'Confrontational' letter seeking government support criticised

Closer relationships needed with central government to care for the Sounds, says Marlborough Sounds Integrated Management Trust chairman Eric Jorgensen.

Marlborough Sounds stakeholders seek government support to protect marine environment

The sweet smell of success

As Mayflower Studio marks 75 years, the shop welcomes three new employees. Nestled in the flowers are Deanna Schroder of Flowertime, Bronwyn Hayes of Flowertime, Jane Robinson of Mayflower and Barb Higgins of Flowertime.

A flower shop in Blenheim is blooming excited for the 75th anniversary of the business.

Paying at the pumps

An economic report card has given Marlborough two stars, with visitors spending more on pumping gas than buying from stores.

Retailer says Blenheim shops should open seven days a week.

BID plan dropped

Shoppers on Market St, in Blenheim, which would have been part of a proposed business improvement district.

"We're not going to pursue it because without the votes it was going to be very difficult."

Delegat opens office in China

Delegat Group sales operations supervisor Ming Xi, national sales manager Madeleine Ho, Auckland-based global brands and communications manager Jonas Steen, account manager Jay Hang, and business development manager Xixi Liu.

NZX-listed wine company Delegat Group hopes to increase its exports to China by opening an office in Shanghai.

Sunset scarf to lure Aussies

A model wears a scarf designed by Australian label We Are Handsome, which was inspired by a trip to Marlborough.

"They've really captured the layers of the sunset in the Sounds."

Fruit picking delayed

Blueberry harvest is on target at WindSong Organic Orchard in Marlborugh.

But fruit fans will not miss out on Marlborough stone fruit at Christmas.

Picton population doubles

The 311-metre long Explorer of the Seas rounds Karaka Point in the Marlborough Sounds heading into Shakespeare Bay.

A revamped megaliner, complete with surfing simulator and mini golf course, docks in Picton.

Rural areas on 'powder keg'

Rural fire fighters battle fire and high winds putting out a machinery fire in Southland

Farmers are warned the fire risk in rural areas remains high.

Air NZ closes Blenheim shop

The Air New Zealand Holidays store on Maxwell Rd, Blenheim, will close next week after the national carrier pulled the plug on its nationwide network of travel stores.

Blenheim residents will have one less place to book flights when the Air New Zealand Holidays store closes.

Severe frosts damage vines

Marlborough vineyards have various frost protection measures in place, but November frosts have taken their toll on the vines.

November frosts have Marlborough winegrowers fearing for their crops.

$3.5m Countdown fit out gets go ahead

The new Countdown being constructed in Redwoodtown will be twice the size of the existing Countdown, pictured.

The Marlborough District Council give green light to $3.5m fit out of Redwoodtown Countdown.

Town improvement plan faces setback

The Blenheim town centre has been described as dated, but a majority of businesses have voted against adopting a tax to improve it.

Small business owners have shot down an extra tax to improve the town centre.

Top farmers show their mussels

South Island Farmer of the Year co-winners John Young and Lyn Goodsif, of Clearwater Mussels, Havelock.

"It is a terrific reflection on the marine farming industry."

Drone helps record vine health

Marlborough surveyors, from left, Terry McGrail, and Mike Russell, using a drone equipped with an infra-red camera to measure growth performance in vineyards.

Marlborough surveying firm is using drone software technology to provide detailed maps for clients.

Shearer follows family tradition

With grapes outnumbering sheep in Marlborough, Jordan Hart headed to Dannevirke to gain experience.

Jordan Hart is the fourth generation of a Marlborough family to take up the blades.

BID votes almost in

Shoppers on Market St, part of a proposed business improvement district.

The votes are almost in to find out whether a Blenheim business group has a mandate to establish a business improvement district.

Wine education academy to launch in NZ

Bruce McGechan is set to launch Wine Industry Sales Education (WISE) academy in Central Otago next Wednesday.

Kiwi cellar door staff cannot simply "pour and hope" model when selling wine, businessman says.

Big wine company makes a move

Constellation Brands sold its historic Huapai site to Todd Property and will move its head office to NorthWest Two at Westgate Town Centre.

US owner of Selaks and Nobilo Estate will close its West Auckland bottling plant and move into a prime spot.

Marlborough olive oil grower celebrates win

Award winning olive oil producer Trevor Burkhart, centre, with staff, left, Ivan McCaskill, and Arlin Sukarlin.

A Marlborough crayfisherman's award-winning olive oil has caught the eye of judges.

South Island listed firms slip

In September Silver Fern Farms announced a tie-up with Shanghai Maling, sending shares in the meat company up 274 per cent.

Listed companies in the South Island slid in value in the third quarter, with a drop among a few heavyweights "hiding" a pickup among the smaller caps.

Marlborough SPCA merges with Canterbury

Marlborough SPCA manager Kaycee Polkinghorne with the Marlborough SPCA's new vehicle. It was presented to the branch by Trustpower community relationships manager Graeme Purches.

Management of the Marlborough SPCA will be taken over by the organisation's Canterbury branch to stop it from closing down.

Blenheim makes winning pitch for brass band comp

Concert convener Brian Nicholas prepared the winning bid for the national brass band competition to be held at Blenheim's ASB Theatre in 2018.

A national brass band competition will be held in Blenheim for the first time in its history after Marlborough secured the hosting rights earlier this month.

Kono sets out 500-year plan

"Our endeavour is to be the best indigenous branded food and beverage company in the world" - Rachel Taulelei

Nelson Maori-owned food and beverage company Kono is looking 500 years into the future.

Marlborough businesses join Food HQ

Renaissance Brewing strategic director Dave Pearce says Food HQ membership will be beneficial.

Marlborough businesses have joined a national network that aims to increase the value of food products.

New store for blushing brides

Sandy James in her wedding dress shop, Blenheim.

Sandy James in her wedding dress shop, Blenheim.

Tempting Australians to the capital of cool

The Sweet As gelato features smoked peanut butter gelato made using Fix and Fogg and passion fruit and gewürztraminer gel made with wine from Poppies Martinborough.

'Sweet As' gelato aims to give Aussies at taste of Wellington as part of a new tourism campaign.

Wine Grenade bad fit for Marlborough

Wine Grenade chief executive Hamish Elmslie says his device will save winemakers time and money.

A new invention is set to revolutionise the wine industry, but it is unlikely to cause much of an explosion in Marlborough.

Pop-up parks for Blenheim's empty spaces

Landowner Rob Anderson, left, with a council agreement to use the site of the former City Hotel as a temporary public park, with Blenheim Business Association member Michael Fitzpatrick.

Two empty sites in Blenheim's town centre are to be transformed from weed-covered parking lots into pop-up public spaces.

Ageing wine process speeds up

Wine Grenade chief executive and co-founder Hamish Elmslie sees a wide market for their product nationally and internationally.

Want aged wine faster? Five university students may have found the answer.

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