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Barrels of fun at maritime festival

Juan-Louis Taylor, 6, and Hailey Taylor with their balloons.

One of the highlights of the day was a raft race, featuring a Donald Trump raft which did not travel far from shore.

The next big cycle trail?

One thing that has not changed since the November earthquake is the spectacular scenery along the east coast of the ...

The mountains on one side; the sea on the other. Imagine a cycle trail along the stunning Kaikoura coast.

Trustees put on the spot

Marlborough Electric Power Trust trustees at the 2017 AGM, from left, John Cuddon, chairman Ross Inder, Ian Martella, ...

Yealands acquisition, gender balance and social responsibility discussed at power trust meeting.

Help wanted: GCSB looking for staff

The domes covering satellite dishes at Waihopai Station, near Blenheim.

Want to work for one of NZ's most secretive organisations? Note: Sharing work stories is strictly off-limits.

Concerns about laptop policy

Parent Katie Rasmussen is angry it is compulsory for her year 10 son to have his own laptop.

"I was just totally shocked. I found out just on Christmas."

Two-year wait for bridge?

Rebuilding the Clarence River bridge could take two years, residents have been told.

Residents who relied on the previous bridge for vehicle access could only use a paper road, or row across the river.

Wine Condoms coming to NZ video

18012017 Business Photo: SUPPLIED. American mother-son duo - Mitch Strahan and Laura Bartlett - have invented the Wine ...

A condom for your wine bottle? Sounds like a bit of a stretch.

'I blame Steph for the quake'

Nick and Steph Thompson of Kaikoura Four Square are pragmatic about the earthquake despite facing a 'torrid' 12 months ahead.

The morning of the Kaikoura earthquake, Steph Thompson opened her Four Square store in a dressing gown. And that's how her customers arrived, too.

Serious injuries after plane crash video

The Cessna 185F that crashed on landing.

Four people have been flown to hospital after the plane they were in crashed at a remote farm north of Kaikoura.

'They were just bereft of any emotion' video

NH90 helicopters arrive in Kaikoura on November 15 to evacuate those stranded.

Defence Force personnel reflect on their post-quake experiences.

Small fire in Awatere

Emergency services were called out to a small fire south of Blenheim

Fallen power lines are believed to be the cause of a small fire that broke out on the Dashwood Pass.

Chaos in Nelson's CBD

A man is arrested following a brawl in Trafalgar St, Nelson during the middle of the day last week.

Drunkenness, violence, abuse, theft, rubbish and broken glass have retailers calling for action.

The men who 'predict' quakes

"Moon man" Ken Ring has been claiming he can predict earthquakes for years but he recently took a step out of the ...

They live in a confusing world full of supermoons, government conspiracies and scientology.

Plans to extend paua ban in Kaikoura

The Kaikoura quake stranded paua and other shellfish above the high-tide line, causing still-unknown amounts of damage ...

The MPI is seeking public feedback on a plan to extend a ban on shellfish harvesting on the Kaikoura coastline.

Matheson confident of extinguishing vape session

An action shot from a recent burnout meet near Seddon. A larger 'Vape Sesh' is planned for Nelson on January 21.

 Nelson's deputy mayor has backed police to shut down a proposed burnout convoy in Nelson.

The chances of a big quake now

NZ has endured almost 12,000 quakes since November 14, 2016.

The likelihood of a magnitude-6 to 6.9 quake in the next month has halved since December.

Firefighters juggle family with duty

It has been a busy week for the Old family with both a newborn and multiple fire callouts. Pictured from left are ...

Little rest for father of newborn as he responds to the front line.

The calm before the second storm

Friday's sunshine lit up the fresh snow on the foothills of the Southern Alps.

A mild day brings some relief on Friday before a second storm brings a cold, wet weekend.

A bump in the night

Jayne McCaa and son Samuel are thankful the tree in their front yard fell on the cars and not onto their home.

At 36 weeks' pregnant, a falling tree was not the emergency Jayne McCaa expected.

The disappearing Wicked shockers

A Wicked Camper parked in Nelson.

After national outcry, Wicked Campers seems to have toned down its offensive message.

CIA files: UFOs, mind control, and Kaikoura

The world famous Kaikoura 'UFO' sightings of December 1978. They appeared on Wellington air traffic radar and were ...

A CIA database includes weird and wonderful reports into strange experiments and an infamous 1978 'UFO' sighting in New Zealand.

Empty lot an 'eyesore'

The empty lot on Queen St after the double-storey building was torn down and the street reopened last week.

Owners of building torn down after quake say they have no plans for the site.

Public access to river unresolved

Neville Sutherland claims the public are prevented from accessing a paper road near Timm's Creek in the Wairau Valley

A long held dispute over the use of a rural paper road to access a river is no closer to resolving.

Boredom behind Blenheim blazes?

Smoke from Saturday's fire forced people from their homes.

Psychologist believes spate of fires was started by a bored young man looking for "enjoyment".

Kaikoura open for business

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett visited Kaikoura to meet with the council, community members and tourism operators ...

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett makes her first trip to Kaikoura.

Sex scent snares stoats

The lure of a fertile female could be the "holy grail" for controlling one of New Zealand's most devastating predators.

The lure of a fertile female could be the "holy grail" for controlling one of New Zealand's most devastating predators.

Wild pigs offer clues on bovine TB

Lymph nodes around the neck of wild pigs can show signs of TB infection

Pigs contract TB by scavenging infected dead animal carcasses but do not pass on the disease

UFO above Blenheim? video

A mysterious flying object was captured by Blenheim boy Josh Marshall.

"It's not a plane, it's not a star, and not a satellite."

Pre-festival market back on

Marlborough Artisan Market committee chairwoman Charlene Scott, left, and co-ordinator Debbie Carter in Market Place, ...

Retailers complained and the market was cancelled, but another organiser has stepped up.

Power out, trees down

Waikakaho Valley Rd is covered in debris after the storm.

Marlborough Lines fight to restore power across region after freak summer storm.

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