Former Highfield Estate staffers, from left, Al Soper and Peter Coldwell have joined forces with TerraVin winemaker Gordon Ritchie, right.

Perfect blend for new winery

Highfield Estate and TerraVin will retain individual brand styles after three staff members struck a deal to work together.

Arsonist sentenced

Police investigate an arson at Blenheim's Work and Income building on Christmas Day last year.

Man who set fire to Blenheim WINZ office found under table in smouldering building with razor blade.

Historic graves to be restored

Crumbling headstones dating back to early settlement times will be restored.

The next big thing?

Marlborough could be at the heart of a boom in the craft beer industry, researchers say.

Joseph's success delights whanau

The Highlanders' Super Rugby win brought joy to the MacDonald whanau in Blenheim.

Region's sunny reputation safe

Marlborough has enjoyed its sunniest first half of the year since records began..

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Cows milked during ban, says council

Dairy farmer Philip Woolley is defending charges his cows were milked in breach of an enforcement order.

7:28 PM  Nearly 1400 dairy cows were being milked at a Wairau Valley farm in breach of a no milking order handed down by the Environment Court, the Marlborough District Council has argued in court.

Texting adds to Youthline workload

7:19 PM  Youthline fielded more than 8000 queries from Marlborough young people last year. 

Nelson man sentenced for assaulting officer with car

Suicide numbers highest on record

Sport

Makos call in reinforcements for first hit-out of 2015

Moutere flanker Mike Curry, front, is the only Marlborough-based player of 11 uncontracted players plucked from club ranks to join the Makos Emerging Players team to tackle Manawatu on July 29.

As expected the Tasman Makos coaches called on players from the Nelson Bays and Marlborough club ranks when a Makos Emerging Players training squad was announced on Tuesday for the first of three preseason matches.

Pirates claim division one title

Central Pirates repelled another raid from a plucky young Blenheim Valley Development team on Saturday, winning the Mayfield Motorworld division one football league with a week to spare while an upset result in Picton ensured the division two season will go down to the wire.

Acquiesce, seen here in race one of the series, won division one of race five in the NZ King Salmon Winter Series hosted by the Waikawa Boating Club on Sunday.

Acquiesce and Playwright excel in changing winds

A mix of wind strengths in the Marlborough Sounds on Sunday provided a challenge to the 21 Waikawa Boating Club yachts and crews who took part in race five of the NZ King Salmon Winter Series.

Opinion
An image from Mum's Diet by Joy Cowley, who says that, far from shaming fat people, the 1987 children's book promotes a healthy acceptance of all body types.

Body-shamer shaming is ... shameful

OPINION: It’s time we faced up to the harm that can be done by extreme literary diets.

Business

Tuamarina raw milkers sour with new regulations

Tuamarina dairy farmer 
Tim Jopson says new raw milk regulations will increase on-farm costs.

A Tuamarina couple are sour over proposed new raw milk regulations which will increase their on-farm costs by nearly $4000 a year.

Yealands sale 'healthy and transparent'

Key players involved in the Yealands Wine Group sale to Marlborough Lines respond to concerns raised over the deal,

Churton Wines owners Mandy and Sam Weaver have put their organic vineyard on the market.

Pioneering organic vineyard for sale

A pioneering organic Marlborough vineyard in Waihopai Valley is on the market.

Your Marlborough

The best of friends

"Pippa" the dog at Marlborough's SPCA.

Over the past two weeks, Pippa, an 11-year old beardie cross and Sky Veevers have developed a mutual affection, one Sky is prepared to call love.

Book worm becomes award-winning writer

A Renwick student who reads five books a week is glowing after becoming a regional prize winner for her short story.

Oliver Mandeno, 11, left, contemplates his next move at a Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 holiday programme, while Bridie Walker, 7, Tegan Walker, 9, and Chelsea Mandeno, 9, prepare to make a move.

Plenty of holiday fun to be had

Thousands of children and teens will be out and about during the school holidays over the next two weeks.

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