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Murder on the Maungatapu

Colt-style pistol in front of death masks of the Maungatapu murderers.

Ahead of an exhibition at the Nelson Provincial Museum Kerry Jimson reflects on the region's most infamous crime.

Digital and dance technology entral

A scene from OneOne, by Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts for Light Nelson 2016.

 Cutting-edge video mapping, choreographed dance and specially created music will provide two spectacular light screenings at this year's Light Nelson, reports Judith Ritchie.

Thoroughly modern show hits the stage

Anson Ng, left, (playing Ching Ho,) Georgia Bueno, (Bun Foo,) Lucy Vanner, (Miss Dorothy,) Talia Kacmis, (Mrs Meers,) ...

An enthusiastic bunch of 1920s clad actors, dancers and singers will hit the stage next week, in an ambitious production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. 

Tuhoe project gives back to environment

A scene from Ever the Land, next week's Film Society screening.

Seven years after Te Urewera terror raids of 2007 the NZ Police Commissioner made an official apology to the Tuhoe tribe. Next week's film marks the coming together of this crown apology with another significant event in New Zealand's history.

Vanguard project invites collaboration

Josephine Cachemaille, left, and Jen Bowmast with works from The Vanguard Project, a six week residency at Salt Gallery, ...

 An opportunity for two artists to move from working in a solitary studio environment to a collaborative project has opened the door for community input, reports Judith Ritchie.

Guitarist plucking views from Youtube

Mark McKenzie (aka Mark the guitar guy) in the recording room at Bay City Sound, Nelson.

A musician in Nelson has brought his successful Youtube channel to the city - and all the subscribers with him too.

Pair's pickled garlic product tickles tastebuds

Charlie Unwin and Cam Woods have come together to create Cam and Charlie's Garlic Company.

Careers in television and wine have pickled together to become a garlic company with a difference.

Orchestral pathways revealed in all-ages concert

Benjamin Nylund rehearses with orchestra members in preparation for Sunday's Nelson School of Music Orchestral Pathways ...

 A diverse concert this Sunday will feature five orchestras showcasing musicians taking part in the Nelson School of Music Orchestral Pathways programme.

Painter of unpretentious simplicity

Of feather and fur by Lloyd Harwood.

Beneath his quiet exterior, artist Lloyd Harwood lives within a vibrant world inhabited by bright shapes, eccentric people and quirky animals, reports Judith Ritchie. 

Raw bones poet stands firmly in reality

Jeffrey Paparoa Holman is the June guest at Golden Bay and Nelson Poets Society gatherings.

"I had a big chip on my shoulder and left school in the seventh form for a job in a sawmill," remembers Jeffrey Paparoa Holman. "That shocked everybody, including me. Working in tough, hard jobs (shearing in NZ and Australia) for a few years made me see how brutal the working life can be for a lot of people. I guess it put the meat on the bones of my working-class coaltown politics."

Class distinction revealed

Julie Christie, as Marian in a scene from The Go-Between, next week's Film Society screening.

Last year the Film Society screened two of Joseph Losey's films. This year's The Go-Between (1971) is a later example of the director's association with playwright Harold Pinter.

Curtain up to an entertaining evening

The cast of Curtain Up, Barbara Seymour, left, Alison Blanchett, Ngaire Warner, Emz Schwass and Barbara Lloyd at the ...

REVIEW: This is a very clever script – witty lines and intuitive stage direction keep the momentum going throughout the show.

Lessons for everyone at camp

Waimea Intermediate pupils catch spotties in Mistletoe Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound.

School camps are an outdoor rite of passage for many school children, offering the opportunity to get outside, interact with nature, and be educated in environmental issues all at the same time.

Eight hands, two pianos, one win

Two by Four members Matthew Praat, left, Sam Reid, Soon Woo Gwon and Kenneth Childs.

Nelson College group Two by Four won top prize at the NZ Community Trust chamber music contest.

Family fun at Winter Cup Festival

Destined for Glory (9) driven by Ricky May came in first with Return to Sender (2) driven by John Dunn coming second in ...

Two days of racing fire into action with the start of the Nelson Harness Racing Club's Winter Cup Festival on Friday.

