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Sweet Kiwi dreams are made of this

Some people collect crockery; Bob Irvine collects Fairydown sleeeping bags.

Hello Ian. We've not been introduced but that will soon change because boy have I got the sleeping bag for you.

Blenheim chef on culinary pavilion

Arbour Restaurant owners Lizz Buttimore, left, and Bradley Hornby who will be cooking a pork dish at the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.

"It's cool for us, being a little restaurant up the road."

Spoken word artist returns

David Eggleton will perform at The Free House in Nelson next Wednesday and The Mussel Inn in Golden Bay next Thursday.

David Eggleton is a mesmeric performance poet and writer. Words roll off his tongue with all the power of a locomotive bursting out of a tunnel into the light. And come next Wednesday and Thursday he will roll into the Nelson and Golden Bay Live Poets gatherings as the guest poet.

Laughable satire

A scene from The Importance of Being Ernest

For a superb satire on Victorian manners no one can top Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest, surely one of the funniest plays in the English language.

Regional ceramics showcase

Chinese Rabbit by Fiona Sutherland.

A ceramics exhibition that has taken months to organise, drawing artists from the Nelson - Marlboough and West Coast regions, opened at the Refinery Artspace last week , reports Judith Ritchie

Raising a glass to Marchfest

People enjoy a quiet one at MarchFest, at Founders Heritage Park, last year.

Nelson's Marchfest is right at the top of the list of New Zealand beer festivals.

Takaka comes alive for Mardi Gras video

Clair Fones brought colour and laughter to the Mardi Gras parade.

Carnival costumes, flamboyant bras and a five metre taniwha combined to light up Takaka's annual street party.

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.

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