Property News – 8 October 2021

New face but same korero for refurbished marae

The Wharenui of Whakatu Marae has a new face, after its maihi and amo were replaced after more than 20 years.

The marae has been undergoing refurbishment for some years, including new or repaired tukutuku (lattice panels) inside the wharenui (main marae building), and two new maihi (gables) and one new amo (gable support) in the front.

Whakatu Marae chair Jane du Feu said the maihi and amo that had been replaced had suffered the brunt of the weather since 1995, and had begun to show their age.

Du Feu said the marae refurbishment had been planned for a long time, but was not able to proceed quickly due to budget constraints. With the advent of Covid lockdowns last year she said there were ‘‘a number of endeavours ready to go’’.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 27 September 2021)

Forestry boon for council in $12.5m surplus

Higher-than-expected harvest volumes and solid log prices led to a forestry surplus of $4.1 million excluding distributions for Tasman District Council in 2020-21, driving up the overall activity surplus to $12.5m.

However, council finance group manager Mike Drummond said some of that surplus was noncash income.

‘‘As your trees grow, the value of the forest goes up – that is triggered as income and so it’s not all a cash balance that sits within that activity,’’ Drummond told elected members at a full council meeting on Thursday.

TDC owns 2293 hectares of planted Pinus radiata forest, 203ha of planted Douglas fir and 29ha planted Cupressus species trees.

The discussion about the forestry surplus was sparked by a staff report on the operating balances for all council activity closed accounts as at the end of 2020-21.

Overall, those activity balances had a favourable movement of $3.4m against budget, totaling $23.2m at the end of the year.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 27 September 2021)

Firms feel the squeeze

Nelson businesses looking to expand are being forced to choose between unaffordable rents and leaving the city due to a lack of industrial properties.

One business has been searching for a new building for more than two years, and is now considering leaving the region if it can’t find a suitable space.

‘‘We’re thinking about moving on – it’s becoming a real possibility,’’ Karl Hogarth of Hogarth Chocolate said.

But Nelson mayor Rachel Reese says the city council’s new Spatial Plan is looking at options, and flexible thinking could make the city a destination for businesses.

For Hogarth, the battle to find a new space has been a drawn-out process where his company has ended up in bidding wars and missed out on properties several times.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 29 2021)

City suburbs reach $1m median value

The median values of two more suburbs in the Nelson region have passed the million-dollar benchmark.

Data released by Corelogic NZ has revealed that the median values of suburbs Stepneyville and Nelson are now at $1,132,750 and $1,031,350 respectively.

Previously, Ruby Bay and Redwood Valley were the only suburbs in the region with a median value over $1m.

Toi Toi is now the only suburb in Nelson City with a median value under $600,000, compared with six last year.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 29 September 2021)

‘Demanding’ works plan looms

An ambitious $98 million worth of capital works is proposed for Tasman District – more than twice the average annual spend over the past five years.

Even after removing $25.2m forecast to be spent on the Waimea dam project in 2021-22, the proposed capital spend is still $72.9m – well above the annual average of $40.1m since 2016-17.

Details of the programme come after councillors last Thursday approved capital carry-overs of $26m into the 2021-22 year and carry-outs of $6.4m from 2021-22 to future years. Carry-overs happen annually, and are often due to timing, when projects and/or costs straddle financial years.

Community infrastructure group manager Richard Kirby said this week capital projects earmarked for 2021-22 as part of the $98m programme included water plants, wastewater plants and pipeline renewals.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 29 September 2021)

Families caught in housing crisis

The region’s housing crisis is deepening with 40 per cent more people looking for emergency housing assistance than the same time last year.

Nelson Tasman Housing Trust director Carrie Mozena says in the last three years the waiting list for Kainga Ora public housing has also gone from 40 to 400.

“Now it’s just regular people who are working full or part-time finding it hard to get a rental or affordable housing,” says Carrie.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 29 September 2021)

New homeless hub opens

A new space to help Nelson’s homeless will become a hub to help them thrive in difficult times.

‘Whare Haumanu’ is housed at the Male Room and was completed at half the cost thanks to Nelson Rotary and community generosity.

The Male Room offers free counselling with a focus on male survivors of sexual abuse but has also become a safe space for the city’s homeless.

The new whare is equipped with a shower, washing machine, dryer, kitchen and computer for those who need to connect, eat, charge their phones or simply seek somewhere warm and dry.

The new space leaves the main building of The Male Room to be dedicated to counselling services. Male room manager Louis Chapman describes the space before the whare as a cramped operation.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 29 September 2021)

Nelson College plans assets sell-offs to pay $3m debt

Nelson College is looking to cut costs as well as sell off buildings and land to help pay off almost $3million of debt that was acquired to fund an expansion of its boarding scheme that failed to eventuate.

“It’s really serious,” says headmaster Richard Dyles. “If we do nothing we will be insolvent by April.”

To stave off that eventuality, the school needs approval from the Government to sell buildings and land.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 29 September 2021)

New lease of life for slipway

Nelson Slipway is due to be renovated in a $14.6 million project, with plans for a new travel lift, hardstand area, and waste treatment facility to be built in 2022.

Funding for the project would come from both the slipway’s new owner Port Nelson and the Covid19 Response and Recovery Fund, from which $9.8m is being contributed.

Port Nelson chief executive Hugh Morrison said the ultimate plan was to develop the slipway into a modern maintenance facility.

There are currently two slipways: Calwell Slipway for large vessels of up to 2400 tonnes, and Nelson Slipway for vessels weighing less than 120 tonnes.

Part of next year’s upgrades would be the building of a new travel lift for Nelson slipway.

Calwell Slipway was getting filled up with vessels that weighed between 300 and 500 tonnes but were too heavy to use the Nelson Slipway.

The lift would allow vessels up to 400 tonnes to use the Nelson slipway, and free up Calwell Slipway for larger vessels. This would greatly benefit the marine industry in Nelson, Morrison said.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 1 October 2021)

NMIT building off limits due to ‘seismic concerns’

A building at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) has been closed pending an investigation into ‘‘seismic concerns’’.

NMIT chief executive Wayne Jackson said the concerns about the building on the Nelson campus, known as T-Block, were raised in a routine report received late last week. The report ‘‘identified an area of concern requiring some remedial action to the floor supports’’.

‘‘As a result, precautionary action was taken, and the building has been immediately closed while further investigations take place.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 1 October 2021)

Affordable housing plan for Hope dashed

A proposed 44-lot affordable housing development at Hope has been rejected.

Applicant and landowner Jason Mudgway yesterday said he and wife Ange were stunned and disappointed by the decision of an independent panel to reject their planned development, but they did not intend to appeal.

‘‘We just can’t afford to,’’ Mudgway said.

In part of its decision, the panel says it was provided with ‘‘very little information to support the applicant’s contention that there is unmet demand for developable residential lots (or housing) in the Richmond-Hope area’’.

‘‘To the contrary, data provided by the [Tasman District] council indicates that supply exceeds demand,’’ the decision says.

Mudgway said he was stunned by that finding.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 2 October 2021)

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