Eleanor Bensemann with some of the letters her grandson Daniel Bensemann has written her while in prison.

Left without support

Daniel talks about sleeping under bridges, on footpaths, in toilets and shop entranceways.

Treasurer admits theft

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An RSA volunteer has admitted stealing more than $1200.

Threat to burn officer's house

10:37 AM  Blenheim teen threatened to burn down the arresting officer's house.

Rural customers short-changed

10:39 AM  Vanessa Beetson says she and many other Spark customers are being ripped off by their broadband plan

Thieves ransack school sheds

Burglars have stolen high value equipment for special needs students 

Prepare for water restrictions

10:45 AM  Renwick is likely to face another summer of water restrictions when the drought conditions

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Power Trust meeting not yet set

100511 NEWS PHOTO: ANDY JACKSON / Taranaki Daily News, Powerco are looking at trimming trees near power lines around Yarrows Stadium as part of preparation for Rugby World Cup.

10:05 AM  The Marlborough Electric Power Trust is not holding its annual report meeting on Thursday, as reported

Growing community bounty

9:56 AM  A woman is trying to reduce the amount of fresh fruit going to waste while families struggle to afford a nutritious diet

Wheeler to undergo back scans

Name suppression continues after meth arrest


Wheeler to undergo back scans

Impressive Black Caps newcomer Ben Wheeler is undergoing scans on his sore back this week.

One of the bowling finds of the year, Ben Wheeler, is sidelined with a back problem.

Marlborough footballers finish South Island runners-up


The Marlborough 16th grade football team were only narrowly bettered by a more vaunted Canterbury Red team at the South Island Championships last week, only goal differential pushing the city side ahead in the seven-team tournament.

Nelson teams rule at Marlborough tournament

Harison Kilgour drives to the hoop for Nga Tama Toa against Stoke on Sunday morning during the Marlborough Men’s Tournament at Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim.

Nelson teams finished on top at the Marlborough Men’s Basketball Tournament and the second-year event looks set to grow following good feedback from visiting teams, according to one of the organisers.

Sailors relish warm, windy weather

The Queen Charlotte Yacht Club Optimist fleet lines up for racing in Picton harbour on Saturday.

Conditions were perfect for sailing on Saturday in Picton when 17 Queen Charlotte Yacht Club sailors raced under sunny skies and amid north-westerly winds.

Marlborough warm up with one win from two against Johnsonville

Marlborough all-rounder Matt McCormick gets some early season bowling in against Johnsonville Cricket Club at Horton Park in Blenheim on Saturday as umpire Owen Robinson watches on.

Marlborough batsmen registered eleven scores of 20 or more, earning valuable early-season time in the middle, when the senior rep squad played Johnsonville Cricket Club at Horton Park in Blenheim in two matches, Saturday and Sunday.


SATIRE: Dads show sudden interest in hockey

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Marlborough fathers are expected to make absolute fools of themselves this weekend as they drag their children to watch the Black Sticks Women’s team in Blenheim.

SATIRE: Marlborough Lines plans very merry Christmas

The Beaver

Marlborough Lines has decided to cancel its $50 rebate for power users this Christmas, and will instead hand deliver a bottle of wine to every customer in the region.

Regional policy statement on track

Trevor Hook chairman of the Marlborough District Council's regional planning and development committee.

OPINION: Local MP Stuart Smith has underlined the need for good processes for discussion and feedback on the planning framework for Marlborough.

Keep the ED free for those who really need it

Dr Rod Bird

A message you are likely to see on posters and advertising soon is "1, 2, 3, where should I be?"

Potential for Blenheim CBD to shine

Small green spaces dotted around urban spaces soften the wider concrete jungle but its important to make the spaces usable for the people and incorporating seating, cafes and businesses that can benefit from having such spaces on their doorstep.

Saturday Express landscape writer Christo Saggers talks about how having a vibrant and engaging town centre is key to its success.


Cruise ship season kicks off in Picton

The first cruise ship of the season, the Diamond Princess, berthed in Shakespeare Bay, Picton.

Crowds of holidaymakers thronged the streets of Picton on Monday as the biggest cruise ship season on record got underway.

Marlborough chases conference funding

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US Award winning author Candace Havens at the New Zealand Romance Writers Convention held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, in Auckland.

Marlborough is well placed to win conference funding from central government, which is keen for marine, aviation and agribusiness events to be held in New Zealand.

Wine industry rising

Cloudy Bay Winery in Marlborough.

Leading New Zealand wine finds it own flavour after 30 years.

Work starts on town centre facelift

Blenheim Business Association member Michael Fitzpatrick at Bythell Place, which is getting redeveloped.

The revitalisation of central Blenheim got underway this week, with work starting at Bythell Place on Monday.

New head for Kono

New Kono head Rachel Taulelei.

An award-winning Wellington businesswoman appointed to head Wakatu Incorporation's food and beverage arm, Kono NZ.

Your Marlborough

Ride across the great divide raises $14k

Ben Walker, right and his Blenheim dad Alan Walker at Bondi beach after Ben's bike trip from Perth to Sydney.

Tight-fitting lycra, territorial magpies and a rusty old red bike were all part of a former Marlborough Boys' College student's charity cycling trip across the Australian great divide.

Sopranos will "sparkle" at St Andrew's Concert

Nelson soprano Caroline Harvey with fellow performers Antonia Selby, centre, and Islay Leov.

Picton singing teacher Nancy Woolford says people can look forward to a sparkling concert when her students perform at St Andrew's Church next week.

Water, ink and oil on show

A watercolour by Ben Woollcombe, Mt D'Archiac and Cloudy Peak.

Three landscape artists working in different mediums area are featured in a new exhibition at the Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery in Blenheim.

Superstar Academy in full swing

Marlborough Cricket school holiday Programme. The programme started two years ago.

Keen young Marlborough cricketers are lining up to be a part of the newly rebranded Superstar Academy.

Whale carving in Picton makes a splash

A tree has been carved into a whale sculpture next to the Picton power house at Wairau Rd. From left, Heidi Rua Pita Rua, Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman and project manager Carey White.

The Picton PowerHouse has unveiled a whale carving crafted from an old tree.

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