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Principal accepts Northland post

School principal heads north to take on top role

Bohally Intermediate School principal Andrew Read has stepped down from the top role to take on the top position at Northland's biggest primary school.

Visit improves ties with China

Chinese consul-general Jin Zhijian met with Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman yesterday as part of his visit to the top of the South Island.

Second hand Sunday gets a repeat

The old adage "one person's trash is another person's treasure" holds true in Marlborough with another Second Hand Sunday being rolled out in March.

Grommet surgeries in Blenheim

Fewer Marlborough children will have to travel to Nelson for grommet surgery following the introduction of ear, nose and throat surgery at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

Church window broken

A rock has been thrown through a window of the Jehovah's Witnesses Church in Picton.

Countdown on for rescue boat

Marlborough Coastguard needs $300,000 to start building NZ's first registered marine ambulance.

Anger at 'camping bludgers'

Top 10 owner hopes plan turns to custard

The Marlborough District Council is kicking holiday park owners "in the kneecaps" by opening a busy Picton car park to freedom camping bludgers, a Picton businessman says.

Redwood Countdown to bring jobs

A new Countdown supermarket in Redwoodtown is expected to create 60 extra jobs.

Row over removal of pews

Church pews have become the centre of an unholy spat in Rai Valley.

Cherry crop light, but bigger fruit

Hot, sunny days and not too much rain have resulted in high quality Blenheim cherries, despite a light crop.

Theatre manager exits stage left

The woman set to manage the new ASB Theatre in Blenheim has resigned.

Guest gushes over festival

One of the international guests in Blenheim for the Nelmac Garden Marlborough festival this month has written about how much he enjoyed the event.

Sixth complainant tells court of rape

"I started started crying, I couldn't do anything... I looked at him like a mate," teenager tells court.

Foodbanks full of pre-Christmas cheer

The generosity of Marlburians has put a smile on the faces of Marlborough and Picton foodbank volunteers, with both warehouses once again filled with goods.

Rape-accused sent texts to teen

A 66-year-old man sent text messages to a teenager telling her he loved her, a court has heard.

Teen cannabis farmer 'ashamed'

Blenheim teen who grew $64,000 cannabis crop sentenced to community work and a curfew.

Survey may affect limits

A snapper survey could lead to management changes for commercial and recreational fishers.

Habitual drink-driver convicted again

A Blenheim man convicted of drink-driving for the fourth time was almost three times over the legal limit.

Wattle on chopping block

Wattle causing an array of respiratory problems

Wattle trees bordering a Wither Hills walkway are to get the chop after their dreaded yellow pollen left nearby residents running to their GPs with breathing problems.

Realtors eye waterfront land

A large waterfront section made up of three separate titles goes up for auction in Kaikoura this week, in a rare sale of beachfront property.

Buzan resigns from St Marks

Six years at the St Marks Adult A&D Treatment Centre administrative helm in Blenheim have ended for board chairman John Buzan.

Ebert selling Marlborough home

A New Zealand Commonwealth Games gold medallist is selling his rural Marlborough home.

Patriots bring anti-violence message

A bunch of tough-looking men in leather jackets will roar through Blenheim on motorbikes tomorrow as part of their annual ride for the White Ribbon campaign.

Water standards process a 'bunfight'

A keynote speaker at a water conference in Blenheim has claimed the process used to set national freshwater standards was a "bunfight".

Night of colour on the menu

Marlborough's public art space is gearing up for a night of fun and colour on Thursday, with a fun-filled fiesta fundraiser.

Rape claim 'made up'

Nelson woman accused of fabricating story of being raped by a 70-year old man, court hears.

Old tree gets new life

Owls, white heron and, possibly, moa will forever be present at Duncannon Backpackers in Blenheim once a Picton sculptor finishes carving a 100-year-old tree trunk.

DHB asked for more stroke staff

A business case is being lodged for more staff to support rehabilitation services in the NMDHB.

