An ANZ Air New Zealand (former Air Nelson) de Havilland Dash 8-300, registration ZK-NEA performing flight NZ-8302 from Nelson to Wellington (New Zealand), was climbing out of Nelson's runway 02 when the crew stopped the climb at 8500 feet due to a hydraulic failure and decided to return to Nelson. The aircraft landed safely back on Nelson's runway 20 about 40 minutes after departure.
The flight was cancelled.
The airline reported the aircraft returned due to a hydraulic issue. The passengers were rebooked onto other services.