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Meet New Zealand's first pole queen

The judges rated performers on their costume, dance moves, tricks, and response from the crowd.

An understated queen was crowned at the sell-out Miss Pole Queen New Zealand.

What we did in the holidays

Simon Says was a popular electronic game in the 1970s.

Who needs Pokemon Go when you can reminisce about the old games?

Sharp edge of hunting and fishing

Zane Mirfin's "butcher buddy" knife sharpener.

There are a lot of frustrations in modern living, and one of my pet hates is blunt knives.

Improvisers fly in just in time for show

Improviser Jennifer O'Sullivan is headed to Nelson to show off her skills.

A Wellington-based improviser extraordinaire will be brining her off the cuff talents to Nelson on Friday as part of the region's monthly comedy show.

'Not your typical musical'

The cast of the upcoming production 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'.

A whorehouse in the American South is the backdrop for a Nelson musical.

Tapawera faces two-year wait for trail

Great Taste Trail project manager Stuart Hughes in Spooners Tunnel, a recent addition to the Great Taste Trail.

The Great Taste Trail could bring Tapawera a much-needed tourism boost, when it finally gets funded.

Playing with jewellery

Refinery ArtSpace facility manager Ann Braunsteiner, left, technician Lee Woodman and curator of Playthings - A Spin on ...

 A playful and yet insightful look at contemporary jewellery brings an eclectic mix of works together from around the country, reports Judith Ritchie.

Mobile app gets more "go"

Josh Reeves of Energy City Cabs waits for avid Pokemon hunters Sam O'dell, Tyler Blake, Sam Hiscock and Jacob Jones at ...

Mobile game gets more mobile with a taxi company's competition getting in on the act.

Milan underbelly explored in film

A scene from The Human Factor, next week's Film Society screening

A neo-noir detective film is the last of the Nelson Film Society Italian screenings for this season.

Civic choir honour composer

The Nelson Civic Choir during rehearsals of The Armed Man composed by Carl Jenkins,   performed to a capacity audience ...

Nelson Civic Choir have another concert coming up, honouring the work of composer Carl Jenkins.

Long awaited opening for city gallery

The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu director Julie Catchpole inside the gallery, which opens on October 2.

The oldest gallery in continuous use in the country will celebrate an extensive redevelopment with an opening party.

Concert pianist performs

Pianist Oleg Marshev performs at the Chanel Arts Centre in Motueka next week.

Former USSR born pianist Oleg Marshev will perform his fourth concert in Motueka next week.

Epic quest in energy and time

An energetic cast gives their all in Prince Mabon - the Quest for Rhiannon & the Dark Lord's Curse.

Prince Mabon - the Quest for Rhiannon & the Dark Lord's Curse

Harvesting willow power and community spirit

Anywhere between 70 and 120 pickers turn up to Pete Greer's annual willow harvest at Onekaka.

Harvest traditions are all but dead in this country. The corporate takeover of our food production and the rise of supermarkets has seen to most of them.

Ceroc sparkles for anniversary

Gary Bassett and Margaret Earney of Nelson Ceroc dancing at a Classy Crooner Caberet 1950s style at Fairfield House.

The modern dance group celebrates nine years and more to come as its popularity grows.

Light Nelson switches off video

Neon perform at Old St Johns, at Light Nelson.

Light Nelson broke crowd records this year with 15,000 more people attending than 2014.

History recorded in photographic series

Suter Art Gallery curator Sarah McClintock with photographs by Brian Brake.

A series of prints by New Zealand photojournalist Brian Brake has gained worldwide recognition, reports Judith Ritchie.  

Poet takes words on new adventrure

Jeanie and Mark Raffills who farewell Nelson for the far north next week.

 Man of words, Mark Raffills is on the move to north of Auckland, which beckons warm environs, broad sea views and grand children, reports Judith Ritchie.

Support keeps artist going

Moana Pakeho with her work in the group exhibition Te Tau Ihu at Red Gallery.

 Moana Pakeho credits support from family, friends and fellow artists for helping her "stick at it."

Transformative journey for children

Puppet Angel and Bridget Sanders rehearsing a scene from Kokako's Song

A magical children's puppet show is opening for the school holiday season.

Light Nelson set to break attendance record video

Hundreds queue in Hardy St to enter Queens Gardens on Sunday night, at Light Nelson.

Already 34,500 people have gone to see Light Nelson.

Femme fatales put on a show

Jessica D'Ath, left, Sophie Gray, Lynley Rutherford, Bex Malcolm, Gretchen Howard and Breigh Fouhy, cast members of the ...

Wicked Women of the Stage, produced by Jessica D'Ath and Allison Cormack, Nelson Theatrix, Theatre Royal, Saturday night.

Exploring nirvana in Golden Bay

Karst rock at the Gorge Creek viewing area in Golden Bay.

About 90 kilometres from downtown Richmond, is where nirvana begins

Fish and hits at Snapafest

Kiwi band The Narcs have been added to the bill for the Snaparock concert as part of this year's Snapafest, They will be ...

Kiwi legends The Narcs added to the opening night bill for Nelson's seafood extravaganza Snapafest.

Nelson's interactive treasure hunt

Vicki Smith and Rob Carter with their installation, Finding Lucinda Fairweather in the windows of the Nelson Provincial ...

Two artists have teamed up to create an historic quest to coincide with Light Nelson.

Memorial to early voyagers video

Sue Heydon with her installation Memorial to Misadventure which opens on Saturday at the Nelson Provincial Museum.

 An art installation honours children lost on an ill-fated voyage from England to Nelson Colony in the mid 1800s, reports Judith Ritchie.

American favourites play in town

Violin soloist John Thomson will perform on Saturday evening in the Nelson Symphony Orchestra's Concert America, ...

 Music that conjures images of the vastness, beauty and patriotism of America will feature in a concert this Saturday evening.

How faith can go wrong

A scene from Stations of the Cross, next week's Film Society screening

The drama, Stations of the Cross, with satiric overtones, is about a German family dedicated to an ultra-conservative strand of Catholicism.

Dark times reveal heroes

Rhiannon, played by Stella Stevens in the epic story Prince Mabon - The Quest for Rhiannon and the Darklords Curse.

An epic story is about to unfold, telling of a magical time where the forces of darkness pervade, reports Judith Ritchie.

Passage of time

The power and beauty of French Pass.

To travel back to the place where I grew up is to realise again how far removed we are from the natural world.

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