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Touring together for the first time

James Wilkinson, left, and Jacquie Walters are performing at Fairfield House.

Nelson musician Jacquie Walters and Christchurch guitarist James Wilkinson had never toured together, despite having known each other for 25 years.

Campion reveals organic process in latest exhibition

Nelson artist Dan Campion with a work from I'd Rather Go Home Hungry, at Parker Gallery.

Dan Campion opens a new exhibition revealing a personal  journey 

Perrine Moncrieff legacy honoured in arts residency

Gill Starling, top left of The Framing Rooms with Nelson Central School children Sara Halliwell, bottom left, Emilia ...

Rose Shepard and students exhibit works created during the inaugural Artist in Residency at Nelson Central School.

Regional artists among WOW finalists

Mike Ward with some of his previous WOW creations. Ward and his son Jonty are finalists in this years WOW Awards.

Eight creatives from the Nelson region have their garments selected as finalists in this year's WOW Awards.

Cake business on the rise

Phil Lash of Chocolate Velvet.

As the name suggests Chocolate Velvet is a business that specialises in happiness; glorious cake happiness.

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.

Retreat offers quiet time to write

Writers at a previous retreat at Rai Valley, Dot Scott, Kristina Jensen, Jane Higgins, Carol Don Ercelano, Liz Mahoney, ...

Writers from the region are invited back to the Rai Valley again this year for a writing retreat. 

What's On

Cast from Shake it up for Sea Shepherd.

Looking for something to do in the Nelson region this week?

Yulia's songs of passion inspired by deep loss

Yulia, left, is dedicating her concert at the Playhouse to her mother, Galina Townsend, right, who passed away on July ...

Russian born popera singer Yulia is returning to Nelson for one show at the Playhouse in Mapua on Sunday. 

Creative family share passion for nature

A painting by Steve Bellamy.

Artistic talent runs deep in the Bellamy family; father Steve and daughter, Caroline are about to open a joint exhibition at the Suter's McKee Gallery.

New venue for Impressions Art Awards

Claudia Recorean, Supreme Award Winner at the Impressions National Art Awards in Nelson, 2015.

 Impressions National Art Awards exhibition is moving to a new venue, the Mapua Hall, open from October 7 to 15.

Drive for deliciousness

Hopgood's & Co's head chef Aaron Ballantyne.

There are many ingredients to Hopgood's & Co's head chef Aaron Ballantyne's drive for perfection on a plate.

Holiday boredom busters

Isel Park is the perfect place to go for a picnic.

30 school holiday boredom busters.

Homegrown herbal tea business blossoming

Emma Heke with her home grown herbal teas at the Nelson Saturday Market.

A homegrown herbal tea business is growing from a Nelson backyard.

Donald Trump comes to Nelson

Wellington actor Alexander Sparrow impersonates Donald Trump in his DJ Trump shows.

One of the world's top Trump impersonators is bringing his show to Nelson.

Artist forging a solid reputation

Kaiteriteri artist John Wolter at work in his studio making a Viking helmet.

Kaiteriteri artist John Wolter was heading for a classic burger joint in San Francisco, but never arrived.

Precinct the perfect spot for discerning foodies

Precinct Dining's Tim and Kylie Andrew have created a restaurant that has a modern feel to the food.

Motueka has had an important role in this region's food industry for many years, primarily as a place food is grown and processed, but in recent times it has also become home to some wonderful eating establishments including Precinct Dining Co.

Arts Festival a feast for the senses video

Live statue Brie Mercer performs at the Waimea College. Arts Festival in the school's main hall, which has been ...

Waimea College's hall has been transformed into an gallery as part of the school's Arts Festival.

Nelson songbird flies home again

Nelson-born songwriter Sharon O'Neill is returning home for two shows at the Boathouse in September.

One of Nelson's most successful musical exports is coming home for two September shows.

Moveable Feasts to warm up winter

Nelson restaurants Fords, Urban, Golden Bell and Babagatto are four of the 16 eateries showcasing their food during the ...

Culinary journeys through three Nelson restaurants in one night are back on the menu with even more variety.

Forty years in the food game

Tony Robertson outside Char Bar and Grill on Hardy St.

Tony Robertson, owner of two major Nelson eateries, share his recipe for success in the restaurant business.

Wizard of Oz coming to Nelson

Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel is playing at Nelson's Annesbrook Church on September 20 as part of a nationwide ...

Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel talks about his Kiwi musical connections, Nashville and scoring free tickets to the races.

Film delves into effects of capitalism in modern China

A scene from next weeks Film Society screening of Mountains May Depart

Jia Zhangke, cinema's skilled historian of a China evolving so rapidly that its own citizens can scarcely keep up, strikes a melancholic chord in Mountains May Depart. 

Fibre Spectrum celebrates 30 years with exhibition

A shawl featured in the 30th birthday celebrations at Fibre Spectrum.

A group of fibre artists who formed as Fibre Spectrum in 1987 are celebrating 30 years in business with a group exhibition

Cultural trauma explored in exhibition

Ann Braunsteiner in shadow, with work from #lostchildhood at the McKee Gallery in Nelson.

 Artist Ann Braunsteiner has carefully and deliberately constructed #lostchildhood, and exhibition exploring cultural trauma in the McKee Gallery.

Cafe 'a cross-section of Nelson society'

Staff Ayesha Hohepa, Christie Gerrish and Beth Phipps at Yaza Cafe in Nelson.

Yaza is a quirky little cafe in a corner of the Montgomery car park that has carved out quite a reputation.

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