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Wairau Bar tops Mateparae's list

Mateparae

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae has a busy schedule planned for his visit to Marlborough, which starts today.

Wairau Hospital to get ENT surgery

Ear, nose and throat surgery could be introduced to Wairau Hospital for the first time following a major review of surgical services.

Man remanded again after Winz threat

A Marlborough man accused of sending the Work and Income office in Blenheim into lock-down has denied a charge of misusing a telephone.

Man jailed for Picton crime spree

Taia Huatahi Schuster, 21, was sent to prison for just over three years for his part in a two-night crime spree targeting vehicles in the Picton area.

Rubbish not welcome at charity shop

Robert McArthur

A Marlborough charity shop spends more than $1000 a year dumping unwanted items left at the store.

New MP to meet boss and begin induction

Alex Ainley

New Kaikoura representative Stuart Smith goes to Wellington today for training as a new MP.

Vineyards on tenterhooks over frosts

Wineries on alert as temperatures plummet

Robert McArthur

Helicopters worked through the night last night and frost fan alerts were triggered after mild frosts threatened Marlborough’s 2015 vintage.

Safety worries not valid

Marlborough lines staff

Workplace safety regulator says Marlborough Lines has worse record than Otago firm it criticised.

Man admits to scamming $20k from flatmate

Blenheim man has admitted scamming two flatmates out of more than $20,000.

Classic cars in town for annual hop

Crowds flock to Kaikoura event

Proud owner Lawrence Muldoon of Rangiora

Thousands of people crowded Kaikoura's Takahanga Domain at the weekend to see hundreds of classic cars in town for the annual Hop.

Saying goodbye to Blenheim's historic breakfast boat

Tales of historic ship the Echo have been revealed by the people who knew it best.

Stronger sister-city bond sought

A Havelock man has visited Marlborough in England this month in his push to make stronger links between the two places.

Police hunt dangerous man with spider tattoo

Shane Dibben

A 'dangerous' man with a spider web tattoo is wanted by police after sexual and violent assaults.

Iwi celebrates signing of settlement deed

A deed signed by the Crown acknowledging the existence of Marlborough iwi Ngati Apa ki te Ra To was just one reason to celebrate on Saturday.

Tutus off until 2016

Stage show spectaculars are promised in Blenheim's new civic theatre but dance fans must wait until 2016 before it will be used by the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Candidate holds thank-you event

Unsuccessful Kaikoura candidate for Labour, Janette Walker, was still smiling after missing out to National's Stuart Smith.

Burned out warehouse repaired

A commercial warehouse in Blenheim which was gutted by a large fire last October has been rebuilt.

Marlborough chefs up for fine cuisine title

Two Marlborough chefs will compete for the title of Premier Master of Fine Cuisine.

Fraudster helped run advertising bill scam

Man jailed for bogus advertising scam that aimed to generate $740,000 over three years.

Browning has two week wait

Alex Ainley

Marlborough-based Green Party candidate Steffan Browning has not given up hope of getting back into Parliament but admits it's not looking good for him.

Battle of Britain commemorated

Alex Ainley

More than 100 people gathered under a clear Blenheim sky yesterday to remember the New Zealand airmen who died in the Battle of Britain.

Smith enjoys landslide win

Alex Ainley

Marlborough's new MP Stuart Smith celebrates decisive victory over election rivals.

Prostate message painted in blue

Safe Air get into the spirit of Blue September

Men should man up and think about their health for their family's sake, a cancer event has heard.

Hospital shuttle service on hold

Plans for shuttle service between Wairau and Nelson hospitals stymied by cuts to van fleet.

Yes, you shall all go to the ball, in style

Gallery: Glitz and glamour at college formal

A Mr Whippy truck, a TNL Freight truck and a ute and caravan disguised as a dragon all had one thing in common on Friday night - they were all carrying glamorous girls and handsome boys to the combined colleges formal.

Votes for women celebrated

Marlborough celebrated 121 years of women's suffrage with a rally at lunchtime in Market Place.

National's Stuart Smith wins Kaikoura

National's Stuart Smith wins a decisive victory

Stuart Smith

National's Stuart Smith wins a decisive victory over Labour's Janette Walker. | NZ election results

Teen cleared of sex charges

Court

A Marlborough teenager has been cleared on charges of rape and indecent assault.

Colin King backs challenger to win

Marlborough's outgoing MP tips the electorate will vote both Stuart Smith and National on election day tomorrow.

Multiple care failings found

A frail pensioner died at Wairau Hospital after his third fall in five days, Coroner's Court hears.

Sex trial date set

The trial of a Marlborough man facing 53 sex-related charges will go ahead in November.

Star struck by Fassbender on ferry

Michael Fassbender

Hollywood star Michael Fassbender was spotted by fans on the ferry from Wellington to Picton yesterday.

New owner for River Queen

Local buyer takes over for summer season

Peter Makin

English couple Peter and Sandra Makin have sold their beloved boat and business, Marlborough River Queen, after six years of ups and downs on the Opawa River.

Judgment day after months of campaigning

Tessa-Jane Power

Tomorrow is election day and by Sunday, Marlborough will have a new MP representing the district.

Head girls remember formals, 70s-style

Tessa-Jane Power

Do-it-yourself hairdos and dresses your mother made were part and parcel of preparing for formals past.

Lawyer's daughter lands TV role

Michael Fassbender

Marlborough lawyer forced to change viewing habits after daughter lands role on Shortland Street.

New values will hit some rates bills

About 60 properties in the Marlborough District are facing a 50 per cent or larger increase in their property valuations and rates bills.

Picton brawl blamed on gang passing through town

A fight that broke out in the middle of Picton ended with a woman wielding a baseball bat and an off-duty police officer called in to calm things down.

Just off for a ride: around the world

Charity ride a real triumph

The odometer ticked over 35,500 kilometres on Rhys Lawrey's Triumph Tiger 800XC motorbike as he rode into Picton.

Rape complainant was 'intoxicated'

Court

Nelson student denies charge of raping Blenheim teen after she passed out drunk.

Blenheim retirement village considers merger

Blenheim's Ashwood Park Retirement Village will consider a proposal next month to merge with 18 other retirement villages throughout the country.

Crushed tutor back in Rotorua

tree

A forestry tutor crushed by a tree in Marlborough has been transferred to Rotorua Hospital.

Woman given sleep pills 10 times dose

An elderly woman was given 10 times dose of sleeping pills in error by a nurse, court hears.

Candidates agree on need for regional jobs

Blenheim candidates’ forum

Candidates at the Marlborough Express-organised candidates' forum in Blenheim on Tuesday night made it clear where they saw their future.

Boys spruce up for college formal

Stylists primp and preen for big night

Blenheim candidates’ forum

Rats tails don't cut it, and the floppy fringe is back in vogue as boys flock to the hairdressers for their formal preparation.

Wellywood all a twitter at star's arrival

 charter flight

A-list actor Michael Fassbender has arrived in New Zealand and will begin filming a new movie in Marlborough next week.

Book on boyhood hero

Cricket tale has ton of pace

Gary Bartlett

The story of the Marlborough cricketer many consider this country's fastest bowler is about to be launched.

Grape expectations

art by night

The annual Marlborough grape harvest creates 38,000 tonnes of waste material called marc. Reporter Cathie Bell looks at what might be done with it.

Sunwear over at Rainbow

rainbow

A huge dump of snow, combined with warm spring weather will see T-shirts and shorts on the slopes at Rainbow ski area.

Care home merger could put ABs in the black

john key

ALAN WOOD - Marlborough

All Blacks including Dan Carter and Richie McCaw are in the "line-out" for retirement riches.
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