Abuse in state care 'hurts forever'

Mario Marzola and his wife Lindora Marzola.

Each afternoon when the school bell rang Mario Marzola faced a choice.

Marlborough weeds on DOC hit list

Wandering willie, or tradescantia, is on the Department of Conservation's 'dirty dozen' list.

Three plant pests growing in Marlborough will be under the spotlight following increased funding from Department of Conservation to fight invasive weeds.

Man jailed for supplying drugs to children

Blenheim District Court

A man who supplied cannabis to three children has been sentenced to four months in prison. 

August weather warmer

August was warmer, dryer and sunnier than average, latest weather figures show.

There were no hot August nights to speak of but the past month was warmer, drier and sunnier than average, latest weather figures for Marlborough show.

Teacher aide breaks police officer's nose

Blenheim District Court

A man who fractured a police officer's nose is deeply embarrassed by his behaviour, his lawyer says.

Much hyped milk arrives in Marlborough

Renwick SuperValue store manager Ravi Mahajan is excited to be one of the supermarkets which will sell Lewis Road Creamery's flavoured milk for the first time in the South Island.

Marlborough milk lovers can finally celebrate as the much hyped Lewis Road Creamery chocolate milk arrives on South Island shores from Wednesday.

Marlborough patients refused surgery assessments

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Thousands of Marlborough patients have stumbled at the first hurdle on their way to surgery during the past five years. 

Beekeeper unsure what summer will bring

APITECH NZ Ltd beekeeping apprentices, from left, Laura Foster, Adrian Withers and Jayden Paul.

The plight of bees is under the spotlight with the industry-led Bee Aware Month promotion kicking off.

Lewis Rd reveals two new brews

Lewis Road Creamery flavoured milks roll out September 2.

New Lewis Rd milk flavours are coffee and vanilla. But not just any coffee and vanilla.

New role for Blenheim doctor

Dr John Welch is the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board's new assistant chief medical officer.

A senior medical officer at Wairau Hospital is the NMDHB's new assistant chief medical officer.

Young winemaker credits Marlborough origins

Young Winemaker of the Year Lauren Swift, originally from Marlborough, is the winemaker at Ash Ridge Winery, Hawkes Bay

Winemaker Lauren Swift has credited a Marlborough winery for her win in the Young Winemaker of the Year award.

Support for Destination Marlborough

Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston said they were targeting a $446.5 Marlborough visitor economy by 2025.

A Marlborough councillor has issued a rallying call for councillors to show their support for council tourism arm Destination Marlborough.

Rising rates anger rural residents

Councillor Geoff Evans wants a rating review conducted.

Ratepayers in rural Marlborough have taken a stand against "unfair" rates increases, with some claiming 70 per cent hikes over the past three years.

Ambulance chaser fined, disqualified

Blenheim District Court

A Picton man who pursued an ambulance as it manoeuvred between cars at high speed has been convicted of dangerous driving.

Man arrested after Blenheim bridge crash

An ambulance crosses Grove Rd bridge in Blenheim where a vehicle was allegedly rammed on Saturday morning.

A man has been arrested by the armed offenders squad after allegedly fleeing the scene of a car crash near the Grove Rd bridge in Blenheim.

Marlborough RSA admits fire misunderstanding

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology horticulture lecturer Don Cross, left, and Marlborough RSA members John Capall, back, and Peter Slape, driving, load olive branches to be burnt on Saturday morning.

A misunderstanding was to blame for the Marlborough RSA having its working bee shut down by the Marlborough District Council.

Unclean food outlets fail checks

Eight food premises in Marlborough failed health inspections last year because of cleanliness and maintenance issues.

Eight food premises in Marlborough failed health inspections last year.

Havelock to trial new i-SITE

Craig Usmar and Yanyan Li own the Havelock Info Centre along with the Havelock Town Cafe and Takeaway. An i-Site will be launched in the town in October. Usmar and Li  are pictured with their son, Ryan Usmar, 18-months.

Tourists looking for recommendations and advice will be able to stop by an i-Site in Havelock from October. 

No invite for ball hopefuls

Students Kate Lindstrom, left, and Dagmar van Antwerpen, both 17, will not be attending the college formal on September 11.

Former Marlborough Girls' student who left school due to illness hangs up ball dress as a decision forbidding her from attending is held up.

Council consultant to scope science research

The Marlborough District Council is scoping ideas for a new regional research institute after Economic Minister Steven Joyce, pictured, announced a $25 million Government package.

The Marlborough District Council is to pay a consultant $20,000 to scope out an idea for a research institute in Marlborough.

Council helps fund warmer homes

The Marlborough District Council's community and finance committee has earmarked $50,000 in funding for a home insulation scheme.

Up to 90 homes in Marlborough could get insulated under plans to cut the number of cold homes.

What library books say about Marlborough

Blenheim Library customer service co-ordinator Jan Robinson, left, and children's library assistant Emily Fredrickson check out some of the most popular books at the library.

A snap shot of the most popular library books in Marlborough paints an intriguing picture of the average reader.

Calls for Taylor Pass speed reduction

Avid Marlborough cyclists Peter Halligan, left, and Duncan Mackenzie think the 100kmh speed limit on Taylor Pass Rd needs to be reviewed.

Two prominent Marlborough personalities are calling for the speed limit on Taylor Pass Rd, outside Blenheim, to be reviewed as it becomes increasingly popular with cyclists.

RSA working bee shut down

Marlborough RSA members Ernie Thomson and Tania Hall watch as one of the last fire burns before the morning's work was put to an end after a member of the public complained to council.

The Marlborough RSA working bee was cut short when a member of the public complained.

Marlborough viticulturist 'perennial' runner-up

Marlborough young viticulturist Matt Duggan

Cricketers savour hattricks but not Marlborough viticulturist Matt Duggan.

Preventive detention for rape

Jason Brent Ecclestone was sentenced to preventive detention for a sex attack when he appeared in the Nelson High Court on Friday.

A man found guilty of raping a sex worker has been sentenced to preventive detention.

Ministry helps pay for holiday park stays

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People struggling to find a roof over their head are checking into Marlborough holiday parks with the Ministry of Social Development chipping in to help with the cost. 

Blenheim landlord acquitted of cannabis charges

Blenheim District Court

A Blenheim landlord who claimed his tenant was responsible for a crop of more than 200 cannabis plants at his property has been cleared of all charges. 

Committed rugby dad earns $10k for club, school

Awatere Rugby Club coach Andrew Lawson with sons Jake, 8, and Eric, 12.

Coaching junior rugby has proven to be rewarding in more ways than one for a Marlborough dad after he won $10,000 for the Awatere Rugby Club and Seddon School.

Marlborough PHO excels in health tests

Marlborough Primary Health Organisation chairman David Taylor.

The Marlborough Primary Health Organisation has excelled in the latest round of health target results. 

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