Zac Mortimer, left, and Luke Kenyon had their first day on the job at the Waikakaho Valley forest fire.

Learning on the job

A huge forest fire was a steep learning curve for two Blenheim teenagers.

Man dies in Sounds

Marlborough's Coastguard Rescue boat at work in the Marlborough Sounds.
Midweek nautical page.

He suffered a cardiac arrest while boating in Queen Charlotte Sound with family members on Friday

Damage indicates ship 'hit rocks'

Investigations reveal damage to the liner Azamara Quest and paint on a rock it is alleged to have hit.

No pain no gain

Multisport ace Jeremy McKenzie won the second edition of the Sounds Half race.

Satherley Mystery

Years after a Marlborough man was apparently murdered, his widow recorded him as the father of her children

Missing woman found

A Christchurch woman reported missing on Thursday has now been found in Marlborough.

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Marlborough farms up for sale by receivers

Marlborough dairy farmer Phillip Woolley.

Six farms are put up for sale to clear a debt of more than $30 million.

Mystery Link writer unveiled

Who is this Peter Gilham who wrote a feature on Rocks Rd and the Southern Link in the February issue of Nelson-based Wild Tomato magazine?

Teachers choose to unschool

Providing a catalyst to succeed


No pain no gain

The Sounds half transition area on the Picton foreshore on Saturday morning.

Marlborough multisport ace Jeremy McKenzie battled pain and injury on Saturday to win the second edition of the Sounds Half race, based in Picton.

Rams the team to beat

Upper Hutt's Murphy Taramai leaves a Johnsonville defender in his wake.

Only a brave person would predict where the next national club sevens tournament will be held.

Blair Cup bound

Bella Rose will make her debut for the Marlborough under-18 tennis team age of 13 in Richmond on Sunday.

Marlborough enter their annual Blair Cup tennis fixture against Nelson on Sunday seeking to overcome their recent struggles in the under-18 matches.

Sounds Half set for round two

Sounds Half race organiser Pete Halligan, left, and pre-race favourite Jeremy McKenzie, who will be battling injury to be ready, on the Picton foreshore where the race will be centred on Saturday.

Leading Marlborough multisporter Jeremy McKenzie will be looking to go one better while race organiser Peter Halligan is hoping for a repeat of last year’s occasion when the second te Pa Marlborough Sounds Half ironman is raced in Picton on Saturday.

Hinds hoping for long shot

The Central Hinds have the final round of the women's competition this weekend, against Northern Districts at Whangarei.

The Central Hinds are still a chance of reaching the Twenty20 final.


SATIRE: New 'flaky' fish rule

The Beaver

SATIRE: The ministry is rumoured to be in talks with a Marlborough winery to provide its taste-tasters with small bottles of sauvignon blanc.

Letters to the editor

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Letter boxes at Okiwi Bay.

Correspondents write about marine farming, Express coverage, plant-based diets and ecological hypocrisy.

Cook Strait hopefuls keep on coming

Swimmers Danny Hanlon and Bernard Stone, swimming a Cook Strait relay record attempt, switch over mid-swim.

The 22-kilometre stretch of water, between New Zealand's North and South islands, has humbled its latest adversaries, proving once again its volatile nature.

Flying the flags

Lyn, left, and Paul Meikle are flying both the current and the proposed new flag at the Anchor Inn, Kaikoura. The couple say they would be happy with a change in flag as the existing one is too often confused with the Australian flag.

The current New Zealand flag and the proposed black, white and blue design are both flying above Kaikoura's Anchor Inn to help people decide their position on the debate.

Letters to the editor


Correspondents write about the proposed recreational fishing park, noise standards, place names and 1080.


Nervous tourists hire chauffeurs video

Christchurch-based chauffeur Robin Adams acts as both taxi driver and guide for overseas visitors. "I mother them all the way around."

Tourists too scared to take to the wheel, or wanting a more relaxing holiday, are paying to be chauffeur-driven around NZ.

Increase in domestic manufacturing sales makes up for weaker exports

Dieter Adam, chief executive of the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said a relatively strong domestic economy was making up for uncertainty in the global economy.

A survey of manufacturing in December showed an increase in domestic sales almost made up for a 10.76 per cent drop in export sales.

Providing a catalyst to succeed

Catalyst Capital founder David Taylor wants to use his skills and money to invest in Marlborough businesses.

Blenheim business expert David Taylor is looking for companies to invest in.

Last days of The Loft

Construction work to transform former Blenheim bar The Loft into a backpackers will start later this month, building owner Gary Smith says.

The project will start with earthquake strengthening before the building is converted into a hostel.

Business Buzz

Ritual cafe staff Cleonna Hocquard-D'Alliessi, Erin Rolleman, Del Lowther and Dave Lowther.

Marlborough Express reporter Oliver Lewis shares the latest business news from around the region.

Your Marlborough

New Zealand's most romantic spots

Take a helicopter ride to a glacier and mountain peak for an unforgettable picnic in Queenstown.

Can't make it to Paris this February 14? We've got you covered with the most romantic getaways in your own backyard.

What's on

Chinese New Year on Wednesday

Things to do around Marlborough this week

Book revives 'Satherley Mystery'

Garry Satherley's daughter Tessa at the site of her great-great-grandfather's grave in Tuamarina Cemetery.

Years after a Marlborough man was apparently murdered, his widow recorded him as the father of her children

New cornets for band

Marlborough District Brass Band members, from left, Blake Shearer, 15, Tori Greenback, 17, Jonty Zydenbos, 13, Kodi Rasmussen, 15, Ben Parsons, 16, and Rata Foundation trustees Rosemary Wells and Tony de Reeper with some of the 10 cornets the band bought with a donation from the foundation.

"Every time you go to a public event in Marlborough the band is there playing."

Sweet Az festival

The lineup of top Kiwi acts at the Sweet Az Sun Festival will be led by The Black Seeds.

The second annual Sweet Az Sun Festival is set to rock Lansdowne Park on Sunday.

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Chinese New Year on Wednesday

Things to do around Marlborough this week.

150th Anniversary

Photos and stories from the archives

Blenheim residents getting the results of the 1911 election from the Marlborough Express.  Note man writing results in the window of the Express. December 7 1911.

Countdown to 150 years of The Marlborough Express

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