Pregnant ewes despite dry times

Maiden hogget pregnancy rates are up in Marlborough

Drought-hit Marlborough farmers record the best pregnancy rates for their ewe flocks in 20 years.

Backpackers doing jobs for a bed

Argentinian tourist Maria Arcos has worked in several New Zealand backpacker hostels in return for free accommodation.

The growing practice of trading a bed for menial work is under investigation.

Where are all the tradies?

Laser Electrical Blenheim managing director Brendon Adams says there is a nationwide shortage of skilled tradespeople.

"All you can do is poach from someone else and that doesn't fix the problem, it's robbing Peter to pay Paul."

Eye-catching renovation

Lawson Homes also took out the Heart of the Home Kitchen Award and the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award for the ...

When the owner bought the property there was only a double garage on the section.

Milk station bowled

Crafar Crouch Construction started demolition of the old Marlborough Milk Company treatment station and Apex Meats ...

Milk vendors used to collect the glass bottles from the factory and drop them off at doorsteps seven days a week.

Building consent boost

Jackson Estate managing director Jeff Hart pictured with a model of their new boutique winery on Jacksons Rd.

Hobbiton-style winery among building consents issued.

More choice for outdoors enthusiasts

Blenheim Hamills director Guy Lester and fellow director and general manager Nick Horn outside the new Budge St store.

A Blenheim franchise of outdoor equipment store Hamills is set to open in less than a month.

More funerals going live

Cloudy Bay Funeral Services is moving into its new building in Blenheim, on the corner of Boyce St and Purkiss St, on ...

Loved ones are using FaceTime and Skype to beam services around the world.

Hard graft pays off

Ormond Nurseries general manager Ben Wickham with a bundle of 50 sauvignon blanc vines ready to send out to wine ...

Business is booming again for a grape vine supplier that took a "hiding" after the huge harvest of 2008.

No winter blues for tourists

Efforts to get tourists to visit year round are paying off with more than ever coming in winter.

Winter weather isn't deterring tourists, who continued to arrive in record numbers in June.

Lakeside dining

Vines Village Cafe and Express Kitchen manager Kylie Giles, outside the Rapaura Rd business.

The Vines Village Cafe and Express Kitchen opened last month, meet its new manager Kylie Giles.

Farmer unhappy with steep bill

Deer fencing to prevent stock entering waterways on Wairau Valley farm.

A big fencing and bridge bill awaits a deer farmer if new water rules are passed.

Capturing forestry silt

Participants in the recent Nelson Forests sedimentation workshop examine damage from the 2010 extreme rainfall near Tapawera.


Tourist loo fund too late video

Councils say it will be a push for them to meet a  six month deadline to build toilets and other tourist facilities.

South Island towns flooded by tourists are worried they won't get new toilets built in time for summer.

40 sections, one day

Bayleys Marlborough director Glenn Dick, left, with general manager David Lee at the Boulevard Park on Taylor subdivision.

High demand predicted as raft of Marlborough sections go under the hammer.

Pet funerals for generation rent

Marlborough woman Karen McDonald has started a new pet funeral service called Paw Friends.

Burying a pet is always a difficult time, but for permanent renters, the back garden is no longer an option.

West Auckland toasts to the centenary of Babich Wines

Joe Babich holding a glass of his favourite wine.

"There is something special about the taste and texture of a good Pinot Noir. It is my favourite wine. Although, I must say chardonnay is pretty nice too."

Taste of Mexico

Yard Bar co-owners Joe Johnstone and Craig Macgregor outside the site of their new Mexican restaurant on Scott St.

Tortillas, burritos and tequila will be on the menu at a new Blenheim restaurant.

Spy valley silence

Poor internet and cellphone coverage is hurting small rural businesses, Upper Waihopai Valley resident Summer Weir says.

It's home to a spy base, but Waihopai residents have patchy broadband, no cell coverage and weather-dependent landlines.

Smaller wine producers drive authenticity

The vineyards in Marlborough have been described as a "wine ecosystem".

Smaller Marlborough wine producers embracing organics, looking at alternative styles must be encouraged.

Yealands vineyard expansion

Yealands Estate founder Peter Yealands

Yealands Wine Estate has paid $4.35 million for one of the last Marlborough sheep and beef farms ripe for grape conversion.

New agricultural store

Fruitfed key account manager Peter Mortimer, left, and retail stores manager Pauline Pottinger outside the new PGG ...

Agricultural suppliers PGG Wrightson opened their new Blenheim store on Monday.

Is climate change killing paua?

Paua commercial catch in the Marlborough region has decreased, but the stock is still not increasing.

Nothing can escape climate change, not even one of New Zealand's national treasures.

Heritage and commerce video

Two kumara pit complexes in Seventeen Valley, near Redwood Pass, that wine company Grove Mill signed over to Marlborough ...

A Marlborough iwi says preserving history does't need to come at the expense of development.

Foul play at pop-up sports park

Shop assistant Lorraine Boyce says she is "mortified" at the damage to a Blenheim pop-up park.

An urban play space in the centre of Blenheim has been vandalised.

Housing the homeless in shipping containers a possibility

An example of the modified containers Royal Wolf plans to install in a temporary worker village in Christchurch, and ...

Shipping container company Royal Wolf is involved in confidential talks about using purpose-built containers to house the homeless.

Brian FM airs in Oamaru

Vehicle owners in Oamaru have been showing their support for the radio station by drawing the station name and logo on ...

A radio station that has no presenters or advertising has set up camp in Oamaru at a mystery location.

NZ's best restaurants for 2016

A dish from Roots, last year's Cuisine Restaurant of the Year.

40 Cuisine judges conducted months of secret visits and research to bring you this guide.

Talks tabled for restaurant group

Marlborough Restaurant Association committee members, from left, MIA owner Jetti Walker, president and Arbour co-owner ...

A revitalised hospitality group will help businesses tackle issues like seasonality.

Too many cooks? No chance

The team at Raupo, from left, Julian Butterlin, Jugal Kishore, owner Stephane Ughetto and Satinder Singh.

Sure they've no spoilt broths, but a shortage of chefs is putting pressure on restaurants.

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