The Wineathoners, made up of runners and walkers from Auckland, Waikato and Tauranga, enjoy a drink after the 2015 Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon.

Saint Clair Half gets top marks

Organisers of one of Marlborough's most popular half marathons are celebrating after receiving a 99 per cent positive rating.

Lending changes ahead

Marlborough Family Budgeting Service chairman Neville White has welcomed the new lending laws expected to come into effect on June 6.

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

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 that he would not consider a plastic bag ban dismayed a Marlborough campaigner.

Irishman leads smart and connected

John Kelly was new to Renwick when he opted to go to the first smart and connected meeting.

Marlborough fleet to light up Rally

The Marlborough Car Club will be well represented at the Lone Star Canterbury Rally.

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News

Marlborough women travel to Nelson for mammograms

Women are travelling to Nelson for mammograms because of a staffing shortage at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

8:22 PM  More than 160 Marlborough women have travelled to Nelson for mammograms since January because of a staffing shortage. 

Marlborough children eat more fruit and vege

Close to half of Marlborough children are watching television for two or more hours each day, new figures show.

Duck hunting 'patchy' in Marlborough

No more squabbles in Picton

Sport

Player of year points

Rugby player of the year

Five players picked up maximum points in the 10th round of the Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year competition

Central face trophy favourites

The final round of Tasman Trophy cross-over rugby kicks off on Friday evening when Biddy Kate’s Central travel to Nelson to take on Waimea Old Boys.

Blenheim Indoor Centre

Indoor centre results

Simcox Stadium Blenheim Indoor Sports Centre results for week beginning Wednesday May 13:

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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