Property News – 4 July 2024

How councils can help on housing

New Zealand housing is expensive and Nelson Tasman is one of the priciest markets in the country. According to Infometrics, 54.3% of the average household income would be needed at the moment to service a 20-year mortgage on the average house value. To make matters worse, more than 25% of our tenants spend more than 40% of their disposable income on rent.

By comparison, this ratio is 10% in Australia and 5% in Germany.

Clearly, our systems for assuring appropriate housing for all of our population are not delivering the outcomes that we need.

(Nelson Mail, 24 June 2024)

Chemist Warehouse confirmed for Nelson

Rumours that the Chemist Warehouse will open its first Nelson branch have been confirmed. Gibbons Holdings confirmed on Facebook that the store was coming to the Nelson Junction, with plans for a grand opening “around the end of August”. It’s the latest retailer to join the new retail hub by Mitre 10, with JB Hi-Fi also announcing in May that it was coming to the site. Other retailers heading to the development include Early Settler, Toyworld, Baby Factory, Aki Sushi, and Petstock.

(Nelson Mail, 26 June 2024)

Club Waimea: What’s our next project? – Richmond Room Extension

Over a period of time we have had plans drawn up to extend the Richmond Room conference facility to handle a better size crowd of 100-120 people. The extension is approximately 12m x 9m, so will give us the capability of using it in it’s current form, or opening up large acoustic doors to give us the full area, some 200+ sqm. This will enable us to hold good sized functions that currently aren’t big enough to entertain our main hall.

(Waimea Weekly, 26 June 2024)

Local councils ‘not strongly advocating’ for Rocks Rd

Government officials believe local councils aren’t strongly advocating for improvements to Nelson’s Rocks Rd.

The revelation comes after documents were released to the Nelson Mail under the Official Information Act.

But local politicians say they risked missing out on funding if they threw support behind a project when the Government clearly indicated it wasn’t a priority.

Plans to improve safety along the Rocks Rd section of State Highway 6 around Nelson’s waterfront were dropped from the draft high-level Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport in March, after the previous Labour Government had included it alongside the Hope Bypass as a priority project for the region. The final GPS was released on Thursday, and confirmed the shift.

Then, in April, NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi released its 10-year State Highway Investment Programme (SHIP), which identifies projects for the network in line with Government strategy. There was no mention of Rocks Rd.

(Nelson Mail, 29 June 2024)

Collingwood’s Battle for the Beach highlights coastal issues

Collingwood is at it again. The latest spat in the otherwise pleasant coastal settlement last month revolved around three oversize rocks placed to obstruct vehicles using a long-serving access onto the beach, half way along Beach Rd.

Logos at the bottom of wader-bird information signage erected beside the rocks after they were dropped off at the beginning of May indicate the placement was signed off by DOC, TDC and Forest and Bird.

But a few locals were quick to pick up that the rocks, each weighing about three tonnes, had been ordered and placed by Sollys at the request of Forest and Bird Golden Bay, who had received a private donation from an absentee beach resident to cover the cost of the $3000-plus job.

(Nelson Mail, 29 June 2024)

Wastewater Treatment Plant under pressure after rainfall

Last weekend’s rain put pressure on the Motueka Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Tasman District Council’s operation committee has heard. Waters and Wastes Manager Mike Schruer said the rain had a lot more impact on the plant than anticipated, and the flow into the ponds was the second highest flow ever, with 16,000m² coming in over a 24 hour period, compared to a normal flow of 2500m² a day. “It’s put the whole system under pressure. It also has loaded our membranes more than they need to be loaded, and if we’re not careful how that is handled, we could cause further damage to them.” Schruer said that was an indication of the pressure the treatment plant itself was under.

(Nelson Mail, 29 June 2024)

Divisive boat ramp plan advanced $150,000 by council

Māpua’s boat ramp has been advanced $150,000 by the Tasman District Council to cover council’s resource processing costs, yet the project faces mounting opposition from sectors of the community.

The plan for a new boat ramp and a Sea Scout and community building has proven divisive, with its resource consent application drawing 212 submissions in support, and 111 opposed to the development.

Eighty eight submitters wish to be heard – and of those, 70% are in opposition.

The Māpua Boat Ramp Community Trust had asked for $250,000 to cover the costs of the resource consent process. Of that, $50,000 each was requested for reports and legal representation, and $150,000 was to go towards the cost of the resource consent hearing.

(Nelson Mail, 29 June 2024)

Climate change forces $150m wastewater plant relocation

A Tasman wastewater treatment plant will have to relocate and be replaced within 11 years because of climate change induced sea level rise.

The Tasman District Council, at a recent full council meeting, agreed to start the first stage of an estimated $150 million replacement for the Motueka Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The current site, the council said in a statement, was no longer appropriate as it was at risk from flooding from the Motueka River, from storm surges along the coast, and from sea level rise.

A council report said the treatment plant was in a location that was “no longer appropriate or resilient to natural hazard events [or] climate change effects”, and relocation from its current site was needed.

(Nelson Mail, 29 June 2024)

Bike Park land discussions continuing with Fonterra

A bike park for Tākaka is still on the radar, despite losing government funding in May. In Thursday’s operations committee meeting, Tasman District Council group manager community infrastructure Richard Kirby said Fonterra had indicated in discussions that they were able to release some land that they owned for the bike park. Although the funding had gone, and there was now no urgency, they were still looking at options and keeping the door open, Kirby said.

(Nelson Mail, 29 June 2024)

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