huge boost for the group’s fundraising efforts.

(Nelson Mail, 20 May 2024)

Haven Rd apartments edge towards November completion

Covid-19 and floods threw up obstacles, but construction on a city fringe apartment building is now on the home straight.

Vining Investment Properties director Tony Vining said the apartments on Haven Rd were on track for a November completion.

“It’s coming along incredibly well,” he said.

The development at 71 Haven Rd, which was granted special housing status in 2019, will comprise 31 one or two-bedroom apartments in a six-storey building, including three two-bed penthouses, with the first storey dedicated to parking.

About 20 of the 31 units had sold, but Vining wasn’t rushing to sell the rest: his experience working on Tāhunanui apartment block Ocean View showed people preferred to walk around the site. They wouldn’t be disappointed, he said. “It’s going to be one of the best buildings in the South Island, if not New Zealand.”

(Nelson Mail, 20 May 2024)

Record submissions

Nelson City Council’s long term plan attracted a record number of submissions on how the council should tackle key issues over the next decade. Elected members will meet tomorrow and Friday to discuss more than 1500 submissions on eight key issues including rates affordability, forestry, and Tāhunanui Beach facilities. The Tasman District Council will also hold its long term plan deliberations tomorrow and Friday.

(Nelson Mail, 22 May 2024)

Sustainable farm tour available to public

Switching to biological fertilisers and multi-species pastures are some of the steps farmers in the region are taking to help tackle climate change.

The regenerative farming approaches at farms in Golden Bay are being showcased, as part of a 10-day festival that kicks off tomorrow, exploring ways people in Nelson and Tasman District can – and are – taking climate action.

Local permaculture consultant, Sol Morgan will help conduct a guided tour of three farms on May 28, as part of the Climate Action Festival, which is being organised by the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum.

Two were cattle rearing farms that now also grew crops, and were nurturing healthier soils having adopted a soil balancing approach, he said.

(Nelson Mail, 22 May 2024)

Raeward Fresh closing its retail store in Richmond

Richmond green grocer and butchery Raeward Fresh is closing the doors to its retail business today.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the store, which is owned by Mark and Lou Paton and is part of Foodstuffs, announced its doors would shut at 5pm today.

The site, in Champion Rd, would continue to be used by the wholesale business, the post said.

(Nelson Mail, 24 May 2024)

Clearance grocery store coming to Nelson

Grocery clearance store Save More is coming to Wakatu Square, in what Nelson’s mayor is calling a “vote of confidence” for the city.

Save More, which sells short-dated and end-of-line stock, announced on Facebook that it will move into the former Variety store at 60 Achilles Ave in August.

Nelson Mayor Nick Smith said he was delighted that the grocery store was moving in.

(Nelson Mail, 24 May 2024)

All-weather turf funding scrapped from council plan

Plans to build an all-weather turf for sports in Nelson have been scrapped.

Yesterday, Nelson City councillors began deliberating changes to its long term plan after community feedback. The plan sets the city’s budgets and priorities for the next 10 years.

In the draft plan, the council proposed to build an all-weather sports turf in 2025/26 and 2026/27 to support football and rugby, to provide an alternative playing and training field in wet conditions and help minimise disruption to playing seasons.

Half the estimated $2.7 million cost would need to be met by sports codes.

The proposal received mixed feedback, with some groups debating the best location for an all-weather turf, and others questioning whether it was actually needed.

At yesterday’s meeting, council staff recommended approaching Sport Tasman to carry out an assessment of the need for an all-weather turf, and allocating $20,000 to the work. Money for the project would remain in the budget while the assessment was carried out.

(Nelson Mail, 24 May 2024)

Access agreement reached

A long-term agreement allowing access for mountain bikers and other recreational users on iwi-owned forestry land in Nelson has been reached.

The 10-year agreement between Ngāti Koata and the Nelson City Council was signed on Tuesday.

Mountain biking groups had been increasingly worried about the lack of certainty over access to key biking trails that had prevented some events being staged. They feared Nelson’s growing reputation as a world-class riding destination would be damaged.

