A fire burns in the Onamalutu Valley, northwest of Renwick, in February this year. Fire crews battled for 12 days to extinguish the blaze, which burnt 600 hectares of land.

Fire service shakeup

'Providing for greater efficiencies in terms of using our most precious resource which is volunteer time.'

Taking a stand

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White Ribbon Week campaign for Midweek, Mike Henderson (Barnardoes), Ross Smith community constable and Nathan Harmon from community corrections, Blenheim.

Men are being encouraged to pledge to take a stand against domestic violence.

More kids bunking off

Truancy rates have risen dramatically with over 1000 unjustified absences counted during a week.

Assault with a broom

He could not be properly examined internally at hospital because his injuries were too severe.

Hole in one times two

A lot of people spend a lifetime playing golf without the satisfaction of hitting a hole in one.

Highlight of Keane's career

12:41 PM  Kieran Keane, the Tasman Makos' most successful coach, chats about his time in the top of the south.

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Girlfriend justified in snooping

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Blenheim District Court.
Catholic priest Aidan Kay

15 min ago  Her actions after finding explicit photograph "common enough actions of a suspicious partner".

Stuck in a rest home video

12:53 PM  At 230kg, Blenheim man Kevin Williams needs a mobility scooter and there are no suitable state homes.

Tahuna camp set for revamp

Defence lawyer fined for misconduct


Makos' stint highlight of coach Keane's career ... so far

Tasman head coach Kieran Keane joins up with the Chiefs after completing a successful seven years with the Makos.

Kieran Keane, the Tasman Makos' most successful coach, chats about his time in the top of the south.

A couple of Marlborough aces

Marlborough Ridge residents Rod and Di Lofthouse didn't have to go far from home to register their first hole in one.

A Fairhall couple who have been playing for just 12 years achieved the elusive feat in the same year.

Junior sportspeople keep busy

Paul Slovak returns with a forehand shot for the St Mary’s Tahis against the Springlands Hawks during junior tennis at the Marlborough Tennis Centre in Blenheim on Saturday.

Marlborough youngsters continued to take advantage of the dry, sunny summer as they indulged in their various sporting codes over the past week.

Barnes leads Awatere team across line in Molesworth Run win

Genevieve Sanders races the last leg of the Molesworth Run for her four-person team “2 Slow 2 Win 2 Dumb 2 Quit” on Saturday.

Mixed teams of four crossed the line first when over 200 runners undertook the illustrious Molesworth Run on Saturday in the Awatere Valley high country, with local knowledge and endurance winning out as the Awatere Road Runners claimed the team title.

Marlborough women bowl over Canterbury for first time in 13 years

The open women’s fours champion team of, from left, Roberta Marshall, Rosemary Finch, Val Symes and Honey Reuben who won the final in dominant fashion on Saturday in Blenheim.

Marlborough’s leading female bowlers broke a 13-year drought when they took out the annual Marjorie Grundy tournament in Kaikoura last week. Then, back in Blenheim, open pairs and fours finals were contested by men and women over the weekend, resulting in one particularly exciting decider.


Climate marchers stand for freedom

Marlborough woman Christine Smith is encouraging people to support the upcoming climate change march in Seymour Square, Blenheim on November 28.

OPINION: Climate Karanga member Penny Wardle talks about the need to take action in the face of slow decision making by world leaders around climate change.

Civic centre 'breeding mistrust among ratepayers'

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith.

Kaikoura MP Staurt Smith weighs-in on the ongoing Kaikoura civic centre building saga.

Great events help our community – and visitors – connect

Some of the thousands of people who attended the Stihl Shop Croad Garden Fete in early November take cover in the shade at Seymour Square in Blenheim.

COLUMN: We are perfectly placed here, right in the middle of New Zealand, to make the most of attracting visitors from other regions whether by road, ferry or on our excellent air services. What it does for our economy is hard to overstate.

Letters to the editor


Correspondents write about climate change, the draft regional plan, taking offence and fireworks being 'insensitive'.

Letters to the editor

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- postal post letter letterbox mail envelopes

Correspondents write about Kent St in Picton, marine farming and moa.


Sunset scarf to lure Aussies

A model wears a scarf designed by Australian label We Are Handsome, which was inspired by a trip to Marlborough.

"They've really captured the layers of the sunset in the Sounds."

Fruit picking delayed

Blueberry harvest is on target at WindSong Organic Orchard in Marlborugh.

But fruit fans will not miss out on Marlborough stone fruit at Christmas.

Picton population doubles

The 311-metre long Explorer of the Seas rounds Karaka Point in the Marlborough Sounds heading into Shakespeare Bay.

A revamped megaliner, complete with surfing simulator and mini golf course, docks in Picton.

Rural areas on 'powder keg'

Rural fire fighters battle fire and high winds putting out a machinery fire in Southland

Farmers are warned the fire risk in rural areas remains high.

Air NZ closes Blenheim shop

The Air New Zealand Holidays store on Maxwell Rd, Blenheim, will close next week after the national carrier pulled the plug on its nationwide network of travel stores.

Blenheim residents will have one less place to book flights when the Air New Zealand Holidays store closes.

Your Marlborough

Helping children in need

Sisters Jennie Jonsson (pictured) and Nicky Woodill have just returned from a trip to India where they provided sewing machines and clothes to children's homes. They are now hoping to raise more money to purchase a van for one of the homes.

Sisters Nicky Woodill and Jennie Jonsson have returned from a trip to India where they made some lasting friendships and are now hoping to raise money to buy a van for a children's home.

Helen Mason's 'life-changing' prescription

Helen Mason has lost 36 kilograms since she got the green prescription.

Helen Mason says the green prescription handed to her by doctor at the start of the year saved her life. 

Aces for Kaikoura junior tennis

Oliver Burra of the Kaikoura Tennis Club in training for the South Island Primary Schools intermediate tennis championships.

Junior tennis in Kaikoura is going from strength to strength, with 36 children now registered this season.

Little blue All Blacks

This little, or little blue, penguin, is one of a number living at South Bay Kaikoura. The breeding season is under way and they are enjoying an improved living space.

Who would you rather adopt - Richie or Dan? Sonny Bill or Savea?

What do whales eat?

Kaikoura's sperm whales are the subject of a three-year study to determine more about their diet and feeding habits.

A new research project will assess the foraging ecology of sperm whales in the Kaikoura Canyon.

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