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At the Teapot Valley cordon this morning, police and Civil Defence emergency staff were letting only residents through.
The remaining 250 people who were evacuated because of the Tasman wildfires are now able to go home.
Nelson-Tasman is struggling with its driest weather in decades, with Golden Bay now in a one-in-20-year drought.
First there were floods, then fire and now drought with a water scientist saying the Tasman district is facing its worst drought since 2001.
Relentless heat and dry conditions are testing tempers, as hundreds remain out of their homes after the Tasman wildfires.
The animals including sheep, goats, dogs, chickens and turkeys, evacuated from areas threatened by the Tasman wildfire, are now on their way home.
The Tasman District is to meet under urgency as drought conditions loom.
The mayor of Nelson wants the public to buy back Pepin Island, just as it bought a beach in the Abel Tasman National Park.
A Niwa scientist has created what he says is a music score written by nature. Video, Audio
The ear bones of tiny eels might hold clues to their largely secret life, migratory habits and changing oceans.
Plans for a seawall up to 350 metres long in western Golden Bay are back on the table after residents raised concerns about rapidly increasing coastal erosion.
The Institute of Environmental Science and Research says people taking prescription medicines for conditions such as ADHD are unlikely to be caught out by roadside drug testing of drivers.
There's a break from the heat for southern parts of New Zealand today as a cold front moves north, but it is not going to last.
Owners of forestry blocks more than a hectare in size might soon be up for thousands of dollars in extra costs to harvest their trees.
A large-scale music festival staged in Nelson today is a trial run for an even bigger event in 2025, says the mayor of Nelson.
A New Zealand scientist has embarked on a plan to make leopard seals New Zealand citizens by moving to change their status from 'vagrant' to 'resident' species in local waters.
The government says work underway to develop roadside drug testing may supercede the objective of a petition launched in Nelson today.
A petition has been launched in Nelson today that seeks the urgent introduction of roadside drug testing of drivers.
A New Zealand marine ecologist says an ancient sunken forest in the North Island may provide more clues about climate change over centuries.
A private island north of Nelson city has gone on the market for $16 million.
The South Island's rescue helicopter service says a new funding model means it can now rely less on public donations to survive.
The influx of visitors to Nelson for next month's Bay Dreams South are being warned not to risk freedom camping in areas where it's banned.
A study into how changes in the colour of street lights affects insects will soon begin in Christchurch's red zone.
NIWA scientists have made an important breakthrough in the battle to save New Zealand's freshwater mussels.