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*Hop Harvest* March 1st is a significant date in the Nelson district because it heralds the start of the hop harvest. The hot, dry summer has ripened the flower...Read more about "Hop Harvest"...
Picton's Anzac losses
Many Picton and Sounds families suffered losses during World War One. The original Jackson[sitetree_link,id=653] settlers lost four grandchildren. This is the story of two other families. The Godsiffs John Godsiff, known...Read more about "Picton's Anzac losses"...
Colonial Summers While family and friends back ‘home' spent the Christmas/New Year period engaged in traditional cold weather activities, Nelson's earliest European settlers found the colonial holiday period to be...Read more about "Colonial Summers"...
Wreck of the Penguin
The worst shipwreck in New Zealand during the 20th century happened in Cook Strait to the regular passenger ship taking people from Picton to Wellington. Penguin passing through...Read more about "Wreck of the 'Penguin'"...
The ponds, marshes, lagoons and tidal estuaries fed by the Wairau and Opawa Rivers had always been the richest year-round food resource in the Cook Strait area. Major fighting...Read more about "Waikārapi or Vernon Lagoons"...