Tasman growers and farmers brace for lasting impact of hailstorm

Farmers and growers are counting the cost - thought to be in the tens of millions of dollars - of the Boxing Day hailstorm in Tasman. It shredded vineyards, smashed greenhouses, dented and bruised apples, kiwifruit and hops and severely damaging buildings in Motueka.

Some say it was the worst hailstorm in living memory, in a region where recent summers have been marred by cyclones, floods, and fires. Moutere resident and Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor said he was among many others for whom the end of 2020 would have special resonance.

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