A walk in the rain with Mike Hosking

TVNZ personality and Seven Sharp host Mike Hosking.

"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.

Learned Facebook users bag Blenheim

Should Blenheim doff its name, would other beleaguered towns dare to follow suit?

OPINION: Should Blenheim decide to doff its name, would other beleaguered towns follow suit?

Working as one

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter chief crewman Paul 'Ernie' Bryant.

OPINION: Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter chief crewman Paul Bryant talks about the service.

Lives ended too soon are connected to ours

The 600-strong crowd in Nelson who attended the I Will March for Moko event.

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.

Falling into the excitement of familiarity

Italy's Cinque Terre where the author recently found herself, pondering home.

Who has not felt both the excitement of setting off on a journey and the relief of arriving home?

Learning the skills of life

Nelson Training Centre students Brooke, Nick and Francis.

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.

What's your favourite waterway?

Breaker Bay near Kaiteriteri makes Bob Irvine's list of favourite waterways.

"Name your favourite waterway."

Childhood vaccinations vital

Getting the childhood MMR vaccine is a crucial protection against measles.

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.

Know your fire extinguishers

Some of the many fire extinguishers available. The wet chemical extinguisher on the right is the most suitable for ...

OPINION: It pays to have a working knowledge of different types of fires and types of extinguishers.

Campers challenge stereotypes stuff nation

A call for help changed this writer's attitude towards freedom campers.

OPINION: An experience with two "freedom campers'' has forced me to rethink my perceptions.

Words - a molehill's top dog

The author's dog is a writerly inspiration.

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.

What do we stand for?

Prime Minister David Cameron told the Queen some "fantastically corrupt" countries were attending the anti-corruption summit.

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'.  

Different, endearing and full of surprises

Emma Marshall who is exhibiting at G-Space Gallery

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.

Strong arguments are vital to democracy

Nelson City Mayor Rachel Reese talks with Nelson Intermediate Principal Hugh Gully before the start of a Nelson City ...

A lively debate is the best way to reach a good decision.

Unbearable lightness of being sick

Everyone has their own stomach bug horror story.

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.

Learning to love a local monstrosity

Nelson's much-maligned "eyesore", the Civic House clock tower.

Opinion: Raving about our clock tower on national TV, I realised my days of disowning it were over.

The curse of the low automobile IQ

If you have a low automobile IQ, you hate everything about cars except that they get you from one place to another ...

OPINION: Normal people with normal automobile intelligence think nothing of popping into the petrol station to refuel.

Kids and bikes go together

"A kid who enjoys cycling is more likely to grow into an adult who sees driving as an option rather than an absolute ...

OPINION: Kids who get around on bikes develop better connections with the places they call home than kids who don't.

Rollo: Makos fans should decide the logo's fate

Tasman Makos players Alex Nankivell, left, and Quinten Strange with the new logo.

OPINION: The Tasman Rugby Union should have consulted with the fans before changing the logo.

Always blow on the (smaller) pie

Pies may shrink in size as part of healthy food guidelines for hospitals.

OPINION: The humble pie has come under the spotlight.

An Anzac service far from home

Two Ghanaian soldiers play the Last Post at an Anzac service in Accra.

OPINION: Seeing the day commemorated here in Ghana was moving.

Now this is a New Zealand I recognise

Julian Dennison and Sam Neill star in Taika Waititi's film Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

OPINION: Hunt For The Wilderpeople brought me back home and put a smile smack bang where it was needed.

The slow seep of concept creep

Rain clouds over the Centre of New Zealand, Nelson.

OPINION: You may ask, what is the problem with being more sensitive about prejudice, and racism in particular?

Nelson's first Karenni National Day video

Mae Hla, left and Kayan Dancers at the at the Karenni National Day celebration at Nelson Intermediate.

Nelson is home to many refugees from Myanmar who celebrated their national day at Nelson Intermediate.

Visions and vanishing votes

Bob Irvine's vision painted a bright picture for Tahunanui and Rocks Rd.

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.

Cyber-bullying law showing teeth, but gap remains

A new law is cracking down on cyber-bullying but a proposed agency to help victims has yet to be established.

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 .

War poetry: not just for Anzac Day

Writer Panni Palasti will be interviewed on Fresh FM about growing up in Nazi-occupied Hungary.

OPINION: Writers have long sought to understand war.

Examining future of work

The revival of the apple industry has been good for the region, but MP Damien O'Connor cautions that its seasonal nature ...

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.

Health and safety on the farm

A track at Joyce Wyllie's Kaihoka farm above the sea shows the hazards of terrain, and need for managing risk.

Joyce Wyllie' wades through the tangle of health and safety abbreviations.

All we need is a haven for trust

Activists wear Panama hats and hold fake money at a demonstration in Berlin demanding greater financial transparency ...

Trust – has anyone seen where it's gone? I'm sure I put mine down over here just a minute ago.

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