Disability service to become business unit

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming

A recommendation to develop the Disability Support Services into a business unit has been unanimously accepted by NMDHB.

Blenheim student makes Rockquest cut

Queen Charlotte College student Aidan Quinn-Brereton, 18, performs at the Marlborough Smokefree Rockquest in June.

A Marlborough teenager will soon learn if he has a shot at winning NZ's most prestigious battle of the bands contest.

Farmers breached milking order

Marlborough dairy farmer Phillip Woolley, pictured, and his wife Suzanne Woolley have been found guilty of breaching a no milking order at their Glenmae farm outside Blenheim.

Marlborough dairy farmers found guilty of permitting their cattle to be milked in breach of an Environment Court order.

Driver found asleep after 180kmh chase


A man who led police on a chase reaching speeds of 180kmh was found afterwards asleep at the wheel.

Bus stop puts pupils at risk

A Ritchies school bus travels along North Bank Rd in rural Marlborough.

A Marlborough principal is concerned for the safety of pupils after a school bus started leaving them on a busy rural road used by logging trucks.

Dog impaled on branch gives birth

Farm dog Storm was impaled on a 3-metre long branch while herding sheep but survived to give birth to three puppies.

A Marlborough sheepdog recovered from a serious staking injury to give birth to a litter of healthy pups.

Terminally ill parolee returned to jail


A terminally ill man who breached his parole conditions by taking drugs was sentenced to a month in prison at the Blenheim District Court on Monday.

Halfway house planned

Crossroads Marlborough Charitable Trust co-ordinator Janette Walker wants to set up a centre in Blenheim for homeless single men.

A Marlborough charity believes they have come up with the start of a solution to the homeless issue in the province by setting up a halfway house in Blenheim.

Children feel unsafe at Blenheim skate park

Alex Sorrell with her children Coco, 4, Frankie, 2, and Otis, 6 months, says Blenheim's skate park could be more welcoming.

Drug deals go down in Blenheim skate park's toilets, says a skater who uses the park.

Community work for domestic assault, firearms charges


A man whose assault on his partner was on the "lower end of extreme violence" has avoided a prison sentence.

Volunteers needed for cerebral palsy boy

Volunteer Cezanne Lyons helps Eli Montgomery, 2 1/2, with exercises to strengthen his limbs. Eli is undergoing treatment for cerebral palsy.

A young Kaikoura couple have made a heartfelt plea for more volunteers to assist with the rehabilitation of their young mentally afflicted son.

Community Op Shop raises $50,000

Community Op Shop staff, from left, Marlene Ingram, Tony Eldon, Lesley Pattison, Nancy Boundy, Lynda Scott and Ellen Jackson helped raise $50,000 towards the new health centre.

Community turns trash to treasure for new Family Health Centre

$200k worth of drugs in car

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Blenheim police arrest man after shotgun and $200,000 worth of drugs found in car.

Crowds captivated at book festival

Lynda’s grandmothers both contributed – posthumously – to the renovations: “We eat at my grandmother Patricia’s formica dining table, and the old novels on the bookshelf belonged to Grandma Clarice.”

A blend of engaging authors who connected with their audience was showcased at the second Marlborough Book Festival.

Matt Duggan bags third Young Vit award

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Cloudy Bay viticulturist sets sights on national title after winning Marlborough crown - again.

Marlborough ecosystems being destroyed

Anchor damage to Perano Shoal in the Marlborough Sounds.

Significant marine ecosystems in the Marlborough Sounds are being degraded or lost at an alarming rate, a groundbreaking report reveals.

'Meth easier to get than cannabis' - former addict

The drug scene in Marlborough is getting worse, a former addict says.

"You know what you're doing to yourself is terrible. Your face is white, your eyes are black. You just reek of drug addict."

Marlborough schools ready for Maori Language Week

Picton School students, from left, Lily'ann Jones, Holly Nicholson, Caitlin Gledhill and Rheana Roberts-Bull, play ukelele and sing waiata as part of Maori Language Week.

Polishing pronunciation and taking te reo home will be the focus for some of the region's schools during Maori Language Week.

Helicopter pilot convicted of poaching in Marlborough

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A Marlborough helicopter pilot has been convicted of unlawful hunting and told to pay reparations.

Severe gales for South Island

Gales are forecast for exposed areas of the South Island on Sunday.

Severe gales are forecast to batter the South Island on Sunday. 

Child sex images plea

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A man admits downloading more than 6000 images of child sexual exploitation.

Black Sticks want Blenheim test

Black Sticks captain Anita Punt shows off her skills to Maddy Jones, 11, from Seddon.

The Black Sticks women will be coming to Blenheim for the team's first test series on Marlborough soil.

Businesses to vote on $1 rate

Blenheim Business Association chairman Tim Thomas says a $1 targeted rate of businesses is not an extra tax but an advertising incentive to boost events and foot traffic in the town centre.

Blenheim businesses banding together could generate $120,000 a year to promote the town centre.

AHoriBuzz comes back to Kaikoura

Aaron Tokona performs with Ahoribuzz in Kaikoura.

AHoriBuzz is the brain and love child of Aaron Tokona, a fixture and mainstay of New Zealand music for years, 

Creative minds come to Marlborough

Hunter's managing director Jane Hunter is one of the sponsors of the Marlborough Book Festival 2015, which runs from Friday to Sunday.

A celebration of some of the most inspired minds in the country was conceived during a walk involving two writers on Marlborough's Wither Hills.

Former Express editor Reg Spowart dies, age 89

Reg Spowart, as a reporter for the Motueka Golden Bay News in the 1970s.

New Zealand's first Pacific Island newspaper editor, Reg Spowart, has passed away in Blenheim.

Government boost for geologic surveys

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges announced $6m worth of geomagnetic surveys would focus on the South Island.

The Government will put an extra $6 million into surveys across the South Island to improve the data available for prospecting miners.

Man guilty of making meth in Marlborough

A Marlborough man has been convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine.

"There was a clan lab at the address, and Mr Brown knew about it."

Marlborough man appeals sex tape conviction

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A Marlborough man sentenced to home detention for making sex tapes of a former girlfriend without her knowledge is appealing his conviction.

Adding sparkle in the capital

An artist's impression of Wellington's "birthday cake", which will be projected onto Parliament.

Jon Baxter is bringing some sparkle to Wellington's 150th anniversary celebrations, which has included building a scale model of Parliament. 

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