Ward resident Brian Phipps has decorated his home with Christmas decorations and between 6000 and 8000 fairy lights.

The 'never-ending' project

More than 6000 fairy lights adorn the trees, fence, sheds and house at Brian Phipps' property.

Employee steals $9000

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Blenheim District Court.
Catholic priest Aidan Kay

"I have a gambling problem and it was my only way to forget at the time."

The mystery is over

Information from the public helped police identify the mystery wreck off Wedge Point.

Christmas is back in Blenheim

What does a Chinese import and a wooden pallet have in common?

No rush for site decision

Blenheim colleges "in the hands of the ministry" as they wait to hear about a site.

Blenheim man swindles motel

He lies to motel manager, stays three nights for free.

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'I would hate to go back to paper'

Marlborough District Council chief information officer Stacey Young says putting council property files online allows them to be more customer-centric.

1:25 PM  Little old Blenheim is right up with Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam.

Fluoride fears raised at meeting

Nelson residents gathered at a community meeting to discuss proposed plans for water fluoridation.

Trustees happy with Yealands deal

Good fellow honoured


Top reward for hard work

Kaikoura Gymnastics Club gymnast of the year Ayla Sweeney.

Young gymnast Ayla Sweeney has been named Kaikoura Gymnastics Club gymnast of the year following an outstanding year of training and competing.

A hard day’s night for Harper

Marlborough’s Craig Harper, following his gruelling four-lap 640km Maxi Enduro win at the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on Saturday.

Craig Harper powered his weary body through driving rain to a resounding, but far from comfortable, victory in the Maxi Enduro 640km race at the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

Blenheim bowlers wrap it up

Blenheim club bowlers, from left, Maurice Symes, Lloyd Gallop, Roy Biggs, Neil Davies, Kelvin Chapman and Salve Muollo celebrate success in the Allan Scott summer league.

The team from the Blenheim Bowling Club were clear winners when the Allan Scott summer league wound up at the Riverside club on Saturday.

Primary school cricket squad named after draw with Buller

Tom Sloan.

Two age group rep cricket matches were played on Sunday by Marlborough teams, with the primary school side to play at the South Island tournament named following their match against Buller.

Price relishes latest challenge

Steve Price, speaking at the Marlborough Sports Awards last week, made a whistle-stop trip to Blenheim from Waipu in Northland where he owns a supermarket.

After climbing to the top of rugby league, Steve Price is starting from the bottom in his new career and thoroughly enjoying it.


Balancing industry and ecology

A mussel farm in Clova Bay in outer Pelorus Sound.

OPINION: If environmentally sacrificing vast areas of the Sounds is the only way we can economically sustain this industry then clearly we have a problem.

SATIRE: Principals check Google history

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SATIRE: Mum happy with 'Sit At Home' exams as her teenage son only likes to study in his bedroom with the door locked.

Breaking the cycle of violence

Community Corrections officer Nathan Harmon, left, Blenheim community constable Russ Smith and Barnardos Marlborough manager Mike Henderson ran this year's White Ribbon Day Campaign.

OPINION: Maataa Waka men's stopping violence programme co-ordinator Malcolm Pitman challenges men to take a stand against domestic violence.

Climate marchers stand for freedom

Marlborough woman Christine Smith is encouraging people to support the upcoming climate change march in Seymour Square, Blenheim on November 28.

OPINION: Climate Karanga member Penny Wardle talks about the need to take action in the face of slow decision making by world leaders around climate change.

Civic centre 'breeding mistrust among ratepayers'

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith.

Kaikoura MP Staurt Smith weighs-in on the ongoing Kaikoura civic centre building saga.


Good fellow honoured

Plant and Food scientist Dr Mike Trought was made a fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers for his contributions to the wine industry.

"Science is fun. Having the opportunity to play, and be paid for it, to ask and then watch the results of your efforts used in the field."

Kiwi wines win big overseas

Crown Range Cellar managing director Jing Song, left, and Crown Range Cellar co-founder Grant Taylor are overwhelmed their pinot noir was awarded at trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC)

An unlikely friendship between a veteran winemaker and a young woman from China has resulted in continued success on the world stage.

'Confrontational' letter seeking government support criticised

Closer relationships needed with central government to care for the Sounds, says Marlborough Sounds Integrated Management Trust chairman Eric Jorgensen.

Marlborough Sounds stakeholders seek government support to protect marine environment

The sweet smell of success

As Mayflower Studio marks 75 years, the shop welcomes three new employees. Nestled in the flowers are Deanna Schroder of Flowertime, Bronwyn Hayes of Flowertime, Jane Robinson of Mayflower and Barb Higgins of Flowertime.

A flower shop in Blenheim is blooming excited for the 75th anniversary of the business.

Paying at the pumps

An economic report card has given Marlborough two stars, with visitors spending more on pumping gas than buying from stores.

Retailer says Blenheim shops should open seven days a week.

Your Marlborough

Top reward for hard work

Kaikoura Gymnastics Club gymnast of the year Ayla Sweeney.

Young gymnast Ayla Sweeney has been named Kaikoura Gymnastics Club gymnast of the year following an outstanding year of training and competing.

Turning waste into a race-winner

A zero waste raft race is planned for Kaikoura in January. Pictured is the More FM Raft Race held in Blenheim each year.

A zero waste raft race is being held in Kaikoura in January.

Tug-o-war on the way

The first Kaikoura community tug-o-war is just around the corner.

Kaikoura's first community tug-o-war competition is just around the corner.

Taking on the Maitland Ridge challenge

Sarnim Dean makes his way up to the start of the Maitland Ridge track near St Arnaud.

Avid mountaibiker Sarnim Dean checked out one of the newest back country tracks to be built on the top of the south, Maitland Ridge, near St Arnaud.

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