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Gastro outbreak 'controlled'

A week-long gastroenteritis outbreak at a Blenheim retirement village has been controlled, the village's manager says. 

Broom stick sex attack

Three men have appeared in court in Blenheim charged with sexually violating a man with a broom stick.

All-day parking fee

A new parking charge of $4 will allow drivers to leave their vehicles all day in any of the Marlborough District Council's off-street car parks.

Elderly man hospitalised after crash

An 85-year-old man has been taken to hospital after two cars collided in Blenheim.

District's new brand popular

The Only Marlborough logo has been appearing on product labels, shirts, websites, Twitter accounts and hashtags as people show their support for the new marketing scheme.

End in sight for fire season

Intense summer of bush fires could soon be over as temperatures dip.

Region's hospitals rate well

Patients in Marlborough and Nelson have among the shortest emergency department stays in the country.

Licence queue

Learner and restricted drivers hoping to sit practical driving tests in Blenheim are having to wait up to a month for an appointment.

Seresin finds the life in the land

"Organics, biodynamics and beyond"

Marlborough wine company Seresin Estate has hit a milestone - 20 years of organics. Wine reporter Chloe Winter catches up with manager Colin Ross to see how far they have come.

Drug network nailed

One of the most senior players in a Blenheim drug-dealing ring has admitted selling cannabis for 10 years.

Drug dealers jailed

Four Blenheim drug dealers have been sent to prison after an undercover police operation that was sparked by frustrated residents.

There's an app for that

New technology keeps kids safe in the sun

An app that measures UV levels is helping to keep children sun-safe at two Blenheim early childhood centres.

Kiwi drivers to blame?

New data on foreign drivers actually paints poor picture of Kiwi drivers, says Marlborough policeman.

Students roll into adventure tourism

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology students got a dunking in their first week.

Failure to prove accused at scene

Man found not guilty of stealing a log splitter from a Blenheim property after police couldn't prove he was at the scene.

Exiled vodka magnate tries NZ wine

Super-yacht owning Russian billionaire spends a day sipping wine at Cloudy Bay.

Suspended driver nabbed after court

Blenheim man caught driving while suspended an hour after appearing in court on the same charge.

Power shutdown closes Blenheim

A substation failure left nearly 4000 people without power in Blenheim.

Roof over your head a 'good feeling'

Holiday park owner helps man and his pets move out of a car and into a home.

Gondola dream lives on

He's built it three times 'in his head' but now Eric Collins' Picton gondola could become a reality.

S.Island roads deadly

Foreign drivers have been responsible for one in every 12 fatal crashes in the South Island this decade.

Agency to cost $2m

A proposed single economic development agency for Marlborough would cost $2 million to set up, report says.

Patient left in transport jam

'I was just so tired'

An elderly heart patient from Picton was left to find his own way home after being discharged from Nelson Hospital.

Nydia Bay's giant could still be alive

A giant tame eel reportedly hacked up for bait at a Marlborough Sounds bay could still be alive.

Brian adds new frequency

A Blenheim radio station with no DJs and no conventional advertising is expanding in Marlborough.

Aquifer's saltwater risk

Havelock residents could be left with a salty taste if water levels in the town's only water supply continue to fall.

Classic boat show on lake

Those who love the fine lines of classic yachts, motorboats and dinghies should head to the Nelson Lakes National Park next weekend for the 16th NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show.

Algae bloom bacteria detected in dam

Small traces of a deadly bacteria have been found in a Picton dam.

Signs of a thriving business

When David and Angela Forman thought about starting a business, the writing was on the wall.

Back at 'the lucky house'

Fire survivors adjust to new landscape

Peggy Melville and Dennis Mitchell call their home the lucky house.

System 'fails partners'

Business partners left thousands of dollars out of pocket after being defrauded by employee say justice system has failed them.

Man threatened to blow up ferry

Bluebridge

A Blenheim man admitted a charge of threatening behaviour after he threatened to blow up a Bluebridge ferry.

Marlborough choppers unaffected by crash probe

Marlborough helicopter businesses have not been affected by a Civil Aviation Authority decision to ground certain types of Robinson R44 series helicopters following a fatal accident in Queenstown.

Not enough rain to break drought

Rain overnight on Sunday was not enough to help the water situation in Renwick.

Early harvest for some grape growers

Marlborough winemakers and viticulturists are closely monitoring sugar levels in their grapes as they prepare for an early harvest.

Fat-burning pill an obesity fix?

Trial results please developer

A fat-busting pill could replace the treadmill and prove an exciting answer to the obesity epidemic.

Fish project disputed

Sustain our Sounds says it's outrageous taxpayers would have to pick up a $2.6m tab to fund research for a Malaysian company.

Flashbacks for truckie

The Blenheim truck driver tried desperately to save a Chinese tourist killed in a fatal road crash.

Workers hurt in smash

Seven taken to hospital after mini-van crashes into a bank on SH1 south of Blenheim.

Firefighters show off their skills

Drought and water restriction haven't stopped firefighters putting their hose-running skills to the test in Renwick.

2700 visit whale centre

The National Whale Centre in Picton has had 2700 visitors since it opened in November.

Safety message at breakfast

Motorcycle riders in Marlborough are 97 per cent more likely to be involved in a crash causing injury than any other vehicle.

Councillors eye single agency

Marlborough District councillors are investigating if a single agency should be set up to drive the region's economic development.

Crayfish 'easy money'

A Kaikoura man has dodged a large fine for illegally selling crayfish, instead receiving 200 hours of community work.

History goes under hammer

'We couldn't keep it all'

The 70-year history of Marlborough construction company T H Barnes has been auctioned off - from a sledgehammer nicknamed Baldy to heavy sections of steel.