Busy week for police

A 37-year-old man was arrested after he was caught shoplifting at The Warehouse in Blenheim, police say.

Snapper bypass Pelorus Sound

Snapper, which are creating a bonanza in Tasman Bay, seem to be bypassing the Marlborough Sounds.

Stolen $150k boat found

A $150,000 boat stolen from a bach in Kaikoura has been found in Christchurch.

1300 homes without power

Switch fault causes power outage to 1300 homes in central Blenheim.

Accused 'helped troubled girls'

A Marlborough man facing multiple charges of rape provided young girls with a place to stay when they were in trouble, a court has heard.

Pubs prepare for new limits

Blenheim pubs stocking breathalysers in preparation for lower drink driving limit, which will be nearly halved on Monday.

Stadium stands alone

Stadium 2000 is one of NZs busiest leisure centres, attracting 600,000 users last year.

More sex abuse accusers testify

Further three teenagers tell High Court in Nelson they were indecently assaulted by a 66-year-old man.

Kaikoura's music fest catches on

Summer Sounds goes from strength to strength

The Kaikoura Summer Sounds music festival is all about the music, and not about posing, its organiser says.

Water warning for Renwick

Renwick is looking increasingly likely to see water restrictions imposed in the coming week as well levels continue to drop below record lows.

Winners and losers

Marlborough schools are in for a funding shakeup next year after the release of new decile ratings.

Woman assaulted after argument

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw an assault on young woman in Picton yesterday.

Delays as Dashwood work continues

Motorists can expect delays between Blenheim and Seddon from next week.

Freedom camping trial

More freedom camping spots are being trialled in Marlborough this summer but proposals have received mixed reviews.

Journey in a flying Caravan

Home again after a very long flight

Sounds Air pilot Travers Tennant has just clocked up 28 hours' flying time, to help deliver a new $2.2 million aircraft to Blenheim.

Lawyer sorry for alarming suggestion

Blenheim lawyer apologises for suggesting false alarms are 'good practise' for firefighters.

Six-figure boat stolen from bach

A Southland couple arrived at their Kaikoura bach yesterday to find their $150,000 boat and trailer had been stolen.

Woman burns documents

Woman set fire to her court documents after sentence for falsely activating fire alarm.

Patient names in presentation

Human error blamed for inclusion of patient names a hospital committee presentation.

Whale centre taps our resources

Great stories have flowed to the founder of Picton's whale centre, writes Selina Powell .

The hills are alive

Region's bike trails to be extended

Popular mountainbike trails in Marlborough are to be extended as part of the region's most significant track development in 14 years.

Support for gondola

Picton businesses are buzzing over plans for a multimillion-dollar gondola overlooking the Marlborough Sounds. | Gondola plan revived

Rescue chopper gifted gadget

A $20,000 piece of technology has been gifted to the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter to help improve search and communication capabilities.

Evening of murder

Places are still available for undercover detectives in a murder mystery drama event at TopHouse near St Arnaud, this weekend.

Soprano relishes challenge

Choral singers need to keep their backs straight, their tongues flat and project their voices forward.

Marlborough spending buoyant

Electronic spending in Marlborough up by $3m last month, compared with October last year.

Local heroes rewarded

Firefighter and gymnastics coach among Marlborough winners of Kiwibank local hero awards.

'Dirty' dairy farmer in receivership

Troubled dairy farmer in receivership after racking up nearly $200,000 in legal debts.

'Spectacular' results in diet pill trial

A fat-busting pill tested in a weight-loss trial in Blenheim is already proving effective.

CYF queue-jumper triggered alarm

Woman who activated a CYF fire alarm because she was sick of waiting said it was 'good practice' for firefighters.

High hopes for Picton gondola

Hilltop complex 'virtually ready to go'

Former Picton motelier in talks with financiers to build a multi-million dollar gondola and hilltop restaurant.

