Ban a vote-catching lure

Generic fishing

National's plan to close the Marlborough Sounds to commercial fishing is likely to be greeted with some scepticism.

A song of freedom or a threat to it?

Eternal vigilance may be the price of freedom, but when does it get too steep?

Historic house home to memories

Fairfield House

OPINION: Thanks to one man's push for restoration, Nelson's Fairfield House, the place I met my fiancee, lives on.

All aboard the Gigatown fast-track


In just a half-step in the long march of history, the internet has transformed the world.

Dirt fails to stick for thinking Kiwis

Nicky Hager

It was good to be reminded that where it counts most, New Zealand politics is not so dire and soiled after all.

A less united kingdom

As the election countdown enters its final stages another critical vote of interest to New Zealanders is also looming.

Joining Clan of the Cavewoman


This week I am going to be digging my grave with my teeth. Or I am going on a diet which will miraculously improve my health.

Sugar blamed for dental decay

Esme Palliser

The region's oral health expert is generous to a fault in refusing to blame the parents of kids whose teeth have been munted by excessive sugar consumption.

Gone too young

There has been a huge outpouring of grief at the death of teenager Kathleen McInroe.

Awards honour our local heroes

What a great tradition the Royal Humane Society for Bravery awards are.

Unique collection financed by Nelson community

Guy Williams

This week The Suter Art Gallery launched a public fundraising campaign to purchase a painting by nationally renowned artist, Rita Angus, which would fill a significant gap in this public art collection.

No easy answers

Ashburton winz shooting

Shootings are still mercifully rare in New Zealand; rare enough that when something like the Ashburton tragedy happens it shocks all of us.

Home ownership less achievable

house for sale

Is this the end of the Kiwi dream?

Shaking off the blues

MID 10/6 winter blues

OPINION: Was anyone surprised at the survey which ranked Nelson as the unhappiest place in the country? | Nelson: NZ's saddest city

Important to support local art

Guy Williams

Great art should be as accessible as possible, which is why the Suter gallery's bid to buy a painting from one of New Zealand's greatest artists deserves support.

From overwhelmed to back on track

Jadeyn McKay and Jamie Sixtus

The concept of self-care during early motherhood has led me to seek new perspectives on issues common to mothers during the early years of parenting.

Taking hold of destiny


OPINION: If Motueka is thrive into the next generation, then the town needs to go it alone.

Fashion is in the eye of the beholder

Among the many striking things about fashion shows, are these curiosities: Who actually wears the clothes in real life?

Surgery systems need to be better

Chris Fleming

OPINION: Health board chief hits back at claims surgeons could be contributing to backlog by cherry-picking patients| Surgeons under fire

Daffodil Day a time to remember

Cancer Society Nelson volunteer

Today is a special day for those who have lost someone through cancer or are going through it themselves.

Pandering to one is unfair on the others

It must be galling for players like Ryan Crotty to accept a discretionary decision that once again appears to pander to the needs of one man.

Low turnout a risk to democracy

Ballot box

New Zealand used to be a world leader in voter participation at general elections, but no more.

Dealers in dirt betray trust

Nicky Hager

Are you disgusted by what's going on in politics? I am. We all should be.

Collins' absence conspicuous

Judith Collins

OPINION: Silence, especially in politics, can be as meaningful as a finely nuanced speech.

Patient care must be priority

300 medic

Patients are pawns in a battle between Southern Cross and a number of surgeons and specialists across the country.

Politicians and media going to the blogs

Nicky Hager


I can't help but think journalism has contracted a virulent disease from politics. I'm not sure it has an immune system strong enough to recover.

Wild animals scarce in forests

Steve Steele

You'd be a brave individual to wade head-first into the 1080 poison debate: Conservation to some, and ecological vandalism to others.

Reflecting on life as a reporter

Steve Steele

When you leave a job you've been at for years there's a lot of cleaning up to do.

Regional flights too expensive

OPINION: Huge gap between the cheapest and highest priced seats on regional flights is galling.

Backyard beer in very good cheer

Martin Townshend

Brewer Martin Townshend has struck a blow for his and the region's craft beer credentials by taking out the country's top beer award.

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