Wild winds battering NZ gallery

A caravan was blown over near Tekapo.

Gale-force winds blow over caravan and send a tourist falling off a mountain track.

Arahura sold for scrap

The Arahura has sold to an overseas buyer and looks set for the scrap yard in India.

The Arahura ferry has been sold to an overseas buyer and is destined for the scrap yard.

Teen injured while skiing

A rescue helicopter is unable to reach two trampers stuck in the Nelson Lakes, due to high winds and bad weather.

A teenager has been flown to hospital after suffering a spinal injury in a skiing accident.

Hockey kids meet their heroes

The end of a successful coaching clinic at College Park.

Nearly 100 young Marlborough hockey players got the chance to rub shoulders with the Black Sticks women squad during a coaching session at Blenheim's College Park on Friday evening.

Winegrowers prepare for El Nino

Wine Marlborough board chairman Clive Jones.

Marlborough winegrowers are preparing for the strongest El Nino summer since the extreme 1997/98 event, which cost New Zealand hundreds of millions of dollars in drought-destroyed crops.

Courtesy crossings cause confusion

A car stops for pedestrians at a courtesy crossings in central Blenheim.

Blenheim pedestrians do not know how to use courtesy crossings, a road safety expert says.

Blenheim woman faces drug charges

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A Blenheim woman has been charged with illegally supplying pain medication.

Excitement builds as trout season begins

A trout fisherman on the Pelorus River in Marlborough.

After 50 years of fishing, the first day of trout season still brings excitement to a retired Blenheim angler.

New rules for raw milk

Tuamarina raw milk supplier Tim Jopson.

New rules for raw milk would ensure suppliers are verified for food hygiene and safety.

Garden project boosts family health

Horticultural scientist Dr Richard Hunter and Te Hauora o Ngati Rarua client Mary Beesley beside a raised garden bed that was built through a new gardening initiative.

A new garden project is helping Marlborough residents to stay healthy.

Blenheim set to reclaim sunshine crown

A sunny afternoon at Whites Bay, near Blenheim, in January this year.

Blenheim on track to regain record for sunshine, moving ahead of perennial rivals Whakatane and Nelson.

Blenheim man leaves house to charity

Outside 51 Warwick St are, from left, Harcourts business owner Mark Davis, St John representatives Rod Hill and Sonia Hammond, auctioneer Bryan Palmer, St John ambulance drivers Donna Abel and Pete Davidson, Marlborough Hospice fundraising and events co-ordinator Sandy Inwood and St John ambulance driver Leanne Hodges.

A Blenheim man's final request before he died was to have his house auctioned off with the proceeds going to charity.

Jacinda Ardern backs CYF review

Labour list MP Jacinda Ardern speaks at the Marlborough Community Centre in Blenheim on Thursday.

Labour MP Jacinda Ardern has backed an overhaul of Child, Youth and Family in a speech to Blenheim community workers on Thursday.

Frozen meals plan an improvement - DHB boss

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming tries a Meals on Wheels dish. The meals will be served in microwaveable plastic containers by the time a new meals scheme is rolled out. Photo: SELINA POWELL/FAIRFAX NZ

Frozen meals delivered under a new national health board contract will be more nutritious than those presently on offer, the region's health boss says.

Work starts on town centre facelift

Blenheim Business Association member Michael Fitzpatrick at Bythell Place, which is getting redeveloped.

The revitalisation of central Blenheim got underway this week, with work starting at Bythell Place on Monday.

Cricket legend goes in to bat for NMIT

Black Caps, Sri Lanka ODI. Mahela Jayawardene made 94 against the Black Caps at Saxton Oval on Tuesday.

An international cricketing great is joining forces with the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

Scallop quota cut 'high-risk'

Marlborough Sounds scallops being unloaded at Picton wharf.

Commercial and recreational scallopers are at odds over the quota in the Marlborough Sounds. .

Report gives insight into DHB complaints

Health and Disability Commission complaints

Complaints about poor communication and disrespectful staff attitudes are among concerns about the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board fielded by a national health watchdog.

Joe Heberley, hero of the Sounds

Joe Heberley says he was "totally blown away" when family and friends surprised him with a presentation ceremony.

A great-grandfather has become an honorary life member of Coastguard Marlborough after decades of search and rescue missions and hundreds of lives saved.

Health board targets diet soft drinks

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board principal dental officer Dr Rob Beaglehole.

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board may move to extend its ban on sugary drinks, the board's principal dental officer says.

Sauvignon blanc celebrated

An event celebrating sauvignon blanc will be held in Blenheim next year.

Sauvignon blanc producers from around the world will gather in Marlborough next year for the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration.

South Korean wine market to open up

New Zealand Winegrowers CEO Philip Gregan.

Marlborough wine exporters will find it easier to move into the South Korean market after a bill was passed last week that brings the elimination of tariffs one step closer.

Captain Cook relative in Blenheim

Sharlene Cook, of the United States, took time out from a holiday in Marlborough to check up on her famous relative Captain James Cook.

More than 235 years after Captain James Cook sailed into the Marlborough Sounds, a descendant of the 18th century Pacific explorer has followed in his wake.

Homeless to get free GP visit

A lack of emergency accommodation in Marlborough has led to homeless people sleeping under bridges at the Taylor River, in Blenheim, including the Sinclair St bridge (pictured).

The Marlborough Primary Health Organisation has agreed to supply homeless people with vouchers for a free GP visit.

Councillors force U-turn on port job

Marlborough District Council chief executive Andrew Besley, who retires in December, has been nominated for the Port Marlborough board of directors.

Marlborough District Council's commercial arm wanted to appoint the council's retiring chief executive to the board of Port Marlborough without publicly advertising the position, council papers reveal.

Kaikoura councillors yet to see civic centre reports


Speculation continues to grow over Kaikoura's civic centre project, predominantly because of the council's perceived secrecy.

Garden gets seal of approval video

A seal has a rest beside a backyard pond in Blenheim.

A Marlborough property being prepared as a venue for the annual Garden Marlborough event has been given an early seal of approval.

Sex offender gets home detention


A 25-year-old man convicted of sexual offending against a minor has been sentenced to home detention.

Council still debating alcohol laws

The Marlborough District Council is still considering a new alcohol policy after public submissions were held early last year.

Regulations governing the sale and supply of alcohol remain unchanged in Marlborough, with the council still deliberating over a new policy.

A siren's call

Senior station officer Nigel Botham is pleased the siren is back in action, on top of the new fire tower.

Blenheim's volunteer fire service has returned the town's fire siren to its traditional perch atop the fire tower.

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