Sunday morning, 8am. Things weren't all that promising.
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I decided to turn the problem of nothing to wear into a shopping opportunity. I focused on Nelson designers in my search for a professional-looking outfit.
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We import too much crap, we buy too much crap, and we waste too much crap. And here comes Christmas, with its exhortations to buy more crap to show our love.
‘Geez Russell, put your shirt back on!" Bugger. It was Frank. His mug appeared through the workshop window and he'd caught me at the worst of times.
Sea-run trout have got to be one of New Zealand's greatest sport fishing treasures.
It was the night before the New Zealand's Got Extreme Pop Factor auditions, and in their bedrooms across the city, best friends Jess'ka, Destynnee and Ambah stared at their mirrors and repeated their positive daily motivations.
This global round-up of weird Christmas presents is becoming a tradition - but it's murder on my psyche.
We are all collectors in some form. Hello, group. My name is Bob and I'm a chair-aholic.
The appointment of Paul Thompson as RNZ's chief executive gives hope.
While Americans use the same words as we do, they can mean quite different things.
Some anglers wax lyrical about their exploits: "I made a few casts with a red dragon fly but the line fell like silver wire on the water and danced idly over the cool stones in the rapids ... " (F Rollet.)
The recent Mail article, "Does Nelson measure up in the greenie stakes?" cast around for reasons to be greenish and commented: "Maybe it's the proximity of long-term hippie hangout Golden Bay."
To avoid becoming little but a retirement community, Motueka needs some visionary thinking and leadership.
The exposure of the Len Brown affair has commentators talking of further Mutually Assured Destruction as the "left" seek retribution from the "right".
If Tana Umaga's assessment of Ben Smith's move to centre is accurate, then we'd best be prepared to cut the All Blacks' best back some slack in Dunedin on Saturday.
The Log o' Wood is on the move again, although it's going to require an even more circuitous route if the Tasman Makos are to get another taste of shield fever.
We all want to know when we're going to die. Perhaps that explains the fascination with studies such as that recently conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
How do you stay fit and active when you've picked up your Gold Card?
It was the one-in-three chance which might have scuppered the All Whites' chances of reaching the next football World Cup finals before they'd even begun.
There's just one question consuming the minds of the Black Caps. How do you beat South Africa?
Shhhh! Pete my fox terrier has finally fallen asleep and I have some very distasteful but necessary business to take care of.
Nothing makes you feel quite so alive as wandering with a dog in a cemetery on a clear spring day.
I urge you to support our local eating establishments - and to get you started, I've tried three of them.
Stoke is not a fashionable or trendy place - and we don't care. Stoke's strength is its atmosphere, strong community and facilities, not its retail zone.
The prospect of a tangible reward can sometimes push a reluctant scholar over the top and into success.