Farmers, growers feeling the heat

Colin Williscroft   Farming and other food producing businesses across the Waimea are suffering, their owners forced into considering worst-case scenarios as hot, dry weather, exacerbated by drying winds, take its toll. While there is some hope on the horizon...

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Terry calls time on delivery rounds

Colin Williscroft After about 20 years delivering newspapers around Richmond, Terry Beach has decided to call it a day. Terry, who has become known by many during that time, first started after the Honda assembly plant in Nelson closed in 1998. That meant he lost his...

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Area avoiding teacher shortage

Matt McCrorie New Zealand is currently in the middle of what is being called a ‘dire teacher shortage,’ however the Tasman region is yet to feel the effects. In October last year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced an extra $10.5 million in funding, on top of...

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Shop’n’win a huge success

Matt McCrorie Shop and Win has been won again by someone who has only put forward one entry. Even after being handed the cheque at Village Cycles Richmond, Lev Gimelfarb, originally from the Ukraine, couldn’t believe that he had won. “I only came in to buy a seat and...

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Alex finds freedom without prosthetic

Jonty Dine After badly bruising his stump just six days out from a national New Zealand tournament, one-armed tennis player Alex Hunt was facing the prospect of sitting on the sidelines. The injury, the result of a recent fall, made it too painful for the Nelson-born...

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Slow down and look out for kids

Matt McCrorie It’s a busy time on the roads at this time of the year, especially with kids heading back to school this week. With that in mind, the New Zealand Police and the Tasman District Council want to remind parents about keeping kids safe around the road. The...

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Hot conditions, warm winds fan fire risk

Matt McCrorie The Nelson Tasman area is now experiencing a prohibited fire season, with a total ban on all open air fires. This follows high temperatures, high wind and lack of rain throughout the region. The increasing heat is a big factor in fire risk at this time...

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Swimmer off to world champs

Collin Williscroft Tasman swimmer Ethan Martin is heading to Brazil later this year to compete in the fifth World Deaf Swimming Championships. Ethan has qualified to swim in 10 events, including the 200m individual medley and breaststroke, 50m freestyle, butterfly,...

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Water restrictions level increased

Matt McCrorie The need to conserve water is becoming more important every day, the council says, with wind, consistent high temperatures, and increasing water demand causing rivers and groundwater levels to drop. Dennis Bush-King, convener of the Dry Weather...

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Suspicions over Rabbit Island fire

The cause of last Friday’s fire on Rabbit Island is being treated as suspicious. Rural Fire Network boss Ian Reade, who is based in Richmond, said the cause of the fire was still being investigated but anyone who saw people acting suspiciously at the eastern end of...

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