Prayers and blessing for our pets

pet service

About 80 people brought their animals along to Nelson's cathedral for a blessing on Sunday.

Nelson's best caesar salad

Caesar salad

If my husband can make a good caesar, there's no reason Nelson's cafes shouldn't be able to blow my socks off.

Spooky celebration

Adam Leonard

Halloween doesn't have to be too over the top, as Jude Gillies explains.

A question of balance


In New Zealand we don't seem to drink lower alcohol beers if we don't need to.

Chelsea Winter does it by the book

MasterChef winner gets cooking in Nelson

Chelsea Winter

Guests at the launch of Chelsea Winter's new cookbook last night were treated to a demonstration on how to cook the perfect steak.

Getting a taste of the region

Wine writer Neil Hodgson has some fine suggestions for Labour Weekend jaunts in Nelson's wine country.

Two bands, two styles, but get-together works

REVIEW: It is courageous to stage a concert for two bands with entirely different styles, and the man to pull it off is the charismatic Mike Nock.

Odyssey has a NZ 'homecoming'

Paper Cinema

Homer's Odyssey has ended up in Nelson.

Old school play gets rebooted

The Game

Broadgreen Intermediate's new show has taken kids' love for video games, added a competitive element and set it to music.

Hard yards on the Rainbow Rage

Founders pop up garden

Mountain-biker Sarnim Dean shares his experience on the Rainbow Rage.

The temporary garden

Founders pop up garden

James Wheatley is an award-winning garden designer who is helping create a pop-up installation at Founders Heritage Park.

Captivating show warmly received

REVIEW: The Nelson Arts Festival needed a big opening act to launch its twentieth anniversary and Micheline Van Hautem, Belgian chanteuse, was a fitting choice.

As the song goes, we're just dancing in the dark

No Lights No Lycra

Our inhibitions hold us back - but what if no one could see us dancing? Alastair Paulin goes dance-crazy with the lights down in Motueka.

Food aplenty as cyclists mark opening


Riders enjoy feast as Mapua to Kaiteriteri section of Tasman Great Taste Cycle trail opens.

How to beat the holiday boredom blues


My children cope well the school holidays for a brief time and then look at me in horror and say "I'm bored" and "there's nothing to do round here".

What does beer really taste like?

We've been reading a bit about taste lately and out of the five tastes (bitter, sweet, salt, sour and umami), bitter gets the strongest reaction.

Grassroots flower show inspires


The Aorere is my kind of flower show. Forget the big time glamour and freakish perfection of Chelsea.

'Tis the season to be hungry


Both my parents had green thumbs and wherever we lived there was a huge vegetable garden, created and tended by them.

Mums need nurturing too

Gracie Roberts

Some mothers put so much effort into feeding their kids well that they forget about themselves.

Green by necessity?

Recently, my life has changed somewhat and, as always, turning a negative to a positive, this has given me a good opportunity to rethink my philosophy around the extent to which I live "green".

Fingers crossed for vineyards after frosts

Felicity Thompson

While the snow on the mountains may look fantastic and Rainbow Ski field is delighted with the fresh snow, it is the last thing grape growers want to see.

Late night style blooms for Spring

Fashion show adds glamour to Hardy St

spring fashion show

Fashion and flowers marked Late Night on Hardy St, with retailer Shine hosting a spring fashion show.

Meaty challenge for top chefs

Win one of two $100 dining vouchers

Katie Shaw

Two Nelson restaurants are dishing up memorable dining experiences as they compete in a national contest.

Stoked with Stoke

Isel House

Now that we go to Stoke several times a week, I know that it has a rich heritage, excellent recreation facilities, and good food and drink.

Fly fishing fun on lower Motueka

jon stewart

ZANE MIRFIN - The Nelson Mail

Spring is sprung and the days continue to get warmer and longer. It's not long until daylight savings kick in again and the world will be an angler's oyster.

