Motueka-Golden Bay

Beacon saves day for fisherman

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

Crab fisherman Brian Inns spent an hour treading water in the sea off Motueka after his boat capsized.

Love transcends language barrier

Enkhnasan Chuluunbaatar

Love bloomed in a Mongolian desert for a Golden Bay woman. Now she and her husband are creating a new life in New Zealand.

Art aids IT in school

Suter Autumn Exhibition

Art lovers can buy pieces from some of Golden Bay's most well known artists and support Golden Bay High School at the upcoming Easter Art Auction.

TDC probes overcrowding claims

The TDC is investigating reports of tenants living up to 30 to a house while they work in Motueka.

Motueka water scheme advances

The resource consent process for the proposed Motueka Community Coastal Water Scheme is nearly done and dusted 11 years after it was first mooted.

Motueka missing out on funds


I may be cheating on Motueka but apathy is screwing it over.

Plug pulled on Festival of Lights

Apathy has killed off Motueka's Festival of Lights.

Moutere's 'third world' internet

'Highway's empty but the goat track's chokka'

slow internet

A group of Moutere residents say their internet access is worse than in Third World countries.

Flower posy gets royal approval

'Are those for William?', Kate asks Motueka girl

Holly Webster

History repeated for Motueka sisters Lynley Gillatt and Maria Ansell-Burnett when they met Kate in Blenheim.

Opening the doors

Odie Strathmore-Chin


Thirteen Golden Bay artists used doors as a concept from which to create artworks, displayed as a group exhibition called Doors Unhinged.

Tsunami causes hazards in the bays

The Chile tsunami last week has caused damage to farms in Nelson and Golden Bay.

Car sharing 'big boost to economy'

A former Motueka student sees Nelson as an 'ideal next step' for Shyft - a new car-share scheme.

Motueka athletes dominate

The Nelson region schools had a real impact on the South Island secondary schools athletics championships in Timaru, returning with 41 medals,

Golden Bay High off to nationals

Home advantage has helped Golden Bay High School qualify for the first national finals in the traditional Maori ball sport of ki-o-rahi.

Woman's intuition wins Lotto jackpot

A Takaka couple who won more than $7 million on Lotto say it's all thanks to trusting a woman's intuition.

Cast, crew in 48-hours of action

48-hour movie project

Banks, planes and automobiles featured in a fast and furious weekend of film-making in Golden Bay.

Two Rivers continue to run fastest

 Blu’s Brothers dragster

Who needs daylight saving time? You can set your watch by Adrian Rivers and the Blu's Brothers dragster.

Takaka's $7.5m jackpot

An unknown Golden Bay shopper has won a $7.5m Lotto jackpot, and retailers say they hope it's a local.

Bay is in for a talent treat

The passion of Fiona Pears makes her violin sing, and on Sunday night Golden Bay audiences will get the chance to experience it when she performs at The Mussel Inn with Christchurch guitar duo La Petite Manouche.

Motueka mulls sea rise risks

Motueka residents to hear of risk their town faces from climate change-driven sea level rise.

Trees take centre stage in exhibition

Lawrence Walterfang

Trees continue to feature at Fairholme Gallery in Golden Bay this month, thanks to an artist who describes her work as "magical realism" with botanical influences.

Family's battle for bach

readers gallery

A Golden Bay family are making a stand against the council to save a beachfront bach, their family home for 24 years, from demolition.

TDC responds to spraying fears

Rebecca Reider

A Golden Bay environmental scientist is praising the Tasman District Council's willingness to consider using less toxic sprays.

Poisoned pines to be felled


The poisoning of pine trees at the Tomatea Point Reserve has been called a 'selfish despicable act'.

Cafe launches new playground

Up the Garden Path.

As part of the recent five-year anniversary at Up the Garden Path, a new playground has been unveiled at the Motueka cafe and gallery.

Closed doors at outdoor store

kendall riley

A key sports and outdoor retailer is shutting up shop, saying he can't compete against internet shopping.

