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Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter crew members Carlton Irving, left and Carl Babe with the rescue helicopter's winch.

New winch already a lifesaver video

12:58 PM  Fundraising campaign for a new Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter winch pays off.

Trent's $150m dream

09022016 news photo Alden Williams/Fairfax NZ

Nelson propery developer Alan Trent.

11:33 AM  A US developer will build a colossal new coastal subdivision in Tasman this year.

Rising rolls put focus on zoning

Zoning could be in place for Nelson schools as early as April due to growing rolls.

Gap to plug in dam fund plan

12:05 PM  There is a $31 million dollar gap in the funding model for the proposed Waimea dam.

'If you've got a beacon, use it'

A tramper took a long journey to get treatment despite having an emergency beacon.

Opera strikes back video

Darth Vader nearly stole the show at Opera in the Park on Saturday night.

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'If you've got a beacon, use it'

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

A tramper took a long journey to get medical treatment despite having an emergency locator beacon.

Opera strikes back video

Darth Vader nearly stole the show.

Local interest pleases Abel Beach owner video

'I know we can do this' video

Sport

Fulton wins on the line

Britta Martin leading the bunch during the Tasman Wheelers road race championship around Mahana.

Karen Fulton edges sprint finish for Tasman Wheelers club championship title.

Eagles soar in intercity finals

Jason Bird makes contact for Saints Ram during their win over United Titans in the playoff for third place at the Nelson-Marlborough Intercity softball finals in Nelson on Saturday.

Nelson softball teams continued their dominance in intercity club softball competition against Marlborough sides this season.

McBride gets chance to make waves

Zoe McBride gets a chance to prove her worth to Rowing New Zealand selectors at the national championships this week.

Zoe McBride gets first chance to match up against Olympic front-runners but not in the lightweight double.

Olympian returns to track

Toni Hodgkinson.

That was not a mirage blazing around the Saxton Field Athletics Track. That was Olympian Toni Hodgkinson.

United club wins centre singles and triples titles

United's Barbara McGregor defended her Bowls Nelson Centre women's singles title against Kirsten Griffin on Sunday.

The United Bowling Club picked up two Bowls Nelson Centre titles at Wakefield on Sunday.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Technically challenging but emotionally satisfying

The New Zealand String Quartet, from left, Helene Pohl, Rolf Gjelsten, Gillian Ansell and Douglas Beilman.

REVIEW: Every February I look forward to the arrival of the New Zealand String Quartet with their entourage of 28 of New Zealand's most talented young musicians.

Sweet Kiwi dreams are made of this

Some people collect crockery; Bob Irvine collects Fairydown sleeeping bags.

Hello Ian. We've not been introduced but that will soon change because boy have I got the sleeping bag for you.

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.

Opinion

Awaroa dreaming video

Looking out over Awaroa airstrip to the Awaroa spit.

We delve into the rich history of Awaroa Inlet, as a crowdfunding campaign to buy the beach nears deadline.

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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