The shops are empty

Boots 'n' All owner Andy Hall says he is not surprised so many stores are empty, as he was almost forced to relocate his Queen St business before he renegotiated the rent with his landlord.

"People don't know how much it costs to run a business."

Fashion in the Vines

A hens party for Christchurch woman Alana Pottinger, dressed in black.

Was this the best dressed festival crowd yet?

Businesses unite

Blenheim Business Association steering group member and Farmers store manager Karen Stevenson says the election of a new executive committee on February 25 will drive the association forward.

A business advocacy group, in Blenheim, will elect a new committee to drive future direction.

Sent to prison

The Blenheim District Court.

A Blenheim man with a drinking problem was put behind bars for possessing a semi-automatic rifle.

Gourmet paradise

New Zealand chef Peta Mathias in the culinary pavilion, where she demonstrated how to cook a south Indian mussel curry and southern French olive oil chocolate mousse.

Good food and Marlborough wine made for some contented festival-goers on Saturday.

Wine festival turns it on

Festival-goers dance it up in the sun during an afternoon set from Tahuna Breaks.

Perfect weather, wine and food delighted thousands at the 32nd annual Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.

Local interest pleases Abel Beach owner video

A crowdfunding campaign to buy the beach and land area at the centre of this photograph, in the Awaroa Inlet, has reached its $2m goal.

Fundraiser has passed $2m mark - and beach's owner is pleased to see the public get behind campaign.

'I know we can do this' video

Duane Major is one of the men behind crowd funding effort to buy a NZ beach in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Final push as campaign to buy Abel Tasman beach reaches $2 million.

Road block

Two fire engines from Renwick responded to a crash on Middle Renwick Rd on Friday, which halted the flow of traffic.

Two vehicles crashed near Renwick on Friday, halting traffic.

Man hits stepson with fence paling

The Blenheim District Court.

A Picton man assaulted his stepson for trying to help his mother.

No autopsy needed for dead eels

Nobody has come forward with information to help identify the source of a contaminant that killed hundreds of eels in a Marlborough creek.

It was possible someone had dumped thousands of litres of a chemical and not even considered their actions were illegal.

Backpackers go unpaid

Vineyard workers in Marlborough claim they are not getting paid in full.

"It was the same story every day. We weren't sure if we were still employed."

Big weekend ahead

Cornerstone Restaurant and Bar owner Ryan McQuillan, left, Scotch Bar owner Dan Gillett and Yard Bar and Bistro owner Joe Johnstone are throwing a street party at Bythell Place on Saturday.

The biggest party in Marlborough is not a standalone event, with plenty of other activities on offer

Marine group calls for public input

The Marlborough Sounds could be turned into a recreational fishing park.

Findings from the Marlborough forum would be used to compile the group's submission to Government.

Traffic hinders town centre

Only 21 per cent of people walk into Blenheim's town centre.

Some people commented that conflict between pedestrians and drivers might be reduced by pedestrianising parts of the town centre.

'No chance of buying the beach' video

Gareth Morgan won't reveal how much he's prepared to put forward for the campaign.

''If there is another bidder, they are bound to be defeated,'' says Gareth Morgan, as beach campaign nears $2m.

Flashpoint over poachers

Blenheim police Sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

Car fire cause withheld

A body was found in a car fire near Tuamarina on Sunday.

Police will not reveal what caused a car fire in Marlborough, in which the body of an unidentified man was found.

No rest for driver


A truck driver was disqualified from driving after he admitted failing to have 10 hours continuous rest during a work day as required.

Do we need a park?

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith, Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith and Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy announce a proposal for the Marlborough Sounds to be turned into a recreational fishing park last month.

Not everyone agreed with Minister for the Environment Nick Smith at a Blenheim public meeting.

War on wasps in Abel Tasman video

Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger John Henderson installs Vespex in a bait station in the Abel Tasman National Park.

No more holidays ruined "by tripping over a wasp nest or not watching a jam sandwich closely enough".

Morgan: I don't want it all

Gareth Morgan says he'll only use a small portion of the Abel Tasman beach for sale.

Philanthropist publishes map showing how little of Abel Tasman beach he would use.

Concerns raised about park

Government representatives address the public regarding the proposed Marine Protected Areas consultation document.

Quota owners would receive compensation, but there was no provision for operators who leased quota.

Where do you get your water?

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board health protection officer David Speedy is encouraging people to check trucks used to carry water are registered with public health if they buy tankered drinking water.

Marlborough residents with empty water tanks should check companies trucking in water are meeting public health standards.

More money for new theatre

Marlborough Civic Theatre Trust chairman Kevin Moseley, left, and Phil Robinson, of Robinson Construction, buy their tickets for the first show in the ASB Theatre from the theatre's marketing and events co-ordinator Lisa Erikson.

"The theatre trust appreciated every donation, no matter how small. We respect everything everyone's given us."

Man caught with 4kg of cannabis

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The home of a recidivist drink-driver was searched by police in a drugs raid.

Dead eel creek should be tested

Hundreds of eels have been found dead in a creek near Blenheim.

Forest and Bird says the council should be doing more to catch the culprit.

Burnt-out car not suspicious

Police at the scene of a car fire at Tuamarina on Sunday morning.

Police hope to identify the man "in the near future", a spokeswoman said.

Poster exhibition sells Kiwi dream

A Marcus King print advertising Tongariro National Park.

"Historically, the New Zealand landscape had always been used to promote the country as an attractive destination."

Nelmac backing beach campaign

The beach for sale in Awaroa Inlet is surrounded by Abel Tasman National Park.

Environmental Management company Nelmac is pledging $5000 to the Department of Conservation if a crowdfunding camapign to buy a private Abel Tasman beach is successful. 

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