Silver lining to rainclouds

 Meg Selby,

The weekend's wild weather has turned into a drought breaker with water restrictions cancelled today.

Water supply decisions loom

Tasman district property owners are between a rock and a hard place over the increasingly critical issue of current and future water supply.

Council urged to back centre

Supporters of the proposed Golden Bay Recreation Centre have asked their community board to throw its weight in behind getting the shared facility back onto the council's Annual Plan.

Tasman rates to rise up to 3.5pc

TDC proposes rises in Draft Annual Plan.

New trust wants access control to wharves

A councillor is forming a trust to take over responsibility for four old wharves in Golden Bay.

TDC urged to heed speed worries

Field Junction

Tasman district residents fear that some of their roads will soon be lined with white crosses if the Tasman District Council does not reduce speed limits.

Watercrafters revel in Golden Bay ride

stag emblem

Twenty five ocean cowboys [including one cowgirl] rode the waves from Whanganui Inlet to Tarakohe yesterday.

House heads ready to take the lead

Golden Bay High School House Leaders

The role of Golden Bay High School house leaders this year is to lift house morale, teacher and house co-ordinator Tasmine Palmer says.

Abel Tasman proves irresistible


The biggest problem for the guides showing a group of high-end German cruise ship passengers the Abel Tasman National Park was "prising them off the beach".

Stingray feeding sustains curiosity

Oliver Mitchell and Kahu Marsh

Golden Bay's tame eels have been a popular attraction for 100 years, and now the region has a new wildlife experience, stingray feeding at Tarakohe wharf.

Man's death on farm a mystery

Close-knit community shocked at mysterious death.

Loving mother was 'ahead of her time'

A Golden Bay grandmother has written a memoir of her early childhood with her "exciting" artistic mother, who left her husband in Indonesia, taking her daughter to live in the Netherlands, during the Depression years.

Seeking memories of fatal crash

Mapua Ferry.

Golden Bay student Bruce Schwartfeger hardly remembers the 1975 crash which took the life of a schoolmate, but he'd like to.

Renowned scientist dies suddenly

A Motueka scientist and Member of the NZ Order of Merit has died suddenly while mountainbiking.

Tough call for the Bay

OPINION: The good folk of Golden Bay have every right to feel hard done by, in the Tasman District Council cost-cutting round.

Illegal freedom campers corralled

Hundreds of illegal freedom campers have been moved on in Golden Bay and Motueka.

Anger as rec centre plan put off

Golden Bay residents supporting a proposed new multi-purpose recreation centre are disappointed that the TDC has voted against funding it.

TDC to focus on climate change

Tasman District Council expects 'extreme and frequent' environmental hazards in future.

Walking his imaginary dog without a leash

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Sam Hunt acknowledges him as a major influence; Bill Manhire included his poem Walking An Imaginary Dog in The Best of Best New Zealand Poems. His contemporaries included James K Baxter, Louis Johnson and Peter Bland.

Farm park with a mission

New owners take over at Golden Bay attraction

Bencarri Farm

When the animals at Bencarri Farm don't feel like coming to work, they stay home on the hills of the Golden Bay property.

'Treasure' for Collingwood school


Collingwood Area School welcomed the first woman principal to be appointed to the school in its 159-year history yesterday.

Residents rue lack of doctors in Golden Bay


A survey has found that many in western Golden Bay are unhappy with the loss of health services to the area.

Are chemtrails ruining Golden Bay gardens?


JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ News

I'm in avocado heaven. My tree is loaded with lots of beautiful baby avos I hope will keep me and ours supplied with a bumper crop when the fruit matures later in the year. Right now they look so cute and full of promise, dangling from the ends of the branches, like baubles on a Christmas tree.

Yacht clubs offer taste of life on the ocean wave

YACHTING - © Fairfax NZ News

The Motueka Yacht and Cruising Club and Nelson Bays Youth Teams Racing Club will open their doors to people of all ages and abilities to get a taste of sailing and boating this weekend.