Cost a barrier to health care

Poswillo's Pharmacy manager Brian Powell says some people have trouble paying for their prescriptions in Blenheim.

Marlborough residents are putting off going to the doctor because they can't afford it.

Man jailed for raping sleeping woman

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A man who raped a woman while she slept has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.

Man 'playing' with child denies assault

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The trial of a man charged with indecently assaulting a 2-year-old boy has started in Blenheim.

Wife-killer wants counselling in jail

John Frederick Ericson, who bashed his wife to death with a tomahawk, has taken the Corrections Department to court to get counselling.

Man who bashed his wife to death with a tomahawk takes Corrections Department to court to get counselling.

Woman discharged for holding child's wrist

Nelson District Court.

Woman who held onto the wrist of a stranded child while arguing with his mother for leaving him alone found guilty of assault.

Victim knocked unconscious by punch

Blenheim District Court

A factory hand from Blenheim has pleaded guilty to punching a man who asked him 'what's up'.

More chilly nights ahead

Snow on the hills behind the Waihopai spy station near Blenheim.

More bitterly cold nights are on the way, following a wintry blast that spread snow as far as Napier.

Making a case for better broadband

UNPUBLISHED:  Ethernet cords plugged into server for broadband on a network of computers.

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Marlborough community throws its hat in the ring for a share of $350m in government funding to improve internet coverage.

Diver's body found in Sounds

The diver was in Momorangi Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound.

The body of a diver who failed to surface in the Marlborough Sounds has been found.

Blenheim firefighters reach new heights

Blenheim volunteer firefighters, from left, Tony Nolan, Kim Holmes, Ashley Toms, Drew de Cartier-McCarthy, and Jason Molony, front, who competed in the Sky Tower challenge in Auckland.

A Blenheim volunteer firefighter who sweated her way up 1103 steps in the Sky Tower Challenge in Auckland has taken out the top spot in her category.

General acceptance to water use proposals

A depleted Taylor River during a dry spell.

Proposals to manage water resources more evenly in Marlborough have been generally well received, say council staff.

Skype link for virtual Sounds community

A home in the Pelorus Sound, Marlborough Sounds.

Plans are underway to link isolated Sounds communities with Skype

Hodder bridge gets upgrade

The Hodder bridge, 63 kilometres southwest of Seddon, is being stengthened so that it can be used by trucks and other heavy vehicles.

Strengthening work has started on the Hodder bridge at Awatere Valley Rd so it can once again carry trucks and heavy vehicles through the region.

Youth under pressure to conform

Marlborough Youth councillor Jordan Silcock.

The Express is running a Q&A series with youth councillors every day this week to find out what it's like to be a young person in Marlborough.

Fines no deterrent

A car parked illegally on dotted yellow lines at Trevor Crescent in Blenheim.

Parking wardens patrolling the streets near Horton Park on Saturday did not deter drivers from parking illegally.

Top talent celebrated

Marlborough's Top Talent 2014 winners Kelly Webster and Shiloh Walsh performing their winning dance.

Marlborough 4 Fun has high hopes for its fourth annual "Marlborough's Top Talent" night. 

Scholarships boost passion for wine

Blenheim man Sander de Wildt, with partner Huia Crosby and their sons Maui de Wildt, left, and Tamati de Wildt, says studying full-time is a juggling act.

Nepalese man studying wine in Marlborough couldn't reach his family after devastating earthquake struck last month.

Historic ship's wheel turns full circle

Former Echo crew member Ron Perano, left, with the pedestal he built for the ship's wheel, alongside Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman.

A former Echo crew member is keen to have a piece of memorabilia from the ship displayed in public.

Muso's art exhibition in Picton

Painter and jazz violinist Richard Adams with his painting "Morning".

Improvisation is the key to both abstract art and jazz music, Richard Adams says.

Marlborough colleges channel the Bard

Bonnie Harrison.

The annual National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival is coming to Wellington this Queen's Birthday weekend.

'Blizzard-like' blast

Snow is forecast for parts of the country tonight.

It's time to snuggle up in front of the fire, as a cold wintry blast makes its way up the country.

Climate change campaigner no prophet of doom

Climate change campaigner Bill McEwan, left, with his son Robbie McEwan in Blenheim.

Cilmate change campaigner Bill McEwan says he is no doom merchant

Artist is Marlborough's newest living treasure

Triska Blumenfeld, 87, is the fifth person to become a Marlborough living culture treasure.

A Marlborough artist who "dips her brush into her heart" has been honoured as Marlborough's newest living cultural treasure.

Taylor River gets a spruce up

Marlborough District Council contractors remove weed from the Taylor River in Blenheim.

The hot and dry Marlborough summer made for bumper river weed growth in the Taylor River this year, and has kept Marlborough District Council contractors working hard over the past two weeks to winter-proof the waterway.

Boutique wineries in the running

040912. News. Photo:Emma Allen/Marlborough Express. Spiegelau International Wine Competition at Marlborough Convention Centre. Day one of the three days of judging began today. File image. Wine glasses ready for tasting.

Boutique Marlborough wineries have the chance to enter a leading wine competition not previously open to them.

Lack of jobs a concern for youth councillor

Marlborough Youth councillor George Jackson.

The Marlborough Youth Council is celebrating Youth Week and the theme is "We are the future".

Man charged with child pornography

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A 19-year-old man has appeared in the Kaikoura District Court on 62 charges of child pornography.

Police officer could get diversion

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A Kaikoura police officer charged with careless driving after a crash on State Highway 1 in January could get diversion.

Work starts on new cycle path

Wine Tours by Bike co-owner Steve Hill on a section of a new off-road bike trail being built to keep cyclists off State Highway 6, north of Renwick

Work begins on new path aimed at adding to Marlborough's appeal as a cycle tourism destination.

Few surprises in Budget

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22:  Finance Minister Bill English speaks during a post-budget breakfast at Queen's Wharf on May 22, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. The National party government yesterday delivered the budget, unveiling a $790 million child poverty package, the axing of Kiwisaver $1000 kickstart payments and $52m allocated for developing spare Crown land in Auckland for residential housing.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Budget welcomed with mixed response among business, social services and education sectors in Marlborough.

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