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John's KItchen social housing.
Emergency housing.

Concerns delay homeless shelter

Fears over "hordes of homeless people" have hampered plans for a shelter in Blenheim.

Pay or jail ultimatum

Mrinal Sardana outside the Dunedin District Court on Wednesday.

Gambling conman who blew couple's nest egg at casinos a failed company director.

El Nino looms for Marlborough

Prepared farmers have no reason to fear an El Nino in summer, Ward farmer Kevin Lowe says.

Scullers surge into semis

Scullers Sophie MacKenzie and Julia Edward have cruised into the world champ semifinals.

Seafood company gets recognition

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

Marlborough 'crazy' for choc milk

Bottles of Lewis Road Creamery flavoured milk have flown off the shelves in Marlborough.

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News

Environment Court judges visit NZ's first village

Visiting Wairau Bar in Marlborough are, from left, Principal Environment Court judge Laurie Newhook, Rangitane chair Judith MacDonald and Environment Court Commissioner Carron Blom

5:13 PM  Environment Court judges visited the site of New Zealand's first village at the Wairau Bar, in Marlborough, on Thursday.

Picton smart and connected 'not council's lapdog'

4:49 PM  A covered swimming pool and developing more walkways and cyclepaths are the leading big ideas for Picton.

Green plans for Blenheim precinct

Rising risk of summer drought

Sport

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.

Blenheim to Apia, turf to track for speedy teen

Lucy Sheat will represent New Zealand at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa next week, following a challenging winter training in Blenheim.

The Marlborough winter is far from the ideal training ground for a sprinter attending the Youth Commonwealth Games in the tropical climes of Samoa, but it has had to do for Blenheim teenager Lucy Sheat.

Murray feels excitement levels rising

The New Zealand men's eight in action at Lucerne.

Tom Murray, bowman in the New Zealand eight at the world rowing championships in Aiguebelette, France, admits keeping his excitement levels under control is proving difficult leading into what he describes as the “biggest race of our lives”.

Rep hockey youngsters in action

Marlborough under-15 player Jack Boon is surrounded by Wairarapa opposition at Blenheim's College Park.

Marlborough’s young representative hockey players have been in action at Blenheim’s College Park over the past two weekends, with varying degrees of success.

NZ eight reaches A final, scullers surge into semis

The action was fast and furious in Aiguebelette, France on Wednesday.

World champions Sophie MacKenzie, from the Wairau Rowing Club, and crewmate Julia Edward cruised into the semifinals of the world championships in Aiguebelette, France on Thursday night [NZ time].

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

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

Letters to the editor

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Letters to the editor

Letter to the editor

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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 Lowe 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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