Bikies heading to Nelson for last year's poker run were met by a police checkpoint after leaving the Picton ferry terminal.

Biker gangs descend on Nelson

Motorcycle gangs from around NZ will be in town for the annual Hells Angels poker run.

Council split on pond

Nelson City Council will foot the bill to fix the Modellers Pond in Tahunanui.

5:55 PM  Council votes 7-5 to fix Modellers Pond, but some still see it as a money pit.

Bless this house video

Brightwater church that has been a cafe, B&B and now a home is on the market.

Giving back and gaining jobs

6:34 PM  Volunteering for Red Cross turned things round for a former refugee couple struggling to find work in Nelson.

Giants ready to bounce back

6:12 PM  After a shocking start to the season, coach Alan McAughtry is staying positive.

Crackdown on freedom campers

New bylaw will target freedom campers in Nelson next summer, but how far will it go?

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'It's about honour, self esteem, pride'

Former refugees Pawan and Chandra Sapkota at the Red Cross shop in Stoke.

6:34 PM  Volunteering for Red Cross turned things round for a former refugee couple struggling to find work in Nelson.

Council split on $1.2m pond fix

5:55 PM  Council votes 7-5 to spend $1.2m to fix Modellers Pond, but some councillors still see it as a money pit.

Freedom camping bylaw backed

The Warratahs Runaway to Nelson

Sport

Giants focusing on their own game

Nelson Giants big man Curtis Washington trains at the Trafalgar Centre.

Taking care of their own game will go a long way towards getting a good result against the Rams, says Giants coach.

Jesse Ryder ton upsets Canty

Central Stags batsman Jesse Ryder smashes the ball through midwicket.

Former Black Cap serves up a reminder of his class as Central Stags score an upset win over Canterbury.

Pressure on Hawkins as Tactix face new dawn

Tactix coach Sue Hawkins is desperate for improved results in her third year in charge.

 Australian coach needs to start getting more wins out of netball's perennial cellar-dwellers.

Dickel backing his Neighbour

Rams import Will Neighbour, left, defends against Super City's Lindsay Tait during their opening NBL game.

 English import needs to adjust to referees and then he'll find his groove, Rams' coach says.

Guardiola back at Suburbs

Exciting winger Omar Guardiola scored nine goals during his stint with Nelson Suburbs in 2015.

Nelson Suburbs will have access to Sam Ayers, Matt Tod-Smith and Omar Guardiola for their first home game.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Comedy classic from a bygone era

Hollywood's leading ladies Joan Fontaine, left, Paulette Goddard, Mary Boland, Rosalind Russell and Norma Shearer in a ...

The Women is an outstanding example of Hollywood comedy featuring its most famous female stars.

A funny, sunny trip to Nelson gallery

Boats sail on the sea in Nelson.

Georgia Forrester develops a deeper appreciation of the beauty of her own country during a trip to Nelson.

What's on in Nelson this week

A South African touring production is performing at Nelson's Theatre Royal for a limited season of Stimela 'The Gumboot' ...

Stuck for something to do? Check out our selection of the hottest tickets in town for the week ahead.

Bringing 'proper beer' to Nelson

Mic Dover is running the first Nelson Beer Week in the lead-up to Marchfest on Saturday..

Nelson Beer Week co-founder Mic Dover as been at the forefront of the craft beer revolution for the past 16 years.

Last Amazonian shaman subject of film

A scene from Embrace of the Serpent screening next week at the Nelson Film Society.

Embrace of the Serpent tells of the last remaining Amazonian shaman in next week's Nelson Film Society screening.

Opinion

Turning back the pages of time

If you weren't interested in watching the Koran being read out on TV, then you had to occupy your time with other things.

I've been doing a spot of time-travelling this week.

Weakened by a week of weirdness

Professor Robert Kelly is interrupted by his daughter while filming a live interview with the BBC.

I answered texts. I changed TV channels. I tweeted. I downloaded photos on Facebook. I was turning blue in the face.

