Napier Hill – Old Hospital Site

Todd Property Group have lodged their resource consent application with Napier City Council for the next stage of the redevelopment of the former hospital site on Napier Hill. The application is to build 11 stand- alone homes, 21 townhouses and two apartment buildings. Each apartment building would contain 18 apartments and one café. They would replace the existing two hospital towers. The application is likely to go to a formal hearing.

October 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

Supermarket Expansions Planned

Foodstuffs have lodged a resource consent application for a replacement Pak’nSave at their existing site in Tamatea Napier. If resource consent is granted building is due to start in mid 2015. The current store will remain open and be demolished once the new store is trading.

In Hastings the Countdown Supermarket at Queen Street West sold in February 2014 for $7.1m. The adjacent site owned by the Hastings RSA is under contract, reportedly for around $3.3m, and is planned to be redeveloped to provide an expanded Countdown Store across both sites. The RSA club is planning to amalgamate with the Heretaunga Club.

In Havelock North, Countdown is still actively looking for a supermarket site, with a site identified on Havelock Road but this is already raising objections from neighbouring owners.

October 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management Seminar – Understanding Future Opportunities and Challenges for Farmers – Hastings 13 August 2014

A quality seminar was held in August for members, presented by NZIPIM.  Seminar presenters included;  Barry Johnson (Ministry for the Environment), Helen Codlin (HBRC), Rob Brazendale (DairyNZ), Erica Van Reenen (Beef and Lamb), Hugh Ritchie (HB Farmer of the Year), Greg Hart (Sustainable Farming), Duncan McLeod (HBRIC, Water Storage Scheme), Tony Rhodes(Rural Professional), Bruce Wills (Federated Farmers, Past President)

Topics covered related to the regulatory environment within the Hawke’s Bay Region, possible land use opportunities and challenges in the future.

One of the most pressing developments in recent times is the current Hawke’s Bay Regional Resource Management Plan – Tukituki Plan Change 6 which gives weight to the 2014 National Policy Statement for Fresh Water Management and provides a framework for the HBRC to implement the Tukituki Water Strategy. The Board of Enquiry decision (currently appealed to the High Court) incorporates LUC (Land Use Capability) based leaching rates and DIN (Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen) limits for the management of Nitrogen, restricting the N loss on farm and on a catchment basis.  Farms in the Tukituki catchment shall be required to provide a Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP) for properties over 4ha under intensive land use, showing expected nutrient loss and details of mitigation systems for Phosphate and Nitrogen. This FEMP to be reviewed 3 yearly incorporating LUC based on a 4 year rolling average.  Stock exclusion dates restrict stock access to water ways, implemented from 2017.

Reports were provided on the proposed water storage scheme within Central Hawke’s Bay with an over view of developments and challenges for this project.

Sector presentations were focused on productivity, profitability and farming within regulatory restrictions, with emphasis on optimising farming systems to mitigate environmental effects utilising a whole systems approach.

Rural Professionals were encouraged to be engaged throughout the rural sectors to support and enable sound decision making processes.

September 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Napier Rating Revaluation 2014

The revised rating assessments for Napier City are nearing completion. The date of revaluation is 1 September 2014 and the new valuations are due to be sent out to owners in mid-November and will be used for rating from 1 July 2015. The Council have employed QV to undertake the mass-appraisal approach to establish the new values. Once the assessments are received by owners, if you disagree with the figure, you have a right to object and can contact QV directly for a form. Any queries then give Morice a call and we can assist where necessary.

September 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Marine Parade Roundabouts

A new roundabout at the Browning Street / Marine Parade intersection is nearing completion in Napier. A further three roundabouts are planned along Marine Parade as part of a long term plan to lower traffic speeds and create a more pedestrian-friendly road, these will be included in the 2015 Long Term Plan.

September 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Ooh La La – New Pizzeria & Cafe to Open in Napier

A new café and Pizzeria is due to open 26 September 2014 at 40 Hastings Street in Napier. The new venture is called Ooh La La and is owned and run by Carlos Keough. Located in the former Thorpe’s coffee house this opening will continue the on-going strengthening of this part of Hastings Street in the Napier CBD.

September 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Change to ETS rules

The Government has recently passed a Bill to amend the Climate Change Response Act 2002 (CCRA) to prevent reregistration arbitrage. Reregistration arbitrage is where post-1989 forest participants profit by registering and deregistering the same piece of land in the ETS multiple times, each time receiving New Zealand Units (NZUs) while registered but surrendering cheaper international Kyoto units when they deregister. While there has been little arbitrage activity to date, the potential impact is significant, in terms of fiscal cost and reputational risk.

This change remedies an unintended consequence in the operation of the ETS that, if unchecked, may create a fiscal risk to the government and could undermine the integrity of the ETS.

The change only applies to post-1989 foresters seeking to deregister or remove land from the ETS.  Participants can still use Kyoto units for emissions as a result of deforestation or harvesting up until 30 May 2015.

The amended legislation took effect from 16 May 2014. However, it will not affect deregistration applications received by the Ministry for Primary Industries on or before 15 May 2014.

May 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

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