Opinion

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.

Malone should be in the running

Liam Malone celebrates after winning at the Paralympic Games.

OPINION: Liam Malone deserves to be up for Sportsman of the Year at the Halberg Awards.

Late but welcome tackling of blokedom

Massey University senior lecturer and former Black Ferns captain Farah Palmer has been appointed to a top-level role at ...

It might not have been the last bastion of blokedom – but then again….

We must not turn a blind eye

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A number of Filipino reconstruction workers are being exploited in a ...

"Slavery" is not a word that fits well with the sort of New Zealand most of us know.

Individuality shines in hidden retail gems

The Little Free Library on the corner of Tasman and Halifax Sts.

Beyond the blandness of retail shopping are some quirky stores worth exploring, says Ro Cambridge.

The busy life of a shepherd

Modern day sheep farming on the hills at Kaihoka.

The flocks are much changed, but modern sheep farmers still face the challenges of shepherds of centuries ago.

'Poison rain' on the Mokihinui

A green 1080 pellet dropped on the banks of the Mohikinui River.

Outdoors writer Zane Mirfin argues that continuing 1080 drops are "futile" and costly.

Farewell from Ghana

Former Nelson Mail journalist Stacey Knott and her partner John in Accra.

Former Nelson Mail journalist Stacey Knott reflects on an adventurous year in her final column from Ghana..

Living in a different country to 'Brand Key'

John Key's popularity was amplified by media acolytes, says Russell Harding.

John Key won the game, but what about the country?

Extending the gift of life

When Australia opted to fund Perjeta, it made the treatment available for women who had been diagnosed for up to a year.

For the women involved, and their families, it would be beyond price.

Jingle bells, food waste swells

Ruth Seabright, development manager at Nelson Environment Centre, with persimmons rescued as part of Kaivolution food ...

It is no secret that as Christmas approaches our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs.

Waking up to emergency planning

How much do you have in your emergency kit?

Good intentions are not enough for disaster preparedness planning.

Surreality TV, or is it?

Donald Trump's presidency offers no end of possible reality TV shows.

Bob Irvine takes a sneak peak at a new season of unreality TV.

Broken links and silver linings

The November 14 earthquake may spell the end of the line for the main trunk network north of Kaikoura.

EDITORIAL:Spanning the country from Cape Reinga to Bluff, State Highway 1 is New Zealand's most significant road.

That's a fail

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Stock Photo - pretty female college student sitting in a classroom full of students during ...

It's just as well the New Zealand Qualifications Authority is calling on independent experts to examine its exam setting processes.

Tiny invaders pose big problems

Argentine ants are experiencing a surge in numbers across the Nelson region.

OPINION: How wonderful if a regional pest management strategy could find a way to tackle Nelson's ant invasion.

Reinventing the world and the word

Former All Black captain Richie McCaw has reinvented himself as a pilot and still gets to hang out with the prime minister.

OPINION: "Post-truth" – that's Oxford Dictionaries 2016 WOTY (word of the year) and what a WOTY it is.

'Crashing witch' illustrates news threat

Fake stories are proliferating through social media, with some surfacing on mainstream platforms.

The rise and spread of fake news makes traditional journalism even more important, says Stacey Knott.

Fishing as world shakes and heavens open

Spotted Beauty: Paul Brower with a typical West Coast brown trout.

Shockwaves from the North Canterbury quake, days of rain and the presidential elections were among the challenges for a fishing guide.

Stanton 'protest' is beyond tiresome

A bail condition banning Lewis Stanton from the Nelson CBD was not justified, a judge has ruled.

OPINION: The ongoing spat between Lewis Stanton and the Nelson City Council does no one credit.

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