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Japan visit excites students

Three Blenheim high school students will head overseas in July to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, as part of a sister city exchange.

'Golden Mile' to promote food, wine

A new cycle trail on the outskirts of Blenheim will have wine lovers and foodies reaching for their lycra.

Oyster Bay plan put through the wringer

A developer wants to subdivide land at Oyster Bay in the Marlborough Sounds for housing.

Trucks added to classic car show

Car, bike and truck enthusiasts won't want to miss Marlborough's biggest vehicle display this weekend, when the Hospice Classic Car Display rolls into Blenheim.

Time travel back to WWII

Blenheim is set to become the only town in the country with a working replica World War II garrison.

First date sleepover for Picton pair

Picton's most popular love story looks set to continue after a successful first date ended in a sleepover.

Mad driver terrifies tourist

Terrified tourist gets out of car before a driver is clocked at 171kmh and tries to outrun police.

$2 lunches for those in need

A Blenheim drop-in centre makes more than 200 lunches a week for children and adults in need.

Farmer avoids jail over eco offences

Marlborough farmer called New Zealand's "most recidivist" offender, narrowly escapes stint in jail.

Man alters claim about sex tapes

Man accused of recording his former girlfriend having sex initially admitted to police that he had made some "sneaky" videos of her.

Friend pitches in for couple

Illness puts home security in jeopardy

A Blenheim family reeling from a terminal cancer diagnosis may have to move out of their family home.

Parking fee revoked

Fines issued to motorists for not displaying their tickets at Blenheim's new pay and display car parks have been cancelled.

'There was a close connection'

There was "a bit of magic" between a shirtless, tattooed barista and a traveller whose first date has made global headlines.

High Court challenge over murder

A man who murdered his wife in Blenheim 15 years ago remains “mystified” about the killing.

Treats in store at harvest fair

Second-hand bargain hunters can get first dibs on the white elephant stall at the Rapaura School Country Harvest Fair this Saturday, for a small fee.

Company fails to pay $100,000 reparation

A Kaikoura couple have applied to put a Blenheim company into liquidation after it failed to pay more than $100,000 in court-ordered reparations.

Vineyard work paying off

The story of a coconut oil launched in New Zealand last week is entwined with the grape vines of Marlborough.

Wairau bacteria could be deadly

Algae linked to deadly bacteria found in a Picton dam last week discovered in Wairau River.

Strickly a waste of money

A spelling gaffe on a Marlborough parking sign has left Marlborough Roads employees red-faced.

Tons of trash retrieved from cove

Divers have hauled up three boatloads of rubbish from a Marlborough Sounds marine reserve.

Woman's tattoo honours soldiers

'I'll never forget my dad'

Blenheim woman Robyn Thomson wears her heart on her sleeve.

'Lies' in sex tape trial

A defence lawyer has accused a woman of lying about her knowledge of being filmed having sex with her former partner.

Barista meets mystery girl

Picton's most eligible bachelor has met his mystery admirer - and whisked her away from the crowds.

'Gross privacy breach'

Woman had no idea her ex-partner was filming her during sex, a court has heard.

Temp drop had vineyards scrambling

Temperature dip in the middle of ripening season prompted vineyards to trigger frost fans.

More water restrictions in region

Residents in Renwick, Picton and Havelock are again being asked to conserve water.

Unaware car parkers cop hefty fines

Motorists unaware of new parking charges introduced in Blenheim have been slapped with $40 infringement notices.

A love story in the making?

Romantic story is talk of the town

Hopeless romantics are waiting with bated breath to hear the end of a homegrown love story that started with a passing smile on Picton's foreshore.

Neville Male dumped by Grey Power

National Grey Power Federation disowns Neville Male, ordering him not to use Grey Power name.

Swiss driver on wrong side of road

Tourist didn't realise he was on wrong side of road when he caused head-on smash.

RSA women's section celebrates 70 years

The Marlborough Returned Services Association Women's Section celebrated its 70th anniversary yesterday.

Sounds trust reclaiming the skyline

The best advertising for the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust is the skeletal remains of poisoned wilding pines, visible from passing ferries.

Kaikoura A&P Show a real treat

Townsfolk and countryfolk mingled with international visitors in sparkling conditions at Kaikoura's A&P Show on Saturday.

Visitors shut out of retirement village

A week-long gastroenteritis outbreak at a Blenheim retirement village has been controlled, the village's manager says.

Game fiesta hits target with family fun

A baby possum, a few deer and even a hedgehog made it to the weigh station at this year's Grovetown School Game Fiesta.

Drug dealer avoids prison

A convicted Blenheim drug dealer has avoided a jail sentence because of his medical needs.

Pelorus Sound under microscope

Scientists begin study of how the Pelorus Sound seabed has changed in the past 500 years.

Four Blenheim drug dealers jailed

Four Blenheim drug dealers have been sent to prison after an undercover police operation that was sparked by frustrated residents.

Hundreds walk all night for cancer

A Blenheim cancer survivor says he's 'buggered' after walking 16 hours in honour of a sister who died of leukaemia.

Found staggering home from hospital

A disoriented man with a walking frame tried to walk 1.5 kilometres home from hospital in the rain.

'Find your way home'

Hospital staff gave elderly man a phonebook when he needed to get home after stent surgery.

More grants for school costs

More parents are struggling to afford equipment needed for their children to learn.

Boy feared mum might die

Bravery award for Blenheim 9-year-old

A brave Blenheim boy dialled 111 after a fall left his mum struggling to breathe and helped mind his young sisters.

Wildfoods Festival revamp

The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival is relying on ticket sales this year to turn a profit.

Gastro outbreak 'controlled'

A week-long gastroenteritis outbreak at a Blenheim retirement village has been controlled, the village's manager says. 

