Surrounded by fluffy felines in the Hope Hall, a visiting French cat judge acknowledged his friends and family found his hobby a bit crazy.
When people say India is in your face, they aren't joking.
It was just last week, after a delicious pizza from the Milton Street Fish and Chip Shop, consumed with a glass of wine at the Sprig & Fern next door, that it suddenly dawned on me. I now have a "local".
Okay, I can hear you groaning already! But I am only going to be berating myself, so you can relax!
Customers can now buy rainforest protection off the shelf. Huh? Yes, you can now buy New Zealand's first 'Conservation Credits' in a market-based mechanism of conservation financing developed by Ekos – an environmental financing charity based in Golden Bay.
It's mid-winter and it's cold and my head is full of man-flu. There is No Depression in New Zealand.
Nelson Tasman Hospice abides by the World Health Organisation's guidelines that caring for someone facing the end of their life - whether at home or in a hospice building - should neither hasten, nor postpone their death.
Progress Nelson Tasman Chairman Craig Dennis explains here why the Southern Link is vital for the region.
Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese takes a battering from time to time on these pages - but what does she really think about the media?
On Thursday morning I woke to watch the sunrise over Tasman Bay from a top floor apartment at Little Kaiteriteri.
I've sipped herbal teas and upped my coffee intake and yet nothing has the zing of liquor.
The City Council has been urged to approve the logging of a 25-hectare block on Fringed Hill, at the head of the Brook Valley.
OPINION: Wasting our taxpayer dollars on revisiting political whims is a vanity indeed.
I have a confession to make. I love romance novels. I'm a sucker for a happy ending. And, y'know, reading about kissing, let's be honest.
The authorities making the rules around beekeeping must be careful with that growing fraternity, beekeepers.
Whatever my future may hold, one thing is certain - I will be making good cups of tea well into old age.
My old clunker of a piano that I loved and cared for like nothing else in my life is quite possibly the reason why I am not sitting in a Dublin council flat with five kids from six different fathers. That is the power of music.
Nelson's recent Startup Weekend, run by INNOVATE, joins a worldwide network of 54-hour intensives where would-be entrepreneurs join together to become actual entrepreneurs, incubating business concepts into viable projects. Jeff Kohen participated.
This Friday we recognise the 30th anniversary of NZ's first and only foray into international terrorism - the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior.
So another week passes and with it the latest almost compulsory news items whose sole value seems to be in enraging us.
Fishos who currently enjoy a three bag limit in Tasman Bay are probably going to be punished for the historical mismanagement of the inner sounds.
OPINION: Nelson activist Verena Maeder explains why she risked a prison sentence to call for action on climate change.
Poet T.S. Elliot called April the cruellest month but July is no picnic for hospitality businesses either.
A small good-deed this week set off a train of treats.
It's one thing to respect Maori heritage, but that doesn't mean deferring to folklore that we know to be absurd.
My standard of housework has always been abysmally low, but this winter it has plummeted way below the Good Housekeeping Bureau's plimsoll line.
OPINION: So now Diego Maradona wants to stand for FIFA president.
Cynthia McConville, convemor of Nelson Walkers Unite, responds to a story on shared pathways in The Leader last week.
OPINION: Why do we allow a sign on the main street that calls for shame on the Nelson SPCA?
Green Teens in Lycra 2007