Cruise ship season kicks off in Picton

The first cruise ship of the season, the Diamond Princess, berthed in Shakespeare Bay, Picton.

Crowds of holidaymakers thronged the streets of Picton on Monday as the biggest cruise ship season on record got underway.

Marlborough chases conference funding

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US Award winning author Candace Havens at the New Zealand Romance Writers Convention held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, in Auckland.

Marlborough is well placed to win conference funding from central government, which is keen for marine, aviation and agribusiness events to be held in New Zealand.

Wine industry rising

Cloudy Bay Winery in Marlborough.

Leading New Zealand wine finds it own flavour after 30 years.

Work starts on town centre facelift

Blenheim Business Association member Michael Fitzpatrick at Bythell Place, which is getting redeveloped.

The revitalisation of central Blenheim got underway this week, with work starting at Bythell Place on Monday.

New head for Kono

New Kono head Rachel Taulelei.

An award-winning Wellington businesswoman appointed to head Wakatu Incorporation's food and beverage arm, Kono NZ.

South Korean wine market to open up

New Zealand Winegrowers CEO Philip Gregan.

Marlborough wine exporters will find it easier to move into the South Korean market after a bill was passed last week that brings the elimination of tariffs one step closer.

Bathurst forgave loan to CEO

Former Bathurst Resources chief executive Hamish Bohannan left the company in March. He had been with the company since 2008.

Bathurst Resources is refusing to give details of the settlement it reached with its former chief executive after revealing it wrote off $510,000 he owed the company.

Marlborough wines dominate awards

New World Wine Awards chief judge Jim Harre samples a chardonnay at last year's awards.

Marlborough winemakers have taken out a string of awards at this year's New World Wine Awards in Wellington.

Wine flights on track for November

The Pilatus PC12 which Sounds Air will fly between Blenheim and Napier.

A Marlborough airline is making it easier for winemakers and tourists to travel between the two largest wine producing regions in the country.

Frosty September for Marlborough winemakers

A cold September has delayed bud burst but Marlborough winemakers are starting to protect their vines from frost.

The first frosts of the growing season have seen helicopters take to the skies in Marlborough but winemakers are not worrying yet.

Losses continue at Bathurst Resources

Despite more losses Bathurst Resources managed to generate positive cashflow in the year to June 30.

Bathurst Resources continues to rack up losses, forcing the company to once again defend whether it can consider itself a going concern.

Brand building workshop for winegrowers

Wine tasting in a cave at Gibbston Valley.

A workshop helping Marlborough winegrowers build their brand and expand into overseas markets is planned for November.

Marlborough tour company wins Chinese funding

Marlborough Tour Company manager Scott Mckenzie.

The Marlborough Tour Company has beaten out other tourism operators to secure funding helping them tap into the growing Chinese market.

Marlborough farmers welcome downpour

Wairau Valley farmer Evan White measures rainfall on his farm last November.

The spirits of Marlborough farmers have been lifted by heavy rainfall in the region, but few are sitting back.

Isabel Estate 'unlikely' to repay debts

Aeration, sediment control, beauty - all good reasons for decanting wine.

The receivership of Marlborough's Isabel Estate Vineyard is drawing to a close, but the wine company still owes more than $4.5 million.

Fermented tea's smell of success

Marlborough kombucha pioneers Sandie Judge, left, and Heather McAlpine.

A Marlborough company is convinced kombucha, or fermented tea, is about to take off in a big way.

Marlborough chases conference big spenders

Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston says conference delegates spend twice as much as other visitors.

Tourism New Zealand has paired up with the Marlborough Convention Bureau to help bring more conferences to the region.

Picton company bringing vinyl back

Appreciating the vinyl wrap are, front from left, boat owner Paul Keating and Signs Now owner Craig Chapman, and back from left, Signs Now employee Paul Steer and boat owner Mark Randall.

A Picton sign company is taking an innovative approach to boat design by wrapping them in vinyl.

Economists predict 'rosy' year for Marlborough

Infometrics senior economist Benje Patterson

The Marlborough economy is well placed to weather economic challenges during the next 12 months, economists say.

Marlborough i-Sites lauded

Blenheim i-Site staff, from left, Pauline Failes, Amy Swain, Maree Finnerty and Tracy Johnston with their Service IQ award.

Marlborough i-Sites are honoured as the best in the country at staff education.

AvantiPlus Blenheim takes out Top Shop win

AvantiPlus Blenheim owner Bill Mitchell with the trophies the store won after being named overall winner and winner in the lifestyle and sports category for the top of the south at the Retail New Zealand Top Shop Awards.

Staff at AvantiPlus Blenheim are celebrating after taking the overall win and the lifestyle and sports category for the top of the south at the Retail New Zealand Top Shop Awards.

Marlborough agricultural contractor gearing up for new season

Straight Harvesting Contractors owners Paul Straight, front left, and father Kevin Straight, with staff, from left, Jason Neal, Jono Kilpatrick and Whitley Adams.

It is drizzling rain on Paul and Kevin Straight's Cat Creek property on the Wairau River's Northbank in Marlborough.

Probe into unpaid vineyard workers

Five Marlborough vineyard contractors are being investigated for time keeping records and employment contracts.

A Marlborough vineyard contracting business allegedly didn't pay workers for three months.

Blenheim company wins export award

Heavy Engineering Research Association board chairman John Frear, left, Cuddon Limited chief executive Andy Rowe, Cuddon dry business manager Steve Anderson, Cuddon director John Cuddon and Minister of Revenue Todd McClay at an awards ceremony in Auckland.

A Marlborough engineering company has been recognised for its sales performance over the past three years which saw their exports increase by nearly 350 per cent.

Marlborough businesses embrace leadership course

Cornerstone Bar and Restaurant owner Ryan McQuillan.

A Marlborough man's goal of upskilling business owners in the region is set to reach new heights, with four more attending a leadership programme in Auckland this month.

Trade and industry graduates honoured


Marlborough's trade and industry graduates have been recognised for their hard work and dedication at a special ceremony aimed at giving them a university-style graduation.

Graziers should firm up winter contracts

Cows winter grazing in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough.

Marlborough graziers are being urged to firm up winter grazing contracts as dairy farmers cull herds to offset forecasted low payouts.

Wine companies buying farm land

A frost fan in a lower Wairau Valley vineyard in Marlborough.

Wine companies and grapegrowers are eyeing up rural land as demand pushes prices towards levels last seen six years ago.

Market posts healthy figures

Marlborough Farmers Market secretary Jennie Crum reported healthy financial result at the annual general meeting.

Marlborough Farmers' Market can boast a new and improved website, expanded cooking demonstrations, and cash in the bank as the popular Sunday morning event headed toward a productive summer.

Mussel farmer stays connected in the Sounds

WIFI sign.

Marlborough mussel farmer Graeme Clarke could never have imagined the need for a constant connection to the internet when he set up shop 40 years ago.

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