Mourning Shane Tomlin

The haunting image of a man being pulled from the rubble was seen by millions around the world.

Truck in dangerous crossing

Truck driver filmed going through a train crossing as the barrier arm came down, smashing the arm from its box seconds before a train arrived.

15 years jail for 'beast'

A sex offender who preyed on young girls for 30 years, grooming them with alcohol and drugs, has been jailed for 15 years.

Dodgy gasfitter fined

Don't risk your family's health and safety, or your home insurance, by hiring unauthorised people to do work on your property, says a top trades official.

Higher fees keep rates rise down

The Marlborough District Council's draft budget is proposing a 3.2 per cent increase in total rates this year.

School opens doors

Spring Creek School will host an open day next week to share its big plans with the community.

Saddle up for rodeo

About 30 angry bulls will stampede into Marlborough this weekend for the 66th annual Tua Marina Rodeo.

'Brave' anti-smoking law praised

A Marlborough smoking cessation worker has welcomed a move by the British government to limit smoking in cars.

Businessman fined over unpaid wages

A Marlborough businessman ordered to pay more than $22,000 in unpaid wages to a migrant worker.

Council backtracks on library funding

Ratepayers will foot bill for $6 million library, despite council's assurances to the contrary.

Cause of fire 'may never be known'

The cause of a 600-hectare forest fire in Marlborough earlier this month could remain a mystery, investigators say.

Vineyards cry out for water

60,000 litres a day

Millions of litres of water is being delivered to distressed vineyard owners.

Sex offender due in court

A 66-year-old man guilty of sexually violating teenage girls for nearly 30 years will appear in court for sentencing today.

Baby rescued from van

Police smashed a campervan window to rescue a baby girl locked inside while her parents went shopping.

Neighbours dob in water wasters

Some Renwick residents could have their morning showers reduced to a dribble.

Fish dishes pick of festival

It was a big win for small company Kiwi Kai at the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival.

Chinese New Year celebrated

Marlborough Migrant Centre celebrated the Chinese and Korean New Year with Marlborough-based immigrants from all over the world.

Water storage 'up to land owner'

Storing water on rural Marlborough land to irrigate crops during a drought is up to each individual property owner, Marlborough District Council hydrologist Val Wadsworth says.

Driver four times legal limit

A 23-year-old woman appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Monday, where she admitted driving at more than four times the legal breath-alcohol limit.

Picton residents want new library

Impassioned residents urge council to build new multi-million dollar library rather than renovating existing High St site.

Council to consider rates rise

Marlborough District councillors set to debate rates increase for the 2015-2025 long term plan.

Total outdoor water ban for Renwick

Renwick is facing a complete outdoor water ban with no watering of gardens or washing vehicles.

Group to 'channel public opinion'

A Picton steering group will focus on everything from freedom camping to littering.

Water trucked in for contest

Water will be brought in from Blenheim for a regional firefighting competition this weekend in Renwick.

Godwits prepare for migration

About 1000 long-billed birds are preparing to leave their homes in Marlborough to travel thousands of kilometres to the Northern Hemisphere.

iPads keep patients in touch

Getting health information online, through text and by email is the "way of the future", says a Blenheim GP.

NZ Post to cut jobs, deliveries

Marlborough residents can expect to receive their standard post every second day from July.

Super-yacht crew takes in sights

Russian billionaire's visit to Sounds

The stunning 134m-long Serene is longer than NZ's two Navy frigates.

$4.4m for water

Seddon residents might soon be drinking their water straight from the tap, but would pay for the privilege.

Aussie makes a flying visit

Eyes on the skies as aircraft approaches

A Royal Australian Air Force C17 Globemaster touched down in Woodbourne on Monday night on a flying visit.

Broadband boost for Rapaura

Rapaura residents will benefit from better broadband since Chorus finished work on a new fibre-fed broadband cabinet in the area.

Pelorus marine farm gains extension

A marine farm in the Pelorus Sound has been granted an extension despite opponents saying it would create a race for space.

Reparation debts top $780,000

Nearly 1000 people in Marlborough are owed just over $780,000 for crimes committed against them.

Hospital disruption 'inevitable'

Disruptions from strengthening work on an earthquake-prone Wairau Hospital wing could last for six months, the NMDHB chief executive says.

Tax rebate removal costly for wineries

Wineries could be out of pocket if the Australian Government decides to abolish a New Zealand wine tax rebate.

SAR kept busy with 5 callouts

Marlborough Land Search and Rescue has been called out five times this month, including three calls in 24 hours.

Coastguard aims for June target

Marlborough Coastguard has until the end of June to raise the rest of the money needed to build New Zealand's first registered marine ambulance.

Boys' college builds on success

Marlborough Boys' College staff have their sights aimed high for another year of academic success, coming off the back of a strong year in 2014.

Teen admits stealing beer kegs

Blenheim youth pleads guilty after stealing two kegs of beer from Waterlea Racecourse.

King Salmon gets US endorsement

NZ King Salmon has been given a "best choice" rating by the US consumer guide Seafood Watch.

Patients have trust in hospital

Patients at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim trust their doctors and nurses, but less than half say that the side effects of medication were explained to them.

Plans for riverside precinct unveiled

Plans for a multi-million riverside cultural precinct in Blenheim will breathe new life into the CBD, an urban planner says.

Raptor champion to outline work

The cultural relationship between humans and raptors goes back 5000 years and will be discussed by British biologist Dr Nick Fox in Blenheim this week.

Romantic movie evening

Dozens are expected to pack a picnics and head to Clos Henri Vineyard for the wine company's annual outdoor film night on Friday.

Hospital patients face breath tests

Breath testing of drunk patients at Wairau Hospital emergency department may be on the cards.

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