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Tackling heart disease

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If you are going to have a heart attack then the Nelson region is the place to have it.

Service at the heart of Anzac Day

The Anzac Day at Tinui was attended by hundreds of people, many of whom made the trek up to the cross on Mt Maunsell afterwards.

The April 25 pilgrimage to Tinui has become an annual ritual for us.

Let slip the guts of war

Prime Minister John Key meets the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

It's easier to have "guts" when it's not you, your son or daughter who's going to be shipped off to a war zone.

Hunters need to adhere to rules

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Season opening.
Hunting and Fishing Marlborough.
staff member,Nigel Smith calling the birds .
He wears................state of the art..........the NEW,Hunters Element Whistler Jacket and Pants.
" ZAC" can't wait to go hunting.................ducks............Zac has just come back from a Wallaby hunt...........and love's rabbits.
Zac is a 2 year old Springer Spaniel

Firearm safety messages aren't simply encouragements, or scolds, or just whining pleads.

Mind the gap

Rowan Macdonald has been served an abatement notice by the Nelson City Council saying that the gaps between the palings of his new fence are too small.

The case of the Nelson fence deemed to have gaps that are too small has shades of the absurd and the serious.

Come off it, cobbers

Probus New Zealand new Council members from left Denys Boshier, chairman Brian Monks, Lenore Townsend, Jim Taylor, Russell Tether and Ross Gurney.  It is the first time in the South Pacific clubs have been able to elect a representative council in their own country.

An unseemly spectacle has broken out over moves by New Zealand Probus clubs to form their own independent organisation.

Perseverance in a poisoned land

Beach Hunter: Ike Mirfin,13, with his first South Westland chamois

School holidays and it was off to Whataroa, South Westland, to hunt red stags in the roar.

Sam Neill got the Anzac nuances spot on

Sam Neill visits his grandfather's WWI grave in Belgian for the first time.

Did you watch Sam Neill's Tides of Blood on Maori TV on Anzac Day?  If you didn't, search for it online.  If you watched it, watch it again - it was easily that good.

Firing squads not the answer

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28:  A man lights candles during a vigil at Martin Place on April 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Supporters of Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran held a vigil tonight as the pair prepare to face the firing squad this evening at Indonesia's Nusakambangan Island. Chan and Sukumaran were both sentenced to death after being found guilty of attempting to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin valued at around $4 million from Indonesia to Australia along with 7 other accomplices.  (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)

Yesterday's execution of convicted Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia has been widely condemned, and rightly so.

Mayor's view on community funding cuts

Pete, an installation by Nelson Marlborough Institute students Scott Sumby and Heena Newport as part of last year's Light Nelson.

Rachel Reese responds to queries on city council's plan to slash community funding.

Shot in the arm for health

Vaccination: Check out the options thoroughly.

You’d think that, after a thousand blood tests, multiple IVs, and my fortnightly autoimmune stab, I’d be pretty much impervious to needles.

Hellish battle in pursuit of peace

Why Gallipoli?

OPINION: The danger of a large-scale Anzac centenary commemoration is that its elaborate trappings could romanticise soldiering and even war itself.

Grant still stinks

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 15:  
Members of Oracle Team USA skippered James Spithill wave to supporters after they defeated Emirates Team New Zealand skippered Dean Barker during race nine of the America's Cup finals on September 15, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Team Oracle USA won race nine and Emirates Team New Zealand won race ten.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

OPINION: Somehow the size of the Callaghan Innovation grant to a company owned by Oracle was extravagantly overstated .

A roadblock in the revenue stream

Another day, another speeding ticket.

A cop pulled me over the other day. In Atawhai, that's just the way things go.

Building a stronger community

Tahunanui School pupils  pull some weeds out of the vegetable garden at the school, part of the Kids Edible Gardens in Schools programme.

OPINION: When the council proposes to slash the Community Assistance Fund from $400,000 to $150,000 over three years, my hackles rise.

The end of the common touch

Serial ponytail tugger John Key shaves Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton's head for charity on the steps of parliament last year.

Just in case the Government is listening in, I want to make it clear that I have not had a ponytail for decades. Those photos that the GCSB may have dredged up and tossed on the PM’s desk are incriminating, in the way of fashion crime, and perhaps even titillating if that’s your bag, but they are old news.

What bound this band of brothers?

Anzac soldiers of the 6th Field Battery on water-carrying fatigues stop for a rest and a smoke.

OPINION: What can never fully understand is what impelled men to enlist for military service in the two world wars, knowing their lives might be at risk.

Sailing away from the cup

America's Cup boss Sir Russell Coutts believes a Kiwi replacement could be found for Team New Zealand.

The answer has been blowing in the wind for some time now: It's time to let the America's Cup go.

Housing monster must be tackled

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OPINION: A crash in Auckland property prices would be a sledgehammer economic blow.

Dinosaurs need help in digital age

Calling in the geeks can be an exercise in humiliation.

OPINION: I am one of those dinosaurs who once happily roamed a pre-digital world.

More industry needed for jobs liftoff

Engineers refit the interior lining and overhead lockers to an Air Nelson Q300 at Nelson Airport.

OPINION: It's a familiar lament from visitors to Nelson, "What a great place to live, if only we could find work here."

Nelson’s railway to nowhere

Spooner Tunnel is only open to the public one day a month over summer.

Smack bang in the middle of Nelson's railway to nowhere New Zealand's longest unused rail tunnel.

Bridge needs widening, ASAP

Two heavy trucks wedged on the Motueka River bridge.

OPINION: The Motueka River bridge is a hold-your-breath drive, and not just for nervous motorists.

Mussels helping to clean dirty water

Mussels have a role in cleaning dirty waters.

Trust using mussels to help reduce polluted waters.

'Let it all wash over you'

Stacey the window washer on the corner of Hardy and Rutherford Street on Tuesday.

OPINION: The windscreen-washing lark has whipped up a storm, and it’s not hard to see why.

Exploitive contracts need to go

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Wendy's workers and union reps L-R Adam Browne, Nathan Steer, Dallas Merlo-Sims, Jess Leatherby, Jerome Pula and Jason Belworthy protest after being denied an alternative holiday when they work on a public holiday. Because Wendy's workers are on "Zero Hour Contracts" they have no right to an alternative holiday or lieu day as it is known.

It seems larger companies are more likely to seek and exploit loopholes in employment law - and shame on those who do so.

Last chance to stop the dam

Nelson MP Nick Smith and David Carter discuss the proposed Lee Dam near its proposed location.

OPINION: It's time for the TDC to face reality over the Waimea Community dam, says Paul MacLennan.

The truth is, we all lie

The tooth fairy is standard in most Kiwi homes.

We tell white lies all the time, often without realising it.

With parenthood comes responsibility

CHANGING FRIENDS: But as I settled into single parenthood I found myself acquiring a new circle of friends and acquaintances who, like me, were freshly alone.

No doubt some people see the child support system as unfair but, obviously, it's essential.

Don't take Rabbit Island for granted

Places like Rabbit Island are environmental resources we must treasure and protect.

As is the case with many Nelsonians, Rabbit Island has been the scene of our extended family’s summer picnics.

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