Blenheim-raised comedian Tony Lyall is performing his new show Happy Hour at the NZ International Comedy Festival next week.

Meat pies and babies

 Blenheim-raised comedian Tony Lyall's new show is about the things, big and small, that put a smile on people's faces.

Sound of the future

The junior Blenheim Brass Band excelled at the New Zealand National Brass Band Championships in Wellington. They used a ...

Young brass band members may one day sport colourful, plastic instruments.

Jetset health staff costing millions

Spending on overseas medical staff is in the millions, as a union warns NZ increasingly reliant on international workers.

Hockey trio off to tackle Aussies

Three hockey players will represent their country at the 2017 Trans-Tasman Masters Challenge.

Harlequins avoid whitewash

Harlequins picked up the only win for Marlborough in the Tasman Trophy competition on Saturday.

The cost of art

The collection is big enough to fill the gallery several times over, but maintaining the works is an expensive endeavour.

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News

Tourism spend strong, considering

Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston says the latest figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation ...

3:46 PM  International, domestic tourism spend holds up in post-quake market.

It's a proper gem

3:20 PM  The Havelock Gallery is the perfect example of how small communities can make big things happen.

Stormy conflict finally settled

Coming in to land ... on SH1

Sport

Falcons open with comprehensive win

Marlborough Boys' College First XV flanker Josh Chapman pounces on the loose ball during his side's match with Roncalli ...

The NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV shrugged off the effects of an 11-hour bus trip to open their season with a hefty win in Timaru on Saturday.

TBHS First XV make perfect start

Prop Freddy Vereivalu scores for Roncalli-Aoraki Combined against Marlborough Boys' College in the opening round of the ...

Timaru Boys' High School made the perfect start to the Crusaders Schools Championship while Roncalli-Aoraki Combined showed they have promise.

Marlborough sides struggle

Harlequins' hooker Sam Moli carries the ball hard into the Kahurangi defence at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Marlborough's saviour on a weekend of Tasman Trophy cross-over rugby matches dominated by Nelson sides came from an unlikely source.

Harlequins help Marlborough sides avoid whitewash

Harlequins player Hugo Halanukanuka scores against Kahurangi at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Harlequins' division one rugby side defied the form book to pick up the only win for Marlborough side's in the Tasman Trophy competition on Saturday.

Hockey trio off to tackle Aussies

Andrew Nation will represent the New Zealand 35-40 years side in Whangarei.

Three Marlborough hockey players will represent their country when New Zealand take on Australia at the 2017 Trans-Tasman Masters Challenge in Whangarei.

Opinion

Surveillance crackdown on fishing vessels

Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy.

The biggest reforms in a generation are about to be made to fishing laws.

Letters to the editor

Slower speed limits and long sections of double yellow lines on State Highways 63, 6, 65 and 7 are a concern for ...

Correspondents write about roading, the Blenheim band rotunda, salmon farms, recycling, democracy, cell coverage, the riverside railway, illegal dumping, and means testing.

Stopping exotic invaders may be impossible

New Zealand's biosecurity laws are the most stringent in the world. Yet there is probably little chance of slowing down ...

Invasive species "homogenise" indigenous environments.

Another affront to democracy?

Democracy is under severe stress, write Tony Orman.

OPINION: Submissions on King Salmon's application for new farms is lip service to democracy, writes Tony Orman.

Letters to the editor

The Marlborough District Council is seeking feedback on the current recycling scheme.(File photo)

Correspondents write about Anzac Day, columnist Joe Bennett, recycling in Marlborough, and Marlborough wine.

Business

The lowdown

Co-owners Simone and Chris Hill with dog Sam

If you haven't yet popped into Cinnamon House Design in Blenheim, it's worth a visit.

Linehaul couple keep trucking

McCrostie Trucking owners Dominique and Daryl McCrostie have taken on more staff for their business post-earthquake.

Their five trucks, doing 4000km a day, were on the road hours after the earthquake and have not stopped since.

Mayor asks, airline declines

An Air New Zealand Bombardier Q300 takes off from Marlborough Airport. (File photo)

'No means no' as Air NZ shoots down further calls to re-instate direct flights from Blenheim to Christchurch.

A food and wine match

BV Gourmet second chef Chris Pearce makes pickled beetroot for harvest meals.

It's been a challenging harvest, not just for the vineyard workers, but for those who feed them. If you call 25,000 meals challenging.

A box of possibilties

Nadia Lim's Bargain Box could come to Blenheim if enough people express an interest in the service.

A celebrity chef could be set to help Marlborough families solve the what's for dinner dilemma.

Your Marlborough

Share and share alike

Making use of the Redwoodtown School playground in the holidays are, from left, Cameron Park, 7, Ethan Mills, 7 and ...

School playgrounds in Marlborough could get massive increase in funding, on one condition.

Old dog with new tricks

Vincent the retired guide dog plays Sandy in the new production of Annie.

A retired guide dog is treading the boards as the furry star of Marlborough's newest musical.

It's the climb

Blenheim cyclist Andrew Bidwell, 16, is aiming for a podium finish at the upcoming Age Group Road National Championships ...

When another cyclist said he was going to make Andrew's race hell, he laughed it off and smashed the pack by five minutes.

Sound of the future

The junior Blenheim Brass Band excelled at the New Zealand National Brass Band Championships in Wellington. They used a ...

Young brass band members may one day sport colourful, plastic instruments.

Less is more

Commonly modern minimalist gardens are in small or limited spaces where clutter is not acceptable.

COLUMN: All successful gardens take from and give to the wider environment. Less is more, writes Saturday Express landscaping columnist Christo Saggers.

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