Express files

Award winner reflects on a good year

Peter Yealands

Winery owner Peter Yealands shared the secrets of his success

New Blenheim market 'just like Hong Kong'

Maike van der Heide continues a series looking back at stories of interest from the Marlborough Express files. This story is from December 10, 1977. 

Closure of gasworks a shock for consumers

Maike van der Heide continues a series looking back over stories of interest from the Marlborough Express files. This story is from October 22, 1981. 

Small boy saved from 'school river'

The Marlborough Express

Maike van der Heide continues a series looking back over stories of interest from the Marlborough Express files. This story is from April 14, 1921. 

Eye-catching ads

In this instalment of items of interest from the Marlborough Express files, Maike van der Heide looks at advertisements from March 9, 1911. 

Aerodrome struggles to get off the ground

Marlborough aviation enthusiasts are struggling to gain traction with plans to open a municipal aerodrome near Blenheim to link the town to Christchurch by air.

Factory festivities at Paradise

Remote Paradise Bay in the Marlborough Sounds was a hive of activity as the dairy factory "Dairyman" opened its doors with great festivities on November 20, 1905.

Dramatic moments come in twos

As Elaine Bignell walked in front of the crowd, she accidentally wrapped her leg around a chair leg and went skidding across the stage.

Hotel falls make the news

Sidney Buckley was "skylarking" with another man when he somehow got locked into his own bedroom at the Commercial Hotel in Kaikoura

Mongrels run amok in Blenheim

"A ‘slaughter of the innocents' has been going on in Blenheim," the article starts dramatically.

Fight to keep the power going

A "real Marlborough summer" that stretched all the way to Nelson had a dire spin-off for residents

Heavyweight printing change

The Marlborough Express of October 31, 1977, was the first in 100 years not to be printed on High St.

Historic archives released online

coke

Archives NZ releases striking painting from World War II of a US soldier sharing a Coke with a Maori chief.

Theatre project in spotlight

Those who have been following Blenheim news over the past few years will find this story from 1977 rather familiar

Picton feels force of violent quake

Maike van der Heide looks back at stories of interest from the Marlborough Express files. This instalment is from May 23, 1959

Pedestrians prove barrier to business

'Pedestrians are permitted to wander on the roadway, impeding traffic', something that shocked a recent visitor from the North Island

Memorial tower built to honour Great War dead

Seymour Square

Maike van der Heide continues the series looking back at stories of interest from the Marlborough Express files. This instalment is from February 6, 1928. 

Downpour causes airport crash

Maike van der Heide continues the series looking back over stories of interest from the Marlborough Express files. This instalment is from February 3, 1954. 

The makeover of Andover

Andover

Maike van der Heide continues the series looking back over stories of interest from the Marlborough Express files. This instalment is from October 28, 1977 . 

Social media of the 1950s

1954

Who was on holiday, whose baby was christened? It would all be on Twitter or Facebook these days

PM's rice plan not followed up

Wairau Pa

Rice paddies would cover the land at Wairau Pa nowadays if Prime Minister Peter Fraser's suggestion had been followed up

Records set in slaughter of whales

Ninety-seven whales were captured in Cook Strait during in the previous three weeks by Tory Channel whalers - Express 1959

Wither Hills 'road' & meters of gold

Take a drive to the top of the Wither Hills and stop again for a cup of tea at the kiosk - 1966

Rob gets stick on campaign trail

 Robert Muldoon

Wine, bananas and marijuana were topics of discussion when Prime Minister Robert Muldoon visited Blenheim in 1981.

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