Saturday, July 16, 2022

News in Brief

News in Brief

Salisbury Rd Richmond - works in progress



The $2.48 million project to replace a 60-year-old water main on Salisbury Rd has been finished well on time according to Fulton Hogan. 

As part of the Salisbury Rd project, the 150mm cast-iron water main – constructed in the 1950s – has been replaced with a 200mm pipe for about 770 metres along one side of Salisbury Rd, from William St to Templemore Drive.

The last connection was made on Thursday 29th of June and I have been advised that there are only new pedestrian crossings to be completed and tidy up work to be done.

According to Fulton Hogan there hasn’t been a major disruption to the traffic as was suggested in some media “ traffic has been getting through constantly.”

Fulton Hogan has been awarded the construction contract after their work on the Salisbury Rd roundabout upgrade won an award for completing ahead of schedule and with slick traffic management.

Originally scheduled and budgeted over three financial years, councillors agreed to bring this project forward providing the full budget in this financial year. 

“A delayed construction start will most likely result in a price increase,” the Council report says. Richmond ward councillor Kit Maling said “bringing all the work forward should make the project less disruptive as we do it once and do the whole lot in one go rather than disrupting traffic three times, as I understand it”.

Council made the correct decision in having this project completed in one go and now the water mains have been completed before time by Fulton Hogan.



A nice big shoulder going in for the raised pedestrian and cycle crossing outside Waimea Intermediate School. Photo Pigeon Post News

Along with the work in the above article Fulton Hogan are replacing the 1950s pedestrian crossings on Salisbury Rd with their award winning pedestrian and cycle crossings.

Schools, residents, and cyclists in the area will be pleased with safer crossings on this road. Salisbury Rd provides access to an early childhood centre and several schools including Waimea College, Waimea Intermediate, St Paul’s and Henley Schools

Commuters will be happier with these very visible crossings on such a busy road and will make their commute easier with the growing number of commuters on this road every year.

Fulton Hogan’ diggers took no time in getting rid of the 1950s crossings and those horrible large hard rubber speed cushions. They have gone! I’m sure you have noticed. 

Rubber speed cushions photo Pigeon Post News

If you drive along Salisbury Rd everyday I'm sure you are aware of it. The experience was like hitting a mountain trying to climb over those speed cushions. I'd concentrate so much on the bumps that I would forget about the pedestrian crossing!

I was walking along Salisbury Rd a couple of weeks ago hunting for this article and came across Tori, Anna and Hayden from Fulton Hogan. They were very busy, but I had a chat and they confirmed that they were starting on the first of the new raised pedestrian crossings outside Waimea Intermediate School. 

From the left Tori, Anna and Hayden from Fulton Hogan starting the first of the new crossings.  I was told by Anna that Tori is an ace on the digger.

There are two raised crossings being installed along this section of Salisbury Road similar to the crossings on the new award winning round about at Salisbury Road and  Champion Road intersection.

Half of the first crossing in place. Photo Pigeon Post News

Richmond ward councillor Kit Maling said “these very important crossings are at the two school entrances where there are three schools with over 2700 young people” and he added “I will always take advise about keeping people safe.”



The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum have reminded us that it is time to start thinking about any repairs you need done. 

It’s time to get out your repairs ready for July 16th at the repair cafe at ReStore in Tahunanui 10am - 1pm. Plenty of parking.

Nelson Central



The symbol represents extinction. The circle signifies the planet, while the hourglass inside serves as a warning that time is rapidly running out for many species.

This is the symbol for an international climate change group Extinction Rebellion who were demonstrating last Friday outside the Nelson City Council building.

There were only three adult protestors and children. 

They said that they would be gearing up their demonstrations towards the Local Body elections and were mainly demonstrating for the future of their children.

Central Nelson. Photo Pigeon Post News

They said that the Nelson City Council has declared a climate emergency but nothing has happened since.

They believe that traditional strategies like petitioning, lobbying, voting and protest have not worked due to the rooted interests of political and economic forces. Their approach, and the approach of the group worldwide is therefore one of non-violent, disruptive civil disobedience – a rebellion to bring about change, since all other means have failed.

It was quite a calm protest on Friday, but there were a few jeers from the public.

From their international website their stated aims are:

1/  Tell the truth. Governments must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

2. Act now. Governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

3. Go beyond politics. Governments must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.



The Maitai River a few years ago. Photo from Judy Marsh

I was in Nelson the other day having a tooth out and after, which was probably the worst thing to do, I decided to have a coffee by the Maitai riverside, yes from the Riverside Cafe.

I was sitting on one of the city benches having my coffee and a cigarette feeling a bit sorry for myself and watching the river and dogs go by with their owners. Then all of sudden a very nice man came up to me and gave me a bunch of flowers, obviously picked from a roadside garden.

I was somewhat taken aback, but quickly realised this elderly gentleman just wanted a chat. 

We sat for while and somehow we just clicked and conversation flowed. I brought him a cup of coffee and a long sad story unfolded.

He said he was homeless. I could have guessed this from his clothing and he was carrying a couple of bags.

His sad story unfolded as though he hadn’t told anyone for years. I just can’t explain it all here as it’s too personal.

Michael is gay, homeless, has AIDS and no family to help him. He moved from Auckland years ago to Nelson where he has lived a homeless celibate life for years. Helping out at the shelter at dinner times every day and a lot of the time sleeps rough. During the day people give him food and he collects toys and flowers for the children.

I wondered why he had a bag full of soft toys.

