'Park big projects, pay debt'

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce general manager Hamish MacFarlane.

Council debt is increasing at an alarming rate and big projects should be put on hold, Chamber of Commerce says.

Plans to abolish blue cod slot rule

Environment Minister Nick Smith speaks at a launch of a consultation document on changes to blue cod fishing rules.

Plans to abolish a controversial blue cod 'slot rule' were launched in Blenheim on Tuesday.

Man charged with animal cruelty

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Blenheim man fails to attend a court appearance regarding two animal cruelty charges on Tuesday.

Arthur Devine returns to Blenheim

Marlborough hairstylist and business owner Arthur Devine was due to open his new salon and spa at Francis St, in Blenheim, on Tuesday.

A well known Marlborough hairstylist and business owner has staked his claim back in central Blenheim after a near three year absence.

Council apologises for grave mistake

Daph Campbell says no grave had been dug at Timaru Cemetery before the interment of her sister's ashes.

Mourners had to dig a family member's grave after a Timaru cemetery mix-up.

Drought stretches into drier May

The sun shone longer than average during May but frosty mornings returned late in the month.

The sun shone almost two hours more per day for Marlborough residents last month, weather records show.

Firewood stolen from Blenheim beneficiary

Blenheim man Dale Johnston with the small pile of firewood he has left after the bulk of his store was stolen while he was out.

Blenheim man left wondering how he is going to keep warm over winter thieves stole the bulk of his firewood store.

Rainbow set for super ski season

May snowfall at Rainbow could mean a dream ski season, starting July 4.

It was touch and go for a while, but after decent dump of snow at Rainbow, the conditions so far point to a dream ski season.

Students help rejuvenate river

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A project to improve the Taylor River took a big step forward when students from Marlborough planted 1200 plants.

Flood proofing work at Taylor River

Marlborough District Council rivers engineer David Aires, left, and Simcox Construction project manager Ross Chandler at the erosion proofing work being done on the Taylor River. Blenheim.

The largest earth moving project to be carried out on the Taylor River, in Blenheim, has reached its halfway mark.

NZGT winner to study at Cambridge

Former Marlborough girl Clara van Wel is heading to Cambridge University.

New Zealand's Got Talent winner Clara van Wel is heading to England in August to study at Cambridge University. 

CEO panel debated

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Panel to appoint Marlborough District Council’s new CEO should include representatives from primary industry, business representatives say.

Council urged to build homeless shelter

A former homeless woman has urged Marlborough District Council to open an emergency housing shelter.

More than 50 people are living on the streets of Blenheim, a former homeless woman says.

Mum, baby in ravine plunge


Mother cradles baby to save him from serious injury as they plunge 20 metres into a ravine.

Emergency plan worked well

Traffic negotiates a washout on State Highway 1 at Kahutara, about 5km south of Kaikoura, caused by the high seas on Wednesday May 27.

Wednesday's closure of State Highway 1 due to unusually high tides was a timely coincidence for the New Zealand Transport Authority.

Students say no to junk food

Marlborough Girls' College students, from left, Stella Blake, 15, Sophie Robinson, 15, and Grace Lawson, 15, are giving up junk food for a month in support of a friend who is battling cancer.

Marlborough teens go cold turkey on junk food as a show of support for a school friend who is battling cancer.

Renwick Rugby Club still going strong

Renwick Rugby Club player Kirk Nicholas with the commemorative centennial jersey he successfully bid $810 for at an auction. It is signed by former All Black captain Buck Shelford.

There were more than a few sore heads, and tired bodies, at the Renwick Rugby Club's centennial celebrations.

Hip surgery tops top of the south

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Total hip and knee replacements are the two most common surgeries in Marlborough and Nelson.

Hunting's a family affair

Waihopai Valley children, from left, Lilly, 12, Peggy, 4, Hunter, 10, and Gus Hore, 6, show off some of the possums entered in the third annual Woody Pig and Deer Hunt on Sunday.

One of Marlborough's biggest hunting contests continued to grow this year, with families using the contest as an excuse to get out in the bush together.

New ferry cruises into capital video

Strait Shipping's new vessel - the Strait Feronia.

From Sweden to Wellington: Bluebridge's newest ferry cruised into the capital on Monday.

Jade's finally a citizen at home

South African born Jade de Vries became a New Zealand citizen on Friday, after living in the country most of her life.

Jade de Vries may have called New Zealand home for most of her life, but as of Friday she can finally count herself as a citizen.

Olive oil pressing underway

Marlborough Olive Co-Op supervisor Anan Chowfin checks the seasons first batch of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.

Pressing of the season's first olive oil has begun for Marlborough growers.

Bank hands back $58,000 to customers

The Co-Operative Bank chief executive Bruce McLachlan

Blenheim customers will get to share a $58,000 cash rebate offered by The Co-Operative Bank.

Injured elephant seal visits Kaikoura

A male elephant seal  has drawn a crowd at Goose Bay, south of Kaikoura

The elephant seal basking in the grass, and the admiration of passers-by south of Kaikoura, is a young male, not a female.

Counsellor supports sex ed guidelines

Sex education guidelines have been revised for the first time since 2002.

A Marlborough counsellor has welcomed moves to encourage teachers to cover consent and coercion in sex ed lessons.

School sport dear to Rennie's heart

Kaikoura Suburban School acting principal Clive Rennie has been made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit.

Clive Rennie, acting principal at Kaikoura Suburban School, has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Royal honour for Picton principal

Queen Charlotte College principal Tom Parsons was named on the Queen's Birthday 2015 New Zealand Royal Honours list for services to education.

Being named on the Queen's Birthday Royal Honours list was a delight for a Marlborough college principal, but because it was his school that earned it, he says.

Painter and playwright: artist honoured

Artist Rick Edmonds has been made an Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Moenui artist Rick Edmonds describes being part of the New Zealand Order of Merit as pretty neat. 

Historian honoured by Queen

Prue Matthews, of Blenheim, will receive a Queen's Service Medal for services to heritage preservation.

Blenheim artist and historian Prue Matthews has been awarded an honour for services to heritage preservation.

Volunteer recognised for following her 'passion'

Wendy Coutts, of Blenheim, has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

A Blenheim accountant who audits more than 100 volunteer groups has been awarded the Queen's Service Medal.

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