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. 

Unbearable tragedies need our response

Youth suicide is an unbearable tragedy for families and the country.

Most people would find it barely credible that two youngsters not yet in their teens would take their own lives within a single month.

Hard road to find perfect phone

Bob Irvine's digital dependency is growing with his search for a smartphone to replace his old Samsung.

A smartphone crisis has led Bob Irvine to take desperate measures.

Removing lethal weapon threat overdue

Contractors demolish a Kaikoura building damaged in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake last November.

Anyone who has looked nervously at the central Wellington's skyline when visiting the capital will welcome the news. 

Facebook vs Real Life

Most of us face a much different reality than our Facebook lives reveal.

Have you noticed how on Facebook everyone's life is never less than perfect?

Trump: The joke that went too far

In flipping between the serious and the silly, Donald Trump was always able to destabilise his opponents.

In flipping between the serious and the silly, Donald Trump was always able to destabilise his opponents.

The next big cycle trail?

One thing that has not changed since the November earthquake is the spectacular scenery along the east coast of the ...

The mountains on one side; the sea on the other. Imagine a cycle trail along the stunning Kaikoura coast.

Summer sun and family fun

Five Go Mad in the Marlborough Sounds: Swimming is a favourite summertime activity with any kid.

Summer is the perfect time for creating a lifetime of family memories.

Falling bombs and fickle forecasts

Parts of the West Coast was thoroughly drenched, including the cemetery at Karamea.

"Bomb low" illustrates the explosive impact of nature, and the difficulties of predicting it.

The French (Pass) tennis open

Serena Williams made an early exit at Auckland's ASB Classic, blaming the windy conditions.

Tennis greats could learn a thing or two from the fun family tournaments played at French Pass, writes Angela Fitchett.

Inlet's rich history highlights loss

Setting off on a fishing expedition at Rakopi, Clay Islands in background.

Golden Bay's Whanganui Inlet used to be teeming with fish and birdlife. Now it's much depleted.

Smile, you're a static athlete

Bob Irvine imagines an even more beautiful future for the Miss Kaiteriteri contest.

Imagine if beauty contests, like Miss Kaiteriteri, got serious about training.

Stifling a home grown bonus

Soaring house prices in Queenstown have seen residents turn to renting out their homes to holidaymakers to make extra money.

EDITORIAL: Here's a variation to the old line about things that look too good to be true generally are so.

Ah, those summer memories

Totaranui in the Abel Tasman National Park is a magnet for campers, but a gastro bug has clouded the experience for some.

Nasty norovirus not what you expect to bring home from holiday.

Adding to the great, big melting pot

Residents and visitors from all parts of the world mingle on Auckland's Queen St.

My daughter, who bears a Korean name and inherited Korean genes from her father, and Irish and English genes from me, gave birth to her first child in Auckland hospital on December 20.

Tasman hit the bottom

Canterbury United striker Stephen Hoyle scores the game-winning goal with just seconds left to spare in their 3-2 ...

OPINION: A Canterbury dagger deep in injury time leaves Tasman Utd with the sorry form guide: LLLLL.

With thanks to an artist and fisherman

Martin Simpson's brown trout print takes pride of place in Zane Mirfin's lakehouse.

Nelson artist and fisherman Martin Simpson captured the beauty of trout fishing.

The gift of a new year

The fertiliser goes on to keep the grass healthy at Kaihoka.

Farmers have the next 52 weeks to build budgets, make decisions, read meat-works schedules on Fridays and manage other challenges and changes.

A fact-finding mission to enlighten the provinces

Barbering is high fashion again. Salons are everywhere.

OPINION: Each staff-member at my daughter's work received a bottle of wine for Christmas. Nothing unusual with that, except this vintage had gold flakes floating in the fluid.

Ghost of Christmas present

Scrooge gets a rude awakening by the Ghost of Christmas Future in this Royal New Zealand Ballet production.

"You'll want Christmas Day off, I suppose?" said Scrooge.

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