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Craig Usmar (and partner Yanyan Li and son Ryan Usmar, 18 months) who owns the Havelock Info Centre along with the Havelock Town Cafe and Takeaway. He is unhappy with plans for an iSite in Havelock that would be in competition with his business.

Havelock to trial new i-SITE

Tourists looking for advice will be able to stop by an i-Site in Havelock from October. 

Institute plans 'vague'

14052015 news photo Carolyn Veen/Fairfax NZ. Steven Joyce ; Economic Development Minister, opened the Hawke's Bay Buisness Hub in Napier, May 14.

Consultant to be paid $20,000 to scope out idea for a research institute in Marlborough.

Man arrested after Blenheim crash

A man has been arrested by the armed offenders squad after allegedly fleeing scene of a car crash.

Ambulance chaser fined

The Picton man pursued an ambulance as it manoeuvred between cars at high speed.

RSA admits fire misunderstanding

The Marlborough RSA had its working bee shut down by the Marlborough District Council.

No invite for ball hopefuls

Marlborough Girls' ex-student who left  due to illness won't be able to attend ball.

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Rising rates anger rural residents

Councillor Geoff Evans wants a rating review conducted.

11:05 PM  Ratepayers in rural Marlborough have taken a stand against "unfair" rates increases, with some claiming 70 per cent hikes over the past three years.

Councillors asked to back Destination Marlborough

A Marlborough councillor has issued a rallying call for councillors to show their support for council tourism arm Destination Marlborough.

New role for Wairau Hospital doctor

Unclean food outlets fail checks


Harris snares back-to-back hill climb crowns


Dan Harris etched his name onto the Kerr Shield for the second year running when 14 drivers and cars raced the Marlborough Car Club’s Reserve Road Hillclimb on Sunday, just outside of Seddon.

Home teams roll past visitors at Marlborough Open

Marlborough Open pairs indoor bowls champions Simon, left, and Damin Hitchcock take a quick break from competing over the weekend at Simcox Stadium in Blenheim.

Marlborough indoor bowlers kept the glory and the prize money in their region following two days of competition at the Mark Stevenson First National Marlborough Open over the weekend.

Harlequins book final berth with late rally

Harlequins First National goal shoot Olivia Pinkerton gets set to receive an entry pass during her side’s grade one semi final win at Horton Park in Blenheim on Saturday as Smog defender Tamara McCallum follows.

A successful shot in the closing seconds of their grade one netball semi final saw Harlequins Woodbourne Tavern snare a dramatic win on Tuesday at Horton Park in Blenheim.

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Marlborough's weekly sports fixtures.

Junior Red Devils grab two wins

Tyrel Chadwick puts in the hard yards.

Marlborough’s junior rugby reps managed two wins from three matches against Nelson Bays’ opposition at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Sunday.


Dirty secrets in Kaikoura

A follower on Twitter read I was going whale watching and drew this for me. It's my cat, PussPuss, as a Kaikoura whale. PussPussWhaleWhale. I am in love with this.

OPINION: I've been away from home for less than a week and I've resorted to patting strangers' dogs because I miss my cat.

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

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

Letters to the editor

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Letters to the editor

Letter to the editor

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Marlborough spice business sets sights overseas

Roger's Kitchen owner and head chef Roger Raizada with some of the pre-mixed spice and curry blends he wants to sell overseas.

A Marlborough chef and business owner has set himself the lofty goal of seeing his spice mixes being sold overseas within the next year.

Marlborough wineries find success in China

Forrest Estate Winery managing director John Forrest.


Marlborough Lines finish Wairau section upgrade

Marlborough Lines lineman Malcolm Brown uses an insulated elevator to replace the power conductor, or cable, during the upgrade at the Wairau Valley.

Marlborough Lines crews have completed the latest upgrade to electricity supply for residents in the Wairau Valley.

Easter trading law change 'sensible' - Sowman

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Classic Fighters 2015 Airshow from Omaka Airfield in Blenheim.
Saturday session - Classic vintage Aircraft display.
Three Fokker Triplanes.

A law change giving councils the power to allow trade on Easter Sunday is "terrific news", says Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman.

Former MP to chair rural lobby group

Former Kaikoura MP Colin King will chair the Rural Advisory Group

Former Kaikoura MP Colin King will chair a new rural advisory group formed to lobby the Marlborough District Council on rural community issues.

Your Marlborough

Pottery pioneer's work conserved

Ceramics expert Janet Green is helping the Marlborough Museum conserve pots created by Elizabeth Lissaman

A ceramics expert is helping the Marlborough Museum conserve a collection of pots from a pioneer woman potter.

What library books say about Marlborough

Blenheim Library customer service co-ordinator Jan Robinson, left, and children's library assistant Emily Fredrickson check out some of the most popular books at the library.

A snap shot of the most popular library books in Marlborough paints an intriguing picture of the average reader.

Committed rugby dad earns $10k for club, school

Awatere Rugby Club coach Andrew Lawson with sons Jake, 8, and Eric, 12.

Coaching junior rugby has proven to be rewarding in more ways than one for a Marlborough dad after he won $10,000 for the Awatere Rugby Club and Seddon School.

Daffodils for Fairhall

Emily Hole, 9, gets a sneak peek at the Timara Lodge garden, which will be opened for a Fairhall School fundraiser next Sunday.

A field of golden daffodils will be open to the public at Timara Lodge next weekend, for an annual Fairhall School fundraiser. 

New look for Havelock restaurant

Co-owners of new Havelock restaurant The Captain's Daughter Mandy McQuarrie, left, and Jo Downey.


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