JK to provide advice

JK to provide advice

Sir John Kirwan, will be in Hope on Friday to provide advice to those affected by the recent Pigeon Valley forest fire and the drought.   The combined stress of both the forest fires and the drought can take a significant toll on the local community. Thanks to...
Rugby grounds closed for season’s start

Rugby grounds closed for season’s start

Jonty Dine   With the region’s sports grounds resembling an African Savannah, codes have had to get creative with the seasons fast approaching.   Water restrictions have meant little or no irrigation to fields, leaving several them of rock hard and posing a...
Apples smaller in size but big in flavour

Apples smaller in size but big in flavour

Like all Waimea businesses involved in food production, apple growers have had a tough time over the past couple of months, with dry conditions and cuts in water takes affecting fruit growth.   That has meant apple sizes are smaller than normal but the upside of...
Fire shows danger still there

Fire shows danger still there

Helicopters with monsoon buckets supported ground crews to contain a fire that began on the side of the Moutere Highway last Wednesday afternoon.   The four crews and five helicopters had a busy time in windy conditions but successfully brought the fire, which at...
Water savings impress

Water savings impress

Waimea residents saved around 3 million litres of water last week, much to the pleasure of the Tasman District Council. A council spokesman says water use was reduced by 25 per cent over the week, which equates to 3 million litres. That came on top of a 20 per cent...