Nelson tops NZ in a 'stonking' surge

The Nelson region is streets ahead in its business confidence, a new survey shows.

Bikes built for commuting

Alton Street Cycles.

The wheels of Nelson's burgeoning bicycle revolution have taken a Danish turn, courtesy of Alton St Cycles which opened at the weekend.

Businesswomen, Groser in town

The Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce is hosting two business lunches this week, including one with Minister of Trade Tim Groser on Friday.

Business matters


Our weekly round-up of the latest business and commercial news from around the Nelson-Tasman region.

Paula's offshoot outlet falls flat

paulas plate

MasterChef runner-up Paula Saengthian-Ngam is to close her 'grab-and-go' Paula's Plate offshoot after just three months.

City property values down but Tasman up

Property values in Nelson have dropped in the past three months, while Tasman continues to rise.

Paymark spending in Nelson up 4.7%

An extra $3.8 million was spent through Paymark's eftpos network in the Nelson region last month compared with the same time last year.

Tourism cuts could cost $53 million

The Nelson region could lose $53 million within two years if the councils halt tourism funding.

New lease of life for troubled bar

Richmond's former Rob Roy's will reopen next month, with a new name, new look and new owner.

Bowater Hyundai makes its move

Chris Bowater

A large turnout of Nelson's business community helped mark the move of Bowater Hyundai to its new central city premises, while its former premises down the road have been given a reprieve from pending demolition.

Man with a plan aims for just desserts

Chris Bowater

A slice of luck has led to a Nelson beneficiary landing a supermarket deal for his gourmet cheesecakes.

Business venture smokin' hot

New owners aim to continue 'great Nelson story'

Chris Bowater

A Nelson tourist company has expanded its portfolio of business interests by actively seeking a share in a Mapua stronghold business.

Renovation gamble pays off

Mark Brady

The success of an internationals only "luxury" backpackers in Nelson has surprised even its owner.

Sealord buys $20m hoki trawler

Sealord is buying a leased trawler for "close to $20 million" in a move it says will secure 84 jobs.

100 health staff moving to Richmond base

Nearly 100 health organisation staff are moving out of Nelson to Richmond.

Council widens hunt for business expert

The Nelson City Council governance committee is casting its net beyond the city to find experts who have worked at a governance level in the business sector.

Snapper secrets under close scrutiny

readers gallery

Thousands of snapper of all sizes are putting in an appearance within a stone's throw of the Port Nelson boat ramp - but none is under threat from rod and line.

Business matters


A round-up of the week's business news from across the Nelson-Tasman region.

Argentine disaster 'not why Sealord chief quitting'

Sealord CEO Graham Stuart is to step down but says the decision is not because of the group's disastrous foray into Argentina.

Sealord hooks deal

Sealord Group says a deal with Woolworths in Australia will more than double its trans-Tasman exports of fresh hoki.

Made by hand

Fresh Choice Nelson

A new gallery/store has opened in central Nelson as a place for artists and "makers" to join collectively, making and selling their work.

How did a pig get so big?

Half-ton hog turns heads at farm park

big pig

One of the biggest pigs in New Zealand is proving to be a popular attraction at a new Animal Farm Rare Breeds Farm Park near Mapua.

Tourism slowly making recovery

Signs of recovery in Nelson's tourism industry have operators cautiously optimistic.

Business matters


A round-up of this week's business news from across the Nelson-Tasman region.

Closed doors at outdoor store

kendall riley

A key sports and outdoor retailer is shutting up shop, saying he can't compete against internet shopping.

New picture framers in town

 new framers

After more than 25 years as a barbers shop, 96 Collingwood St has been transformed into a picture framers and gallery.

Business booming but locals leaving

Nelson's economy is on the up, but it needs to halt the outgoing tide of residents, experts say.

Email evolved

Richmond entrepreneur targets global market

Richard Wells

A Richmond-based IT expert has come upon what he believes is the next step in the evolution of electronic communication.

Cider firm enjoys sweet taste of success

Old Mout goes global with $5.8m Heineken deal

Redwood Cider Co managing director Justin Hall

A Nelson branded cider is about to hit the big time overseas, backed by a $5.8 million marketing campaign courtesy of brewing giant Heineken.

Another page turns

stag emblem

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The booksellers behind Page & Blackmore represent more than 150 years of Nelson's literary history, but they are set to move on to another chapter when their iconic store is sold.

Market stall transformed into treasure trove

Secondhand dealer living his dream

Steve Lawson

Sunday market regular Steven Lawson has opened a new shop to house "his secret treasures" on Tahunanui Drive.

Sealord calls in experts after shock loss

Nelson-based Sealord has called in consultants in a bid to recover from their first loss in 20 years.

New label celebrates 'squishy bits'

Media consultant starts own fashion line

Sarah Derecourt

Nelson media consultant Sarah Derecourt has bought Richmond boutique Stacey and also launched her own fashion line Mighty Mighty.

Nelson house prices buck trend

Nelson house prices increased again last month, with Richmond as the star performer.

Beloved bookstore up for sale

stag emblem

Nelson's Page and Blackmore, one of New Zealand's most beloved bookshops, is going up for sale.

Talley calls for tighter limits on scallops

Peter Talley

Fishing industry titan Peter Talley is pushing for a ban or limit on recreational scalloping.

Banana shortage sends retailers around the bend

Chimpanzee bananas

Supermarkets are facing bananageddon as stocks of the popular fruit run low throughout the country.

Scallop company dismisses criticism

Scallop company boss calls recreational fishing spokesman's comments on commercial sector "crap".

Restaurant closed for now

A city bistro which opened just over a year ago is closed for now and up for sale.

China tourist potential yet to be tapped

chinese tourists

Nelson can expect to see more young Chinese tourists who can speak good English - but first, it will have to let them know the region exists.

'Coffee genius' starts new venture

Journeyman barista sets up shop in Stoke


Barista Derek Henry, formerly of Lambrettas, Zumo and Red Gallery, has taken over a cafe and bar in what he describes as "up and coming" Stoke.

Christchurch rebuild seeks Nelson expertise

Courtney Lott

Nelson businesses "with smarts" are being urged to invest in the future of Christchurch.

Nelson's 'sign of the future' lauded at awards

Nelson's New Zealander of the Year finalists


Being one of three finalists in the innovator category of the New Zealander of the Year awards was a wonderful achievement, showing Nelson's SnapIT is "a sign of the future".

Phat cat is back in the black

Dave White with Partner Tess Siggelkow

After declaring bankruptcy three years ago, former Phat Club owner Dave White is back in business.

Shortage of logs spurs shake-up


Restructuring is expected in the timber industry in the Nelson region as log exports bypass local sawmills.

Sawmill for the chop?

David Havili

Grant Russ is on the verge of deciding to close his Appleby sawmill because he can't get logs.

Engineering runs through this family

Kidson Construction founder Brian Kidson has handed the mantle of chief executive to daughter Katrina.

Out with plastic as shop goes green

Lush Nelson

Cosmetics chain Lush has banned plastic water bottles from its Nelson branch.

Business owners differ on outlook

Business confidence surveys show economic confidence is high yet retail experiences vary wildly.

New high for house prices

House prices

House prices have reached a record high in the top of the south.
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