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Joanthan Muzacz of Texas with the mural he is painting on the back of the Nelson Bays Motor Group building on the corner of Milton Street and grove Street.

Mural painter brightens city

11:06 AM  A "boring" white wall has been injected with life thanks to Texas artist Jonathan Muzacz.

Give me back my teeth

Ramon McDonald and his wife Sharon McDonald are annoyed that his dentist withheld his lower denture because he did not pay the bill they say was twice as much as originally quoted.

10:11 AM  A dispute over a dentist bill left a Nelson man with no bottom teeth.

Victory liquor store shuts up shop

10:57 AM  Campaigners against Victory Liquor Centre celebrate "fantastic result" for community.

Nelson feels sting of spring

10:08 AM  Region wakes to strong winds and heavy rain on first day of spring.

Spring lamb happy in nappies video

Tiny lamb Little Mister Sunshine has fallen into the lap of luxury after a tough start to life.

Parking lot house on the market video

The next use for an old house sitting in a Nelson supermarket carpark remains to be seen.

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Final four flag designs gallery

Final four flag designs have been chosen.

6 min ago  The final four contenders replacement flags have been revealed.

Jetstar news a hit with travellers

Jetstar's announcement of its push into the regions has already prompted a ticket sale by Air New Zealand.

Parking lot house on the market video

$9 airfares spark price war video


Nelson College beaten in quarterfinals

Nelson College's Tysxun Aiolupotea takes it to the hoop during their quarterfinal loss to Otago BHS at the junior secondary schools zone 4 premier tournament at Saxton Stadium.

Nelson College are out of title contention after losing to Otago Boys High School in Monday's quarterfinals at the  junior secondary schools zone 4 premiership basketball championships in Nelson.

Nelson colleges in action

Nelson College for Girls midcourter Helen Dale.

Nelson College and Waimea College have each suffered two heavy defeats on the opening day of the Rankin Cup and India Shield secondary schoolboys hockey tournament in Auckland.

Nelson make bright start

Nelson College's Phrae Do Do in action against Hutt International Boys' School during the New Zealand secondary school football championship at Saxton Field.

Nelson College are already guaranteed to progress from their group after making a perfect start to the New Zealand secondary schools football championship.

Geddes wins snooker title

Nathan Geddes (left) and Richard Denby, finalists in the Bill Adams Memorial Snooker tournament played last weekend.

Nathan Geddes won the Bill Adams snooker tournament in an all-Waimea final against Richard Denby at the weekend.

Voyce leads from start to finish

Trevor Voyce, left, and Craig Boggon lead the field early in the MiGym Duathlon at Rabbit Island on Sunday.

Trevor Voyce took the lead from the start and was never headed in Sunday's MiGym Duathlon at Rabbit Island on Sunday.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Food and gardening go local

The home garden.

Seems strange to be writing a column about gardening during winter, but that's the whole point really. Except for the occasional cold blast, much of the country is blessed with weather that allows for year-round gardening.

Opening the lid on controversy

Brook Bennett, left, Ellie MacIntyre, Taylor Pumprey, Jake Robinson, Myer van Gosliga and Sam McIlroy in the Off Broadway production of Rent, starting at the Theatre Royal next Tuesday.

 A musical is about to be delivered by young performers who aren't afraid to pull some punches on issues close to their hearts.

Crepe myrtle both showy and versatile

The flowers and a standard specimen of Lagistroemia ‘D’Puard’

Everything you ever wanted to know about crepe myrtles, of which there are about fifty or so species.

Choir performance a treat

The Nelson Civic Choir performs at Old St John's.

Written over 200 years ago, The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn is one of the great choral works of all time.

Top crime writer shares killer secrets

Author Michael Robotham is coming to Nelson.

Australian crime-writing superstar Michael Robotham is coming to Nelson to promote his latest novel, Close Your Eyes.


Of Elvis, danger, and the ACC

"Hmmmm   ... no helmets ... no kevlar inserts ... no safety harness ... no foam on the ground. Not good at all, Mr Cumberpatch."

"Thank you for coming in, Mr …" "Cumberpatch. Elvis Cumberpatch. Call me Elvis."

That Nelson connection keeps us healthy

Belinda Mallabar, Joy Kirker, Moira Mutch, Wendy Mills-Ramage and Jo Lavington on the Railway Reserve. Nelson is still small enough that people say hello to strangers.

OPINION: Nelson is still small enough that people say hello to strangers, says Matt Lawrey.

Key questions for TDC over the dam

Peter Foster

Thanks to Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne for his two columns on the Waimea Community Dam.

Rolls Royce Waimea dam 'blatant bid for subsidy'

Paul MacLennan

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne's recent expressions regarding the Waimea Community Dam lack credibility.

What's behind the shared walkway push?

The Maitai walkway just below the Collingwood bridge.

OPINION: The council's decision to develop the Maitai River Walkway between the Nile St East and Collingwood St bridges to shared pathway standards could best be described as premature.

Our People

Nelson soldier immortalised in book

Author Richard Palmer at the Saturday Market signing his book Going Into Support Tonight.

A Nelson soldier killed at Passchendaele in 1917 has had his story immortalised by a Kiwi author.

Music and redemption

Joel Bolton formed Nelson's Youth Orchestras to give children the joy that he found in music.

The head of Nelson's youth orchestras found music and art as an escape from a miserable and abusive childhood.

Nelson kids solve problems together

Nelson Christian Academy students Josh Ray, left, Leilani Wilson and Paxon Bruce, right watched by Broadgreen Intermediate students Harry Palmer, centre and Liam Hunter (obscured) compete in the Stoke Cluster Problem Solving Challenge at Broadgreen Intermediate.

School children from across Nelson put their heads together to come up with solutions as part of a problem-solving challenge.

For Kayla, a cold could kill

Kayla White, 5, plays memory with her brother Lukas White, 3.

The mother of a Nelson five-year-old wants her to live a normal life, but the slightest cold could kill her.

Ashford leaves Waimea fire face

Doug Ashford's retiring from the Waimea Rural Fire Authority.

Waimea Rural Fire operations manager Doug Ashford is handing in his pager at the end of the month.


Taranaki drown against Otago

Taranaki wing Latu Vaeno bursts through the Otago defence during Saturday's 34-27 loss at Yarrow Stadium.

Taranaki's NPC title defence appears to have drowned on a sodden Yarrow Stadium.

Fredericks relishes Makos comeback

Vernon Fredericks

Tasman Makos’ loose forward Vernon Fredericks provided the feel-good story of his side’s 41-21 win over Manawatu at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Thursday evening.

Makos aim to build on winning start

Mitchell Scott, seen here in pre-season mode against Otago, is back on the wing for Friday's clash with Bay of Plenty.

Winger Mitchell Scott is one of only three changes to the starting lineup for Friday's NPC clash with Bay of Plenty.

Sin bin for coaches?

The Tasman Rugby Union is considering introducing red cards for coaches.

Tasman Rugby Union mulls red cards for coaches as it looks to crack down on sideline abuse.

Drummond brims with confidence

Halfback Mitchell Drummond says his Crusaders experience has given him confidence for the NPC campaign.

Young Canterbury halfback bounding into his third NPC season with much more confidence than 12 months ago.

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