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Tourism spend strong, considering

Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston says the latest figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation ...

International, domestic tourism spend holds up in post-quake market.

It's a proper gem

Brett Avison, director at Havelock Gallery, admires Lionel Jefcoate’s carved pieces at the new exhibit Nature Abounds.

The Havelock Gallery is the perfect example of how small communities can make big things happen.

Stormy conflict finally settled

Kingwell Drive resident Pauline Davis feeds fish and eels in Murphy's Creek.

Multimillion-dollar stormwater project gets green light after four-year battle.

Coming in to land ... on SH1

Air Kaikoura Aero Club, pictured with its training plane near Mt Fyffe, supplied a service between Kaikoura and Clarence.

Cars can't use this part of State Highway 1, but Kaikoura aero club wants to use it for planes.

Nurse opposition delays health hub

Marlborough Primary Health Organisation chief executive Beth Tester admires the new interior of the health hub in 2015. ...

A final list of tenants for the new section of Blenheim's health hub could be months away.

City Hotel site snapped up

Rob Anderson has sold the City Hotel site on High St in Blenheim, three years after its demolition and subsequent ...

Empty lot used as public space in central Blenheim purchased by Marlborough investor.

Ed Byrne's Kiwi love story

Ed Bryne- "I don't really have a life- I look at other people's lives and report back"

The Irish comic on why Kaikoura has a special place in his heart.

Jetset health staff costing millions

District health boards across the country are grappling with a specialist shortage.

Spending on overseas medical staff is in the millions, as a union warns NZ increasingly reliant on international workers.

Pokies accused 'collateral damage'

The Department of Internal Affairs said Mike O'Brien was "unsuitable" to be involved in the pokie gambling business.

Inquiry into who was behind pokie machine operations was flawed, says lawyer.

The $500m quake bill

Road damage and closures was one of the big costs from the Kaikoura earthquakes.

The November earthquakes are expected to cost New Zealand around half a billion dollars.

A real Kaikoura 'cliffhanger' video

A digger working to clear SH1 near Kaikoura was buried by a slip.

Dramatic video shows a digger high up on a cliff face on the Kaikoura Coast, half-buried by a slip.

Ophthalmology waiting list halved

The ophthalmology service at Nelson Marlborough Health has been remodelled which has cut the waiting list for those ...

The health board has remodelled its ophthalmology service and cut the waiting list for those needing follow-up.

Air force keeps quiet

United States Air Force personnel in the Anzac parade on Tuesday.

Troops on the ground and planes in the sky, but little is known about US Air Force in Marlborough.

Share and share alike

Making use of the Redwoodtown School playground in the holidays are, from left, Cameron Park, 7, Ethan Mills, 7 and ...

School playgrounds in Marlborough could get massive increase in funding, on one condition.

A man of steel (and iron)

Glen's design flair is in hot demand by the hospitality industry, with restaurants and bars seeking to stand out in a ...

Glen O'Neill makes masterpieces from wrought iron and steel in his North Canterbury workshop.

Linehaul couple keep trucking

McCrostie Trucking owners Dominique and Daryl McCrostie have taken on more staff for their business post-earthquake.

Their five trucks, doing 4000km a day, were on the road hours after the earthquake and have not stopped since.

Pokie gambling deceit 'unproved'

Mike O'Brien pleaded not guilty to five charges.

Crown's claims of deception fall at several hurdles, says defence lawyer.

Collapsed homestead survivor dies

Margaret Edgar, who was pulled from the rubble of the historic Elms Homestead after the Kaikoura earthquake in November, ...

The woman pulled from the wreckage at Elms Homestead, near Kaikoura, after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake has died.

Soviet-era jet fighter up for sale

Alan Caudwell with his Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros jet.

Is there something missing in your life? Say a jet that is capable of getting up to 750kmh?

Sauvignon HQ opens

Wine Marlborough staff, from left, Nicolette Prendergast, Marcus Pickens, Georgie Leach, and Harriet Wadworth in front ...

Converted shipping container to act as hub for '16 Days of Sauvignon' and International Sauvignon Blanc Day.

When prison isn't working

Jason Goldsworthy has had 491 convictions in the past 25 years. (File photo)

After clocking up nearly 500 convictions, he arrived at court expecting his 20th stint in jail. But the judge had other plans.

Mayor asks, airline declines

An Air New Zealand Bombardier Q300 takes off from Marlborough Airport. (File photo)

'No means no' as Air NZ shoots down further calls to re-instate direct flights from Blenheim to Christchurch.

Funding for highway fix

A slip over State Highway 1 following the November 14 earthquake.

Quake-damaged highway between Picton and Christchurch to get $812m Budget boost, government confirms.

Disability workers strike

IDEA Service workers protest during a one-hour strike at the roundabout of High St and Seymour St in central Blenheim.

"People will lose their jobs and we still have no idea when that is coming. People here are struggling."

Burnoff billows over horizon

Smoke drifts across the Wairau Valley from a forestry burnoff.

Huge clouds of smoke are from a farmer's burnoff, rural fire says.

A food and wine match

BV Gourmet second chef Chris Pearce makes pickled beetroot for harvest meals.

It's been a challenging harvest, not just for the vineyard workers, but for those who feed them. If you call 25,000 meals challenging.

Peter Yealands opts for trial

Peter Yealands won the Lincoln University Foundation's South Island Farmer of the Year in 2013. (File photo)

One of NZ's leading wine producers denies allegations he illegally dumped a winemaking byproduct.

Property hunters turn to 'P houses'

This one-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Blenheim is going under the hammer with methamphetamine contamination.

As this "cosy" meth-ridden Blenheim flat shows, people know a bargain when they see one.

Pokie scheme 'netted $1m a year'

Michael Joseph O'Brien was allegedly at the centre of a pokie machine grants scam.

Crown alleges true control was concealed to deceive gambling authorities.

Sky-high simulation video

Inside the cockpit of the RNZAF Hercules C-130 during Exercise Skytrain in Marlborough.

Aerial drops, night operations, low-level flying: welcome to RNZAF's Exercise Skytrain.

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