Flag fighting, give peace a chance

If people don't get their coffee fix, things can go downhill quickly.

It seems like the whole world is itching for a fight, but surely there's a better way.

Fishing Otago waters is food for the soul

Phil Clark catches another "whopper"? on the Teviot River, Otago.

The hallowed fly fishing waters of Otago have excited anglers ever since trout were first released into Dunedin's Leith River.

Perfect storm in a teacup

Former Cyclone Cook gave a lift to surfers at Mt Maunganui but its feared devastation did not eventuate.

OPINION: As summit meetings go, the invitation to Storm And A Teacup was less than riveting.

If it weren't for gumboots

John Clarke as Fred Dagg in 1978.

I bought a pair of gumboots the other week and all hell broke loose.  I would have bought just one, but they only sell them by the pair these days. 

Chef's new venture is in the bag

Pad Thai is just one of many delicious meals you can make at home thanks to the Inspire Meal Bags range.

Former Masterchef runner-up launches range of inspiring and simple meals you can create at home.

The powerful pull of the past

The wild beauty of French Pass.

Over the last few years, I've written a lot of columns about growing up at French Pass in the 1950s and 1960s.

Lost in transit

Gerard Hindmarsh's brush with United States border officials left was brutish and humiliating.

Columnist Gerard Hindmarsh shares a border security horror story from the land of the free.

Ordeal of those left without answers

Police continue to investigate Leo Lipp-Neighbours car after it was lifted from the bottom of Nelson Harbour on Tuesday ...

At last they may be able to stop searching.

Don't fear ideological diversity

'If you're not with us, you're against us' seems to be the mantra for today's upholders of free speech.

OPINION: Today's speech police is as oppressive as those their forebears fought so hard to overturn, writes Karl du Fresne.

To hear, or not to hear, that is the question

Something that is so small can make such a massive difference to those suffering from hearing loss.

One of the defining circumstances of my childhood was having a deaf mother.

We should be able to handle the truth

Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson at the launch of their book Hit and Run.

"You want ANSWERS?" says Jack Nicholson.

Scourge disappearing in cloud of vapour?

Vaping equipment or e-cigarettes.

The move to legalise vaping should, oddly, further clear the air in the battle against smoking.

Hooked on a feeling

Urban life allows few opportunities to hunt and gather but fishing fits the bill.

Driving past the Rock's Road fishing platform, you'll almost always see at least one hopeful fisher.

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.

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