James Kirkwood with his cat Percy, who went missing for nine months.

Hidden testicle prompts catwalk video

It's unclear how many of his nine lives Percy used up on his nine month wander.

Battle to save school

A legal opinion sought by Salisbury School opposes Education Minister Hekia Parata's proposal to close it and allow ...

Lawyers argue closing Salisbury School will put girls' safety at risk.

'I was fighting for my life'

A man on trial for assaulting the winners of a pig hunting competition admits to pub fight, but not to intentionally hurting anyone.

Health board ends year in surplus

Nelson Marlborough DHB ends financial year with surplus, but behind budget.

Moutere home torched to teach video

Alan Chambers watched his family home go up in smoke, but it wasn't by accident.

Storm clouds brewing over Nelson

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Nelson-Tasman region.

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Health board ends year in surplus

The Nelson Marlborough Health Board has ended the financial year with a surplus.

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board ended the financial year with a surplus, but behind budget.

Moutere home torched to teach video

Lower Moutere man Alan Chambers watched his family home go up in smoke, but it wasn't by accident.

Storm clouds brewing over Nelson

Residents live in hope of speed drop video

Sport

Stoke shutdown Jacks

Jacks goal attack Leanne Cook lines up a shot under pressure by the Stoke defence during their premier netball game at ...

A two week break may have just been enough to disturb the momentum in premier netball.

UC Championship semifinals now in sight for Nelson College

Nelson College's Willy Havili in action during Wednesday's win over Waimea Combined Schools.

Nelson College are close to sealing a UC Championship playoff berth.

Chalmers back in MMA action

Dawn "The Storm" Chalmers will fight in Saturday's Princess of Pain MMA promotion on Auckland.

Nelson's Dawn Chalmers is back in the MMA spotlight on Saturday.

Bennett resets targets after Tour

George Bennett's career is on the rise after an impressive three weeks at the Tour de France.

George Bennett hopes to be leading his team at a grand tour in the near future.

Tasman striker reaches double figures

Briar Luff is leading the golden boot race within the Tasman United squad, scoring 10 times already this season.

Briar Luff has scored 10 times in her first season in the Mainland Women's Premier League.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Trio of acts ready to rock on

Cam Dawson of Garin College performs at the Smokefree Rockquest regional heats. He is now a finalist in the competition.

Smokefree Rockquest acts from three Nelson-Tasman high schools have made it to the finals.

Whorehouse leaves audience satisfied

The cast of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, running at the Nelson Musical Theatre from July 27 to August 13.

Going by opening night audience participation this will be a very popular production

'Eggs-traordinary' chicken coop

Rear view of Little Chook, created by Kath Craw, showing the ramp entry into the chook house.

An artist from Golden Bay has drilled together an "eggs-traordinarily" creative design to house a lucky brood of chooks, reports Nina Hindmarsh.

Film fiesta for families

The Music of Strangers - Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble screens at the NZIFF.

Thanks to state of the art projection facilities, the 2016 New Zealand International Film Festival will encompass a record number of screenings.

Getting art out there

Tonight's guest speaker at CAN, David Ryan, speaks about how to take art from the private to public domain.

 A talk by artist David Ryan aims to demystify the process of getting art from the studio out into the public eye.

Opinion

Scallop closure essential

A temporary closure of the Southern Scallop Fishery area (SCA7) in the Marlborough Sounds is the best way to ensure the ...

COLUMN: The closure of the Marlborough Sounds scallop fishery is the only option, writes Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith.

Treasured park gets a boost

New areas have been added to the Kahurangi National Park, including alongside the Westhaven Inlet in Golden Bay.

It's home to rare heavyweights of the creepy-crawly kind: giant carnivorous snails, 12cm spiders and metre-long worms.

There is no escaping the ugly power of the mob

Police retreat from anti Springbok tour protesters in Auckland in 1981

OPINION: Racism and xenophobia exist here too and that means that New Zealand may breed its own homegrown Trump.

Wine awards can be relied on

Wine judge Jim Harre.

The independence of wine show judging processes give a solid indicator of quality to consumers.

What we did in the holidays

Simon Says was a popular electronic game in the 1970s.

Who needs Pokemon Go when you can reminisce about the old games?

Our People

Hidden testicle blamed for prowl video

James Kirkwood with his cat Percy, who went missing for nine months.

'Mr P' the cat had been missing for nine months. An incomplete neutering might explain why.

Celebrating Nelson's Olympic legacy

Nelson mayor Rachel Reese, right, handed Rio Olympians Kelsie Smith's parents Lee and Maree Smith, left, Julian ...

The next batch of Nelson's Olympic hopefuls were farewelled at a special lunch to celebrate the local games legacy.

Fairy dust dries up on farms

Landscape farmed by Outstandingly Nice Landowners.

Opinion: The fairytale of farming doesn't always have a happy ever after ending.

Cancer survivor bares all for fundraiser

Nelson's Hannah Straker who is undergoing chemotheraphy following a mastectomy.

Hannah Straker is the face of Eat, Nuture, Love, an event to raise funds and support those living with breast cancer.

New lease of life for historic fire station

The old fire station premises where Aon Insurance Brokers will be moving into.

Nelson's old fire station will finally have new tenants after being left empty for more than a year.

Rugby

Makos score Christchurch club star

University halfback Finlay Christie. left, has won Christchurch's club rugby MVP award and scored a deal with the Tasman ...

Christchurch's top club rugby player has scored a role with the Tasman Makos.

Only themselves to blame

The Crusaders gather after their quarterfinal loss to the lions.

OPINION: If the Crusaders want to play the blame game, they need only look in a mirror.

'Gutting': Blackadder on loss video

Lock Luke Romano, with Sam Whitelock on the right, eyes a gap in the Lions defence during the Super Rugby quarterfinal ...

Losing to the Lions in the Super Rugby quarterfinal wasn't how Todd Blackadder wanted it to end.

End of era for Blackadder video

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder will soon relocate to English club Bath where he expected to work as the director of rugby.

Mistakes cost the Crusaders dearly in the loss to the Lions in their Super Rugby quarterfinal match.

Crusaders walloped by Lions video

Lions lock Franco Mostert forces his way through the tackles of Ryan Crotty and David Havili in the Super Rugby ...

The Crusaders conceded five tries in their 42-25 loss to the Lions in Jo'burg.

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