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The police cordon at the corner of Washington Road and Rentone Street during the hunt for Ihaka Kawana on Tuesday.

Arrest after courthouse jailbreak

12:30 PM  Police have arrested a man who escaped custody at the Nelson District Court.

Priest faces sex charges

Peter Joseph Hercock, 71, has pleaded not guilty to two charges of rape, five of indecent assault of girls under 16, assault on a child and burglary.

12:18 PM  Nelson man to go on trial on historic sex abuse claims by former students.

'Needle in a haystack' found

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

TPPA deal a dud - Nelson activist

12:36 PM  The TPPA highlights what the nation has lost, says a Graeme O'Brien.

Investigation into truck inferno video

Cause of a Nelson truck fire which took eight hours to control to be investigated.

Baby Jack's battle for life video

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

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Dairy worker feared for life

Nelson District Court.

11:34 AM  A worker at Nelson dairy feared for his life when confronted with knife-wielding man, court hears.

Stink brews over rubbish contract

Nelson waste management firm Can Plan believes the Tasman District Council's contract with a rival business breaches the Commerce Act.

Baby Jack's battle for life video

Nelson artwork gifted to US politician


Gymnasts find their rhythm

Renee McCrae competes in Level 7 Rhythmic at the NZ National Gymsports Championships, Trusts Arena.

Rhythmic gymnast Renee Macrae led the way for a Nelson one, two, three finish at the national championships.

Waimea unable to crack top eight

The Waimea College senior A girls basketball team finished 14th at the New Zealand secondary schools championship.

Waimea College's pre-tournament target of reaching the top eight has fallen short at the NZ secondary schools basketball champs.

Reeve makes strong start

Brook Reeve (No.58) finished the opening round of the NZ Formula First Championship in second place.

Brook Reeve has demonstrated he's a strong championship contender after the opening round of the New Zealand Formula First championship at Manfeild.

Dutch coach Oltmans now at helm on Indian men's hockey team

Indian hockey coach Roelant Oltmans organises his players during Monday's training session at Nelson's Saxton Turf.

India's national men's hockey coach Roelant Oltmans is determined that South Island enthusiasts get to see something of his players' unique skill-set over the coming week.

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.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

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.


A novel approach to this business of writing

There is lots of advice on writing a novel, much of it less than inspired.


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

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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