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.

Don't trust 'Dr Google'

health books

Everyone has been guilty of consulting "Dr Google" by typing symptoms into a search engine, but a new initiative aims to connect people with more reliable sources.

Dining at Chateau Bean

Jo Edwards

My husband arrived home from Christchurch with a 25g Bianchetto white truffle in his bag and suggested we invite friends around for dinner to share this treat.

Real-life reno: A smuggler's guide to lighting


Ambient, task and accent oh my! Our reno columnist negotiates the best way to light his home on a budget.

Women who are mad about beer

Vanessa Martin

Brewing beer has been a man's domain for decades, but women are surging back into the role.

Working for a sustainable future

Are you ready for the Big Shift? A big shift is afoot in the business world.

Wine in a can a pleasant surprise

Pacific Open Water Challenge

In recent weeks I have attended two functions where fine-wine importers Dhall and Nash have showcased a range of wines.

Taste the good life

Nelmac Garden Marlborough.


Bookings are open for this year's Garden Marlborough, offering a bounty of garden treats and the usual high standard of horticultural workshops.

Delightful dancing with the stars

REVIEW: This show was a delightful inspiration and a credit to Peta Spooner and her team of helpers, dedicated to presenting a show that every young participant would enjoy.

Drama resonates with our history

Tomorrow night, Chris Green stars in Coaltown Blues, one of Mervyn Thompson's most important plays and a fascinating piece of New Zealand theatre.

Real-life reno: The time a car almost hit our house


Our real-life renovation columnist recalls the first bit of 'demo' work that was done to his doer-upper.

Nelson's best family restaurants

Ugg boots

Elizabeth Bean samples the fare at two of Nelson's most popular family dining spots.

Double hoppy; we're happy


Five exciting, delicious, medal worthy New Zealand Double IPA's - all available in the local supermarket. We got so excited, we bought them all.

Hot from the pot


As we dip into the depths of winter it is not only satisfying to eat soups but making them is equally satisfying.

Real life reno': Location, location

Real life reno

The arrival of a new addition proves there are perks to living next door to the mother-in-law.

Chef makes move from Marlborough

New city bistro set to open next month

Alain Hauswirth

Alain Hauswirth, a main player in Marlborough's hospitality industry, is to open a bistro in Nelson's Morrison Square.

It's not just about books

Stories of wine, laughter and friendship

book club

KIM CHAMBERS - The Nelson Mail

Kim Chambers investigates the book club phenomenon and what really is discussed.

Where to find Nelson's best hot chocolate

hot chocolate

My trusty tasters - Miss 13-year-old, Master 11-year-old and husband (simply old) - have been on a quest to find the best hot chocolate in Nelson.

Real-life reno': Budget blues


What to do when the job tallies up to $150,000 and you only have $100,000? Get 'frugnomical' on it.

The logging effect: Timing crucial

 World of WearableArt judges


When degraded rivers are mentioned, the impact of plantation forestry is often part of the conversation. Is the criticism justified?

Mullet's back, say top hair stylists

Dan Sutherland

Hairdressers are predicting a comeback of the "groovy mullet" after a top of the South Island hairdressing competition.

Let there be light

 Greg Shaw

With the return of Light Nelson just a few days away, Naomi Arnold shines the spotlight on the phenomenon.

For the record ... now the music's over

 Greg Shaw

Nick Ward looks back on four decades of music and memories as iconic Nelson record store Everyman shuts up shop.

From twigs to flourishing flora

 Kevin Judd



Food far too good to waste

Nineteen families in Nelson and Tasman were happy last week to receive a $50 grocery voucher as a reward for completing a kitchen diary, in which they recorded every single item of food and drink that they threw away for one whole week - a big task!

Human nature can't handle the oil truth

Some years ago I watched a television interview in which a pregnant smoker was asked if she was aware of the evidence that smoking during pregnancy could harm her unborn child. She answered that she didn't think smoking could harm her child.
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