Helicopter crashes during battle against Tasman fire

A pilot has escaped with minor injuries after his helicopter crashed while he was fighting the Tasman fire this afternoon. Civil Defence said he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred within the cordon area and Police...... Read More

Nelson fire: Just 94 properties inaccessible over weekend

Residents of about 40 more properties in the fire-affected valleys of the Tasman District have been allowed back home this morning, Civil Defence says. Regional Civil Defence controller Roger Ball said that left 94 valley properties still cordoned...... Read More

Relieved Wakefield couple ’leaving car packed’

A Wakefield resident who was evacuated from her property for four days as bush fires burned near the town says she wasn't sure if she'd ever make it home. Thousands of people in the area were given the all clear to return to their properties...... Read More

Evacuated Wakefield residents able to return home

Police are supporting the return of evacuated Wakefield residents. The residential areas of Wakefield will remain closed to everyone except residents until 7am tomorrow morning. Sate Highway 6 will have reduced speed limits through the Wakefield township...... Read More

Support for those affected by Nelson Tasman fires

The Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni has commended the efforts of everyone involved in tackling New Zealand’s largest bush fire in decades. “My thoughts are with those people working hard on the frontline to contain the...... Read More

Murder investigation launched after Motueka death

  Police have launched a homicide investigation after an incident in Motueka last night.   One person has died and a second person was taken to Nelson Hospital in a critical condition, says Detective Inspector Craig Scott. "Police...... Read More