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Hamilton Lake.  Safe haven for game birds after duck shooting season opened last saturday.  The duck shooting season opens in the first weekend of May and runs for 3 months

Duck and cover

9:29 AM  Duck hunters are reporting a 'patchy' season so far in Marlborough. 

Patients made to travel

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Walter Scott supports a DHB plan to site a new MRI machine at Wairau hospital, Blenheim

Marlborough women forced to travel for treatment due to staffing shortage. 

Lending changes ahead

Credit laws due to come into effect are not likely to impact Marlborough lenders.

Saint Clair Half gets top marks

Organisers of one of Marlborough's most popular half marathons are celebrating.

Welcome signs fall short

Blenheim's signage does little to lure travellers, business group says.

Marlborough kids eating produce

Nearly half of Marlborough kids are watching television for two or more hours daily, figures show.

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Campaigner calls for plastic bag ban trial in Marlborough

Anti-plastic bag campaign

Comments by the environment minister that he would not consider a plastic bag ban has dismayed an avid Marlborough anti-plastic bag campaigner.

No more squabbles in Picton

Picton is no longer the "ugly duckling" to Blenheim battling infighting. It has a cohesive voice.

Irishman leads Renwick smart and connected

Holiday drivers warned to slow down

Sport

Rugby interest centred on Renwick

Renwick Rugby

With the Tasman Trophy division one rugby finalists already decided, Marlborough-based sides will be playing predominantly for pride, plus local competition points, tonight and on Saturday.

Backline changes forced on MBC ahead of Rangiora clash

It will be a case of another game and another backline reshuffle for the New Zealand King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV on Saturday.

The eight Marlborough Car Club drivers and co-driver Liam Gee who will race the Canterbury Rally, beginning with two night stages on Saturday, gather this week. With their spotlight-fitted cars all ready for racing are, front row from left, David, Liam and Neil Gee. Back row from left, Chris Lancaster, Richard Bateman, Steve Cattermole, Allan Kermeen, Jason Clark and Luke Campbell.

Marlborough fleet to light up Canterbury Rally

The Marlborough Car Club, and one family in particular, will be well represented at the Lone Star Canterbury Rally this weekend when nine drivers and cars make the trip south for racing.

Opinion

Flag should represent the people

Marlborough Youth councillor Mark Makin.

Marlborough Boys' College year 12 student Mark Makin explains what it's like to be a young person in Marlborough.

Letters to the editor

Correspondents write about the climate change sit-in, health board funding and kea numbers.

Scott Watson appears in the High Court.

Should Watson go on the record?

If there is a chance a convicted criminal may have been subjected to a miscarriage of justice, that individual should be allowed the opportunity to express their views in public.

Business

Giesen treads late harvest wine

Giesen Wines winemaker Hamish Kempthorne tries some dried grapes as staff tread the rest for their late harvest sauvignon blanc dessert wine.

A Marlborough winery is counting on the feet of their staff to again produce an award winning sweet wine.

Wineries urged to cater for Chinese tourists

Marlborough wineries are being urged to cater for more Chinese tourists on top of increasing wine export sales.

Marlborough Shuttles and Tours owners Lynn Wong and Dave Porter have bought Picton Shuttles.

Cruise visitors spark tourism growth

The number of passengers arriving in Marlborough on cruise ships doubled over the summer.

Your Marlborough

Skype link for Sounds community

A home in the Pelorus Sound, Marlborough Sounds.

Plans are underway to link isolated Marlborough Sounds communities with Skype

Eco-burials approved in Kaikoura

Eco-burials in a designated area were officially approved by the Kaikoura District Council at its meeting last week.

Patsy Buttle is commissioned as the lay pastoral leader of Kaikoura's Sacred Hearth Catholic parish by Cardinal John Dew. At left is Father Eric Urlich.

Lay leader commissioned

May 17 was a damp day in Kaikoura but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm, the joy, the energy of the people of Sacred Heart Parish.

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