McCaw won't talk on flag video  Photo Kent Blechynden/Dominion Post. RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011. Hand on heart. All blacks jersey

"It's the last thing I want to talk about today, to be honest", says ABs captain on flag debate.

No dead kea, DOC says

A Conservation Department investigation into alleged shootings of kea in Golden Downs near Nelson has turned up nothing.

An investigation into the alleged shootings of kea at a forestry site near Nelson has turned up nothing. 

Rising risk of summer drought

Spring is likely to be cool, but the risk of summer drought is already uncomfortably high.

El nino strikes: Spring is likely to be windy and cool, while the risk of summer drought is rising.

To change or not to change? video

Pupils from Clifton Terrace School and residents at Green Gables Retirement Village share their thoughts on the flag debate.

We asked Nelson's oldest and youngest citizens about their thoughts on their favourite new flag design.

Bank staff lead beach clean up

BNZ staff from left Evelyn O'Neill, Jo Street, Annette Moore, Mark O'Neill, Renee Appelman, Pauline Pellow, Debbie Maitland and Melissa Lochhead with some of the rubbish they collected at Tahunanui Beach as part of the BNZ Closed for Good day.

Car tyres, clothing, a fully decorated Christmas tree and a few questionable items were amongst the rubbish collected by bank staff during a beach clean up at Tahunanui.

Residents divided on Brook plan

Bob Lynch has lived in two caravans at the Brook Valley Holiday Park for five years.

Should the semi-permanent population in the Brook Valley Holiday Park stay or go?

Tragic play aims for hope

Scott Frater and Bryony Klink in a promo shot for Something About Losing a Child, a play written by Darryl Ware and supported by Project Butterfly.

A year ago, Nelson man Darryl Ware turned up on Rebekah Malthus' doorstep with the script for Something About Losing a Child.

Kids rock the house video

John Phillips , centre front with children from Richmond, Stoke, Nayland, Birchwood, Clifton Terrace and Nelson Intermediate schools at the opening night of the Rock da House Nelson and Waimea Combined School Choir Festival at Nelson College.

Children from across Nelson will be belting out musical hits new and old and the Rock da House event this week. 

Nelson froths for milk

Lewis Road Creamery flavoured milks have proved popular in Nelson.

Most of the Nelson region's stock of Lewis Road Creamery's fresh milk was gone by lunchtime Wednesday, as eager shoppers frothed at the chance to buy the flavoured milks.

Convict sues Corrections

Brendon Forrest is taking a case against Corrections.

A man who burned down a Nelson restaurant and plotted mass murder behind bars says he was assaulted by prison guards.

Cheeky Cantabs throw down gauntlet

This rather pointed billboard turned up outside Trafalgar Park overnight.

A rather mysterious billboard has suddenly appeared outside Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

New bar for 'perfect' Tahunanui spot

The Sands Brewery Bar and Kitchen owner Alan McNabb and bar manager Anita Wrigley inside the former 623 on the Rocks On Tahunanui Drive.

A new venue with a new look is set for the former site of 623 on the Rocks in Tahunanui.

All Blacks visiting Nelson

All Black Julian Savea tackled during the international match with Wales in 2014.

Julian Savea Codie Taylor and Owen Franks are flying in to Nelson on Thursday to visit students at Stoke School.

Much-hyped milk arrives in Nelson

Lewis Road Creamery flavoured milks have proved popular in Nelson.

Nelson looks set to succumb to chocolate milk fever, as the sought-after bottles go on sale across the region.

Salisbury School roll down to two

Salisbury School

Only two students are set to be enrolled at Richmond's Salisbury School next year.

Auckland buyers driving up prices

Auckland property investors are driving demand in the Nelson region.

Strong demand from Auckland investors is increasing house prices in Nelson, latest statistics show.

Bacon and eggs welcome Jetstar to region

Joseph Stermi, left, Delphi Dixon and Frances Steri enjoy a bacon and egg butty at the TVONE Breakfast Show Jetstar Launch at the 1903 Square this morning.

The sizzling sound of 200 eggs frying and the alluring aroma of bacon proved to be a popular way to welcome airline Jetstar to the region.

Surgery assessments refused

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Thousands of patients have stumbled at the first hurdle on their way to surgery during the past five years. 

Final four flag designs gallery video

The final four flag options.

Prime Minister John Key has picked his favourites of the final four flag designs.

Students eye career in construction

Nelson College Trade Building course students Riley Mehrtens, left, and Jono Mills get a close-up look at the modern construction industry during a tour of Olive Estates in Richmond.

Donning hi-vis and hard hats, more than 20 young students took a tour around some of Nelson's biggest construction sites for a taste of the industry.

Father's Day run for serious issue

MS Ford's Alan Kirby, left Deb Brown and Roydon Hawks run along the lower Maitai walkway last year. It will again be part of the course for the Blue September Father's Day Fun Run on Sunday.

A Father's Day run this Sunday is urging the family to get some exercise and raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Inside job for Hospice project

Andrew Douglas from Douglas Building contractors installs  gib board in the House for Hospice.

Work on the House for Hospice has moved indoors as the insulation is installed and the gib board 

Dramatic Boulder Bank rescue unfolds

Amanda Solloway was going to check on her partner's boat in Nelson's wild weather when she photographed another vessel being rescued off the Boulder Bank.

Amanda Solloway captured a dramatic Boulder Bank rescue on camera.

Music to combat bullying

Music teacher Carl Woodward at the  Equaliser camp in May 2015

The smooth beats of hip-hop and strums of folk music are leading to local young people speaking up about bullying.

Wild weather batters region

Snow on the Takaka Hill this morning.

It might be the first day of Spring but the wild weather is not over yet as strong winds and heavy rainfall continue to batter the region. 

When a child dies

Bryony Klink stars in Something About Losing a Child, a play supporting The Butterfly Project written by Darryl Ware.

Losing a child is an unimaginable terror for most parents, but it's one Nelson's Darryl Ware knows all too well.

Mural painter hopes to brighten city

Jonathan Muzacz of Texas with the mural he is painting on the back of the Nelson Bays Motor Group building on the corner of Milton Street and Grove Street.

A "boring" white wall has been injected with colourful life thanks to the crafty hands of Texas artist Jonathan Muzacz.

Victory Liquor Centre shuts up shop

Keep Victory Safe community developer Gayle Petch with a petition to keep the liquor centre closed.

Campaigners against controversial Victory Liquor Centre say licence loss is "a fantastic result for the community".

Give me back my teeth

Ramon McDonald and his wife Sharon McDonald are annoyed that his dentist withheld his lower denture because he did not pay the bill they say was twice as much as originally quoted.

A dispute over a dentist bill left a Nelson man with no bottom teeth.

Jetstar news a hit with travellers

The first of Jetstar's fleet of five 50-seat Bombardier Q300 aircraft arrives at Wellington.

Jetstar's announcement of its push into the regions has already prompted a ticket sale by Air New Zealand.

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