07022016 News Photo- Ricky Wilson/Fairfax NZ. Taimate farmer John Hickman at Lake Elterwater.

Cricket game planned on lake bed

The driest summer in 86 years in Marlborough has caused Lake Elterwater to dry out.

Body found in car

Police are at the Work and Income building on Aldwins Rd, Linwood, Christchurch.

A body was found in a burning Toyota Corolla station wagon in Marlborough.

Waitangi Day in Marlborough

"It is ... a special and privileged day which we should always focus on by celebrating our heritage and the paradise we live in."

Woman hit by truck

A woman suffered minor injuries after she was clipped by a truck in Blenheim.

Damage indicates ship 'hit rocks'

Damage to the liner Azamara Quest and paint on a rock it is alleged to have hit.

Man dies in Sounds

A 65-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest while boating in Queen Charlotte Sound.

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More drug users caught in Marlborough

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8:41 PM  Numbers of drug dealers are down but numbers of drug users are up.

Digger driver condition improves from chest injuries

A man seriously injured after a power pole crashed through the cab of his digger was recovering in Nelson Hospital.

Millennium tree project finished

Cyclist hit every three weeks

Sport

Nelson bowls team edge out Marlborough

Ian Tyler won his final round triples match as part of Nelson's winning effort against Marlborough at the Stoke Bowling Club on Sunday.

while the Nelson women got their second hurry-up from Marlborough in two weeks

Crusaders hail rookies' win over Reds

Codie Taylor of the Crusaders is tackled during the Super Rugby pre-season match against the Reds in Brisbane.

The Crusaders will introduce more of their All Blacks for Thursday's game against the Highlanders near Gore after a rousing first-up pre-season win over the Reds in Brisbane.

Central, Saints Aces share points

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Nathan Gill hits for Saints Aces vs Central in softball at Lansdowne park, Blenheim.

Despite being outscored in both matches, Central came away from their senior softball double-header in Blenheim last week with a draw from one of their clashes with Saints opposition.

Cavs await final opponent

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Senior T20 cricket starts 5.15pm. Wairau Valley v
Grove Tavern Wairau from Horton Park. 
Wairau Batsman Fraser McIntosh.

A semifinal was not scheduled for Marlborough Cricket’s senior Twenty20 competition this season, but it will play out that way on Wednesday with Biddy Kate’s Celtic and Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley set to battle for a place in the final.

No pain no gain

Jeremy McKenzie, knee well strapped, strides over the Sounds Half finish line on London Quay in Picton on Saturday, securing victory. Finn McKenzie, right, ran the final kilometre with his father.

Marlborough multisport ace Jeremy McKenzie battled pain and injury on Saturday to win the second edition of the Sounds Half race, based in Picton.

Opinion

SATIRE: New 'flaky' fish rule

The Beaver

SATIRE: The ministry is rumoured to be in talks with a Marlborough winery to provide its taste-tasters with small bottles of sauvignon blanc.

Letters to the editor

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Letter boxes at Okiwi Bay.

Correspondents write about marine farming, Express coverage, plant-based diets and ecological hypocrisy.

Cook Strait hopefuls keep on coming

Swimmers Danny Hanlon and Bernard Stone, swimming a Cook Strait relay record attempt, switch over mid-swim.

The 22-kilometre stretch of water, between New Zealand's North and South islands, has humbled its latest adversaries, proving once again its volatile nature.

Flying the flags

Lyn, left, and Paul Meikle are flying both the current and the proposed new flag at the Anchor Inn, Kaikoura. The couple say they would be happy with a change in flag as the existing one is too often confused with the Australian flag.

The current New Zealand flag and the proposed black, white and blue design are both flying above Kaikoura's Anchor Inn to help people decide their position on the debate.

Letters to the editor

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Correspondents write about the proposed recreational fishing park, noise standards, place names and 1080.

Business

Nervous tourists hire chauffeurs video

Christchurch-based chauffeur Robin Adams acts as both taxi driver and guide for overseas visitors. "I mother them all the way around."

Tourists too scared to take to the wheel, or wanting a more relaxing holiday, are paying to be chauffeur-driven around NZ.

Increase in domestic manufacturing sales makes up for weaker exports

Dieter Adam, chief executive of the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said a relatively strong domestic economy was making up for uncertainty in the global economy.

A survey of manufacturing in December showed an increase in domestic sales almost made up for a 10.76 per cent drop in export sales.

Providing a catalyst to succeed

Catalyst Capital founder David Taylor wants to use his skills and money to invest in Marlborough businesses.

Blenheim business expert David Taylor is looking for companies to invest in.

Last days of The Loft

Construction work to transform former Blenheim bar The Loft into a backpackers will start later this month, building owner Gary Smith says.

The project will start with earthquake strengthening before the building is converted into a hostel.

Business Buzz

Ritual cafe staff Cleonna Hocquard-D'Alliessi, Erin Rolleman, Del Lowther and Dave Lowther.

Marlborough Express reporter Oliver Lewis shares the latest business news from around the region.

Your Marlborough

Most romantic spots in NZ

Take a helicopter ride to a glacier and mountain peak for an unforgettable picnic in Queenstown.

You don't actually have to try very hard to plan a romantic getaway in this country.

What's on

Chinese New Year on Wednesday

Things to do around Marlborough this week

Book revives 'Satherley Mystery'

Garry Satherley's daughter Tessa at the site of her great-great-grandfather's grave in Tuamarina Cemetery.

Years after a Marlborough man was apparently murdered, his widow recorded him as the father of her children

New cornets for band

Marlborough District Brass Band members, from left, Blake Shearer, 15, Tori Greenback, 17, Jonty Zydenbos, 13, Kodi Rasmussen, 15, Ben Parsons, 16, and Rata Foundation trustees Rosemary Wells and Tony de Reeper with some of the 10 cornets the band bought with a donation from the foundation.

"Every time you go to a public event in Marlborough the band is there playing."

Sweet Az festival

The lineup of top Kiwi acts at the Sweet Az Sun Festival will be led by The Black Seeds.

The second annual Sweet Az Sun Festival is set to rock Lansdowne Park on Sunday.

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