Property News: 5 November 2018

New look Queen St the best in NZ

Richmond’s revamped Queen St has been crowned New Zealand’s Best Street at the 2018 Beautiful Awards.

Queen St was competing against a close rival in the finals, Nelson’s Upper Trafalgar St, along with Gore’s Main St. But Richmond’s main street with its new lease on life sat squarely in first place.

After going through 18 months of restructure, renovations and upgrades, the street ticked all the boxes for its beauty, cleanliness, plantings and sense of community pride.

The $14 million project by Tasman District Council improved the main thoroughfare for pedestrians, shops and traffic. The upgrade included increasing the street’s resilience to floods, replacing aged pipes, and redesigning the layout to reflect Richmond as an urban hub.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 29 October 2018)

Dun Mountain Trail gets funding for makeover

The Dun Mountain Trail will be getting a makeover after receiving funding for improvements.

The Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust has been given more than $145,000 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to fix and upgrade the trail, one of New Zealand’s 22 Great Rides.

Trust trail manager Josh Aldridge said the money would fund three projects – the Coppermine downhill, the pipeline slip on the Maitai Valley side, and the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary fenceline slip.

He said the biggest project was improvements to the 6.5 kilometres of track from Coppermine Saddle to the South Branch Bridge. ‘‘It’s been deteriorating because it wasn’t designed that well in the first place. We’ll improve the resilience and get it to a grade three standard.’’

Aldridge said upgrading the track would open it up to more mountainbikers with a wider range of abilities. The projects are expected to be completed by June 2019, also funded by Nelson City Council and the sanctuary.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 29 October 2018)

New start for old boarding house

Boarding schools are no longer places for toughing it out, but rather for high-speed wi-fi and nice furnishings.

Nelson College principal Gary O’Shea made the comments as the school marked the end of a multimillion-dollar project on Wednesday with the opening of a refurbished Rutherford House.

The college will now be able to accommodate 154 students at its modernised Rutherford and Barnicoat boarding houses, with the latter officially reopened at the start of last year.

It took five years and over $3 million of school funds to revamp the buildings, which were constructed in the 1930s.

Schools needed to modernise boarding facilities or walk away from boarding, O’Shea said.

The ‘‘pseudo-military view’’ of boarding ‘‘is no longer relevant, and certainly not attractive . . . for current families who are looking at where their sons are going to spend 40 weeks of the year’’, he said.

Because the buildings didn’t need earthquake strengthening or any other major work, it cost a lot less to refurbish them than to construct new buildings, he said.

The first students will move into the revamped Rutherford House at the start of next year.

The school’s third boarding facility, Fell House, will now be available for hire by sports teams 48 weeks a year.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 2 November 2018)

Character costs nearly $1m as city house values soar

The value of an average home in Nelson city has risen $6000 over the last month, according to the latest figures from Quotable Value.

That’s a rise of nearly $200 a day. The average value in the city is now $593,947, an increase of 1.7 per cent over the past quarter, the latest QV House Price Index showed.

Values in Tasman district also continued to climb, up 1 per cent over the past three months to $586,219.

Both areas experienced a yearly increase of more than 7 per cent, compared to 5.4 per cent nationwide.

‘‘Residential land values have significantly increased in the [Nelson] city centre,’’ QV Nelson property consultant Craig Russell said of the October figures. ‘‘Mostly due to its lifestyle appeal and the limited supply of properties.

The college and cathedral area had proven particularly popular because of its ‘‘proximity to good schooling and central city amenities’’, Russell said. ‘‘Modernised character homes in this area are generally selling in excess of $900,000.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 2 November 2018)

NCC hears views on Brook Reserve road

The granddaughter of the man who sold land to the city council for Nelson’s Brook Reserve is worried that the public might lose access to it if its legal status is changed.

A panel of three councillors has received submissions on the proposal to reclassify the Brook Reserve.

The council wants to change it from its current status of Local Purpose Reserve for recreation, to Local Purpose Reserve for outdoor leisure, camping, conservation and education. It needs to do this, as the recreation designation made in 2015 could be non-legal or ultra vires. It also wants to stop the legal road through the reserve.

Most submissions to the hearing yesterday were strongly opposed to redesignating the reserve, stopping the road, or both.

Tamika Simpson, owner of Simpson’s Farm in Brook Valley, said she was concerned that stopping the road would be a barrier to accessing the reserve, which was public land. In the 1950s, her grandfather had sold land to the council for public use in the reserve, and the family’s intention was for it to always be accessible to the public.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 2 November 2018)

Bay gallery vaults back into life

The doors of the former Art Bank gallery in Takaka have been reopened under a new name.

Art Vault is the new venture of the gallery’s ex-manager, Grant Knowles, who has resurrected the business, which was recently closed by the Golden Bay Arts Council.

The gallery is based in the century-old Bank of New Zealand building on Takaka’s main street, where the arts council was based since 2014 and ran the gallery for local artists to exhibit and sell their work.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 2 November 2018)

New showers should stop travellers baring all at library

Some freedom campers in Golden Bay have taken that freedom to new levels – stripping naked in the Takaka Memorial Library public toilets and using the hand basins to wash themselves.

Tasman District Council community development manager Susan Edwards this week outlined the extent of the problem.

Edwards said it had been a ‘‘big issue . . . but we are very much hoping that once the showers go in, attached to the toilets near the i-SITE, that it will reduce this problem’’. She was referring to the planned installation before Christmas of two unisex showers and at least one outdoor sink.

Council community relations manager Chris Choat said just under half of the expected $130,000 cost of the new ablution block had been met by a grant from the Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund. The showers would be user-pays, with the price still to be finalised, he said.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 3 November 2018)

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