MacKenzie, Edward do it again

Kiwi rowers Julia Edward, left, and Sophie MacKenzie picked up their second world lightweight double sculls title in France on Sunday morning [NZ time].

Sophie MacKenzie and Julia Edward underlined their status as the world's best female lightweight double scullers when they claimed their second consecutive world elite title in Aiguebelette, France on Sunday morning [NZ time].

Conman avoids jail

Mrinal Sardana outside the Dunedin District Court on Wednesday.

A conman who ripped off a pregnant woman managed to come up with $20,000 to stay out of jail.

NMIT celebrates commerce coup

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology CEO Tony Gray

The NMIT Applied Business area has become one of the first in NZ to be fully accredited for its Bachelor of Commerce degree.

What bike cameras can show video

A logging truck drives dangerously close to a cyclist in Marlborough.

Covert footage of motorists passing dangerously close to cyclists highlights the severity of the problem, officer says.

Roofliss heads to new home

Averill Grant, the new owner of amphibious van Roofliss collects it from the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum in Picton.

Marlborough's maritime marvel Roofliss made her final farewell to Picton towed away on the back of the trailer.

Havelock plans crafty Christmas

Havelock Enhancement Working Group hopes to spend just $1000 on a contemporary Christmas.

Havelock residents have found a thriftier way of spreading festive cheer through recyclables.

No decision on Christmas tree

Workers put up one of two Christmas trees in Picton last year.

If Marlborough District Councillors believe in Father Christmas, Blenheim should get a Christmas tree this year.

Long walk to shelter

A homeless man began walking down State Highway 1 towards Kaikoura on Wednesday after difficulties finding a place to stay in Blenheim.

A homeless, mentally unwell man started walking from Blenheim to Kaikoura after struggling to find a place to shelter. 

Environment Court judges visit NZ's first village

Visiting Wairau Bar in Marlborough are, from left, Principal Environment Court judge Laurie Newhook, Rangitane chair Judith MacDonald and Environment Court Commissioner Carron Blom

Environment Court judges visited the site of New Zealand's first village at the Wairau Bar, in Marlborough, on Thursday.

Picton smart and connected 'not council's lapdog'

Picton Smart and Connected chairman Barry Maister denied the group were the Marlborough District Council's lapdog.

A covered swimming pool and developing more walkways and cyclepaths are the leading big ideas for Picton.

Green plans for Blenheim precinct

Blenheim Business Association members Tim Thomas, Michael Fitzpatrick and Dan Gillett in Bythell Place, which will receive a $200,000 upgrade.

Raised lawn 'pods', new tree plantings and shrubbery are planned to shake life into Blenheim's tired entertainment precinct.

Rising risk of summer drought

Spring is likely to be cool, but the risk of summer drought is already uncomfortably high.

El nino strikes: Spring is likely to be windy and cool, while the risk of summer drought is rising.

Marlborough woman in pageant

Samantha McClung has made the top 20 in the Miss Universe NZ competition.

Former Marlborough Girl's College student Samantha McClung is enjoying the Miss Universe New Zealand competition. "I'm really excited to be part of it," she says.

Marlborough goes 'crazy' for flavoured milk

Picton FreshChoice deli assistant Kelly Wright with their last four bottles of Lewis Road Creamery flavoured milk.

Bottles of Lewis Road Creamery flavoured milk have flown off the shelves in Marlborough, with some stores selling out before they could even get them into fridges.

Conman gets pay or jail ultimatum

Mrinal Sardana outside the Dunedin District Court on Wednesday.

Gambling conman who blew couple's nest egg at casinos a failed company director.

Homeless shelter in Blenheim delayed

Crossroads Trust co-ordinator Janette Walker.

Plans for a homeless shelter in Blenheim have been hampered by concerns the shelter will bring "hordes of homeless people" to the region.

Strains and colds among ED cases

Wairau Hospital clinical head of emergency Dr Andrew Morgan is encouraging people to only use the emergency department for emergencies.

A routine leg dressing and a request for a prescription are among minor health niggles that have come through the Wairau Hospital emergency department in Blenheim.

House hunters using HomeStart grant

The KiwiSaver HomeStart grant has seen a good uptake in Marlborough.

A Government initiative to help first home buyers has had a good uptake in Marlborough, property experts say.

Teacher aide breaks cop's nose

Blenheim District Court

A man who fractured a police officer's nose is deeply embarrassed by his behaviour, his lawyer says.

Surgery assessments refused

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Thousands of patients have stumbled at the first hurdle on their way to surgery during the past five years. 

Lewis Rd milk arrives in Marlborough

Renwick SuperValue store manager Ravi Mahajan is excited to be one of the supermarkets which will sell Lewis Road Creamery's flavoured milk for the first time in the South Island.

Marlborough milk lovers can finally celebrate as the much hyped Lewis Road Creamery chocolate milk arrives on South Island shores from Wednesday.

Abuse in state care 'hurts forever'

Mario Marzola and his wife Lindora Marzola.

Each afternoon when the school bell rang Mario Marzola faced a choice.

Marlborough weeds on DOC hit list

Wandering willie, or tradescantia, is on the Department of Conservation's 'dirty dozen' list.

Three plant pests growing in Marlborough will be under the spotlight following increased funding from Department of Conservation to fight invasive weeds.

Man jailed for supplying drugs to children

Blenheim District Court

A man who supplied cannabis to three children has been sentenced to four months in prison. 

August weather warmer

August was warmer, dryer and sunnier than average, latest weather figures show.

There were no hot August nights to speak of but the past month was warmer, drier and sunnier than average, latest weather figures for Marlborough show.

Beekeeper unsure what summer will bring

APITECH NZ Ltd beekeeping apprentices, from left, Laura Foster, Adrian Withers and Jayden Paul.

The plight of bees is under the spotlight with the industry-led Bee Aware Month promotion kicking off.

Lewis Rd reveals two new brews

Lewis Road Creamery flavoured milks have proved popular in Nelson.

New Lewis Rd milk flavours are coffee and vanilla. But not just any coffee and vanilla.

New role for Blenheim doctor

Dr John Welch is the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board's new assistant chief medical officer.

A senior medical officer at Wairau Hospital is the NMDHB's new assistant chief medical officer.

Chinese boost for Kaikoura's winter blues

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Kaikoura's tourism industry looks set to benefit from the Chinese market with the announcement of a new year-round flight service between mainland China and the South Island. with China Southern Airlines.

Kaikoura mayor to lead Canterbury visitor strategy

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The development of a regional visitor strategy for Canterbury is being led by Kaikoura District Mayor, Winston Gray, on behalf of the Canterbury Mayoral Forum.

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