Community potters celebrate 40 years

Richard Dimes and Denise Pankhurst at Nelson Community Potters.

From an iconic building in central Nelson, where many hands have worked creating with clay, Nelson Community Potters will celebrate 40 years in operation this weekend, reports Judith Ritchie.

Film chronicles displaced family

A scene from ​A Time to Live and A Time to Die, next week's Film Society screening

A Time to Live and A Time to Die is the second part of our featured Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's coming-of-age trilogy.

Curtain goes up on old theatre

The cast of Curtain Up, Barbara Seymour, left, Alison Blanchett, Ngaire Warner, Emz Schwass and Barbara Lloyd at the ...

 The Theatre Royal is proving to be the perfect venue for a play about a group of women who inherit a heritage theatre, reports Judith Ritchie.

Man of many light hats

Eva Pomeroy, left, and Jennifer Arai dressed as Lightbulb Men, promoting Light Nelson 2016 as a winter destination for ...

The upcoming winter light extravaganza, Light Nelson, is still largely a volunteer run gig, which makes it a busy time for many of those involved. But there's one man who undoubtedly has the most hats; Klaasz Breukel.

Apple all smiles for hospice

A smiley face apple is being auctioned off on TradeMe, with proceeds going to the Nelson Tasman Hospice.

An unusual TradeMe listing hopes to raise funds for a good cause.

Musical trio join forces for one-off gig

Musicians Jasper Hawkins, Alannah Peterson and Shae Snell are performing together at The Boathouse in Nelson.

A series of chance meetings with fellow musicians have resulted in the formation of a musical trio who are bringing their soulful sound to Nelson.

Keen line of inquiry

Lance Kerr with a work from Loom, which opens at the Refinery ArtSpace next Tuesday evening.

 Two artists are showing at the Refinery ArtSpace next week, each revealing a personal journey over time, reports Judith Ritchie.

Centre of creativity for Wellington

An artists impression of the Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity in Wellington, set to open in 2018.

New Zealand's creative community is set to benefit from the build of a new $22.5 million campus in Wellington which will produce more than 1000 graduates each year to support the country's flourishing film, creative technology and applied arts industries.

Celebrating Irish music

Irish musicians John McEvoy, left, and John Wynne are special guests for the Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival held this ...

Renowned Irish musicians John Wynne and John McEvoy are flying in from Ireland as headline guests for this years Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival in Nelson.

Saxaphone special

The Saxcess Saxophone Quartet will perform at the Chanel Arts Centre in Motueka on June 18.

The Saxcess Saxophone Quartet will perform at the Chanel Arts Centre later this month as part of Chamber Music New Zealand Encompass Series Tour 2016. Saxcess are led by Deborah Rawson, soprano saxophone with Reuben Chin, alto saxophone, Simon Brew, tenor saxophone and Graham Hanify, baritone saxophone.

Awards announced

Lewis Della-Bosca holds a board showing the dimensions of entries for the new Impressions 41 Max Showcase, to be held in ...

The 10th Impressions Art Awards have been deferred until next year, but not without an alternative competition that could become a regular event.

Bittersweet narrative of love lost

A scene from next week's Nelson Film Society screening, Dust in the Wind.

Internationally known Taiwanese film director, screenwriter, producer and actor Hou Hsiao-Hsien ("Flight of the Red Balloon", "The Assassin") has been making films since 1980. Over the next couple of weeks the Film Society will be screening two films from his coming-of- age trilogy made in the 1980's.

Pizza with dash of Persia

Amir Rahsepar of Pizzeria Belle on Bridge St.

An Iranian immigrant has transformed a Bridge St cafe into a new gourmet pizzeria.

Sleeping with the Steinway not Farr away

Gareth Farr arrives at Nelson airport for Sleeping with the Steinway.

A New Zealand composer landed in Nelson in preparation for Sleeping with the Steinway over the weekend.

Hunting the mighty tahr

Baxter from San Francisco with his first tahr in Shangri-La after a hunt in South Westland.

Shangri-La was a fictional place first described in the 1933 novel "Lost Horizon" by British author James Hilton.

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