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High-speed chase of teens in stolen car

Road spikes used to stop teenagers driving a car stolen from an 87-year-old man.

Widow finds her way on two wheels

Joining a cycling group after her husband died of cancer, Carol Webb gained friends and lost 43kg.

High salt levels hit Havelock water supply

Havelock residents urged to cut back water use immediately after a spike in saltwater levels in the water supply.

Picton businesses divided over deck chairs

Sun lounger park to stay despite mixed reviews

Picton's hotly-debated sun lounger park has been branded everything from tacky to terrific, but its oversized deck chairs aren't going away yet.

Awatere remembers its fallen

Two special services will honour the men from the Awatere who died in World War I and II.

Scramble for vineyard jobs in wake of cyclone

Vanuatuans are desperate to find work in Marlborough following Cyclone Pam, contractor says.

Concern over DHB's meal changes

Some of the region's most vulnerable and isolated older people are a step closer to being served reheated frozen meals.

Plastic not as fantastic

Despite eight months of hard work, a campaign to rid Picton of plastic bags has yet to take off, but volunteers driving it say they won't be deterred.

Hagley Joinery splits in two

Hagley Joinery is closing its operation in Blenheim and will be replaced by two separate Marlborough-owned and operated businesses.

Blenheim shines on TripAdvisor

Travellers on TripAdvisor have voted Blenheim the third best place to visit in New Zealand.

Exploring our area's wild side at Great Outdoors Expo

Marlborough's outdoor experts will come together this weekend for the first Great Outdoors Expo.

Advocate laid to rest in natural burial

The first natural burial has taken place in Marlborough following the funeral of Myra Giese.

Fears of traffic snarls rejected

Marlborough's highway manager says the proposed Spring Creek roundabout is not likely to create traffic jams on SH1.

Ambulance service may link hospitals daily

A daily service between Wairau and Nelson will reduce the number of helicopter transfers.

Drummer boy may be gagged over noise complaints

A 10-year-old Blenheim drummer may be stripped of his drum kit if he continues to upset neighbours.

Contractors focus on quality

When Craig Mill and Barbara Mortensen started their own contracting business in 2008, the only thing on their minds was to be a cut above the rest.

Air show focus on Bleriot II replicas

A piece of New Zealand aviation history has been brought to life for the Omaka Classic Fighters Air Show.

Roof problem delays civic building finish date

Problems with the roof on the new civic building in Kaikoura could delay completion.

Driver way over alcohol limit

A 63-year-old man has been remanded for sentencing after he drove at nearly five times the legal limit.

Shoppers tip no-breaks backlash for Cotton On

Marlborough shoppers would boycott Cotton On if the company stripped staff of their tea breaks.

Park manager a people person who loved the land

Wither Hills Farm Park manager who died suddenly remembered as a man who loved the land.

Don't lawyer up, principal cautions parents

A Picton principal has cautioned parents against taking legal action when school decisions don't go their way.

Invivo Wines breaks crowdfunding record

Invivo Wines has raised a record-toppling $1.7m in six days on an equity crowdfunding platform.

Fears of ferry traffic snarls

The arrival of new Cook Strait ferries with greater vehicle capacity has the potential to create traffic problems, says MP Stuart Smith.

Grave vandalised for second time in two weeks

Vandals have targeted a headstone at a Marlborough cemetery in for the second time this month, leaving a family distraught.

Charges include assaulting woman

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on a raft of charges, including assaulting a woman and possession of offensive weapons, police say.

Conviction out of proportion, judge says

A man has avoided a conviction on charges of assault and theft, while his co-defendants were convicted for their involvement in the incident.

Dashwood Pass road almost finished

Finishing touches are being completed to the Dashwood Pass in Marlborough with the road to open next week before Easter traffic hits.

Students hunt for new red grape

Students of NMIT's new viticulture degree in Blenheim are searching for red grape varieties that will flourish in New Zealand's cooler climate.

Supplies for storm-hit Vanuatu sought

A six-metre container in Blenheim will be used to store donated items before the supplies are sent to help people rebuilding their homes in Vanuatu.

'Honesty box system' for choice of midwife criticised

Pregnant women are being asked to rely on an "honesty box system" when choosing their midwife, says maternity campaigner.

Two grape spillages in first week of harvest

Two trucks spilled grapes on Marlborough roads last week, as the first week of harvesting got underway.

CEO to quit district Marlborough District Council in December

Chief executive of Marlborough District Council to stand down when contract comes to an end

Algal bloom toxin still present in one of Picton's water sources

A toxin that can cause vomiting and diarrhoea is still present in one of Picton's water supplies.

Teen who stole All Black's jerseys says he's sick of prison

Teenager who stole rugby jerseys from former All Black Leon MacDonald tells court he is sick of watching his back in jail.

Cricket World Cup diverts attention from GrapeRide

Event fails to sell out for first time ever

The hugely popular Forrest GrapeRide in Marlborough has not sold out for the first time in its history, and organisers are blaming the Cricket World Cup.

Summer hangs on in Canterbury

A damp start to the week in Christchurch should make way for a brief reminder of summer.

Couples go head over heels for wife-carrying race

Ladies given a lift to win weight in beer

Four men took to the startline at the weekend to vye for their partner's weight in beer at the Flaxbourne A&P Show in Ward on Sunday.

Drought's water thieves are warned

Three Marlborough farmers and vineyard operators caught taking water for irrigation during water restrictions have been issued with warnings.

Heart-and-soul pianist wins award

A Marlborough Girls' College student who "puts her whole heart and soul" into playing the piano is this year's winner of a Marlborough District Council award for young musicians.

Cyclone pulls workers back home

Some of Vanuatu's seasonal workers in Marlborough have flown home to help with the rebuild after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation.

Religion not cause of wars - scholar

Religious wars have been fought for millennia but a visiting scholar says religion isn't the cause.

Worker stays on to save vital Vanuatu rebuild money

Young Vanuatu couple decide earning money in New Zealand to rebuild their shattered lives is a priority.

Bully punches pregnant partner

Marlborough man who punched his pregnant partner in the face sentenced to community detention.

Damaged Oak Tree Cottage demolished

Oak Tree Cottage near Seddon, a restored 19th century cob home visited by many Marlburians and tourists during the last 25 years, has been demolished.

New Blenheim outlet for goat milk

A new sales outlet for fresh pasteurised goats' milk has been arranged in Blenheim.

Volunteers saluted at rail opening

The Omaka branch line of the Blenheim Riverside Railway was officially opened on Saturday.

Accolades flow for businessman Ian Simcox

Tributes flowed for Marlborough businessman Ian Simcox at a funeral service in Blenheim attended by about 700 people.

Wairau Lagoons bare soul to drone

The Wairau Lagoons bared a striking resemblance to the Transformers movie during the first survey of its kind in the region.

Picton couple plan 'sneaky' next encounter

The Picton barista and backpacking Scottish tourist who captured New Zealanders hearts are about to give love a second chance.
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