Light Nelson postponed

The much awaited Light Nelson event at the Queen's Gardens has been postponed tonight for safety reasons, but will be on tomorrow and Sunday as scheduled, spokesman Brian Riley said this afternoon.

He said the scheduled performance in the Nelson Cathedral by electronic band Neon will still go ahead at 5.30pm tonight as planned. Installations at NMIT are also still open to the public from tonight, Riley said.

"We're definitely on at the Queen's Gardens tomorrow and Sunday nights."

Light Nelson will run from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

Heavy rain  has caused  a slip on the  Takaka Hill Road and it is  down to one lane.

Hydrologists and Nelson-Tasman Emergency Operations Centre staff will maintain a watching brief overnight as a slow northeasterly front, which was  predicted to  bring heavy rain, passes over the region.

Tasman District Council spokesman Chris Choat asked people keep an eye on the weather if they were planning to travel around the district during the weekend.

The MetService  had predicted  around 200mm of rain  would fall in the  Nelson-Tasman region between Friday morning and Saturday afternoon.
By this afternoon only 100mm  had fallen at Collingwood, in Golden Bay.

"But it’s not over yet," warned  Choat.

He  asked drivers heading over the  region’s ranges to be aware of the weather conditions, town residents to clear drains and landowners to be  aware of  the potential of  fast rising rivers and streams.

The MetService has  forecast a northwesterly front will follow the  current  bad weather.

The Nelson Mail