Tess the Clown leads the parade with the giant taniwha trailing behind.

Takaka comes alive for Mardi Gras

Carnival costumes, flamboyant bras and a five metre taniwha combined to light up Mardi Gras.

Memorial for legend

Friends, family and fans are invited to farewell New Zealand mountain biking legend Kelly McGarry in Wakefield on Monday.

Friends and fans are invited to farewell biking legend Kelly McGarry in Wakefield today.

Stuck, 150 metres in the air

Four people were glad to back on sturdy ground after spending hours stuck in a cable car.

#Buythisbeach passes $1m mark video

Kiwis behind crowd-funding efforts to buy an Awaroa beach confident of hitting the target.

Burnt car doesn't stop Harwood

Shane Harwood's Nelson Tigers car was turned into a spectacular fireball on Sunday night.

Pair hit by loss

A Scottish couple hoping to settle in Nelson were gutted to discover their car was gone.

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News

Meals on Wheels from June

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming taste tests a Meals on Wheels dish.

12:24 PM  The agreement will involve Meals on Wheels being prepared in the North Island, before being frozen and trucked south.

Man injured after standing on car

A man was lucky to escape serious injuries after a car he was "standing on the back of" rolled down a hill in Tasman's Baton Valley. 

Body found in burning car

TDC to cut liquor licence fees

Sport

Reid fastest in Lakes to Sea

Robin Reid won the Lakes to Sea cycle race on Saturday.

Robin Reid ducks under two hours in the Lakes to Sea cycle race.

Strong signing for Giants

Nelson Giants signing Ben Strong in action for the Westchester Knicks in the NBA D-League.

Experienced D-League centre Ben Strong becomes Nelson Giants' second import.

Waimea pairs collect medals

The Waimea College pairs that competed at the New Zealand secondary schools beach volleyball champs. Top row; Harriet Ogilvie, 15, left, Florence MacIntyre, 15, Charles Ching, 17, Alex Bloomberg, 15, Ellie MacIntyre, 17, Tane MacDonald, 16. Bottom row; Matt Heyward, 16, left, Holly Chandler, 17.

Waimea College pairs win two medals at NZ secondary schools beach volleyball championships.

Blenkinsop goes back-to-back

Sam Blenkinsop in action during the Dodzy Memorial Enduro held in the Wairoa Gorge on Sunday.

Sam Blenkinsop becomes the first male rider to win the Dodzy Memorial Enduro twice.

Burnt car doesn't stop Harwood

Shane Harwood of the Nelson Tigers had his car catch fire during the qualifying rounds of the Superstocks Teams Champs in Palmerston North.

Despite his car being left a blackened mess, Nelson Tigers' Shane Harwood kept on racing on Sunday night.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Takaka comes alive for Mardi Gras

Clair Fones brought colour and laughter to the Mardi Gras parade.

Carnival costumes, flamboyant bras and a five metre taniwha combined to light up Takaka's annual street party.

Summer memories to last lifetime

Jake Mirfin hauls a nice-sized snapper from the Marlborough Sounds.

Outdoor summer holidays are probably a rite of passage for Kiwi kids of all ages.

Nelson shows head to New Zealand Fringe Festival

Misunderstood, which features Laura Irish and Dan Allan, is heading to the New Zealand Fringe Festival.

Two Nelson born productions are heading to the New Zealand Fringe Festival in Wellington this month.

More than a studio

Pakeha Maori carver Tim Wraight sits in his Sandy Bay Studio complex, accompanied by his friendly dogs.

Tucked into a gentle slope in Sandy Bay near Marehau, sits an old tobaco kiln, built in the early 1940's. It is now converted into an expansive gallery space and workshop, while also providing space for community events, a sound studio and just a nice place to hang out, reports Judith Ritchie.

Tall tales come to life

Detail of an illustration from the story Ranzo, boys, Ranzo! by Mat Tait.

A simple home in beachside Marahau functions as a living space and art studio where comic artist Mat Tait creates stories, sharing tall tales and legendary myths, reports Judith Ritchie.

Opinion

Who has time to protest anything?

TPPA protests in New Plymouth.

It's February and the kids are back in school uniforms; the caravan is secure in its shady resting place after its yearly outing and, the golden weather has kicked into overdrive.

Lesson in sportsman's tragic death

Tributes have poured in from around the world for mountainbiker Kelly McGarry.

The death of Nelson mountainbiker Kelly McGarry in Queenstown this week has, in a poignant way, brought home his international significance in the sporting world.  

Refugees need global and local solutions

An Internally displaced young Syrian carries a baby inside a refugee camp in the Hama countryside, Syria last month.

News of Syrian refugees finally arriving in New Zealand last week couldn't come soon enough.

What if Trump got in?

U.S. Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks at a veteran's rally in Des Moines, Iowa.

OPINION: The idea of Donald Trump becoming President doesn’t exactly calm my nerves.

Last rodeo on horizon?

Are some rodeo practices, such as bullriding, on their way out?

Rodeos have been a part of New Zealand summers for more than 50 years, but their place is under increasing scrutiny.

Our People

Takaka comes alive for Mardi Gras

Clair Fones brought colour and laughter to the Mardi Gras parade.

Carnival costumes, flamboyant bras and a five metre taniwha combined to light up Takaka's annual street party.

Rabbits president recognised by NZRL

The Female Volunteer of the Year was presented to Leanne Anderson by Chris Bourke at the 2015 New Zealand Rugby League Awards.

Leanne Anderson has been named female rugby league volunteer of the year.

Saddling up for an epic ride

Marahau's Marie Palzer and her horse, Spirit are traveling around the South Island's coast to raise money for Tearfund.

Marie Palzer is travelling the length and breadth of the South Island on horseback for charity.

Futsal White dreams of World Cup

James Vaughan and the Futsal Whites will take on Oceania's best as they search for a place at the World Cup.

The qualifying quest for the World Cup begins next week for New Zealand's Futsal Whites.

Calling time on 'best job in the world'

Neville Stratford, left, has worked for the Nelson Mail for 47 years, Kerry Walker, right, is retiring after 21 years of service for the Nelson Mail.

Two long-serving Nelson Mail staff members reflect on a combined 68 years working for the paper.

Rugby

Crusaders hail rookies' win over Reds

Codie Taylor of the Crusaders is tackled during the Super Rugby pre-season match against the Reds in Brisbane.

The Crusaders will introduce more of their All Blacks for Thursday's game against the Highlanders near Gore after a rousing first-up pre-season win over the Reds in Brisbane.

Tasman off the pace at nationals

Tasman's Andrew Knewstubb attempts to bring down Canterbury's Jesse Houston at the National Sevens in Rotorua International Stadium.

Rotorua has been no sevens heaven for Tasman but at least the women's team get to take home some silverware.

Marshall signs with London Irish

James Marshall lifts the silverware after leading Taranaki to the 2014 national rugby title.

Hurricanes utility and Taranaki captain James Marshall will head north at the end of the Super Rugby season to join struggling English club.

New Crusade for Coast to Coast host

Crusaders training intern Shaun Curry and lock Jimmy Tupou with Coast to Coast race founder Robin Judkins at New Brighton beach during the Super Rugby squad's own version of the iconic multisport race.

The Crusaders have completed their own Coast to Coast endurance race - right down to a cold can of beer at the finish-line from Robin Judkins.

Tasman happy for Hammett to coach Sunwolves

New Sunwolves head coach Mark Hammett will still fulfil his assistant coaching duties with the Tasman Makos next year.

Tasman Rugby Union gave Mark Hammett its blessing to coach Japanese Super Rugby side.

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