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Students go MAD on wearable art

Emma Pegg

School students from the Nelson-Tasman region created a spectacular range of entries for this year's Purple Cake Day children's wearable art challenge held at the Theatre Royal last Saturday.

Covered in mud and having a ball

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Rain did not deter the record 1400-strong crowd which squelched through 2km of Moutere estuary mud last Sunday for the annual Muddy Buddy event.

Raising spirits and cash


The Sarau Festival has raised $10,000 to help repair the fire-damaged Moutere Hills Community Centre with an estimated 5000 people attending last Sunday's event.

Elbow-popping action


Saturday saw thousands of spectators flock to the Richmond Rodeo to see cowboys and cowgirls take part in a tradition that has been going on for more than 50 years.

Festival brings out their best

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A total of 8000 punters turned up to the two-day Interislander Summer Festival at Richmond Racecourse, drawn by blue skies and an exciting lineup of events.

Floats welcome in the festive spirit

Santa Parade

Hundreds of cheering families lined Richmond's main road from Edward St to Cambridge St during the Pak ' n Save Richmond Santa Parade last week.

Willy Wonka theme a winner

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Upper Moutere School has won the Nelson Arts Festival masked parade’s Kim Merry Supreme Award for the third time since 2008.

Hip-hop stars impress judges


Hip-hop hit Nelson in a big way last Saturday with the city hosting the Shakedown Dance Championships.

Arrival style draws crowd

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Motueka ball-goers try to outdo each other for the novelty of their arrivals. Helen Murdoch was on hand to witness the glitz and glamour.

Students rejoice at first victory

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What would you do if you found a billion dollars?

Martin gets front row view of the world

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Martin De Ruyter has been a photographer at The Nelson Mail for 25 years and the paper's head photographer since 1993.

Lots of red faces at Richmond Santa Parade

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Floats in the Richmond Pak 'n Save Santa Parade featured plenty of fairy tale characters and just like the fairy tales, last Sunday's parade had a happy ending.

Kids rock along with the best

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They came, they saw, they rocked. Bands from 13 schools took to the stage at the 2011 Primary School Rock Festival held at Stoke School on Tuesday.

Fashion steps onto dogwalk

The Nelson Arts Festival went to the dogs when canine entrants dominated Pet Art Wear held at Founders Heritage Park.

Fun farewell to US Eagles

Italy walked away with the win but the USA revelled in the support from nearly 15,000 high-spirited fans who marked the team's last match of the Rugby World Cup tournament with chants and applause.

Festival celebrates kapa haka



The sound of song, dance, and war cries filled Nelson College's auditorium when the venue hosted Te Huinga Whetu Regional Junior and Intermediate Kapa Haka Festival on Saturday.

Having a ball


They came in fire engines, police cars, golf carts, motocross bikes with high-revving escorts and even a life-size Percy the Tank Engine.

A little bit country and pyjamas too

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Abbey Hahn is too young to have a beer but that doesn't stop her from playing the lagerphone.

Students sample grubs for funds

40 hour famine

Waimea College students spent last week raising funds in the international 40-Hour Famine and they had some fun doing it.