Fire not out yet

A 450-hectare forest fire burning at Waikakaho Valley, near Blenheim.

About 40 firefighters are working to bring the fire under full control at the Waikakaho Valley.

Excited about colleges

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

Investing $63 million in a co-located site for Marlborough Boys' and Girls' Colleges has met with a positive response.

Fluoride fears raised at meeting

Nelson residents attend a community meeting on water fluoridation at Stoke Memorial Hall on Saturday.

Nelson residents gathered at a community meeting to discuss proposed plans for water fluoridation.

Tears at the finish line

Katrina Taualupe, left, Kirsty Barrett, Virginia Archer, Kylie Senior, Shanae Yates, her mum -Betty Yates, Danielle Blackmore and Tasha Williams.

For Shanae Yates, Sunday was a truly memorable day.

Top honour for female winemaker

Pask Winery head winemaker Kate Radburnd.

Pask Winery's head winemaker Kate Radburnd wins the NZ Wine Growers Fellowship.

Music, beers and sunshine at festival gallery

Blues, Brews and BBQs at A & P park, Blenheim

Thousands flocked to the A&P Showgrounds in Blenheim for the Blues, Brews and BBQs festival.

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.

There's more to Marlborough than sauvignon blanc.

Call for action on climate change

The protesters made their way to the band rotunda in Blenheim's Forum, waving their signs and chanting.

Dozens of people gathered in Blenheim to highlight the need for action on climate change.

New entranceway for Marlborough

The old Marlborough Airport building in 1990, compared to the expanded terminal which is being officially opened on Monday.

Congestion is a thing of the past at Marlborough Airport following a $4 million expansion.

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.

Wayward seagull hit a powerline, causing sparks and setting fire to native bush.

'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.

'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.

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

261115 news photo from facebook.  Waikakaho Fire, Marlborough

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.

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