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Scott Watson denied parole

Scott Watson in the High Court in Christchurch. He was denied parole.

Scott Watson turned down in first parole hearing after serving 17 years for the murder of Olivia Hope and Ben Smart.

Police investigate arsons

Fire

Police are investigating two fires in Blenheim believed to be arson.

Yealands sale gets mixed reaction

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith is questioning the Yealands sale to Marlborough Lines.

The sale of Yealands Wine Group to Marlborough Lines has brought mixed reactions.

Kind act fuels gratitude

Caroline Mardon with a receipt that a mystery good Samaritan gave her after paying for Mardon's fuel.

The woman who paid for Caroline Mardon's petrol asked only one thing: pay it forward.

Barge design change challenged

NZ King Salmon's new barge, similar to the one that will be at Ngamahau.

Plans to use a recycled floating building at a new farm in Tory Channel rather than a purpose-built barge have raised hackles.

Sweet returns for honey firm

The Honey Company's managing director Darren Clifford says China is a growing export market for Marlborough's premium products.

Growing Marlborough's premium products in the world's fastest growing market is the target of a Marlborough Research Centre project.

Farmers offered free agri-chemical disposal

Unwanted agricultural chemicals can be disposed of free of charge from farms

Marlborough farmers and growers can dispose of their unwanted and expired agri-chemicals they have lying around.

Givealittle for cancer fundraising star

Julie MacDonell has been diagnosed with breast cancer after a history of helping cancer sufferers in Marlborough.

A Blenheim woman who has helped raise thousands of dollars for cancer sufferers began chemotherapy herself this week.

New shower to help Blenheim's homeless

Crossroads Trust chairman Stephen Vallance, left, and Haack Construction Blenheim foreman Brad O'Malley.

A new shower has been installed at a low-cost meal service in Blenheim to help people who are sleeping rough to get clean and "feel more human again". 

Fingerprints lead to burglary conviction

Blenheim District Court House

A man charged with the burglary of a Blenheim house denied entering it, despite his fingerprints being found on a glass inside.

Junk Free June raises $1500

Marlborough Girls' College students Stella Blake, Sophie Robinson, and Grace Lawson say they felt more energised after a month without junk food.

Three Marlborough teenagers switched chocolate for kale chips to support a friend battling cancer in Christchurch. 

Spotlight on illegal hunters

Police stop a man hunting legally on Waihopai Valley Rd as part of a police operation targeting poaching.

Seven people have been caught hunting illegally during a three-day police operation in Marlborough.

Couple convicted of benefit fraud

Blenheim District Court House

A Marlborough couple have been convicted after receiving an overpayment in benefits of almost $50,000.

Agenda for change

Bill McEwan and son, Robbie, during their week camped out at Blenheim's band rotunda in May.

A Marlborough climate change campaigner is keeping the momentum alive after his week-long protest raising awareness about its adverse affects

Fewer mail deliveries for region

Age Concern Marlborough community support worker Catherine Donnelly with mail received by the organisation.

Posties will be calling at Blenheim letter boxes less often from next week onwards. 

Scholarship students to pay more

Scholarship students will pay more to sit exams.

Marlborough students sitting scholarship exams might be out of pocket if they cannot fork out enough cash.

Yealands sells to power firm video

Managing director of Marlborough Lines Ken Forrest, left, and Yealands Wine Group founder Peter Yealands, right.

Marlborough entrepreneur Peter Yealands has sold his majority shareholding in Yealands Wine Group to Marlborough Lines.

Artist working on Marlborough collections

Joanna Dudson-Scott in her studio, in front of a work which will be part of her Molesworth Station Collection and depicts the source of the Acheron River.

Art is not really a choice, Joanna Dudson Scott says. 

Wellington author to write Sounds history

Helen Beaglehole in the Marlborough Sounds, on her yacht Cape Resolution.

The Sounds are what makes Marlborough unique, Wellington author Helen Beaglehole says. 

Car hits bank, rolls twice

A 19-year-old Vineyard worker was not injured after his car rolled twice on the Picton elevation.

Vineyard worker "extremely lucky" to escape injury after the car he was in hit a bank and rolled, police say.

Marlborough cyclist makes comeback

Ray Dunstan and his partner Kat Walker are heading to the Union Cycliste Internationale World Cycling Tour finals next month

Cyclist Ray Dunstan is very pleased to be back on track. 

Suspension, expulsion rates drop

Tom Parsons

Fewer students are being expelled, suspended or stood-down in Marlborough, new figures show.

Wipes clogging pipes

Wet wipes are clogging  Blenheim's sewage system.

A buildup of wet wipes is causing a soggy problem for Blenheim's sewage system.

Tax sugar like booze and smokes - dentist

Springlands School pupils, from left, Ava Elsmore, 9, Grace Calder, 9, and Brayden Giles, 10. Fizzy drinks are not sold on Springlands School grounds, and children are discouraged from bringing high-sugar drinks into the school .

The Government should treat sugar in the same way as tobacco and alcohol, dental officer says. 

Advisory group to be rural voice

Rural Advisory Group steering committee chairman Colin King

The rural community wants to provide a reasoned voice to debate council policies and decision-making.

Tourist robbed under bridge

The Taylor River walkway in Blenheim was the scene of a robbery on Saturday.

An 18-year-old man has been charged after a British tourist was robbed on the Taylor River walkway in Blenheim.

Kirsty Bentley's dad dies professing innocence

Sid Bentley died after a battle with cancer, was a suspect in his daughter's 1998 disappearance and murder, along with Kirsty's older brother, John.

Father of murdered Ashburton teen died still denying involvement in her death.

$148m investment for region's roading and cycling network

Increased funding will go into Blenheim's bus service aimed at growing patronage by 50 per cent over the next three years.

Marlborough's roading network will get a share of $148 million to help maintain the region's roads for the next three years.

Junction revamp set for February

The design of a roundabout and barrier arm at Spring Creek intersection is being finalised with work due to start in February.

Construction of a roundabout at the Spring Creek intersection aimed at cutting the number of car crashes will start in February.

Anger at litter bugs ruining 'pristine' Blenheim riverbank

Blenheim retiree Eddie Thoroughgood, 86, with some of the cans he has picked up while walking along the Taylor River bank.

A Blenheim retiree who picks up cans and other rubbish during his daily walks along the Taylor River bank is calling for more rubbish bins in the area.

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