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."

Shipping freight a missed opportunity

Ohau Point was significantly damaged in the November earthquake. Work is progressing on the slips north of Kaikoura with ...

Kaikoura braces itself for more freight on the road after shipping options are dismissed.

First train to Grassmere! video

One of the first locomotives travelling to Lake Grassmere since the earthquake, from left, KiwiRail track maintainer Stu ...

Video shows the first stretch of the Main North Line re-opened since the earthquake.

A new kind of tourism video

Bubbles erupting from the Kaikoura Coastline. Connor Stapley and Ari Sampson from Kaikoura Kayaks.

Visitors are taking to the skies and seas to check out the post-quake landscape around Kaikoura.

Cherry charters hit the skies

Tonnes of New Zealand cherries and lobsters are being flown to Asia in time for Chinese New Year.

Singapore Airlines puts on four charter flights to get hundreds of tonnes of South Island cherries to Asia in time for Chinese New Year.

No panic pre-harvest

Viticulture consultant Dominic Pecchenino inspects fruit in a Marlborough vineyard.

An average vintage means wine companies should be able to process fruit, despite capacity losses.

Wine, food and tunes

Wine Marlborough events manager Georgie Leach flying the flag for the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival, on February 11.

In less than a month, Marlborough will be celebrating its biggest party of the year.

Where are the women?

Director and writer Claudia Dallarosa, centre, at the premiere of her short film Dead End Road. She is pictured with  ...

Director and script-writer Claudia Dallarossa says she would love to see more female filmmakers

Kiwi bound for Napa Valley

Ollie Davidson, right,and wife Bridget are moving to the Napa Valley after decades in the Marlborough wine industry.

Grapegrower Ollie Davidson honed his skill in Marlborough, and is heading to the top US wine spot.

Kmart dance continues

Staff outside the Richmond Kmart, near Nelson, which opened in 2013.

Will they or won't they open a new store? Kmart lovers in Marlborough are holding their breath.

Quake scuttles promising season

Kaikoura contract milker Shane Jones can no longer milk cows thanks to severe damage caused to the cowshed by the ...

It was shaping up to be their best season for years but the Kaikoura quake dashed farmers' hopes.

Quake shakes Kaikoura visitor spend

Kaikoura's recovery from the November earthquake has been slow.

The Kaikoura earthquake was responsible for a $16 million drop in tourism spending in the three weeks immediately after the disaster.  

Why I love pink

Interior Designer Alex Fulton reveals her love of the colour pink.

Designer Alex Fulton talks about using pink in grown up interior spaces.

A frozen sweet treat that is dairy-free

Matt Billngton is the CEO of Olelei

It isn't quite ice cream and it does not taste as sweet as sorbet.

Farewell, and do come again

Jamboree director Guy Beatson at Renwick Domain, where work continues to take down marquees from the National Scout Jamboree.

Having more than 4000 scouts in town was a boon for Renwick, and odds are they might come again.

Holiday homes for contractors

A1 Ward Motel and Campground, in Ward.

Fearing the worst after tourists cancelled post-quake, Kaikoura motels and holiday homes hope for different visitors.

Added costs to transport salt

One of the salt stacks at the Lake Grassmere saltworks in the week following the November 14 earthquake.

A Marlborough saltworks is hopeful SH1 will re-open soon as it picks up added freight costs.

Kosher company finds niche

Mashgiach Eric Anderson, left, and O'Dwyers Creek Vineyard owner Lindsay Dahlberg with a bottle of kosher wine.

With no other Marlborough wine company making kosher wine, they don't have to worry about the competition.

Here's to a banging new year

Headmaster's Barbershop owner Kuldip Kaur and her daughter Komaljit.

Indian barber Kuldip Kaur makes her mark on Marlborough.

Hot but not

Plant and Food research associate Victoria Raw checks the weather gauge in Blenheim.

Second warmest year on record for Blenheim, but this summer must have missed the memo.

The earthquake fallout is real

Caltex Main Street owner Grant Stubbs says fuel sales are down 25 per cent compared to last December.

Eftpos figures show true impact of quake on Marlborough businesses as they feel the summer pinch.

Royals and aristocrats seek NZ luxury

Marlborough Lodge sits in 6.5 hectares of European-style parkland, near Blenheim.

A Saudi prince and princess have jetted into Marlborough to stay at the region's new boutique hideaway.

Working with nature

030117 Hope Dollimore, who has the exciting role of designing and formulating skincare at The Honey Collection.

Hope Dollimore has the exciting role of designing and formulating skincare at The Honey Collection.

First came the whales

The first whale to be spotted from a whale-watch tour since the November 14 earthquake.

As quake-hit Kaikoura puts itself back together, the first whale-watching trip raises hopes that the tourists will soon come back.

Wine, power lines a good match

130214 News Photo: Emma Allen/Marlborough Express/Fairfax NZ. Veiw out over Yealands Estate Winery, cnr Seaview and ...

Customers are each $150 richer thanks to Marlborough Lines' investment in winemaker Yealands.

NZ savvy makes UK splash

Popular chat show host Graham Norton has set up his own label showcasing New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

It may be the grape that "wine snobs cannot bear", but our sauvignon blanc remains a big hit overseas.

Keep the tourists coming

Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston says it is important to encourage tourism into the New Year.

Visitors are spending up big in Marlborough with a boost of $1m a day to the region's economy, DM says.

Top picks

A tasting line-up at Whitehaven Wines

Living as we do in some of the most stunning surroundings in New Zealand one of the first questions asked is normally, "which wineries should we visit?"

Vineyards take place of sheep

The Northbank, Wairau Vallery vineyard investment is the second in Marlborough by rural investor MyFarm.

Sign of the times as long-established Marlborough farm sells to a vineyard development.

No more travelling for Wi-Fi

New Zealand College of Midwives Nelson-Marlborough chairwoman Emma Barnett can now skype meetings from her Waihopai ...

A family whose children had to trek 50km to Blenheim library to do their homework welcome solar-powered internet.

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