Round 5 of the Nelson Mountain Bike Club's Winter downhill series at Kaka, in Nelson's Matai Valley.

MTBs get down and dirty

12:02 PM  The Nelson Mountain Bike Club's downhill winter series turned into a mud bath.

Pain relief battle

Yvonne Gill has been using opioid painkillers for 10 years to manage pain from a medical mishap.

 A Nelson woman is angry at doctors for stopping access to strong painkillers.

Koha Shed turns two video

Hundreds of items have passed through the Nelson Koha Shed, helping thousands of people.

Nelson reign supreme video

Nelson turn it on to hammer Wanderers in Nelson Bays club rugby final. 

Tin foil hat wearers

OPINION: The concept of "alternative facts" is alive and well here in Nelson.

Stage set for Ma's Place fundraiser

Support group Ma's Place to benefit from proceeds of variety concert.

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Mountainbike mud bath

Tasman De Leeuw after his run in Nelson Mountain Bike Club's winter downhill series at Kaka, in the Matai Valley.

12:02 PM  The Nelson Mountain Bike Club's downhill winter series concluded in a mud bath.

Her unbearable pain

A woman prescribed strong opioid medication now suffers unbearable pain after being taken off the drug by doctors.

Two year anniversary for the Koha Shed video

Stage set for Ma's Place fundraising concert

Sport

Mountainbike mud bath

Tasman De Leeuw after his run in Nelson Mountain Bike Club's winter downhill series at Kaka, in the Matai Valley.

The Nelson Mountain Bike Club's downhill winter series concluded in a mud bath.

Hillier in top-20 in US

Daniel Hillier of New Zealand finished tied for 13th in the Southern Amateur, nine shots off the winner Karl Vilips of ...

Top Kiwi amateurs Daniel Hillier and Ryan Chisnall in top-25 in North Carolina.

Wasteful Suburbs eventually finish off Western

Players celebrate with Matt Tod-Smith after he scored the game-winning goal against Western.

Matt Tod-Smith's 82nd minute match-winner saves the blushes as Nelson Suburbs eventually finish off Western.

Highlanders rue off night video

Highlanders coach Tony Brown wasn't impressed with his team.

A wonky lineout, shaky scrum and poor discipline - Highlanders coach Tony Brown was not impressed.

Waimea Combined pipped at the death

Waimea Combined captain and No 10 Josh McPherson heads for the try line.

Christ's College kick late penalty to beat Waimea Combined.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

St Arnaud's alpine magic

Mid-winter kayaking with girls having fun on Lake Rotoiti.

Anyone who has ever spent any time at the alpine village of St Arnaud, Lake Rotoiti, will already know what a special and captivating place it is. 

What's On

Louisa Hopcroft's work, Indigo.

What's on in and around the region

Trials of medical profession laid bare

A scene from Hippocrates, screening next Thursday at the Nelson Film Society.

The fate of a young French doctor is in limbo as he struggles with a deadly misjudgement in next week's Film Society screening.

Charlotte Yates returns to musical roots

Charlotte Yates returns to Nelson for concert at the Boathouse

Kiwi musician Charlotte Yates is returning to her old stomping ground to perform a two-set show at the Boathouse.

Samoan residency opens the way for new Arts Centre

Children at the fish market on Savaii island in Samoa, gather to create with art equipment brought by arts reporter ...

After spending time in Samoa as Artist in Residence, arts reporter Judith Ritchie has returned with a mission of opening an Arts Centre there.

Opinion

Breaking up bad

It all starts innocently enough.

In this week's Middle-aged Man Stu Hunt combs through the wreckage of his dating history.

A part for every party?

Winston Peters expects voters to swallow his election bait about changing the political system every three years.

OPINION: It's two months before the election and there's a flotilla of political parties coming into the harbour hot and heavy. 

Taking a stand for climate change

Katerina Seligman and Joanna Santa Barbara with a copy of Our Climate Declaration.

If the government won't take climate action, individuals and companies can, says a climate activist.

Living in an ever-changing landscape par for the course

Landslides, like this one on the Clarence River in Marlborough, happen more than we like to think.

Fly over or drive through New Zealand's rural landscape and it's easy to see slips, slumps and toppled forests leaning drunkenly down hills.

Brutal assessment of town a hick-up

Visitors to Motueka are not typically greeted by banjo playing on the porch.

In this week's Sweet Home Motueka Elise Vollweiler recoils at the idea that her hometown could be considered a hick town.

Our People

Stage set for Ma's Place fundraising concert

The Split Apple Rockers Andrew Palmer, Dave Baker, Craig Starrenburg, Ernie Tarling and John Foes-Lamb are due to ...

Support group Ma's Place to benefit from proceeds of variety concert.

Kids having kids

Teen mothers Jayde McCleely, left, with her daughter Lylah Talbot, 11 months, and Lara Simons with her daughter Shylah ...

Jayde are Lara are both teenagers.

The making of Jack Bauer video

A shattered Jack Bauer reacts after the finish as he was caught by the peloton just metres short of a famous stage ...

Tracing the career of Tour de France cyclist Jack Bauer back to where it all started - Golden Bay.

Battle to return soldier's diary

Margaret Kearns of Stoke, Nelson with a copy of her father's dairy, Hartley Palmer.

The Government has intervened to help return a war diary to its rightful home in Nelson.

Changing face of Nelson

La Per and Mu Su Pan say they enjoy living in Nelson.

A fifth of Nelson's population was born overseas. Can the city meet their needs as they age?

Rugby

Waimea Combined pipped at the death

Waimea Combined captain and No 10 Josh McPherson heads for the try line.

Christ's College kick late penalty to beat Waimea Combined.

Nelson too good for Wanderers video

Nelson players and management celebrate their club championship success.

Nelson turn it on to hammer Wanderers in Nelson Bays club rugby final. 

Tough weekend for college teams

Waimea Combined Schools' fullback Matt Stevenson will be back in action against Christ's College.

Nelson College and Waimea Combined up against it this weekend. 

Club rugby final too close to call

Nelson flanker Ethan Blackadder has been one of the form players in this year's club competition.

Top qualifiers meet defending champs as Nelson and Wanderers fight it out in club season decider. 

Joass back in 15s mode

Trael Joass in action against Wales during this year's world sevens series.

Trael Joass looking forward to Tasman Makos' season.

Arts

Stage set for Ma's Place fundraising concert

The Split Apple Rockers Andrew Palmer, Dave Baker, Craig Starrenburg, Ernie Tarling and John Foes-Lamb are due to ...

Support group Ma's Place to benefit from proceeds of variety concert.

Permit to protest bylaw sparks outrage

Lewis Stanton's occupation of Trafalgar St has highlighted what the council says is a "gap" in its bylaw process.

A draft bylaw that would require permits to protest in Nelson has been called draconian and undemocratic.

Ruby Coast Arts members to open doors

Work by painter Lynette Graham, of Mapua, who is scheduled to take part in the Ruby Coast Arts open studios event.

The public can visit some working artists at Mapua, Ruby Bay and Tasman this long weekend.

Book art winner takes inspiration from life

Richmond Library promotions assistant Pania Konecna holds the Book Art competition section winning entry by Penny Sturrock.

It was a case of art imitating life for Book Art competition winning entry.

Short story comp entries open

Ella Pratt, of Mapua, gets her book signed by author Margaret Mahy at the inaugural Mapua literary festival in 2010.

Writers over 15 are urged to enter the short story competition.

Ivasa win Smokefreerockquest Nelson final

Fret 24 were the people's choice winners.

The plan to have fun pays off for winning Nelson College-Nelson College for Girls band.

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