"What is this thing 'middle New Zealand' you speak of Mike?" I asked. I went for a walk with him in the rain to find out.
OPINION: Should Blenheim decide to doff its name, would other beleaguered towns follow suit?
OPINION: Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter chief crewman Paul Bryant talks about the service.
Standing in the crowd at the top of Trafalgar St for the March for Moko last Sunday, I couldn't stop thinking about how so much in life is connected.
Who has not felt both the excitement of setting off on a journey and the relief of arriving home?
Located in Crisps Lane off Hardy St, the Nelson Training Centre (NTC) flies under the radar a little but it is an important part of the Nelson hospitality community.
"Name your favourite waterway."
It was not that long ago, in the early 1990s, when two major measles epidemics in New Zealand saw thousands of cases, hundreds of hospitalisations and seven deaths.
OPINION: It pays to have a working knowledge of different types of fires and types of extinguishers.
OPINION: An experience with two "freedom campers'' has forced me to rethink my perceptions.
I went to bed with a hot water bottle but without the faintest idea of what I might write about in the morning. The dog nestled atop the duvet at my feet.
OPINION: Not so long John Key was asking us, by way of a flag referendum, 'what do you stand for New Zealand?' The answer that came back was 'yer,nah the status quo, I guess'.
OPINION: The truth is that despite my menacing, rugged, hard-as-nails, exceedingly macho, lumberjack-meets-Viking-like appearance, on the inside I'm actually a big fan of arts and crafts.
A lively debate is the best way to reach a good decision.
The weight fell off me – five kilos in a fortnight. My clothes belong to someone else, my skin belongs to someone else, and my belt is probing a notch we haven't probed in years.
Opinion: Raving about our clock tower on national TV, I realised my days of disowning it were over.
OPINION: Normal people with normal automobile intelligence think nothing of popping into the petrol station to refuel.
OPINION: Kids who get around on bikes develop better connections with the places they call home than kids who don't.
OPINION: The Tasman Rugby Union should have consulted with the fans before changing the logo.
OPINION: The humble pie has come under the spotlight.
OPINION: Seeing the day commemorated here in Ghana was moving.
OPINION: Hunt For The Wilderpeople brought me back home and put a smile smack bang where it was needed.
OPINION: You may ask, what is the problem with being more sensitive about prejudice, and racism in particular?
Nelson is home to many refugees from Myanmar who celebrated their national day at Nelson Intermediate.
I've finally mastered it. Vanishing, that is. Those 'Invisibility Glasses' I ordered from the back of a comic in 1965 were certainly a dead-loss. They had blacked-out lenses! The only thing that vanished was my hard-earned 2/6d over the horizon.
Legislation to combat cyber-bullying is showing its teeth in the courts, but there is still a question mark over a key part of the regime .
OPINION: Writers have long sought to understand war.
The horticultural season is in full swing and anyone who wants a job in the Tasman region should be able to get one at the moment.
Joyce Wyllie' wades through the tangle of health and safety abbreviations.
Trust – has anyone seen where it's gone? I'm sure I put mine down over here just a minute ago.