For some, former Nelson Catholic boys' school Sunnybank was a place of loneliness and horrors. Hinemoana Baker visited the school with her father, and is turning his ghastly memories into poetry.
ZANE MIRFIN - The Nelson MailHaving your sports gear in good condition pays big dividends.
Head injuries to sportspeople are being tightly managed in professional sports - but what is the situation at the grassroots level? Jonathan McKeown reports.
It's International Nurses Day today - which doubles as Florence Nightingale's birthday. The following is taken from a profile on Annette Milligan in Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand.
When April 30 rolls around each year it's almost a relief that another trout fishing season is over.
Ahead of the first-ever Camp Twitch for people with Tourette syndrome, Naomi Arnold meets a solo mum who refuses to fake who she is.
Despite relinquishing the Labour Party's leadership in 2011, Phil Goff tells Bill Moore that there's nothing like politics and he has no intention of giving up.
While in Turkey last year, a feeling of obligation drew Stacey Knott to Gallipoli, an area immortalised in history books, dawn services and red poppies on lapels.
A weekend retreat at a luxury lodge near Murchison was a chance for a group of women to live it up and learn a new skill.
Nelson's police negotiators are all talk
Police negotiators require strong nerves and plenty of empathy as they try to talk down people threatening to harm themselves or others. Naomi Arnold reports.
Part two of Zane’s fishing adventures in remote Queensland waters.
For more than 10 years wildlife crusader Danny Boulton has been involved in a private struggle against cancer. In frank interviews with Bill Moore, he explained what has driven his efforts.
A Nelson man has returned from Antarctica with new convictions about the value of ice science in unlocking the secrets of climate change.
American zoologist and new Natureland co-owner has realised her dream of running an animal sanctuary, writes Tracy Neal.
Plans to get the heart of Nelson beating again could involve turning empty offices into inner-city homes.
A lifelong quest to lose weight has led one Nelson woman to have bariatric surgery in New Delhi.
Stacey Knott talks with Annette Taylor , named this week as Nelson's Most Wonderful Woman.
JONATHAN MCKEOWN - NelsonThey fell at the last hurdle but football's Falcons still had a mighty season as Jonathan McKeown reports.
ALASTAIR PAULIN - NelsonThe first question many would ask of the country's leading cavers is, "Why?" Alastair Paulin reports.
SARAH DUNN - NelsonThe booksellers behind Page & Blackmore represent more than 150 years of Nelson's literary history, but they are set to move on to another chapter when their iconic store is sold.
NAOMI ARNOLD AND ALDEN WILLIAMS - NelsonLand Search and Rescue has just started brand-new induction courses for newbie volunteers. Naomi Arnold and Alden Williams sign up for the weekend.
As summer begins to fade, Alan Clarke takes a peek at our 'sunshine capital' reputation.
Fishing is supposed to be fun and you should always appreciate the good times you have with valued family, friends, and customers.
Brook residents face fight for campground
With the city council seeking submissions on its bombshell proposal to close Brook Valley Holiday Park and force permanent residents out, Bill Moore and Marion van Dijk called on four of them in their homes.
NelsonNelson writer Janet Hart puts in some quality time at the Elma Turner Library.
Curtain finally falls on iconic arts venue
STACEY KNOTT - NelsonThe New St building with the striking mosaic on the front was at the hub of many Nelson teenagers' lives until its closure last year. With demolition set to begin on Monday, Stacey Knott revisits an old stomping ground
The TDC is cutting tourism funding, worrying Murchison locals who depend on travellers for their livelihood. Naomi Arnold reports.
NAOMI ARNOLD - NelsonNaomi Arnold visits a Collingwood business spreading its Golden Bay roots around the world.
ZANE MIRFIN - NelsonOver the years I've made some amazing fishing discoveries and also found some real dogs.
NAOMI ARNOLD - NelsonRichard Nunns is scaling down his public performances after three remarkable decades at the forefront of a Maori music revival. Naomi Arnold reports.
Port Tarakohe's fifth development plan could be the last chance to get it right. Helen Murdoch reports.
Time and tide take toll on Tahunanui
NAOMI ARNOLD - NelsonThe shifting sands at Tahunanui Beach are again prompting calls for the council to tackle nature head-on. Naomi Arnold investigates.
ZANE MIRFIN - NelsonThe silence was almost deafening as we set about erecting our tent on the beautiful alpine meadow before heading off hunting.
NAOMI ARNOLD - NelsonInternational mountainbiking gurus Sven and Anka Martin now call Hira home. Naomi Arnold reports.
Is Nelson really NZ's Craft Brewing Capital? What does that mean anyway? Fritz Kuckuck and Maria Grau investigate.
Treasures unearthed in city's op shops
As glassy-eyed shoppers begin the last-minute Christmas dash, Nelson Mail columnist Ro Cambridge checks out an alternative to the main street frenzy.
ZANE MIRFIN - NelsonThe Maitai has always been an iconic provincial treasure but the sad state of the river has drained much of the magic from the catchment.
Coastal cruise on the Great Taste Trail
As reporter Naomi Arnold and photographer Alden Williams discover on a two-day trip on the Great Taste Trail, leisure cycling's popular for a lot of good reasons.
NAOMI ARNOLD - NelsonFifty years ago five Nelson men dived into the unknown at the Riwaka Resurgence. Naomi Arnold reports.
25 years of WOW celebrated in new book
ALAN CLARKE - NelsonFor those prone to take what we have for granted, a new book, simply titled Wearable Art, offers reaffirmation of just how big the Nelson-born WOW phenomenon is.
NAOMI ARNOLD - NelsonNaomi Arnold meets Bridie Picot, a New York-based Nelsonian who is thinking big about small spaces.
NAOMI ARNOLD - NelsonA definitive history Nelson aviation is released this month, coinciding with Nelson Airport's 75th anniversary. Naomi Arnold meets the keen plane buffs behind it.
WARREN GAMBLE - NelsonFew people can reflect on 58 years in the same industry. The Nelson Mail's durable George McKenzie tells Warren Gamble how newspapers have evolved.
Fairfield House's history recounted by saviour
A stroke and motor neuron disease have not stopped Alan Stanton from writing a book about Fairfield House's 34-year refurbishment.
Winston Peters is one of NZ's great political survivors and he's not done yet, he told Bill Moore on a recent visit to Nelson.
Reese's all-or-nothing bid for top job pays off
TRACY NEAL - NelsonThe porcelain veneer of Nelson's new mayor hides the cracks of a recently fought tough campaign which was an all-or-nothing bout for the red chair of power, writes Tracy Neal.
GERARD HINDMARSH - NelsonGerard Hindmarsh talks to Phurenje Sherpa about his love of the mountains, his Nelson connection, and his role in new movie Beyond the Edge.
Nelson co-working space Bridge St Collective has developed a strong community but it has yet to break even. Adam Roberts takes a look.
ZANE MIRFIN - NelsonOne night I asked Aimee what she thought my passion in life was. Aimee just started laughing and told me "fishing and fly tying".
Could Nelson become the greenest region in the country? And how would we do it? We picked the brains of some of our community leaders.