A perfect birthday with daggy lambs

Sheep in the yards at Kaihoka for a combination team building and dagging exercise.

Spending a day in the yards sorting dirty lambs for dagging is not everyone's idea of a birthday.

A rockin' good time in Timaru

Rebecca Smith of Timaru at the Hospice Rock & Hop held at Caroline Bay this month.

"You wanna hit the portaloos early," Ali says dryly.

Turning back the pages of time

If you weren't interested in watching the Koran being read out on TV, then you had to occupy your time with other things.

I've been doing a spot of time-travelling this week.

Weakened by a week of weirdness

Professor Robert Kelly is interrupted by his daughter while filming a live interview with the BBC.

I answered texts. I changed TV channels. I tweeted. I downloaded photos on Facebook. I was turning blue in the face.

I read the news today, oh boy

Professor Robert Kelly is interrupted by his daughter while filming a live interview with the BBC.

Ingesting the news in all its platforms left Russell Harding feeling a little breathless.

Does Nick Smith swim?

Bovine latrine or national treasure? Environment Minister Nick Smith poses beside a creek near Nelson.

OPINION: Probably not. I haven't seen him, for one. And I suspect he knows too much about cow poo.

Sneaky ploys to run down farming

Sometimes we feel a bit ``bullied''.

OPINION: It is easy for the public to get caught up in sneaky ploys of disseminating false information, insinuations and allegations.

Climbing the property ladder a pile of rot

Buying a former meth house isn't the most ideal scenario for first home buyers.

Rarotonga should jump on the Marigold Hotel bandwagon.

Something in the water

Blue bioluminescent waves off Sydney's Manly Beach in 2014. Millions of tiny organisms started glowing when agitated by ...

Gerard Hindmarsh on the spectacular and eerie natural phenomena of Golden Bay's natural bright lights.

'Boys will be boys' is not ok

Activists march past the White House as part of "A Day Without a Woman" strike on International Women's Day in Washington.

OPINION: Demeaning schoolboy posts about women are a symptom of a deeper problem with male attitudes.

The women of Kurahaupo

Off to the distance:  Rangitoto (d'Urville Island), where Hinepoupou resided with her Ngati Kuia relatives.

In the Maori world female ancestors have always been recognised for their leadership qualities, writes Dr Peter Meihana.

A spiritual stocktake

The gravity-defying Kereru, just one more reason to be cheerful.

OPINION: I've made a conscious effort to look on the bright side by being grateful for small mercies and everyday miracles.

Springsteen shows who's The Boss

Bruce Springsteen and members of The E Street Band.

With his human touch and with an eternal fire in his belly, Bruce Springsteen will forever be The Boss to his loyal fans.

Fun times on the water with the fairer sex

Rebecca DePole with a typical NZ brown trout.

With a flick of the wrist, females show they have more than what it takes to be great anglers.

In an instant everything can change

The scene of a crash that left two people dead on Monday morning.

OPINION: Two tragic deaths this week showed just how quickly our lives can be transformed forever.

Bounty and the beast

It's been said the hours spent fishing are not subtracted from the sum of a man's life; that the worst day fishing beats ...

Opinion: To fish anywhere is good, but to fish in Nelson is to sup with the gods.

Road to artisan food capital

Pic Picot, right, with former Prime Minister John Key, has helped put Nelson on the quality food map.

Taste of Nelson columnist Neil Hodgson reflects on the region's increasingly diverse and sophisticated food and beverage offerings.

People of our place

The open spaces of Leeston on the Canterbury Plains.

Columnist Angela Fitchett reflects on how we are shaped by the landscapes we dwell in.

It's a busy life down on the farm

"Chewing the fat" over lunch at the farm walk at Turimawiwi.

OPINION: People often ask "what do you do out there in the country?''

Game of No Thrones

The twists and turns of the freedom camping debate have inspired Bob Irvine's movie script.

OPINION: Rejection slips are a win in modern writing – someone has bothered to open the envelope containing your manuscript.

Life lessons learned from our precious pooches

Dogs know that sometimes a warm body and simple wordless companionship is better than all the talk in the world.

Dogs know more than a thing or two and could teach us all a few lessons on how to lead happier lives.

The Tavich touch

Tasman United coach Davor Tavich watches on during their 2-1 win over Eastern Suburbs at Trafalgar Park.

Davor Tavich continues to show that Tasman United gave the wrong coach the job at the beginning of the season, writes Phillip Rollo.

From Bangalore to Bandung for UFB

Ultra fast broadband might speed up your downloads, but some people have found that the installation process can be ...

OPINION: Ultra fast broadband might speed up your downloads, but for some the installation process can be ultra slow.

Our 'Amazon-scale' environmental crisis

The heavy steel doors from trawling can damage and destroy extensive areas as they are dragged over the seabed.

Opinion: Kiwis will be surprised to hear we have an 'Amazon-scale' ecological crisis occurring here on a similar scale.

Scratching my head over 'pilot whale'

A volunteer waters down a pilot whale stranded on Farewell Spit.

Opinion: If ever there was a classic misnomer, surely it is "pilot whale".

Silent killers find new home

A paddock full of scotch thistle at Kaihoka in Golden Bay.

OPINION: No more blisters or chemicals, just a silent killer.

Thick skin needed if you're nude to the scene

Cheeky bathers at Mapua Leisure Park leave nothing to the imagination.

Columnist Bob Irvine gets up close and personal with other campers at the Mapua Leisure Park.

Powhiri bridges cultural gap

Nelson Mail reporter Jessica Long and Kereopa Ratapu hongi at the Powhiri held at  Whakatu Marae on Waitangi Day.

The strength of New Zealand's culture and openness to diversity on Waitangi Day is a humbling experience that is vital to the preservation of Maori tradition, Jessica Long reports.

Immersion without conversion

The Aniseed Valley is a popular place to immerse yourself, whether for recreation or in a baptism.

Ro Cambridge examines her experiences with religion after witnessing a river baptism.

Lame duct holiday

The columnist enjoying a brief, but well deserved break in the sun.

A 1974 caravan, eight rolls of duct tape and strong winds - it was a mixed camping trip for our columnist Russell Harding. 

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