Mt Robert Snowsports Club members may sacrifice their own skifield in a bid to save Rainbow Ski Area from closure. Mt Robert club members will discuss this week whether to buy into Rainbow, possibly at the expense of continuing operations at Mt Robert. Rainbow ski area owners last week said the field would not open this season if it was not sold. Read More

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A prime retail site in central Richmond will go up for sale in a few months. The vacant site on the corner of Queen St and Gladstone Rd used to have a two-storey building with two ground-level shops on it. The old building was demolished last month because it had become difficult to maintain. Owner David Lucas said he intended to put the site up for auction in May. Read more

Tasman mayor John Hurley is puzzled about why the Tasman District Council refused resource consent for a new maize maze tourist attraction near Richmond. Maze owners Dave and Sharon Waine had to cancel their Boxing Day opening after learning the week prior that the resource consent, which they expected to have no problems in obtaining, had been declined. Read more

A central Richmond shop building is about to be demolished but there are no firm plans yet for the prime retail site. The two-storey building on the corner of Queen St and Gladstone Rd has two ground-level shops on it. Building owner David Lucas said the building had become difficult to maintain because of its age. It was thought to date back to the early 1900s. Read more

The council's statistics show that $44.72 million worth of building consents were issued in the first six months of this financial year, compared with $30.78 million in the same period in 2001-02. The number of consents issued increased by 13 percent, from 574 to 652. Although Nelson had been experiencing growth for some time, Mr Witte said the trend had been "more pronounced in the last 12 months." He said the subdivisions currently being developed in Nelson were at the "higher end of the market." Read more