Friday, April 26, 2024

Tasman Dry Weather Task Force update


Tasman Dry Weather Task Force Update.

April 24, 2024 


Tasman's Dry Weather Task Force (DWTF) has updated its water restrictions for consent holders across the district.    

The following Water direction notices will apply from Monday 29 April 2024 for consent holders in these Water Management Zones:     

Changes to previous week:  

  • Motupiko – move to Stage 1 (a 20% cut on authorised weekly use) 
  • Moutere Western – move back to Stage 1  

Continued directions:   

  • Moutere Eastern Groundwater – stage 4 (a 65% cut) remains    


This week’s review of our river flows and aquifer data indicates most areas are above restriction trigger levels. 

The river flow at Motupiko and groundwater levels in the Deep Moutere Aquifer – Eastern zone – remain the exceptions, although levels are slowly recovering in both these aquifers. 

The Motupiko river flows situation reflects the catchment geology and the large soil deficits over many weeks. 

Tasman DWTF Convenor Kim Drummond said the cooler weather conditions and reduced water requirements provided a useful starting point to enable the recovery of the Moutere Deep Groundwater Zone aquifer. 

However, with a minimal amount of rain forecast over the next 10 days, the DWTF would be taking a measured approach in lifting the remaining restrictions. 

“Lifting the Western Zone rationing to Stage 1 is extremely encouraging after a difficult few months - there are indications that the Eastern Zone could rise to a Stage 3 buffer level in the near future, however the recovery here has been slower than in the Western Zone and any change will be carefully managed.” 

Regarding decisions that come from the Dry Weather Task Force, it is important that Consent holders take heed of the directions and remain familiar with Resource Consent conditions.        

Stock drinking water is not affected by these water restrictions.     

The position will be reviewed by the Dry Weather Taskforce next week. This will be the final scheduled meeting of the 2023/24 season. 
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Tuesday, April 23, 2024




Tasman Rugby Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Mitchell as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 10th June. Steve arrives with a decade of experience in provincial rugby and an intimate knowledge of the wider rugby scene, having served as CEO of Southland Rugby since April 2020.

The appointment marks a homecoming for Steve, as the former Nelson College student and life member of Rangers Rugby Club has played a pivotal role in Tasman Rugby Union’s short history, serving as Operations Manager from April 2014 to February 2020, before heading south.

Commenting on Steve's appointment, Baz Henare, Chairman of the Tasman Rugby Union board, said, "We are thrilled to welcome Steve back to Tasman Rugby Union as our new CEO. His passion for the game, combined with his proven leadership abilities, make him the perfect fit to lead our organisation forward. We look forward to working closely with Steve to achieve our collective goals and continue to strengthen Tasman Rugby Union's position within the rugby community.

The Board would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to interim CEO Kahu Marfell, who has steadied the TRU ship through the transitional period. Kahu can now focus fully on his role as Community Rugby Manager, and we know Steve’s appointment will help us make strides in this priority space.

The Board were overwhelmed to have 24 quality applicants from across NZ, Australia and USA and would like to acknowledge members of the interview panel and the independent & thorough recruitment process run by local company Intepeople.”

Mitchell expressed his excitement about returning to Tasman Rugby Union and the opportunity to lead the organisation into its next chapter, “It was always the intention to head back to Tasman when the time was right. My wife and I are extremely pleased for the opportunity to return to our family roots, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead Tasman Rugby into a new era with a renewed focus on Community Rugby. The time in Southland has been extremely beneficial for my personal development and I look forward to bringing those learnings to the new role in Tasman. Tasman is my home and I have always been a proud and loyal supporter of Tasman Rugby.”

Steve's extensive experience and proven track record make him the ideal candidate to lead Tasman Rugby Union into the future. The TRU looks forward to leveraging his leadership and strategic insights as they embark on this new journey together.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

Air New Zealand

 Air New Zealand to put up fares from June

Air New Zealand announced, the airline will be increasing long-term domestic fares across all routes.

In a statement, Air NZ acting general manager for domestic Jeremy O'Brien said it had faced increasing costs over the past couple of years like many Kiwi businesses.

"As we've previously signalled, our cost base has risen more than 30 percent. To date, we've absorbed as much of this as we can.

"To reflect higher costs of providing air services, we need to continue to review our pricing.”

House of Travel chief operating officer Brent Thomas told Midday Report Air NZ had indicated prices were going to change and inflation had been "running hot" over the last few months.

Domestically, there was not a lot of competition so travellers would have to take what was available to them - and Thomas said people would have to wait to see the detail of those increases.

People who were able to book well in advance would still be able to get good fares but those booking last minute - whether for a family emergency or corporate travel "are paying the price".

Thomas said airfares were "significantly cheap" before Covid-19, but costs had gone up.

"I think we all know that when we go fill up our car, the price of petrol's gone up. Facing the same thing - a significant part of running an airline of course is the jet fuel and that has gone up."

Thomas said it was fair that the airline passed that cost on to consumers.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

Weather News Release - New Zealand



Fine weather across the country, turning wet and windy on ANZAC Day


Covering period of Monday 22 - Thursday 25 April

The final week of the school holidays starts out with plenty of dry and fine weather across Aotearoa New Zealand. However, wet and windy conditions are expected for ANZAC Day.

