Funding gets green light

With State Highway 1 closed, the alternative inland route through Lewis Pass is suffering increased wear and tear.

Marlborough's transport committee has approved a request from NZTA to give them access to $15m upgrading the alternative route.

Hobbit designer's winery concept

Jackson Estate directors Jeff Hart, left, and John Benton in front of the new winery and cellar door modelled on an ...

They call it collision architecture, an 1850s-style settler's hut wrapped into a new boutique winery in Marlborough.

Blue mussel throwaways to become food, fertiliser

Marlborough mussel farmer Jonathan Large pictured with two-year-old son Archie, is part of a group looking at ways to ...

Blue lipped mussels are considered a pest by Marlborough aquaculture companies.

'Golden tourism cash cow'

A mountain biker rides the Queen Charlotte Track, which could be linked up as part of the Coastal Pacific Trail.

Entrepreneur opens his land to proposed Coastal Pacific Trail, calls for others to follow suit.

A winter more miserable

Indulge owners Mel and Mike Stewart will close their Picton ice cream shop for winter next week, and say the lack of ...

The final ship in the cruise calendar could mark the start of a long, hard winter for Picton.

New immigration policies a mixed bag

The hospitality industry is concerned migrant chefs de partie will be ruled out of the running by new pay thresholds.

Welcome mat out for 4000 temporary migrant workers and their families thanks to new immigration policy, but there's bad news for some employers.

The daddy of all vines

Sauvignon blanc makes up 86 per cent of all wine produced in Marlborough. (File photo)

The rise of New Zealand sauvignon blanc can be traced back to one little branch, brought over from California in 1970.

Kaikoura businesses prepare for winter

The inland road near Whales Back closed last week after Cyclone Debbie brought heavy rain.

The weather in Kaikoura since the earthquake has been variable, with heavy rains causing both access roads to close.

Easter trading starts with a whisper

CREW owner Susie Witehira hopes more businesses will open next Easter Sunday.

Much of Blenheim was closed on Easter Sunday despite a new bylaw allowing shops to open.

Quality fruit, bad weather

Marlborough vineyards get a drenching during this year's wet weather grape harvest.

Better vineyard practices and technology have helped the Marlborough wine industry through a sodden harvest.

Salmon protest in Sounds

More than 20 boats took to the water to protest MPI's salmon farm relocation plan.

Signs the Marlborough Sounds was being turned into a "cesspit" were held up.

Some like it hot

Delicious options.

A new option for dining in Blenheim has hit the right note. Toni Gillan was lucky enough to get a table at Cartel.

'Sucked into the Kmart vortex'

Customers and staff at the opening of the Kmart store in Richmond, in 2013.

The Kmart cycle: rumour, excitement, denial, repeat.

Mum's school notice app success

Sharlene Barnes-Ealam created the Parent Teacher Calendar app.

Old notices lost in the bottom of school bags drove a Kaikoura mother to develop a school information app.

Airshow must go on video

Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow director Graham Orphan in front of one of the hangers at the Omaka Airfield, ...

Only a "cataclysmic event, approaching biblical" can stop the Classic Fighters airshow now.

Fishers call for assistance

Large numbers of paua were killed as a result of seabed rise, like that pictured at Ward Beach, in Marlborough (File photo).

Paua industry calls for extension of agriculture relief package to cover earthquake losses.

The singing server

For Kody North, every day at work in the CBD Cafe in Blenheim is a great day.

Keeping customers happy helps CBD Cafe's Kody North enjoy every day at work.

Salmon farms on the move?

Salmon farm relocation panel members, from left, Ron Crosby, chairman Peter Shelton and Alan Dormer.

Public hearing begins for proposed relocation of six salmon farms to high-flow sites in the Marlborough Sounds.

World honour for NZ wineries

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2015.

Villa Maria is rated in the top 4 brands in the world, along with Torres, Penfolds and Chateau Margaux.

Research comes out of a shell

Mussels are worth $350 million to the economy.

Farming mussels has always been a haphazard affair, but now New Zealand scientists have managed to coax them to breed in captivity.

100 per cent Marlborough

Forrest Wines co-owner Dr John Forrest, a member of the steering group for the 'Pure Marlborough Wine' initiative.

A new initiative dubbed 'Pure Marlborough Wine' aims to protect the reputation and the brand of the region's wine.

Award winning landscapes

Whitehaven Winery in Marlborough, landscape architecture by Nelson firm Canopy.

A Nelson landscape architecture firm has taken out two awards in the industry's biennial competition.

Vineyard contractors stung

Vineyard contracting companies Vinepower and Provine, both owned by the same directors, have been issued improvement ...

After stepping in to mediate over a contract dispute, the Labour Inspectorate discovered employment breaches.

Memories of 'diabolical' 1995

Rain is making life difficult for vineyard workers trying to get grapes off the vines and into wineries.

Wet grape harvest triggers memories of 1995, possibly Marlborough's worst vintage.

Writing the pages of history

Marlborough Express regional editor Nicola Coburn.

The announcement the Marlborough Express will be published three times a week will have an impact on the region.

From vine to bottle video

Wine bottles head into the enclosed rinser and filling machine at The Bottling Company's plant, in Marlborough.

Picking up a bottle of the wine at the supermarket is common enough, but few will know how the beloved beverage gets inside its glassy container.

Crop against the clock

Heavy rain forecast for Marlborough on Wednesday increases the risk of the fungal rot botrytis.

Marlborough wine companies bring in grapes ahead of 'D-Day' rain event threatening crop losses.

New super-sized health centre

Consent for the new health centre has some residents, including Richardson Ave resident Grosvenor Jones, anxious about ...

New health centre could be the answer to Marlborough's GP waiting list, sill nearby residents are not impressed.

'Spray and pray' regime at The Jordan

Kanuka and matagouri have been cleared to increase pasture production on The Jordan

A multi-species mix of drought tolerant arrowleaf clovers, and sub - clovers, is sown for permanent pasture in the third summer.

Shoppers splash out as GDP rises

Blenheim man Brad Quay, left, and his father Fraser Quay are shopping for a washer and a selfie stick.

Consumers are "splashing out", but not everyone has more cash than they used to.

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