In 2020 the council agreed to an $80,000 one-year grant to Ngāti Koata for access to the recreational trails on the iwi-owned land, which is largely leased for forestry. The access agreement has been rolled over for several years while a long-term deal was pursued.

In a statement on Wednesday, council chief executive Nigel Philpott said the agreement would be inflation-adjusted every year from 2027 onwards and reviewed in 2029. The statement did not provide the cost of the deal. Philpott said the agreement guaranteed access for walking, running, mountain biking and paragliding within safety parameters to be negotiated with Koata Limited, Tasman Pine Forests Limited and the council.

(Nelson Mail, 24 May 2024)

Council agrees to properties buyout plan

Nelson City Council has accepted a $6 million central government package to buy out 14 properties impacted by the August 2022 weather event.

On Friday, Nelson City councillors entered a second day of deliberations on the council’s Long Term Plan, following community feedback. The council did not reach any consensus about rate levels before print deadline.

High on the agenda was the buyout. More than 850 people submitted on the issue, the majority supporting the council’s proposal to accept the government offer, which would be matched by a $6m council contribution.

Current valuations put the cost of the buy out around $10.9m, which left a comfortable buffer, mayor Nick Smith said.

(Nelson Mail, 25 May 2024)

Community facilities, inclusive ‘destination’ playground get go-ahead

Community facilities have been given the go ahead under the Tasman District Council’s Long Term Plan, after an overwhelming show of support from submitters.

“[These facilities] are the heart of our settlements, “said councillor Chris Hill, “and it’s our job to provide them”.

Of those who submitted, 87.7% supported at least one of the community facilities planned, with the majority of submitters supporting all, according to a council report.

Councillors agreed to include Waimea South Community Facilities, Motueka Swimming Pool, Tapawera Community Hub, and stage two of the Murchison Sport, Recreation and Cultural Centre, in the Long Term Plan 2024-2034, which they deliberated on over Thursday and Friday.

An inclusive playground for Saxton Field has also been given the thumbs up.

Staff said the council would contribute a total of $1.2 million for the playground for Saxton Field, with the Nelson City Council providing $300,000 to fund the $1.5 million project.

Council agrees to property sales

The council also ultimately agreed to property sales of $1m in year 1, and $1.5m in years 2 and 3.

Councillor Celia Butler expressed discomfort at the sell-offs, saying her concern was that the council could “regret it later”.

King said the council used to own “all the land in the middle of Brightwater”. Now, he thought it would be “nice … to own at least a portion of land in the middle”.

Councillor Daikee said it was not prime land that would be sold, but “underutilized, underperforming land”.

King said he didn’t see any risk, as ultimately it was the council’s decision: “this is not going to be sold without our approval.”

Skate park, Te Matatini support and bus fare increases approved for inclusion

Other changes agreed to by the council included bringing the Murchison Community Facility forward to 2027/28, supporting Te Matatini 2027 through $50,000 of funding in year 2 and year 3, and adding in funding for a skate park at Saxton Field.

A 5% increase in Bee Card bus fares from July 1, from $2 a zone to $2.10 a zone was also approved, the latter subject to agreement by the Nelson City Council. Cash fares are to remain the same.

The changes ratified by council will be incorporated into the Long Term Plan for adoption on June 27.

(Nelson Mail, 25 May 2024)

Changes planned for three Motueka buildings

Three council buildings in Motueka will see big changes under a $1.8 million plan, including the proposed demolition of a former kindergarten.

Under the plan, recommended by the Motueka Community Board, the Motueka Service Centre at 7 Hickmott Place and its adjacent carpark are to be sold, while the former Motueka Library will become the new council service centre and the Laura Ingram Kindergarten will be removed or demolished for car parking.

The proposal will go to the Tasman District Council. Council enterprise and property services manager Nick Chin said the issues with the buildings were complex and had been around for a long time.

While staff had looked into upgrading the buildings in order to prepare them for lease, strengthening of the former library would cost $490,000 and repairing the kindergarten $252,000.

The buildings have been the subject of discussions for at least three years, with Motueka councillors holding a workshop on the issue in November last year.

(Nelson Mail, 25 May 2024)

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