A firefighter puts out a scrub blaze at a property in Brunner St, Nelson.

Firefighters battle scrub blaze video

Nelson woman "terrified" after discarded fireplace ashes spark scrub fire seen across city.

Bid to save old church

The historic old Seafarers Mission building on Haven Road, formerly owned by Jack Guard and now owned by Jose G Cano.

Nelson man who bought historic church on Haven Rd hopes to save unique building.

Snow tyre crash threat

Nelson woman who crashed in a car fitted with snow tyres wants vehicles flagged.

Freedive game helps dolphins video

Former Nelson student teams with NZ's top free diver to create game and save dolphins.

Council risks 'killing sport'

Rifle club members in Nelson will have nowhere to go if their building is demolished.

Zoo 'not council business'

If council gives Natureland more funding it will be running a zoo, says Pete Rainey.

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Chinese friendship celebrated in Nelson

Professor Xinming Zhao Chen shows off her calligraphy skills at the New Zealand China Friendship Society national conference at Tahunanui School on Saturday.

Tea tasting, calligraphy and tai chi were on display during a celebration of the friendship between New Zealand and China.

Books, books and more books

Over 50,000 books and a whole lot of genres are set for this year's annual Founders Book Fair

Grown-ups going back to school

Free course for fearful mums-to-be

Sport

Late agony for Waimea College

Nelson College first XI players celebrate with match winner Phrae Do Do, centre, during their national qualifier against Waimea College first XI.

Nelson College substitute Phrae Do Do has saved his team from a shock draw against Waimea College at the Broads on Thursday.

Rugby coaches get 'ammunition'

Former Scotland international and Highlanders centre John Leslie hosted skills sessions in Nelson for coaches and parents.

Barton Smallbore Rifle Range building on Paru Paru Road.

Council risks 'killing sport'

Rifle club members in Nelson will have nowhere to go if their building is demolished says past-president Don Fraser.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Tears of joy at rockquest

Tetra band members Lara Cammock, Emma Common, Carmen Puklowski and Madi Fulton Buckle of Nelson College for Girls, after winning first place for the band category at the Smokefreerockquest Nelson finals held at the Theatre Royal.

There were screams of joy and tears of happiness at the regional finals of the Smokefreerockquest on Saturday.

Shop around for winter dining deals

Winter is a tough time for any hospitality business but in a relatively low population area like Nelson most try and make enough money over busy summer months to be able to survive through very slow winter months.

Steve Wilson and Rachel Yerbury-Wilson are organising Cormac's Laughing at Cancer Cabaret for hospice fund raising.

When cancer is a laughing matter

A Nelson couple is calling on performers, tech assistants and collectors to come and laugh at cancer with them.

Opinion

Birthdays bring up some interesting issues

Birthdays encourage you to face some difficult issues.

Birthdays - the older I get, the less I like them. At the hairdresser's last week, fruitlessly trying to turn back time, I explained these negative feelings about my impending 60th to my puzzled stylist.

Relationship service a political football

Taxpayers need to note what can happen when public services are being delivered by non-government but heavily government-dependent organisations.

Can Motueka surf the wave of change or will it get dumped on its bum?

What will Motueka look like in 2030?

 When it come to long-term planning, 15 years does not seem like a long time. We think of dramatic changes happening over generations, not half-generations.

Our People

Freedive for dolphins video

William Trubridge Plunge Free Dive.

Wellington game studio teams with NZ's top free diver to help save endangered dolphins.

Back to Nepal for Nelson director

The Nepalese director of a Nelson based charity heads home to get children back to school after devastating earthquakes.  

Steve Wilson and Rachel Yerbury-Wilson are organising Cormac's Laughing at Cancer Cabaret for hospice fund raising.

When cancer is a laughing matter

A Nelson couple is calling on performers, tech assistants and collectors to come and laugh at cancer with them.

Rugby

Rugby coaches get 'ammunition'

Former Scotland international and Highlanders centre John Leslie calls the shots during his free coaching clinic at the Broads on Monday evening.

Former Scotland international and Highlanders centre John Leslie hosted skills sessions in Nelson for coaches and parents.

Nelson College win tough contest

An important bonus point win was arguably the most pressing issue in the immediate aftermath of a scrappy Nelson performance. 

Mitchell Drummond of the Crusaders runs in to score a try during the round 11 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Blues at AMI Stadium.

Crusader looking forward to hometown support

Crusaders halfback Mitchell Drummond is hoping for a happy homecoming.

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