OPINION: The only thing the royals didn't charm was the weather.
Those who feel a general unease about the Treaty settlement process might take a little convincing over a key point in yesterday's Nelson Mail lead story.
Eight years after the Makos' tentative beginning, the Tasman Rugby Union is showing sporting dreams do come true.
On the face of it, you couldn't find a much more unlikely pairing than Hone Harawira and Kim Dotcom.
Supporting someone's dream is fair enough, but giving taxpayer dollars to a professional is wrong.
OPINION: Don Brash, what were you thinking?
Taxes remain one of life's certainties, but the ways they are applied at a local government level may be in for a shake-up.
OPINION: Enough is enough. The issues with resident misfit Lewis Stanton need to be resolved.
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OPINION: The Cambridge's personal appeal may further delay New Zealand's move to a republic that is seen as inevitable by most politicians and commentators.
While some doors are closing for central Nelson, others could be opening.
New Zealand is now rated third in the world for obesity, which elevates the risk of type 2 diabetes and many other health issues.
OPINION: Legal highs are back on the agenda with a vicar upset with what's happening in his backyard.
OPINION: There are few more repugnant social actions than an insincere apology - and insincerity is one of the easiest acts of personal subterfuge to identify.
OPINION: As a nation that prides itself on being friendly to visitors, many of us feel shame when tourists suffer harm.
It's a decision that appeared to take everyone by surprise - the comprehensive rejection of Japan's spurious argument over whaling.
Geoff Robinson, who signed off Morning Report today for the last time, has been a fixture in the breakfast routines of New Zealand households for 38 years.
OPINION: Cancer strikes so widely and indiscriminately that most people will know someone with it.
OPINION: The happy ending for Nelson cafe owners battling to stay in New Zealand shows the value of local action.
A young, innocent life suddenly put at risk by sickness or disease is a nightmare parents hope they never have to face.
OPINION: It's tough sticking your head above the parapet - even tougher when you're suffering from a chronic illness. But that's what Sarah Wilson bravely did.
OPINION: Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows, as the Bard reminded us in the Tempest.
OPINION: Last year's Ecofest drew 4000 people. Surely that support indicates a "sustainable" funding model could be established without the need for council involvement.
OPINION: The early days of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme had their share of controversy.
OPINION: This year started with a groundswell of concern over street thuggery in Australia.
OPINION: The economic landscape is filled with the sights and sounds of optimism.
Nelson's revamped bus service is showing steady progress two years down the track, but is still making little impact on traffic congestion.
OPINION: Through the 1970s and 80s, Top Town roamed the country putting small town teams through crazy obstacle courses.
OPINION: One thing about yesterday's rise in the Official Cash Rate - it can't have taken anyone by surprise.
Where to rebuild the Trafalgar Centre, if at all?
OPINION: Independent bookshops still have a tough road, but reports of their demise are exaggerated.