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Mice plague fattens 'magical' trout

Australian angler Meg Gordon with the 5.7kg (12.5lb) brown trout she caught in mid-April "on a river somewhere in the top of the South Island".

An upsurge in mice numbers has lead to a steady supply of huge trout in top of the south rivers.

What's on in Nelson

Cast of Central Otago Man, Cameron West, left, Vanessa Downing, Nick Kemplen, Laughlan Campion and Cleo Cowdrey.

From music to comedy, film talks to burlesque nights - you won't be short of things to do in Nelson this week.

Upcycling store gives nod to the past

Judith Ritchie in her Gorgeous Retro + Upcycled studio on Collingwood Street.

Nelson's newest creative boutique studio sells the quirky work of 15 artists from the region. 

Tears of joy at rockquest

Tetra band members Lara Cammock, Emma Common, Carmen Puklowski and Madi Fulton Buckle of Nelson College for Girls, after winning first place for the band category at the Smokefreerockquest Nelson finals held at the Theatre Royal.

There were screams of joy and tears of happiness at the regional finals of the Smokefreerockquest on Saturday.

When cancer is a laughing matter

Steve Wilson and Rachel Yerbury-Wilson are organising Cormac's Laughing at Cancer Cabaret for hospice fund raising.

A Nelson couple is calling on performers, tech assistants and collectors to come and laugh at cancer with them.

Shop around for winter dining deals

Harbour Light Bistro on Wakefield Quay.

Winter is a tough time for any hospitality business but in a relatively low population area like Nelson most try and make enough money over busy summer months to be able to survive through very slow winter months.

The man behind Garin's school of rock

The Peasants of Eden featuring Caleb and Georgia Nott play at the 2010 Smokefreerockquest in Nelson

Teacher Kyle Proffit has already helped shape one of the country's biggest musical groups.

New studio has history of hits

Reagan Poynter, left, and James Cameron inside the control room of Bay City Sound Studio in Nelson.

The gear captured OMC's world-wide sensation How Bizarre is the basis for a new recording studio in Nelson.

What's on

Rocket 88, bringing rock 'n' roll to The Boathouse.

Rockin at The Boathouse

Irish music festival for holiday weekend

Irish musicians Aoife Granville and Niall Beaglaoich (Niall Begley).

Irish music lovers can soak up quality music at the annual Ceol Aneas festival in Nelson at Queen's Birthday weekend.

Theme reflects diverse thinking

Christine Wingles with her work in Shadows, Reflections & Transparency at ArtBank, Takaka.

The first of this winter's themed exhibitions at Takaka's ArtBank gallery, titled Shadow, Reflection, Transparency opened last week. Gallery Manager Grant Knowles considers the standard some of the best so far.

Avid local opera singers in concert

Allison Cormack and friends will perform in Opera Unleashed at All Saints Church.

Nelson opera fans don't have to wait until next year's Opera in the Park to enjoy some of the best-loved hits from the classics.

A real Rush for film society fans

Chris Hemsworth as  James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda in Rush.

Next week’s Nelson Film Society offering is one of the great racing movies of all time.

Console with history at heart of new studio

Reagan Poynter, left, and James Cameron inside the recording studio of Bay City Sound Studio in Nelson.


Mushroom season again

The large fruiting bodies of an unidentified saprophytic fungus living on a rotten pine stump.

The other day after the rain I was cutting the lawn and found enough field mushrooms, Agaricus campestris, to make my favourite breakfast - mushrooms and bacon on toast.

Anzac singer wows audience

Lee Adamson, left, and Dorothy Robinson meet Rebecca Nelson, centre, before her performance at the Ernest Rutherford retirement village in Nelson.

From the shores of Gallipoli to a retirement village in Nelson - Rebecca Nelson entertained 250 avid listners at the Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village.

No Ramsay rants at Rata Room

Pilate  Neame and Renee Whale 15 prepare a Peanut Butterscotch Semi Freddo dessert for a    at the Rata Room restaurant in this 2013 file photo.

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REVIEW: A future Michelin chef could be cooking your dinner at NMIT's Rata Room restuarant on Nile St.

Free ranging warmth for winter

The free range cook's latest offering.

Winter's on the way, and where better to nut out strategies for the family to thrive rather than just surive than in the kitchen?

Conductor's enthusiasm infectious

Conductor Sarah Bisley.

REVIEW: This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for both audience and musicians who played magnificently.

Teen bands rock sold-out crowd gallery

17052015 news photo: Patrick Hamilton/Fairfax NZ

"Rekindled Pursuit" of Motueka High School perform during the Smokefreerockquest heats in the Theatre Royal on Saturday night.

Thirty-seven teen acts were narrowed down to 13 at the heats of the Smokefree Rockquest on Saturday night.

Death metal band set for rockquest video

Nayland College band Turgid. From left, Wara Simones, Cain Martin, Ira Baillie West and Aaron Sheehan.

The only death metal band in Nayland College hopes to take Nelson's Smokefreerockquest by storm.

Adventures close to home

Richard Kempthorne of Richmond with blue cod at D'Urville Island.

It had been a brutal day at the office and I arrived home like a bear with a sore head. The kids were squabbling, and someone had even left the TV remote on top of the firebox to melt into oblivion.

Big night out for Suzi

Suzi Fray has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is hoping to raise $80,000 from Give A Little to pay for treatment in Germany.  Fray is a member of the Johnnys an all female Johnny Cash tribute band.

A fundraising variety concert to help Nelson musician Suzi Fray in a bid to support her overseas cancer treatment is looking like a sell out.

Comedians in town

7 Days star Steve Wrigley is the host of this year's 2degrees Comedy Convoy.

Nelsonians in need of a good belly-laugh have plenty of option this week.

Comedy convoy rolls into Nelson

Steve Wrigley

James Croot caught up with 7 Days star Steve Wrigley ahead of the Comedy Convoy rolling into Nelson next week.

Dance company's powerful new production

DV8 Physical Theatre returns to the National Theatre with a powerful new production.

DV8 Physical Theatre, the internationally renowned and innovative dance company, returns to the National Theatre with a powerful new production.

Nourishing winter warmer

Maddy's Harvest Minestrone Soup

I love the glut of fruit and veg that appears this time of year.

'Adaline' nicely done

Blake Lively as Adaline Bowman in The Age of Adaline.

Matt Lawrey meets a long-time reviewer and gives his own verdict on the movie 'The Age of Adaline'.

Innovation and experiment in textiles show

Ronnie Martin, left and Jo Kinross installing works for the Changing Threads - Contemporary Fibre Art Awards at the Refinery Artspace.

After seven years, organisers are still "blown-away" when hanging works in the Changing Threads -Contemporary Fibre Art Awards.

Artists showcase work in joint exhibition

Artist Ann Braunsteiner with her paintings as part of The Glass House exhibition at Salt Gallery

A joint exhibition between Nelson artists merges the study of lines with an examination of hidden emotions.

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