Tasman District Council backs out of plans to build controversial Waimea Dam

Tasman District Council has backed out of plans to build the controversial Waimea Dam.

The $102 million project was debated at council today, with councillors voting six in favour and eight against.

Earlier this month it was revealed that estimates had increased by $26 million dollars, leaving Tasman District Council scrambling to find ways to make up the shortfall.

Final pleas were made to council this morning by members of the public from both sides.

Speaking on behalf of businesses, Nelson Pine Industries technical manager Phillip Wilson warned councillors choosing the 'No Dam' option would "cause regular and expensive disruption to industrial and commercial operations.

“The no dam decision will mean every man and woman for themselves".

Murray Dawson, from Tasman ratepayer group Waimea Information Network, called for an external review of the council's management of water resources.

"Modern techniques may well give a much more optimistic view of how much water is available for us. There is the potential for the water crisis to no longer exist," he said.

The divisive project was voted down by Tasman District Council. Source: 1 NEWS

Watch: 'Make it lit fam' - Andrew Little releases video appealing for 2019 New Plymouth youth MP

MP Andrew Little has released a video appealing for a 2019 New Plymouth youth MP.

In the video, Mr Little can be seen making digs at his political rivals - David Seymour, Gareth Morgan, Bill English and John Key - while attempting to appeal to the modern teenager.

"I'm Andrew Little. You may know me for such things as my cat (soz Gareth), beard polls, party hats and Dancing With The Stars. Just kidding. That's Not Safe for Twerk," the Justice Minister says.

"But if you're going to have a backing track, make sure it's pretty legal. So make it lit fam."

The MP can be seen making digs at his political rivals as he tries to appeal to the modern teenager. Source: Breakfast


Man in critical condition after stabbing at property near Opotiki

A man has been hospitalised in a critical condition following a stabbing at a property near Opotiki, in the Bay of Plenty, this morning.

The man has been transported to Whakatāne Hospital after he was stabbed at an address on Waiotahe Valley Road, in Waiotahi, at 7.25am.

The people involved in the incident are known to each other, police say.

Police know the identity of the suspect and are working to locate him.

A scene examination is currently being carried out at the address.

Source: 1 NEWS

Person in critical condition after being hit by bus in Christchurch

One person’s been hospitalised in a critical condition after being hit by a bus in Christchurch this morning.

Emergency services were called to Main North Road in Redwood around 8am.

A police spokesperson says the road has been closed and motorists are being asked to follow the direction of emergency services.

A bus driver at the wheel.