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'Hero' may face jail

Rescue chopper pilot prosecuted after saving couple's lives while banned from flying.

Families targeted

Community Constable Russ Smith.

Thieves have started using funeral notices and obituaries to identify the empty homes of grieving families.

Cruise ship season kicks off

The biggest cruise ship season on record got underway in Picton today

Chasing conference funding

Marlborough is well placed to win conference funding from central government

Kaikoura's biggest party

Thousands well-behaved at a major festival in Kaikoura until revelers hit afterward.

Trout season begins

After 50 years of fishing Barrie is still excited for the first day of trout season.

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RSA treasurer admits stealing money

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A Returned and Services Association volunteer has admitted stealing more than $1200 from the group.

Thieves ransack school sheds

Burglars have stolen high value equipment for special needs students in Blenheim by breaking through a padlocked door.

Name suppression continues after meth arrest

Power trust holds public meeting


Marlborough footballers finish South Island runners-up


The Marlborough 16th grade football team were only narrowly bettered by a more vaunted Canterbury Red team at the South Island Championships last week, only goal differential pushing the city side ahead in the seven-team tournament.

Nelson teams rule at Marlborough tournament

Harison Kilgour drives to the hoop for Nga Tama Toa against Stoke on Sunday morning during the Marlborough Men’s Tournament at Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim.

Nelson teams finished on top at the Marlborough Men’s Basketball Tournament and the second-year event looks set to grow following good feedback from visiting teams, according to one of the organisers.

Sailors relish warm, windy weather

The Queen Charlotte Yacht Club Optimist fleet lines up for racing in Picton harbour on Saturday.

Conditions were perfect for sailing on Saturday in Picton when 17 Queen Charlotte Yacht Club sailors raced under sunny skies and amid north-westerly winds.

Marlborough warm up with one win from two against Johnsonville

Marlborough all-rounder Matt McCormick gets some early season bowling in against Johnsonville Cricket Club at Horton Park in Blenheim on Saturday as umpire Owen Robinson watches on.

Marlborough batsmen registered eleven scores of 20 or more, earning valuable early-season time in the middle, when the senior rep squad played Johnsonville Cricket Club at Horton Park in Blenheim in two matches, Saturday and Sunday.

Long-expected volleyball finalists confirmed


With only the final left to play, Uso Fiafia’s march to the Marlborough premier grade volleyball title appears unstoppable.


SATIRE: Dads show sudden interest in hockey

The Beaver

Marlborough fathers are expected to make absolute fools of themselves this weekend as they drag their children to watch the Black Sticks Women’s team in Blenheim.

SATIRE: Marlborough Lines plans very merry Christmas

The Beaver

Marlborough Lines has decided to cancel its $50 rebate for power users this Christmas, and will instead hand deliver a bottle of wine to every customer in the region.

Regional policy statement on track

Trevor Hook chairman of the Marlborough District Council's regional planning and development committee.

OPINION: Local MP Stuart Smith has underlined the need for good processes for discussion and feedback on the planning framework for Marlborough.

Keep the ED free for those who really need it

Dr Rod Bird

A message you are likely to see on posters and advertising soon is "1, 2, 3, where should I be?"

Potential for Blenheim CBD to shine

Small green spaces dotted around urban spaces soften the wider concrete jungle but its important to make the spaces usable for the people and incorporating seating, cafes and businesses that can benefit from having such spaces on their doorstep.

Saturday Express landscape writer Christo Saggers talks about how having a vibrant and engaging town centre is key to its success.


Cruise ship season kicks off in Picton

The first cruise ship of the season, the Diamond Princess, berthed in Shakespeare Bay, Picton.

Crowds of holidaymakers thronged the streets of Picton on Monday as the biggest cruise ship season on record got underway.

Marlborough chases conference funding

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US Award winning author Candace Havens at the New Zealand Romance Writers Convention held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, in Auckland.

Marlborough is well placed to win conference funding from central government, which is keen for marine, aviation and agribusiness events to be held in New Zealand.

Wine industry rising

Cloudy Bay Winery in Marlborough.

Leading New Zealand wine finds it own flavour after 30 years.

Work starts on town centre facelift

Blenheim Business Association member Michael Fitzpatrick at Bythell Place, which is getting redeveloped.

The revitalisation of central Blenheim got underway this week, with work starting at Bythell Place on Monday.

New head for Kono

New Kono head Rachel Taulelei.

An award-winning Wellington businesswoman appointed to head Wakatu Incorporation's food and beverage arm, Kono NZ.

Your Marlborough

Sopranos will "sparkle" at St Andrew's Concert

Nelson soprano Caroline Harvey with fellow performers Antonia Selby, centre, and Islay Leov.

Picton singing teacher Nancy Woolford says people can look forward to a sparkling concert when her students perform at St Andrew's Church next week.

Superstar Academy in full swing

Marlborough Cricket school holiday Programme. The programme started two years ago.

Keen young Marlborough cricketers are lining up to be a part of the newly rebranded Superstar Academy.

Whale carving in Picton makes a splash

A tree has been carved into a whale sculpture next to the Picton power house at Wairau Rd. From left, Heidi Rua Pita Rua, Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman and project manager Carey White.

The Picton PowerHouse has unveiled a whale carving crafted from an old tree.

Havelock teachers spring surprise

Havelock teachers from left, Tracey Wearing, Vicki Eden and Piers Throssell. Unbeknownst to Vicki, her colleagues are taking her skydiving.

Daredevil Havelock teachers Tracey Wearing and Piers Throssell are skydiving for a cause.

Rail and Sail on the home stretch

Kerry Johnson, left, Graham Low and James Price put the final touches on the Picton Rail and Sail train tracks.

Picton's beloved Rail and Sail train will be back up and chugging soon after the tracks underwent a restoration.

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