Streets apart over property plans

Grapeworx Marlborough wants to turn this section on Warwick St into nine self-contained houses for overseas workers.

Blenheim knows it needs vineyard worker accommodation, residents just don't want it on their street.

Cycleway a boon for business

East Coast Inn owner Jim McDougall in front of the yellow-stickered building in Ward, south Marlborough.

Business owners in earthquake-affected Seddon and Ward welcome cycleway proposal.

Time is now for coastal trail

A mountain biker on the Queen Charlotte Track, which could link up as part of the proposed 'Coastal Pacific Trail'.

Three mayors lobby PM to put Coastal Pacific Trail wheels in motion.

The rapidly changing river video

Clarence River Rafting staff at the site of new rapids created by the Papatea Fault, from left, guide Clinton Fee, owner ...

Rafters on the post-quake Clarence River can attest to the old saying, 'you never step foot in the same river twice'.

Red hot market

Median house prices in Marlborough have climbed to a record high in January.

Great news for homeowners, not so great for first-time buyers.

Foreign ownership 'no surprise'

Forestry plantations have been the biggest lure for foreign buyers in Marlborough.

Building a wine company isn't easy, and the investment "has to come from somewhere'.

Stitch in time

Cherubs Childrenswear owner Lynda Butt has taken on the Wool Craft franchise from Trade My Craft owner Sandy James, ...

The November quake isn't about to bring down a Blenheim wool franchise.

Plague of thieves and poachers

Seddon farmer Doug Avery says closer relationships between police and farmers are needed to fight rural crime.

Many farmers are victims of crime, but most of them don't report it to police.

A wine-only South Island?

Pinot Noir NZ 2017.

Master of wine says South Island should be dairy free. Federated Farmers dismisses his view as "naive".

Canada has eyes on Marlborough

Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Keith Colwell says his region's sparkling wine rivals ...

Small province sends minister to check out Marlborough's wine and aquaculture industries.

Building consents

The new Winstanley Kerridge building currently under construction on the corner of Grove Road and Alfred Streets in Blenheim.

Ninety building consents were issued in December, for building work worth $10.64 million.

Family sells farm after 70 years

Benhopai farm owner Alastair Shanks, with his wife Dinny, left, have sold the farm after 70 years ownership in his family.

In 1850, Benhopai was one of 45 farms in Marlborough to be granted occupation leases by the government.

Best milkshakes in the South Island

Blenheim Railway Cafe and Ice Creamery owner Leanne Harris, outside the Grove Rd store.

Meet Blenheim Railway Cafe and Ice Creamery owner Leanne Harris.

'Opportunity from adversity'

The 152-kilometre Otago Central Rail Trail has become a major attraction since its official opening in 2000.

The Otago rail trail revitalised the area, and the earthquake has presented a similar opportunity down the east coast.

Hard graft pays off for beekeeper video

Natural New Zealand Honey owner James Malcolm believes a happy workplace is a productive workplace.

James Malcolm has grown his beekeeping business from 50 hives to 3500 hives in just 10 years.

Serving radical new flavours

Marlborough, the heart of New Zealand's sauvignon blanc industry.

COMMENT: Adventurous NZ winemakers creating more serious, and more expensive, sauvignon blancs.

Quake business claims hit $900m

Work underway to repair State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura.

The November 14 quake cut off Kaikoura and dramatically changed the landscape, but most insurance claims are from Wellington.

New accommodation for vineyard workers

Nets over ripening pinot noir grapes.

Property group seek consent to build accommodation for over 400 workers in Riverlands.

'Where were you Marlborough?'

Knights of The Dub Table play at Saturday's festival.

"I've put my neck on the line to run this. If you want events, you need to turn up."

Insurance premiums to rise

Paul Guthrie at his badly damaged home in Kaikoura.

Home owners can expect higher insurance premiums in the wake of the Kaikoura quake.

Rural quarry dispels initial fears

Simcox Construction general manager Antony Clark at the Barrack Road quarry

In spite of resource consent restrictions the quarry remained essential to maintaining the region's infrastructure.

Helping "little brother businesses"

Folium Vineyard owner Takaki Okada, left, Arbour restaurant co-owner Liz Buttimore and Sounds Air pilot Taylor Rhind are ...

Marlborough volunteers sell produce to keep Kaikoura business afloat.

The $3m question

The Marlborough Electric Power Trust annual report discussed at the meeting last Friday.

Apparent shortfall in Marlborough Lines dividends put down to accounting quirk.

Coastal shipping more efficient, says MP

KiwiRail are charging an earthquake levy until road and rail links are repaired.

Inter-island freight volumes to halve due to closure of key transport links on SH1 and Main North Line.

From milk to fuel

The vacant lots on the corner of Redwood St and Alabama Rd.

A new petrol station is going in at the site of the old Marlborough Milk Company treatment station.

A taste of luxury

Chris Godsiff

Chris Godsiff is trying to make his beloved home region a luxury destination for high-end travellers.

Trustees put on the spot

Marlborough Electric Power Trust trustees at the 2017 AGM, from left, John Cuddon, chairman Ross Inder, Ian Martella, ...

Yealands acquisition, gender balance and social responsibility discussed at power trust meeting.

'I blame Steph for the quake'

Nick and Steph Thompson of Kaikoura Four Square are pragmatic about the earthquake despite facing a 'torrid' 12 months ahead.

The morning of the Kaikoura earthquake, Steph Thompson opened her Four Square store in a dressing gown. And that's how her customers arrived, too.

Pre-festival market back on

Marlborough Artisan Market committee chairwoman Charlene Scott, left, and co-ordinator Debbie Carter in Market Place, ...

Retailers complained and the market was cancelled, but another organiser has stepped up.

Time to ask your questions

Marlborough Electric Power Trust chairman Ross Inder wants more Marlburians to attend trust meetings.

"You can be totally cynical and say people aren't interested until the lights go out."

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