Wine Marlborough board members stepping down

Former Wine Marlborough, and Staete Landt winemaker, Ruud Maasdam will step down after 15 years.

Wine Marlborough's longest serving board member Ruud Maasdam is to step aside at this year's elections after 15 years.

El Nino summer looming for Marlborough farmers

Dry conditions in the Awatere Valley.

Ward farmer Kevin Loe believes landowners in Marlborough have no reason to fear the El Nino weather conditions forecasted for the summer if they are well prepared.

Seafood company gains national recognition

Omega Seafoods managing director Chris Redwood, left, and marketing manager Johanna O'Connell after being placed in the top six companies in the Westpac Business Growth Grant awards.

A Marlborough seafood company has won recognition in a national competition promoting small to medium sized businesses.

Lewis Rd milk arrives in Marlborough

Renwick SuperValue store manager Ravi Mahajan is excited to be one of the supermarkets which will sell Lewis Road Creamery's flavoured milk for the first time in the South Island.

Marlborough milk lovers can finally celebrate as the much hyped Lewis Road Creamery chocolate milk arrives on South Island shores from Wednesday.

Marlborough eateries prepare for new food laws

Scenic Hotel Marlborough area manager Adrian Clifton and head chef Kazutomo Miyano in the hotel's kitchen. They are among the first to voluntarily move onto the new Food Act 2014 food control plan.

Food industry businesses in Marlborough should transition smoothly into the new regime of food safety regulations, a council officer says.

Marlborough spice business sets sights overseas

Roger's Kitchen owner and head chef Roger Raizada with some of the pre-mixed spice and curry blends he wants to sell overseas.

A Marlborough chef and business owner has set himself the lofty goal of seeing his spice mixes being sold overseas within the next year.

Marlborough wineries find success in China

Forrest Estate Winery managing director John Forrest.


Marlborough Lines finish Wairau section upgrade

Marlborough Lines lineman Malcolm Brown uses an insulated elevator to replace the power conductor, or cable, during the upgrade at the Wairau Valley.

Marlborough Lines crews have completed the latest upgrade to electricity supply for residents in the Wairau Valley.

Easter trading law change 'sensible' - Sowman

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Classic Fighters 2015 Airshow from Omaka Airfield in Blenheim.
Saturday session - Classic vintage Aircraft display.
Three Fokker Triplanes.

A law change giving councils the power to allow trade on Easter Sunday is "terrific news", says Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman.

Former MP to chair rural lobby group

Former Kaikoura MP Colin King will chair the Rural Advisory Group

Former Kaikoura MP Colin King will chair a new rural advisory group formed to lobby the Marlborough District Council on rural community issues.

Warm weather favours lambing

Warm weather has helped farmers during lambing. Pictured are new born triplets on a farm near Blenheim.

Warm, dry weather conditions in Marlborough may be slowing grass growth but it is helping lambing on farms around the region, say farmers.

Scallop take set to rise

Flashback: Sounds scallops being unloaded at Picton in 2012.

After years of contraction the scallop industry in the top of the south looks set for better days.

Where is NZ's lowest wage?

Young professionals seldom moved to Marlborough for high wages, with lifestyle being the main pull.

Marlborough has been placed bottom of the pile when it comes to pay.

Mussel farmer vies for top award

Clearwater Mussels operations manager Mike Holland alongside one of the Havelock company's mussel harvesters.

A Marlborough Sounds mussel company has entered a prestigious South Island farming award.

Picton hostel to become library car park

Kahu and Peter Bugler, former owners of the Wedgewood House YHA in Picton, have sold to the Marlborough District Council who plans to turn the site into a pay and display car park.

Picton's first backpackers is to be demolished and replaced with a pay and display car park.

Picton braced for record cruise season

The cruise ship Voyager of the Seas berthed at Shakespeare Bay, Picton earlier this year.

Picton businesses are gearing up for what is expected to be a busy summer, which will be boosted by the biggest cruise ship season yet.

New grape juice is kosher

Marlborough winemaker Eric Anderson with his chardonnay-styled kosher grape juice.

Marlborough winemaker hopes to change tastebuds and attitudes with alcohol-free grape juice made to Jewish standards.

Treasury Wine makes profit

Matua Wines, owned by Treasury Estate Wines, has a bulk storage and wine bottling plant in Marlborough.

Australian-based Treasury Wine Estates, producer of Matua Wines' Marlborough sauvignon blanc, has posted a net profit of $77.6 million, up $178.5m on the previous year.

Doctor has tools for farmers

Dr Tom Mulholland with his book 'Healthy Thinking'.

An Auckland doctor offering advice to farmers on healthy living says the dairy industry's problems are cyclic and will get better.

New insights into tourist spending in Marlborough

Wellingtonians play an important part in Marlborough's domestic tourism economy.

A landmark study into the spending habits of Kiwi tourists in Marlborough has given operators and promoters the most in-depth look at the market yet, the region's tourism boss says.

Fast internet for Marlborough

BP Computers manager Brad Clark and sales manager Barry Williams are part of the team involved in the running of a high speed wireless internet network in Marlborough.

A new internet provider has been set up in Marlborough to cater for rural residents and businesses wanting high speed access to the web.

Marlborough wine leading US export market

Astrolabe Wines managing director Jason Yank.

US drinkers prepared to pay more for a premium drop of Marlborough's "unique" sauvignon blanc, industry representative says.

Marlborough farmers attend well being workshop

Farmer well being will be discussed in Marlborough this week.

The mental and physical well being of farmers will come under the spotlight at a two-day training workshop in Blenheim.

Vineyards 'home' for RSE supervisor

A frosty Marlborough vineyard in winter is a world away from an aqua blue Tongan atoll for seasonal worker Atu Ala.

Moa hijacked in China

A Moa Bar opened in China without Moa Brewing Company's knowledge.

Craft beer brewer "quietly chuffed" brand plagiarised in China.

Wheelie bin company on a roll

Earthcare Environmental managing director Mike Jones, left, customer service representative Karen Hewlett and Blenheim collection manager John Tinson have launched a new service in Blenheim.

A new low-cost wheelie bin scheme has proved popular in Blenheim in its first week of operation. 

Cloudy Bay buys more land

Cloudy Bay Vineyards have been given consent to purchase land for sauvignon blanc plantings.

Cloudy Bay Vineyards has been given the go ahead from the Overseas Investment Office to buy freehold land for sauvignon blanc planting.

Warehouse strike over 'broken promises'

The Warehouse Blenheim staff strike outside the store on Tuesday afternoon.

Employees at The Warehouse in Blenheim downed tools and took to the street to demand a "living wage".

Plethora of cycle path projects

Retired surveyor Vern Ayson, left, civil engineer Khalid Suleiman, Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith and Marlborough Chamber of Commerce general manager Hamish Macfarlane check out part of the route of a proposed cycle trail from Blenheim to Clarence.

A slew of cycling projects looking for Marlborough District Council funding will have to be prioritised because of budget constraints.

Aussie firm buys Marlborough forestry land

Sydney fund management firm New Forests has reached an agreement to buy approximately 4200 hectares of freehold land and softwood plantations in Marlborough.

An Australian based company has reached an agreement to buy over 4000 hectares of Marlborough forestry land.

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