Easter trading's unlikely advocate

Oasis Family Church pastor Ross Banbury says it is time to allow stores to open on Easter Sunday.

Pastor says God demands one rest day a week, so as long as you get that in lieu.

Power customers won't be taxed

Power trusts are asked to submit their feedback on the proposed taxation plan by February.

But they could still be left out of pocket if the lines companies are.

A few good rivers

The Tuamarina River bursts its banks at Koromiko, a day after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked the upper North ...

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

Better coverage, data speed

A new cell phone tower is installed at Springlands Mall.

Did you notice the new cell tower go up at Springlands Mall?

Health board reviews safe sleep policy for infants

Mum Casey Beech is using a wahakura for her 5 week old son, Hepetema Beech-Love.

Messages about safe sleep particularly important for families who have been displaced by the recent earthquakes.

Construction company 'quite chuffed'

John Crouch, left, and Norm Crafar have been in business together for 33 years.

Crafar Crouch wins prestigious award for three decades of work, all sparked by a schoolyard friendship.

Rangitane meeting going ahead

Rangitane House in Blenheim

The iwi body says the three existing trustees did not have any authority to change the date.

Teaching our boys respect

Barnardos Marlborough area manager and Active Dads co-ordinator Mike Henderson.

Men surveyed were twice as likely to discuss the importance of consent with their daughter than with their son.

One bulb at a time

Marlborough Tennis Club members, from left, president Judy Shanahan, Helen Redshaw, Marianne Jury, Sarah Wichman and Ann ...

Sporting clubs reduce carbon emissions with top tips from charity.

Most wonderful time of year

Father Christmas at last year's parade in Picton.

Festive season arrives with double serving of Christmas parades.

Aftershock in Picton

Aftershock was the second penguin to be rescued by the EcoCentre.

Don't worry, this one is warm, fuzzy and won't hurt anyone.

Makos lift spirits in Kaikoura

Tasman Makos players Billy Guyton, left, and Shane Christie, far right, paid a morale-boosting visit to Kaikoura.

Tasman Makos players got the chance to say "fins up" to Kaikoura.

CSI salmon canned

Samples taken from the Opawa River by Marlborough District Council freshwater ecologist Pete Hamill have come back ...

With tests to determine cause of salmon deaths unclear, this case is closed.

Bomb threat response praised

Picton Primary School received a bomb threat phone call on Thursday.

"The fact they took it seriously is really good, you can't be too careful."

Meeting adjourned?

Rangitane House in central Blenheim.

A Marlborough iwi is divided over when its AGM will take place following election disruption.

Theatre drama continues

Theatre trust chairman Kevin Moseley in the ASB Theatre auditorium.

Council handout covers loans, but the theatre isn't out of the financial woods yet.

$500K to re-home quake victims

Nick Smith announced the new fund on Thursday during a visit to Kaikoura.

Temporary fund for displaced North Canterbury home-owners as 117 houses red stickered.

Quake competition for renters

First National Real Estate Mark Stevenson senior property manager Mariette Knudsen says Marlborough needs to "think ...

An already strained rental market needs to prepare itself for an influx of quake-displaced renters and rebuild workers, expert says.

Wine damages will top $100m

Marlborough wine companies are busy claiming insurance to cover losses from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Wine companies and insurers aren't quibbling about the cost of repairs, they're just getting it done.

Murchison info centre use climbs

Murchison Community Resource Committee chairman Simon Blakemore and Leanne Ealam at the visitor information centre ...

The closure of part of State Highway 1 brings early influx of visitors.

Not for sale

Marlborough Racing Club president Eric Bowers says the clubs that own Waterlea Racecourse are not selling.

Racecourse owners rule themselves out of the running for new college site.

New water taxi for Lake Rotoiti

A new water taxi "Mountaineer" has been launched on Lake Rotoiti.

A bigger boat will be ferrying people from Kerr Bay to the head of Lake Rotoiti this summer.

One man's campaign to cut seclusion rates

Nelson man Lew Solomon has been campaigning for Nelson Marlborough Health to reduce its high rate of seclusion for ...

A Nelson man has been a staunch advocate for ensuring the high rate of seclusion is addressed.

New sponsor for rescue chopper video

Murray Sturgeon, left,  Nelson Pine Industries and Nishi Nishikawa of Tasman Pine Forests with Nelson Marlborough Rescue ...

A model of the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter inspired a new company to sponsor the service.

Parents seek evacuation plans

Bailey Rijkers, right, says she is not that anxious about her daughter Shelby, 5, returning to school because she knows ...

Kaikoura parents think time at school will be good for their kids, but want to know about evacuation plans if another quake hits.

'Many months,' not years for SH1

A section of State Highway 1, near Kekerengu, lies deserted following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Mending the "spine" of South Island roads will be hard, but won't take years, minister says.

Iwi forum kicks off

Iwi leaders were taken to see Marlborough's Wairau Bar.

Social issues look likely to take centre stage at a national gathering of Maori leaders.

Lotto to aid quake relief

Lotto is stepping in to support those affected by the earthquake.

A special Lotto draw will support North Canterbury earthquake relief.

'Patchwork' highway threatens residents

Wairau Valley resident Cliff Smith is concerned by the amount of traffic on Sate Highway 63 since the Kaikoura quake.

As heavy trucks continue to rattle the South Island's new trunkline, residents feel they're living with constant aftershocks.

Knotty posts become tyre-some

Vineyard posts being removed to make way for a housing development.

Treated vineyard posts could be reduced to charcoal, then used to make car tyres.

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