War on wasps in the Abel Tasman National Park video

Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger John Henderson installs Vespex in a bait station in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Visitors in the Abel Tasman will not have to worry about wasps, thanks to an extensive control programme.

What's killing off the wildlife?

A creek near Rarangi, north of Blenheim, is full of dead eels.

A mystery toxin is being blamed for wiping out the fish and plants in a creek north of Blenheim.

Poster exhibition sells Kiwi dream

A Marcus King print advertising Tongariro National Park.

"Historically, the New Zealand landscape had always been used to promote the country as an attractive destination."

Women brawl in driveway

The Blenheim District Court.

A long-standing feud was reignited after a woman found her tyres slashed. She went for revenge, and things got really nasty.

Precious ring lost shopping

Peg Moorhouse, 98, hopes someone will return the unique ring given to her as a gift by her late husband, Len, nearly 50 years ago.

She wore the ring to remind her of the "good times" with her husband before he died.

Lewis Road enters the ice cream market

Lewis Road Creamery's latest line-up: premium ice cream in hokey pokey, vanilla and chocolate, and artisan rose.

After the hits and misses of chocolate, 'breast' and reindeer milk, will these ice creams cause as much hype?

Foodbank faces closure

Picton Foodbank co-ordinator Lynette Cook is searching for someone to take over her role when she retires at the end of February.

If a new co-ordinator is not found by the end of February, the Picton Foodbank will be forced to shut its doors after more than six years of operation.

New name, same honey

Taylor Pass Honey Co chief financial officer Kelvin Deaker and managing director Darren Clifford with some of the newly branded honey.

The Honey Company has changed its name and business is booming.

Inclusion centre helping boys

Guidance counsellor Jonathan Loan with inclusion centre co-ordinator and facilitator Sandi Charles.

The centre used to be a toilet block, and was converted by staff members, with local businesses donating time and materials.

Council in 'healthy' financial position

Marlborough District Council's income was ahead of budget by $810,000 at the end of December.

Higher than expected metered water sales and increased revenue from dump fees prop up council finances.

Hammer man in court

The Blenheim District Court.

Marlborough man arrested for trying to start a fight with a hammer in his pocket.

4.3 aftershock 'typical'

People from Wellington to Christchurch felt Wednesday's 4.3 magnitude aftershock.

4.3 magnitude aftershock hits upper South Island a day after 5.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the country.

Mussels healthy option for pets

Aquaculture Direct director Bruce Cardwell is working for Lintbells in Marlborough to organise research into the health benefits of greenshell mussels.

A pet health company is researching the health benefits of greenshell mussels and other natural extracts from New Zealand.

Changes at the clubs

Clubs of Marlborough chief executive Lee Davis in the Taylor Restaurant, which is being refurbished to take advantage of the opening of the ASB Theatre.

"It's been a difficult financial journey for the club, but now we are looking towards the benefits the theatre will bring."

Warehouse shoplifting, as advertised

Five people were in court charged with shoplifting from The Warehouse.

Overseas tourists appear to be stealing from the retailer using a method which is "advertised" online.

Who says libraries are dead?

Tony Calder, visiting from Wanaka, using the free wi-fi at the Marlborough District Library.

More than 26,000 people visited the libraries in Blenheim and Picton in December.

Man throws chair at ex-partner

040511 NEWS Photo: Ben Curran/Marlborough Express. Blenheim District Court House. Story:

A Blenheim man repeatedly punched his ex-partner, threw a chair at her, and broke their daughter's Christmas present.

Private beach sparks buyer interest

The beach for sale in Awaroa Inlet is surrounded by Abel Tasman National Park.

It could be anyone's game for a private Abel Tasman beach with plenty of interest from buyers.

Al fresco dining v car parks

Made in Aotearoa owner Jetti Walker wants to transform the footpath and car parks outside his restaurant into an al fresco dining area.

Neighbouring businesses shoot down restaurant's proposal to replace car parks with outdoor dining.

Crime news

Marlborough community Constable Russ Smith.

Marlborough police community Constable Russ Smith breaks down recent crime in Blenheim, which includes vehicle thefts, dangerous driving and burglary.

Education film to spark debate

From the film Most Likely to Succeed

"It is a good example of how schools can manipulate how they deliver the curriculum to lift student achievement."

Fatal house fire still being investigated

Police are still conducting inquiries in Kaikoura after a fatal house fire in Clarence.

An investigation into the cause of a fatal house fire at Clarence, north of Kaikoura, is ongoing.

Aftershocks likely after 5.7 earthquake

People reported feeling the quake from Dunedin to Auckland.

Aftershocks of up to 4.7 magnitude expected after 5.7 magnitude earthquake hits upper South Island.

Spending big in January

Accommodation providers in Marlborough are reaping the benefits of strong January spending, with the region experiencing the third highest growth in the country.

"From what I've heard, the tourism industry is finally back to where it was before the Canterbury earthquakes."

Good practice standard for farmers

Environment Canterbury commissioner Peter Skelton says all farmers should have, as a starting point, a baseline nitrogen leaching rate that reflects Good Management Practice

The proposed changes seek to deal with the effects of land uses, particularly farming activities, on water quality at a region-wide level.

Getting my hobbit on

Stopping to admire the scenery at the Pelorus River.

It's hard to focus your mind on anything other than the serene beauty of nature when kayaking down the Pelorus River.

Soft plastic only

Jamie Moffitt of Innovative Waste Kaikoura with a selection of items which cannot be recycled with plastics.

A simple test for soft plastics should ensure no banned substances end up being sent for recycling.

Celebrating Chinese New Year

From left, Nicole Ni, 7, Sophie Ni, 4, and Annie Jin, 15, prepare to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Kaikoura mayor Winston Gray reminds businesses of the importance of Chinese tourists as they celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Two injured in Marlborough crash

A Toyota Hilux crashed into a power pole on New Renwick Rd.

Police are investigating the cause of a crash on New Renwick Rd, which left two people with minor injuries. 

Losing battle against lazy flies

The ceiling was black with flies in one property McAs Pest and Weed Control and Carpet Cleaning owner Andy McAslan visited.

Fly numbers are up in Marlborough, and the humidity is causing the unwelcome guests to make repeat visits.

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