Damage indicates cruise ship 'hit rocks'

The Azamara Quest berthed at Waitohi Wharf, in Picton, on the day the incident in Tory Channel took place.

Investigations reveal damage to the liner Azamara Quest and paint on a rock it is alleged to have hit.

Marlborough man dies after heart attack in Sounds

Marlborough's Coastguard Rescue were called out to the emergency at Queen Charlotte Sound on Friday

He suffered a cardiac arrest while boating in Queen Charlotte Sound with family members on Friday

Marlborough farms up for sale by receivers

Marlborough dairy farmer Phillip Woolley.

Six farms are put up for sale to clear a debt of more than $30 million.

Mystery Link writer unveiled

Karen Goodger asked her name not to be used on a Wild Tomato article about the Southern Link.

Who is this Peter Gilham who wrote a feature on Rocks Rd and the Southern Link in the February issue of Nelson-based Wild Tomato magazine?

Teachers choose to unschool

Talia Burton-Walker has decided to unschool her children. She and daughter India Walker, 2, do some painting.

"In terms of education school is a relatively new thing; 200 years ago children learned by being at home, they learned by cooking and gardening and being part of a community."

Providing a catalyst to succeed

Catalyst Capital founder David Taylor wants to use his skills and money to invest in Marlborough businesses.

Blenheim business expert David Taylor is looking for companies to invest in.

Business Buzz

Ritual cafe staff Cleonna Hocquard-D'Alliessi, Erin Rolleman, Del Lowther and Dave Lowther.

Marlborough Express reporter Oliver Lewis shares the latest business news from around the region.

Can we buy the 'world's best beach'? gallery video

Tourists on a beach in the Awaroa Inlet

The 'best beach on the planet' is up for sale. And you have a week to help buy it.

Wine flight takes off

An Air New Zealand flight attendant pours a glass of wine on the first 'Wine Flight', which paired award-winning wines with views over the landscape where they were produced.

Flight attendants on two Q300 planes served the assembled media and wine experts glasses of wine from the vineyards below.

Man charged with burglary

Police have arrested a man in relation to a New Year's Day burglary in Blenheim.

A vineyard worker has been charged with burglary in relation to an incident where a man was found beside a 10-year-old's bed on New Year's Day.

Home school kids set agenda

Home schooling mother Niki Boon with her children, from left, Rebecca Simcic, 11, Kurt Simcic, 12, Anton Simcic, 8, and Arwen Simcic, 6.

They're free spirits, and becoming a doctor or an artist is up to them, say parents.

Wetland jewel emerges

Volunteers from Pernod Ricard Winegrowers clearing weeds from Para wetland to replant native trees.

Thousands of willows have been cleared to reveal a large wetland between Blenheim and Picton.

Digger driver crushed by power pole

A man was flown to Nelson Hospital after a power pole crashed into the cab of his digger.

A power pole has crashed through the cab of a digger, crushing the driver's chest.

New Year's intruder arrested

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Police have arrested a man believed to be the intruder who broke into a 10-year-old girl's bedroom in Blenheim.

Illegal meat market risks

Premium Game Meat owner Mike Newton says being able to check for disease before organs are removed is crucial to ensuring animals are fit for consumption.

Homekill for sale on Facebook presents health concerns, butchers say.

Remote resort flying the flags

Punga Cove Resort flies the flags at the end of their jetty in the outer Marlborough Sounds.

Tourists love the flag debate at a remote Marlborough Sounds resort.

Montessori developing 'sense of belonging'

Montessori House of Children manager and owner Rachel Roundhill with children, from left, Eddie Gorman 4, Toby Rose, 4, Juno Orgiles-Tiller, 3, and Charlie Rose, 4.

ERO report endorses maths and literacy teaching at early learning centre.

Outdoor gym will happen

Fit-n-Free Community Gym committee members, from left, Mary Michat, Carol Boswell, Tracy Webby, Anne Boddy and Loraine Barsanti pictured at the Havelock Domain.

"When I found out I wished that Havelock had a great big skyscraper which I could have stood on and yelled from."

Car fire in Seddon

Fire truck.

Two Marlburians were lucky a car fire did not spread to nearby grass.

Radiology replica toys teach kids about medical procedures

Ke'ala Sheridan, 8, puts a teddy through the toy scanner under the supervision of Dr Nick Baker and Dr Garth Smith, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board paediatricians.

Models of radiology equipment have been created for children at Nelson Hospital to help them feel more comfortable during medical procedures.

Marine mammals are Clement's specialty

A Hector's dolphin and calf.

Deanna Clement works with all the marine mammals that live or visit the top of the South Island: Fur seals, orca, dolphins, and whales.

Jono and Ben cross Cook Strait video

TV3 presenters Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce cross Cook Strait in a banana boat.

A yellow banana boat takes TV duo from Wellington to Picton

Heritage celebrated

Brayshaw Park Heritage Day volunteers Ken Barr, left, and Graeme Shefford pictured with a dual-seat tractor that children will be able to ride on while accompanied by an experienced driver.

Hundreds of volunteers will be involved in the annual celebration of Marlborough's heritage at Brayshaw Park on Waitangi Day.

The gondola that will never be

Picton man Eric Collins says visitors will have to walk up Collins Hill to take in panoramic views of the Marlborough Sounds.

Eric Collins spent more than $100,000 and 30 years on his dream, before conceding defeat.

West Coast fraud probe reopened

Michael and Lilian Ross lost their house and comfortable retirement due to a fraud by Hokitika accountant Lindsay Smith.

New inquiries have been opened into the dealings of a West Coast accountant in custody for fraud and forgery charges.

Commission visits Marlborough

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman.

Water, aquaculture and the possibility of Marlborough merging with north Kaikoura all mentioned during powwow with Local Government Commission.

Countdown to new supermarket

Work continues on the new Countdown in Redwoodtown, Blenheim.

The new Countdown in Redwoodtown, Blenheim, is opening in April.

Marine park meetings next week

Recreational fishing will be enhanced in the Marlborough Sounds by a ban on commercial fin fishing, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

"People will be able to draw their own conclusions and ask if this is good for Marlborough, and what does the region really want?"

Painfully long wait to see dentist

The results of the New Zealand Health Survey show 59 per cent of Marlborough residents only visit a dentist for dental problems or never visit at all.

Blenheim dental practices are struggling to keep up with demand with patients waiting up to 4 weeks for treatment.

Year of the Monkey celebrated

Li Li, left, and daughter Mandy Li are looking forward to celebrating the Chinese New Year.

Celebrating Chinese New Year in summer still feels strange to Mandy Li.

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