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Hunter bailed on cruelty charges

Blenheim District Court

A hunter has appeared in court charged with animal cruelty against a wild pig.

Crafty twist on Marlborough wine

Allan Scott Family Winemakers winemaking director Josh Scott has blended grapes with hops to make "craft wine".

Allan Scott Family Winemakers have put a brewer's twist on Marlborough's flagship wine variety by blending grapes and hops.

Axe murderer denied parole

John Frederick Ericson was convicted of his wife's murder in April 2000 and sentenced to life in prison after admitting the charge.

Claims cocktail of drugs cause of murder fail to convince Parole Board.

Final flight in Iroquois for veterans video

Blenheim man Ed Bamber says his flight on a soon-to-be out of service Iroquois helicopter brought back a lot of memories.

Marlborough veterans took their last ride in an Iroquois at Base Woodbourne yesterday.

Body in car 'not suspicious' video

Neville Frost, left and firefighter Craig Davies with the burnt out car recovered by police on State Highway 6 near the summit of the Whangamoa Saddle.

Discovery of a body in a burnt out car near Nelson is not suspicious, police say.

Severe weather watch for Marlborough

A severe weather watch is in place for Marlborough.

Heavy rain and severe gales are expected in many parts of the South Island and lower North Island as an active trough moves northwards.

Woman assaulted in Kaikoura

Police

A woman has been assaulted while walking to a friend's house in Kaikoura, police say.

Marlburians encouraged to join Shakeout

Marlborough emergency management officer Gary Spence demonstrates how to "drop, cover, hold".

District Council urges Marlborough residents to get on board with new quake initiative.

On-the-spot tests for drink-drivers

Three hours wasted travel

Marlborough's top police officer is welcoming a new breathalyser that will cut travel time for police.

Shortage of youth mentors

From left, Anna Morris, Natalie Clark, Thomas Trollope and mentoring co-ordinator Nancy Sherwood take part in a group exercise during a Synergy Youth Mentor workshop.

A mentoring service needs more volunteers to help out young Marlburians.

Council targets more efficient water use

Marlborough's limited water resource is under scrutiny.

"Quick and free" water sharing between neighbours proposed to solve region's water woes.

Young winemakers' chance to shine

Marlborough Young Winemaker of the Year chair Sophie Matthews.

Young Marlborough winemakers will have to opportunity to show off their skills at the new Young Winemaker of the Year competition.

Heavy rain, gales to hit many areas

Severe gusts to 130kmh are expected in exposed areas of the Canterbury high country, with heavy rain in lake and river headwaters.

Heavy rain and severe gales are expected in many parts of the South Island and lower North Island.

Apology bungle

Jim Nicholls died on the operating table.

Health board rushes to apologise for fatal surgery after claiming it already had.

Scott Watson to get judicial review

Scott Watson will be in court for a judicial review considering Corrections' decision to stop a journalist from visiting him in prison.

Convicted murderer Scott Watson gets judicial review after Corrections rejected his request to meet with a journalist behind bars.

Reparation for Trade Me dupe

Blenheim District Court

A Blenheim woman resold items a number of times on Trade Me, including tickets to a show in Christchurch, deceiving the bidders out of nearly $1600, Blenheim District Court has heard.

150kmh crash was 'no joyride': lawyer

A man who lost control of his car narrowly avoided hitting a house in Blenheim.

A learner driver sped at 180kmh in Blenheim before crashing into two trees and a sign, narrowly missing a house.

Carrying on the tradition

Kelly Hocquard and son Miller Hocquard, 3, with a Highlanders rugby jersey worn during the team's match against the Blues last month.

Three-year-old Miller Hocquard already has a Super Rugby jersey with his name on it.

Garnett Gals walk for a cause

Katie Hall, left, Suzie Petersen and Marg Garnett are three of the four ''Garnett Gals'' walking in this weekend’s Saint Clair Vineyard half marathon in Blenheim.

Not being able to walk in this weekend's Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon hurts more than the sprain that put Suzy Petersen on crutches.

Blenheim rivers safe again

Bella Le Compte, 4, gets help from her father Mark Le Compte while riding through the Taylor River in Blenheim. Rivers in Marlborough were very low as rain stayed away.

Rain in April has cleared Marlborough rivers of toxic algae mats and the water should no longer pose a risk to dogs or stock.

Eli comes home for good

Eli's parents Rochelle Broadhurst and Dylan Montgomery hope with hard work, an intensive three-year course of home-based therapy will soon have him up and about.

Eli Montgomery’s mum and dad hope he won’t just be walking in three years, but running.

Surgeon's 'sorry' to dead patient's family

Jim Nicholls died on the operating table.

Son of a man who died on the operating table gets an apology from the doctor, but not the hospital.

Royal welcome for new arrival

Ashwood Park Retirement Village resident Dela Morrow.

Marlburians have celebrated the arrival of a new Royal baby.

Children beaten by mum and aunt

Blenheim District Court

Sisters assaulted children with metal pipe, wooden back scratcher and sticks.

Woman in court for sleepout arson attack

Blenheim District Court

A woman doused a Kaikoura sleepout with fuel and set it on fire with a cigarette, court told.

Car, remains recovered from crash video

Neville Frost, left and firefighter Craig Davies with the burnt out car recovered by police on State Highway 6 near the summit of the Whangamoa Saddle.

Human remains and wreckage recovered as investigations into mystery death continue.

Kaikoura CEO resigns

Stuart Grant

Stuart Grant has handed in his resignation as chief executive of the Kaikoura District Council.

Blenheim brothers in drug sting bailed

Police found 25 kilograms of cannabis below deck on this yacht in the Marlborough Sounds.

Two Blenheim brothers arrested in connection with a 25 kilograms cannabis haul seized from a yacht moored in the Marlborough Sounds have been released on bail.

Patient was 'failed'

Jim Nicholls died on the operating table.

A man who died on the operating table was not told his surgeon was working under restriction.

Ultrasound and supplies bound for Vanuatu

Truck diver Cam Benner, left, Project Pam appeal co-ordinator Yvonne Dasler, centre, and TNL Blenheim business development manager Sherri Best, load a donated ultrasound machine to be flown to Vanuatu this week.

Donated ultrasound machine will be flown to Vanuatu this week.

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