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Man admits assaulting stranger

Blenheim District Court

A man who assaulted a stranger, punching and kicking him while he was on the ground, was convicted in the Blenheim District Court on Monday.

Roadworks won't impact seal watchers

Roadworks are in place south of the Ohau Point seal colony after storm surges eroded the edge of State Highway 1.

Essential roadworks on the storm ravaged State Highway One won't stop seal watchers being able to park up.

Public meeting for Captain Cook celebrations

Captain James Cook

An open meeting will be held in Picton to gauge public opinion on upcoming celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Captain Cook on New Zealand shores.

New owners for Ritual cafe

New Ritual Cafe owners Del Lowther and Dave Lowther took over the business this month.

One of Marlborough's most popular cafes has changed hands just over a month after being put on the market, with the new owners vowing not to make any changes.

Blenheim sunniest town this year

Marlborough cherry grower Yo McGill says the orchard will benefit from winter frosts.

Marlborough enjoyed sunny, cool, and dry weather conditions in July, according to Blenheim Meteorological Station monthly data.

Boundaries set for whitebait season

Department of Conservation ranger Ray Bennett sets out markers on the Opawa River, in Blenheim, to show where whitebait cannot be caught.

Marlborough's whitebaiters will have no excuse for fishing in the wrong areas this year after the Department of Conservation marked out no-go areas on rivers ahead of the season.

Proposal to cut prosecutors 'absurd'

Blenheim barrister Rob Harrison says cutting the number of police prosecutors will clog up the justice system.

Leading criminal barrister hits out at plan to axe prosecutor role at Blenheim District Court.

Wine Bill to clarify origins

Marlborough Wine Growers chairman Clive Jones

Wine industry figures expect a new law clarifying a wine's origin to come into force later this year.

Let's pull together for new winch

Nelson fisherman Stu Reardon down at the fisherman's wharf has been winched off stricken vessels twice by a rescue helicopter.

After being rescued twice, fisherman Stu Reardon knows first hand the value of a rescue helicopter with a winch.

Link Pathway taking shape

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 plan to link Picton and Havelock along a disused 150-year-old miners' track is starting to take shape.

Man charged with stealing boats

court

A man who allegedly stole three boats in Motueka which had a combined value of $32,500 appeared via audiovisual link before Judge David Ruth at the Blenheim District Court on Monday.

Ministry intervenes on school bus stop issue

Renwick School pupil Jack Powell, 7, takes a Ritchies bus home to North Bank Rd in Marlborough.

The Ministry of Education has taken action following a complaint about a rural Marlborough bus stop.

No conviction for burning letterbox

court

A teenager who set fire to a stranger's mailbox in the early hours of the morning has avoided a conviction at the Blenheim District Court.

Counselling crisis in Marlborough

Blenheim counsellor Vienna Cassidy warns a cut in funded counselling in Marlborough will impact the most vulnerable.

A cut in funded relationship counselling in Marlborough could ramp up suicide rates, homelessness and domestic violence, counsellors warn.

Health and safety laws concern for Marlborough

Businesses in Marlborough's viticulture industry are concerned about proposed new health and safety laws.

Marlborough businesses say they are concerned about proposed new health and safety laws, while the Government says the changes should not have much impact on those already with good health and safety practices.

New owners for Blenheim Montessori school

Willy and Rachel Roundhill are the new owners of the Montessori House of Children in Blenheim. They took over the school on Saturday from founders Rose and Matthew Montgomery.

August marked the end of an era for a Blenheim pre-school when the founders of Montessori House of Children handed over their 20-year-old businesses to new owners.

Disappointment for Marlborough muso

Aidan Quinn-Brereton, 18, performs as solo act Kodum at the Marlborough Smokefree Rockquest contest in Blenheim earlier this year.

Marlborough's only contender for the grand final of the 2015 Smokefree Rockquest has unfortunately not made the cut, but there is still hope through the people's choice award.

Factory fixup unearths hidden gem

Marcel Rood has uncovered a 60-year-old whey vat while renovating a cheese factory for his new cafe at The Grove in the Marlborough Sounds.

A historic whey vat has been discovered during renovations to a 104-year-old former cheese factory in the Marlborough Sounds.

Severe weather watch for region

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01112014 News Photo: CHLOE WINTER/FAIRFAX NZ. Picton, Marlborough. Photo taken from Picton foreshore of entrance to the Marlborough Sounds.

A severe weather watch has been issued for Marlborough, with slips and flooding possible.

Secondary pupils ready to jam

Jesse Paul (alto sax), Isaac Caldwell (tenor sax) and Sam Powell (trumpet) practise the sounds they will deliver as the Marlborough Boys' College Jazz Combo in this week's Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival.

Live jazz can be heard in venues around Marlborough this week when 13 secondary schools compete in the 2015 Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival.

Dale carries the torch for Marlborough

Former Special Olympics medallist Dale Smit has returned from Los Angeles, in the United States, where he was one of 10 torch bearers ahead of the 2015 games. He is pictured with the torch and some of mementos from his two week trip.

Two weeks of carrying the torch ahead of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games was an amazing but exhausting experience, a Blenheim man and former medalist says.

Paradise couple priced out of Auckland

Kirsten and Mattthew Muir moved from Waiheke Island to Blenheim to escape Auckland's increasing property prices.

Matthew and Kirsten Muir won't have to be mortgaged up to the hilt after moving to Marlborough.

Property buyers love Marlborough

Aucklanders are able to buy a home in Marlborough for half the price.

Aucklanders taking advantage of spiralling house prices are cashing in and buying homes in Marlborough for half the price.

Fever cast signs off for last time

Part of the 80 strong co-colleges' cast of Saturday Night Fever.

Blenheim's college students performed for the last time at the Marlborough Civic Theatre on Saturday and said 'goodbye' to the old girl in style.

'I can't believe this is happening' video

A Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter paramedic attends to Scott Wallis in the tender boat to the left of the launch Maraqeta.

Scott Wallis broke his leg at sea and the skipper put out a mayday call. Then the vessel started sinking.

Fishing trip ends in mayday call

A Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter paramedic attends to an injured person from the launch Maraqeta near French Pass.

A fishing trip took a dramatic turn when a leak and a broken leg resulted in a mayday call. 

Not guilty pleas: $30m gaming charges

Pokie machines.

Four men have pleaded not guilty to allegations of $30 million in gaming fraud.

Couple convicted of benefit fraud

Blenheim District Court

A Renwick couple convicted of benefit fraud robbed New Zealand taxpayers of nearly $50,000, a judge has said.

Renwick woman five times over limit

court

A Renwick woman has been convicted of drink driving after she was caught five times over the legal limit.

$1 million needed for helicopter museum

Helicopter Industry Museum Trust secretary treasurer Derek Cordes says they need to raise about $1 million to build a helicopter museum in Marlborough.

A museum specialising in the history of helicopters in New Zealand could become a reality for Marlborough.

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