Going plastic-free for a month is harder than it sounds.
Are you ready for your fortnightly dose of "glass half empty-ness"?
It's worth recognising how lucky we were to grow up in peaceful times, and it's important to remember all those who didn't.
"Thank you for coming in, Mr …" "Cumberpatch. Elvis Cumberpatch. Call me Elvis."
OPINION: Nelson is still small enough that people say hello to strangers, says Matt Lawrey.
Thanks to Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne for his two columns on the Waimea Community Dam.
Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne's recent expressions regarding the Waimea Community Dam lack credibility.
OPINION: The council's decision to develop the Maitai River Walkway between the Nile St East and Collingwood St bridges to shared pathway standards could best be described as premature.
It was a funny old day at the market last week. It was mid-winter quiet but there was something else going on and it wasn't where I was at. I couldn't put my finger on it — and then came the sounds of protest.
OPINION: I've never felt our current flag represented this place we call home. It's always looked too generic.
The long slow wait for ultrafast internet.
OPINION: I'm not being run out of Motueka on the end of a pitchfork. I'm leaving of my own free will.
What purposes are served by our governing powers today?
Gated communities have a lot going for them.
OPINION: More kids going to their local school would mean less congestion, less pollution, and a more resilient community.
I've just survived a fortnight of Fifty Shades of Grey. It's involved a lot of lying in bed and horizontal passivity though not – what a life-saver - velvet hand-cuffs or spanking.
It's little wonder New Zealanders are increasingly sceptical of trade deals and the people behind the deals. The latest round of high powered TPP meetings, this time in sunny Maui, once again failed. But it hasn't stopped our unflappable trade minister Tim Groser - "we'll win the TPP war," he assures us.
A clause in the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership risks giving corporations too much power, says Graeme O'Brien.
Aaron Callaghan knows first-hand the more in shape you are, the better your brain works and the more energy and stamina you have.
I know it's only August but something tells me when the nation's newspapers review 2015, the name Rob Beaglehole is going to feature prominently.
As the child of two teachers, I have a love/hate relationship with the profession.
Columnist Bob Irvine envisions a much wider eye test for all aspects of our lives.
Surrounded by fluffy felines in the Hope Hall, a visiting French cat judge acknowledged his friends and family found his hobby a bit crazy.
All sorts of people seem to think it's okay to make as big a mess as they like whenever they catch a movie.
When people say India is in your face, they aren't joking.
It was just last week, after a delicious pizza from the Milton Street Fish and Chip Shop, consumed with a glass of wine at the Sprig & Fern next door, that it suddenly dawned on me. I now have a "local".
Okay, I can hear you groaning already! But I am only going to be berating myself, so you can relax!
Customers can now buy rainforest protection off the shelf. Huh? Yes, you can now buy New Zealand's first 'Conservation Credits' in a market-based mechanism of conservation financing developed by Ekos – an environmental financing charity based in Golden Bay.
It's mid-winter and it's cold and my head is full of man-flu. There is No Depression in New Zealand.
Nelson Tasman Hospice abides by the World Health Organisation's guidelines that caring for someone facing the end of their life - whether at home or in a hospice building - should neither hasten, nor postpone their death.