Blenheim man swindles motel

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Blenheim District Court.
Catholic priest Aidan Kay

He lies to motel manager, stays three nights for free.

Employee steals $9000

10112014 News Photo:Scott Hammond/Fairfax NZ
Blenheim District Court.
Catholic priest Aidan Kay

"I have a gambling problem and it was my only way to forget at the time."

Fluoride fears raised at meeting

Nelson residents attend a community meeting on water fluoridation at Stoke Memorial Hall on Saturday.

Nelson residents gathered at a community meeting to discuss proposed plans for water fluoridation.

No rush for site decision

Year 3 pupils leave Springlands School. They could be in the first intake of year 9 students for Marlborough's co-located colleges

Blenheim colleges "in the hands of the ministry" as they wait to hear about a site.

Trustees happy with Yealands deal

Dog Point vineyard owner Ivan Sutherland.

"No other electricity company has been as successful as Marlborough Lines in its investments."

Christmas is back in Blenheim

Havelock residents Janet Brownson, Judy Shone, Mark Paton, Tracy Webby, Glynnis Paton, Hans Neilson, Liz Matthews and Michelle Thompson preferred a contemporary Christmas and made Christmas trees out of wooden pallets.

What does a Chinese import and a wooden pallet have in common?

The mystery is over

An image of a wreck discovered on the sea floor of Picton Harbour.

Information from the public helped police identify the mystery wreck off Wedge Point.

The 'never-ending' project

Ward resident Brian Phipps has decorated his home with Christmas decorations and between 6000 and 8000 fairy lights.

More than 6000 fairy lights adorn the trees, fence, sheds and house at Brian Phipps' Marlborough property.

Good fellow honoured

Plant and Food scientist Dr Mike Trought was made a fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers for his contributions to the wine industry.

"Science is fun. Having the opportunity to play, and be paid for it, to ask and then watch the results of your efforts used in the field."

Kaikoura civic centre spirals 'out of control'

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith has met with constituents in Kaikoura where the civic centre was the main topic of discussion.

A meeting between Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith and his constituents was dominated by the new civic centre project.

Music, beers and sunshine at festival gallery

Blues, Brews and BBQs at A & P park, Blenheim

Thousands flocked to the A&P Showgrounds in Blenheim for the Blues, Brews and BBQs festival.

Erosion close to critical

Coastal erosion is becoming critical in Kaikoura, especially along the Esplanade, with residents saying it is the worst they have seen it.

Residents are concerned that if the Kaikoura District Council does not act immediately the region's infrastructure will be damaged by erosion.

Fire not out yet

A 450-hectare forest fire burning at Waikakaho Valley, near Blenheim.

About 40 firefighters are working to bring the fire under full control at the Waikakaho Valley.

Call for action on climate change

The protesters made their way to the band rotunda in Blenheim's Forum, waving their signs and chanting.

Dozens of people gathered in Blenheim to highlight the need for action on climate change.

Excited about colleges

Hekia Parata announces Marlborough Boys' College and Marlborough Girls' College will share a site in the future.

Investing $63 million in a co-located site for Marlborough Boys' and Girls' Colleges has met with a positive response.

Tears at the finish line

Katrina Taualupe, left, Kirsty Barrett, Virginia Archer, Kylie Senior, Shanae Yates, her mum -Betty Yates, Danielle Blackmore and Tasha Williams.

For Shanae Yates, Sunday was a truly memorable day.

Top honour for female winemaker

Pask Winery head winemaker Kate Radburnd.

Pask Winery's head winemaker Kate Radburnd wins the NZ Wine Growers Fellowship.

Chardonnay the next big thing?

Lake Chalice winemaker Matt Thomson with owners Sue and Phil Binnie. Lake Chalice The Raptor Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 took out the chardonnay trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards in Nelson on Saturday night. The wine also won reserve wine of the show.

There's more to Marlborough than sauvignon blanc.

New entranceway for Marlborough

The old Marlborough Airport building in 1990, compared to the expanded terminal which is being officially opened on Monday.

Congestion is a thing of the past at Marlborough Airport following a $4 million expansion.

Fire crews diverted to fire at Cullen Point

Four helicopters were diverted from a forest fire in the Waikakaho Valley to fight a new blaze at Cullen Point, near Havelock, on Sunday afternoon.

Wayward seagull hit a powerline, causing sparks and setting fire to native bush.

'New' Kiwis take their oath

New Kiwis Mark Chilton, Amy Chilton and Emma Chilton.

The Chiltons have lived in New Zealand for six years, and being granted citizenship is the icing on the cake.

'Mum, I see smoke': Family on Waikakaho fire video

Marlborough-Kaikoura Rural Fire Authority general manager Richard McNamara speaks at a public meeting for Waikakao Valley residents.

The Mesmans watched through their kitchen window as flames and smoke engulfed Waikakaho Valley.

Climate of change as NZ marches gallery video

The Wellington march heads to Parliament in the hope the Government will hear their calls for more action.

Thirty five rallies nationwide demand the Government do more to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Hunters, dog rescued

An injured hunter, his mate and a dog spent a night in the bush before being rescued by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in Marlborough on Saturday.

An injured hunter, his mate and their dog have been rescued after an injury forced them to spend a night in the bush.

Forest fire battle ramps up

Time for damage assessment as fires die down in Marlborough

Fire crews are taking advantage of calmer weather in the battle against a Marlborough forest blaze.

Seal on a hot tin roof

A startled seal scrambled up on to the roof of a shed in Kaikoura.

After a running jump, a seal finds itself on the roof of a shed.

Another forest fire in Marlborough gallery video

An aerial view of the Waikakaho Valley where a large fire has burned through a forestry plantation.

Helicopters are back in the sky fighting the Waikakaho Valley fire.

Tree harvest to tree salvage

A lengthy clean up operation will begin once the Waikakaho Valley fire is extinguished.

"The fire has now changed our operations management completely."

Residents risk staying put

Claudia Baker, centre, and fiance Asley Ayling, right, had a sleepless night on Thursday.

"I'm always worried it could blow the wrong way again."

Saving the seabed

The heavy steel doors from trawling can damage and destroy extensive areas as they are dragged over the seabed.

"These habitats are like the rainforest of the sea, when they are removed you create deserts."

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