Gold digger unearths a ‘gem’

Gold digger unearths a ‘gem’

Swarmed by sandflies and knee deep in muddy river water, Glen Tomlinson’s gold digging crew made a once in a lifetime discovery. Glenn had unearthed a gold nugget weighing in at a whopping 3.7 ounces from the Lyell River, in Buller. The find came just one day after...
Carrying on into retirement

Carrying on into retirement

Bob Howatt is well into retirement age, but he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Bob, a Tasman local who is a supervisor for Fulton Hogan is just shy of 70, but “retirement is not on the cards,” he says. Bob has worked for the company for 28 years, and when he hit...
Former Mayor receives international recognition

Former Mayor receives international recognition

A special honour has been awarded to Tasman’s former Mayor, Richard Kempthorne, on the other side of the world. Richard Kempthorne travelled to Westerkwartier in the Netherlands this month, and to his surprise, was awarded the very first Abel Tasman medal of honour,...
Dam cost blows out by $25 million

Dam cost blows out by $25 million

The cost of the Waimea dam has seen a sharp increase, thanks to “unforeseen geological conditions” to the tune of an extra $25 million, bringing the total cost of the project up to $129.4 million. Waimea Water CEO Mike Scott says that rock designated for use as...