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Last updated 08:51 31/03/2014

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Quay land offered

A prime Nelson waterfront site which once housed the Terrace Cafe has just come on the market, after sitting dormant for several years.

The 731-square-metre site at 371 Wakefield Quay has capital value on the city council rates database of $650,000 and is zoned for multi-level apartments or townhouses.

The property owned by the St Leger Group was listed for sale this week, with the option of a joint venture. Concept plans are available for up to six apartments or four townhouses.

A company representative said it had decided to sell because it had too much work on developing other apartments.

Repaired site sells

A Nelson waterfront site reinstated after a disastrous landslide in late 2011, has finally sold. The Wakefield Quay section went on the market almost a year ago, after the newly renovated home that was on it was severely damaged and had to be demolished.

The site, which had a government valuation of $660,000, was repaired with extensive retaining walls, and approved by engineers and the council. Agent Bruce Farquhar of Bayleys said there had been strong interest in the site since it went on the market and three earlier offers had been made but they were not high enough.

The site eventually sold in the high $400,000s, Mr Farquhar said. He said the purchasers were a couple from Christchurch who planned to build their home on the site.

Barista skills recognised

Two Nelson baristas shone at the recent New Zealand Barista Championships in Wellington. Ali Slotemaker from Rabbit Island Coffee made the semifinals and Hayden Thompson from Pomeroy's Coffee finished third in the New Zealand Cup Tasters competition.

Mr Thompson, an owner at Pomeroy's, said he had done tasting competitions in the past with "varying results" but this was his best achievement so far. He said this time he went into it without the usual preparations, and "didn't over-think it".

The tasting contest tested accuracy against the clock, said Mr Thompson, who has been with Pomeroy's for 15 years. He said a certain amount of science went into created the perfect coffee blend, while art and science went into making the perfect cup of coffee.

Bowater showroom launch

Bowater Hyundai in Nelson is ready to launch its new showroom on the corner of Rutherford and Hardy streets. It will be officially opened on Thursday.

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The Bowater Motor Group has spent the past few months repositioning its major central Nelson showrooms and workshops to accommodate the demolition of its Hardy St building (next to Pizza Hut).

Chief executive Chris Bowater said late last year moves to upgrade the showroom to accommodate the Hyundai branding had been delayed because the city council's traffic and pedestrian management plans for summer prevented businesses from being able to block footpaths with equipment like hoists needed to erect signage on buildings.

"It's really been the push we needed as Hyundai has outgrown its premises. We will upsize it and increase staffing," Mr Bowater said.

Accounting firm expands

Nelson Marlborough chartered accounting firm Johnston Associates South has grown to 11 staff with the addition of client manager Samantha Bell and intermediate accountant Diane Hearn.

Ms Bell said it was wonderful that the opportunity had come up within a local firm. "Too many young professionals are disappearing to the bigger cities and overseas, I'm pleased to have the chance to stay in Nelson and work within Johnston Associates South."

Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dot Kettle said the fact the firm was undergoing further expansion was testament to the strength of that business, and of business growth and confidence in the region generally.

"Business confidence and optimism is well founded as the year ahead looks to be a promising one, with all our key sectors showing strong performance including increasing demand in the construction sector as the rebuild in the Canterbury region starts to gain momentum."

Herbal remedy success

Nelson-based natural products company Forest Herbs Research has had a major breakthrough with clinical trials overseas establishing its effectiveness in the treatment of thrush.

Horopito, a native New Zealand plant, has established anti-fungal properties. Horopito extract, marketed as Kolorex, has undergone hundreds of thousands of dollars of research and clinical trials to establish its efficacy in the treatment of thrush and other fungal infections.

Moana sponsors waka ama

Nelson-based stand-up paddle board (SUP) business Moana NZ SUP is now sponsoring the Motueka Waka Ama club to help it achieve its goal of taking part in further competition.

The small business is co-owned by Sian Potts and Toby Wild. It has been trading for nearly two years and has formed a great working relationship with the local Motueka Waka Ama Club.

Moana is now naming rights sponsor for the club which has helped them to take part in the long-distance nationals in Christchurch and the Waka Te Tasman.

- Nelson

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