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Queen knights Stoke seniors

Colleen Flower dressed as the Queen used a foam sword to knight William Bond as Stoke Seniors celebrated St George's Day with a lunch.

The Queen came to Stoke, celebrating St George's Day with some of her loyal subjects.

Mapua's growth is 'good and bad'

Ivan Wells has called Mapua home since 1929.

After 85 years in Mapua, Ivan Wells has mixed feelings about the suburb's rapid expansion.

Senior citizens get heating grant

Showing how they used to have to get wrapped up to play indoor bowls at the Motueka Senior Citizens hall are, from left, George Riordan, Pauline Sharkie, Terry Frater and Shirley McCulloch.

Thanks to almost $11,000 in grants, Motueka's senior citizens no longer have to shiver through winter.

Flag signed again, 100 years on

Janet Harley the great grand daughter of Janet Ramage Harley was the first to sign a Red Cross flag as was her great grandmother 100 years ago when a signature covered Red Cross Flag was used as a  fundraiser during World War I.  In the background Lynne Williams, second from left, Gabrielle Humphreys, Nick Mason and Jackie Tye from Red Cross.

History repeated itself at Founders Park when Janet Harley signed a Red Cross flag exactly as her great-grandmother had 100 years ago.

Soldier lights up Dominion Museum

Berry & Co portraits projected onto the Dominion Museum building as part of the Light & Sound Show (John Edgar Vaughan is featured far left in the middle) World War One (WW1)

A Nelson soldier who served in WWI is being projected on to the Dominion Museum in a Light and Sound show remembering Anzac heroes.

Servicemen seeking members

Lindsay Jukes with the flag which will be marched by trained servicemen to Trafalgar Park for the Anzac Day dawn service.

A group of servicemen who underwent compulsory military training but never fought in the war hope to reach out to more men like them.

Learning never ends for ambo staff

St John Ambulance volunteers Callum Cockerell, left, Carmon Lawson and Jono Clayton.

Last year, the Nelson Mail followed St John Volunteers who had just begun their training. Samantha Gee reports on their progress. 

Nelson hairdresser comes up short

Nadine Gratton, of Ursula Harris Hair Design.

Nelson hairdresser Nadine Gratton has just completed her first experience competing in the WorldSkills Oceania Competition

Family torn apart by war

The Skilton family of Golden Bay, front left, Nellie and Philip Skilton, centre left, Tom, John, Florence, Vincent Skilton, back left, Sidney, Neal and Rupert Skilton.

At the outbreak of World War I, parents endured sad farewells as their children left for the great unknown.

Birthday surprise for flying Freda

Suzy Andrew with her son Keyan Andrew, who loves helicopters at the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter open day at Nelson Airport.

Freda Kerr got a surprise 90th birthday present at the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter open day - her first ride in a helicopter.

Nelson Central principal calls it a day

Former Nelson Central School principal Dr Paul Potaka, wearing a Korowai, the school staff and board gave him as a leaving gift, and holding a patu, gifted from the school’s whanau classes.

After 18 years as Principal of Nelson Central School, Paul Potaka has hung up his hat, and is off to spend time with family around the world.

Nelson muso joins Finn for Anzac anthem video

The original group that recorded "Blue Smoke", Noel Robertson, left, Jim Carter, Terry Hall and George Altridge.

At 96-years-old Jim Carter thought excitement in his life was behind him. Then Neil Finn phoned him.

Science teacher out of comfort zone gallery

Golden Bay High School science teacher Paul Nield is on a six-month placement at Cawthron Institute, which is part of the Science Teaching Leadership Programme.

Golden Bay science teacher Paul Nield has traded his classroom for the laboratory at Nelson's Cawthron Institute.

Hut makeover a tribute to tramper

Nelson Tramping Club members outside the painted  Flora Hut.

The popular Flora Hut in Kahurangi National Park has received a makeover as a lasting tribute to Nelson tramper Ruth Hesselyn.

Blanket blaze forces motel move

The electric blanket on the bed in the master bedroom of Andrew Goodale's Nelson house caught fire.

Andrew Goodale and his family have been living in a motel after an electric blanket burst into flames at his Nelson house.

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