Saul Piper gets some air during Rainbow Ski Field's opening day of the season this morning.

Rainbow a 'stunner'

Fresh snow and sunshine makes for a great start to the ski season.

Clubrooms a bombsite

The mess left after a farewell party at the AMI Nelson Suburbs Football pavilion.

Partygoers go "berserk" leaving hole in wall, burns on carpet, spilt drinks and broken doors.

Puffer ban revisited

Motueka High agrees to talk to teens after high-profile dispute over puffer jacket ban.

Pair arrested in assault

 A man is critically injured in hospital after an overnight assault in Nelson.

Keep Broadgreen open plea

A leading historian pleads to keep historic Broadgreen house open in winter.

House fire on Kawai St  video

Three people crawl from smoke-filled Nelson house after finding fire in the kitchen.

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News

When Tabby met the Queen

22-year-old LGBT advocate Tabby Besley is the only New Zealander to have won an inaugural Queen's Young Leader award.

"How wonderful" said the Queen when Tabby Besley told her what she did.

New adventure for Nelson principal

The death of a dog and the dawning of a new decade have propelled a much loved Nelson principal towards a new continent.

Final service for historic church

Hippies of Dehra Doon video

Sport

Plenty at stake for junior league players

Tasman Titans 15s co-captains Tyrion Rangi-Carew, left, and Maka Teahuru-Mahuika, centre, and Tasman Titans 17s captain Marvin Curry.

There will be more than just regional pride on the line when the Southern Zone districts rugby league tournament kicks off in Nelson on Monday.

Referees pulled after social media abuse

Nelson Bays Football takes hard stance against ref abuse on social media by not allocating any officials to division one games this Saturday.

The Nelson Intermediate School rugby league team celebrate after winning the Pro Brands Intermediate Rugby League Trophy final against Broadgreen Intermediate School on Thursday.

Nelson Intermediate keeps title

Nelson Intermediate saved their best performance for the final at the intermediate rugby league trophy at Broadgreen on Thursday.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Hippies of Dehra Doon video

The Andersons insist they aren't "greenies". They just always had a dream to live off the grid.

Nelson plans to mark VJ anniversary

An informal commemoration of the 70th anniversary of VJ Day will be held at Rutherford Park this year.

Paul Dano as Beach Boy Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy.

Review: Love & Mercy

The really infuriating thing for artists is that sometimes you can get all the ingredients together for what should be a winning piece of work and still it falls flat.

Opinion

Bringing warmth to winter's chill

At Jeff's Burger Den at Brooklyn School for lunch on Thursday were, from left, waitress Arihia Gibbs, Kalia Crawford-Sharp and Maia Karetai.

Poet T.S. Elliot called April the cruellest month but July is no picnic for hospitality businesses either.

Fairy-stories no basis for decisions

It's one thing to respect Maori heritage, but that doesn't mean deferring to folklore that we know to be absurd.

Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker garner the laughs in their comedy sketch Four Candles.

Laughs a plenty among the fork 'andles

A small good-deed this week set off a train of treats.

Our People

College campaign keeps kids cosy

Nelson College for Girls students Niamh Berry-Kilgour, 16, left and Olivia Deakin who lead the Social Services committee collected funds and warm clothing for Keeping Kids Warm.

Students from Nelson College for Girls are working to keep local kids warm.

Cheesemakers want farmers to diversify

Two Takaka master cheesemakers are hoping to inspire a new generation into their craft.

Dan Kearney at Hire Pool in Stoke where he works.

Getting off the couch for Masters Games

Dan Kearney used to hate running but is now entering the Masters Games.

Rugby

Motueka girls claim tens crown

Motueka's Faiga Siaki carries to ball into the Marist defence, supported by  Emily Kelly, left, and Rheanna Wood, during the final of Tasman Rugby Union's women's tens competition.

 Anyone who doubts the commitment of women rugby players had only to look at Emily Kelly's bleeding face during the final of the Car Company Senior Women's Tens on Saturday.

Makos lose exciting winger for season

The Tasman Makos have been struck a Lowe blow leading into their 2015 national provincial championship campaign with a key backline player ruled out for the season.

Makos' skipper Shane Christie has made a timely return to top-level rugby and is expected to lead the team in 2015.

Tasman Makos name contracted players

The 2015 edition of the Tasman Makos, the nation’s newest provincial rugby side and the most talked about in 2014, is taking shape.

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