Musician Jasper Hawkins wrote the song Letter to My Mother after the death of his school friend Ben Rose.

School friend's song for lost mate

2:46 PM  After his childhood friend died, Jasper Hawkins' song helped a grieving family heal.

The missing Link

Nick Smith said he's hopeful Nelson's Southern Link could be included in an upcoming regional transport announcement.

The Southern Link has not been included on the govt's 'national significance' list.

Red Cross burglar pleads guilty

2:09 PM  A 41-year-old man has admitted to breaking into a Nelson Red Cross service centre.

Food cart back in business

A food cart near St Arnaud has reopened on the alternate highway after four months in limbo.

Sabotage at the sanctuary

Holes cut in Brook sanctuary fence, locks glued and trees felled ahead of poison drop.

Forestry fail: Bach destroyed

Miracle no-one home as felled tree writes off Nelson family's much-loved bach.

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Bridges beamed in

The concept design of the Irongate bridge on State Highway 1.

2:39 PM  Design plans show new-look coastal highway, complete with bridges and seawalls.

Hot wheels: Test drive ends in blaze

A car for sale in Nelson probably won't be bought after it burst into flames during a test drive.

Indoor market planned for New St in Nelson

Fashion's the thing at Spring Fling

Sport

Aumua ready to impress

Tasman's Levi Aumua is tackled during their first round loss to Canterbury.

Levi Aumua among the surprise packages in this year's Tasman squad.

Cyclocross riders have a muddy good time

Nelson rider Henry Jaine won the elite men's race at Saturday's New Zealand championships.

Cyclocross riders from across the top of the south enjoyed plenty of success when the NZ championships were staged in Marlborough.

Waimea College win Tasman hockey titles

Nelson College's Michael Trolove, left, and Waimea College's Sean Reilly contest possession during the boys' final of ...

Nelson College retain Mark Wilkens Memorial Trophy but Waimea claim tournament win.

Indoor bowls titles decided

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Nelson and Marlborough indoor bowls teams measured against each other during ...

Nelson champion of champions pairs and fours indoor bowls titles wrapped up.

Suburbs suffer heaviest defeat of season

Nelson Suburbs striker Ben Wright challenges Ferrymead Bays defender Ciaran Aherne in the air.

Ferrymead Bays have taken control of the Mainland Premier League after beating Nelson Suburbs 4-0.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Pinot clarity at Cloudy Bay

The pinot noir salon held at Cloudy Bay in Marlborough.

A gathering of wine experts at Cloudy Bay tasted the future of

Birdie's the word

Ruby-Ann Burgess, Harry Stocker and Fynn Sawyer with the chorus, in the Nayland College production of Bye Bye Birdie.

The opening night of Nayland College's Bye Bye Birdie was an exuberant and engaging affair.

Asia opportunity for Suter curator

Suter Gallery Curator Sarah McClintock has been selected as part of the 2017 Curators Programme.

A trip to Japan and Taiwan will potentially see more Asian inspired art in the Suter Art Gallery, says curator Sarah McClintock.

Art expo ready to deliver

A fine pair of offerings at last year's Nelson Art Expo. There are over 1000 pieces for sale this year.

Art Expo Nelson is returning to the Trafalgar Centre this weekend for the first time in four years. Organiser, Nic Foster says the newly revamped venue will offer 'a contemporary backdrop' for the artworks on sale.

Film debut for Nayland College alumni video

Jericho Rock-Archer, left, Phillip Rollo, Jared James, Steffan Paton and Joshua Rollo after they had wrapped up the ...

A doco by three Nelson film makers explores the power of rugby to bring people together.

Opinion

Pinot clarity at Cloudy Bay

The pinot noir salon held at Cloudy Bay in Marlborough.

A gathering of wine experts at Cloudy Bay tasted the future of

Makos can learn plenty from first-up reversal

Replacement midfielder Levi Aumua attempts to pierce the Canterbury defence at Trafalgar Park on Friday.

If the Tasman Makos are seeking a blueprint for success after Friday evening's 39-0 hiding in Nelson, the match video would be a good place to start looking.

Be prepared in the outdoors

Jake Mirfin was expertly patched up by Dr Chris Abbott at Nelson Hospital.

OPINION: Lately I seem to have been spending a lot of time running around filling in forms and ticking boxes.

Campaigning for a Nelson campaign

Nelson MP Nick Smith may face a contest with the Greens this election.

Russell Harding does his best to drum up national media interest in Nelson's election campaign.

Trying not to fry off the handle

Frying pans: great pieces of kit but lousy birthday presents apparently.

In this week's Middle-aged Man Stu Hunt develops his theory of temper control.

Our People

Humans of Nelson

Humans of Nelson

A national storytelling initiative has hit Nelson and a small but passionate group of local volunteers are driving it.

Film debut for Nayland College alumni video

Jericho Rock-Archer, left, Phillip Rollo, Jared James, Steffan Paton and Joshua Rollo after they had wrapped up the ...

A doco by three Nelson film makers explores the power of rugby to bring people together.

No dam: I'm out, says market gardener

Mark O'Connor with leeks, one of more than 30 varieties of vegetables grown by Waimea Plains-based Appleby Fresh.

TDC water permit assessments cut likely water allocations.

New challenge for kart driver video

Nelson kart driver Matt Butchart will contest the South Island Formula Ford Series this year.

Nelson kart driver given a surprise opportunity to race South Island Formula Ford Series.

Women lose thousands to pyramid scam

Clare Halford had an experience with Lotus Flower pyramid marketing scheme

Illegal gifting circles luring women with promises of big returns and sisterhood are being targeted for refunds.

Rugby

Aumua ready to impress

Tasman's Levi Aumua is tackled during their first round loss to Canterbury.

Levi Aumua among the surprise packages in this year's Tasman squad.

Waimea Combined in, Nelson College out

Centre Ryan Churchill, shown here against St Thomas', scored three tries in Waimea's big plate semifinal win over St ...

Waimea Combined Schools reach plate final as Nelson College's UC Championship title hopes end.

Hansen: Squire 'phenomenal'

All Blacks loose forward Liam Squire thrived in the job of running the ball near the touchlines in the test against the ...

All Blacks No 6 "lovely to watch" as he stepped up in Sydney, coach Steve Hansen says.

Griffins hold on against Country

Reserve hooker Brendan Asomua-Goodman contributed two tries to the  Griffins' win.

Tasman Griffins kick-start South Island series with win over Canterbury Country.

Tasman U19s overpower Otago

Tasman centre and captain, Rupena Parkinson, breaks Otago's defensive line.

Tasman Under-19s prove too strong for Otago at Trafalgar Park.

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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