Plastic not as fantastic

Despite eight months of hard work, a campaign to rid Picton of plastic bags has yet to take off, but volunteers driving it say they won't be deterred.

Hagley Joinery splits in two

Hagley Joinery is closing its operation in Blenheim and will be replaced by two separate Marlborough-owned and operated businesses.

Contractors focus on quality

When Craig Mill and Barbara Mortensen started their own contracting business in 2008, the only thing on their minds was to be a cut above the rest.

Park manager a people person

Wither Hills Farm Park manager who died suddenly remembered as a man who loved the land.

Air show focus on replicas

A piece of New Zealand aviation history has been brought to life for the Omaka Classic Fighters Air Show.

Driver way over alcohol limit

A 63-year-old man has been remanded for sentencing after he drove at nearly five times the legal limit.

Teen 'sick of prison'

Teenager who stole rugby jerseys from former All Black Leon MacDonald tells court he is sick of watching his back in jail.

CEO to quit district council

Chief executive of Marlborough District Council to stand down when contract comes to an end

'Honesty box' system for midwives

Pregnant women are being asked to rely on an "honesty box system" when choosing their midwife, says maternity campaigner.

Supplies for storm-hit Vanuatu sought

A six-metre container in Blenheim will be used to store donated items before the supplies are sent to help people rebuilding their homes in Vanuatu.

Students hunt for new red grape

Students of NMIT's new viticulture degree in Blenheim are searching for red grape varieties that will flourish in New Zealand's cooler climate.

Dashwood Pass almost done

Finishing touches are being completed to the Dashwood Pass in Marlborough with the road to open next week before Easter traffic hits.

Conviction out of proportion, judge says

A man has avoided a conviction on charges of assault and theft, while his co-defendants were convicted for their involvement in the incident.

Charges include assaulting woman

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on a raft of charges, including assaulting a woman and possession of offensive weapons, police say.

Omaka line up and running

The Omaka branch line of the Blenheim Riverside Railway was officially opened on Saturday.

Accolades flow for businessman

Tributes flowed for Marlborough businessman Ian Simcox at a funeral service in Blenheim attended by about 700 people.

New Blenheim outlet for goat milk

A new sales outlet for fresh pasteurised goats' milk has been arranged in Blenheim.

Damaged cottage demolished

Oak Tree Cottage near Seddon, a restored 19th century cob home visited by many Marlburians and tourists during the last 25 years, has been demolished.

Pre-school volunteers

Children's introduction to communal learning and their success is often reliant on support.

Blenheim man flies to Vanuatu

A Blenheim man is preparing for the worst as he flies to Vanuatu's Tanna Island today.

Water top concern at Renwick workshop

Renwick residents discussed changes they would like to see in their community during a public workshop at the Renwick Community Memorial Hall on Wednesday.

Special harvest supports veterans

Marlborough war veterans will be selling specially packaged bottles of olive oil next month to mark the centennial of Anzac Day.

Street lights confuse chicks

A group of endangered birds in Kaikoura got lost on their maiden flight this week, possibly because of the town's street lights.

Raze not end of maze

The Omaka Maize maze has been harvested, but keen maze-goers can expect to get lost in a new labyrinth next year.

Members question decision on director

Questions were raised at Blenheim Musical Theatre's annual meeting about rehiring an Auckland director whose last production for the society was a financial flop.

Picton in for makeover

Pedestrians on Picton's Upper High St in future will enjoy a regenerated streetscape flush with trees, new seating and lighting.

Council flier to detail spending plans

Flyers will be dropping in ratepayers' letterboxes next month detailing the Marlborough District Council's spending plans for the next 10 years.

Renwick can now use sprinklers

Renwick residents can use garden sprinklers every second day, as the water level in the town's wells gradually rises.

Cash needed for wrecked Vanuatu

Donating money is the best way Marlburians can help the victims of Cyclone Pam, says Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman.

