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Leopard seal in Kaikoura a rare sight

A male leopard hauled up on the beach near the Kaikoura Marine Centre and Aquarium.

Kaikoura had an unusual visitor when a male leopard seal hauled up on a stony section of beach near the Kaikoura Marine Centre and Aquarium.

Scott Watson failed two drug tests

Scott Watson in the High Court in Christchurch. He was denied parole.

Convicted double murderer took drugs behind bars and has been found to be at "very high risk" of re-offending.

'Miracle' whale calf spotted in Cook Strait

A humpback whale calf was spotted in Cook Strait by DOC researchers

A whale calf spotted during an annual DOC survey is only the second seen in NZ waters since 2010.

School hit by cuts

Picton School principal Alister McCosh with books supplied to the school through the Duffy Books in Homes scheme. The programme is under threat following a cut to Picton School's funding.

A decision to raise Picton School's decile rating from three to five has been confirmed by the Ministry of Education.

Man sentenced for ramming police

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Nelson man who rammed police with son, drugs and a gun in his car avoids jail term.

Texting adds to Youthline workload

Marlborough young people contacted telephone counselling service Youthline 8438 times last year.

Youthline fielded more than 8000 queries from Marlborough young people last year. 

Newborn humpback in Cook Strait

A humpback whale calf was spotted in Cook Strait by DOC researchers

A newborn whale calf has been seen during a Cook Strait whale survey.

Cows milked during ban, says council

Dairy farmer Philip Woolley is defending charges his cows were milked in breach of an enforcement order.

Nearly 1400 dairy cows were being milked at a Wairau Valley farm in breach of a no milking order handed down by the Environment Court, the Marlborough District Council has argued in court.

Historic graves to be restored

The Marlborough District Council will spend $100,000 restoring graves in the Picton cemetery.

Crumbling headstones at Picton cemetery dating back to early settlement times will be restored.

Suicide numbers highest on record

Marlborough mental health advocate Keith Turner.

Between June 2014 and May 2015, 569 people died by suicide or suspected suicide in New Zealand.

Pioneering organic vineyard for sale

Churton Wines owners Mandy and Sam Weaver have put their organic vineyard on the market.

A pioneering organic Marlborough vineyard in Waihopai Valley is on the market.

Work and Income arsonist sentenced

Police investigate an arson at Blenheim's Work and Income building on Christmas Day last year.

Man who set fire to Blenheim Work and Income office found under a table in smouldering building with razor blade.

Polar blast hits the south gallery

Frozen snow on the road on the main street of Riversdale, Southland.

Snow, sleet and hail are about to blast their way north up the South Island, with more winter chaos expected.

Plenty of holiday fun to be had

Oliver Mandeno, 11, left, contemplates his next move at a Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 holiday programme, while Bridie Walker, 7, Tegan Walker, 9, and Chelsea Mandeno, 9, prepare to make a move.

Thousands of children and teens will be out and about during the school holidays over the next two weeks.

No free after-hours visits for now

The Marlborough After-Hours Doctor Service is not providing free appointments for under 13s.

The directors of the Marlborough After-Hours Doctor Service have voted not to provide free visits for under-13s. 

Race track grand opening

Blenheim radio control car club members from left Matt Gay, Willie Vosloo, Kevin Newton, Damien Yvon and Bevan Burney are excited to open their new race track.

Men will be boys, well at least, once a fortnight when Blenheim's new radio control car track opens.

High sunshine, low rain records for Marlborough

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Marlborough has enjoyed its sunniest first half of the year since records began, beating the previous record set in 1994, weather analysts say.

Witherlea man facing over 50 charges

A Witherlea man who appeared via audiovisual link in the Blenheim District Court on Monday is facing 53 charges, the majority of which relate to either offering to supply methamphetamine or offering to supply cannabis.

Mayor leading Japanese cultural visit

Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman is heading to Japan on a sister city cultural visit.

Alistair Sowman will cement a 25-year sister city relationship during a week-long visit to Otari and Tendo.

Dairy farmers accused of milking during ban

Dairy farmer Philip Woolley is defending charges his cows were milked in breach of an enforcement order.

The trial has begun of Marlborough's biggest dairy farmers who are accused of milking 1000 cattle during a court-ordered milking ban.

Kaikoura Winery to become restaurant

Poppy's icecream parlour owner Karen Barwick is opening a new cafe and restaurant called Cellar View at the old Kaikoura Winery.

The old Kaikoura Winery will be brought back to life as a cafe, restaurant and events venue after a well-known Kaikoura businesswoman decided to take on the challenge.

Craft beer exports tipped for huge growth

Moa Brewing Company master brewer Dave Nicolls, left, and founder Josh Scott toast the increasing demand for craft beer in New Zealand and abroad.

Marlborough could be at the heart of a boom in the craft beer industry as a generational shift in beer drinking habits sees demand moving away from mainstream beer, researchers say.

Rare white whale spotted video

An up-close look at the white humpback whale, thought to be known as Migaloo.

A rare white humpback whale spotted in Cook Strait is one of only four ever recorded.

Seven in car crash near Havelock

St John paramedics attend to one of the injured drivers in a crash outside Havelock on Sunday afternoon. Seven people were involved in the crash, but only the two drivers were injured.

Two people were taken to hospital after the cars they were driving crashed near Havelock on Sunday.

Yealands sale 'healthy and transparent'

Managing director of Marlborough Lines Ken Forrest, left, and Yealands Wine Group founder Peter Yealands, right.

Key players involved in the Yealands Wine Group sale to Marlborough Lines respond to concerns raised over the deal,

Lottery win is bittersweet

Blenheim pair Graeme and Irene Percy have won a house worth over $500,000 in the Heart Foundation Lottery.

Winning a half million dollar house comes at a difficult time for a Blenheim couple.

Talks over free after-hours care

Free GP visits for under 13s.

Negotiations are underway to secure free after-hours visits for children under 13 in Marlborough.

Victory for young winemaker

Abigail Maxwell of Babich Wines is Marlborough's first young winemaker of the year.

Abigail Maxwell still cannot believe she is the first Marlborough young winemaker of the year. 

Blenheim photographer recognised

Ricky Wilson's photograph of the Havelock Mud Run was recognised as picture of the day in the lead up to the New Zealand Geographic magazine young photographer of the year. Wilson, 18, graduated from Marlborough Boys' College last year and has freelanced in photography ever since. "I love the Wither Hills for landscapes. It's really great up there and you can take as little gear as you like, or as much as you need, and just see what you get." Wilson's preferred subject is sport - he photographed the super rugby finals in Wellington at the weekend. "I started out doing sport and I get more of an adrenaline rush from doing that." The news that his photograph was chosen as image of the day came as a surprise, Wilson said. "I was just out at the Havelock Mud Run that they do annually. I was just going to stand on the mud banks and then I realised that the fire service was spraying water and I got a shot of the little boy." Wilson entered the landscape, culture, society and wildlife categories for the New Zealand Geographic young photographer of the year and the winner will be announced at the end of July.

Ricky Wilson's photograph of the Havelock Mud Run has been recognised as picture of the day in the lead up to the New Zealand Geographic young photographer of the year award.

Serious injuries after Awatere Valley crash

Police are investigating a crash in Awatere Valley.

A serious crash in the Awatere Valley in the early hours of this morning has left two young Kaikoura people with serious injuries. 

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