Candles and choirs liven Cathedral

Te Manawa of Enner Glynn perform during Saturday evening's Choirs by Candlelight in Nelson Cathedral.

A jam-packed audience enjoyed the harmonious sound of eight choirs reverberating across Nelson Cathedral at the Choirs by Candlelight event. 

Youth talks change

Raven Maeder, right, Nelson College for Girls Head Girl. Pictured with deputy head girl Sophie Ross at a bring back our girls campaign they organised.

Raven Maeder, head girl of Nelson College for Girls, is making her mark on New Zealand.

Say no to plastic this July

Emma Saunders, left and Rylee Pettersson of the Green Collective and their re-useable bags. They are behind the idea of a plastic free July.

The Nelson women behind eco company The Green Collective are encouraging people to stop using single-use plastic products for the month of July.

Big job for a small school

Golden Bay High School principal Roger File says it's difficult to get consistent NCEA pass rates with a relatively small and fluctuating school roll, particularly at Year 13.

It's one of the only schools in the country where NCEA pass rates have not increased since 2004, but the principal isn't concerned.

Funding boost for Nelson schools

Nelson College for Girls teacher Sarah Johns, left and Nayland College teacher Gaye Bloomfield are researching how to make devices engaging and effective in the classroom

Nayland College and Hampden Street School included in $10m fund to encourage innovative teaching practices.

Neighbour intervenes in fight

A corridor on the ground floor of Franklyn Village identical to the one on the second floor where Bruce Andrew Mortimer was assaulted on Saturday morning.

Tenant says he hasn't been sleeping since intervening in a fight at Franklyn Village.

Polar blast hits the south gallery

Frozen snow on the road on the main street of Riversdale, Southland.

Snow, sleet and hail are about to blast their way north up the South Island, with more winter chaos expected.

Apartments transform after dark

A corridor on the ground floor of Franklyn Village identical to the one on the second floor where Bruce Andrew Mortimer was assaulted on Saturday morning.

Now the scene of a homicide investigation, Nelson's Franklyn Village is a palace for some and a horror for others.

Teddies and torches for abused children

Kaye Stevens, left, Phyllistina Kesgin, Beth Hunter, Lou Illes and Prue Sweet have started 4thekidz group in Nelson.

A Nelson group is shining a light on the needs of children who have undergone police forensic examinations.

Homicide victim: A damn good guy

Franklyn Village apartment complex where Bruce Mortimer was assaulted. He died later in hospital.

Bruce Mortimer was a quiet man with a dark past clouded by crime and drugs.

Old Blue award for conservation work

Forest & Bird Nelson Tasman chair Julie McLintock at home in Cable Bay with her Old Blue award, which recognises more than 30 years of services to conservation.

McLintock received the Old Blue award at the Forest & Bird AGM last week in recognition of the 30 years service she has given

School pupils 'self entitled'

Nelson College headmaster Gary O'Shea.

"The beards, the hair, the puffer jackets... this isn't new," but their sense of entitlement is, says school principal.

Stoke centre cost rises

Nelson deputy mayor Paul Matheson at Greenmeadows park, the site of the new Stoke Community Centre.

A $6.14m community and sports facility at Stoke, near Nelson, has been backed by a city council committee.

What's on: School holidays in Nelson

Pic Picot takes a close look at freshly-squished peanut butter inside Pic's Really Good Peanut Butter factory in Wakatu Industrial Estate.

Whether you're a peanut fan, dinosaur enthusiast, dumpling lover or an arts and crafts whiz, exciting events around the region will beat those winter blues and keep the kids entertained for the school holidays.

Historic hotel to be demolished

Long-time publican Nola Drummond outside the Junction Hotel in Takaka, Golden Bay. The building is about to be demolished.

The doors of the Junction Hotel closed in March but the grand old lady of Takaka pubs has one last act in her.

A hedge with an edge

Lincoln University Professor Steve Wratten and PhD student Chris Littlejohn with the trial of perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus.

A giant sterile hybrid grass could be the answer to a lot of problems on farms.

Council hike could sting beekeepers

Beekeeper Terry Bone in his Nelson garden.

A Nelson council committee sees a few bucks in bumping up beekeeper charges.

Seven in car crash near Havelock

St John paramedics attend to one of the injured drivers in a crash outside Havelock on Sunday afternoon. Seven people were involved in the crash, but only the two drivers were injured.

Two people were taken to hospital after the cars they were driving crashed near Havelock on Sunday.

Rare whale seen in Strait

The white humpback was spotted alongside a black humpback whale during the annual Cook Strait Whale Survey on Sunday.

A rare white humpback whale spotted in Cook Strait yesterday by Department of Conservation researchers has been identified as 'Migaloo', a white humpback usually seen off the coast of Australia.

Pair charged after man dies in Nelson

Police vehicles outside the Franklyn Village apartment complex in Nelson

Screams were heard from the scene of a vicious assault which led to the death of a man in Nelson.

Polar blast hitting country

Coronet Peak at 9am on Monday morning. The skifield received 15cm of snow overnight.

Nelson should avoid the worst of the wintry blast which set to hit bring freezing temperatures to the country this week.

Stats show need to fix damp homes

A survey found condensation is an issue for 82 per cent of respondents

Survey reveals more than a quarter of New Zealanders have moved out of a house because it was cold, damp or mouldy.

Top architectural designers recognised

Supplied/ News photo: George Hilgeholt was recognised at the 2015 Resene Architectural Design Awards for his work on Hilgeholt House (pictured) in Nelson.

Innovative works from three Nelson architectural designers have been recognised at the 2015 Resene Architectural Design Awards.

When Tabby met the Queen

22-year-old LGBT advocate Tabby Besley is the only New Zealander to have won an inaugural Queen's Young Leader award.

"How wonderful" said the Queen when former Nayland College student Tabby Besley told her what she did.

Pair arrested in assault

Police investigating a serious assault

 A man is critically injured in hospital after an overnight assault in Nelson.

Rainbow a 'stunner'

Declan Ratcliffe, 6, has some fun during the opening day of the 2015 season at Rainbow Ski Area.

Fresh snow and sunshine made for a "stunner" of an opening day at Rainbow Ski Area.

Heartbreak over trashing of clubrooms

The mess left after a farewell party at the AMI Nelson Suburbs Football pavilion.

Heart-break and new rules after "bombsite" mess at a Nelson football club pavilion.

New adventure for Nelson principal

Outgoing Hira School principal Tonnie Uiterwijk plants his kowhai tree during his farewell.

The death of a dog and the dawning of a new decade have propelled a much loved Nelson principal towards a new continent.

Final service for historic church

Trinity Church member Kenn Butler in the historic building on Nile Street.

After more than 100 years, the last remaining Trinity Church members are preparing to say goodbye to their historic church building on Nile St.

Puffer jacket ban zipped up

Sixteen year old Motueka High School students Dylan Sixtus, left,  Aimee Goodman and Amber Sixtus want their school to allow puffer jackets

Motueka High agrees to talk to teens after high-profile dispute over puffer jacket ban.

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