Cellist enthrals audience

Narek Hakhnazaryan captivated the sell-out house in Blenheim on Saturday night, when he performed as guest soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

International competitors join in

Overcast skies came as a blessing to those who competed in Blenheim's annual Pak 'n Save Sun Run on Saturday.

Demand for tall vines booming

A Marlborough grapevine nursery is struggling to meet demand for 100,000 plants a week.

Pinots to the fore at awards

Marlborough pinots have again shone at the wine awards, proving there is a lot more to the region than sauvignon blanc.

Generosity sends back tractor

A group of Marlborough seasonal workers, who bought and helped restore a rundown tractor, will ship it to their village in Vanuatu this week.

Room makeovers for sick kids

A new project to redecorate the bedrooms of sick young people is under way, with hopes it will spread nationwide.

Workers' parking woes

Pay and display machines will make morning parking all the more challenging, says Blenheim worker.

Expansion on schedule

Work on stage one of the multimillion-dollar Marlborough Airport expansion is almost complete.

Exams first, celebrations later

Star checkout operator's mind is now on exams

It's back to reality today for Picton teenager Manfred James.

Pinot noir wins top wine award

A Marlborough pinot noir has won the O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show trophy at this year's Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

More jail time for Stewart Wilson

Using a cellphone to call a woman he is banned from contacting earns Wilson six months' imprisonment.

Dynamic, diverse wine industry

The New World Wine Awards have been and gone, leaving us with a selection of 50 award-winning wines all available for under $25 each.

Wine trip a winner for UK woman

The senior marketing manager of a leading UK drinks importer is the recipient of next year's Wine Marlborough NZ-UK Link Scholarship.

Dates set for sav blanc celebration

With just over 14 months until the first International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, the committee has been chosen and the dates have been set.

Beekeeper buzzing over award

A Marlborough beekeeper is still buzzing over her win at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

Record grape harvest

Marlborough grape growers will pocket an estimated $64m more this year than in 2013.

King Salmon ordered to pay costs

Environmental groups win a costs argument against NZ King Salmon in Supreme Court.

Warning over burn offs

Firefighter asks people to keep a closer eye on burn offs after a scrub fire swept through a dry farm.

Band loses bid to host nationals

The Marlborough District Brass Band has lost its bid to host its first national-level brass band competition.

Accused lied about assault - judge

Marlborough man found guilty of assault after the judge told him he did not believe him.

Rising stars skip Blenheim

Former Marlburians Georgia and Caleb Nott, aka Broods, are returning to New Zealand for their biggest tour to date - but they won't be coming to Blenheim.

Supermarket has team spirit

A wish to promote healthy living and staff camaraderie prompted Blenheim Pak'nSave to pay staff registration fees for tomorrow's annual marathon.

Ratepayers to fund upgrade talks

Marlborough ratepayers will stump up $500,000 for consultation on upgrades to Picton Library and Blenheim town centre.

Rock-solid protection

The pakohe cultural stone to be protected and managed under a plan agreed with the Marlborough District Council.

Driver escapes conviction

A man charged with driving while forbidden escapes conviction, despite the judge saying he was probably guilty.

Awe-inspiring Christmas display

Transformed to a wonderland

A paragliding Santa, hundreds of twinkling fairy lights and a decorated trampoline are part of a new fundraising Christmas display at the Railway Cafe and Store.

Victim drugged and raped, jury hears

Teenager given money, alcohol and LSD by an older man who later raped her, a jury has heard.

A rosy outlook

Maike van der Heide meets an avid Marlborough rosarian who knows a prize-winning rose when she sees one.

Christmas tree theft charges dismissed

Charges against a Marlborough couple accused of stealing pine trees and selling them as Christmas trees at the Marlborough Farmers' Market have been dismissed.

Checkout chap knows his onions

A Picton teenager "old beyond his years" will find out tonight whether he has won a national checkout operator of the year award.

Sustainability award for winery

More than 1500 miniature "babydoll" sheep have earned Yealands its sixth sustainability award this year.

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