Festival-goers dance it up in the sun during an afternoon set from Tahuna Breaks.

Wine festival turns it on

Perfect weather, wine and food delighted thousands at the 32nd annual Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.

Backpackers go unpaid

Vineyard workers in Marlborough claim they are not getting paid in full.

"It was the same story every day. We weren't sure if we were still employed."

Buller lose Hawke Cup

It took Buller 106 years to win the Hawke Cup, but their reign was a short one as North Otago claimed the prestigious cricket trophy in Westport on Sunday.

11,000km from home

"When you're surrounded by cities, you stop realising there's so much outside of the place you're in."

Flashpoint over poachers

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

No autopsy needed for dead eels

It was possible someone had dumped thousands of litres of a chemical and not even considered their actions were illegal.

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Train blocks traffic

Carriages on a freight train became uncoupled at the intersection with Dillons Poi nt Rd, Blenheim around 3.40pm on Sunday, stopping traffic for around 17 minutes.

Train carriages which become uncoupled blocked traffic in Blenheim on Sunday afternoon.

The shops are empty

"People don't know how much it costs to run a business."

Fashion in the Vines

Businesses unite


Eagles soar in Intercity finals

Jason Bird makes contact for Saints Ram during their win over United Titans in the playoff for third place at the Nelson-Marlborough Intercity softball finals in Nelson on Saturday.

Nelson softball teams continued their dominance in intercity club softball competition against Marlborough sides this season when Waimea and Stoke Eagles met in the final on Saturday.

Buller lose Hawke Cup

The Buller team following their Hawke Cup win at Mainpower Oval in Rangiora. Back row, from left, Mark Burnett (assistant manager), Michael Anderson, Michael Grafton, Alistair Burnett, Nik Cumming, Troy Adams, Ben Pratt, Max McDonald, Alex Paterson, Ethan Slee and Pete Knowles (manager). Front, from left, Clinton Harvey, Troy Scanlon (captain), Andrew Duncan (vice-captain), Craig Adams and Frano Volckman.

It took Buller 106 years to win the Hawke Cup, but their reign was a short one as North Otago claimed the prestigious cricket trophy in Westport on Sunday.

Buller in with a shot

Andrew Duncan, left, and Troy Scanlon, right, will start the final day of Buller's Hawke Cup defence in Westport at the batting crease on Sunday.

Buller’s two leaders will be at the forefront of their drive to retain the Hawke Cup as their match with North Otago enters the final day’s play, on Sunday in Westport.

Sheat edges closer to 200m qualifier

Lucy Sheat in action during the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa last year.

Marlborough sprint Lucy Sheat now just 0.03sec off World Junior Championship 200m qualifying time.

Valley hit their target

Wairau Valley opening batsman Fanie de Villiers drives during his side’s senior club Twenty20 final victory over the Wairau Cavaliers on Friday at Horton Park in Blenheim as Cavs wicketkeeper Colin Wood reacts.

Practice is paying off for Wairau Valley’s senior cricketers this year, with a polished fielding display assisting them to the Twenty20 club cricket title on Friday night in Blenheim.


SATIRE: Flag vote canned for cancer drug

The Beaver

SATIRE: "I don't care how much money we have wasted already, this goes no further."

Tourists will leave, shoplifting will stay

A man is arrested by police after being caught shoplifting.

Shoplifting tourists are essentially a summer problem, struggling New Zealanders who shoplift all year round are the real issue.

A tale to remember

The Treaty of Waitangi was first signed on February 6, 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and various Māori chiefs from the North Island.

It should also be noted that rangatira themselves held varying views on Te Tiriti o Waitangi

MP on the TPP

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MP Stuart Smith at his office in Blenheim.

Last Thursday was a significant day for New Zealand with the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Auckland.

OPINION: Marine park

Sustainability key to marine debate

Wild juvenile paua are pictured with seven spat (light blue seeded paua). The spat are taken from adult paua then farmed and released into the wild to increase the overall biomass. This work is carried out by paua quota owners throughout New Zealand.

What will Marlborough choose: recreational fishing parks or sustainable fisheries?


The shops are empty

Boots 'n' All owner Andy Hall says he is not surprised so many stores are empty, as he was almost forced to relocate his Queen St business before he renegotiated the rent with his landlord.

"People don't know how much it costs to run a business."

Businesses unite

Blenheim Business Association steering group member and Farmers store manager Karen Stevenson says the election of a new executive committee on February 25 will drive the association forward.

A business advocacy group, in Blenheim, will elect a new committee to drive future direction.

Todd family sells vineyards

The Todd family has sold 1500 hectare of vines and bare land to Marlborough-based wine company Indevin.

One of New Zealand's richest families has sold its entire vineyard holding in Marlborough.

Strong demand, few listings

Strong demand continues to drive house prices up in Nelson.

Low interest rates and few listings are continuing to fuel Nelson's housing market.

Tree harvester reduces accidents video

Kelly Logging's ClimbMAX tree harvester in action in Marlborough.

A new machine is revolutionising tree harvesting and gaining North American interest.

Your Marlborough

Anonymous love notes

Valentine's Day

We asked people to send a message to the one they love. You won't believe some of the messages we received.

Horror in the corn

Omaka Maize Maze owner Paul Baker, left, and Blenheim filmmaker Aaron Falvey are getting ready to shoot the promotional video for the horror maze night.

"I expect a lot of screaming... But you'd be surprised, with the maze being so dense you don't hear much in there."

DOC volunteer 11,000km from home

Lily Soderlund travelled from her home in the United States to live in Marlborough and volunteer for the Department of Conservation.

"When you're surrounded by cities and surrounded by people, you stop realising there's so much outside of the place you're in."

Remembering our soldiers

Soldiers milk a cow on April 1, 1918 during World War I. The image is part of the National Army Museum's 'Heartlanders New Zealanders of the Great War' travelling exhibition touring New Zealand.

Amazing stories of Marlburians who fought in World War I will be on display.

Modern education for modern demands

What will the future of education look like?

Technology is replacing the need for a human in many areas of work. Think manufacturing, farming, checking-in for a flight, remote specialist medical staff, buying groceries and self-driving cars.

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A Huge crowd enjoy at the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival at Brancott, near Blenheim.

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150th Anniversary

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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.

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