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Jack Potter of the Nelson Blue under eights is mobbed by the Riwaka defense during Saturday's Mikes Sevens Tournament at Greenmeadows.

Tight finishes in the wet at sevens

Constant rain failed to dampen the spirits of 600 young players in Mikes Sevens finals.

Stuck under quad bike

The Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter.

A 53-year-old Tasman farmer has leg injuries after spending hours trapped under his quad bike.

Midwives drop pay bombshell

A High Court action on Monday will have 'global ramifications' for women's pay.

Adams doesn't play ball

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

Hefty power bill halved

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

Titans left stranded at airport

Tasman Titans will have to wait for their shot at Canterbury after team's flight cancelled.

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News

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 severe weather warnings issued for some parts. 

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 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.
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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.

Cancelled flight leaves Titans stranded

Tasman Titans #12 Sam Hedges in action against the Otago Whalers during the match at Tahunanui.

The Tasman Titans will have to wait for their shot at Canterbury after the team was left stranded at Nelson Airport on Saturday morning.

Griffins too strong for Canterbury Maori

Halfback James Lash, pictured here against Canterbury Country, scored two of the Tasman Griffins' six tries in their big win over Canterbury Maori.

The Car Company Tasman Griffins' up-tempo approach proved too much for Canterbury Maori as the Griffins secured a comfortable 43-20 South Island Championship rugby win in Christchurch 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 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

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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