Spending a day in the yards sorting dirty lambs for dagging is not everyone's idea of a birthday.
"You wanna hit the portaloos early," Ali says dryly.
I've been doing a spot of time-travelling this week.
I answered texts. I changed TV channels. I tweeted. I downloaded photos on Facebook. I was turning blue in the face.
Ingesting the news in all its platforms left Russell Harding feeling a little breathless.
OPINION: Probably not. I haven't seen him, for one. And I suspect he knows too much about cow poo.
OPINION: It is easy for the public to get caught up in sneaky ploys of disseminating false information, insinuations and allegations.
Rarotonga should jump on the Marigold Hotel bandwagon.
Gerard Hindmarsh on the spectacular and eerie natural phenomena of Golden Bay's natural bright lights.
OPINION: Demeaning schoolboy posts about women are a symptom of a deeper problem with male attitudes.
In the Maori world female ancestors have always been recognised for their leadership qualities, writes Dr Peter Meihana.
OPINION: I've made a conscious effort to look on the bright side by being grateful for small mercies and everyday miracles.
With his human touch and with an eternal fire in his belly, Bruce Springsteen will forever be The Boss to his loyal fans.
With a flick of the wrist, females show they have more than what it takes to be great anglers.
OPINION: Two tragic deaths this week showed just how quickly our lives can be transformed forever.
Opinion: To fish anywhere is good, but to fish in Nelson is to sup with the gods.
Taste of Nelson columnist Neil Hodgson reflects on the region's increasingly diverse and sophisticated food and beverage offerings.
Columnist Angela Fitchett reflects on how we are shaped by the landscapes we dwell in.
OPINION: People often ask "what do you do out there in the country?''
OPINION: Rejection slips are a win in modern writing – someone has bothered to open the envelope containing your manuscript.
Dogs know more than a thing or two and could teach us all a few lessons on how to lead happier lives.
Davor Tavich continues to show that Tasman United gave the wrong coach the job at the beginning of the season, writes Phillip Rollo.
OPINION: Ultra fast broadband might speed up your downloads, but for some the installation process can be ultra slow.
Opinion: Kiwis will be surprised to hear we have an 'Amazon-scale' ecological crisis occurring here on a similar scale.
Opinion: If ever there was a classic misnomer, surely it is "pilot whale".
OPINION: No more blisters or chemicals, just a silent killer.
Columnist Bob Irvine gets up close and personal with other campers at the Mapua Leisure Park.
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.
Ro Cambridge examines her experiences with religion after witnessing a river baptism.
A 1974 caravan, eight rolls of duct tape and strong winds - it was a mixed camping trip for our columnist Russell Harding.