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Summer memories to last lifetime

Jake Mirfin hauls a nice-sized snapper from the Marlborough Sounds.

Outdoor summer holidays are probably a rite of passage for Kiwi kids of all ages.

Nelson shows head to New Zealand Fringe Festival

Misunderstood, which features Laura Irish and Dan Allan, is heading to the New Zealand Fringe Festival.

Two Nelson born productions are heading to the New Zealand Fringe Festival in Wellington this month.

More than a studio

Pakeha Maori carver Tim Wraight sits in his Sandy Bay Studio complex, accompanied by his friendly dogs.

Tucked into a gentle slope in Sandy Bay near Marehau, sits an old tobaco kiln, built in the early 1940's. It is now converted into an expansive gallery space and workshop, while also providing space for community events, a sound studio and just a nice place to hang out, reports Judith Ritchie.

Tall tales come to life

Detail of an illustration from the story Ranzo, boys, Ranzo! by Mat Tait.

A simple home in beachside Marahau functions as a living space and art studio where comic artist Mat Tait creates stories, sharing tall tales and legendary myths, reports Judith Ritchie.

Being human

Chrissie Cleary uses free form stitching to transfer messages onto paper as part of being human at the Refinery ArtSpace.

A new interactive exhibition has opened at the Refinery ArtSpace, inviting visitors to write their thoughts on what it's like to be human, reports Judith Ritchie.

New York invitation for civic choir

Nelson Civic Choir musical director and conductor Chris Lukies will travel with the choir to New York next year to perform in Carnegie Hall.

The Nelson Civic Choir's performance last year of Sir Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace, received such glowing praise nationally and internationally, that the choir has been invited to perform in New York, reports Judith Ritchie.

Floating labours of love

Geoff Benge with his super-sized restoration project, Alma, the last deck-loading scow left in the country.

Nothing like a restored wooden boat to get my eye, and last week I had the opportunity to closely admire two gems.

Who wants to be an extra in a film?

Aaron Falvey is filming the movie Belvedere Excelsior in Nelson but needs extras for one scene.

A crowd is needed for an audience scene at the Nelson Musical Theatre this Saturday from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Choral concert a tapestry of sound

Ebbe Munk conductor of the Danish Royal Chapel Choir works with participants in the Summer School at Teapot Valley.

REVIEW: Clarity, accuracy, colour and ensemble of collective voices add to Requiem's tapestry.

La Capilla's marriage of cultures

La Capilla's owner and chef Takeshi Nagahama.

Over the years The Abbey complex on the Appleby Straight has been the home to a number of business and very good chefs but the current businesses operating there are, in my opinion, the best for some time.

Lewd, crude or doodle?

Ghanaian artist Wisa who has denied a charge of indecent exposure during a performance.

There's a confusing story here in Ghana which makes me double over in laughter each time I hear of it.

Busy beehives pay off

Garry Davis and Jess Breeze of Applebee Honey.

Garry Davis is one local producer who has moved from having a few bee hives and sending the honey to a processor to building a significant business.

Nelson's summer spectacular

Fireworks burst above the audience in the finale during Nelson Opera In The Park at Trafalgar Park in 2014.

World class performers, eye-catching pyrotechnics and a special surprise are in store at Opera in the Park.

Flying high for art

Frank Saxton and Jenni Christall  with work ready for the Art Group Nelson exhibition in Queens Gardens this Saturday.

Frank Saxton loves nothing better than gliding silently through the skies above our country's breath-taking landscapes.

Summer markets showcase art and culture

Ceramic work by Michael Potter for the Nelson Artisans Market

This summer there is every reason to get out and enjoy the weather, while sampling the region's art, food and cultural diversity. Judith Ritchie highlights some fairs, markets and festivals coming up.

Creating from stone

David Lester sanding his bird sculpture.

Last week Fairholme Gallery in East Takaka provided an idyllic garden setting for a two day stone sculpture workshop, reports Anita Peters.

Nelson's most luxurious lodgings gallery

The five star Owen River Lodge provides luxury fly fishing accommodation near Murchison in the South Island.

Take a look at some of the finest boutique and luxury accommodation our region has to offer.

Cafe's track record for enduring success

Jane and Yirka Ritschny have clocked up 30 years running the Park Cafe.

Thirty years in any business is some achievement. In a cafe, it's remarkable. Warren Gamble talks to the owners of Marahau ​landmark, the Park Café.

School stories: Bob Bickerton

As the Nelson School of Music heads into a major restoration and rebuild we hear from some key players about the role the school has played in their lives.

Freshwater fishery under pressure

Three's company, any more is a crowd: three Aussie mates enjoy fishing the Nelson/Tasman wilderness.

Competition is part and parcel of life.

Holiday hotspot final

A group of friends strike a pose as the sun goes down over Tahunanui Beach.

It's come down to this. It's the Bay of Islands vs Nelson. What's your pick?

Castle of horrors

The fine architecture of Cape Coast Castle hid the horrors of slaves imprisoned within its walls.

"These whites were really wicked," I hear a young Ghanaian woman say as she ascends a dungeon in the Cape Coast Castle.

Fringe festival talent call

The cast of Central Otago Man, Cameron West, left, Vanessa Downing, Nick Kemplen, Laughlan Campion and Cleo Cowdrey, who performed at the inaugural Nelson Fringe Festival.

The Nelson Fringe Festival returns in 2016, after a triumphant inaugural festival, and this year organisers are encouraging more entries from local theatre makers. Applications to perform or teach workshops are now open for the event tomorrow and close on February 14.

That great old country pub - the Moutere Inn

The Moutere Inn in the 1800s with a family outside.

OPINION: The Moutere Inn still provides both the local community and visitors with huge helpings of hospitality.

Summer of '71

French Pass store keeper Roy Webber outside his new store with the writer's son Michael Fitchett,1, in 1983.

OPINION: Memories of a golden summer in French Pass are still strong for Angela Fitchett.

Slice of the 60s

The golden, as yet undeveloped, sweep of Kaiteriteri beach featured in a mid-1960s edition of the NZ Weekly News.

That moment where pupil surpasses teacher is the ultimate accolade. Is it heck! The latter gets their butt kicked by an ingrate who doesn't even have the decency to lie to you.

Tunes of I restless for the region

Tunes of I are heading to the region to release their debut album.

Tunes of I second Summer Album Release Tour

Marchfest music line-up set to draw the numbers

Tahuna Breaks perform at WOMAD 2015 at Pukekura Park.

The music line-up for Marchfest has been announced and the organisers are preparing for another sell-out event.

Sally Stockwell's engaging spirit

Actor and singer Sally Stockwell is commended for her jazz stylings.

Sally Stockwell has graced our country's stages and screens for over a decade but what many people don't know is that she is also an accomplished singer and songwriter.

Battle fatigue in a house-sitting war zone

And they call it puppy love...not all cats and dogs get on so well, as Ro Cambridge finds.

House sitting was a luxurious treat until the cat and dog battle began, says Ro Cambridge.

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