Joanthan Muzacz's  first Nelson creation was painting a garage off Milton St, which he said was the start of the popular "birds of Milton St series".

Texan artist plans mural festival

A Texan street artist is planning to bring a mural festival to Nelson.

'This is dire'

07112013/  news photo Martin de Ruyter / Nelson Mail

An aerial photograph of the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park and The Back Beach at high tide at Tahunanui Beach.

The only emergency housing for Nelson homeless women and children has closed.

Police remove body from house video

A woman's body found in a Nelson house will undergo a post-mortem investigation.

Beach fundraisers 'naive' video

Gareth Morgan says the campaign to buy a pristine Abel Tasman beach is likely to fail.

Airport car park set for revamp video

A dated payment system in the Nelson Airport car park is on the out.

Stella's stellar results

Motueka student tops NZ in two subjects, but won't be accepting $5000 scholarship money.

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Nelson mountainbikers encouraged to support Coppermine

Men's winner Patrick Higgins in action during the 2015  Santa Cruz Coppermine Big Mountain Enduro.

It's not too late for mountain bikers to enter the annual Coppermine race.

Staff shortages hamper plan change

A shortage of experienced staff in freshwater and catchment management is holding up some policy work at the Tasman District Council.

Airport car parking set for revamp video

Water tanks dry? Check before buying water

Sport

One survivor from Hinds' final

Central Hinds captain Kate Broadmore is the only survivor from the last time the Central Districts women were in a national final. They play Canterbury at Rangiora on Sunday.

The Central Hinds of today are vastly different from the last team that was in a final.

Star halves to collide in Nelson

Kiwi playmakers Benji Marshall and Shaun Johnson will be the marquee match-up when the Dragons and Warriors tackle each other at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

Shaun Johnson gets another crack at former Kiwis team-mate Benji Marshall.

Johnson still on cloud Nines video

Shaun Johnson in action during the Auckland Nines, an event he believes should remain a permanent preseason fixture.

Warriors star believes Auckland Nines should remain a permanent preseason fixture.

Sprinter makes big strides

Bailey Cotton  in action during the senior men's 200m at the Mahar Cup at Saxton Field Athletics Track in Nelson.

Bailey Cotton has been making real inroads on the track this season, but he isn't done yet.

Stoke-Nayland to face Wanderers in T20 final

Wanderers bowler Dean Hawley conceded just 16 runs off his four overs against Nelson College at Greenmeadows.

Stoke-Nayland and Wanderers will square off in this year's Nelson Twenty-20 club cricket final.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Blenheim chef on culinary pavilion

Arbour Restaurant owners Lizz Buttimore, left, and Bradley Hornby who will be cooking a pork dish at the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.

"It's cool for us, being a little restaurant up the road."

Spoken word artist returns

David Eggleton will perform at The Free House in Nelson next Wednesday and The Mussel Inn in Golden Bay next Thursday.

David Eggleton is a mesmeric performance poet and writer. Words roll off his tongue with all the power of a locomotive bursting out of a tunnel into the light. And come next Wednesday and Thursday he will roll into the Nelson and Golden Bay Live Poets gatherings as the guest poet.

Laughable satire

A scene from The Importance of Being Ernest

For a superb satire on Victorian manners no one can top Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest, surely one of the funniest plays in the English language.

Regional ceramics showcase

Chinese Rabbit by Fiona Sutherland.

A ceramics exhibition that has taken months to organise, drawing artists from the Nelson - Marlboough and West Coast regions, opened at the Refinery Artspace last week , reports Judith Ritchie

Raising a glass to Marchfest

People enjoy a quiet one at MarchFest, at Founders Heritage Park, last year.

Nelson's Marchfest is right at the top of the list of New Zealand beer festivals.

Opinion

Awaroa dreaming

Looking out over Awaroa airstrip to the Awaroa spit.

For Gerard Hindmarsh Awaroa is more than just a beach.

Self-drive revolution sinks Link

Jace Hobbs argues self-drive vehicle technology will make building Nelson's Southern Link unneccessary.

One thing missing from the Southern Link debate is a realistic accounting of where we are in our transport technology. 

Link stoush 'not hatchet politics'

More than three-quarters of the respondents to a Grey Power survey support the Southern Link.

OPINION: Councillor Luke Acland responds to allegations that removal of Eric Davy from transport committee was dirty politics.

Searching for freedom campers

Freedom campers Luca Schex, 19, left, and Alex Deuerling, 19, with their unusual accommodation in Buxton Square carpark.

OPINION: Since a recent evening dog walk I have seen freedom campers, and myself, somewhat differently.

Consider the wine writer

A concert at Neudorf Vineyard, Nelson.

In the last 16 years, the Nelson region has gone from having about ten wineries to almost 30.

Our People

Takaka comes alive for Mardi Gras video

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.

Two-year tiki tour to fight TPPA

Motueka protester Greg Rzesniowiecki - has spent the past 21 months on  anti-TPPA roadtrip around the country.

A Motueka protester has been travelling the country battling what he considers "a crisis of democracy".

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.

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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