Arahura makes final Cook Strait crossing

Interisland ferry Arahura sails out of Picton, bound for Wellington, for the final time.

She's helped rescue passengers from a sinking cruise liner and travelled the equivalent of 325 times around the world.

Marine reserves 'won't save Sounds seabed'

Sedimentation at Hitaua Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.

Creating more marine reserves in the Marlborough Sounds will do nothing to stop sedimentation smothering seabed ecosystems, fishermen say.

Marlborough mentoring programme has funding cut

Synergy Youth Mentoring mentor Jodye Tomlin and George Raj, 10, enjoy a bike ride together.

A successful Marlborough youth mentoring programme will be forced to slash the number of children it helps each year because of funding cuts.

Liquor store not moving next to health hub

Liquorland will not move near Blenheim's health hub.

The Marlborough District Council says it has no plans to move Liquorland near the health hub on Queen Street in Blenheim.

Arahura's final Strait crossing video

He was on its maiden voyage in 1983 and Ron Baulch, of Upper Hutt, made sure he was a passenger on the final return crossing of the interislander ferry Arahura on Wednesday.

The retired Arahura ferry made its final Cook Strait passenger crossing on Wednesday.

Council eyes health hub at theatre site

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has until September to decide if it will lease the Floor Pride Civic Theatre in Blenheim and create a health hub

The Floor Pride Civic Theatre could become a health hub if the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board becomes its new tenant.

Blenheim colleges still in the dark

Marlborough Boys' College principal Wayne Hegarty.

The Ministry of Education has yet to make a decision on the future of Blenheim's colleges, a Marlborough principal says.

Marlborough residents switch to save power

More Marlborough households are switching electricity providers to save costs

Marlborough residents are saving more than $170 a year by switching electricity providers, yet the region has one of the lowest switching rates in the country.

Man remanded on child sex charges

Blenheim District Court House

Marlborough man charged with four counts of sexual connection with a 15-year-old girl remanded on bail.

Dying man sent back to jail

Blenheim District Court House

A terminally ill man who breached his parole conditions by taking drugs has been sent back to prison.

Disability service to become business unit

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming

A recommendation to develop the Disability Support Services into a business unit has been unanimously accepted by NMDHB.

Blenheim student makes Rockquest cut

Queen Charlotte College student Aidan Quinn-Brereton, 18, performs at the Marlborough Smokefree Rockquest in June.

A Marlborough teenager will soon learn if he has a shot at winning NZ's most prestigious battle of the bands contest.

Farmers breached milking order

Marlborough dairy farmer Phillip Woolley, pictured, and his wife Suzanne Woolley have been found guilty of breaching a no milking order at their Glenmae farm outside Blenheim.

Marlborough dairy farmers found guilty of permitting their cattle to be milked in breach of an Environment Court order.

Driver found asleep after 180kmh chase


A man who led police on a chase reaching speeds of 180kmh was found afterwards asleep at the wheel.

Bus stop puts pupils at risk

A Ritchies school bus travels along North Bank Rd in rural Marlborough.

A Marlborough principal is concerned for the safety of pupils after a school bus started leaving them on a busy rural road used by logging trucks.

Dog impaled on branch gives birth

Farm dog Storm was impaled on a 3-metre long branch while herding sheep but survived to give birth to three puppies.

A Marlborough sheepdog recovered from a serious staking injury to give birth to a litter of healthy pups.

Halfway house planned

Crossroads Marlborough Charitable Trust co-ordinator Janette Walker wants to set up a centre in Blenheim for homeless single men.

A Marlborough charity believes they have come up with the start of a solution to the homeless issue in the province by setting up a halfway house in Blenheim.

Children feel unsafe at Blenheim skate park

Alex Sorrell with her children Coco, 4, Frankie, 2, and Otis, 6 months, says Blenheim's skate park could be more welcoming.

Drug deals go down in Blenheim skate park's toilets, says a skater who uses the park.

Community work for domestic assault, firearms charges


A man whose assault on his partner was on the "lower end of extreme violence" has avoided a prison sentence.

Volunteers needed for cerebral palsy boy

Volunteer Cezanne Lyons helps Eli Montgomery, 2 1/2, with exercises to strengthen his limbs. Eli is undergoing treatment for cerebral palsy.

A young Kaikoura couple have made a heartfelt plea for more volunteers to assist with the rehabilitation of their young mentally afflicted son.

Community Op Shop raises $50,000

Community Op Shop staff, from left, Marlene Ingram, Tony Eldon, Lesley Pattison, Nancy Boundy, Lynda Scott and Ellen Jackson helped raise $50,000 towards the new health centre.

Community turns trash to treasure for new Family Health Centre

$200k worth of drugs in car

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Blenheim police arrest man after shotgun and $200,000 worth of drugs found in car.

Crowds captivated at book festival

Lynda’s grandmothers both contributed – posthumously – to the renovations: “We eat at my grandmother Patricia’s formica dining table, and the old novels on the bookshelf belonged to Grandma Clarice.”

A blend of engaging authors who connected with their audience was showcased at the second Marlborough Book Festival.

Matt Duggan bags third Young Vit award

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Cloudy Bay viticulturist sets sights on national title after winning Marlborough crown - again.

Marlborough ecosystems being destroyed

Anchor damage to Perano Shoal in the Marlborough Sounds.

Significant marine ecosystems in the Marlborough Sounds are being degraded or lost at an alarming rate, a groundbreaking report reveals.

'Meth easier to get than cannabis' - former addict

The drug scene in Marlborough is getting worse, a former addict says.

"You know what you're doing to yourself is terrible. Your face is white, your eyes are black. You just reek of drug addict."

Marlborough schools ready for Maori Language Week

Picton School students, from left, Lily'ann Jones, Holly Nicholson, Caitlin Gledhill and Rheana Roberts-Bull, play ukelele and sing waiata as part of Maori Language Week.

Polishing pronunciation and taking te reo home will be the focus for some of the region's schools during Maori Language Week.

Helicopter pilot convicted of poaching in Marlborough

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A Marlborough helicopter pilot has been convicted of unlawful hunting and told to pay reparations.

Severe gales for South Island

Gales are forecast for exposed areas of the South Island on Sunday.

Severe gales are forecast to batter the South Island on Sunday. 

Child sex images plea

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A man admits downloading more than 6000 images of child sexual exploitation.

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