'New' Kiwis take their oath

New Kiwis Mark Chilton, Amy Chilton and Emma Chilton.

The Chiltons have lived in New Zealand for six years, and being granted citizenship is the icing on the cake.

Schools 'excited' about co-location

Hekia Parata announces Marlborough Boys' College and Marlborough Girls' College will share a site in the future.

The government's decision to invest $63 million in a co-located site for Marlborough Boys' and Girls' Colleges has met with a positive response from Marlborough schools. 

Fire crews diverted to fire at Cullen Point

Four helicopters were diverted from a forest fire in the Waikakaho Valley to fight a new blaze at Cullen Point, near Havelock, on Sunday afternoon.

Four helicopter pilots and fire crews fighting the Waikakaho Valley fire were yesterday diverted to fight a new fire near Havelock in the Marlborough Sounds, after a wayward seagull hit a powerline, causing sparks and setting fire to native bush. 

'Mum, I see smoke': Family on Waikakaho fire video

Marlborough-Kaikoura Rural Fire Authority general manager Richard McNamara speaks at a public meeting for Waikakao Valley residents.

The Mesmans watched through their kitchen window as flames and smoke engulfed Waikakaho Valley.

Marlborough chardonnay the next big thing?

Lake Chalice winemaker Matt Thomson with owners Sue and Phil Binnie. Lake Chalice The Raptor Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 took out the chardonnay trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards in Nelson on Saturday night. The wine also won reserve wine of the show.

A strong showing in the country's most prestigious wine awards shows there is more to Marlborough than its flagship sauvignon blanc.

Climate of change as NZ marches gallery video

The Wellington march heads to Parliament in the hope the Government will hear their calls for more action.

Thirty five rallies nationwide demand the Government do more to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Hunters, dog rescued

An injured hunter, his mate and a dog spent a night in the bush before being rescued by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in Marlborough on Saturday.

An injured hunter, his mate and their dog have been rescued after an injury forced them to spend a night in the bush.

Forest fire battle ramps up

Time for damage assessment as fires die down in Marlborough

Fire crews are taking advantage of calmer weather in the battle against a Marlborough forest blaze.

Seal on a hot tin roof

A startled seal scrambled up on to the roof of a shed in Kaikoura.

After a running jump, a seal finds itself on the roof of a shed.

Another forest fire in Marlborough gallery video

An aerial view of the Waikakaho Valley where a large fire has burned through a forestry plantation.

Helicopters are back in the sky fighting the Waikakaho Valley fire.

Tree harvest to tree salvage

A lengthy clean up operation will begin once the Waikakaho Valley fire is extinguished.

"The fire has now changed our operations management completely."

Residents risk staying put

Claudia Baker, centre, and fiance Asley Ayling, right, had a sleepless night on Thursday.

"I'm always worried it could blow the wrong way again."

Saving the seabed

The heavy steel doors from trawling can damage and destroy extensive areas as they are dragged over the seabed.

"These habitats are like the rainforest of the sea, when they are removed you create deserts."

Colleges to share site

The Marlborough Boys' College in Blenheim.

Marlborough Boys' and Marlborough Girls' College to be co-located, costing $63 million.

'Confrontational' letter seeking government support criticised

Closer relationships needed with central government to care for the Sounds, says Marlborough Sounds Integrated Management Trust chairman Eric Jorgensen.

Marlborough Sounds stakeholders seek government support to protect marine environment

Marlborough blaze rages gallery video

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Residents are being urged to evacuate their homes as a huge forest fire continues to rage near Blenheim.

Heroes think it's a scam

Kiwibank Local Hero award winner Nancy Sherwood, right, takes part in a group exercise during a youth mentor workshop.

"I think one of my young mentors dobbed me in."

Parsons leaves Queen Charlotte

Queen Charlotte College principal Tom Parsons is leaving the school.

College "can be proud" of departing principal's achievements.

To stay or go

Claudia Baker, centre, and her fiance, Ashley Ayling, right, watch the forest beside their house go up in flames.

"It's very hard when it's the family home. I was there all night till the early hours."

Pining for Christmas

Blenheim pine tree grower David James sells trees for Christmas.

"You just can't get away with not having an authentic smell of pine needles on Christmas morning."

Father mortgaged land to pay for son's visa, court hears

Defendents Satnam Singh, sat between court interpreters, and Jaswinder Singh Sangha, right, pleaded not guilty to all charges in a landmark human trafficking trial in the High Court at Nelson.

Indian father deceived into mortgaging land to pay for son's non-existent visa to New Zealand.

Promo video for Link Pathway video

Marlborough Sounds artist Rick Edmonds, with dog Jess, on the first bridle track section of the Link Pathway near Ngakuta Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

A promotional video has been released for the Link Pathway, which is being constructed from Picton to Havelock.

Injured bird takes free flight

An injured northern royal albatross found off the coast of Kaikoura was treated at Vet Care Kaikoura before being flown up to Wellington for further treatment.

Air NZ has flown an injured albatross, found off the Kaikoura coast, to Wellington for specialist treatment.

Former Nelson ferry capsizes

The Suilven unloads at Wellington in this 2001 picture.

An old ferry that has capsized in Fiji was once a frequent caller at Port Nelson and Picton.

'World-class' start for theatre

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is coming to Blenheim in March.

Renowned opera singer coming to Blenheim in March.

Water restrictions looming

Renwick residents should cut back on their water use as aquifer levels drop.

Hot dry weather has stepped up water demand this week.

Blenheim Christmas Parade to be a cracker

Safe Air engineer Alastair Haigh, IS process co-ordinator Hetty Kirby and planning co-ordinator Kate Barton work on their float for the Blenheim Christmas Parade.

Marlburians are hard at work building their unique floats for this year's Christmas parade in Blenheim.

Privacy concerns prompt camera policy

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is developing a policy on filming and recording in hospitals.

The Nelson Marlborough DHB is developing a policy on using cameras in hospitals to protect patient and staff privacy.

Marlborough residents flee homes

Waikakaho Valley fire visible from space

Don Sutton watched his retirement go up in flames.

Colleges' wait could be over

A decision about the future of Marlborough Girls' College and Marlborough Boys' College, pictured, may be imminent.

Excitement builds ahead of Friday's mystery assembly.

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