I read the news today, oh boy

Professor Robert Kelly is interrupted by his daughter while filming a live interview with the BBC.

Ingesting the news in all its platforms left Russell Harding feeling a little breathless.

Does Nick Smith swim?

Bovine latrine or national treasure? Environment Minister Nick Smith poses beside a creek near Nelson.

OPINION: Probably not. I haven't seen him, for one. And I suspect he knows too much about cow poo.

Sneaky ploys to run down farming

Sometimes we feel a bit ``bullied''.

OPINION: It is easy for the public to get caught up in sneaky ploys of disseminating false information, insinuations and allegations.

Our People

Fight for lost Gallipoli diary video

Margaret Kearns with a picture of her father Hartley Palmer and a copied page from his World War I diary. Palmer's ...

After an English historian took her father's WWI notebook and refused to give it back, one Nelson woman went on a quest.

Rescued food finds new home

Nelson Environment Centre development manager Ruth Seabright, left, and waste minimisation manager Karen Driver with the ...

Food destined for the rubbish bin will soon be rescued and sent off to needy families.

Village care for mental health urged

Daphne Crampton would like to see more money spent on mental health.

Daphne Crampton, 91, worked as a mental health nurse.

Sprinting into his sixties

Dave Riddell of Stoke is about to compete at the World Masters Athletics Championships in South Korea.

Nelson runner Dave Riddell says he's fitter now at 63 than he was as a teenager.

Homestay students part of the family

Students Prommai Shrindhorn, (front left) from Thailand, Kati Breckwoldt, from Germany and hosts John and Vicki Maxwell. ...

A Nelson family who opened their home to overseas students say it's a great way to learn about new cultures.

Rugby

Concussed: Gregory's battle

Glen Gregory is coaching Feilding Old Boys-Oroua in Manawatu Club Rugby this year.

After a horrific run of concussions, just standing on the sidelines of a rugby field is an achievement for former Tasman flanker Glen Gregory.

Leon and Leo to lead Makos

Leo Crowley is heading to Tasman as the Makos new assistant coach.

New Makos assistant coach Leo Crowley is one of three new appointments to the team's coaching staff

Nelson College off to Rugby School

Crusaders' fullback David Havili dedicated his try to the memory of former Nelson College First XV manager John Goodman.

Nelson College will be part of Rugby School's 450th year celebrations.

'Class clown' key for Highlanders

Highlanders back Marty Banks.

Marty Banks' importance at the Highlanders bounces between his on and off-field roles.

Four day games for Tasman

Tasman's David Havili can expect plenty of daytime action during this year's NPC campaign.

Tasman will play day matches against Manawatu, Waikato, Wellington and Auckland this season.

Arts

Teen snapper sells three pictures at exhibition

Sue Birchfield says organisers hope to hold another exhibition in 2018.

New How Great Thou Art exhibition raises thousands for PACT and Ma's Place.

Romantic musical journey

Helene Pohl played one of Clara Schurmann's works in the Love Triangle concert.

Adam Chamber Music Concert Series

Buskers bring four days of fun

Buskers Alakazam Al Millar, left, Mat Ricardo and Kamikaze Fireflies Casey Martin and Rob Williams who are here for the ...

Nelson is in for a treat with buskers from all over the world coming together for a four day festival.

Singing for joy

Conductor Ben Parry of Britain in Nelson to conduct at the 17th annual Summer School at Teapot Valley.

Amateur singers from all over New Zealand came to Teapot Valley for a week of choral workshops culminating in a public concert.

Concert helping kids tune in

Natalie Mitchell, 7, left, and Rowan McFadden, 7, with Bob Bickerton at last year's Adam Chamber kids concert at Old St ...

Where does music come from? 

Young voices bring Sound of Music to life

Captain Von Trapp (Sam McIlroy) performing in the concert with his family before fleeing Austria, from Nelson Youth ...

REVIEW: Nelson Youth Theatre brings fun and a feel-good factor to their production of the classic musical.

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