Floating ambulance critical to 'golden hour'

The rescue boat is wide enough to cater for stretchers during a medical evacuation.

It can reach emergency call outs to remote parts of the outer Sounds in less than an hour.

Wine industry's 'moral' issue

The Honi-B Backpackers, in Blenheim.

Should overseas vineyard workers be housed four to a room in bunk beds?

Falling out of love with sav?

Australia is one of New Zealand's largest wine export markets.

Are international wine lovers growing tired of Marlborough sauvignon blanc?

Alcohol sales still on hold

The new Countdown Redwoodtown.

A medical officer has appealed the decision to grant a new Countdown store an alcohol licence.

Sun shines on turnover

Destination Marlborough general mangaer Tracy Johnston

Marlborough businesses report a positive increase in turnover compared to the previous year.

Running the vines

Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon director Chris Shaw says holding the event in the vines has led to participants ...

The Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon shows the benefit of events to Marlborough.

Cuisine's top pinot noir

Wairau River vineyard

This year’s quest for pinot perfection yielded plenty of fine examples, writes John Saker.

Moa making headway

Moa markets itself as a beer for those who love adventure and the outdoors.

Moa shares jump as narrowed its full year loss as it gains market share in supermarket sales.

Picton's identity crisis

Brand Picton working group, from left, Juliet Gibbons, Barbara Speedy and Patricia Berwick.

What's good about Picton? Because residents would love to know.

Supermarket's six-week booze ban

Countdown Blenheim has blocked off its liquor department as its six-week suspension starts this week.

It's inconvenient, say locals who like a wine with dinner, as an alcohol ban takes effect.

Rift in Rangitane

Rangitane House, in Blenheim's central business district.

Two trustees have received votes of no confidence.

Protest gets political

A young boy joins the protest at Okiwi Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.

NZ First says Okiwi Bay proposal has "everything going against it".

Wine pays homage

Marisco Vineyards proprietor and chief winemaker Brent Marris unveils 'The Pioneer', a chardonnay made in honour of his ...

Special chardonnay will continue legacy of wine pioneer.

Dining among the cars

MIA owner Jetti Walker says more al fresco dining will boost vibrancy on Scott St.

Restaurant strikes deal that will see Blenheim town centre parking spaces make way for al fresco dining.

Fears for raw milk suppliers

Tuamarina farm gate raw milk supplier Tim Jopson, holding a copy of new regulations, with customer Willie Kaulback.

The death of NZ's raw milk cottage industry is predicted under new rules.

Run of rate cuts over?

Unlike all other interest rate reviews of recent years, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand will not open its doors to the ...

The rate cut bonanza may be at an end with the Reserve Bank expected to hit pause this week.

MPs make whistlestop tour

Workers processing mussels at Kono in Riverlands, Blenheim.

MPs to tour sawmill, winery, and food and beverage company.

Incentive travellers demand "wow" factor

Members of a Hewlett Packard Indigo Incentive trip to Queenstown were treated to a Lord of the Rings day which included ...

An experienced tourism operator warns New Zealand better work on its "wow" factor if it wants to attract big spending incentive travellers.

Looking back

Former Marlborough Express owners Carol and Roger Rose were the fourth generation of the Furness family to run the paper.

 Roger and Carol Rose look back on 150 years of the Marlborough Express.

Master of your domain

An aerial view that shows the location of the seven Rai Valley houses on the market for $995,000, the road in the ...

One house in Auckland or a section of seven in Marlborough? Yes, this is a choice.

Dead fish a mystery

Salmon deaths in the Marlborough Sounds remain unsolved.

Investigations into salmon deaths have yet to draw any conclusive reasons, but some people are blaming low tidal flows.

Pressing times

Hunter's Wines winemaker James Macdonald and managing director Jane Hunter with a bottle of the Marlborough Express ...

The Marlborough Express has its own wine to celebrate 150 years.

Time called on cellar door

The Drylands Cellar Door site will be used as part of Constellation Brands New Zealand's $50 million winery expansion ...

Marlborough has lost another winery establishment with the closure of one of its longest running cellar doors.

The $1.6m error

Seven vineyards were sprayed with a fertiliser called Perk Supa.

It was a simple mistake when contractor sprayed seven vineyards with the wrong chemical. But it ended up costing a lot of money.

US tax reporting deadline looms for NZ banks

A law to reduce tax evasion by American residents living outside the United States is proving costly for New Zealand banks.

New Zealand banks are quizzing customers about their links to the US to meet a June deadline for complying with a controversial US anti-tax avoidance law.

Dream grape harvest

Marlborough Grape Producers Co-Operative supervisor Phil Taylor co-ordinating harvesting at Wratts Road, Blenheim

A bumper harvest is bringing smiles to the faces of grape growers in Marlborough.

From grapes to houses

A digger removes vineyard posts to clear the site for the Omaka Landing subdivision.

The subdivision is being developed in stages so as not to flood the market.

Watching from afar

Recognised Seasonal Employer workers hand pick grapes at a Marlborough vineyard.

MBIE has no plans to base labour inspectors in Marlborough, despite the growing wine industry.

Dairy down, horticulture up

Kiwifruit remains one of the bright spots on the rural scene, with record prices for gold orchards.

Horticulture land sales have bucked the trend of a generally depressed rural market.

Timing concerns

The behaviour of pedestrians and motorists in the area close to the Alfred St roundabout is under scrutiny.

School principal questions the scheduling of a traffic audit during school holidays.

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