"They are lucky they didn't die," a Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter spokesman said.
People who attended Buller Festival in Murchison could've been exposed.
"He loved his family and friends."
Now he's off to the Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand.
Schools and roads closed, mass transport cancellations, heavy rain and wind warnings in place.
It's taken a while, but finally there's a consensus on where she will make landfall.
MetService has issued a severe weather warning in many regions for Sunday.
The vandals have destroyed the bush - and DoC's unhappy.
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake near the Marlborough town of Seddon has been followed up by a later 3.6 rattle.
The 25-year-old went missing in the Marlborough Sounds on Tuesday.
The team who helped clear Teina Pora are taking a look at the case.
The aircraft spiralled 1500 feet before crashing south of Blenheim.
Drivers on the quake-damaged SH1 will encounter many sets of roadworks over the holidays.
A man tramping with an Outward Bound group on a ridge in the Marlborough Sounds has been taken to hospital after a fall.
Your digital wallet can now buy you a section in the Marlborough Sounds.
State Highway 63 through Wairau Valley is closed on Saturday evening after a car crashed into a power pole.