Tasman woman sets skydiving record

A Tasman resident has set the record for the highest skydive in New Zealand. Wendy Smith achieved the New Zealand record of 25,000 feet jump, before landing at Motueka Airport, as part of the inaugural Lift Off Abel Tasman Festival yesterday. Wendy...... Read More

Waimea Community Dam faces final hurdle

A very long-running plan to build a dam in the Tasman District is on its final lap. The Waimea Community Dam was first proposed in 2003. The resource consents have been issued, and some fast work to revise wayward funding models have been released. But...... Read More

Two in hospital after being hit by car in Motueka

Two men have been flown to hospital with injuries ranging from moderate to serious after being hit by a car in Motueka. Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Johnston says emergency services were called shortly after 2am to reports of disorder. "Further...... Read More

Investigation into Rotorua homicide continues

Rotorua Police continue to investigate the death of a 22-year-old woman in the grounds of St Michaels School on Friday night. The scene examination will be completed today and police are still speaking to a number of people who were in the area at...... Read More

Council votes against controversial Waimea Dam project

The controversial Waimea Dam project has been voted out of favour by Tasman District councillors this afternoon. The vote, after a six hour meeting, was eight councillors against and six in favour. The council has now adjourned to discuss a new recommendation...... Read More

Takaka Hill road to be repaired by 2020

State Highway 60 over the Takaka Hill will not be fully repaired until 2020, New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) says. An extensive rebuild programme is planned to be carried out in two stages over the next two summer seasons. The portion of the highway...... Read More

Rescuing people ’shouldn’t have a price’

The final cost of rescuing an Australian soldier from Mount Aspiring is still unknown, but the Federated Mountain Clubs head says a price should never be put on people's lives in deciding a rescue response. Last week's rescue from Mount Aspiring...... Read More

Police concerned for safety of missing 13-year-old

Police are concerned for the safety of a 13-year-old boy missing in the Tasman area. Tryson Thompson was last seen in the Rai Valley area late on Wednesday, July 4. "It's possible he has tried to hitch-hike to Nelson - we would ask anyone...... Read More

All hands on deck for avalanche response training

  Canterbury Police, ski industry personnel and SAR groups will take part in a large-scale avalanche response exercise near Mt Cheeseman Ski Area today. Acting Sergeant Paul Beaver, Canterbury Police SAR Coordinator, says there is a danger of...... Read More