21052015 News. Photo: Sven Herselman Marlborough Express. Wine Tours by Bike co-owner Steve Hill on a section of a new off-road bike trail being built to keep cyclists off state highway 6. Renwick.

Work starts on new cycle path

New route aims to add to Marlborough's appeal as a cycle tourism destination.

No surprises in Budget

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22:  Finance Minister Bill English speaks during a post-budget breakfast at Queen's Wharf on May 22, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. The National party government yesterday delivered the budget, unveiling a $790 million child poverty package, the axing of Kiwisaver $1000 kickstart payments and $52m allocated for developing spare Crown land in Auckland for residential housing.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Budget welcomed with mixed response in Marlborough.

Police officer could get diversion

A Kaikoura police officer charged with careless driving could get diversion.

Child pornography charge

A 19-year-old man has appeared in the Kaikoura District Court on 62 charges of child pornography.

Family leaves big smoke

Struggling to buy their first home in Auckland, with twins and another baby on the way, James and Barbara Ryan moved to Marlborough.

MBC blow Waimea off the field in first half

Picking up where they left off last week, the New Zealand King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV came out firing against Waimea College on Friday to put the match result beyond doubt early, before going off the boil after the break.

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News

Olive oil bottles to honour WWI soldiers

Marlborough RSA Burleigh Memorial Olive Grove committee chairman John Cragg, left, and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology horticulture lecturer Don Cross with the First World War memorial olive oil bottles.

Allied soldiers took refuge under olive trees in World War I, and 100 years later their sacrifice will be remembered by a special olive oil bottle from Marlborough.

No escape from social media bullies

Young people being bullied can no longer think of home as a safe place, a Blenheim counsellor says.

Rest home resident found in creek

Farmlands moves to bigger Blenheim store

Sport

A tale of two netball cities

Good times. The competition-leading Queensland Firebirds are on a roll in 2015.

It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times. It all depends which Trans-Tasman Championship netball team you are.

Development aim to build a winning run

Marlborough Development head over the hill to Nelson on Saturday seeking consistency of play but without a consistent line-up due to player unavailability and injury.

Moutere flanker Scott Morgan has been in fine form this season.

Magpies can do Blues a favour

Marlborough rugby clubs Moutere and Central have always been fierce rivals, but the Blues will be right behind the Magpies on Saturday.

Opinion

See you around

Steve Mason competing in the Forrest Graperide, one of the many events and adventures he has been part of during five years as editor of the Marlborough Express.

Steve Mason says goodbye as editor of the Marlborough Express.

Letters to the editor

Correspondents write about the climate change sit-in in Blenheim and the use of poison for pest control.

The Court of Appeal has ruled John Banks was the vicitm of a miscarriage of justice.

Questions remain in Banks case

John Banks' colourful talk of a "jihad" does not mean he should never have been charged.

Business

Huge tanks destined for winery

Crown Sheet Metals welder Nick Herdman works on one of the 500,000 litre wine blending tanks for Drylands Winery in Blenheim.

Blenheim engineering firm set for one of its biggest projects ever, making four 500,000 litre tanks for the wine industry. 

Winery gets Hobbit-style spin

A new boutique winery outside Renwick designed by The Hobbit's art director has been granted resource consent.

Farmlands sales representatives Grace Davies and John Blick outside the new premises at the Westwood Business Park in Blenheim

Farmlands moves to bigger Blenheim store

A rapidly increasing customer base has seen Farmlands in Marlborough move into bigger premises at Westwood Business Park.

Your Marlborough

Across the Tasman: Steve Gallop

Former Marlburian Steve Gallop is enjoying life in his adopted country.

Former Express reporter John Alexander continues his series talking to ex-Marlburians now living across the ditch.

Blenheim bar hosts eco-art night

An exhibition with an eco-friendly twist is opening in Blenheim's Scotch Bar on Thursday.

Olives do well in Marlborough's climate - so why not try planting a tree and pickling your own?

COLUMN: In a pickle

It’s very satisfying to pickle your own olives. There are a few different ways of doing this but the goal is always the same; to leach out a substance called oleopicrine, which gives olives their bitter taste.

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