Water restrictions on the horizon for Tasman

Water restrictions on the horizon for Tasman

Water restrictions may be on the horizon for the Tasman region again this year, as dry and windy conditions have seen river and aquifer levels start to decline. While heavy rain before Christmas meant that there hasn’t been as much pressure this year to conserve water...
Tasman prepares for another dry summer

Tasman prepares for another dry summer

Matt McCrorie The region was hit hard by drought last summer. And it doesn’t look like we’re off the hook this summer either, with the Tasman District Council Dry Weather Task Force already preparing for another dry, hot summer. Earlier this year the region saw the...
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...
Hot conditions, warm winds fan fire risk

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...