The proposed new trees have a conical shape steel frame, similar to the file image shown,
with branches and needles, baubles, stars, tinsel and lighting supplied in kits.

No decision on Christmas tree

If councillors believe in Santa, Blenheim should get a Christmas tree this year.

Conned couple speak

Mrinal Sardana outside the Dunedin District Court on Wednesday.

9:51 PM  A couple who were tricked out of their life's savings by a conman have spoken out.

Long walk to shelter

A homeless, mentally unwell man started walking from Blenheim to Kaikoura to find shelter.

Bicycle cams highlight close calls video

Footage of motorists passing dangerously close to cyclists highlights severity of problem.

Roofliss heads to new home

Marlborough's maritime marvel made her farewell to Picton on the back of the trailer.

Green plans for Blenheim precinct

Raised lawn 'pods', new tree plantings and shrubbery are planned to shake life into Blenheim's tired entertainment precinct.

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Conman avoids jail

Mrinal Sardana outside the Dunedin District Court on Wednesday.

9:52 PM  A conman who ripped off a pregnant woman managed to come up with $20,000 to stay out of jail.

NMIT celebrates commerce coup

The NMIT Applied Business area has become one of the first in NZ to be fully accredited for its Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Havelock plans crafty Christmas

Environment Court judges visit NZ's first village

Sport

Makos maintain winning run

Fullback Robbie Malneek contributed to the Tasman Makos' try tally in their NPC win over Otago in Dunedin.

Tasman hold onto position at top of NPC premiership ladder with scrappy 34-17 win over Otago in Dunedin.

Red Devils go west with silverware on their minds

The mercurial Johnny Ika slots into the first five-eighth's role for the Red Devils on Saturday.

They may both be officially labelled "Tasman" but, make no mistake, when the Red Devils and Griffins do battle on Saturday, it will be all about Marlborough versus Nelson Bays.

Mixed fortunes for Marlborough rowers

The New Zealand quad of, from left, Karl Manson, John Storey, George Bridgewater and Jade Uru narrowly missed a spot in the A final at the world champs.

There were fluctuating fortunes for the Marlborough rowers involved in semifinals at the world rowing championships at Lake Aigubelette, France on Thursday night [NZ time].

School tournaments wrapping up

Thomas Berg flicks off a pass for Palmerston North Boys’ High School in their loss to Westlake Boys’ High School 2nd XI during the Galletly Cup semi final played at College Park in Blenheim on Thursday.

Marlborough Girls’ College’s First XI football side finished with a flourish, but the Senior A netball side a loss at their respective South Island Secondary School tournaments on Thursday.

Indoor bowlers busy again

Indoor bowls

It will be another busy two days of indoor bowls on the back court of Simcox Stadium in Blenheim this weekend. Following on from the Mark Stevenson First National Marlborough Open last weekend local bowlers will contest the Closed Fours Championship on Saturday then the Champion of Champion Triples on Sunday.

Opinion

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

02072015 news supplied. Generic image of a letter being posted in a NZ Post letter box ahead of changes to delivery schedules.

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

Letters to the editor

02072015 news supplied. Generic image of a letter being posted in a NZ Post letter box ahead of changes to delivery schedules.

Letters to the editor

Letter to the editor

02072015 news supplied. Generic image of a letter being posted in a NZ Post letter box ahead of changes to delivery schedules.

Letters to the editor

Business

Wine Marlborough board members stepping down

Former Wine Marlborough, and Staete Landt winemaker, Ruud Maasdam will step down after 15 years.

Wine Marlborough's longest serving board member Ruud Maasdam is to step aside at this year's elections after 15 years.

El Nino summer looming for Marlborough farmers

Dry conditions in the Awatere Valley.

Ward farmer Kevin Loe believes landowners in Marlborough have no reason to fear the El Nino weather conditions forecasted for the summer if they are well prepared.

Seafood company gains national recognition

Omega Seafoods managing director Chris Redwood, left, and marketing manager Johanna O'Connell after being placed in the top six companies in the Westpac Business Growth Grant awards.

A Marlborough seafood company has won recognition in a national competition promoting small to medium sized businesses.

Lewis Rd milk arrives in Marlborough

Renwick SuperValue store manager Ravi Mahajan is excited to be one of the supermarkets which will sell Lewis Road Creamery's flavoured milk for the first time in the South Island.

Marlborough milk lovers can finally celebrate as the much hyped Lewis Road Creamery chocolate milk arrives on South Island shores from Wednesday.

Marlborough eateries prepare for new food laws

Scenic Hotel Marlborough area manager Adrian Clifton and head chef Kazutomo Miyano in the hotel's kitchen. They are among the first to voluntarily move onto the new Food Act 2014 food control plan.

Food industry businesses in Marlborough should transition smoothly into the new regime of food safety regulations, a council officer says.

Your Marlborough

Fundraising fiesta at Blenheim gallery

Cressida Bishop.

The Millennium Public Art Gallery will be celebrating spring with a "Spring Fundraising Fiesta" at the Blenheim Club on Friday.

Round Table wants 'new blood'

The Blenheim Round Table men's group is  hoping to attract more members. Blenheim vice president Mark Rea, left, with Blenheim and national president Jason Walker, centre, and Blenheim social coordinator John Pontague.

The Blenheim Round Table Group is inviting people interested in joining to come along to their social night next Monday.

Poaching increasing

Farmers are frustrated at increased poaching on their land.

Sheep farmer bemused at the sentencing of a helicopter pilot caught poaching on his property.

Highest accolade for top girl guide

Eilish Smith outside Government House last month where she received the Queen's Guide Award

Eilish Smith has been to Government House to receive the Queen's Guide Award.

Help sought for dotterels

Ailsa Howard is hoping to enlist the help of others in a study of banded dotterels in the hope of increasing their productivity and chance of survival

The decline of the banded dotterel from Kaikoura's beaches is causing concern for one keen bird-lover who is hoping to create better understanding of the bird through local research.

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