Property News – 8 February 2024

Motueka to continue coastal rāhui

Iwi have decided to continue Motueka’s already three-month-long rāhui, banning swimming, entering the water and the collection of kaimoana, until levels of contamination are low enough.

The rāhui was put in place in October, after a failure in parts of the town’s wastewater treatment plant saw seepage of treated water into the Motueka Estuary.

The Tasman District Council said regular water testing at numerous sites around the plant showed “no significant rises in bacteria levels” following the emergency pumping programme.

(Nelson Mail, 29 January 2024)

Council backs landfill fee hike, despite fly-tip fear

The cost of taking a trailer load of rubbish to the dump could go up to $200 if the Nelson City Council goes ahead with proposed new fees.

At a meeting yesterday, the council agreed to a new schedule of charges for services that will go out for public consultation as part of its Long-term Plan.

However, although the list went through unchanged, many councillors expressed concerns about some of the proposed increases and said they were keen to hear what the public had to say – with many expecting a backlash to the proposals.

(Nelson Mail, 2 February 2024)

$1.5m bridge open

The ribbon has been cut on a new $1.5 million bridge at the Waahi Taakaro Golf Club. Nelson mayor Nick Smith said the opening of the new bridge on Tuesday morning was another milestone in the recovery work from the August 2022 storm. Club manager Peter Watson said it would lead to greater use of the golf course and the network of biking and walking tracks criss-crossing the “lovely valley and its surrounds, which you all know is a recreational jewel”.

(Nelson Mail, 2 February 2024)

‘Not in keeping’: Residents weigh in

A six-storey social housing development is no longer on the cards in central Nelson, but nearby residents still have concerns about Kāinga Ora’s alternative plans.

In a letter to nearby residents last week, Kāinga Ora explained that they were no longer waiting for a decision on Plan Change 29 (PC29) to start on their planned housing project at 4 Examiner St and 57 Wellington Rd.

Under PC29, the housing provider would have been able to explore building a six-storey development at the site, which sits in a high-density zone.

However, with a decision on the plan not expected until late this year, Kāinga Ora had decided not to wait, and plans are in the works for a three-storey complex, spread across two buildings and comprising of 30 to 36 units, the letter said.

(Nelson Mail, 2 February 2024)

Water restrictions for Moutere consent holders

Higher water restrictions will apply for Moutere water consent holders from next week, the Tasman District Council has advised.

“Water shortage directions come into effect on Monday, February 5, and will mean stage three rationing – or a 50% cut from authorised weekly usage for the Moutere eastern groundwater zone.”

The restrictions did not apply to users of council-managed reticulated water supplies, which were subject to alternative restrictions.

(Nelson Mail, 2 February 2024)

Tākaka water samples breach drinking standard at three sites

Residents of some Tākaka streets are being asked to avoid drinking water after positive samples were returned from ongoing monitoring after the ITM building fire in January.

In a statement yesterday, the Tasman District Council said positive results from three sites had been returned following sampling on January 22.

The sites were in Factory Rd, which is outside the initial area of concern, as well as two properties on Motupipi St within the original zone.

(Nelson Mail, 3 February 2024)

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