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Surfer girl's point break to prove

Delaware Bay is "Nelson's best kept secret" and a haven for the region's surfers.

Twelve-year-old Cilla is carving out her own place amongst the waves with the help of her dad.

A taste of something special

A private wine tasting with Juliane and Glenn Cormier, right, the new owners of Casa del Vino.

Casa del Vino has been Nelson's premium boutique wine store for many years and late last year it entered a new phase under new ownership.

Adam festival hot ticket in Nelson

Canadian clarinetist James Campbell performs at the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson in February.

The Adam Chamber Music Festival is hot; not only have tickets sold like the proverbial hot cakes, but the hot days of our summer are part of the attraction for the international musicians.

Songs for Syria in Nelson

Trudi Wilson performs at the Natalie Davies and Friends fund raising event at the Thearte Royal.

Four of Nelson's singer-songwriters are joining forces to raise money for children in Syria with a concert this weekend in Nelson.

Region brewing up a revolution

A pint of Three Piece Wheat beer at The Free House.

Peter Mayes is a member of the Society of Beer Advocates or SOBA. He writes a love letter to the burgeoning craft beer industry in the Nelson Tasman region.

Art in Queens Gardens

Art Group Nelson member Susan Allen with a painting for the summer exhibition at Queens Gardens on Saturday.

Art Group Nelson have their summer exhibition at Queens Gardens on Saturday.

Highlights in visual arts from 2016

Suter Trust chair, Craig Potton, Julia Warren and gallery director, Julie Catchpole, with People, Places, Perspectives - ...

Images of highlights in the visual arts from 2016. 

Outdoor Shakespeare returns to Nelson

Daniel Allan and Laura Irish merry it up in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A Midsummer Night's Dream sees the return of outdoor Shakespeare to three locations in Nelson and Tasman.

Birdsong and the Bard make for wonderful performance

Daniel Allan and Laura Irish merry it up in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

REVIEW: It is no mean feat that Nelson Summer Shakespeare's production engaged the audience throughout. 

Outdoor Shakespeare returns to Nelson

Daniel Allan and Laura Irish merry it up in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A Midsummer Night's Dream sees the return of outdoor Shakespeare to three locations in Nelson and Tasman.

Hipstamatics hit the hot spot

The Hipstamatics play at the Playhouse in Mapua then the Mussel Inn in Golden Bay on their Soul Revue Tour this month.

If you love music from the 60s and 70s then the Hipstamatics are the band to check out. 

Exhibition fundraiser for Indian artists

Kathy Valler with a work from the fundraiser exhibition at the River Kitchen Cafe in Nelson.

 A Kundalini yoga teacher is hosting an exhibition that will help support artists in a northern Indian village.

Cool visual art of 2016

Dame Suzie Moncrieff with Starman by Meg Latham from Terra Firma - Contemporary Ceramics, at the Refinery ArtSpace on ...

Visual art highlights for 2016 in the Nelson region.

What's on in the region

Jesse Todd, right, and has grandmother Gladys Nalder at the Summer Movies Al Fresco in 2016

What's happening in the region this month

Clouds clear for Jazzfest opener video

People dance during the performance of Sing Sing Sing at the opening of the Jazzfest at Founders Park.

Hundreds turned out for the launch of the 26th Nelson Jazz Festival despite the threat of rain.

What's on in the Nelson region

Bryce Wastney plays Cat Stevens at the Playhouse.

What's on in the Nelson region

Plankton inspire T-shirts

Yael Deer wearing one of her plankton inspired T-shirts.

 Arts student Yael Deer has design plankton inspired T-shirts.

Tahuna beach sculpture walk invites family viewing

Maggy Johnston with Wine Country Style, Merit prize.

 The Tahuna Beach Sculpture Walk in Nelson provides a great free summer activity for all the family.

Products of passion, belief and determination

Amir Rahsepar of Pizzeria Belle on Bridge St.

OPINION: I thought the final column for 2016 is as good a time as any to reflect on some of the things produced in the region.

Heading to the West Coast to escape Christmas

The writer searches for Christmas peace in Karamea.

OPINION: In a vain attempt to run away from late December responsibilities, my wife and I disappeared for a few days to the West Coast.

Chasing the Kiwi dream of freedom and adventure

Another West Coast brown trout for Carl Linnecke of Aspen, Colorado

OPINION: As a fishing and hunting guide I seem to spend half my life away on the road, but I love it all the same.

Taking hip hop to the next level video

Students practice a hip-hop dance routine at the Born and Raised Dance Academy at Nelson's YMCA.

"I want to take it back to how hip hop used to be. It didn't used to be a business, it used to be a lifestyle."

Photographic record of Christchurch quakes

Murray Hedwig with some of the works in Quake at Fairholme Gallery in Golden Bay

Photographer Murray Hedwig, shares images of the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes in an exhibition at Fairholme Gallery in Golden Bay.

Refinery hosts Canterbury art graduate exhibition

Donna-Marie Patterson with her work from Drawing and Reflecting at the Refinery ArtSpace in Nelson.

 An exhibition by Donna-Marie Patterson explores the colonial impact on the environment.

Cosmic Jam to close Jazzfest

Grant Smithies is playing Jazz influenced tunes during the Jazz Festival in Nelson.

Jazz is all around and one of Nelson's biggest fans of the genre wants everyone to hear it.

Reflecting on our local restaurants

The writer has been reflecting on the history of Nelson restaurants.

My last column for 2016 will be published next week and in it I will reflect on some of the wonderful food products I have discovered and people I have met in the last 12 months.

A farewell to Nelson College

Assembly at Nelson College where the writer has worked for 26 years.

OPINION: I'm only 61, but the pages are turning over so fast that a new chapter could be quite near the end of the book. 

Shapeshifter to bring in New Year

Shapeshifter play at Cooks Reserve in Riwaka on New Year's Eve.

Shapeshifter tops New Year's Eve bill at Riwaka, alongside Ladi6, Sunshine Sound System and Kora.

Flying pretty at Neudorf Vineyards in January

Fly My Pretties hit Nelson, launching their new album String Theory, with an outdoor concert at Neudorf Vineyards in ...

Fly My Pretties are hitting Nelson on January 13 as part of their six venue tour and launch of their new album String Theory, 

Audience invited to participate in story telling

Karolina Gorton with lino prints from Cockalayne stories. Do you wanna tell me one at Momentum Gallery.

 Karolina Gorton invites her audience to participate in the story telling journey, as part of her exhibition Cockalayne stories. Do you wanna tell me one.

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