Daily Archives: November 19, 2008

Tell me about Land Prices in Nelson?

Another heading in the paper tonight just like we’ve seen before this year.

There’s no doubt that house prices and volumes of house’s sold are down on this time last year.  The Nelson Mail reports on a survey by Infometrics that property sales volumes slumped nationally compared with the same period in 2007.  Well I guess that one is pretty obvious already to most Kiwi’s.

They are forecasting home prices to drop further and mention that as a consequence of local land supply issues, land prices here could go up by 14% over the next 2 years to June 2011 following a decline this coming year.

The report also mentioned that “Nelson was likely to enjoy an increase in building work in 2009/10 as the cities economy & housing market performed more strongly than in Marlborough”

And courtesy of developments like the new multi-million dollar Marsden Park, Nelsons largest development,  its not hard to see why they say that.

Recently earthworks have commenced on the proposed 500 lot subdivision. The first stage envisages 128 lots at Marsden Park Terrace. It is being built on 18.3 ha parcel of land in an area known as “Ching’s Flat” up Marsden Valley.

Back in the 70’s when I lived in Marsden Road, I used to walk & bike up there most weekends as it “was in the country” practically, even though you’re only a few km’s from the main Stoke shops. I even learnt to drive up there.

Mr Tony Quickfall, of Quickfall Associates resource management services said that once approvals have been granted on all stages, it was likely to take 10 – 15 years for the project to be fully developed.

The plan is for a “self-contained community” – which would include a village centre, esplanade and recreation reserves, and an extensive network of walking and cycling tracks.

Tony had earlier (The Nelson Mail, Monday November 12, 2007) said the developers engaged Nelson urban design expert Robin Simpson to advise them. Ms Simpson, a Harvard graduate who worked on the Sydney 2000 Olympics site and who sits on a Wellington City Council urban design panel, said that Marsden Park represented a change in the type of development normally seen around Nelson. She said the subdivision would feature urban design principles aimed at creating a quality place to live in. Features like low impact stormwater management, high levels of streetscaping, good walking and cycling links, a wetland and comprehensive planting areas.

End of the line in Nelson…………

Yes it was, the Year 1955.

If you arrive in Nelson today I can categorically state you will not arrive by rail.

Why, well on account of its not possible, that’s why.

“in 1955 a group of Nelson women attracted international attention♣ when they staged a remarkable sit-in protest against the government’s decision to close and demolish the local railway line.

After a series of angry rallies in Nelson, on 23 September Ruth Page and four other women drove over 40 miles to the tiny station at Kiwi, where they sat in a goods shed and on the railway lines to block the demolition crew. A week later the women (there were now nine of them) were arrested for trespass, convicted and fined. The demolition went ahead and the railway was scrapped.

Although ultimately unsuccessful, the protest was a dignified attempt by a local community to resist the will of central government and contest the erosion of regional resources. One of the protesters, Sonja Davies, later became a prominent trade unionist and politician. “

Yes indeed at one time in history Nelson did have a thriving railway line according to locals, (according to them because I wasn’t born then) but alas it is no more. Perhaps that might explain why the “Airport of the Year 2008“, Nelson Airport, is the 4th busiest in New Zealand.

♣SOURCE – ‘The Nelson railway sit-in – protest and dissent’, URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/politics/protest-and-dissent/the-nelson-railway-sit-in, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 23-Jul-2007