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Arrests made after tagging spree

Farmlands

Blenheim police have made more arrests in relation to a spate of tagging in the town.

Community talk on child safety

Starting at 4.30pm in the Elim Centre, the free Safeguarding Children Initiative seminar focuses on proactive ways of keeping children safe in the community.

Muslims offer to meet 'ignorant' accuser

Marlborough Muslim says racist rant posted on Facebook shows ignorance. | Apology for post

College project 'boost for region'

The choice made on secondary education in Blenheim will have an economic impact on the region, a business leader says.

Tavern burglar gets home detention

Man who broke into Redwood Tavern in May has been sentenced to home detention.

Aratere out of the water again

Aratere

Troubled Cook Strait ferry Aratere has this week been cleaned of weeds collected in Singapore during its four-month dry docking trip this year.

Charities object to Second-hand Sunday

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Funding for Marlborough not-for-profit groups will take a hit if "second-hand Sunday" gets the go-ahead, says chairwoman.

Trades students share in academy's glory

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Marlborough trades academy students have been celebrating their part in winning a Prime Minister's education excellence award.

Blue cod group widens its scope

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The membership of the Marlborough Sounds Blue Cod Management Group is being widened along with its terms of reference to cover all aspects of the fishery.

New lambs sign of spring in the air

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For Koromiko farmer Gillian Neal, the early start to this year's lambing season came as a bit of a surprise.

Call for community to take part in challenge

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Childcare provider Porse is taking up a one-day challenge to help raise awareness and funds for young people battling cancer.

Voluntary move will leave paua for longer

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Commercial paua divers are voluntarily increasing the minimum catch size from October.

Marlborough man takes top award

Skipper honoured for life on the water

Greg Smith

A Marlborough man who has dedicated almost 30 years to the mussel industry and has spent most of his life on the water has been named marine farmer of the year.

College project 'boost for region'

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The choice made on secondary education in Blenheim will have an economic impact on the region, a business leader says.

Marlborough's top dogs revealed

Marlborough District Council statistics show the region's most popular dog breeds.

Boys take on raising of baby salmon

Marlborough Boys' College pupils are getting a taste of parenthood, having taken responsibility for more than 20 salmon fry.

History catches up with bar worker

Police have opposed a bar manager's licence for a Picton woman with a string of convictions.

Musical show Chess short on men

The Blenheim Musical Theatre is desperately in need of men.

Education deadline nears

Consultation on the future shape of Blenheim's secondary education closes on Wednesday.

'Wealth of talent' at Marlborough Book Festival

Karen Healey

Hundreds flock to hear authors speak at the inaugural Marlborough Book Festival at the weekend.

Paint and fun go together

A Whanau Fun Day was held to celebrate the launch of Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu at Omaka Marae on Saturday.

No abuse zone on sales site

People will be blocked and banned from a Blenheim Facebook group if they continue to make abusive comments. | Restaurant hits back at critics

Two vineyards put up for sale

To Waihopai Valley vineyards put on the market by Marlborough vintner and Australian partners.

Dry July participant overwhelmed with donations

Ashley Nally

A young Marlborough is 'really stoked' by support after going a month without alcohol in honour of her late mother.

Seddon church decommissioned

Worshippers gather for final service

Ryan Webb

The St Andrew's Presbyterian Church congregation in Seddon has said its last goodbye to a church it has worshipped in for the past six decades.

Swinging idea raised for disabled

Big push for Pollard Park 'liberty' swing

Ryan Webb

Marlborough's playgrounds could soon have swings suitable for disabled children.

Vineyard contractor making a difference

Ryan Webb

Vinepower's Jono Bushell has built a coffee plantation and coconut oil mill in Vanuatu so his seasonal workers can work year-round.

Horse and rider attuned

Sue Lucas

The 2014 winter dressage series is marking 25 years of winter dressage in Marlborough.

Farming's changing face

Industry must roll with times for bright future

Richard Laugesen

A Marlborough farmer has heard how farming practices need to evolve as the world's population surges.

Focussing on youth

Drunk, drinking, teenagers, young women, girls, alcohol, wine

A seminar on Thursday will focus on improving the life of Marlborough's youth.

'I've wanted to fly all my life'

 Laura Woodcock

Blenheim teenager Laura Woodcockwins aviation scholarship and could be flying solo in just six months' time.

Interislander ferry out of action again

Aratere

Ferry Aratere will be out of action for a check-up, just weeks after returning to sailing the Cook Strait.

Apology for Gigatown anti-Muslim rant

Blenheim Gigatown team member apologises after posting anti-Muslim tirade on group's Facebook page.

No objections to resident re-zoning

The rezoning of rural land to the north and west of Blenheim for housing development looks like it will get the green light.

Charges against driver dismissed

Charges against a woman who crashed into an oncoming van in heavy fog have been dismissed.

Life imitates art as author takes to skies

HEATHER SIMPSON - The Marlborough Express

New Zealand author Dame Fiona Kidman experienced an adrenalin rush similar to the subject of her latest novel when she took to the skies above Marlborough yesterday.

Toilet in bay decision appealed

A Marlborough Sounds resident is appealing against the installation of a public toilet at Ohingaroa Bay to the Environment Court.

Craft beer sales 'will suffer'

Josh Scott

Planned changes to Auckland's alcohol policy would be "devastating" to the craft beer industry, a Marlborough brewer says.

Tagging 'mindless vandalism'

Farmlands

A Blenheim man was gutted to discover his clubrooms had been spraypainted by vandals.

Gigatown posts racist rant

Farmlands

A member of the Gigatown Blenheim team has posted a tirade of anti-Muslim comments on its Facebook page.

Growth spurs Farmlands development

Farmlands

Earthquake damage and a booming business has driven Farmlands Blenheim to break ground on a new building at Westwood Ave.

Restaurant feels wrath of online criticism

Michael Neal

Restaurateur says unmoderated and negative comments could cost jobs and close businesses.

Sailors third at tropical regatta

Marlborough sailors nab third place

Marlborough Girls’ College sailing team, from left, Stephie Loncar, Natalie Trayling, Gabby Leitch (partially obscured), Grace Hawtin and Melanie White

A team of Marlborough sailors selected to compete at the South Pacific Teams Regatta in the Cook Islands has secured a third-place finish.

Our kids among the smartest

Marlborough children are among NZ's top performers in English and maths, second only to Otago.

Cartoons 'provocative, negative, insulting'

Louisa Wall

MP Louisa Wall is appalled the Human Rights Commission has not upheld a single complaint under its race relations section.

DHB to replace old vehicles

SARAH DUNN - The Nelson Mail

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board wants to take all its older cars off the road.

Picton boat burglaries denied

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A Lyttelton man accused of a series of Picton boat burglaries pleads not guilty to all charges.

Board works on review proposals

HEATHER SIMPSON - The Marlborough Express

The health board has started planning how to carry out the recommendations of a review of surgical services and general medicine at Nelson and Wairau hospitals.

Memory lapse sees case dismissed

Blenheim man who couldn't remember having his driving licence revoked let off after judge decides he lacked a guilty mind.

Montana wins most trusted accolade

Marlborough wine brand Montana has been named the most trusted in the country this year.
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