Community Art Works manager Faye Wulff, front left, with Sheryl McIlroy and Natalie Navils, from back left, Lynet Craig, ...

Christmas cheer at night markets

2:05 PM  Big crowds expected at next week's Midsummer Christmas Market in Morrison Square.

Crash victim named

A truck lies in a ditch off the side of State Highway 65 after a fatal crash on Wednesday morning.

69-year-old Charles Beaumont Powell died in truck crash near Springs Junction.

Woman injured by smoke in fire

2:09 PM  Pregnant woman's close call comes as timely reminder to check alarm systems.

Grass greener in Nelson paddocks

2:02 PM  Wet November sees greener pastures impact cattle sales in the Nelson region.

Festive spirit saves mayor's dinner

After a plea for help to save the Mayor's Christmas Dinner, the event is going ahead.

MP won't run for PM

Nelson MP Nick Smith "surprised" by John Key's resignation", rules out leadership bid.

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News

Stanton refuses to plead

Lewis Stanton aka Hone Ma Heke in the Nelson Courthouse. Photo taken in 2014.

1 min ago  Lewis Stanton refuses to plead to assault charge stemming from an alleged punch at violent protest.

Christmas spirit saves mayor's dinner

After a plea for volunteers to help save the Mayor's Christmas Dinner, the event is going ahead.

Public meetings on quake readiness

Smith rules out leadership run

Sport

Blackjacks start strongly

New Zealand's Shannon McIlroy won his opening singles match at the world bowls championships.

 Blackjacks start well in Christchurch.

Strong efforts from Tasman athletes

Motueka High School's Izzy Neal narrowly missed a successful title defence in the junior girls' 400m.

Strong efforts from Tasman athletes at the weekend's New Zealand secondary schools athletics championships.

Morrison and Lockie take out main titles

Cameron Jones was the first paddler home in Sunday's 2016 KayakHQ Queen and King of the Bay ocean surf ski race.

Tasman Bay produced ideal ocean surf ski racing conditions for Sunday's 2016 KayakHQ Queen and King of the Bay.

Jingle all the way

Oscar and Evie Dykzeul of Nelson, seven and three years old respectively, at the start of last year's Jingle Bells Jog.

The annual Jingle Bells Jog and Santa Walk will be held on Sunday.

Nelson College lost opening day thriller

Nelson College spinner Felix Murray conceded just nine runs off 10 overs.

Nelson College have fallen just short of an epic win on day one of the First X1 Cup cricket tournament.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

A wine match made in heaven

Greg Mills and Lars Jensen from Richmond Plains.

OPINION: Two businesses working together to make great wine and share skills and resources makes sense.

Where the wild things live

After the Rameka

Elizabeth Bean pays a visit to Canaan Downs and finds a striking landscape, great mountainbiking and the ideal cafe.

Tchaikovsky ballet has heart and soul

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Academy of Ballet Arts performers Leonora Voigtlander and Jacob Chown onstage at the Theatre Royal 2015

OPINION: We were there for something special: Tchaikovsky! a ballet story of friendship created by brilliant Louise Hawke.

Original stage production Buzzz is full of delight

A scene from Nelson Repertory Theatre's production Buzzz at the Theatre Royal. Queen Bee Beatrice (Pip Collins) and the ...

OPINION: How often do you get a chance to see the premiere of an original stage production?

Dining on relationships

The cast from Dinner with Friends, Scott Frater, left, as Tom, Jennifer Amosa as Beth, Hugh Neill as Gabe and Susanne ...

 A sensitive and touching look at the nature of modern relationships is explored in Dinner with Friends, a play opening at the Suter Theatre next Wednesday evening.

Opinion

Waking up to emergency planning

How much do you have in your emergency kit?

Good intentions are not enough for disaster preparedness planning.

Surreality TV, or is it?

Donald Trump's presidency offers no end of possible reality TV shows.

Bob Irvine takes a sneak peak at a new season of unreality TV.

Broken links and silver linings

The November 14 earthquake may spell the end of the line for the main trunk network north of Kaikoura.

