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Agenda for change

A Marlborough climate change campaigner is keeping the momentum alive after his week-long protest raising awareness about its adverse affects

Scholarship students to pay more

Scholarship students will pay more to sit exams.

Marlborough students sitting scholarship exams might be out of pocket if they cannot fork out enough cash.

Suspension, expulsion rates drop at Marlborough schools

Tom Parsons

Fewer students are being expelled, suspended or stood-down in Marlborough, new figures show.

Wipes clogging pipes

Wet wipes are clogging  Blenheim's sewage system.

A buildup of wet wipes is causing a soggy problem for Blenheim's sewage system.

Marlborough couple convicted of benefit fraud

Blenheim District Court House

A Marlborough couple have been convicted after receiving an overpayment in benefits of almost $50,000.

Seven caught in poaching sting

Police stop a man hunting legally on Waihopai Valley Rd as part of a police operation targeting poaching.

Spotlight on unlawful hunters.

Tax sugar like booze and smokes - dentist

Springlands School pupils, from left, Ava Elsmore, 9, Grace Calder, 9, and Brayden Giles, 10. Fizzy drinks are not sold on Springlands School grounds, and children are discouraged from bringing high-sugar drinks into the school .

The Government should treat sugar in the same way as tobacco and alcohol, dental officer says. 

Advisory group to be rural voice

Rural Advisory Group steering committee chairman Colin King

The rural community wants to provide a reasoned voice to debate council policies and decision-making.

Tourist robbed under bridge

The Taylor River walkway in Blenheim was the scene of a robbery on Saturday.

An 18-year-old man has been charged after a British tourist was robbed on the Taylor River walkway in Blenheim.

Kirsty Bentley's dad dies professing innocence

Sid Bentley died after a battle with cancer, was a suspect in his daughter's 1998 disappearance and murder, along with Kirsty's older brother, John.

Father of murdered Ashburton teen died still denying involvement in her death.

$148m investment for region's roading and cycling network

Increased funding will go into Blenheim's bus service aimed at growing patronage by 50 per cent over the next three years.

Marlborough's roading network will get a share of $148 million to help maintain the region's roads for the next three years.

Junction revamp set for February

The design of a roundabout and barrier arm at Spring Creek intersection is being finalised with work due to start in February.

Construction of a roundabout at the Spring Creek intersection aimed at cutting the number of car crashes will start in February.

Anger at litter bugs ruining 'pristine' Blenheim riverbank

Blenheim retiree Eddie Thoroughgood, 86, with some of the cans he has picked up while walking along the Taylor River bank.

A Blenheim retiree who picks up cans and other rubbish during his daily walks along the Taylor River bank is calling for more rubbish bins in the area.

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

Bird swerve causes crash

A woman drove off a bridge on Battys Rd, near Blenheim on Thursday morning after swerving to avoid a bird.

Woman drove off bridge and into power pole in Blenheim to avoid hitting a hawk.

Cycleways work gets thumbs up

Stefan Sanders of the New Zealand Transport Association, left, Bike Walk Marlborough facilitator Robin Dunn and Marlborough deputy mayor Terry Sloan ride with Bohally Intermediate School pupils as they make their way along the Taylor River cycleway.

School principals and police give backing to plans to extend two of Marlborough's cycleways.

Outrage at nosy WINZ security

Security guards at Work and Income offices may ask those entering for identification as part of their new controlled access.

Work and Income security guards demanding to know visitors' business is an invasion of privacy, says Blenheim woman.

Council extends guarantee on theatre loan

Marlborough Civic Theatre Trust will have to draw on a $3.1 million loan and raise $1 million in fundraising to finish the ASB Civic Theatre due to open next February.

Loan guarantee to the new multi-million ASB Civic Theatre in Blenheim extended to save project from collapsing.

Foreign buyers snap up vineyards

Foreign ownership of land in Marlborough continued to increase

Overseas companies continue to buy up land in Marlborough for vineyard expansion.

Support for 'gut-wrenching' losses

Anna Higgins with her daughter Harper Mae Higgins, aged 18 months. Harper has the same middle name as her sister Ellie, who died shortly after her birth by emergency c-section in 2013.

Anna Higgins came home with empty arms after the birth of her daughter Ellie Mae. 

Online sales boost business

Puddle Jumpers children's clothing owner Lucy Walter with her son Rory Walter, 4, at their Renwick home.

Moving into the online retail world has seen one small Marlborough-based children's clothing business get a foothold in new markets around the world.

Pou whenua signal the start of a new dawn

Paora Mackie is the artist behind the pou whenua unveiled at Mayfield Kindergarten on Monday.

As the sun rose on Monday, the Mayfield kindergarten community welcomed in a new day, a new year (Matariki) and a new look for their kindergarten.

Axe murderer loses appeal

John Frederick Ericson was convicted of his wife's murder in April 2000 and sentenced to life in prison after admitting the charge.

Convicted murderer John Frederick Ericson has lost an appeal after claiming he was being held in prison under an invalid warrant.

Zonta turns 20

In solidarity: Zonta president Lorri Taylor, left, and Bridget Orman stand with women to achieve gender equality.

For 20 years the Zonta Club of Marlborough has stood for the equality for women from 37 ethnicities in the region.

Waiariki fined $40,000 after forestry accident

Waiariki Institute of Technology was fined after this tree fell on a tutor during a forestry lesson last August.

Waiariki Institute of Technology has been ordered to pay $40,000 after a tutor was seriously injured during a forest operations course. 

A chance to drop the boss

General Manager of Processing at Sanfords in Havelock Ted Culley is  going to skydive as part of the "Drop the Boss" Fundraiser for Kiwi Can.

Jumping from a plane 16,500 feet from the ground is definitely not something on Ted Culley's bucket list. 

Woman guilty of assaulting children

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Blenheim woman found guilty of assault against children.

Vineyards to aid of flood-hit farmers

Blenheim rotarians Tony Smith and David Bool load vineyard fence posts that are being sent to flood-hit farmers in Whanganui.

Flood-hit Whanganui farmers will receive a goodwill shipment from Marlborough vineyards.

Keeping tabs on 'insidious' blindness

Blenheim retiree Ken Saunders suffers from the eye condition, macular degeneration.

Blindness crept into Ken Saunder's life during a 10-minute doctor's visit. 

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