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Bring your kids to the Nelson Arts Festival

Sunny Ray and the Magnificent Moon at the Nelson Arts Festival.

From a World War One play to contemporary clowning, there's a variety of entertainment for the whole family at the Nelson Arts Festival.

Mamma Mia exceeds all expectations

Ally Hossain as Rosie, left, Glenna Armstrong as Donna and Amanda Crehan as Tanya in Mama Mia the musical by Nelson ...

Mamma Mia! Theatre Royal, Nelson Nelson Musical Theatre Reviewed by Trish Sullivan

Original music wins at Titans of Tunes

More than a dozen bands will take the stage during the first Titans of Tunes original music competition at the Playhouse ...

Come along to the Playhouse in Mapua for Nelson's first original music competition.

Maungatapu play to tour the top of the south

Murder and mayhem with the Nelson play Maungatapu Murders.

The long-form production of the Maungatapu play, of which the short version made its debut last year, has sold out during the Nelson Arts Festival.

Drift trikes a life-changer for Chopper

Paul "Chopper" Halsey says riding his electric drift trikes makes him feel 30 years younger.

For Chopper Halsey, life is best enjoyed sitting down and going sideways.

Fermenting fine wine relationships

Greg Day from Kahurangi Liquor Distributors with some of the fine international wines they supply.

A couple of years ago I wrote a column about Kahurangi Liquor Distributors and the port wines they import and distribute.

The broadcaster and the Beehive

Richard Griffin at his Ruby Bay home.

Richard Griffin is uniquely qualified to speak on two subjects journalism and politics.

Big move for co-op

Jaqueline Gibson stacks up the organic bananas

New premises have heralded some exciting changes for Nelson's Organic Green Grocer.

Bacco an affair of the heart

Terry Milton, owner of Bacco Restaurant and Wine Bar in Trafalgar St, Nelson.

Bacco Restaurant and Wine Bar is an affair of the heart for owner Terry Milton.

Taste and see - learning to appreciate wine

Juliane Cormier of Casa del Vino in Nelson with the enomatic dispensing machines for wine tasting.

An evening with a Master of Wine provides tips and tricks to better appreciate wine.

Mudcastle a dream destination

Upper Moutere's Mudcastle one of Airbnb's worldwide picks for a wedding venue.

Upper Moutere's Mudcastle has made Airbnb's list of dream wedding destinations.

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.

Preserving the family tradition

Mani Rai, owner operator of Little India in Nelson, one of 18 restaurants in the New Zealand chain which began in ...

Recipes cooked up by Mani Rai's Punjabi grandmother have inspired a chain of 18 Little India restaurants in NZ.

No mistaking Cable Bay's appeal

The view from Cable Bay looking out to Tasman Bay.

A mere 20 kilometres north of Nelson lies a little bay with an interesting past, Cable Bay, Rokokura.

Review: Dance Explosion

Ballet performers take to the stage as part of Wakatu Dance Theatre's Dance Explosion show.

Aptly titled, the Wakatu Dance Theatre's latest offering exploded onto the stage last night

Time well spent in the wonderful world of art

Hardy Bachert stands in his burnt out lounge where he exhibited photographs of the derelict city of Detroit in America.

On the eve of her departure, Judith Ritchie reflects on her time as arts reporter

Kiwi films star at International Film Festival

Director Gaylene Preston will speak at the launch of the New Zealand International Film Festival in Nelson about her ...

The NZ International Film Festival launches at the Suter Cinema in Nelson on August 9.

Natural world shared in exhibition

Printmaker Renee Hadlow with cut out stencils used in her works at Atkins Gallery.

 A group of artists share their love of the natural environment in an exhibition at Atkins Gallery.

Nelson's hottest winter attractions

"Hudson & Hall" actors Todd Emerson, left, and Chris Parker with Nelson mayor Rachel Reese at the launch of the Nelson ...

The temperatures might be plummeting but that's no reason to stay at home. Neil Hodgson looks at what Nelson has to offer.

Musical match made in heaven

James Wilkinson and Jacquie Walters treated their Nelson audience to a memorable show.

Very occasionally a concert comes along for which there are few superlatives to adequately describe the quality of the performance.

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. 

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