It never ceases to amaze me how much trash leaves our house each week. With two adults and four kids (and their after-school friends) in the house it sometimes seems like a full time job picking up all the crap and rubbish generated by daily living in suburbia.
On the plane from Nelson to Auckland, the first leg of my journey back to Ghana two weeks ago, I nearly cried.
OPINION: Walking down Trafalgar St on Saturday morning I found myself thinking about cigarettes.
There are official rules and real rules, as Angela Fitchett discovers.
The row over how much alcohol should be served a fundraising degustation dinner is more than a storm in a wine glass.
Could bringing your dog to work create a happier, less stressful workplace?
In all the years I have been writing about wine and all the people associated with the production of it there are a couple of parts of the wine story I haven't written about very much at all, viticulturists and retailers.
REVIEW: No Facebook, no email, no mobile phones. It was glorious.
OPINION: Dog trials bring a lot of enjoyment, but registering working dogs does give rise to frustration.
OPINION: As a parent, getting your kids to 'own up' to their mistakes and messes is a big thing. Mostly they are small annoying little things – their mistakes that is. "Who left the door open?" "Who took the batteries out of the remote?" "Whose stuff is this in the middle of the floor I keep tripping up on?"
Stacey Knott leaves her new normal in Ghana for home comforts of Nelson and time well spent with her nana.
When I first realised Chloe Van Dyke was the daughter of Ben and Miranda her entrepreneurial attitude made perfect sense.
OPINION: What's the most important thing in education? It's obvious: it's the teachers your child will encounter.
OPINION: An emergency meeting of the Nelson-Tasman Chamber of Commerce ended in despair last night after revelations that no new cafe had opened in the region for three whole days.
OPINION: Encouraging inner city living is a key plank in the council's commitment to attracting more people to Nelson's city centre.
OPINION: Whenever anyone says something rude about Richmond, I always remind them that it's the home of the Aquatic Centre.
OPINION: Bill Moore is leaving the Nelson Mail after 32 years.
OPINION: Living where we do first aid is vital, knowing that any further aid is more than an hour away.
There's a story I'm working on in Ghana which makes my stomach drop when I start thinking about it.
"What is this thing 'middle New Zealand' you speak of Mike?" I asked. I went for a walk with him in the rain to find out.
OPINION: Should Blenheim decide to doff its name, would other beleaguered towns follow suit?
OPINION: Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter chief crewman Paul Bryant talks about the service.
Standing in the crowd at the top of Trafalgar St for the March for Moko last Sunday, I couldn't stop thinking about how so much in life is connected.
Who has not felt both the excitement of setting off on a journey and the relief of arriving home?
Located in Crisps Lane off Hardy St, the Nelson Training Centre (NTC) flies under the radar a little but it is an important part of the Nelson hospitality community.
"Name your favourite waterway."
It was not that long ago, in the early 1990s, when two major measles epidemics in New Zealand saw thousands of cases, hundreds of hospitalisations and seven deaths.
OPINION: It pays to have a working knowledge of different types of fires and types of extinguishers.