Part of the Wakatu Square Carpark has flooded.

A car-pool to cool down in

A flooded section of the Wakatu Square Carpark stopped Nelsonians in their tracks.

Police investigate sudden death

A woman's body was discovered in a house in Marlowe St, Stoke, on Thursday.

11 min ago  Police are investigating a sudden death at a house in Nelson.

Bikers go back to school video

Mountain bikers rode through the Nelson College grounds and buildings as part of the Urban Cross Country event.

War on wasps video

Abel Tasman visitors will not have to worry about wasps, thanks to a control programme. 

Strong demand, few listings

Low interest rates and few listings are continuing to fuel Nelson's housing market.

New principals start job

9 min ago  New principals start at schools.

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New principals ease into job

New Golden Bay High School principal Katrina Hutton.

10 min ago  They're excited by their new environments, but want to get acquainted first.

New science class fills a gap for rural students

A new collaboration has bright primary school students in the region delving into science.

Victory Community Centre reaches $60,000 fundraising goal before deadline

Nelmac backing beach campaign

Sport

3x3 tour hits Nelson

Mattia Nervegna of open men's winning team Mamma Mia in action during the Burger King 3x3 basketball tour last year.

Nelson to host popular three-on-three basketball tour.

Stags hoping for change of four-day fortunes

Will Young returns to Nelson's Saxton Oval, this time as Central Stags' captain, for their fifth round Plunket Shield clash with Canterbury.

The Central Stags need to bounce back from some poor recent four-day form.

Hope too strong once again

Sam Scott of Nelson in action at the Nelson Lawns Tennis Courts.

The Hope women's team preserved their unbeaten record when the Nelson NBS interclub A ladies' tennis league resumed on Tuesday for the second half of the season.

North Otago's unexpected challenge

Buller celebrate their Hawke Cup win. They insist their makeshift venue will be suitable for the defence of their crown.

Buller insist venue for historic Hawke Cup cricket defence in Westport will be ready for North Otago's challenge.

Carey's a doer not a watcher

Shane Carey (12N) races alongside Ian Burson at Carey's only appearance at the Top of the South Speedway this season before he suffered a serious injury. Photo: TOM LANEY/IMAGEPRESS

Saturday's Hotel South Island super saloon camps might be the first Shane Carey has missed in 30 seasons.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

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.

Regional ceramics showcase

Chinese Rabbit by Fiona Sutherland.

A ceramics exhibition that has taken months to organise, drawing artists from the Nelson - Marlboough and West Coast regions, opened at the Refinery Artspace last week , reports Judith Ritchie

Raising a glass to Marchfest

People enjoy a quiet one at MarchFest, at Founders Heritage Park, last year.

Nelson's Marchfest is right at the top of the list of New Zealand beer festivals.

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.

Opinion

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.

Who has time to protest anything?

TPPA protests in New Plymouth.

It's February and the kids are back in school uniforms; the caravan is secure in its shady resting place after its yearly outing and, the golden weather has kicked into overdrive.

Lesson in sportsman's tragic death

Tributes have poured in from around the world for mountainbiker Kelly McGarry.

The death of Nelson mountainbiker Kelly McGarry in Queenstown this week has, in a poignant way, brought home his international significance in the sporting world.  

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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