NAOMI ARNOLD AND ALDEN WILLIAMS - © Fairfax NZ NewsLand Search and Rescue has just started brand-new induction courses for newbie volunteers. Naomi Arnold and Alden Williams sign up for the weekend.
As summer begins to fade, Alan Clarke takes a peek at our 'sunshine capital' reputation.
Fishing is supposed to be fun and you should always appreciate the good times you have with valued family, friends, and customers.
Brook residents face fight for campground
With the city council seeking submissions on its bombshell proposal to close Brook Valley Holiday Park and force permanent residents out, Bill Moore and Marion van Dijk called on four of them in their homes.
© Fairfax NZ NewsNelson writer Janet Hart puts in some quality time at the Elma Turner Library.
Curtain finally falls on iconic arts venue
STACEY KNOTT - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe New St building with the striking mosaic on the front was at the hub of many Nelson teenagers' lives until its closure last year. With demolition set to begin on Monday, Stacey Knott revisits an old stomping ground
The TDC is cutting tourism funding, worrying Murchison locals who depend on travellers for their livelihood. Naomi Arnold reports.
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsNaomi Arnold visits a Collingwood business spreading its Golden Bay roots around the world.
ZANE MIRFIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsOver the years I've made some amazing fishing discoveries and also found some real dogs.
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsRichard Nunns is scaling down his public performances after three remarkable decades at the forefront of a Maori music revival. Naomi Arnold reports.
Port Tarakohe's fifth development plan could be the last chance to get it right. Helen Murdoch reports.
Time and tide take toll on Tahunanui
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe shifting sands at Tahunanui Beach are again prompting calls for the council to tackle nature head-on. Naomi Arnold investigates.
ZANE MIRFIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe silence was almost deafening as we set about erecting our tent on the beautiful alpine meadow before heading off hunting.
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsInternational mountainbiking gurus Sven and Anka Martin now call Hira home. Naomi Arnold reports.
Is Nelson really NZ's Craft Brewing Capital? What does that mean anyway? Fritz Kuckuck and Maria Grau investigate.
Treasures unearthed in city's op shops
As glassy-eyed shoppers begin the last-minute Christmas dash, Nelson Mail columnist Ro Cambridge checks out an alternative to the main street frenzy.
ZANE MIRFIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Maitai has always been an iconic provincial treasure but the sad state of the river has drained much of the magic from the catchment.
Coastal cruise on the Great Taste Trail
As reporter Naomi Arnold and photographer Alden Williams discover on a two-day trip on the Great Taste Trail, leisure cycling's popular for a lot of good reasons.
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsFifty years ago five Nelson men dived into the unknown at the Riwaka Resurgence. Naomi Arnold reports.
25 years of WOW celebrated in new book
ALAN CLARKE - © Fairfax NZ NewsFor those prone to take what we have for granted, a new book, simply titled Wearable Art, offers reaffirmation of just how big the Nelson-born WOW phenomenon is.
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsNaomi Arnold meets Bridie Picot, a New York-based Nelsonian who is thinking big about small spaces.
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsA definitive history Nelson aviation is released this month, coinciding with Nelson Airport's 75th anniversary. Naomi Arnold meets the keen plane buffs behind it.
WARREN GAMBLE - © Fairfax NZ NewsFew people can reflect on 58 years in the same industry. The Nelson Mail's durable George McKenzie tells Warren Gamble how newspapers have evolved.
Fairfield House's history recounted by saviour
A stroke and motor neuron disease have not stopped Alan Stanton from writing a book about Fairfield House's 34-year refurbishment.
Winston Peters is one of NZ's great political survivors and he's not done yet, he told Bill Moore on a recent visit to Nelson.
Reese's all-or-nothing bid for top job pays off
TRACY NEAL - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe porcelain veneer of Nelson's new mayor hides the cracks of a recently fought tough campaign which was an all-or-nothing bout for the red chair of power, writes Tracy Neal.
