Fat Freddy's Drop perform at Neudorf Vineyards on Friday.

Fat Freddys drop good beats

Thousands turn out for Kiwi favourite dub and reggae band Fat Freddys Drop in Nelson.

Pair hit by loss

Danny Walker and Rachel Barclay with a photo of their missing vehicle.

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

Explained: Nelson's traffic cams

What exactly is that camera under the Songer St overbridge for?

Mapua blaze 

A suspicious fire destroyed roadside pampas bushes in central Mapua.

Can we buy this beach? gallery video

The 'best beach on the planet' is up for sale. And you have a week to help buy it.

'Freak accident'

A Nelson teen run over by a horse float on a farm is now breathing on his own.

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Two-tier water allocation plan gets commissioner nod

Water management on the Waimea Plains is poised for change.

The Tasman District Council's plan for two classes of water takes from the Waimea Plains has received the green light from independent commissioner Rob van Voorthuysen.

Friends pay tribute to McGarry

There were beers, tears and hundreds of riders shredding downhill to say goodbye to Kelly McGarry.

Nervous tourists hire chauffeurs video

Richmond on track for air quality target

Sport

ACOB scored five-wicket win over Levin Old Boys

Simon McGowan top-scored with 97 runs in ACOB's five-wicket win over Levin Old Boys in Palmerston North to advance to the CD club final.

Nelson's Athletic College Old Boys will meet Napier Tech in Sunday's Central District club cricket final after easing to a comfortable five-wicket win over Levin Old Boys in Palmerston North.

Friends pay tribute to McGarry

Hundreds of friends, family and fans farewell New Zealand mountain biking legend Kelly McGarry in Queenstown on Friday night.

There were beers, tears and hundreds of riders shredding downhill to say goodbye to Kelly McGarry.

McCaw leads GodZone hype

All eyes will be on former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in his first ever crack at GodZone.

All Blacks great the headline act as 11 nations descend on New Zealand's premier adventure race.

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.

Depleted Tigers still have some bite

1NZ Shane Harwood headlines the Nelson Tigers team for the Teams Champs in Palmerston North.

The Nelson Tigers have been decimated before the first race has even begun.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

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.

Being human

Chrissie Cleary uses free form stitching to transfer messages onto paper as part of being human at the Refinery ArtSpace.

A new interactive exhibition has opened at the Refinery ArtSpace, inviting visitors to write their thoughts on what it's like to be human, 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

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.

School stories: Sir Geoffrey Palmer

A young Geoffrey Palmer with his father Russell, then editor of the Nelson Evening Mail.

As the Nelson School of Music heads into a major restoration and rebuild we hear from some key players about the role the school has played in their lives.

Rugby

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.

Hammett to honour Tasman deal

Mark Hammett, who has previously worked as a head coach of the Hurricanes and Cardiff Blues, is set to be appointed as the boss of the Sunwolves team from Japan.

Mark Hammett's Sunwolves deal should not prevent him honouring his Tasman contract.

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