Property News – 7 December 2023

ED to undergo $8.7m extension

Te Whatu Ora is planning a multi-million dollar extension for Nelson’s emergency department to address capacity issues while the city waits for a new hospital to be built.

The expansion of the existing emergency department is expected to cost $8.7 million and will be completed in two years.

The detailed business case for the region’s long-awaited hospital redevelopment is currently under way, with construction of a new acute services building – including a new ED – expected to be completed in 2031, if funding is approved when it goes before Cabinet in 2026.

(Nelson Mail, 29 November 2023)

‘Give it a chance’ says manager, as new cycleway takes shape

A Tasman District Council manager has made a plea for Richmond residents to give the cycleway planned for Queen St a chance.

Since communications staff posted information about the cycleways’ installation on Facebook on Thursday, the page has been inundated with over 240 comments, most of which were disparaging.

The Richmond Streets for People programme contractor will be removing street parking and creating cycle lanes on both sides of Queen St between Salisbury Rd and Hill St over the next two weeks.

(Nelson Mail, 29 November 2023)

Water restrictions to begin

Taking note of Niwa’s prediction of a long, dry summer, the Nelson City Council is introducing water restrictions from next week, the earliest restrictions have begun in 18 years. Nelson City Council’s general manager of infrastructure Alec Louverdis said stage one restrictions would begin on December 1. The move is a “precautionary measure”, he said. High temperatures, coupled with long dry days, will likely impact the flow of the Maitai and Roding Rivers – key to Nelson’s water supply.

(Nelson Mail, 29 November 2023)

Water restrictions start

The Tasman District Council has announced that Phase A water restrictions are being introduced for its urban water supplies, and their rural extensions, effective from today. The areas affected are the Wakefield and Waimea zones, including Richmond, Brightwater, Hope, Redwood 1 and 2 and Māpua water supplies. Nelson residents living adjacent to Champion Rd, where water is supplied from the Richmond Water Supply Scheme, will also face Phase A restrictions. This also covers the Wakatu Industrial Estate, Champion Rd and parts of Saxton Rd West. Community infrastructure group manager Richard Kirby said with a dry summer predicted the council was introducing restrictions to extend aquifer supplies throughout the season. Phase A restrictions prohibit watering of grass or lawns, but watering decorative and productive gardens is permitted using a handheld hose with a trigger nozzle or time- limited water system. For pool owners, filling a pool is prohibited but topping up is permitted.

(Nelson Mail, 1 December 2023)

Fewer high-end lifestyle blocks selling in the top of the south

More lifestyle blocks are being sold in the top of the south, but prices are lower, the latest property data shows.

Data released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand shows the number of lifestyle properties in Nelson-Marlborough-Tasman was up 18 to 59 in October 2023, compared with October 2022 – the biggest increase in the country.

That bucked the national trend of declining sales, with an 11.9% drop compared to the previous year.

Sales of more expensive properties were often driven by out-of-town buyers from cities such as Wellington and Auckland who were looking for a change of lifestyle, he said.

Out-of-town buyers made up about 50% of the buyer pool for lifestyle properties, but falling prices in markets such as Wellington and Auckland meant there were fewer buyers in the market.

(Nelson Mail, 2 December 2023)

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