You can't please all the people

Nelson deputy mayor Paul Matheson at the Greenmeadows site for the planned Stoke Sports and Community Centre.

OPINION: Consultation. It's a tricky beast, liable to head off in unexpected directions the moment you think you have it under control.

Sky not limit for evolution of travel

Could the Hoverbike lead to a Jetson's style sky travel?

OPINION: Kenneth Grahame deserves the Nobel Prize for his work in genetic engineering.

Glad dogs and Englishmen

Prince Charles on his walkabout in central Nelson.

There's nary a corgi or a Union Jack to be seen in central Nelson at ten o'clock on the morning of the royal visit. There are hardly any people either. Although Trafalgar Street isn't exactly Dead Man's Gulch, it's certainly quieter than usual. "Don't quote me" says a shopkeeper, "but town is dead".

Flagging up a foul in national debate

Andrew Fyfe and his koru flag.

If I was Andrew Fyfe, I'd be feeling a little ripped off right now.

Closed doors thrown open

18092014 - News  Photo by Derek Flynn / The Marlborough Express - Fairfax NZ.
Pic for Domestic violence Feature story. Silhouette.

OPINION: Part of journalism's work is to help make issues visible, which is why we are spending the coming weeks looking at domestic violence in Nelson.

Akwaaba: Welcome to Ghana

A busy street in Ghana's capital Accra

Nelson journalist Stacey Knott is in Ghana, where her new life begins by getting locked in a toilet.

Guided hunting in good hands

American Chris Emery of Safari Club International (SCI) demonstrates trophy measurement techniques on a huge set of New Zealand red stag antlers.

Only mad dogs and Englishmen would drive 600km to go to a meeting last weekend, but we went anyway.

Courage Day: Standing up for free speech

The massacre of 12 satirical cartoonists following the attack on offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo sparked a global debate on free speech.

According to Reporters Without Borders, a total of 720 journalists have been killed since 2005.

Kaiteriteri Store one part of vision

Plans show the redeveloped carpark at Kaiteriteri Beach.

OPINION: Martin Rodd responds to the backlash over of a controversial new store at the popular beach.

Facebook, like life, is all about effort

Social media giant Facebook has transformed the way we interact with friends and family.

OPINION: Facebook, as more than one person has observed over the years, can be a curious beast.

Glee and sympathy for royals

Prince Charles greets people during his walk down Trafalgar Street on Saturday.

OPINION: "Who's that Daddy?"

Network Tasman's changes explained

Network Tasman chief executive Wayne Mackey.

OPINION: Some members of the community are questioning Network Tasman's motives for change.

Shifting to Tahuna a backwards move

The Nelson Red Cross on Parkers Road in Tahunanui.

OPINION: Red Cross isn't infallible as the row over their plans to move refugee services from town to Tahunanui is starting to highlight.

Island braces for change

Cranes are used to launch boats from Kingston Pier on Norfolk Island. Photo: Gerard Hindmarsh.

When $68 tickets to Norfolk Island came up on Grabaseat three weeks ago, I jumped at them.

Caravan of charm

Bob Irvine's trusty caravan Jean - "a millionaire's pad on a pauper's coin". Photo: Bob Irvine.

You tot up the figures with the skill of a quantity surveyor, balancing input, processing rate and outgoings.

Lowdown on electric cars

The Reynolds family of Christchurch in their Nissan Leaf ready for the school run. The Leaf is now an affordable electric car option.

"Never let the truth get in the way of a good story." – Mark Twain

Victory deserves community support

Victory Community Centre director Kindra Douglas.

Five years ago Victory School and the Victory Community Health Centre entered the inaugural community of the year award and won.

Rollo: Punt's omission is embarrassing

Anita Punt scored for the second straight match as the Black Sticks defeated Belgium 2-0 at the World Hockey League Semifinal.

OPINION: Anita Punt's omission from the Nelson Sports Awards is an embarrassment and proves there is a clear flaw in the eligibility criteria.

Love letter to bookshops

Bookshops like Page & Blackmore offer endless surprises and possibilities, writes Ro Cambridge.

OPINION: The book lust was upon me and a book token was burning a hole in my pocket when I visited Page and Blackmore's bookshop last Saturday.

Storing memories of home

Nelson journalist Stacey Knott has been soaking in the views and tranquility of her home city ahead of her move to Ghana.

Nelson journalist Stacey Knott has said her goodbyes, over-packed her bags and soaked up the tranquility of New Zealand ahead of her move to Ghana.

No pressure T J Perenara

All T J Perenara, centre, has to do is force his way into the World Cup final and score nine tries to make Russell Harding a winner.

So I'm happy if the All Blacks win – it's just that I need a victory with certain conditions being met. If those conditions aren't met, I sense I'll be copping flack from my wife for four more years.

Nelson's unique selling points

A cycling family on Trafalgar Street.

OPINION: The things lifting Nelson above the crowd are craft beer, urban art and cycling. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place famous for all three?

Raining on parade

The Masked Parade needs more music and noise from participants and those watching, says Bob Irvine.

The Masked Parade needs more noise and more originality, says Bob Irvine.

Walkers, cyclists on collision course?

Nelson College students cycle to school using the Maitai walkway near the Hardy St foot bridge.

Walkers are worried cyclists are being given priority on shared pathways. They may have a point.

Local talent deserves more support

Nelsonians are often accused of saving their annual entertainment budget for the once-a-year Nelson Arts Festival,

OPINION: Our region prides itself on hosting world-class acts at the annual arts festival; if only we showed the same support for local performers.

Kaituna a hotbed of creativity

Brian and Karen Cooper of Weka Workshop with their latest creation and Bay Art entry, a massive super-king bed called ``Away with the Faeries''.

From a largely untidy scrap of land with a run-down 1940s house at one end, Brian and Karen Cooper have used their tenure to transform their elongated property into an artistic wonderland.

Ignoring population sets perilous course

Are we charting a dangerous course by ignoring overpopulation, asks Mike Gregory.

A lot of effort goes into reducing carbon emissions, recycling waste, using less energy, and these efforts should make our resources go further and keep the planet afloat longer.

Russell Harding: A mug's view

Mt Maunganui was one of the many sights Russell Harding took in on his family's North Island holiday.

OPINION: Our tiki tour of the North Island is over and the kids went back to school this week with relieved smiles.

Into Africa

Former Nelson Mail reporter Stacey Knott is heading to the colourful Ghanaian capital of Accra to follow her heart and pursue her career.

I'm going to a country I discovered I loved, where there's a lot to get a journalist's blood pumping.

What price TPPA?

People gathered in central Nelson last month to protest against the TPPA.

Judith Paviell asks what human purpose does the Trans Pacifice Partnership Agreement serve.

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