Property News – 6 July 2022

Judge tells experts to work together

Witnesses in the Te Waikoropupū Springs water conservation hearing have been told in no uncertain terms to start working together to protect the springs, rather than as adversaries trying to ‘‘win’’ the case.

Judge John Hassan told the Environment Court attendees at yesterday’s continuation of the hearing that he wanted to ‘‘gently remind everybody that there is a collective wish to, and recognised need to, protect the springs’’.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 29 June 2022)

Court hears about delayed impact on water in springs

Experts at an application to establish a protection order on Golden Bay’s Te Waikoropupū Springs were tasked with the difficult job of establishing exactly how nitrates found their way into Te Waikoropupū Springs.

The Environment Court is in the process of hearing expert evidence to inform how best to protect the mauri of the springs, as well as the clarity and quality of the water. A significant concern is the level of nitrates in the water, which has been increasing since 2016.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 1 July 2022)

Council may forgive debt for Centre of Musical Arts

Nelson City Council will explore remitting an outstanding debt from the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.

The council will receive a report this year about the $762,301 balance of its $830,000 loan to the centre, at which point it will decide whether it will wipe the debt.

Centre director James Donaldson did not request the debt forgiveness, and spoke during the public forum of Thursday’s community and recreation committee meeting to affirm the centre’s commitment to paying back the loan. “We see that as an obligation that we intend to meet, there is no doubt.”

He said the centre was setting up a new foundation which would, in about a decade, be able to disburse funds for the maintenance of its buildings and the “ongoing capital costs of owning a facility like ours.”

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 2 July 2022)

Farmers’ best intentions clash with ability, reality

Farmers seemed sincere when speaking of their intentions to protect the environment from nitrate leaching and over-extraction of water from the witness box at an Environment Court hearing in Nelson yesterday.

The Upper Tākaka Farmers said they have been working to reduce their environmental footprint on Te Waikoropupū Springs, the body of water at the heart of a proposed Water Conservation Order.

But what you want to do, and what’s fiscally viable, don’t always match up, farming witness Cherrie Chubb said.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 2 July 2022)

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