'Double Xmas' brings 'double fun'

With Christmas approaching, people in Marlborough talk about what a traditional Christmas Day looks like for them.

Car rental adds scooter hire

Visitors to Marlborough can take a spin on a scooter this summer.

Better late than not at all

A slow start to Christmas trade in Blenheim has turned into a last-minute rush.

Toxic chemical hits shellfish

Holidaymakers are being warned not to take shellfish from Tory Channel.

Zero tolerance

Boaties flouting lifejacket rules will get slapped with a $200 fine, says Marlborough's harbourmaster.

Prison term for raping girl, 8

A 23-year-old Blenheim man has been sent to prison for raping an 8-year-old girl.

Degree done and dusted

Woman gets degree without having to leave lounge

A Marlborough woman has graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree without having to leave the region.

Go wild in Dunedin

Some of the south's best wildlife experiences are within easy reach of downtown Dunedin.

Judge accepts receiver has reformed

A 31-year-old man who was found with about $7000 worth of stolen property from two Marlborough burglaries has received a community-based sentence.

Firefighters' new smoke chaser

$70,000 grant helps rural fire brigade

A rural Marlborough fire brigade has bought a new smoke chaser after their old fire truck kept breaking down on the way to fires.

Community's green waste plan

Okiwi Bay residents have clubbed together to buy or lease a small plot of private land so they can continue to burn their green waste.

Shoppers bag a bargain

A small group of determined shoppers sprinted through the doors of The Warehouse in Blenheim, eager to snap up post-Xmas bargains.

Winz ram-raider too ill for court

A man charged with ram-raiding a van into Blenheim’s Work and Income office on Christmas Day will not appear in court today.

Crash victim in serious condition

A man in his early 20s remains in a serious condition in hospital after a crash near Kaikoura on Christmas Day.

Work and Income hit

Man charged with burglary and arson after Work and Income building ram-raided and set alight.

Concerns mount for missing man

Blenheim man Jessie Hepi has not been seen since leaving work on December 17.

Blue cod plentiful, anglers sparse

Blue cod back on the menu but few out looking after recreational season opens in Marlborough Sounds.

DOC campsite gets $2m facelift

Campers heading to Momorangi Bay Camp will discover upgraded facilities and improved accessibility.

Police boost road patrols

Drivers urged to be careful over holiday season

Marlborough police will be targeting drink-drivers and taking a zero-tolerance policy on speeding.

Blue cod fishery open

Blue cod are back on the menu after the season opened on Saturday.

'Last chance' for driver

A 54-year-old Blenheim man has been sentenced to home detention on his twelfth charge of drink-driving.

Omaka to offer maize mazes

A pair of leafy green mazes have sprouted on a Marlborough farm as a family's solution to summer holiday boredom.

Rare falcons in Marlborough

Marlburians and visitors to the region can get up close and personal with two endangered New Zealand falcons.

Railway station for sale

Picton's heritage railway station is up for sale for the first time in 20 years.

Work sentences for drugs

Community work detention for daughter and mum with lesser roles in 'drug supermarket'.

Teens charged over rugby shirts

Two teens have appeared in court over the burglary of rugby jerseys from ex-All Black Leon MacDonald's home.

Christmas starts early for family

Commute worth the quality time for Trudy

Christmas has begun for Marlborough woman Trudy Hennessy, who is already celebrating the festive season with her two granddaughters.

Great light show

The lights of a Blenheim neighbourhood are drawing in crowds like moths to a flame this year.

Ex-All Black sickened by theft

Leon MacDonald says he's 'gutted' after 15 rugby jerseys were stolen from his Blenheim home.

Parking fairies

Sick of scrambling in your handbag or wallet for a few dollars to feed your parking meter?

Parking fairies

Christmas magic to help shoppers

Parking fairies are handing out Christmas cheer in Blenheim CBD.

Relaxed shopping at twilight time

Avoid the hectic hustle and bustle of pre-Christmas food shopping and instead relax at the twilight Marlborough Farmers' Market tomorrow.

Changing the drinking culture

A cluster of Marlborough organisations are working together to changes the region's drinking culture.

Questions over 1080

Fish & Game is still waiting for confirmation 1080 does not pose any sub-lethal risks to anglers.

Happy graduates take to streets

Learning is work and work is learning, 400 graduates told as they step out with new qualifications.

Troubled waters for Interislander

It's summer and you fancy a holiday in the South Island. But will the ferry get you there?

None should be alone at Xmas

All invited to centre's communal festive lunch

The anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ makes Christmas an important event on the Christian calendar.

The death of whaling

In 1964, the last whale was harpooned off the Kaikoura coast.

Sex offender fought for name suppression

Sex offender Arthur Samuel Roy Senior, 66, went to the Court of Appeal to fight for continued name suppression.

Picked-on feeling starting

Kiwi farmers uneasy about a $40k fine handed out to farming couple for not wearing helmets while on quad bikes.

Serial sex predator exposed

To his family Arthur Samuel Roy Senior was a likeable rogue, but for three decades he preyed on vulnerable teenage girls.

Crane's boom cut in half

Report on incident not released yet

The boom of a crane that crashed to the ground at Blenheim's new ASB Theatre earlier this week has been cut in half and removed.

Record turnout for festive feed

John's Kitchen has worked its usual "miracle" to feed diners at its annual Christmas dinner.

Quad bike sales horrify

Top doctor "filled with horror" at online stores selling quad bikes for children as young as four.

New theatre given $500k grant

A $500,000 government grant for the new Marlborough ASB Civic Theatre shows recognition of its worth in the community, a theatre spokesman says.

