It's February and the kids are back in school uniforms; the caravan is secure in its shady resting place after its yearly outing and, the golden weather has kicked into overdrive.
The death of Nelson mountainbiker Kelly McGarry in Queenstown this week has, in a poignant way, brought home his international significance in the sporting world.
News of Syrian refugees finally arriving in New Zealand last week couldn't come soon enough.
OPINION: The idea of Donald Trump becoming President doesn’t exactly calm my nerves.
Rodeos have been a part of New Zealand summers for more than 50 years, but their place is under increasing scrutiny.
OPINION: OPINION: The injuries caused to animals at recent rodeos highlights the danger to them, of being terrorized for entertainment.
Like a lot of people I find it hard to resist the occasional flutter on Lotto.
OPINION: Love of live music behind move to ask for donations, Nelson bar owner explains.
There's a confusing story here in Ghana which makes me double over in laughter each time I hear of it.
It’s not every day you drive miles out of town to let a complete stranger electrocute your pet but that’s exactly what our family did last weekend.
When controversial search and surveillance laws were narrowly passed four years ago, then Justice Minister Judith Collins said they brought "order, certainty, clarity and consistency to messy, unclear and outdated search and surveillance laws."
OPINION: The last thing I wanted to do was call out my own brigade on New Year's Day.
Forget Islamic extremists or anything to do with the Middle East, the world's first strapped-on suicide bombing happened in Murchison.
OPINION: Some are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them, and still others chase it down the street.
If you're reading this and you're in Nelson, you're a winner!
It's the middle of the holidays and the kids are bouncing around the house with all the increasing energy and noise of a kettle about to boil.
Competition is part and parcel of life.
As many parents know, choosing a name for your darling newborn son or daughter can be tricky.
OPINION: One of my favourite philosophies goes like this: it doesn't matter if you're an optimist or a pessimist, the result is likely to be the same but the optimist will have a better time of it.
OPINION: Memories of a golden summer in French Pass are still strong for Angela Fitchett.
Will the Tasman Makos finally produce their first All Black in 2016?
An "ordinary boy from Kurow" is now among the 20 most extraordinary New Zealanders.
That moment where pupil surpasses teacher is the ultimate accolade. Is it heck! The latter gets their butt kicked by an ingrate who doesn't even have the decency to lie to you.
OPINION: All this heavy talk makes me really thirsty so I poured myself another wine really fast.
OPINION: Musical pineapples and hanging birds: A history of weird Christmases abroad.
OPINION: Nick Smith's annual poll looks little more than a publicity stunt designed to give him the appearance of a mandate for the things that he wants to do regardless of actual public opinion.
Cometh the hour, cometh the woman.
"How do they know where anything is?" an elderly matron asks, her face beaming amid the grown-up equivalent of a sweet shop. Unity Books in Auckland has the loose air of an opshop, taunting the imagination with thoughts of treasures lurking.
The sign at the entrance to the Wynne & Son Coalmine is today all that marks the 1958 Mangarakau Mine Disaster.
Ghana has a bad problem with its electricity. Every night around 6pm, I cross my fingers and wait for a click or a beep.