EDITORIAL:Spanning the country from Cape Reinga to Bluff, State Highway 1 is New Zealand's most significant road.

That's a fail

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Stock Photo - pretty female college student sitting in a classroom full of students during ...

It's just as well the New Zealand Qualifications Authority is calling on independent experts to examine its exam setting processes.

Tiny invaders pose big problems

Argentine ants are experiencing a surge in numbers across the Nelson region.

OPINION: How wonderful if a regional pest management strategy could find a way to tackle Nelson's ant invasion.

Our People

Fun for the whole family at Motueka A&P show

Santa's helpers, AKA Parklands School teachers; Shona King, Tina Tonks, Jenny Milne and Annie Simmons, wait for the man ...

Animals came off the farm and into the ring and even Santa made an appearance at the 81st annual Motueka A&P show day. 

Family battleground video

La Familia

Nelson College for Girls film-maker Liliana Manetto-Quick explores the complicated relationship she has with her brother and sisters.

Young mum wins impressive accolade

Applelonia Rapata with her daughter Te Atairehia Dunstan-Rapata after she was awarded top achiever at the Nelson Young ...

Young mum wins accolade after completing two NCEA levels in one year.

Mail photographer runner-up for award

Rachel Friesen, holds Evie Friesen as the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter lifts off during an open day at the ...

Nelson Mail photographer Martin de Ruyter has bagged his third runner-up prize in the Australian Aviation Press Club awards.

Spreading cheer and cherries

Elves Hannah Simpson, and Amy Kathleen will be spreading Christmas cheer on the streets of Nelson over the next few weeks.

Elves will be spreading festive cheer around the Nelson CBD in the lead up to Christmas.

Rugby

Motueka beaten in Condor semis

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Motueka High School's Risi Pouri-Lane in action during the Tasman club ...

Motueka High School suffered a tight semifinal loss to Hamilton Girls High School at the Condor Sevens secondary schools tournament.

Shipping up to Boston

Robbie Malneek of Tasman fends Tomasi Alosio of Wellington during the 2015 NPC season.

Robbie Malneek played more than 100 games for the Tasman Makos. But now the experienced fullback is carving out a career in the United States.

Pouri-Lane jack of all trades

Motueka High School's Risi Pouri-Lane in action during the Tasman club sevens at Sports Park Motueka.

Risi Pouri-Lane is hoping to someday play for the New Zealand women's sevens team.

Makos' manager Vercoe lands NZ role

Tasman Makos' manager Martyn Vercoe has been appointed manager of the NZ under-20 side who will attempt to win the world ...

 Martyn Vercoe's managerial career took a big step forward last week when he was confirmed as manager of the New Zealand under-20 rugby team to contest the 2017 World Rugby Championship.

Tasman triumphant at sevens

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Tasman beat Otago 12-5 to take of bragging rights of South Island sevens.

Nelson Arts Festival

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.

Celebrating life and death video

Olive Derecourt, left, Sarah Derecourt and Emma Jones  at the Dia de los Muertos - Mexican Food and Culture event at ...

Pinatas were smashed, faces were painted and food was enjoyed by many at annual Day of the Dead celebrations.

Open day artisans open doors for public

Owen Bartlett demonstrates the techniques he uses in the production of hand thrown pottery at Bartlett & Gold Gallery ...

Artisans in the Upper Moutere opened their doors for the public at their annual open day.

Masked Parade takes flight gallery video

Tasman School's entry won School Category and Kim Merry Supreme Award at the Nelson Arts Festival Masked Parade.

​Moa, taniwha and a couple of Haast eagles came back to life along the main streets of Nelson.

Marriage of Maoritanga and Shakespeare

Regan Taylor in Solothello .

REVIEW: Sitting as strangers in our own land, facing the far end of the whare, we bear witness to a man who is experiencing 'other-ness' in his own way.

Sound the trumpet for Cheap Fakes

Cheap Fakes Nelson Arts Festival

Cheap Fakes is a professional band with tonnes of fun songs to dance to.

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