The Stephens family, Ruby, Gabrielle and Lachlan are in Starship Hospital for treatment for Gabrielle's life threatening illness.

A gift from an older brother

Little Gabrielle Stephens has had the bone marrow transfusion from her older brother that she has been waiting eight long months for.

Council ups tip charges

Ian Barker.

9:26 AM  Charging more to dump rubbish and close roadshasn't impressed councillor Ian Barker.

Motueka, 'centre for darts'

The Motueka Recreation Centre has been transformed with 90 dartboards ahead of NZ Darts Council Championships this weekend.

Affordable smiles for all

A new dentist with a focus on affordability and comfort is about to open in Nelson.

Rockquest finalists announced

9:23 AM  Two Nelson bands have been highly commended in the 2015 Smokefreerockquest.

Top award for youth mentoring

8:49 AM  A Motueka pharmacist was awarded the 2015 Topgallant Award by the Spirit of Adventure Trust last night.

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News

Butchery burglar pleads for mercy

Nelson Courthouse.

Butchery burglar pleads to judge for mercy before being sentenced to imprisonment.

'I can't believe this is happening' video

Scott Wallis broke his leg at sea and the skipper put out a mayday call. Then the vessel started sinking.

Rates bills wrong, Nelson council says

Mini speed bid thwarted

Sport

Tasman strengthened for Otago preseason clash.

The Tasman Makos will field a significantly stronger lineup for Saturday's preseason rugby clash with an Otago XV at Nelson's TrafalgarPark.

Not guilty pleas: $30m gaming charges

Four men have pleaded not guilty to allegations of $30 million in gaming fraud.

Debbi Bamfield races in a triathlon at Rabbit Island, Nelson.

Stretching the limits of the self

Sport has a way of making us transcend our normal limitations and expectations.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Deathgasm director discusses demons

Milo Cawthorne and Kimberley Crossman star in the Kiwi horror comedy Deathgasm.

Kiwi comedy horror film Deathgasm has a Nelson connection and is set to make its New Zealand debut.

Dress up those bare patches with containers

Container grown plants are an ideal way of taking the bare look off entranceways, patios, and decks, and providing a link from the garden to the house.

Tetra band members Emma Common, Lara Cammock, Madi Fulton Buckle and Carmen Puklowski of Nelson College for Girls, after winning first place for the band category at the Smokefreerockquest Nelson finals held at the Theatre Royal.

Nelson bands in Rockquest top 20

Talented musicians from Nelson have jammed their way into the country's top 20 bands at this years Smokefree Rockquest.

Opinion

Blind opportunism

Navigating rush hour traffic may be just one of the skills gauged in a life test, imagines Bob Irvine.

Columnist Bob Irvine envisions a much wider eye test for all aspects of our lives.

Movie litterbugs bug me

 All sorts of people seem to think it's okay to make as big a mess as they like whenever they catch a movie.

Judge Fabrice Calmes of France judges a Russian Blue cat at the Nelson Cat Show held at Hope Hall, Nelson.

Of cats and men

Surrounded by fluffy felines in the Hope Hall, a visiting French cat judge acknowledged his friends and family found his hobby a bit crazy.

Our People

Kroos seeks perfection

Rhythmic gymnast Gracie Kroos, 15, trains at the Nelson College for Girls gymnasium.

The fear of failure is what strives Gracie Kroos to be perfect on the floor.

'Superstar' sisters step it up video

Nelson sisters take home national hip-hop honour at the Viva Street New Zealand Dance Summit.

Britta Martin wins Ironman Western Australia.

Britta left sweating on Kona

Elite Ironman competitor Britta Martin has a big dream, and that is success at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in October.

Rugby

Tasman Makos sign Trent Renata

Former Otago player Trent Renata has signed with the Tasman Makos.

The Tasman Makos' 2015 ITM Cup rugby squad now has another champion Highlander in its midst following the signing of fullback Trent Renata.

Chance for potential Tasman Makos to show wares

The payoff for compelling club form is about to be rewarded as the Tasman Makos rugby selectors cast their eye over the province's emerging talent.

Tasman's David Havili moves the ball in Wednesday's loss to Manawatu.

Makos mauled by Manawatu

It's only preseason, but Wednesday's decisive 47-19 rugby loss to the Manawatu Turbos still stung.

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