Volunteers paint the town pink

Pink Ribbon Street Appeal collectors, from left, Christine Cross, Donna McClintock, Anna Broadbridge, Samantha Cameron, and Marlborough co-ordinator Anne-Maree Ham.

About 50 Pink Ribbon collectors are out and about in Blenheim on Friday and Saturday for the annual appeal to raise money for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Marlborough bids for research institute

Marlborough Research Centre chief executive Gerald Hope wants to secure funding for a Regional Research Institute in Marlborough.

Securing government research funding will help unlock Marlborough's economic potential, says Marlborough Research Centre chief executive Gerald Hope.

536 cruelty complaints in 2015

Blenheim veterinarian Nick Hansby wants farmers to become better versed in new animal welfare laws.

Many animal cruelty complaints are about smaller lifestyle blocks, not big farms, vet says.

Fellowship for academic

Marlborough academic Atholl Anderson has been awarded the JD Stout Fellowship from the Victoria University of Wellington.

Atholl Anderson has been awarded a fellowship from the Victoria University of Wellington

New faces on board

Wine Marlborough chairman Clive Jones is expected to retain his position at the first meeting of the new board on November 5.

The Wine Marlborough board has four new members after being voted in by wineries and grapegrowers earlier this month.

Blue cod rules ditched

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy announces changes to blue cod fishing rules in Picton on Thursday.

A set of controversial blue cod fishing rules have been scrapped. 

Airport fire crew called away

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Large fire in Mosgiel, Dunedin.

Marlborough Airport was closed for almost three hours as its fire crew helped tackle a blaze nearby.

December release for district plan

Councillor Trevor Hook will chair the hearings panel for Marlborough's new environmental framework.

The Marlborough District Council will release the district's new environmental framework to the public in December.

Ratepayers happy with council - survey

Mayor Alistair Sowman.

A survey carried out by an independent research group shows ratepayers in the region are satisfied with the Marlborough District Council.

Hospital needs more beds

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming

The over-75 age group in Marlborough is predicted to grow by 130 per cent over the next 20 years

Glass-bottom boat for Sounds

A sketch of the glass-bottom boat that could soon be moored at Lochmara Lodge in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Two wildlife trusts in Marlborough want to create a "floating classroom" in the Sounds

Salmon farms nearly ready

An existing New Zealand King Salmon farm at Ruakaka Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Three new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds will be up and running in the very near future.

Crew protects their 'backyard'

Rural firefighters, from left, Stefan Schulz, David Orchard, Trevor Hook, John Walker, Phil Todd and Eugen Lottermoser demonstrate using equipment which drafts water from the Kenepuru Sound.

'Our job is the initial attack, so we're usually the first on the scene, and we work from the beach up'

Street seats for cafe

Ritual Cafe owner Dave Lowther measures the parking spaces being converted into alfresco dining outside his cafe.

The owners of Ritual Cafe have got the go ahead to turn two parking spaces into dining spots.

Looking for leaks

Detection Solution contracts manager Neil Scrutton uses acoustic detection equipment to locate leaks.

Technicians are working to identify leaks in the water system, using acoustic detection equipment.

Travel of extinct dog mapped

The extinct Maori kuri dog, such as this specimen originating from the Catlins, has an ancestry stretching from Indonesia, around the Pacific and to New Zealand.

The now extinct Maori kuri dog has been found to have Indonesia cousins, new research has found.

Council cuts interest rate

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The MDC is trialing new Council Rubbish Bags.
Customer service officers at the Marlborough District Council Claire Fahey (left) and Cleone Stringer (right).

Council has cut the interest rate it passes on to ratepayers when it borrows to pay for large infrastructure projects

Benefits from TPP - Joyce

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce addresses Marlborough business leaders at the Scenic Hotel in Blenheim.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will deliver growth and increased investment in Marlborough, says Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.

Free legal service faces funding shortfall

Community Law Marlborough manager Stephanie Moses says the organisation's caseload has increased by 23 per cent in the past year.

A free legal service in Marlborough is struggling to meet demand as government funding fails to keep pace with a burgeoning workload.

Celebration of young talent

Singer and pianist Cam Dawson will perform at the Marlborough Youth Civic Awards on Saturday.

People will get the chance to celebrate both young people's talent and their community contributions this weekend

Wines go head-to-head

Leading Australian critic Ralph Kyte-Powell judging one of the many local wines on offer at the Marlborough Wine Show.

Money for bats

A grant from the Conservation Minister will help to look after bats in Marlborough.

More than $113,000 has been granted to the Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Project at Pelorus Bridge

School decision close

Marlborough Boys' College board of trustees chairman Tony de Reeper speaks at a meeting about the future of the schools last year.

A decision on the future of Blenheim's two colleges is expected by the end of the year, the Ministry of Education says.

From scrap to masterpiece video

Gordon Forshaw, left, and Pete Rickerby say building a classic motorbike from scrap metal was "challenging but rewarding".

Two mates from Marlborough, one with Multiple Sclerosis and the other Parkinson's Disease, have rebuilt a classic motorbike from scrap metal.

Two car collision

Two cars crashed at the intersection of Howick Rd and Wither Rd, in Blenheim, on Tuesday.

A woman has been taken to hospital after two cars collided at a Blenheim intersection on Tuesday.

New DHB role to promote fluoridation

Last year, the rate of tooth decay for Nelson Marlborough 5-year-olds attending dental services was 39 per cent.

The district health board is hiring a project manager to promote water fluoridation in the Nelson Marlborough region.

Wine exporters welcome trade deal

Minister of Trade Hon Tim Groser helped wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday night.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will level the playing field for wine exporters, opening up international markets and saving them millions

18 suicides this year

Provisional statistics show there were 18 suicides within the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board region in 2014/2015.

The suicide toll within the NMCHB region has risen to its second highest level since records began. 

Council to review tourism charges

Wine Tours by Bike co-owner Steve Hill says it is unfair that he has to pay double tourism rates.

The Marlborough District Council is to review its policy on tourism operators facing multiple tourism charges.

Growing community bounty

Rowan West runs a small community group which picks surplus and unwanted fruit in Marlborough and drops it off at Marlborough's food bank.

A woman is trying to reduce the amount of fresh fruit going to waste while families struggle to afford a nutritious diet

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