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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.

Visiting maestro packs out cathedral

Musicians from all over New Zealand and Australia gathered in Nelson for an unique workshop and concert, under the guide ...

The lure of Maestro Masaaki Suzuki from Japan ensured a capacity crowd at Nelson Cathedral.

Leading expert celebrates Bach in all his greatness

Masaaki Suzuki and ensemble Juilliard415 feature at this weekend's Bach Cantata Residency in Nelson.

Singers and musicians are travelling from far and wide to attend the Bach Cantata Residency in Nelson from Saturday to Monday.

Schoolgirl sings for Sheeran tix video

Malaika, 10, is willing to play on stage for Sheeran as a fair trade for getting tickets to his show.

Ten-year-old Malaika Hollis missed out on concert tickets, so she posted a musical appeal to her pop idol.

Get ready for comedian Fergus Aitken

Fergus Aitken returns to Club Paradox in Nelson, then the Wholemeal Cafe in Takaka.

Comedy favourite Fergus Aitken returns to Nelson on Friday and Takaka next Friday night.

Trials of relationships explored in social comedy

Jen Amosa and Hugh Neill as Sandra and Kenneth, rolling up, in the play Love Love Love.

 A comedic play that explores romance, betrayal and fidelity over a period of four decades is about to hit the stage at the Theatre Royal.

Neighbourly relations shared in artwork

A limited edition screen printed tea towel from A backyard Job by Sharron Martin.

Have we lost the art of being neighbourly? Two Washington Valley neighbours have come together in an exhibition that celebrates neighbourliness.

Farewell Spit residency open for applicants

Work by Jo Campbell from the Farewell Spit Residency in 2014.

The Onetahua/Farewell Spit Residency is now open for applications from artists.

Pushing boundaries in the kitchen

Urban Eatery head chef Riki Day with one of their dishes.

 All great hospitality businesses have a hardworking team in the background, people who often shun the limelight but have a huge passion for the work they do.

Telling stories of illness through art

Curator Catharine Salmon with work from TLC at the Refinery ArtSpace.

Review: A thought-provoking, powerful, exhibition of art has been on show at the Refinery Artspace entitled TLC.

Studies have shown Urzila cracks people up

Crack'n comedian Urzila Carlson is coming to Nelson with her new show Studies Have Shown.

Urzila Carlson's a staunch comedian who doesn't hold back; serving up punchy expletives and ripping into subjects that are often tabu in Nelson on June 3.

Powerful coming of age classic

Kes, a 1969 film by Ken Loach about a bond between a boy and his kestrel, is the next Nelson Film Society screening.

Ken Loach's film, Kes tells of a lad brought up in a drab Yorkshire village who trains a kestrel.

Creative works blend old and new technologies

Kathaleen Bartha and Robert Thompson with work from the group show Cross Currents: Contemporary Nelson Artists at Atkins ...

Six artists who use a mixture of traditional and cutting edge technologies are exhibiting at Atkins Gallery.

Environmental rubbish motivates artists work

Sally Reynolds and Maggy Johnston with work from Life Saver at Parker Gallery.

Artists Sally Reynolds and Maggy Johnston ask the question: "What are we doing with our planet?"

Breadmaker's rapid rise

Tozzetti owner and chef Ben Carpenter with a selection of freshly-baked breads.

A chef who worked with Jamie Oliver in London wants to make Tozzetti "the best cafe bakery in NZ".

Our Places: Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri Beach at peak season

Elizabeth Bean explores the attractions of Kaiteriteri that go beyond its stunning golden sands.

Rossini celebrated by Civic Choir

Chris Lukies conducts the Nelson Civic Choir on Sunday at Nelson's Cathedral, performing Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

Nelson Civic Choir open their 2017 Nelson season on Sunday May 21 with Rossini's sparkling Petite Messe Solennelle, in the wonderful setting of Nelson Cathedral.

From Vegas to Disney

Disneyland caters for children of all ages.

Stu Hunt journeys to the multi-coloured theme park heart of America.

Early Loach masterpiece on show

Film director Ken Loach is known for his portrayals of gritty social realism.

Ken Loach directs our Classic (newly restored) 1967 debut film from the UK this week. 

Exhibition explores enduring illness

Curator Catharine Salmon with work from the exhibition TLC

In an exhibition titled TLC artists express their creativity while enduring long-term illness.

Focus on portraits in Refinery exhibition

Curator Catharine Salmon with work from TLC at the Refinery ArtSpace.

Painting a portrait can be both a confronting and liberating experience as three artists recently found out.

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