Marlborough looking to attract skilled migrants

190410,News. Photo Scott Hammond/The Marlborough Express .
Andy Rowe.
Cuddons Engineering.
standing next to a freeze drier.

A Marlborough businessman said the region can offer competitive wage rates and quality lifestyles to attract skilled migrants if they are ready to work here.

Picton store to close

Picton's only second hand store, Second Time Round, is closing on Friday after the building's overseas owner gave an eviction notice to leasee Keith Allen, left, pictured with his wife Kerrin, dog Kaci, and staff member Maurice Burgess.

Keith Allen, owner of Picton's Second Time Around second hand shop, is not ready to be thrown out on the employment junk heap.

Kaikoura free range chicken farm proposed

Kaikoura businesswoman Mary Shanahan says her planned free range chicken farm will follow SPCA guidelines.

A proposed free range chicken farm on the outskirts of Kaikoura will follow the SPCA's strict animal welfare requirements.

Inexperience won't hinder young viticulturist

Young Marlborough Viticulturist of the Year finalist Kurt Robinson won't let lack of experience hinder him.

Kurt Robinson hasn't spoken to an audience since he was 15-years-old.

Huia Vineyard wins NY award

Huia Vineyard owners Mike and Claire Allan have won best natural/biodynamic winery at the New York International Wine Competition.

Marlborough organic winegrower Huia Vineyard has won a swath of international awards but the latest was the most surprising, owners Mike and Claire Allan said.

Glass shards trigger wine recall

Clearwater Cove and 3 Stones have recalled these three wines over fears damaged packaging could cause shards of glass to come off the bottle when opened.

Nearly 6000 bottles of wine have been recalled by a Blenheim-based wine bottling processor after glass shards were found on bottles.

Resilient farmer ready for next stage

Doug Avery is planning the next stage of the Resilient Farmer roadshow

Doug Avery's Resilient Farmer roadshow is nearing the next stage of development as the five-month public speaking tour comes to an end.

McDonalds set to use free-range eggs

McDonalds New Zealand has announced all its restaurants will use free-range eggs by the end of next year.

McDonald's New Zealand has announced a commitment to move towards cage-free eggs in all its 164 restaurants by the end of next year.

Marlborough stores up for awards

AvantiPlus Blenheim owners Bill Mitchell and Lynne Haines are thrilled to be finalists in the Retail New Zealand Top Shop Awards.

Two Marlborough retailers have been recognised at a national mystery shopper-based contest.

Fast and furious wine auction

Wine steward Pierre Vienings helps sort bottles to go under the hammer at Spiegelau International Wine competition auction.

The tastings have been completed, the scores tallied, now the bidding war begins.

Jelly Tip craze given boozy twist

A Saint Clair Family Estate sauvignon blanc has been combined with raspberry-flavoured jelly tip icecream.

First it was chocolate, then came biscuits. Now a Marlborough wine is getting a Jelly Tip twist.

Some vineyard workers earning less than minimum wage

09032015 News Photo: SUPPLIED. Blenheim, Marlborough. A common fungus, known as powdery mildew, is present in some Marlborough vineyards.

Some vineyard workers in Marlborough are being paid less than the minimum wage and do not have contracts, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Head in the cloud thinking pays off

Lee Harper from PC Media is presenting at an international conference this week.

Blenheim-based IT "geek" is off to Florida to tell 5500 experts how they migrate companies to "the cloud".

Questions remain over Yealands sale

Marlborough Lines should focus on core business, say critics of the Yealands purchase.

More questions are being asked on the purchase of Yealands Wine Group by Marlborough Lines.

Judges gather to savour wine

More than 1300 wines will be tasted by judges in the Spiegelau International Wine Competition being held at Marlborough Convention Centre.


Marlborough economy showing positive signs

Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman is heading to Japan on a sister city cultural visit.

Marlborough's economy is showing a significant lift with major sectors tracking above the national average, according to a recently released economic report.

Former Auckland family have no regrets at relocating

Former Aucklanders (from left) Lisa, Sienna, 7, and Andrew Wheeler have no doubt they made the right move to shift to Marlborough.

Former Auckland couple Andrew and Lisa Wheeler have no doubt their move to Marlborough has been a wise choice.

Organic and biodynamic wine growing

Wine consultant Monty Waldin addresses the inaugural organic and biodynamic winegrowing conference at the 
Marlborough Convention Centre

Brown beetle and hailstones aside, organic and biodynamic winemaking is making steady progress in the global industry.

Tuamarina raw milkers sour with new regulations

Tuamarina dairy farmer 
Tim Jopson says new raw milk regulations will increase on-farm costs.

A Tuamarina couple are sour over proposed new raw milk regulations which will increase their on-farm costs by nearly $5000 a year.

Perfect blend for new winery

Former Highfield Estate staffers, from left, Al Soper and Peter Coldwell have joined forces with TerraVin winemaker Gordon Ritchie, right.

Highfield Estate and TerraVin will retain individual brand styles after three staff members struck a deal to work together.

Pioneering organic vineyard for sale

Churton Wines owners Mandy and Sam Weaver have put their organic vineyard on the market.

A pioneering organic Marlborough vineyard in Waihopai Valley is on the market.

Yealands sale 'healthy and transparent'

Managing director of Marlborough Lines Ken Forrest, left, and Yealands Wine Group founder Peter Yealands, right.

Key players involved in the Yealands Wine Group sale to Marlborough Lines respond to concerns raised over the deal,

Yealands sells to power firm video

Managing director of Marlborough Lines Ken Forrest, left, and Yealands Wine Group founder Peter Yealands, right.

Marlborough entrepreneur Peter Yealands has sold his majority shareholding in Yealands Wine Group to Marlborough Lines.

Young winemakers celebrated

The inaugural Tonnellerie de Mercurey New Zealand Young Winemaker competition will enhance employment prospects for the winner, says awards chairwoman Sophie Matthews.

A new award to celebrate the skills of young winemakers in Marlborough will be held on Friday

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

Council extends guarantee on theatre loan

Marlborough Civic Theatre Trust will have to draw on a $3.1 million loan and raise $1 million in fundraising to finish the ASB Civic Theatre due to open next February.

Loan guarantee to the new multi-million ASB Civic Theatre in Blenheim extended to save project from collapsing.

Foreign buyers snap up vineyards

Foreign ownership of land in Marlborough continued to increase

Overseas companies continue to buy up land in Marlborough for vineyard expansion.

Online sales boost business

Puddle Jumpers children's clothing owner Lucy Walter with her son Rory Walter, 4, at their Renwick home.

Moving into the online retail world has seen one small Marlborough-based children's clothing business get a foothold in new markets around the world.

New seal-swimming and viewing ventures to be stopped

Close contact with seals like this one at Ohua Point, Kaikoura, could become less common under a Department of Conservation marine review

New permits for seal-watching and swimming encounters will be stopped along popular spots in the upper South Island under Department of Conservation proposals.

Ritual Cafe up for sale

Ritual Cafe owners Heather McAlpine and her son Matthew Hellriegel have decided to sell the Blenheim business after three years.

The owners of one of Blenheim’s most popular coffee shops have decided to sell up after three years.

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