Mayor won't give up on Easter trading law change

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman is again calling for Government to change its stance on Easter trading laws to allow shops in the region to open during one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Retailers vow to revitalise Blenheim

Two of the 20 empty shops in central Blenheim.

Twenty empty shops in Blenheim's town centre are not a good look, but business owners are adamant that is about to change.

Drought hits farmers in pocket

Sheep wander around a bone-dry paddock in the Awatere Valley, near Seddon.

Marlborough's economy could suffer a huge financial loss as farmers struggle with the impact of the drought, economists say.

Conservation leads to success

Philip Woodward, of Merrill and Ring, at Manuka Island Forest in Northbank.

A Wairau Valley forestry block balancing good business with good conservation was one of the winners at the Marlborough Environment Awards.

Marlborough farmers battle on

Marlborough's drought status remains unchanged, despite a week of sporadic rainfall.

The effects of the drought are still being felt, as rain does little to ease the dry conditions.

Shoppers spend $55m

Marlborough Paymark statistics comparing March 2015 and March 2014.

Keen shoppers in Marlborough helped boost the region's economy, with electronic spending topping $55 million last month.

Warmer seas wasting NZ mussels

Sanford's green mussel processing plant in Havelock has lost its night shift because of declining production.

Experts say rising sea temperatures are hitting one of NZ's more lucrative industries.

Axe hangs over logging firm

Waimea Contract Carriers log truck drivers are waiting to find out if the company can be rescued.

Administrators work to save Waimea Contract Carriers as debts rise to more than $16m.

Whitehaven opens cellar door

Whitehaven staff member Samantha White, left, and cellar door manager Karen Marchant settle in to their new site at The Vines Village.

For the first time in 13 years, family-owned Marlborough wine company Whitehaven are opening a cellar door - replacing Eradus Wines at The Vines Village.

Opinions split over new supermarket

Furniture Traders owner Layne Wilson says the new Countdown being built in Redwoodtown will benefit businesses in the area.

Redwoodtown business owners have mixed feelings about new Countdown to be built in their area.

Surge in value of building consents

The number of building consents in Blenheim declined but the value increased.

The value of building consents in Marlborough almost doubled last month compared with March 2014.

Parity could hit wine exports

Saint Clair Family Estate director Neal Ibbotson says he is not too concerned about the strong Kiwi dollar impacting wine sales in Australia.

Sales of New Zealand wine in Australia will drop if the NZ dollar reaches parity, Marlborough wine exporters say.

Sanford blames warming sea

Sanford's green mussels at its Havelock processing plant in the Marlborough Sounds. The company is set to close its Christchurch plant with the loss of more than 200 jobs.

Seafood processor Sanford links warmer seas to the likely closure of its mussel plant employing 230 people in Christchurch.

Easter rules nail traders

Tills sang on Easter Monday as Blenheim businesses recovered from the economic hangover of long-weekend closures.

Flouting rules pays off for shops

Shoppers go about their business at
Pak’n Save Blenheim on Sunday. The
store, as well as New World Blenheim,
opened on the public holiday, in spite
of Easter trading laws.

Blenheim supermarkets which ignored Easter trading restrictions did a good trade on Sunday.

Alcohol ad ban threat to events

Marlborough's economy could suffer a blow if sporting events are canned as a result of proposed bans on alcohol advertising.

Axed Tokyo flights 'disappointing'

Air New Zealand's decision to cancel direct flights from Tokyo to Christchurch could have an adverse affect on tourism in Marlborough.

Easter means more than chocolate

Hannah Martin shops for Easter eggs at The Warehouse in Blenheim.

Marlborough parents are mixing up what they give their children at Easter, opting for sports gear and togs, as well as chocolate.

Law may stop wine ads


Marlborough wine brands may be forced to stop most of their advertising if proposed alcohol advertising ban goes ahead.

Food stalls on the rise

Figaro’s Cafe owner Rebecca Hill uses a food stall at festivals to help market her Blenheim cafe.

More mouth-watering food stalls are popping up in Marlborough as a result of a busy festival season and more schools using food to raise funds.

Extended farm gets consent

Greenshell Mussel processing at Kono Seafoods in Blenheim

An extended Pelorus mussel farm has been granted resource consent to operate for another 20 years.

'Prenup' protection ... for parents

Audrey Seaton, a director of Blenheim law firm Wain & Naysmith, says parents giving financial help to their adult children should consider a 'pre-nup' agreement.

Parents who give cash to adult children may want to think about protecting it in case of a break-up.

Biography from London to Blenheim

Life well-lived: Terry Gillan recounts the chapters of his life in a new book being launched in Blenheim on Wednesday

Blenheim businessman Terry Gillan recounts his life's stories in a new book, You hum it, I'll play it.

Hagley Joinery splits in two

Steve Smith and Cheryl Gifford will run two new businesses split from Hagley Joinery, after the company’s founder
withdrew from Blenheim to concentrate on work in Christchurch.

Hagley Joinery is closing its operation in Blenheim and will be replaced by two separate Marlborough-owned and operated businesses.

Contractors focus on quality

Focus Labour Solutions owners
Barbara Mortensen and Craig Mill
employ about 70 workers each year
who focus on quality jobs.

When Craig Mill and Barbara Mortensen started their own contracting business in 2008, the only thing on their minds was to be a cut above the rest.

Shoppers tip no-breaks backlash

22/01/2013.Photo:Craig Simcox /copyright DominionPost/ Fairfax NZ
Expansion into NewZealand of the company that owns the Cotton On. Cotton on Body, Typo and Factorie brands. Pictured stores located in Manners St Wellington.

Marlborough shoppers would boycott Cotton On if the company stripped staff of their tea breaks.

Invivo breaks crowdfunding record

Marlborough grape grower Callum
Linklater, who supplies grapes to
Invivo Wines, explores crowdfunding
website Snowball Effect.

Invivo Wines has raised a record-toppling $1.7m in six days on an equity crowdfunding platform.

Crowdfunding plan for wine company

CROWD PLEASER: Invivo Wines co-founder Tim Lightbourne is excited to offer shares in his wine company through equity crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect.

Two businessmen, famous for making Graham Norton's signature wine from Marlborough grapes, are taking their company to the crowd.

Moa: Deal enables big expansion

Moa will start
from scratch on
plans for its $6.1
million expansion
of the brewery in
Jacksons Rd,
after solving a
dispute with its

Craft-brewing company Moa has been given the green light to expand its Marlborough brewery after resolving a long-running dispute with its opponents.

Farmers dismiss outrage over cattle

SKIN AND BONES: The Ministry of Primary Industries is investigating a photo taken on a Cook Strait ferry, which shows the deteriorating condition of cattle being transported around the country.

A photo of thin cattle being transported on a Cook Strait ferry has sparked an investigation.

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