Georgina opens a parcel containing a special birthday treat - Coco Pops.

Treats for birthday girl

Pumpkin pie didn't prove a huge hit with a group of capuchin monkeys at Nelson's Natureland.

Royals to Nelson?

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: (L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and  Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends the Drumhead Service during the 70th Anniversary commemorations of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) on Horse Guards Parade August 15, 2015 in London, England. on August The event marks the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Japanese Forces, bringing about the end of World War II. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will join British Prime Minister David Cameron and former prisoners of war during services throughout the day as tributes are made to the the estimated 71,244 British and Commonwealth casualties of the Far East conflict. Japan formally surrendered on September 2, 1945 at a ceremony in Tokyo Bay on USS Missouri.  (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

The royal cat's out of the bag - Prince Charles and Camilla could be coming to Nelson.

Nelson's Golden MTB trails

INTERACTIVE: Lots of big hills easy access native forest, Nelson is a worthy contender for the mountain bike capital of New Zealand.

Vandal 'lost the plot' video

Man who "lost the plot" and smashed windows in Nelson came close to dying in a pool of his own blood.

Champion climbers top trees

Arborists from around New Zealand are moving swiftly amongst the trees in Nelson in a battle to see who is the fastest climber in the country.

Golden Bay's vanishing vines

Project De-Vine volunteers are waging war on old man's beard with their bare hands.

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Teen injured while skiing

A rescue helicopter is unable to reach two trampers stuck in the Nelson Lakes, due to high winds and bad weather.

A teenager has been flown to hospital after suffering a spinal injury in a skiing accident.

Cricketers hit the mark in Nelson

The first words 4-year-old Nixon Herd said when he was diagnosed with type one diabetes in July were "Can I still be a Black Cap?"

All for One and one for an audience

Boys rescued near Fifeshire Rock


Black Sticks beat Argentina 3-2

New Zealand’s Anita Punt is kept on her toes by the Argentinian defence during the second test of their series, on Sunday in Blenheim.

The Black Sticks beat Argentina in a women's hockey thriller in Blenheim.

Falcons open account with a win

Nelson Marlborough Falcons players from left; Josh Moffat, Kevin Obed, Dion Keetley and Josh Sansom celebrate Kevin Obed's goal against Heartland Wairarapa last season.

The Nelson Marlborough Falcons have made a winning start to the ASB Youth League football season.

Black Sticks primed for hockey test series against India

Black Sticks men's hockey coach Colin Batch makes a point during Sunday's training at Saxton Turf.

India may be their immediate focus although in about three week's time, the Black Sticks men's hockey team know they must beat the world champion Australians to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

Hunt wins national championship

Ben Hunt and Tony Rawstorn power their Subaru to a maiden national rally championship.

Nelson's Ben Hunt and co-driver Tony Rawstorn have claimed their first national rally championship title.

Tasman lose to Counties Manukau in game's last play

Centre Amos Pogia was a key figure in the Tasman under-19 attack.

Tasman had the Michael Jones Trophy within their grasp.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

What's on

Big Daddy Wilson plays at the Boat House.

What's on in the Nelson region this week.

Music of the Nelson Arts Festival

Singer songwriters Thomas Oliver, Warren Maxwell, and Louis Baker will perform at the Nelson Arts Festival on October 21.

The Nelson Arts Festival brings a flood of great music to the region. Here are the must-see events.

Layers and politics

Charlotte Grimshaw, also a speaker at Readers and Writers.

Social concerns will be the main focus of two separate sessions at the Page and Blackmore Readers and Writers sessions at the Nelson Arts Festival this month.

Under the knife

Louise Sables who plays Fanny in The Ugly One

Duck Bunny Theatre will open Marius von Mayenburg's internationally acclaimed satire The Ugly One at the Nelson Musical Theatre tomorrow night. 

Guest artist at Expo

Nationally acclaimed artist Dick Frizzell will attend Art Expo in Nelson over Labour weekend.

Dick Frizzell, one of New Zealand's most successful artists will be town this Labour Weekend to attend Art Expo Nelson.  Frizzell is guest speaker at the Crowe Horwath Awards evening on Saturday 24 October.   Frizzell has fond memories of Nelson but doesn't get to the region often.


Paying the price for one too many

Nelson police photographer Rob Sorensen photographs a trail of bloody footprints in the Montgomery Carpark near Bank Lane.

OPINION: You don't need to accosted by a drunk to find trouble. If alcohol is abused, sometimes the trouble finds you.

Salisbury: The last avenue of hope

Salisbury School's roll has dropped to just two students this year.

For so many parents during the past 100 years, that driveway lined with heritage trees has been the last avenue of hope when all other methods of help have been exhausted at home.

Serve happy pigs please

On the pig's back: Pigs should be raised on free-range farms, says Matt Lawrey.

One of the nice things about getting older is being able to appreciate all the ways this country has become a better place.

A season for harsh reflection

The seasonal transition from winter to spring makes this a time for brutal honesty.

“April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain,” wrote poet T S Eliot in the first lines of The Wasteland

Opportunity knocks

Debbie Doudle, owner of the Paws N' Claws Op Shop in Temuka, that contains many objects of desire for Bob Irvine.

"I'm not ready to play the cripple card just yet."

Our People

Deanna back home and cancer-free video

Deanna Marsden with her 800 cancer treatment beads, her mother DJ Lambert, sister Rebecca Marsden and father Adam Marsden back in their Nelson home after months of cancer treatment including radical surgery to her right leg.

After an amputation and 10 months of chemotherapy, Deanna Marsden is happy to be back in Nelson.

No regrets, says Nelson activist

Greenpeace protestors who scaled Parliament appear in Auckland District Court. From left, Johno Smith, Verena Maeder, Abigail Smith, Jeff Harrison.

Greenpeace activist Verena Maeder says climbing the Parliament building in June was "totally worth it".

Nelson student a Google doodle finalist video

Nelson College for Girls student Grace Elzenheimer is a finalist in the Doodle 4 Google competition.

Grace Elzenheimer's take on the Google logo could be displayed on the homepage of the world's biggest website.

Nelson preschool teacher wins award

Layla Eathorne, 3, and Keva Burt, 2, play at Little People Early Learning Centre in Richmond while teacher Lisa Hearne holds Brooklyn O'Brien, 3.

Early childhood educator Lisa Hearne has been named as runner up in the NZ's Most Inspiring Teacher campaign.

An artful marriage

Caroline Marshall, left, and Sarah Sharp - owners of Nelson's Red Art Gallery and Cafe.

The owners of Nelson's Red Art Gallery & Cafe explain why art, coffee and food are such a perfect combination.


Canterbury too good for Tasman

Tasman Makos second-five David Havili tries to make a break against Canterbury at Trafalgar Park in Nelson.

Canterbury secure home semifinal after 41-25 NPC win over Tasman at Trafalgar Park.

Crusaders snap up Samu

The Crusaders' new recruit, Tasman Makos flanker Pete Samu, bursts through the Bay of Plenty defence to score.

The Crusaders have signed the Tasman Makos' ball-running backrower Pete Samu for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Auckland too solid for Tasman video

Tasman Makos forward Joe Wheeler shows his delight in scoring against Auckland in an NPC rugby match on Sunday.

Auckland look strong, as Tasman Makos suffer their first NPC loss.

Good value at the Makos video

Tasman Makos fans watch on during the ITM Cup pre-season rugby match.

Tasman Makos fans pay the least for a ticket, fries and beer out of any national provincial championship centre.

Tasman beat North Harbour

Marty Banks was in good form for Tasman in their win against North Harbour on Wednesday.

Tasman Makos continue unbeaten run.

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