Nelson Irish festival 'fabulous'

Bredna Overend, left, Brad Stewart, Ray Doherty, Niall Begley, and Aoife Granville perform during Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival on Saturday night at The Freehouse, Nelson.

Nelson was full of the sounds of Irish music over the weekend, with friendships forming over fiddles and flutes.

Trampers 'woefully under-prepared'

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

Search and Rescue "disappointed" with two trampers who put their rescuers at risk.

Godzone heads to Kaiteriteri

Godzone media manager Margo Berryman, operations manager Anna Bastin and race director Warren Bates on Kaiteriteri Beach.

The world's largest adventure race, Godzone, is to be held in Kaiteriteri next year.

Nelson Lions Tour bid

Former Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll in action during the last Lions Tour in 2005

Nelson City Council is pushing ahead with its $500,000 Lions Tour bid and should know its success in a matter of weeks.

Hip surgery tops top of the south

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Total hip and knee replacements are the two most common surgeries in Marlborough and Nelson.

Mad dash for pre-loved books video

The opening day of the annual Founders Book Fair on Saturday.

In an age of tablet computers and e-books, the annual Founders Book Fair is something of a countercultural phenomenon.

Hundreds explore Pepin Island

James Hebberd and one-year-old Bryn Englefield on Pepin Island.

A rare chance to explore the privately-owned Pepin Island, near Nelson, was taken up by more than 1000 people on Sunday.

Night Shelter boss honoured for service to community

Edward Andrews, is on the Queen's Honours list for his community service. He has supervised the   Men's Night Shelter for 21 years.

Nelson night shelter supervisor Edward Andrews says making the Queen's Honours lists for his services to community has encouraged him in his "lifesaver" work.

Judi Billens - a foot in both camps

Judi Billens received a Queens  Birthday honour for services to Maori and community.

Judi Billens' work with both Maori and Pakeha cultures has seen her recognised with a Queen's Service Medal.

Multisport champ on NZ Order of Merit

Richard Ussher in action during this months Shoe Clinic Mountain Bike Duathlon Series race on Rabbit Island.

Constant commitment to the world of sport has lead to recognition of the highest order for Nelson sportsman Richard Ussher.

NMIT scholarship winner builds future

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology carpentry student Diane Te Hana received the Equity Maori Scholarship.

An inspired mother of eight is learning carpentry so she can build her parents a house and create a family business.

Jock's suit a life-changer

Jock Sutherland has received a Queen's Birthday Honour for services to cricket.

Jock Sutherland's Queen's Birthday honour for services to cricket was made possible by a suit in the 1970s.

Knighthood for Peter Talley

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Michael Talley and Peter Talley inducted in to the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.

Seafood magnate Peter Talley been made a Knight Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy.

Desperate quest for cannabis oil video

Nelson teenager Alex Renton has been in a coma in Wellington Hospital since April 8.

Treatment for a young man in an induced coma for 54 days is being held back because of the politics around medicinal marijuana.

Ex-gang member on power of peers

Former gang member and motivational speaker Tuhoe Isaac with with members of men's support and advocacy network The Male Room in Nelson.

Peer support groups help men to feel empowered in sharing their stories, says former gang member Tuhoe Isaac. 

Nelson 'home away from home' - Carter

Elliot Percy, 8, left, Jamie Hampson, 9, and Nick Lovell, 10, at the Hurricanes and Crusaders clash at Trafalgar Park on Friday.

Nelson fans give Crusaders' heroes Richie McCaw and Dan Carter a spectacular send-off at their final "home" game.

No plan B for Junior All White

Cory Brown at the U-20 International Friendly between New Zealand and Honduras earlier in May.

Karyn Brown breathed a sigh of relief when a Fifa envelope arrived in her letterbox on Thursday.

Deserving grandma wins new car

Nina Carpenter of Nelson is the winner of AA's national Win a Swift competition with her new Suzuki Swift.

When Nina Carpenter received a call about her recent car service, she thought it was part of a survey and never expected to be told she had won a new Suzuki Swift.

Students build trap tunnels for sanctuary

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Nelson College Trade Centre trade building student Trent Knapp, left, Bailey McQuade, Paddy Miller-Leef and Matt Soper with some of the 8- boxes they have made for predator traps for Brook Waimarama Sanctuary.

Almost 100 trap tunnels have been built by Nelson College trades students in a bid to help with pest control in the Brook Sanctuary.

Digital future bright for Nelson

Progress of the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) rollout in Nelson. The dark blue area highlights where the UFB rollout has been completed. The light blue area shows where work is still to be completed.

Nelson might not have won the Gigatown competition but the buck does not stop there for the team who lead the campaign. 

Newspaper's importance highlighted to students

Nelson College for Girls year 8 Prep students Sophia McKean, left, Danielle Smith, Olivia Yankov-Reid, Olivia Peterson and Sofie McCarlie work on a newspaper front page layout as an exercise.

Tsunamis, an escaped Rhino and a five legged lamb vying for the front page has caused editors to throw their arms up in stress figuring how to juggle what is most newsworthy for their readers.

Monster Slide issues slide on

Customers and suppliers of Monster Slide events claim they are still waiting for refunds and payment, four months since it began a nationwide tour.

Four months have slipped by since it began, but the queue of angry customers and suppliers claiming they are owed money from the Monster Slide event remains.

How can Nelson's golf clubs survive?

Golf enthusiast Albie Aubery.

With falling memberships and increasing costs, can Nelson's golf clubs survive? Charles Anderson reports.

Girls abuse warden

A parking warden in Nelson was shaken after she was confronted by teenage girls.

A Nelson parking warden is shaken after a confrontation with a group of teenage girls.

What a load of rubbish

Members of Victory School's Tiaki Taiao Enviro group at with the rubbish they collected in four days are displayed at the schools assembly.

There were sounds of disgust when children at Nelson's Victory School were faced with what four days of rubbish looked like.

PAC back on agenda

An aerial view of the Rutherford Hotel, Selwyn Place and the site for the proposed Nelson Performing Arts Centre on the corner of Selwyn Place and Rutherford St, currently used by 4 Seasons.

A new performing arts centre has been put back on the agenda with a $25,000 project update and review scheduled.

New cafe for Salvation Army Store

The Salvation Army Family Store on Vanguard Street has opened a new cafe. Nelson Training Centre training manager Dave Agnew, left, and store manager Margaret Earney at the opening party.

A new cafe at the Nelson Salvation Army store aims to help students get work ready and function as a meeting point.

Dam gets more council funding

Waimea Community Dam protesters outside the Tasman District Council earlier this year.

Tasman will give Waimea Community Dam Ltd $300,000 to hunt for $50m to cover irrigators' share of the project.

Water quality a 'thorny issue'

Philip Woollaston

A group advising the Tasman District Council on water quality has found that what's under the Waimea Plains, near Nelson, is highly complicated.

Group fights bike plan

Nelson College students cycle to school using the Maitai walkway near the Hardy St footbridge.

A new walkers' group has formed to fight the Nelson City Council's plan to encourage cycling on the Maitai River Walkway.

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