Opinion

Reaching out for nana's help

There's no substitute for a nana's guiding hand.

In this week's Sweet Home Motueka Elise Vollweiler writes about what it takes to feel like you belong in a community and how sometimes you just have to ask.

Don't get ticked off, just do your job

The great Kiwi camping tradition still lives on but if we don't treasure these spots, they may just become a thing of ...

The story was buried in an Auckland suburban freesheet. It deserved front-page in the New Zealand Herald, and a spot on national TV bulletins.

Jamming of 1ZB our dirtiest election trick

Rev. Colin George Scrimgeour (1903-1987), Methodist minister and broadcaster, who became affectionately known nationwide ...

Dirty tricks in election-lead ups are par for the course.

Making your vote count

Voting is a hard-won right we all should exercise.The alternative is a failure to care.

The election is almost upon us now and some time tomorrow evening the result will be in.

Vision for a city of people, not cars

Nelsust argues Rocks Road should be a wide shared path for walkers, scooters, buggies and wheelchairs, combined with on ...

For a long time, the Southern Link has divided this town into potential winners and losers. Nelsust is calling for all win solutions.

Reeling through the years

The cassette tape: 90 minutes of durable, highly portable low-fi goodness.

In this week's Middle-aged Man Stu Hunt pushes rewind to the golden days of the cassette tape.

Poll dancing and election exhaustion

It's been a ding-dong battle this election between Labour and National.

The political polls go up – the political polls go down - they do the hokey-tokey and they shake this town around.

Outdoor issues still ignored

American angler and Washington DC political lobbyist CJ Bishop

It's general election time and politicians are supposed to be fair game.

Why we need the Southern Link

The likely route of Nelson's Southern Link, designed to provide a heavy transport route to the port.

OPINION: Things are changing quickly and Nelson is in danger of totally missing the bus – again.

Barking up the right tree

If you've never owned a dog before, you could do a lot worse than bringing a golden retriever into your life.

We've never owned a dog despite our youngest son's various Machiavellian and, quite frankly, emotionally manipulative maneuvers aimed at getting a dog, any dog, into our lives.

Hames made mincemeat of me video

Kane Hames is a 'destructive' scrummager, says his All Blacks coach.

OPINION: I said the All Blacks' newest prop wasn't known for his scrummaging and I got taken to task.

A bug in the system

Insects have their place but not inside the home.

In this week's Sweet Home Motueka, Elise Vollweiler looks at a subject that bugs her but fascinates her children.

The unkindest cut

You learn a lot about yourself at the barber's as Bob Irvine discovered.

The ducks are going nuts canoodling in the middle of the road so it must be spring.

Twinkle toes and travel prep

Ireland stirs the passions for those who call it home.

I am off to Ireland this week but the planning and preparation has involved rather more grit in the eye than twinkling.

Has Nelson gone full-Trump?

Tahunanui became a sea of blue bromance last Tuesday as the National roadshow rolled into town, with Bill English and ...

Local politics as performance art on a national stage.

Waterway health a gamechanger

There's been a lot of hysteria from both sides of the water quality debate. But no one could argue that more could be ...

Whoever controls the keys to parliament will need to come up with meaningful solutions to solve our water malaise.

Chowder, cow-poo and Nick Smith

Nick Smith: "If the entire National cabinet went swimming just after a flood, a couple might get sick..."

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but Grant Smithies discovers that's not true at election time. In the third of a series of lunch-dates with politicians, he talks to Nelson MP, Nick Smith.

Fatherhood a changing role

Changing nappies not for the faint-hearted.

In this week's Middle-aged Man Stu Hunt compares fatherhood styles on the nappy scale.

Election lolly scramble food for thought

With the general election looming, Nelson's local politicians have been trying to drum up support, making expensive ...

Back in June, I was not looking forward to three months of politicking. But with 22 days to go this election is getting interesting.

Sweet Home Motueka: Slip sliding away

The slide at Decks Reserve has seen better days.

In this week's Sweet Home Motueka Elise Vollweiler examines the state of play at Decks Reserve.

Bylaw a case of wait and see

People like Janine Targett will no longer be able to sleep rough overnight in the Nelson CBD.

The Nelson City Council, after much deliberation and more than few missteps, has voted in the City Amenitys bylaw.

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.

Everyone should mind the gap

Hayden Thompson of Pomeroy's Coffee and Pip Jamieson, National Council of Women and Graduate Women New Zealand are both ...

OPINION: A Nelson cafe's decision to charge men extra for coffee sparked a heated debate online.

Pooled efforts needed to fix waterways

Some beaches in Beach Haven on Auckland's North Shore have warnings against swimming and shellfish collecting.

OPINION: January 2008: "Let's stop for a swim." We'd reached Murchison on a stiflingly hot trip from Christchurch.

Sun, soil and skill

Winemaker Patrick Stowe with the 2016 Rimu Grove chardonnay voted Nelson's best.

Despite only producing 2 per cent of NZ's grapes, the Nelson region is creating some impressive wines.

Ticking the right box this election

Where are we going on the election road?

So many important things but only two ticks to say it with.

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