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The ban applies to the Coastal, Waimea and Nelson North zones in the Nelson Tasman region.
Firefighters are now in "mop-up mode" after the blaze burnt through nine hectares of pine plantation.
It is hoped a forestry fire in Tasman's Lee Valley will be contained by the end of the day, with evacuated residents able to return home. Audio
Fire and Emergency hopes to have a forest fire in Tasman's Lee Valley contained by Friday night. Audio
Firefighters in the Tasman district have been battling a fire in a pine plantation which broke out Wednesday afternoon.
Eleven properties were evacuated in Lee Valley by police, and the blaze spread… Audio
The Waimea Community Dam is now full, after recent rainfall in Tasman filled the reservoir to its full capacity.
The appeal is being made as overloaded pumps compromise the water supply in the small towns near Nelson.
One person has died after the crash between a car and motorcycle this afternoon.
After six years in the "incredibly stimulating" role, Janine Dowding is handing the reins over at the end of the month.
Rachel Yerbury-Wilson says despite officials' warnings, she would do it again.
The long-delayed Waimea Dam in the Tasman District is not finished nor full, but local residents and growers are likely to need water from it in the dry months ahead.
Tasman District Council is confident no contamination has entered a nearby river and estuary after a large fire in a building supplies store.
A teenager was rescued by emergency services yesterday afternoon after large swells pushed him out of the kayak and into the water.
Contractors across Nelson Tasman have worked diligently in keeping the region's wastewater flowing, clearing blockages caused by all manner of strange items.
The camp is fully booked until mid-February and the local store is bracing to sell tens of thousands of icecreams.
Up to 120-160 mm of rain is expected, and thunderstorms are possible.
Police have arrested 11 gang members and seized more than 100 pairs of "high-end" shoes and jet skis after an operation targeting Killer Beez gang members selling methamphetamine in Tasman.
The Tasman District Council is warning people to be aware of nesting kārearea / falcons, which have been attacking unsuspecting walkers and mountain bikers in the Richmond Hills.
Two groups of pine trees have been mysteriously poisoned in a Richmond reserve, with the Tasman District Council now forced to remove them at a cost to ratepayers.
A Tasman farmer wants tougher rules for cats after toxoplasmosis devastated his flock of sheep, costing him $14,000 in damages.