Planting trees to keep memories alive

Planting trees to keep memories alive

When Marguerite van Geldermalsen’s father told her about an invitation to plant a memorial tree for her mother, they thought it was a lovely idea. After all, her mum Janny, died last year. “It’s such a nice way to remember people and so lovely that the funeral home...
Floods destroys Quinneys swimming hole

Floods destroys Quinneys swimming hole

The popular swimming hole at Quinneys Bush will look a lot different after this month’s floods. While floods are not unusual, Andrew Quinney says the sheer force of this flood eroded the land more than any he can remember. “We are fortunate it happened over winter...
Possible bypass for Richmond

Possible bypass for Richmond

Parking charges, cycle lanes and a possible new bypass are coming to Richmond as part of a Tasman District Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport initiative. The ‘Richmond Transport Business Case’ (PBC) aims to provide safer roads and greater travel options for people...
Restoring the strings of history

Restoring the strings of history

An 80-year-old mandolin has been on quite the journey before ending up at a Brightwater workshop for restoration. The wooden instrument was bought in Europe during the 1940s by Charlie Wilson, a sergeant in the army. He served in Italy and the Middle East before...
Rotary president having fun while she serves

Rotary president having fun while she serves

Service before self is the motto of the Rotary Club of Richmond, but fun and friendship are also the focus of incoming president Diana Wilkens. When Diana retired six years ago, she returned to New Zealand after 40 years running a business in Sydney. Buying an old...