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Giesen Wines staff tread grapes for late harvest sauvignon blanc dessert wine.(Pictured foreground) Giesen Wines winemaker Hamish Kempthorne.

Giesen treads late harvest wine

Marlborough winery counts on feet of staff to produce an award winning wine.

Lucky escape from fire

An open-fireplace may have contributed to the blaze at a house in Rarangi.

Rarangi residents lucky to avoid a serious blaze after a fire started inside one of the walls of their home.

The kids are alright

Marlborough children eat more fruit and veges than any other region in the country.

Welcome signs fall short

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

Calls for plastic bag ban trial 

Comments by the Environment Minister ona plastic bag ban dismay Marlborough campaigner.

No more squabbles in Picton

Picton no longer "ugly duckling" to Blenheim battling infighting. 

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News

Holiday drivers warned to slow down

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New 80kpm speed signs on the Napier Rd, Palmerston North.

People hitting the road over the long weekend are being warned to slow down and avoid alcohol.

Duck hunting 'patchy' in Marlborough

Duck hunters have not been helped by settled weather and clear skies this season, hunters say.

Marlborough women travel to Nelson for mammograms

Saint Clair Half gets top marks

Sport

Saturday sport wrap

Renwick number eight Phil Sterling rounds Marist winger Johnny Nukunuku  as the home side mount a rare attack at the Renwick Domain.

It was far from the result the Renwick Rugby Club wanted for their centenary celebrations, but Nelson visitors Marist weren’t to be denied at Renwick Domain on Saturday, running away with the Tasman Trophy division one rugby encounter 83-13.

Rugby interest centred on Renwick

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.

Waimea fullback Ili Ravudra dives over for a try in the attempted tackle of Central winger Alan Dinan.

Waimea too good for Central

Waimea Old Boys underlined their superiority, and maintained their unbeaten run in the Tasman Trophy division one rugby competition, with a comprehensive 60-23 victory over Central at Trafalgar Park on Friday.

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

Cruise visitors spark tourism growth

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

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

Service above all else

Meaters of Marlborough boss Mike Newman works 75-hour weeks making sure his firm offers quality meat, advice and above all, friendly service.

Wineries can cater more for Chinese visitors to enhance their stay in Marlborough.

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.

Your Marlborough

Love at first sight for Stretches

Judy and Tony Stretch chill at their home in Mandurah.

Former Express reporter John Alexander continues his series talking to ex-Marlburians now living across the ditch.

The murderous Maungatapu

The four businessmen had set off from Canvastown the previous day, travelling the main Maungatapu road.

Blenheim artist Yvonne Jordan with some of her creations.

Blenheim artist leaving "medical haze"

The title of Yvonne Jordan's new exhibition "Through the Haze" has a special meaning to the Blenheim artist. 

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