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.

Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced today the first steps in delivering on Local Water Done Well


Hon Simeon Brown.

Government announcement on Local Water Done Well

Cabinet has agreed on key steps to implement Local Water Done Well, the Coalition Government’s plan for financially sustainable locally delivered water infrastructure and services, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. 

"Councils and voters resoundingly rejected Labour’s expensive and bureaucratic Three Waters regime, and earlier this year the Coalition Government repealed their policies.

“Today, we are announcing the next steps on how we will be implementing Local Water Done Well. This clear plan will deliver better, financially sustainable, and affordable water services while retaining local control of water assets.

“Our plan recognises the importance of local decision making and flexibility for communities and councils to determine how their water services will be delivered. The Government expects councils will work together to address financial sustainability and affordability challenges.”

Cabinet has agreed to a streamlined decision-making process for the establishment of council-controlled organisations (CCOs) for water services as part of Local Water Done Well.

“The Government’s transitional legislation is expected to be passed by mid-2024 and will make it easier for early movers to shift the delivery of water services into CCOs as a first step, setting the foundations for more financially sustainable and transparent services.

“Transitional provisions will also include the requirement for councils to prepare Water Services Delivery Plans within 12 months to demonstrate their commitment to deliver water services that are financially sustainable, meet regulatory standards for water infrastructure quality, and unlock housing growth. This will require the ring-fencing of funding so that sufficient revenues from water services are used to maintain those assets.

“Information supplied by councils in these Plans will assist in the establishment of economic regulation for water services by late 2025, ensuring fair prices and service quality for consumers, and appropriate investment in infrastructure,” Mr Brown says.

“The Government will provide further details in mid-2024 on the broader range of structural and financing tools which will be available to councils to ensure they can make the required investment in water services infrastructure. This legislation will be passed by the middle of 2025.”

The Government is currently working with Auckland Council as it develops options to the financial sustainability of Watercare’s investment programme.

“Cabinet has agreed a path which would enable any required legislative changes for a financially sustainable model for Watercare to be included in the Transitional Provisions Bill.”

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

Tasman lifts all urban water restrictions


All Council-managed reticulated water supply restrictions lifted for Tasman

17 April, 2024

Tasman District Council has lifted all water restrictions on its Council-managed reticulated water supplies with immediate effect.

Due to significant rainfall last week, rivers in the affected catchments have returned to flows at which Council is able to lift the phased water restrictions for the Dovedale, Eighty-Eight Valley and Wakefield water supplies.


These areas had previously been under Phase C and D restrictions. However, the improvement in flow means that customers on those supplies are no longer required to restrict their water use.


There are no other Council-operated water supplies with restrictions at this time.


Residents on the Eighty-Eight Valley scheme are reminded that there is still a temporary boil water notice in place until testing confirms that the water quality has returned to normal following the heavy rainfall.

Residents will be advised when the notice is lifted.

By continuing to limit water use in the meantime, those on this scheme can reduce the risk of drawing lower quality water into their tanks.


Those on the Dovedale water scheme are also reminded that their supply is on a permanent boil water notice.

Outside of Council-managed reticulated water supplies, rationing measures are still in place for water consent holders in the Moutere Eastern and Western Groundwater water management zones.

We wish to thank everyone for their efforts to limit water use while restrictions have been in place.

Information around water tips can be found at  

More information around water restrictions can be found at Current restrictions - reticulated | Tasman District Council

Tasman District Council.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Fire season changes for the Coastal, Waimea and Nelson North zones


Source Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Fire season changes for the Coastal, Waimea and Nelson North zones

Since we have had a tremendous amount of rain here in Tasman and Nelson, Fire and Emergency New Zealand have changed the fire restrictions for Coastal, Waimea and Nelson zones from today 15 April 2024.

Coastal, Waimea and Nelson North zones will move from a prohibited fire season (total fire ban) to a restricted fire season from 8am Monday 15 April, until further notice.

This means no open-air fires can be legally lit unless a fire permit has been applied for and approved by Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Announcing the fire season change, Community Risk Manager, Steve Trigg says “the rain over the past few days in Nelson Marlborough has eased the fire conditions.”

"While the risk has reduced, people still need to be mindful when lighting any fires outdoors with a permit.”

The change means the whole of the Nelson-Tasman area is in a restricted fire season, other than the Tasman coast, which remains in a prohibited fire season. Marlborough North is in a restricted fire season while Marlborough South remains in a prohibited fire season.

"It is important people are aware they still must have the necessary permissions and must ensure any fires are kept well controlled and safe.

"Always visit before lighting and avoid lighting fires during or ahead of strong winds.”

Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

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