Forestry firm taking stock
The forestry company that owns 60 per cent of the plantations lost in the Nelson fire is hopeful it can start regrowing the area this winter.
Tasman Pine Forests – owned by Sumitomo Forestry NZ – manages 36,200 hectares of forest in the Nelson Marlborough region.
The Pigeon valley fire started outside of Tasman Pine Forests estate, but soon spread to an area of 2300ha.
About 1400ha – or 60 per cent of the total area burnt – was owned by the company.
With the fire now contained, the company was taking stock and planning for the future.
Tasman Pine Forests chief operating officer Steve Chandler said the forestry losses were serious and the supply of logs to customers had been affected. But he said the fire was not expected to have a short or long term impact on Tasman Pine’s business in the region.
(The Nelson Mail, Monday 18 February 2019)
Households urged to halve water use
Residents across a large chunk of drought-affected Tasman district are being asked to cut their water consumption by 50 per cent.
‘‘If people could cut household use by half, that would be fantastic,’’ Tasman District Council acting engineering services manager Dwayne Fletcher said on Monday as tougher water restrictions came into force.
Fletcher said the council was looking for a 40 per cent drop across the community. Businesses had been asked specifically to cut their use by 25 per cent ‘‘and that’s because we think we can make other savings in non-business-related areas’’.
The restrictions, which include a ban on most outdoor water use, apply to everyone connected to the council’s reticulated supply in Richmond, Hope, Brightwater, Wakefield, Ruby Bay, Mapua, Tapawera and their rural extensions. They also apply to the rural schemes of Dovedale, Eighty-Eight Valley and Redwood Valley.
Nelson City Council was supplying 900 cubic metres a day, which was going to an area of mostly residential properties in Richmond.
To reduce the risk of saltwater contamination of water supply bores serving Richmond, the council had used emergency powers to construct a temporary bund across the lower Waimea River.
(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 20 February 2019)
Pic's to take peanut butter to the world
Pic Picot has made a new home for his peanut butter business, and is inviting Nelson and the rest of the world to have a look.
Since October, Pic’s Peanut Butter has been moving its operation to a new 2500 square metre factory on Saxton Rd in Stoke.
The new premises are double the size of the old buildings, producing about 20,000 jars per day (although the plan is to lift that number to 50,000).
(The Nelson Mail, Friday 22 February 2019)
Trail to reopen with limited access across islands
Cyclists can get limited, guided access along the Rabbit Island section of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail from today.
Closed since a fire on February 6 – along with the rest of Moturoa/ Rabbit Island – the trail is to reopen on a trial basis to enable cyclists to use it to travel to and from Mapua.
Tasman District Council community relations manager Chris Choat said the council had worked closely with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), Kiwi Journeys and the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust to develop a safety plan that would provide guided access across Rabbit Island to the Mapua Ferry landing and back.
The trail will be open for guided convoy access by bike only.
Kiwi Journeys – the ferry operator – will meet cyclists at the Rabbit Island main gate or the ferry at Mapua and escort them across the island.
(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 23 February 2019)
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