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

Further government funding support for Nelson after fires

The Government has announced further financial support for people affected by the Tasman fires. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi and West Coast Tasman MP Damien O'Connor have all visited Nelson on Thursday. They...... Read More

Truckloads of hay donated to help Nelson farmers

Truckloads of hay are being donated by Canterbury farmers to help those affected by the Tasman fire. Federated farmers co-ordinator, Harry Matthews, said some people had lost huge amounts of pasture in the blaze and would be worried about feed for...... Read More

Decision to extend state of emergency in Nelson

Given the decision to extend the state of emergency due to the Nelson fires there will continue to be an increased Police presence in the fire affected areas and communities. The role of Police is to provide regular patrolling in the affected areas,...... 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