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Sentenced for threatening texts

The Blenheim District Court.

Man told ex-partner "It's the people around you who I will go after".

Paua ban extended

Coastal uplift has caused a loss of habitat for juvenile paua.

Emergency closure of Kaikoura's paua fishery pushed out by nine months to help quake-battered stocks.

'OMG, my car! What happened?'

The Blenheim District Court.

He tried to pretend his car was stolen, but his acting wouldn't have fooled "the most inexperienced police officer".

Fingers crossed for flying conditions

Bad weather forced the cancellation of the Wings Over Wairarapa festival in Masterton over the weekend, meaning crowds ...

Classic Fighters Omaka places faith in the weather after Wings Over Wairarapa cancellation.

Schools offer trauma support

The serious crash unit investigates the cause of a fatal accident north of Blenheim.

Private room set up for students struggling to cope with death of classmate.

Dog trials tested by weather

Dog triallists at the Pelorus Sheep Dog Trial Club meeting, near Havelock

"Dog trialing can be a great leveller."

High country farmers 'pushed back to the hills'

Around 170 people attended the field day at Simon and Lynda Harvey's property Glen Orkney, Awatere Valley.

The Marlborough region had lost 25,000ha of flat pastoral land in the past three decades due to land use changes as the traditional sheep farmer had been "pushed back to the hills".

Investigation unearths breaches

Three vineyard contractors are being taken to the Employment Relations Authority after breaching minimum employment ...

Three vineyard contractors are being taken to the ERA after breaching employment standards.

Street racing about control video

Ray Thornton in his Ford Anglia at the street sprints.

Car club welcomes boy racers to test their skills at next street sprint.

One dead after car rolled

A teenager is dead after an SUV rolled near Blenheim.

Eight people were in the car when it rolled on State Highway 1 near Blenheim, one has been killed.

New-look trust for Rangitane

Rangitane House, in central Blenheim.

Three new trustees have been voted onto the governing trust of Marlborough iwi Rangitane o Wairau.

Wheelie bins for Marlborough?

Blenheim's red recycling crates would be used for glass only.

"There's always been a concern about the wind blowing rubbish across the road and down the driveways and that sort of carry-on."

Open-plan learning

Principal Phillipa Grey and board of trustees chairman John Clark with pupils at Spring Creek School.

Rural school gets first major upgrade in 35 years, with classrooms designed to suit the children.

Streets apart over property plans

Grapeworx Marlborough wants to turn this section on Warwick St into nine self-contained houses for overseas workers.

Blenheim knows it needs vineyard worker accommodation, residents just don't want it on their street.

Gun taken for farmer's safety

The November quake split land in half, like this farm in Kekerengu.

Police confiscate gun as fragile drought and quake-hit farmers hit breaking point.

Crash causes moderate injuries

The two car collision on O'Dwyers Rd, north of Blenheim.

A woman has been taken to Wairau Hospital after a two car collision on a rural road in Marlborough.

Rain causes flooding

Alexanders Holiday Park came close to being evacuated due to flooding brought on by heavy rain.

A Picton holiday camp was on the verge of being evacuated, and there is surface flooding on State Highway 1.

Fire impact on 'another level'

The fire edges closer to Christchurch on Wednesday.

He fought the Black Saturday bush fires in Australia, but still ranks the Port Hills blaze as one of the worst in his career.

The Lowdown

Marlborough Wine and Food Festival committee chairperson Lucy Walter.

You don't volunteer to organise the Marlborough Wine Festival for the glory. It's hard work but well worth it on the day.

Abbeyfield plans progress

An Abbeyfield home, near Nelson.

Community group is confident "flatting for seniors" will come to Blenheim.

Weather warning

Rain radar

With heavy rain expected over the next 24 hours people are advised to stay away from east coast rivers.

Pa Kids takes off

Children and their parents gather at Omaka Marae for the start of the 2017 Pa Kids programme.

 A programme to teach children and parents about Maori culture is going from strength to strength.

Budgeting back on track

Marlborough Family Budgeting Service chairwoman Vienna Cassidy, left, and service co-ordinator Denise Best are thrilled ...

The advisers have to budget themselves now, but are determined to be here to help.

'Got a problem? Come watch'

Tim Costello competing in the saddle bronc at last year's Tua Marina Rodeo.

Organisers of NZ's oldest rodeo invite animal activists to attend.

Cycleway a boon for business

East Coast Inn owner Jim McDougall in front of the yellow-stickered building in Ward, south Marlborough.

Business owners in earthquake-affected Seddon and Ward welcome cycleway proposal.

Radiology overhaul not so private

Radiologists Andy Jamie, left, and Julia Cooke in the X-ray room at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

A year after looking to go private, the DHB is told to keep parts of the service in-house.

Time is now for coastal trail

A mountain biker on the Queen Charlotte Track, which could link up as part of the proposed 'Coastal Pacific Trail'.

Three mayors lobby PM to put Coastal Pacific Trail wheels in motion.

OPINION: Ship Cove to Cathedral Square

Between the mountains and the sea - could a new cycle trail help invigorate Kaikoura and the top of the South?

OPINION: The Coastal Pacific Trail is one of the biggest tourism and economic opportunities of our generation.

The must-have rapid response

Seddon Volunteer Fire Brigade senior station officer Rebecca Stevens, left, and qualified firefighter Michelle Renner ...

What's $57 if it saves your life, your family and your home, firefighters say.

Quite a hike to court

The State Highway 7 turn off to Kaikoura became an alternative inland route after the earthquake in November.

Kaikoura defendants hitch-hike to Blenheim because court staff can't get to them.

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