As the 69-year-old is homeless, he said he finds it difficult managing his condition and managing the pills he should take.

He gave his flowers to me, what a wonderful gracious gift. I soon forgot about my tooth.

It reminded me of Stuff reporter Hamish McNeilly from Dunedin in his posts in ‘The Mish’. He wrote a story about ‘Little John’ (not his real name) a man who lives in a cave.

Little John a homeless man has lived in a cave for decades and he told Hamish how he found solace in the cave on the outskirts of Outram, west of Dunedin.

“Coming to the cave was a way to escape all the evil that was going on,” the 57-year-old told Hamish as he walked a few kilometres to the site Little John calls home.

“It is more of a bedroom and a place where I am comfortable ... but

I’m still part of society.”

Little John, a nod to Robin Hood’s companion with a distinctive hat and feather, is regularly seen thumbing rides between Outram and Mosgiel, where he picks up food parcels to survive on.

“I’m not living off the land, I’m just living in the land because it is a beautiful place to be.”

He drinks water from a nearby stream, and once had a pet possum he named Joanna for company, before it was killed by pest control contractors.

His little slice of civilisation includes a makeshift drop-off box: a red hat at the start of a track where people leave him supplies – including a child who used to leave him lollies on a rock.

Credit to Hamish McNeilly Dunedin ‘The Mish’.

Nelson Tasman

Event:NELSON/TASMAN: Regional strengths and how iHemp fits in - For you hemp growers!

About this event:

Hosted By NZ Hemp Industries Association - NZHIA. The event will explore hemp’s economic and sustainability potential by looking at regional strengths and how industrial hemp can be utilised in the Nelson Tasman region.

Online or in-person:

This event will be available for you to attend either in-person or online using the zoom option. You may choose which option you would prefer when registering.

General admission (in-person) $15.00

Virtual live-streaming $10.00

Date and time

Mon 25th Jul 2022, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Mahitahi Colab
322 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand

The Mahitahi Colab was created with the vision of collaborating to support and inspire clever business, innovation and talent in Nelson Tasman.


You can obtain tickets at this link:


Join us from 7:00pm for networking then the event will formally commence at 7:30pm.

7.30 pm Welcome and presentation starts

7.35 pm Introduction/What is iHemp

8-9.00 pm Speakers

9.00 pm Q & A and panel discussion

10.00 pm Event finishes

More about the event:

How can hemp be used in FARMING:

The Event will explore hemp’s economic and sustainability potential by looking at regional strengths and how industrial hemp can be utilised.

How can hemp be used in the FOOD INDUSTRY:

Seeds for food and utilising local circular economy by-product streams to make new and innovative products. Hemp seed nutritional products for humans and animals as well as seed multiplication for northern hemisphere hempseed companies. Future uses of hemp leaf, sprouts and roots.

How can hemp be used in the FIBRE INDUSTRY:

Investment in decortication and primary processing would enable enterprises to scale and enter markets for high and low tech industrial uses, producing a diverse variety of end products such as geotextiles, apparel fabrics, construction materials, and composites. Collaboration with other primary sectors, such as forestry and wool.

How can hemp be used in the HEALTH Industry:

Female plant cultivation for the emerging health and wellness industry, utilising minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids as high-value fractions from locally grown crops for global niche markets. Working with Manuka, Kawakawa and other native botanicals grown in New Zealand.

Event speakers:

Richard Barge (NZHIA)
The NZHIA Chair presents a history of hemp in Aotearoa New Zealand and a new iHemp industry for Nelson/Tasman.

Jo Say (HBA) Founder of the Hemp Building Association of NZ.
Jo is developing NZ's first hempcrete subdivision, in Nelson.

Brian Kindilien (Puro NZ)
NZ Medicinal Cannabis Industry – A Grower’s Perspective.


Event: Movies in Māpua Packhorse Cinema - Perhaps Sprig & Fern first!  

Put on your warm cloths - you may save your Cinema!


The Pack-house Cinema will be showing the movie Submarine on Sunday, 17 July at 6.30pm in the Mapua Community Hall.

It’s a bring your own drinks, your own seat, and your own Jaffas affair.

Some of the community make a night of it and go to the Sprig & Fern for a meal first at around 5pm-ish. If everyone turns up for a meal you may have to reserve a table.

All income from this event will go towards the Mapua Community Hall!

Movie starts at 6:30, doors open at 6:15pm

At last month movie showing there was an audience of only ten paying customers which is not even enough to pay the licence fee for the movie. 

If there are not sufficient audience numbers this month, the organisers may not be able to carry on showing movies at the Mapua Hall.


The tale of Mary Wallis (Wallace) nee Coster. It is a June morning in 1842.”…..

Mary Anne Wallis buried in Motueka

A true Pioneer of Tasman Mary Wallis. 

The story of Mary Anne Wallis who arrived in New Zealand with her husband John Coster in 1842 and settled in the Nelson region. Her husband was killed in the Wairau affray the following year, leaving Mary a widow with a young baby daughter. Deciding to persevere in New Zealand, Mary opened a grocery and supply store. The following year she married Richard Wallis. As well as raising eleven children of her own Mary and Richard went on to open a home for orphaned and "ill cared for" children in Motueka. The Wallis family children's home also known as 'Hulmers' operated from 1867-1887.


Storm Nathan


27 September 2018

Link to the story

Pigeon Post News


  1. I enjoyed reading about Mary Wallace…would like to hear more stories about the people who used to live here..

    1. Thank you it's nice to have feedback

  2. Ooops Mary Wallis


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