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Rob Evans Nelson Airport CEO at Nelson Airport.

Nelson 'big winner' in Jetstar move

18 min ago  Jetstar's arrival in Nelson is a "game changer", say business and civic leaders.

Cheap fares crash site

One of Jetstar's fleet of five regional 50-seat Bombardier Q300 aircraft arriving in Wellington.

11:07 AM  Jetstar website crashes over $9 fares for Nelson and other new regional routes.

ED hit by patient surge

10:00 AM  Nelson Hospital emergency department is dealing with unprecedented demand.

Jahdai Kennard still at large

9:54 AM  A man shot in Motueka in serious condition while search for second man continues.

Green bill to help Nelson renters

The Green Party hopes proposal to update rental laws will improve the lives of Nelsonians who rent their homes.

Farmer crushed under quad bike

A Tasman farmer has leg injuries after being trapped for hours under a quad bike.

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Celebration of peace at Nelson Cathdral

The Stevenson sisters of Richmond; Rosalind, 2, Katherina, 9 months, and Juliet, 6, try the seats in a 1943 Willys Jeep loaned for the occasion by the Teece family for Sunday's community service in Nelson Cathedral to mark the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War Two.

10:02 AM  More than 250 people gathered to mark the end of World War II in a celebration of peace at Nelson Cathedral.

Nelson soldier immortalised in book

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

Jetstar to announce new destinations

Wet weekend ahead

Sport

Wilson claims titles on both sides of Tasman

Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team rider Jay Wilson, now with national titles to his credit on both sides of the Tasman Sea.

New Zealand's national MX2 motocross champion Jay Wilson is now also national champion in Australia.

Nelson hockey teams struggle in Blenheim

Nelson's primary schools hockey teams were put to the test in Blenheim.

Nelson's primary schools hockey teams fully tested at warm up tournaments in Blenheim.

Nelson College remain in title contention

Brett Jenkins of Nayland College in action against Josh Bensemann of Waimea College during Saturday's junior secondary schools zone 4 premiership tournament at Saxton Stadium.

Nelson College remain on course to defend their title after reaching the quarterfinals after two days hard slog at the junior secondary schools zone 4 premiership basketball tournament in Nelson.

Close calls in the wet at sevens

Ella Christie of the Waimea Makos under-7s in action against Wanderers Gold during Saturday's Mikes Sevens Tournament at Greenmeadows.

Around 600 young players braved the wet conditions to produce some tight finishes in the finals of Saturday's 20th annual McDonalds Mikes Sevens tournament at Greenmeadows.

Tasman age group teams on song in Blenheim

Tasman under-19 centre Amos Pogia launches an attack in their win over Wellington.
Amos Pongia 13

The Tasman under-19 rugby team beat their Wellington counterparts 41-33 while Tasman under-18 accounted for Tasman Maori 52-7 to cap a satisfying afternoon's work for both sides in Blenheim on Saturday.

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

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.

Rugby

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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