Tetra band members Emma Common, Lara Cammock, Madi Fulton Buckle and Carmen Puklowski of Nelson College for Girls still have a chance to make it to the Rockquest national finals through the people's choice competition

Rockquest finalists announced

Two Nelson bands have been highly commended in the 2015 Smokefreerockquest.

Council ups tip charges

Ian Barker.

Charging more to dump rubbish and close roadshasn't impressed councillor Ian Barker.

A gift from an older brother

After eight months, Gabrielle Stephens had the bone marrow transfusion from her older brother.

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.

Top award for youth mentoring

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 seal victory at the death

Tasman flanker Pete Samu takes on the Otago defence during their ITM Cup pre-season match at Trafalgar Park.

The Tasman Makos produced a solid second half performance to seal a tight 31-25 preseason rugby win over an Otago XV at Nelson's Trafalgar Park on Saturday.

Phoenix coach Merrick still on hunt for top striker

He may have been asking advice for things to see and do during a holiday in Nelson, but Phoenix coach's No 1 priority is finding a gun goal-scorer.

Tahunanui Tigers players celebrate winning the Tasman Rugby League title for 2015.

Tigers roar in final

Anchor Engineering Tahunanui Tigers have broken a six year drought to secure their first ever Tasman Rugby League title, edging the Victory Phoenix 30-22 in Saturday's grand final.

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

Lessons learned

New Motueka High School principal John Prestidge is taking on a big job.

As the child of two teachers, I have a love/hate relationship with the profession.

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.

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

Blind opportunism

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

Our People
Susannah Roddick, Fifeshire Foundation administrator at the celebration of the 20th birthday of the Fifeshire Foundation.

Institution needs community's help

Susannah Roddick volunteered to help the sNelson School of Music's fundraising effort "because I believe that if everyone does a little, then no one has to do a lot".

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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