New principal at Bohally

Bohally Intermediate School will have a new leader when term two kicks off after the Easter break.

Police chase teens in stolen car

Road spikes used to stop teenagers driving a car stolen from an 87-year-old man.

Widow finds her way on two wheels

Joining a cycling group after her husband died of cancer, Carol Webb gained friends and lost 43kg.

High salt levels in Havelock water

Havelock residents urged to cut back water use immediately after a spike in saltwater levels in the water supply.

Deck chairs divide Picton

Sun lounger park to stay despite mixed reviews

Picton's hotly-debated sun lounger park has been branded everything from tacky to terrific, but its oversized deck chairs aren't going away yet.

Awatere remembers its fallen

Two special services will honour the men from the Awatere who died in World War I and II.

Scramble for jobs after cyclone

Vanuatuans are desperate to find work in Marlborough following Cyclone Pam, contractor says.

Concern over DHB's meal changes

Some of the region's most vulnerable and isolated older people are a step closer to being served reheated frozen meals.

Blenheim shines on TripAdvisor

Travellers on TripAdvisor have voted Blenheim the third best place to visit in New Zealand.

Exploring our area's wild side

Marlborough's outdoor experts will come together this weekend for the first Great Outdoors Expo.

Advocate's natural burial

The first natural burial has taken place in Marlborough following the funeral of Myra Giese.

Fears of traffic snarls rejected

Marlborough's highway manager says the proposed Spring Creek roundabout is not likely to create traffic jams on SH1.

Plan to link hospitals

A daily service between Wairau and Nelson will reduce the number of helicopter transfers.

Drums spark noise complaints

A 10-year-old Blenheim drummer may be stripped of his drum kit if he continues to upset neighbours.

Roof problem delays finish date

Problems with the roof on the new civic building in Kaikoura could delay completion.

Shoppers tip no-breaks backlash

Marlborough shoppers would boycott Cotton On if the company stripped staff of their tea breaks.

'Don't lawyer up'

A Picton principal has cautioned parents against taking legal action when school decisions don't go their way.

Invivo breaks crowdfunding record

Invivo Wines has raised a record-toppling $1.7m in six days on an equity crowdfunding platform.

Fears of ferry traffic snarls

The arrival of new Cook Strait ferries with greater vehicle capacity has the potential to create traffic problems, says MP Stuart Smith.

Second hit on grave angers family

Vandals have targeted a headstone at a Marlborough cemetery in for the second time this month, leaving a family distraught.

Grapes spilled in first week of harvest

Two trucks spilled grapes on Marlborough roads last week, as the first week of harvesting got underway.

Toxin still present in Picton water

A toxin that can cause vomiting and diarrhoea is still present in one of Picton's water supplies.

Cricket hits GrapeRide for six

Event fails to sell out for first time ever

The hugely popular Forrest GrapeRide in Marlborough has not sold out for the first time in its history, and organisers are blaming the Cricket World Cup.

Summer hangs on a bit longer

A damp start to the week in Christchurch should make way for a brief reminder of summer.

Couples go head over heels

Ladies given a lift to win weight in beer

Four men took to the startline at the weekend to vye for their partner's weight in beer at the Flaxbourne A&P Show in Ward on Sunday.

Drought's water thieves are warned

Three Marlborough farmers and vineyard operators caught taking water for irrigation during water restrictions have been issued with warnings.

Heart-and-soul pianist wins award

A Marlborough Girls' College student who "puts her whole heart and soul" into playing the piano is this year's winner of a Marlborough District Council award for young musicians.

Cyclone pulls workers back home

Some of Vanuatu's seasonal workers in Marlborough have flown home to help with the rebuild after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation.

Religion not cause of wars - scholar

Religious wars have been fought for millennia but a visiting scholar says religion isn't the cause.

Worker stays on to save money

Young Vanuatu couple decide earning money in New Zealand to rebuild their shattered lives is a priority.

