Kune kune pig Sponge

Hang on, that's not a dog... video

Two dogs and a Nelson kunekune named 'Sponge'

Wet weekend ahead

Saturday's rain radar shows heavy rain hotspots on the western side of the country

It's set to be a wet weekend around NZ, with weather warnings issued.

Hefty power bill halved

Kelly Stewart's $800 power bill has been halved thanks to an eagle-eyed electrician.

'A danger to women'

A man found guilty of raping a sex worker has been sentenced to preventive detention.

Forestry 'could pollute'

Nelson's waterways could be affected by new national standards for forestry.

Collision in Mapua

A man is in intensive care following head-on collision in Mapua last night.

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News

Adams doesn't play ball

Students at Motueka High School had already gathered to meet Steven Adams when they were told he wouldn't be coming.

12:19 PM  Motueka High School students let down by NBA star Steven Adams who failed to show for a visit.

Methanex striving to be a good guy

Methanex in Taranaki is producing 2.4 million tonnes of multi-use methanol a year - and says it is a friend of the environment.

Business Matters

Bystanders work together at accident scene

Sport

Nelson College aim high

Nelson College captain Matt Tod-Smith in action during their division one football match against FC Nelson at Guppy Park.

Nelson College will carry the hopes of the region at the New Zealand secondary schools football championship this week.

Nelson set for Black Caps double header

Black Caps player Corey Anderson celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka player Mahela Jayawardene during Match 4 of the ANZ One Day International Cricket Series between New Zealand Black Caps and Sri Lanka at Saxton Oval earlier this year.

Nelson's summer of cricket just got twice as sweet.

Women shooters on target at Nelson closed champs

Rachel McLaren, left, and Louise Stevenson were the top two shooters at the Nelson closed championships.

Louise Stevenson and Rachel McLaren have clearly earned the respect of the local competitive shooting community.

Tasman nabs Hammett as assistant

Former All Black and ex-Hurricanses coach Mark Hammett has signed on as Tasman's new assistant coach.

Tasman has signed former Hurricanes coach and ex-All Black Mark Hammett as its new assistant coach.

Suburbs chase 500 point milestone

Nelson Suburbs forward Ben Wright needs to score just one more goal to take his Mainland Premier League career tally to 50.

Two significant milestone await AMI Nelson Suburbs if they can close out the season in the Wright way.

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.

Opinion

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.

Protesters keeping us honest

The TTPA protest in central Nelson last Saturday.

It was a funny old day at the market last week. It was mid-winter quiet but there was something else going on and it wasn't where I was at. I couldn't put my finger on it — and then came the sounds of protest.

Our People

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.

Heat pump woes sorted for family

Odette Llewellin, left, and Mike Pither won $4000 after they purchased their Fujitsu heat pump and had it installed by Nelson Heat Pumps.

Coming out of winter with a warmer home and a healthier bank account is unusual but one Nelson couple have managed it.

Farewell to Motoropolis

Alastair Paulin is going to miss Motueka's August weather. Yeah, right.

OPINION: I'm not being run out of Motueka on the end of a pitchfork. I'm leaving of my own free will.

Rugby

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.

Life member honoured for services to rugby video

Terminal cancer sufferer Rhys Wells has been presented with a life membership to the Nelson Bays Rugby Sub-Union

A terminally ill rugby coach with almost 50 years of involvement in the game has been given a Nelson Bays life membership.

Fins up: Christie ready for action

Tasman Makos captain Shane Christie is looking forward to a tough NPC opener against Waikato.

Makos skipper determined to put frustration behind him as he prepares for tonight's opening match.

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