The seal which joined kayakers in the Motueka River on Monday.

Motueka River's seal

When Billy Check and Jade Heath-Keen went kayaking on the Motueka River they didn't expect to be joined by a seal.

Sealord confirms cut

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Staff at work on the new fresh fish processing line at Sealord Factory.

Sealord confirms closure of its breaded hoki line for the Asian market, with 44 Nelson jobs to go.

5.7 quake jolts Nelson

A 5.7 earthquake rattled the upper South Island on Tuesday afternoon.

Private beach sparks buyer interest

Lure of a private Abel Tasman beach draws interest from 100 potential buyers.

Emergency landing at airport video

An Air New Zealand flight has landed safely after being diverted to Nelson Airport.

'He inspired so many'

Family and friends have gathered to farewell mountainbiker Kelly McGarry.

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News

Air NZ flight diverted to Nelson video

The Air New Zealand ATR72-600 sits on the Nelson Airport tarmac following an emergency landing on Tuesday.

Cockpit problem sees flight to Hamilton with 58 people aboard land at Nelson Airport.

Nelson set for another hot week

After peaking at 29 degrees on Saturday, it's set to be another scorching week in Nelson.

A world of food at Kai Festival

McGurk, Rainey consider running for mayor

Sport

Keeper in stitches after head knock

Coey Turipa makes a save for Canterbury United earlier in the season. He has six stitches after a cut to his head after a game in Hamilton.

Six stitches to a head wound means Canterbury United keeper Coey Turipa is in doubt for Sunday's top of the table game with champions Auckland City.

Golden Monday for Stoke players

Bowls

The Stoke Bowling Club picked up both the men's and women's Bowls Nelson champion-of-champions pairs titles at the weekend.

Stilwell hoping for good result on home circuit

Julian Stilwell's Johnston Associates South boat had a near perfect run at the Karapiro round of the NZ F1 Powerboat Tour with three firsts and a second.

Nelson Formula 1 powerboat driver Julian Stilwell is expecting tough competition at the final national series leg at Lake Rotoiti.

Record entries for regional swim meet

Tasman's Sam McKenzie produced a gilt-edged performance at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough age-group champs.

Sam McKenzie and Cassie Hagan each won 13 gold medals to help the Tasman Swim Club to a convincing points win at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough age group championships in Nelson at the weekend.

Marlbororugh beat Nelson in junior Blair Cup clash

Nelson's Amy Hurst in action during the doubles in the Blair Cup fixture against Marlborough at the Tasman Tennis Centre.

Marlborough proved too strong for Nelson in the weekend's junior Blair Cup tennis fixture.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

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.

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.

Opinion

Southern Link stoush was 'not hatchet politics'

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

OPINION: OPINION: The reason Eric Davy was removed is because the governance of that committee had failed and change was needed to correct it.

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.

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.  

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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