Broom stick sex attack

Three men have appeared in court in Blenheim charged with sexually violating a man with a broom stick.

All-day parking fee

A new parking charge of $4 will allow drivers to leave their vehicles all day in any of the Marlborough District Council's off-street car parks.

Elderly man hospitalised after crash

An 85-year-old man has been taken to hospital after two cars collided in Blenheim.

District's new brand popular

The Only Marlborough logo has been appearing on product labels, shirts, websites, Twitter accounts and hashtags as people show their support for the new marketing scheme.

End in sight for fire season

Intense summer of bush fires could soon be over as temperatures dip.

Region's hospitals rate well

Patients in Marlborough and Nelson have among the shortest emergency department stays in the country.

Licence queue

Learner and restricted drivers hoping to sit practical driving tests in Blenheim are having to wait up to a month for an appointment.

Seresin finds the life in the land

"Organics, biodynamics and beyond"

Marlborough wine company Seresin Estate has hit a milestone - 20 years of organics. Wine reporter Chloe Winter catches up with manager Colin Ross to see how far they have come.

Drug network nailed

One of the most senior players in a Blenheim drug-dealing ring has admitted selling cannabis for 10 years.

Drug dealers jailed

Four Blenheim drug dealers have been sent to prison after an undercover police operation that was sparked by frustrated residents.

There's an app for that

New technology keeps kids safe in the sun

An app that measures UV levels is helping to keep children sun-safe at two Blenheim early childhood centres.

Kiwi drivers to blame?

New data on foreign drivers actually paints poor picture of Kiwi drivers, says Marlborough policeman.

Students roll into adventure tourism

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology students got a dunking in their first week.

Failure to prove accused at scene

Man found not guilty of stealing a log splitter from a Blenheim property after police couldn't prove he was at the scene.

Exiled vodka magnate tries NZ wine

Super-yacht owning Russian billionaire spends a day sipping wine at Cloudy Bay.

Suspended driver nabbed after court

Blenheim man caught driving while suspended an hour after appearing in court on the same charge.

Power shutdown closes Blenheim

A substation failure left nearly 4000 people without power in Blenheim.

Roof over your head a 'good feeling'

Holiday park owner helps man and his pets move out of a car and into a home.

Gondola dream lives on

He's built it three times 'in his head' but now Eric Collins' Picton gondola could become a reality.

S.Island roads deadly

Foreign drivers have been responsible for one in every 12 fatal crashes in the South Island this decade.

Agency to cost $2m

A proposed single economic development agency for Marlborough would cost $2 million to set up, report says.

Patient left in transport jam

'I was just so tired'

An elderly heart patient from Picton was left to find his own way home after being discharged from Nelson Hospital.

Nydia Bay's giant could still be alive

A giant tame eel reportedly hacked up for bait at a Marlborough Sounds bay could still be alive.

Brian adds new frequency

A Blenheim radio station with no DJs and no conventional advertising is expanding in Marlborough.

Aquifer's saltwater risk

Havelock residents could be left with a salty taste if water levels in the town's only water supply continue to fall.

Classic boat show on lake

Those who love the fine lines of classic yachts, motorboats and dinghies should head to the Nelson Lakes National Park next weekend for the 16th NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show.

Algae bloom bacteria detected in dam

Small traces of a deadly bacteria have been found in a Picton dam.

Signs of a thriving business

When David and Angela Forman thought about starting a business, the writing was on the wall.

Back at 'the lucky house'

Fire survivors adjust to new landscape

Peggy Melville and Dennis Mitchell call their home the lucky house.

System 'fails partners'

Business partners left thousands of dollars out of pocket after being defrauded by employee say justice system has failed them.

Man threatened to blow up ferry

Bluebridge

A Blenheim man admitted a charge of threatening behaviour after he threatened to blow up a Bluebridge ferry.

Marlborough choppers unaffected by crash probe

Marlborough helicopter businesses have not been affected by a Civil Aviation Authority decision to ground certain types of Robinson R44 series helicopters following a fatal accident in Queenstown.

Not enough rain to break drought

Rain overnight on Sunday was not enough to help the water situation in Renwick.

Early harvest for some grape growers

Marlborough winemakers and viticulturists are closely monitoring sugar levels in their grapes as they prepare for an early harvest.

Fat-burning pill an obesity fix?

Trial results please developer

A fat-busting pill could replace the treadmill and prove an exciting answer to the obesity epidemic.

Fish project disputed

Sustain our Sounds says it's outrageous taxpayers would have to pick up a $2.6m tab to fund research for a Malaysian company.

Flashbacks for truckie

The Blenheim truck driver tried desperately to save a Chinese tourist killed in a fatal road crash.

Workers hurt in smash

Seven taken to hospital after mini-van crashes into a bank on SH1 south of Blenheim.

Firefighters show off their skills

Drought and water restriction haven't stopped firefighters putting their hose-running skills to the test in Renwick.

2700 visit whale centre

The National Whale Centre in Picton has had 2700 visitors since it opened in November.

Safety message at breakfast

Motorcycle riders in Marlborough are 97 per cent more likely to be involved in a crash causing injury than any other vehicle.

Councillors eye single agency

Marlborough District councillors are investigating if a single agency should be set up to drive the region's economic development.

Crayfish 'easy money'

A Kaikoura man has dodged a large fine for illegally selling crayfish, instead receiving 200 hours of community work.

History goes under hammer

'We couldn't keep it all'

The 70-year history of Marlborough construction company T H Barnes has been auctioned off - from a sledgehammer nicknamed Baldy to heavy sections of steel.

Mourning Shane Tomlin

The haunting image of a man being pulled from the rubble was seen by millions around the world.

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