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Top job in police 'natural progress'

New Tasman police chief Karyn Malthus is one of only three female district commanders in the country, and only the fourth in New Zealand history.

Major history of Maori realised

A decade-long cycle has reached its end for Nelson historians Hilary and John Mitchell with the fourth and final volume in their history of Maori in Nelson and Marlborough.

Explosion leaves thousands without power

More than 1500 homes were without electricity in Blenheim last night after an insulator exploded.

Drunk teen's window-smashing spree

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after five windows were smashed and a trolley was thrown into the glass door of a Blenheim supermarket on Christmas night.

Seddon pool reopens

Seddon residents can cool off during the summer with a dip in the community swimming pool, which reopens today.

Cleghorn St commemorates surgeon

Maike van der Heide starts a walk through history by delving into the origins of Cleghorn St.

Tackling a weighty issue for Tongans

A group of Tongan women in Marlborough are trying to change some of the unhealthy habits of their culture, Biggest Loser-style.

Doctor four times over limit escapes conviction

A Blenheim doctor caught drink-driving at more than four times the limit has escaped conviction.

Photo-journalist documents Syrian struggle

Marlborough Boys' College old boy Roman Kutzowitz went to work in October wearing a bullet-proof vest and helmet.

Poor driving and crashes concern police

Driving complaints this holiday season are up on last year, despite less traffic on Marlborough's roads.

Picton traders missing out on cruise customers

Cruise visitors driven direct to vineyards

Picton stallholders are losing their lifeblood as cruise ship passengers are whisked away on winery tours before they are barely off the boat, a stallholder says.

Call for boaties to take responsible safety measures

Marlborough Coastguard is warning boaties to be careful if they're drinking out on the water.

Work and Income delays reopening

Decision on when the fire-damaged Blenheim Winz office can reopen to be made in the New Year.

Shoppers out to bag a bargain

A small group of determined shoppers sprinted through the doors of The Warehouse in Blenheim, eager to snap up post-Xmas bargains.

Work and Income ram-raider too ill for court

A man charged with ram-raiding a van into Blenheim’s Work and Income office on Christmas Day will not appear in court today.

Kaikoura crash victim in serious condition

A man in his early 20s remains in a serious condition in hospital after a crash near Kaikoura on Christmas Day.

Work and Income in Blenheim ram-raided and set on fire

Man charged with burglary and arson after Work and Income building ram-raided and set alight.

Concerns for missing Blenheim man Jessie Hepi

Blenheim man Jessie Hepi has not been seen since leaving work on December 17.

Blue cod plentiful but Marlborough anglers sparse

Blue cod back on the menu but few out looking after recreational season opens in Marlborough Sounds.

DOC campsite gets $2m facelift

Campers heading to Momorangi Bay Camp will discover upgraded facilities and improved accessibility.

Police warn of increased road patrols

Drivers urged to be careful over holiday season

Marlborough police will be targeting drink-drivers and taking a zero-tolerance policy on speeding.

Blue cod fishery open for Christmas

Blue cod are back on the menu after the season opened on Saturday.

Better late than not at all: Christmas rush is on

A slow start to Christmas trade in Blenheim has turned into a last-minute rush.

Toxic chemical hits Tory Channel shellfish

Holidaymakers are being warned not to take shellfish from Tory Channel.

Daniel Jamal Latham sentenced for rape of girl, 8

A 23-year-old Blenheim man has been sent to prison for raping an 8-year-old girl.

Patrol boats will step up patrols in the Marlborough Sounds

Boaties flouting lifejacket rules will get slapped with a $200 fine, says Marlborough's harbourmaster.

Car rental adds scooter hire to its fleet

Visitors to Marlborough can take a spin on a scooter this summer.

'Double Christmas' brings 'double the fun'

With Christmas approaching, people in Marlborough talk about what a traditional Christmas Day looks like for them.

'Last chance' for drink-driver in Blenheim District Court

A 54-year-old Blenheim man has been sentenced to home detention on his twelfth charge of drink-driving.

Maize maze growing on Marlborough farm

A pair of leafy green mazes have sprouted on a Marlborough farm as a family's solution to summer holiday boredom.

Endangered New Zealand falcons in Marlborough

Marlburians and visitors to the region can get up close and personal with two endangered New Zealand falcons.

Picton's heritage railway station on the market

Picton's heritage railway station is up for sale for the first time in 20 years.

Work sentences for Blenheim family's 'drug supermarket'

Community work detention for daughter and mum with lesser roles in 'drug supermarket'.

Teens in court over Leon MacDonald rugby shirt burglary

Two teens have appeared in court over the burglary of rugby jerseys from ex-All Black Leon MacDonald's home.

Christmas starts early for family

Commute worth the quality time for Trudy

Christmas has begun for Marlborough woman Trudy Hennessy, who is already celebrating the festive season with her two granddaughters.

Spectacular light show on offer

The lights of a Blenheim neighbourhood are drawing in crowds like moths to a flame this year.

Former All Black Leon MacDonald desperate to get jerseys back

Leon MacDonald says he's 'gutted' after 15 rugby jerseys were stolen from his Blenheim home.

Meter fairies wave wand for shoppers

Sick of scrambling in your handbag or wallet for a few dollars to feed your parking meter?

Go wild in Dunedin

Some of the south's best wildlife experiences are within easy reach of downtown Dunedin.

Meter fairies wave wand for shoppers

Christmas magic to help shoppers

Parking fairies are handing out Christmas cheer in Blenheim CBD.

Relaxed shopping at twilight time

Avoid the hectic hustle and bustle of pre-Christmas food shopping and instead relax at the twilight Marlborough Farmers' Market tomorrow.

Organisations combine to change drinking culture

A cluster of Marlborough organisations are working together to changes the region's drinking culture.

Questions remain on 1080 risk to anglers

Fish & Game is still waiting for confirmation 1080 does not pose any sub-lethal risks to anglers.

Degree done and dusted - by video link

Woman gets degree without having to leave lounge

A Marlborough woman has graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree without having to leave the region.

Happy Nelson graduates take to streets

Learning is work and work is learning, 400 graduates told as they step out with new qualifications.

Not all plain sailing for the Interislander

It's summer and you fancy a holiday in the South Island. But will the ferry get you there?

Christmas a time for shared goodwill

All invited to centre's communal festive lunch

The anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ makes Christmas an important event on the Christian calendar.

The day a leaky boiler killed the whaling industry

In 1964, the last whale was harpooned off the Kaikoura coast.

Sex offender fought for name suppression

Sex offender Arthur Samuel Roy Senior, 66, went to the Court of Appeal to fight for continued name suppression.

Quad bike safety: Farmers starting to feel picked on

Kiwi farmers uneasy about a $40k fine handed out to farming couple for not wearing helmets while on quad bikes.
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