Bids for research institute

Marlborough Research Centre chief executive Gerald Hope wants to secure funding for a Regional Research Institute in Marlborough.

Securing government research funding will help unlock Marlborough's economic potential, says Gerald Hope

536 cruelty complaints in 2015

Blenheim veterinarian Nick Hansby wants farmers to become better versed in new animal welfare laws.

Many animal cruelty complaints are about smaller lifestyle blocks, not big farms, vet says.

Grazing land under pressure in Marlborough

Available grazing land may become more scarce in Marlborough as vineyards expand.

A Marlborough dairy farmer has warned of a future shortage of available grazing land in the region as vineyards expand.

New faces on board

Wine Marlborough chairman Clive Jones is expected to retain his position at the first meeting of the new board on November 5.

The Wine Marlborough board has four new members after being voted in by wineries and grapegrowers earlier this month.

Salmon farms nearly ready

An existing New Zealand King Salmon farm at Ruakaka Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Three new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds will be up and running in the very near future.

Jaycar Electronics win award

The award winning Blenheim Jaycar Electronics team with some of their top selling products. From left to right: staff member Sam Tennent, owner Jay Zhu and manager Phillip Albray.

Blenheim Jaycar Electronics store has beaten out other Jaycar stores take out a national award

Benefits from TPP - Joyce

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce addresses Marlborough business leaders at the Scenic Hotel in Blenheim.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will deliver growth and increased investment in Marlborough, says Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.

Wine exporters welcome trade deal

Minister of Trade Hon Tim Groser helped wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday night.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will level the playing field for wine exporters, opening up international markets and saving them millions

A boost but not a game changer

Trade Minister Tim Groser at the TPPA press conference.

After all of the promises, warnings and hysteria, the culmination of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA) feels like something of an anti-climax.

Farmers enhance wetland regeneration

CAPTION: Marlborough sheep and beef farmer Chris Bowron, of Avon Valley, has fenced off a wetland area and planted 500 native plants.

Marlborough's Chris Bowron is a relative hobby farmer compared to his previous life when he once owned 1200 hectares in the Avon Valley.

Warehouse demolished

The old warehouse at Horton St, in Blenheim, was demolished at the weekend.

Owners of an old warehouse that has been demolished in Blenheim are "sad to see it go".

Cruise ship season kicks off in Picton

The first cruise ship of the season, the Diamond Princess, berthed in Shakespeare Bay, Picton.

Crowds of holidaymakers thronged the streets of Picton on Monday as the biggest cruise ship season on record got underway.

Marlborough chases conference funding

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US Award winning author Candace Havens at the New Zealand Romance Writers Convention held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, in Auckland.

Marlborough is well placed to win conference funding from central government, which is keen for marine, aviation and agribusiness events to be held in New Zealand.

Wine industry rising

Cloudy Bay Winery in Marlborough.

Leading New Zealand wine finds it own flavour after 30 years.

Work starts on town centre facelift

Blenheim Business Association member Michael Fitzpatrick at Bythell Place, which is getting redeveloped.

The revitalisation of central Blenheim got underway this week, with work starting at Bythell Place on Monday.

New head for Kono

New Kono head Rachel Taulelei.

An award-winning Wellington businesswoman appointed to head Wakatu Incorporation's food and beverage arm, Kono NZ.

South Korean wine market to open up

New Zealand Winegrowers CEO Philip Gregan.

Marlborough wine exporters will find it easier to move into the South Korean market after a bill was passed last week that brings the elimination of tariffs one step closer.

Bathurst forgave loan to CEO

Former Bathurst Resources chief executive Hamish Bohannan left the company in March. He had been with the company since 2008.

Bathurst Resources is refusing to give details of the settlement it reached with its former chief executive after revealing it wrote off $510,000 he owed the company.

Marlborough wines dominate awards

New World Wine Awards chief judge Jim Harre samples a chardonnay at last year's awards.

Marlborough winemakers have taken out a string of awards at this year's New World Wine Awards in Wellington.

Wine flights on track for November

The Pilatus PC12 which Sounds Air will fly between Blenheim and Napier.

A Marlborough airline is making it easier for winemakers and tourists to travel between the two largest wine producing regions in the country.

Frosty September for Marlborough winemakers

A cold September has delayed bud burst but Marlborough winemakers are starting to protect their vines from frost.

The first frosts of the growing season have seen helicopters take to the skies in Marlborough but winemakers are not worrying yet.

Losses continue at Bathurst Resources

Despite more losses Bathurst Resources managed to generate positive cashflow in the year to June 30.

Bathurst Resources continues to rack up losses, forcing the company to once again defend whether it can consider itself a going concern.

Brand building workshop for winegrowers

Wine tasting in a cave at Gibbston Valley.

A workshop helping Marlborough winegrowers build their brand and expand into overseas markets is planned for November.

Marlborough tour company wins Chinese funding

Marlborough Tour Company manager Scott Mckenzie.

The Marlborough Tour Company has beaten out other tourism operators to secure funding helping them tap into the growing Chinese market.

Marlborough farmers welcome downpour

Wairau Valley farmer Evan White measures rainfall on his farm last November.

The spirits of Marlborough farmers have been lifted by heavy rainfall in the region, but few are sitting back.

Isabel Estate 'unlikely' to repay debts

Aeration, sediment control, beauty - all good reasons for decanting wine.

The receivership of Marlborough's Isabel Estate Vineyard is drawing to a close, but the wine company still owes more than $4.5 million.

Fermented tea's smell of success

Marlborough kombucha pioneers Sandie Judge, left, and Heather McAlpine.

A Marlborough company is convinced kombucha, or fermented tea, is about to take off in a big way.

Marlborough chases conference big spenders

Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston says conference delegates spend twice as much as other visitors.

Tourism New Zealand has paired up with the Marlborough Convention Bureau to help bring more conferences to the region.

Picton company bringing vinyl back

Appreciating the vinyl wrap are, front from left, boat owner Paul Keating and Signs Now owner Craig Chapman, and back from left, Signs Now employee Paul Steer and boat owner Mark Randall.

A Picton sign company is taking an innovative approach to boat design by wrapping them in vinyl.

Economists predict 'rosy' year for Marlborough

Infometrics senior economist Benje Patterson

The Marlborough economy is well placed to weather economic challenges during the next 12 months, economists say.

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