Big brands eye Nelson Junction

Seven big retailers in talks with developers

Nelson Junction

Nelson's burgeoning retail development looks set for bigger things, with seven retailers in final talks with developers.

Nick Smith returned as Nelson MP

Nick Smith

A delighted Nick Smith, re-elected for his seventh term as Nelson MP, told supporters it was ‘‘the best night I can remember".

O'Connor predicts early election

Damien O'Connor

With just over 80 per cent of the vote counted, Labour's West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O'Connor finally declared victory.

Shock acquittal at killing retrial

Blake Cunnard and Blair McNaughton

Troy Minto's mother "blindsided" by "miscarriage of justice" as her son's killer walks free after retrial.

Timely nod to women's suffrage

All women in Nelson who had not yet voted were exhorted to do so at a celebration of Suffrage Day.

Maitai walkway formal opening

The formal opening of the new $3.6 million Maitai Walkway will take place next Tuesday, NCC said.

Region gets five new Justices of the Peace

The Nelson Tasman region has five new Justices of the Peace to call on.

Wine, hops, fruit outlets for sale

A cluster of high value wine and orchard properties in Tasman have hit the market.

Dedicated fire chief bows out

Allan Hoult

A commitment to volunteer firefighting has put Allan Hoult in desperate situations, but also forged an enduring camaraderie.

Students chase, subdue suspect

Waimea College students

Five Waimea College students tackled the man accused of a chemical attack in Richmond.

Minto family angry at acquittal

Blake Cunnard and Blair McNaughton

The family of Troy Minto have reacted with anger and shock as the man who shot him dead nearly five years ago left a Wellington court a free man.

Teen cleared of sex charges


A Marlborough teenager has been cleared on charges of rape and indecent assault.

Arrest follows 'malicious' acid attack

Man's motivation a mystery

Fireman removes damaged clothes after chemical scare in Richmond.

Victim of a "malicious" chemical attack says she doesn't know the man who threw acid at her store.

An 'unprecedented and weird campaign'

Nick Smith

Being spat on by an angry voter was the lowlight in a "weird and unprecedented campaign" for Nelson MP Nick Smith.

Young voters ignore dirty politics

 Young voters

During the election campaign, the Nelson Mail has been speaking with five first-time voters. Stacey Knott got their final thoughts ahead of polling day.

Idea to develop arts centre

Tejas Arn has a vision for a Nelson co-operative that houses everything from music gigs and artist workshops to local craft shops and food stalls.

Council softens rules on costly fees

The Nelson Mail

Outcry over cost of alcohol licensing fees prompts city council to soften its stance.

Decision on cow cruelty to be appealed

Dairy cows

Takaka farmer appealing ruling that he was unjustified in firing a worker for cruelty to a cow.

Students to experience Gallipoli

Nelson College Scriptorium

A group of Nelson students are off to Turkey for an "eye-opening" travel experience, and to pay their respects to Old Boys who died at Gallipoli.

Gunning for 100% enrolment

Nelson College Scriptorium

Nelson's 98 per cent voter enrolment is not enough to satisfy registrar of electors Marie Elliott.

Man charged after chemical scare

Fireman removes damaged clothes after chemical scare in Richmond.

Man charged with criminal damage after melting clothes with chemical in a shop near Nelson.

Project Butterfly takes flight

Pathway memorial to lost children unveiled

Project Butterfly

The memories of the children who died young have been immortalised as mosaic butterflies in Fairfield Park.

Picton brawl blamed on gang passing through town

A fight that broke out in the middle of Picton ended with a woman wielding a baseball bat and an off-duty police officer called in to calm things down.

Arrest after chemical scare

Fireman removes damaged clothes after chemical scare in Richmond.

A woman was taken to hospital and a man arrested after squirted chemicals melted clothes in a Richmond shop yesterday.

Rooftop burglar jailed for mall break-ins


A burglar deported from Australia immediately began cutting holes in NZ shopping mall roofs.

Local Scots divided over split vote

'It's a massive, massive decision'

Nicky Hager

Scots who have left the homeland for Nelson are feeling just as passionate about the upcoming referendum as their countrymen taking to the polls today.

'Three warnings' before shooting

Blake Cunnard and Blair McNaughton

A man who killed another man in a Nelson park was "trying to arch his back like a cat" before he shot, defence lawyer tells High Court.

Key's days are numbered - Hager

Nicky Hager

John Key will disappear from politics forever within three years, Nicky Hager tells sellout Nelson crowd.

Smith lauds National's green record

Nick Smith

Nelson MP Nick Smith's last major campaign meeting last night took on a green tinge as he talked about 1080, water quality and environmental protection.

Broods up for Silver Scroll

Nelson duo Broods are among the finalists for the New Zealand song of the year award.

Musicians get chance to show their wares

Nicky Hager

Nelson's first music Gearfest drew 100 enthusiasts keen to meet up and check out musical instruments.

Inspirational breakfast for girls

The Nelson Mail

Mums and dads went back to school this week, but it wasn't to brush up on English, science and maths.

Rape complainant was 'intoxicated'


Nelson student denies charge of raping Blenheim teen after she passed out drunk.

Air NZ has high hopes for Nelson hub

Air NZ

Air NZ wants to turn its Nelson turboprop facility into an Australasian maintenance hub.

Round-the-world biker on ride of his life

Globetrotting Kiwi passes through Nelson

Rhys Lawrey

The odometer ticked over 22,436 miles on Rhys Lawrey's Triumph Tiger 800XC motorbike as he rode into Nelson.

Alleged tips jar thief is named

Sprig and Fern on Hardy St

A man caught on camera allegedly stealing a donations jar at a Nelson tavern can be named.

Heaphy in Women of Influence finals

 Loren Heaphy

Nelson woman Loren Heaphy's stand against cyber bullying has seen her named as finalist in the Women of Influence competition.

Sunwear over at Rainbow


A huge dump of snow, combined with warm spring weather will see T-shirts and shorts on the slopes at Rainbow ski area.

Heartless burglars plunder tennis HQ

Tasman Tennis Centre

A Nelson sports club was burgled and ransacked hours after opening its doors to the public.

Cultural group, trust top funds list


The Nelson Multicultural Council and the Youth and Community Trust have received the largest amounts of funding in this year's community assistance fund.

Drivers reminded about school zones

The driver of a bus caught travelling over the speed limit past a Nelson school on Monday morning had a previously unblemished record.

Two city finalists for innovators awards

A small Nelson company that developed a hi-tech camera and another that has created products from a unique strain of algae are both finalists in the 2014 New Zealand Innovators Awards.

Marching to raise climate awareness

Rainbow Ski Area

Nelson woman Sara Cooper wants her community to start paying attention to the impact of climate change.

Course prepares mums for the worst

Rainbow Ski Area

A group of parents at Richmond Playcentre this week learned how to handle the dangers that came with newborn children.

Get on the ball, quit the habit

A giant red ball was rolled down Nelson's main street yesterday with the aim of getting people to give up smoking cigarettes.

Gigatown race steps up a gear

Nelson one step closer to superfast internet

 Culinary Challenge

Nelson has a new race, starting today, to win the Gigatown competition for superfast internet, a $200,000 development fund and a $500,000 community fund.

Teen arrested after drunken crime spree


A 15-year-old boy has gone on a drunken crime spree, stealing two cars and crashing one of them.

Skies brewing up wintry election

Rain, wind and even snow forecast for election day could put a dampener on voter turnout.

Giant gum chewed up by chainsaws

eucalyptus tree

A 30-metre tall gum tree is being removed so it does not crash down on to the highway at Atawhai.

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.
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