A cool southwest flow covers Aotearoa New Zealand today, spreading a few showers over Auckland, but there’s still plenty of sunshine to be had elsewhere. This afternoon, a burst of stronger southerly winds and showers spread northwards over Marlborough, Wellington and the eastern North Island.

Winds are forecast to ease overnight after the showers clear Tairāwhiti Gisborne, causing temperatures to drop as a ridge of high pressure settles in. MetService meteorologist Ngaire Wotherspoon comments, “Overnight temperatures are forecast to be lower than average for this time of year, and some of the South Island could be waking up to frost.”

Clear skies dominate through Tuesday and Wednesday, although a strengthening northwesterly flow in the south will drive cloud and showers up the west coast of the South Island. Showers turn to heavy rain over Fiordland on Wednesday night as a front closes in from the west, spreading northwards up the West Coast during the morning of ANZAC Day.

“The weather looks dry for Dawn Services in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland on ANZAC Day, but strengthening northwesterlies across the middle of the country mean it will be a windy one for the capital.” says Wotherspoon, “it’ll be worth taking a raincoat for the early morning services on the West Coast.”


Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

Friday, April 19, 2024




Pilates classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays right on your doorstep, in Richmond.

Beginners to Intermediate levels.

Contact Anne-Maree on for more info or if you have any questions/ concerns. 

Small classes, max 7 people, all mats and small equipment provided - just turn up and have some you time strengthening and mobilising your body.

Anne-Maree Therkleson

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

Rare opportunity to become Nelson Airport's cafe/bar operator


Rare opportunity to become Nelson Airport’s Cafe/Bar operator

Kia ora, 

We’re seeking expressions of interest from cafe/bar operators who can contribute to Nelson Airport’s exceptional terminal experience.  

Be part of an exciting journey 

Nelson Airport is one of Aotearoa’s busiest regional airports, a touchpoint for close to a million passengers a year. We provide both the first and last impression visitors have of our region, and we pride ourselves on our vision of providing a world-class airport experience. 

What we’re looking for 

We’re seeking an operator that can provide a great customer experience with a range of fresh food and beverages to meet the diverse needs of airport customers. We’re looking for someone who will highlight the best of our region, with a strong local flavour. A focus on sustainability and desire to innovate is also important to us. 


If you think this might be you, email for more information. 

Nelson Airport Communications.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Anzac DayThursday 25 April.


Anzac Day services and parades 2024

Lest we forget: services and parades will be held around the Tasman District on Thursday 25 April.


Parade – 10.45 am from Sundial Square.

Service – 11.00 am at War Memorial Gardens, Cambridge Street.


Service - 9.00 am at Brightwater Domain, Lord Rutherford Road.  


Service – 10.00 am at the Wakefield Memorial.


Parade – 6.15 am from the Motueka Bowling Club Carpark, Pah Street, Motueka.


Laying of poppies - 6.30am Murchison Cemetery

Service – 11.00 am at the Memorial in Waller Street (Murchison Sport, Recreation and Cultural Centre if wet).


Parade - 10:45 am, by the tennis courts.

Service – 11.00 am at Māpua RSA Memorial Library. 

Upper Moutere

Service – 10.30 am at the Memorial.


Service – 10.30 am at the Memorial.


Service – 9.00 am at the Memorial Gates, the intersection of School Road & SH60.


Service - 9.00am at the Tapawera Memorial Hall, Main Road


Laying of Wreath and Service – 10.30 am at St James Church, Waiwhero Road.


Dawn Service – 6.30 am at the Tākaka Memorial Reserve, Commercial Street.

Parade - 8.45 am, departs from outside Golden Bay Pharmacy

Civic Service - 9.00 am service at the Tākaka Memorial Reserve, Commercial Street.


Dawn Service - 6.30 am at the Cenotaph.

Civic Service - 11.30 am at the Collingwood Memorial Hall.

Lake Rotoiti

Flag Ceremony – 10.30 am at the Lake Rotoiti Community Hall, 22 Main Road St Arnaud.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

Weather News Release

 Rain for some but settled weather returns next week


Covering period of Thu 18 - Mon 22 April

The weather has been mostly fine across Aotearoa New Zealand, however, MetService forecasts a burst of rain on Saturday, before a large area of high pressure brings another run of settled weather as we move into next week. 

A cold front approaches the south of the South Island on Friday. Blustery northwesterly winds precede the arrival of rain in the south and west, however, by the end of the day the front weakens leaving areas north of Christchurch mostly dry. For the North Island passing showers are possible in most areas, with Horowhenua, Wellington and the east coast looking to remain dry.  

A low pressure system approaching from the Tasman Sea is forecast to bring rain to a large portion of the North Island, leaving most of the South Island remaining dry on Saturday. 

MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris states, “the weather models have different ideas about the extent and intensity of the incoming rain, so keep an eye on the forecast for Saturday if you are making outdoors plans.” 

Areas north of Taranaki to Napier are most likely to see rain on Saturday with the potential for some heavy falls in the mix. The further south, the less likely rain becomes, but there is risk the wet weather will reach as far south as Wellington and the top of the South Island. 

On Sunday the low pressure system moves away to the east which means clearer weather across the country. However, southerlies and showers are possible around Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne, while westerly winds bring showers to the south and west of the South Island. 

As we enter the new working week high pressure moves in across the country, forecast to bring a settled run of weather. While this will be a good chance for parents to get the kids outdoors, there’s potential the weather will turn as we head towards ANZAC Day.


Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

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