Mum guilty of assault on girl, 12

A Marlborough woman has been found guilty of assaulting her husband and daughter after a night at the pub.

Status quo a possibility

Education ministry officials say the option of maintaining Blenheim's colleges still remains.

Third time lucky for lost seal pup

A young seal found wandering the streets of Picton last week is relaxing at a Marlborough Sounds resort trying to put on a bit of weight.

DOC yet to assess 1080 campaign

The Department of Conservation has completed its "Battle for our Birds" pest control at Mt Stanley, in the Marlborough Sounds, and at the Nelson Lakes National Park.

Vineyard workers' accom opposed

Renwick residents have opposed plans to provide accommodation for vineyard workers.

Lines firm may sell BOP investment

Marlborough Lines is considering selling its stake in a Bay of Plenty lines company rather than appeal a ruling forbidding it from acquiring more shares.

Slow start to Xmas rush

With just seven sleeps until the big day, Blenheim businesses are hoping Christmas sales will pick up after a rather slow start.

Blokes to get 'subtle' gift tips

Women are making a list and hoping their partners check it twice to get the perfect Christmas present.

Mural brightens up pupils' day

Mural featuring Maori mythological guardians has been completed by pupils at Bohally Intermediate School.

Unmarked graves to be identified

A hidden history of unmarked Marlborough graves will soon be revealed.

Brand tells story of our region

The Only Marlborough brand has started to gain momentum on social media reaching 25,000 Twitter users.

New top cop for Tasman

Karyn Malthus has been appointed the new Tasman police district commander.

Mixed reactions to new loungers

A new "sunlounger park" on Picton's waterfront has drawn mixed reactions from long-time residents and tourists.

Bomb-maker's 'unhealthy curiosity'

'Bomb curious' Blenheim man convicted after buying ingredients to make an explosive device.

Change certain for colleges

The Ministry of Education has ruled out keeping Marlborough Boys' and Girls' colleges as they are.

Suspected chemcial leak

Firefighters were called to a suspected chemical leak at a Marlborough freight company yesterday.

Frost fears keep choppers busy

Marlborough grapegrowers recruited helicopters from across NZ to help protect their crop this spring.

Boeing cockpit a drawcard

The cockpit of a Boeing 737 parked at the Blenheim railway station car park yesterday morning attracted a steady stream of interested visitors.

Pool ready to make a big splash

Seddon residents will soon be able to use their swimming pool again.

Maori wardens back on the beat

Maori wardens will be keeping people safe on Marlborough streets again after a five-year hiatus.

$40k fine for farmers

A Marlborough farming couple has been fined $40,000 for not wearing helmets while riding their quad bikes.

Theatre work all-go

Mishap doesn't hold up progress

Work on Blenheim's new ASB Theatre hasn't slowed after part of a crane plummeted to the ground on Monday.

Sex offender to be identified

Suppression will end on Friday for a man found guilty of 35 charges, including rape, last week.

Joint site investigated

The Marlborough community's cries for two new colleges on a joint site have been heard.

New novel set in Sounds

The Marlborough Sounds is the setting for a new novel by Wellington writer Thomas W Devine.

Stalker harassed teenager

Man sentenced to community detention after stalking a Marlborough teenager for two years.

Miller gets her crossing

'Relief and joy' after 15-year battle

Marygold Miller sits in her easy chair with a wide grin as a pensioner walks safely across a new pedestrian crossing outside her rest home villa in Blenheim.

Man stomped on ex-partner

A man who assualted his former partner was remanded in custody for sentencing.

Persistent drunk spooks woman

Blenheim man ordered to pay reparation after trying to reminisce with an old friend while drunk.

St John and Fire Service sign deal

Agreement outlining who should respond to medical callouts won't affect Marlborough firefighters.

College future clearer today

A decision on the future of Marlborough's colleges could be a closer after a meeting last night.

Winemaking course should yield jobs

Graduates from a new viticulture degree in Blenheim are expected to hit the ground running.

Whale of a celebration

Whale lovers, conservationists and former whalers are gearing up to celebrate 50 years since the last whale was harpooned in the Marlborough Sounds.

Vandalism angers retailer

A Blenheim retailer has described the smashing of a display window at his store as "senseless vandalism".

Lawson's Dry Hills stake sold

The co-founder of Lawson's Dry Hills has sold her majority stake in the company to long-term investors.

Thieves steal Xmas joy

Thieves have stolen the slide and swings from Burleigh Park in Blenheim.

Black Caps captain replaces bats

Two Marlborough brothers had a pleasant surprise on Friday, when New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum offered to replace a bat that was stolen from outside their house.

Teens conquer air force hurdle

A Blenheim teenager endured a gruelling week of sleep deprivation to graduate as one of 41 air force recruits at Base Woodbourne last week.

Curious seal pup gets heave-ho

A young seal found in Picton's CBD has been the talk of the town.

Crane crashes over

Crane working on Blenheim's new multi-million dollar theatre breaks and topples to the ground.

Lack of shelter frustrates

Friendship Force member Judith Kerridge is frustrated nothing has been done about a new bus shelter at the Blenheim Railway Station.

Parking fee to go up

Shoppers will need a little more loose change when they head into town next year after a hike in parking charges.

Big crowd gathers for Xmas

'Everyone's cheery'

More than 3000 people turned out with their picnic blankets and folding chairs for Blenheim's annual Christmas in the Park event at Pollard Park last night.

Farmers tighten belts

Plummeting milk prices threaten to cost a Marlborough family thousands.

New life not always smooth

His first move to Australia almost ended in disaster but now, Nathan Stretch is in paradise.

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