Marlborough blaze rages gallery video

261115 news photo from facebook.  Waikakaho Fire, Marlborough

Residents are being urged to evacuate their homes as a huge forest fire continues to rage near Blenheim.

Heroes think it's a scam

Kiwibank Local Hero award winner Nancy Sherwood, right, takes part in a group exercise during a youth mentor workshop.

"I think one of my young mentors dobbed me in."

Parsons leaves Queen Charlotte

Queen Charlotte College principal Tom Parsons is leaving the school.

College "can be proud" of departing principal's achievements.

To stay or go

Claudia Baker, centre, and her fiance, Ashley Ayling, right, watch the forest beside their house go up in flames.

"It's very hard when it's the family home. I was there all night till the early hours."

Pining for Christmas

Blenheim pine tree grower David James sells trees for Christmas.

"You just can't get away with not having an authentic smell of pine needles on Christmas morning."

Promo video for Link Pathway video

Marlborough Sounds artist Rick Edmonds, with dog Jess, on the first bridle track section of the Link Pathway near Ngakuta Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

A promotional video has been released for the Link Pathway, which is being constructed from Picton to Havelock.

Injured bird takes free flight

An injured northern royal albatross found off the coast of Kaikoura was treated at Vet Care Kaikoura before being flown up to Wellington for further treatment.

Air NZ has flown an injured albatross, found off the Kaikoura coast, to Wellington for specialist treatment.

Former Nelson ferry capsizes

The Suilven unloads at Wellington in this 2001 picture.

An old ferry that has capsized in Fiji was once a frequent caller at Port Nelson and Picton.

'World-class' start for theatre

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is coming to Blenheim in March.

Renowned opera singer coming to Blenheim in March.

Water restrictions looming

Renwick residents should cut back on their water use as aquifer levels drop.

Hot dry weather has stepped up water demand this week.

Privacy concerns prompt camera policy

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is developing a policy on filming and recording in hospitals.

The Nelson Marlborough DHB is developing a policy on using cameras in hospitals to protect patient and staff privacy.

Marlborough residents flee homes

Waikakaho Valley fire visible from space

Don Sutton watched his retirement go up in flames.

Colleges' wait could be over

A decision about the future of Marlborough Girls' College and Marlborough Boys' College, pictured, may be imminent.

Excitement builds ahead of Friday's mystery assembly.

Trustees elected

Jeremy MacLeod has been elected to the Rangitane o Wairau Trust.

Jeremy MacLeod and Haysley MacDonald have been elected to Rangitane o Wairau Trust

Ferry could go faster

Strait Shipping is seeking resource consent for the Strait Feronia to travel at 18 knots through the Marlborough Sounds.

Scientists to conduct wave testing as part of faster ferry application.

Festival ditches boozy image

Blues Brews and BBQs co-ordinator Mark Rea, left, and his brother Michael are looking forward to the festival.

"You can enjoy the festival without having to get drunk."

Girlfriend justified in snooping

10112014 News Photo:Scott Hammond/Fairfax NZ
Blenheim District Court.
Catholic priest Aidan Kay

Her actions after finding explicit photograph "common enough actions of a suspicious partner".

Stuck in a rest home video

Blenheim man Kevin Williams, 51, has lived in retirement homes for four years after struggling to find his own place through Housing New Zealand.

At 230kg, Blenheim man Kevin Williams needs a mobility scooter and there are no suitable state homes.

Defence lawyer faces fine, censure

""It was just a classic case where I had a fairly significant amount of other work going on.": Tony Bamford

Top Nelson defence lawyer says a lapse in conduct that brought him a fine was "just a bad call''.

Tahuna camp set for revamp

The 22 hectare Tahuna Beach Holiday Park in Nelson is the largest campground in the southern hemisphere.

Nelson's Tahuna Beach Holiday Park will get new buildings and boardwalks to lift it to "resort status".

More kids bunking off

Truancy rates have risen by 31 per cent in Marlborough.

Report on national truancy rates shows Marlborough above average for "frequent truants".

Ferry capsizes in Fiji

Suva harbour.

A former Cook Strait ferry, now used as a cargo ship, has capsized off the Fijian capital Suva.

Partygoer assaulted with a broom

10112014 News Photo:Scott Hammond/Fairfax NZ
Blenheim District Court.
Catholic priest Aidan Kay

He could not be properly examined internally at hospital because his injuries were too severe.

Water scheme flows on

Flaxbourne farmers John Hickman and Kevin Loe have signed up to the Flaxbourne irrigation scheme.

Council awaits decision from the Ministry for Primary Industries on irrigation funding.

Fire service shakeup

Boxing Day Fire in the Wither Hills in Blenheim, December 2000

"It will provide for greater efficiencies in terms of using our most precious resource which is volunteer time."

Man and woman admit to assault

Blenheim District Court.

A man appeared in court on Monday where he admitted assaulting a woman outside the Yard Bar in October

Court news

240314. NEWS. Photo supplied. PLANTS SEIZED: Cannabis plants at different stages of growth were seized during the two weeks of searches in Eastern Bay of Plenty. Photo Supplied.

A man admitted stealing a hot water cylinder from a house with the help of an accomplice.

Struggling woman stole cat food

Blenheim District Court.

A beneficiary caught for smuggling groceries and clothes from The Warehouse said she was struggling financially.

Attack over water quality

06112015 news photo, a glass of water, for a story on the Onehunga fluoride debate.

A man admitted in court to striking his ex-partner three times. She received a bleeding nose and sore arm from the attack.

Treatment before sentencing

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