Echoes of the Med

Paul MajoR

Fortunately for us all, the wonderful anise tasting wonders of fennel have been brought to our shores.

Competition season

Paul MajoR

Homebrewers, have you ever entered your beer into a competition? You might wonder why you would bother when you just brew for yourself and your friends.

Endearing hedgehogs a threat to wildlife

Forget metadata surveillance. I'm thinking hedgehogs are what we really we need to be afraid of.

Inventor joins climate change drive

DIY electric car saves money, planet

Ginny and Pat Rickets

Takaka inventeor Albie Burgers' electric car can travel 50 kilometres and cost him $1.

Coming home

Charles Anderson

Reporter Charles Anderson resumes his love affair with Nelson.

A beer for every season

Townshend brewery

Good craft beer isn't always about clubbing you over the head with a sack of hops.

Sanctuary needs volunteer help

As the community looks forward to the start of pest-proof fence construction at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, set to commence in the next month or two, it's a good time to invite the community to join in the project.

Perfect site produces handcrafted treats

Britta Martin

It will probably be no surprise at all to you but this week I visited a winery, Kina Cliffs to be precise.

Ain't no mountain high enough

Britta Martin

If you had to choose just one plant in life as your favourite, what would it be?

Peaceful revolution in the valley

Olly Stephens


Charlotte Squire visits a special place in Golden Bay - Bencarri Farm - which is now under new owners.

Retailers get in the fling

Fashion show raises thousands for school

spring fling

Around 245 people attended the annual Spring Fling fashion show on Saturday night, which is expected to clear $10,000 for Nelson College for Girls.

Roads not the answer


Perhaps the question we need to ask is not how to improve moving cars into and out of the city. Maybe we should be asking how to improve moving people into and out of the city.

Plenty to consider in deciding best bar

wine generic

The bi-annual Nelson Hospitality Awards function was held at The Rutherford Hotel last Monday.

We're a peaceful bunch, we Kiwis

Ani Waitai

It might not seem apparent in the current political landscape, but New Zealand rates as the fourth most peaceful place on the planet.

Gentle, intimate air at Moutere Inn

Beers and bands at New Zealand's oldest pub

Curried lentils and kumara.

Continuing our series profiling music venues in the region, we chat to the Moutere Inn's Andrew Cole.

Cheers, a toast to craft beer

Hawkshead Vineyard

If ever proof was needed, the results of this year's Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards are evidence of the growth and improving quality of Kiwi-brewed craft beer.

Real-life reno: Scoring free floorboards


In this week's real-life reno' column, Adam talks through the pain and joy of salvaging old floorboards.

Wild animals scarce in public forests

Steve Steele

You'd be a brave individual to wade head-first into the 1080 poison debate: Conservation to some, and ecological vandalism to others.

Trail-blazers give thumbs up

cycle trail

The route might not have the final letter of approval - but who cares about the paperwork when you can take in some amazing country on a cycle ride between Mapua and Kaiteriteri.

Vote for Nelson's best beer photo

Nelson craft beer map

Nelson's craft brewers are holding a photo competition to find a new cover shot for its beer trail brochure.

Environment Centre placement was a win-win


Nelson Environment Centre (NEC) has been delighted to offer two students studying the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work) degree at NMIT the opportunity to get stuck in over a 12-week placement.

Brightwater refines range to great acclaim


One producer who has changed to meet the market and has continued to refine the exciting range of wines they produce is Brightwater Vineyards.

Spring joy and hope for peace


Marvelling at the first blossoms of the season this week, I'm reminded why spring is such a wonderful thing.

Knox to help writers and poets

Book-lovers and writers are in for an exciting time from this weekend onwards, with award-winning Kiwi author Elizabeth Knox visiting Nelson.

Magic in the mountains

Alastair Paulin

Alastair Paulin discovers an action-packed getaway to Ruapehu district doesn't depend on snow - but it does help.
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