Renwick School pupil Jack Powell, 7, takes a Ritchies bus home to North Bank Rd in Marlborough.

Bus stop investigation avoided

6:19 PM  Education Ministry has acted following a complaint about a rural Marlborough bus stop.

Crisis in the making

Blenheim counsellor Vienna Cassidy warns a cut in funded counselling in Marlborough will impact the most vulnerable.

5:14 PM  Funding cuts could ramp up suicide rates, homelessness and domestic violence, counsellors warn.

No conviction for burning letterbox

5:32 PM  A teenager who set fire to a stranger's mailbox has avoided a conviction.

Table tennis thriller won by Arawa

Arawa and Liquorland played out a thrilling match in section one of the Marlborough senior A grade table tennis competition on Thursday.

Factory fixup unearths hidden gem

Historic discovery found during work on 104-year-old former cheese factory.

Marlborough appeal

Aucklanders are cashing in and buying homes in Marlborough for half the price.

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News

Proposal to cut police prosecutors 'absurd'

Blenheim barrister Rob Harrison says cutting the number of police prosecutors will clog up the justice system.

4:45 PM  Police are proposing to axe a police prosecutor position from the Blenheim District Court in a move branded "absurd" by Blenheim's leading criminal barrister.

Health and safety laws concern for Marlborough

Marlborough businesses say they are concerned about proposed new health and safety laws, while the Government says the changes should not have much impact on those already with good health and safety practices.

New owners for Blenheim Montessori school

Link Pathway taking shape

Sport

Tasman under-19s lose to West Coast

Denvour Kiel, pictured playing for Nelson, scored the only try for Tasman under-19 in their defeat to West Coast in Murchison on Saturday.

The Tasman under-19 rugby team endured a torrid season-opener after losing 31-5 to the West Coast Heartland team in the wet at Murchison on Saturday.

Uso Fiafia hold court

Bella’s Team registered two wins and Uso Fiafia took out a hard-fought top-of-the-table clash when week four of Marlborough Volleyball’s Fairweathers Winter Leagues was played on Thursday night in Blenheim.

The Wellington Lions get down to business while training at Picton's Endeavour Park on Monday morning, led by former All Blacks squad members Brad Shields, far left, and Ardie Savea, second from left.

Makos, Lions prepare for Marlborough match

Marlborough gets its first taste of national provincial championship rugby for the season with the Tasman Makos and Wellington Lions spending time in the province this week ahead of their pre-season match at Lansdowne Park on Thursday.

Opinion

Chance for potential Tasman Makos to show wares

Big English lock Will Carrick-Smith gets his chance to impress against Manawatu.

The payoff for compelling club form is about to be rewarded as the Tasman Makos rugby selectors cast their eye over the province's emerging talent.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

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Letters to the editor

Readers write in about the Picton Library and the councillors abstaining from voting on the civic theatre.

Business

New owners for Blenheim Montessori school

Willy and Rachel Roundhill are the new owners of the Montessori House of Children in Blenheim. They took over the school on Saturday from founders Rose and Matthew Montgomery.

August marked the end of an era for a Blenheim pre-school when the founders of Montessori House of Children handed over their 20-year-old businesses to new owners.

Firm trades on despite $16m debt

Creditors vote in favour of repayment deal to keep Waimea Contract Carriers in business.

Marlborough Wine Growers chairman Clive Jones

Wine Bill amendment to clarify origins

A stronger clarification of exactly where the wine in a bottle of pinot noir came from is expected to be made law by late 2015, wine industry figures say.

Your Marlborough

Dale carries the torch for Marlborough

Former Special Olympics medallist Dale Smit has returned from Los Angeles, in the United States, where he was one of 10 torch bearers ahead of the 2015 games. He is pictured with the torch and some of mementos from his two week trip.

Two weeks of carrying the torch ahead of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games was an amazing but exhausting experience, a Blenheim man and former medalist says.

Comedian coming to Havelock

Kiwi comedian Nick Rado, who writes for the hit TV show 7 Days, is heading to Havelock next weekend for a night of comedy and a charity auction. 

John Romano has been made a life member of Bowls Marlborough.

Bowls for life

It is an honour to be awarded a life membership from Bowls Marlborough, John Romano says. 

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