Property News – 5 May 2022

Mayor fears strings attached to Three Waters ‘better off’ funding

Concerns have been raised that the Government’s $2 billion of ‘‘better off’’ funding for councils, under its Three Waters reform programme, may come with strings attached.

‘‘You’re effectively buying into three waters reform by accepting,’’ Tasman District Council strategic policy manager Dwayne Fletcher last week told elected members on the council’s strategy and policy committee.

Mayor Tim King said it was ‘‘incredibly frustrating’’ there now seemed to be ‘‘quite significant’’ strings attached to the funding.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 22 April 2022)

Bay partnership opens affordable pensioner homes

The day after Shirley Harrison was told that her application for a new pensioner cottage in Tākaka was successful, she visited the building site.

Harrison’s two-bedroom home is one of two architect-designed units built on Tasman District Councilowned land. They were officially opened yesterday.

The homes were constructed at the rear of the council’s four Galey Court flats on Commercial St, in a partnership driven by the Mohua Affordable Housing Trust, trading as the Golden Bay/Mohua Affordable Housing Project.

The trust was established by engineer Dr Christopher Bennett in response to shortage of affordable housing to rent or purchase in Golden Bay. The aim is to build quality homes that are affordable for people on lower incomes, including pensioners and beneficiaries.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 23 April 2022)

Building sites targeted

Local builders have been left thousands of dollars out of pocket after a flurry of thefts which have been labelled a sustained attack on people’s livelihoods by those in the industry.

Local Master Builders approached Nelson Weekly after a spate of thefts, fearing that the prevalence of site thefts could become the new norm.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 27 April 2022)

Moller fountain gets new paint

The Moller Fountain on Haven Road has been covered up while it gets a new lick of paint.

The fountain is over 80 years old and it has recently has some work done to it, including new water pipes, a pump station and lights.

The fountain was initially donated anonymously to the city in 1940, but the identity of the benefactor was revealed at the unveiling ceremony to be Mrs Dorothea Moller.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 27 April 2022)

Airport begins run-up to runway extension

Nelson Airport is planning to extend its runway by more than 150 metres within the next 10-15 years.

Airport chief executive Mark Thompson said in a statement that Nelson Airport’s 1347m long runway was one of the shortest in the world for the types of aircraft using it. The airport had signalled a need for a longer runway for some time in annual reports and other documents, and was beginning a ‘‘community conversation’’ about the proposed extension.

Development of the runway is not expected to take place for another 10 to 15 years.

Thompson said the length of the runway currently limited the weight capacity (including both passengers and cargo) of aircraft coming into Nelson, a limitation that was further affected by weather conditions.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 29 April 2022)

Peanut factory pulls power from the sun

A Kiwi peanut butter company is switching to solar power to help roast its products.

Nelson’s Pic’s Peanut Butter factory has installed 486 solar panels on the roof of Peanut Butter World, using the region’s plentiful sunshine to roast millions of peanuts a day.

Pic’s Peanut Butter founder Pic Picot said the lifecycle of peanuts used in the company’s spreads was coming full circle.

‘‘Our products are grown by the sun and now they’re processed by the sun too.’’

He said the factory processed about 1000 kilograms, equivalent to the weight of a great white shark, of peanuts every hour into as many as 28,000 jars of peanut butter every day.

The new solar panels will supply at least 20% of Pic’s annual energy demand, with the summer months providing significantly more power – enough energy to roast 3.3 million peanuts on a sunny day, or 124,000 jars per month, he said.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 30 April 2022)

Kāinga Ora faces big job to meet standards

When Kāinga Ora tenant Amanda* went to Work and Income New Zealand to ask for help with her power bill, the agency told her it was ‘‘exceptionally high’’.

Amanda, who asked to remain anonymous, is as frugal as possible with her heat pump. However, with children at home, and having suffered from asthma and croup, it was important she kept the home as warm as possible, she said.

Looking for a solution for winter heating, she turned to the public housing provider.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 30 April 2022)

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