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Calls for Taylor Pass speed reduction

Avid Marlborough cyclists Peter Halligan, left, and Duncan Mackenzie think the 100kmh speed limit on Taylor Pass Rd needs to be reviewed.

Two prominent Marlborough personalities are calling for the speed limit on Taylor Pass Rd, outside Blenheim, to be reviewed as it becomes increasingly popular with cyclists.

RSA working bee shut down

Marlborough RSA members Ernie Thomson and Tania Hall watch as one of the last fire burns before the morning's work was put to an end after a member of the public complained to council.

The Marlborough RSA working bee was cut short when a member of the public complained.

Marlborough viticulturist 'perennial' runner-up

Marlborough young viticulturist Matt Duggan

Cricketers savour hattricks but not Marlborough viticulturist Matt Duggan.

Preventive detention for rape

Jason Brent Ecclestone was sentenced to preventive detention for a sex attack when he appeared in the Nelson High Court on Friday.

A man found guilty of raping a sex worker has been sentenced to preventive detention.

Ministry helps pay for holiday park stays

Holiday park.

People struggling to find a roof over their head are checking into Marlborough holiday parks with the Ministry of Social Development chipping in to help with the cost. 

Blenheim landlord acquitted of cannabis charges

Blenheim District Court

A Blenheim landlord who claimed his tenant was responsible for a crop of more than 200 cannabis plants at his property has been cleared of all charges. 

Committed rugby dad earns $10k for club, school

Awatere Rugby Club coach Andrew Lawson with sons Jake, 8, and Eric, 12.

Coaching junior rugby has proven to be rewarding in more ways than one for a Marlborough dad after he won $10,000 for the Awatere Rugby Club and Seddon School.

Marlborough PHO excels in health tests

Marlborough Primary Health Organisation chairman David Taylor.

The Marlborough Primary Health Organisation has excelled in the latest round of health target results. 

Humorous sign boasts Marlborough's selling points

A mock up of a new Marlborough District Council welcome sign.

It's not a giant beaver or a bunch of grapes but Marlborough District Council will get tourists smiling if a mock up of a proposed welcome sign gets the go-ahead.

Council supports rural group, rejects funding

Councillor Geoff Evans has urged fellow Marlborough councillors to support a rural advisory group.

A new rural advisory group will not be used to throw rocks at the Marlborough District Council, its architect says.

New interisland ferry fails to impress

John McAlpine, Minister of Railways, cuts the ribbon to allow the first car to drive off the Aramoana after its maiden crossing from Wellington to Picton on August 13, 1962.

The newspaper sport of ferry-bashing was invented in 1962 when the interislander Aramoana was plagued with problems.

Groups unite to oppose scallop plan

A recreational scalloper checks his catch.

Marlborough Sounds residents and recreational scallopers are up in arms over the commercial scallop industry's plans for the 2015 season.

Taking a stand against family violence

230815. News photo. Supplied. Dawn Morris, Tiha Wilson, Emma-Jaye King, Linda Davies, John Hart, Margaret Western , Lasike Kula, Jo Lane, Ross Banbury, Natasha Knox, Valene Heggie and Nikora Matangi have signed up as community champions in the Its Ok to Ask for Help campaign against domestic violence.

Twelve prominent Marlburians have put their hands up to champion a community-led campaign against family violence.

Tenant blamed for cannabis operation

Blenheim District Court

A Blenheim man accused of cultivating more than 200 cannabis seedlings and plants says they belonged to his tenant.

Marlborough's parking deficit down

Pay and display parking at the Blenheim Railway Station has reduced occupancy.

Increased parking charges have shaved the deficit of Blenheim's beleagured car parking account.

Producers not affected by hospital's frozen meal deal

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board CEO Chris Fleming.

Marlborough producers will not be affected by a planned hospital meal deal, the region's health boss says.

School ball hopefuls to meet with principal

Kate Lindstrom, left, and Dagmar van Antwerpen, both 17, have been excluded from the Marlborough Girls' College formal because they are not enrolled students. They both have medical conditions which prevent them from attending school.

A pair of Marlborough teenagers left off their school formal guest list may still have a shot at the big night.

Blenheim vineyard vandalised, sheep escape

Sheep escaped following the vandalism of a Blenheim vineyard.

Sheep roamed beside a main road after a Blenheim vineyard was vandalised in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 

Council cracks down on Clubs' car park

Clubs of Marlborough president Gordon Herkt, left, and chief executive Lee Davis say a new four-hour parking limit will stop car park congestion from town centre workers.

A four-hour parking limit will be introduced to the Clubs of Marlborough car park, in Blenheim, to cut congestion and increase turn over of traffic.

Police look for bach squatter

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A burglar has been breaking into baches in the Marlborough sounds and stealing food, alcohol and cigarettes, police say.

Death not suspicious

Police Highway Patrol car. Generic

The death of a 61-year-old man who was shot in Marlborough is not suspicious, police say.

Illness means girls off the guest list video

Kate Lindstrom, left, and Dagmar van Antwerpen, both 17, have been excluded from the Marlborough Girls' College formal because they are not enrolled students. They both have medical conditions which prevent them from attending school.

They have their shoes, dresses and jewelry but no tickets to the school ball.

Councillors question grape supply deal

Yealands Wine Group founder Peter Yealands.

Landowners who want to sign up to the Flaxbourne Irrigation Scheme and diversify into viticulture are being asked to grow grapes solely for Yealands Wine Group in a deal questioned by Marlborough District councillors.

Makos fans ready for Blenheim game

Riverlands pupils, from left, Lachy Hall,10, Lucas Osgood, 10, rear, Liam Nicholls, 10, Ryan Dredge, 10, and Jess Boyce, 10, make the "fins up" sign to support the Tasman Makos.

The Tasman Makos Rugby Union is encouraging Marlburians to get behind their team at the first Blenheim match of the season, against the Manawatu Turbos. 

Man tries to drive off with $100,000 caravan

Blenheim District Court

A man has been convicted of theft after he attached a $100,000 caravan to his vehicle.

Warm weather favours lambing

Warm weather has helped farmers during lambing. Pictured are new born triplets on a farm near Blenheim.

Warm, dry weather conditions in Marlborough may be slowing grass growth but it is helping lambing on farms around the region, say farmers.

Former Marlborough man set high standards

Marlborough-born former General Motors director Ian Stace died aged 101-years-old on Saturday.

Marlborough-born Ian Ormonde Stace, who died aged 101 on Saturday, was a person of many and varied talents who set high standards.

Point Kean input sought

A visitor takes photos of a seal at the Point Kean car park. The seals have been using the boardwalk and visitors are getting too close to them. DOC is proposing an upgrade of the area to keep seals and people apart.

Safety concerns for visiting tourists and resident fur seals at Point Kean have prompted discussion between the Department of Conservation and the Kaikoura District Council.

All change at Kaikoura Primary

New buildings are lowered onto the Kaikoura Primary School site.

Byline: Emma Dangerfield

Scallop take set to rise

Flashback: Sounds scallops being unloaded at Picton in 2012.

After years of contraction the scallop industry in the top of the south looks set for better days.

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