Vicki Frost and Marty Ladley with their son Jack Ladley born premature at 23 weeks.

Baby Jack's battle for life video

Doctors said prem-baby Jack Ladley was unlikely to live, but now he's come home to Nelson.

Courage under fire

Emergency services at the scene of a truck trailer unit fire in Quarantine Road this morning.

Nelson firefighters praised for response to "high risk" blaze which threatened to ignite more than 60 gas bottles.

Man escapes custody at courthouse

Police are searching for a man who fled from custody at the Nelson District Court.

'Needle in a haystack' found

US mum beats "impossible odds" to find Nelson woman who helped her homeless son.

Sun, slush and snow on show video

Batman, a lifeguard and a bride and groom braved the cold at the Rainbow slush cup. 

Salisbury School cuts costs

School board says it is "as prudent as possible" with spending in light of drop in roll.

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Nelson artwork gifted to US politician

Artist Lori Davis with a piece of her art work Nelson MP Nick Smith will present to the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry at the International Ocean Conference, being held in Chile.

A specially commissioned artwork from Nelson artist Lori Davis is making its way to a world oceans conference currently being held in Chile.

Nelson woman inspired by migrants

Coming home from Indonesia with a family that didn't speak much English sparked a new direction for Claire Nichols.

The unsung heroes of mountain bike trail building

Pets bring paws to the pews gallery


Hedges picked for NZ Universities

Sam Hedges of the Richmond Rabbits in action during their Tasman Rugby League round two match against the Tahunanui Tigers at Trafalgar Park.

Sam Hedges has been selected in the New Zealand Universities and Tertiary Students rugby league squad.

Call for clubs to support national bid

Nelson Marlborough Falcons coach Mark Johnston.

Falcons coach Mark Johnston wants the region's football clubs to support a bid for a senior men's national league team.

Tasman and Nelson swimmers medal at nationals

Tasman swimmer Caitlin Delany won four gold medals at the South Island championships.

Thirty swimming clubs from around the South Island converged on Dunedin last weekend to compete in the newly formatted South Island Championship.

Argentinian backs up Masters Games success with duathlon win

Zoe King had one of the fastest bike rides in Sunday's duathlon.

Argentinian Andres Di Leo repeated his success in last week's Masters Games cross triathlon, winning Sunday's duathlon at Rabbit Island.

Nelson teams secure wins at NZ road relay champs

Derek Shaw led the Athletics Nelson men's 60s team to victory at the NZ road relay championships.

Teams with the youngest and oldest runners captured titles for Athletics Nelson at Saturday's New Zealand road relay championships in Christchurch.

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What's on

Big Daddy Wilson plays at the Boat House.

What's on in the Nelson region this week.

Music of the Nelson Arts Festival

Singer songwriters Thomas Oliver, Warren Maxwell, and Louis Baker will perform at the Nelson Arts Festival on October 21.

The Nelson Arts Festival brings a flood of great music to the region. Here are the must-see events.

Layers and politics

Charlotte Grimshaw, also a speaker at Readers and Writers.

Social concerns will be the main focus of two separate sessions at the Page and Blackmore Readers and Writers sessions at the Nelson Arts Festival this month.

Under the knife

Louise Sables who plays Fanny in The Ugly One

Duck Bunny Theatre will open Marius von Mayenburg's internationally acclaimed satire The Ugly One at the Nelson Musical Theatre tomorrow night. 

Guest artist at Expo

Nationally acclaimed artist Dick Frizzell will attend Art Expo in Nelson over Labour weekend.

Dick Frizzell, one of New Zealand's most successful artists will be town this Labour Weekend to attend Art Expo Nelson.  Frizzell is guest speaker at the Crowe Horwath Awards evening on Saturday 24 October.   Frizzell has fond memories of Nelson but doesn't get to the region often.


Paying the price for one too many

Nelson police photographer Rob Sorensen photographs a trail of bloody footprints in the Montgomery Carpark near Bank Lane.

OPINION: You don't need to accosted by a drunk to find trouble. If alcohol is abused, sometimes the trouble finds you.

Salisbury: The last avenue of hope

Salisbury School's roll has dropped to just two students this year.

For so many parents during the past 100 years, that driveway lined with heritage trees has been the last avenue of hope when all other methods of help have been exhausted at home.

Serve happy pigs please

On the pig's back: Pigs should be raised on free-range farms, says Matt Lawrey.

One of the nice things about getting older is being able to appreciate all the ways this country has become a better place.

A season for harsh reflection

The seasonal transition from winter to spring makes this a time for brutal honesty.

“April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain,” wrote poet T S Eliot in the first lines of The Wasteland

Opportunity knocks

Debbie Doudle, owner of the Paws N' Claws Op Shop in Temuka, that contains many objects of desire for Bob Irvine.

"I'm not ready to play the cripple card just yet."

Our People

Baby Jack's battle for life video

Vicki Frost and Marty Ladley with their son Jack Ladley born premature at 23 weeks.

Doctors said prem-baby Jack Ladley was unlikely to survive, but now he's home with mum and dad in Nelson.

Nelson woman inspired by migrants

Claire Nichols outside Nelson's Multicultural Council, where she used to work.

Coming home from Indonesia with a family that didn't speak much English sparked a new direction for Claire Nichols.

Deanna back home and cancer-free video

Deanna Marsden with her 800 cancer treatment beads, her mother DJ Lambert, sister Rebecca Marsden and father Adam Marsden back in their Nelson home after months of cancer treatment including radical surgery to her right leg.

After an amputation and 10 months of chemotherapy, Deanna Marsden is happy to be back in Nelson.

No regrets, says Nelson activist

Greenpeace protestors who scaled Parliament appear in Auckland District Court. From left, Johno Smith, Verena Maeder, Abigail Smith, Jeff Harrison.

Greenpeace activist Verena Maeder says climbing the Parliament building in June was "totally worth it".

Nelson student a Google doodle finalist video

Nelson College for Girls student Grace Elzenheimer is a finalist in the Doodle 4 Google competition.

Grace Elzenheimer's take on the Google logo could be displayed on the homepage of the world's biggest website.


Canterbury too good for Tasman

Tasman Makos second-five David Havili tries to make a break against Canterbury at Trafalgar Park in Nelson.

Canterbury secure home semifinal after 41-25 NPC win over Tasman at Trafalgar Park.

Crusaders snap up Samu

The Crusaders' new recruit, Tasman Makos flanker Pete Samu, bursts through the Bay of Plenty defence to score.

The Crusaders have signed the Tasman Makos' ball-running backrower Pete Samu for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Auckland too solid for Tasman video

Tasman Makos forward Joe Wheeler shows his delight in scoring against Auckland in an NPC rugby match on Sunday.

Auckland look strong, as Tasman Makos suffer their first NPC loss.

Good value at the Makos video

Tasman Makos fans watch on during the ITM Cup pre-season rugby match.

Tasman Makos fans pay the least for a ticket, fries and beer out of any national provincial championship centre.

Tasman beat North Harbour

Marty Banks was in good form for Tasman in their win against North Harbour on Wednesday.

Tasman Makos continue unbeaten run.

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