Kempthorne calls time

Kempthorne calls time

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne has announced he will not be seeking re-election for a fifth term in this year’s local body elections.   Richard and his wife Jane announced together that he would be stepping down from his role as Mayor after this year’s election,...
Forest fire concert coming together

Forest fire concert coming together

Plans are now well under way for the forest fire concert.   The venue is being prepared and the main act, The Warratahs, are getting ready to come across the ditch and put on a great spectacle. While they are here, band members will travel to the fire site and...
Farmers, growers feeling the heat

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...
Water restrictions level increased

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...
Water rations put in place

Water rations put in place

Rain earlier this week will have no affect on water restrictions put in place by the Tasman District Council. The council’s Dry Weather Taskforce convenor, Dennis Bush-King, says the rain on Sunday night was barely enough to make a dent in soil moisture levels on the...