Bully punches pregnant partner

Marlborough man who punched his pregnant partner in the face sentenced to community detention.

Drone maps lagoons

The Wairau Lagoons bared a striking resemblance to the Transformers movie during the first survey of its kind in the region.

Picton couple's 'sneaky' next date

The Picton barista and backpacking Scottish tourist who captured New Zealanders hearts are about to give love a second chance.

House of cards

The "King of Card Games", declares a promotional poster for a "learn to play bridge" course.

Business memories

"Damned hard work" and an "eye for opportunity" are two requisites for running a successful business.

Fellowship with a flying cause

'They go where commercial planes don't go'

A Cessna 206 has been acquired for New Zealand fellowship pilots to train on and will be displayed at the Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow in Blenheim at Easter.

DHB gets S Island-wide IT linkup

A new patient administration system to be implemented at the NMDHB will provide more efficient healthcare services to the South Island.

Roadside fire quickly contained

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze beside State Highway 1 near Blenheim.

Hundreds meet over cod rules

Hundreds of recreational fishers turned out to have their say on blue cod fishing rules.

Hager coming to Book Festival

An investigative journalist who revealed the dirty politics of New Zealand is coming to Marlborough.

Blenheim homes hooked up to UFB

Rollout of ultra-fast broadband to more than 11,000 homes in Blenheim completed.

Women drop kilos, pick up roles

Takeaways swapped for half-marathons

Transforming their sedentary lifestyle to become half marathon athletes has inspired two Blenheim women to inspire others.

Frozen meals on wheels

Serving vulnerable and isolated older people reheated frozen meals could save DHB $4.7 million.

Spouses get carried away

First prize in a new event at the Flaxbourne A&P Show on Sunday will be your spouse's weight in beer.

PlayStation row sparked assault

Blenheim man sentenced for assaulting his partner after an argument over a PlayStation game.

Midwife still working

Midwife who told teen mum to keep her legs together and be "ladylike" practicing under new name.

Man pays $4000 to get dog back

Marlborough man pays $4000 to get his dog back from the pound, where it spent eight months for biting a police officer.

Wrong turn led to survival ordeal

After walking 40km and spending the night under a bush, Emine Aslankilinc got home and made tea for her family.

Truck rolls into river after crash

The driver of a truck that crashed upside down in a river east of Nelson walked away from the crumpled wreck.

Crowdfunding plan for wine company

Two businessmen, famous for making Graham Norton's signature wine from Marlborough grapes, are taking their company to the crowd.

Busted for black market crayfish

Recreational fisherman gets five months home detention for black market trading.

Man explains threat to blow up ferry


A man who threatened to blow up a Bluebridge ferry has explained his actions in court, saying he was not in a good state of mind.

Trio remanded for broomstick attack

Three men facing charges of sexually violating a man with a broomstick have been remanded in custody.

Moa: Deal enables big expansion

Craft-brewing company Moa has been given the green light to expand its Marlborough brewery after resolving a long-running dispute with its opponents.

Team learns about wine tourism

Seventeen Chinese visitors, from the province of Ningxia, are in Marlborough on a two-day visit to learn about wine tourism.

Unexpected cruise ships welcomed

Picton businesses welcomed two unexpected cruise ship arrivals on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Temporary toilets at airport

Airline passengers are being asked to use temporary toilets outside Marlborough Airport for the next two months, as work on the expansion moves continues.

Bar moves bands inside

The Yard Bar and Bistro in Blenheim has moved its live bands inside following complaints from the public about noise levels.

Cruise ship bypasses capital

Mega-cruise ship Queen Mary 2 has ditched its Wellington visit with the capital in sight.

Jail for nunchuk attack

Blenheim man sent to prison on aggravated robbery charge after assaulting a man with nunchuks.

Lost woman, 71, slept under bush

An elderly woman who was missing in Marlborough slept under a bush after walking 40km.

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