GERARD HINDMARSH - © Fairfax NZ NewsGerard Hindmarsh talks to Phurenje Sherpa about his love of the mountains, his Nelson connection, and his role in new movie Beyond the Edge.
Nelson co-working space Bridge St Collective has developed a strong community but it has yet to break even. Adam Roberts takes a look.
ZANE MIRFIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsOne night I asked Aimee what she thought my passion in life was. Aimee just started laughing and told me "fishing and fly tying".
Could Nelson become the greenest region in the country? And how would we do it? We picked the brains of some of our community leaders.
Karen Stade canvasses the history of Nelson's Church Steps, much of it recorded in the pages of the Nelson Mail.
Sprig & Fern chief's recipe for success
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsSprig & Fern Tavern head brewer and co-owner Tracy Banner celebrated her 30 years of brewing last month .She talks to Naomi Arnold about her part in building a craft beer nation
Region's farmers lead NZ's raw milk revolution
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsNew Zealanders' taste for raw milk is on the rise and Nelson-Tasman farmers are leading the way. Naomi Arnold looks at its growth.
TRACY NEAL - © Fairfax NZ NewsAmerica might have shinier boats but in Nelson, we know how to have fun with them, writes Tracy Neal after visiting the country's premier boat show.
© Fairfax NZ NewsThe new Golden Bay Integrated Family Health Centre opened last week, to the relief of locals, staff and its planners. Naomi Arnold reports.
Tasman's ballooning debt has focused the minds of election candidates and ratepayers alike.
Stoke is often regarded as Nelson's forgotten suburb, which is why election hopefuls are focusing on the area. Tracy Neal reports.
80km, $4.5m trail scheduled for spring opening
GERARD HINDMARSH - © Fairfax NZ NewsGerard Hindmarsh takes a closer look at the longest trail carved through conservation land in this country for decades, the 80km-long Old Ghost Road.
© Fairfax NZ NewsZane Mirfin goes hunting on the West Coast with his son and father.
Battle for equality not yet over
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsNaomi Arnold tells the story of New Zealand's pioneer suffragist, Nelsonian Mary Ann Muller.
Visiting Nelson's Canadian namesake
MARTIN DE RUYTER - © Fairfax NZ NewsNelson Mail chief photographer Martin de Ruyter found plenty of ideas to bring back home during a visit this year to Nelson, British Columbia.
MICHELE SURCOUF - © Fairfax NZ NewsNelson swimmer Michele Surcouf left behind Nelson's chilly waters for a festival of swimming in Samoa last month
ALASTAIR PAULIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsA senior student from Motueka High is turning heads in senior women's netball - and not just for athletic prowess. Alastair Paulin catches up with Joseph Cederman.
HELEN STANILAND - © Fairfax NZ NewsForestry is under scrutiny after a series of fatalities but the industry is about more than roaring chainsaws, and treacherous skid sites.
HARRY PEARL - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe proposed changes to the snapper allocation pits recreational fishermen against commercial operations. Harry Pearl reports.
The Fireshire Foundation has been helping Nelsonians in need for the past 20 years. Alan Clarke takes a closer look.
Wakapuaka workshop destroyed in blaze
SARAH DUNN - © Fairfax NZ NewsFire is the creative force in pottery - and proved devastatingly destructive at the Crewenna workshop earlier this year. Sarah Dunn reports.
KAREN STADE - © Fairfax NZ NewsAn exhibition about Riwaka's Keith Holyoake was opened at the Nelson Provincial Museum on Friday by John Key. Karen Stade looks at the story behind "Kiwi Keith"
ANDREA ANN KEPES - © Fairfax NZ NewsAndrea Ann Kepes meets a local screenwriter who is Hollywood-bound.
JUDITH RITCHIE - © Fairfax NZ NewsBill Nancarrow has designed the entire renovation for a Brook Valley house which will be part of the Ecofest home tours next weekend.