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Enchanted evening explores Fairfield House

Daniel Allan, left, and Lisa Allan of Body in Space theatre company in residence at Fairfield House.

"This is theatre, but not as we commonly experience it."

Chef's long journey to panoramic harbour

Steve Coyne, of Harbour Light Bistro, with the superb dining room view of Nelson Haven.

Harbour Light Bistro on Wakefield Quay may not be hanging over the water but the views are spectacular, from the elevated dining room where diners at every table can be entranced by the environment as well as the wonderful food.

Pitch perfect panto performance

Hugh Neill as Aunt Dolly with fellow cast members in the Nelson Repertory production Beauty and the Beast.

We were promised high energy entertainment, lavish costumes, spectacular lighting and loads of fun.  Were we disappointed? No we weren't!

Guide to three decades

Longtime fishing client, Paul Brower of California, enjoys success with guide Zane Mirfin in November 2015.

nIn thirty years, things can change a lot and they certainly have, but when I first strapped on my fishing guiding boots back in November 1985 I didn't understand that.

Youth bands to rock Tahuna

Toxic Vain from left, Ralph Paxton, Matt Hammond, Liam Golding and Siobhan Lavery.

Youth bands, artists and performers will take the stage for a series of summer time outdoor concerts at Tahunanui Beach.

Movies of the year

Michael Keaton as Riggan in Birdman.

Movie columnist Dave Manning rates the film fare in Nelson this year.

Oamaru's history and creativity

Crab sculpture by Chris Meder at the Steampunk Headquarters in Oamaru.

While holidaying down south, Judith Ritchie took a day trip to Oamaru and checked out the annual Victorian Heritage Celebrations,

Stefano's slice of heaven

Stefano Bonazza of Stefano's Pizzeria.

Stefano Bonnazza has spent the past decade establishing himself as Nelson's "King of Pizza".

Rugged tourist wonderland in new stewardship

Alexander (Zander) and Andrea Closs who have taken over Te Hapu Farm's tourist accommodation.

It says a lot for the economics of hill country farms these days that many have become reliant on tourism to supplement their income.

Learning our lessons

Robin Slow at the launch of his exhibition held at Red Art Gallery, Nelson.

Robin Slow's Parihaka exhibition at Red Gallery has brought out many much-needed conversations, he says.

Toe-tapping singalong with high energy performance of Grease

Jake Danson, Sophie Ricketts, Louis Laws, Louise Sables, Yitzin Ruiz Lopez all perform in Grease.

REVIEW: Grease lights up the stage with an explosive combination of high-energy choreography and powerful vocal performances.

Nelson textile artists exhibit in the UK

Colleen Plank's work To Be.., part of the New Zealand fabric artist contingent that travelled to the UK Stitching and Knitting Show.

A group of Nelson and New Zealand textile artists are now showing their work at the biggest textile exhibition in the UK and Europe thanks to an exhibition at the Refinery. 

Royal circus leaves sour taste

The royals were awfully nice In Nelson, but Russell Harding is left wondering what it all means.


Guided hunting in good hands

American Chris Emery of Safari Club International (SCI) demonstrates trophy measurement techniques on a huge set of New Zealand red stag antlers.

Only mad dogs and Englishmen would drive 600km to go to a meeting last weekend, but we went anyway.

Organic vision at core of co-op

Anna Wilson, left, Seagar Mason and Ami Kennedy are on the steering group of the Nelson Organic Co-op.

A group with a vision to create and support a sustainable organic future for Nelson are calling for others to join the new Nelson Organic Co-op.

Fine performance from young actors

Sylvie Lloyd (Sara Crewe), left, Shya Cooper (Ram Dass) and Alex Bradley (Mr Carrisford) in the Nelson Youth Theatre Company's show A Little Princess.

A Little Princess was written in 1905, and over 100 years later still makes a great family show.

7 Days brings chuckles to church

The sold out 7 Days show will be coming to Annesbrook Church theatre in Nelson on Sunday December 6.

Jeremy Corbett is bringing the 7 Days roadshow to a sold out Nelson church next month.

Maori art features at The Suter

Matariki 2015 First Day Cover stamp issue that is being celebrated with an exhibition at The Suter this summer.

Kowhaiwhai opens at the Suter Art Gallery this week, with works exploring the distinctive Maori art form that has come to symbolise New Zealand. 

Graduands show off their work

Three years of study have culminated in a final body of work and large exhibition for NMIT Bachelor of Arts and Media graduands. 

Game obsession launches new show

Classic pinball will be on offer at The Arcade, a new gaming exhibition at the Refinery.

Gaming nostalgics rejoice: A new and unconventional art project is opening at The Refinery tomorrow evening.

Popular show starts next week

Danny (Jake Robinson), and Sandy (Jane Hawkins) star in Grease.

Nelson Musical Theatre takes you back to 1959 at Rydell High when the kids of Grease return to Nelson this month. 

Egmont Ensemble enthral

Ben Baker, left, and Jonathan Bloxham of the Egmont Ensemble.

REVIEW: This was a superb concert, totally satisfying musically, but doubly satisfying because the proceeds will be used to support Syrian refugee children.

Stories from the Nelson School of Music

A young Margaret Hinchcliff.

As the Nelson School of Music heads into a major rebuild, we hear from some key players about its role in their lives.

Island braces for change

Cranes are used to launch boats from Kingston Pier on Norfolk Island. Photo: Gerard Hindmarsh.

When $68 tickets to Norfolk Island came up on Grabaseat three weeks ago, I jumped at them.

Caravan of charm

Bob Irvine's trusty caravan Jean - "a millionaire's pad on a pauper's coin". Photo: Bob Irvine.

You tot up the figures with the skill of a quantity surveyor, balancing input, processing rate and outgoings.

For a good cause

Sophie Ricketts and Mike O'Malley will serenade with smooth vocals on Saturday night, fundraising for the Nelson Regional Breast Cancer and Gynaecological Trust.

Step aside Michael Buble. Enter Mike O'Malley and Sophie Ricketts for a memorable night as the Theatre Royal is transformed into a jazz bar reminiscent of New York and Las Vegas of the 50's and 60's.

Warm and lovely musical evening

The La Vida Quartet, plus one were in fine form at the Boathouse. From left, Helen Tippler, Kate Sherwood, Fleur Jackson, Clare Corban-Banks and Margaret Jackson.

La Vida Quartet plus one

Wily chamois an elusive prize

Alpine chamois hunter Ash Beeby. Photo: Zane Mirfin

In a lifetime of hunting adventure, my favourite quarry has always been the alpine chamois.

Mahana Estates: supreme indulgence

Head chef Jason Innes, left, and Tony Robson-Burrrell.

Wine, food and art combine to make for a memorable meal at Mahana Kitchen at Woollaston.

Country fun at Tapawera Show

Te Maire Carleton-Hetta of Tapawera with "Abby" her Kune Kune pig at a previous Tapawera Show.

Pack up the family and head south on Saturday for the Tapawera Boys and Girls Agricultural Club Show.

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