It's going to be a wet one

A wetter than usual September is forecast for Nelson and Marlborough, says MetService.

Judge: Assault was not self-defence

Woman fails to convince a judge it was self-defence when she hit her partner with an ornament.

Sustainability vital to NZ, seminar told

Sustainable wine growing is a direction rather than a destination, says New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability committee chairman Gwyn Williams.

Shortages hamper stroke care

Marlborough will never get the organised stroke service the Ministry of Health wants while there is a shortage of physiotherapists and occupational therapists, a Wairau Hospital doctor says.

Nine nominated for Kaikoura seat

Nine candidates are standing in the Kaikoura electorate and another six are contesting the Te Tai Tonga seat in next month's general election.

Region's candidates at public forums

The Marlborough Express

Voters will get the chance to hear Kaikoura electorate candidates during three public forums being hosted by the Marlborough Express.

George St medical practice for sale

George St medical practice in Blenheim is on the market with hopes it will attract a new GP to run it.

Fair fare deal for regions on PM's radar

Air NZ

Air NZ needs to keep working to reduce regional air fares, says Prime Minister John Key.

Blue cod review expands its scope

Nathan Guy says there are a 'couple of things to get out of the way' before blue cod rules in the Marlborough Sounds could be changed.

Firearms buyers face warning on poaching


Firearms bought in Marlborough might soon come with a warning against rustling and poaching.

Beer writer wins industry accolade

Express columnist 'thrilled' by honour

Air NZ

Marlborough beer writer Geoff Griggs has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the brewing industry of New Zealand.

Man confronts boss after losing job

Blenheim man admits charge after tussle with former boss who fired him from his job.

Wine industry reflects economy - Key

Air NZ

John Key held up the wine industry as a model of NZ's economy on a visit to Blenheim yesterday.| Quality bottles success

Letter gets royal stamp of approval

Response from lady-in-waiting delights Phoebe

Phoebe Boyce

Eighteen little children sat enthralled on their classroom mat as a letter sent to them from the Queen's Lady-In-Waiting was read out.

Dog warning after 1080 drop

devon mclean

An aerial drop of 1080 pellets in the Abel Tasman National Park has been completed.

US in for treat from leftovers


Pet treats made from Marlborough's blue mussels and salmon are to be launched in the US.

Quality bottles success

wine exports

Chloe Winter looks at NZ's wine export markets - where are they, how they developed and what the future holds.

Surgeons cop backlog fire

DHB chief criticises region's surgeons for creating backlog by cherry-picking patients.

PM in town on election trail

Prime Minister John Key

Prime Minister John Key is in Blenheim today as part of his election campaign.

Marae to expand capacity, services

'The time's right to do it'

marae upgrade

KAT DUGGAN - The Marlborough Express

A $600,000 expansion of Canvastown's Te Hora Marae will more than double its maximum capacity.

Thumbs up for district council

Satisfaction with the Marlborough District Council has risen again, the council's survey company says.

Man fined for selling crayfish

A Blenheim man has been fined $2000 at the Blenheim District Court for repeatedly selling crayfish from his home.

Woman stole $78,000 in benefits

Kaikoura woman sentenced after admitting fraudulent benefit claims.

From kitchen to classroom

Blenheim School pupils

Eggs donated to John's Kitchen were hard-boiled and handed out to children at Mayfield and Blenheim schools this week.

Green: Region reaching limit of vineyard land

Winegrowers chairman says Marlborough will reach limit of viable vineyard land at some point.

MP urges vigilance on hospital service

Marlborough people will need to be "forever vigilant" to keep services at Wairau Hospital, Labour's health spokeswoman Annette King says.

Council to replenish reserves

Some of the Marlborough District Council surpluses would be put into the council's emergency reserves rather than returned as a "special dividend" to ratepayers, councillors decided yesterday.

Nelsonians less likely to visit ED

People in Blenheim go to emergency department nearly twice as often as Nelson residents.

Tutor is latest forestry victim


A forestry tutor is in a serious condition after he was crushed by a tree he was felling while teaching a class.

Support sought for stroke survivors

A stroke survivor's wife says lack of access to community rehabilitation in Marlborough means stroke patients are falling through the cracks.

Contestants put skills to the test

Young viticulturists vie for national title


Five of the country's top young viticulturists are vying for the title of Young Viticulturist of the Year 2014 in Blenheim this week.

Fluoridation unlikely for Marlborough

Marlborough will not be getting fluoridated water any time soon, mayor says. | Case is clear for fluoride

Tree crushes forestry tutor


A forestry tutor has been flown to hospital today after he was crushed by a tree he was felling while teaching a class in Marlborough.

Repairs, maintenance slash ferry services

Repairs and maintenance reduce the Interislander fleet to only one vessel today.

Wairau ED stretched by trivial injuries

wairau hospital

People seeking treatment for minor ailments may add to patient waiting delays, Nelson Marlborough's health boss says.

Strangulation 'near attempted murder'


A Blenheim man has been sent to prison for nearly three years after strangling his partner.

Visitors' fishing fee rise 'pathetic'

tony orman

An increase in freshwater fishing fees for international visitors is pathetic and of little consequence, a Blenheim fisherman says.

Woman kicked cop after pub turned her away


A Blenheim police officer was assaulted while driving a drunk woman home on Friday night.

Damage upsets National candidate

national party sign

An election campaign manager is upset at the level of damage to party election signs.

Wine worker 'jolted out of bed' by quake

'It was really violent'

andrew brooks

A Wine Marlborough volunteer says California's magnitude-6 earthquake was the "most aggressive" she had ever felt.

We can't afford rugby's elite

lansdowne park grandstand

Hosting a Super 15 rugby match next year would have cost Marlborough ratepayers more than $200,000.

Pine pollen season drives sufferers mad

jen meiklejohn

The dreaded yellow pollen that leaves you running for a tissue is driving people to Marlborough's pharmacies in droves.

Winegrower conference global affair

grapes for wine

Viticulturists, winemakers, and marketers from all over the world will soon arrive in Blenheim.

Fixed price saves residents future worries

Retirement village's fixed fee provides security

Springlands Lifestyle Village

A Blenheim retirement village has decided to fix its weekly payments so its residents have the security of knowing the price won't increase during their time there.

Customers mortified by refusal

A man's laugh gave the impression he was drunk- resulting in him being refused purchasing alcohol.

Firm views held on sea farm effect


Marlborough seems far more aware of aquaculture and its economic importance than other regions.

Red Cross wants regional shuttle

Beth Tester

Red Cross proposes a shuttle service for sick and vulnerable between Blenheim and Nelson Hospital.

Double success for Renaissance


As well as winning beer award, Renaissance Brewery raises over half a million dollars through crowdfunding.

Tussock Run funds school computers

Tussock Run

More than 380 people laced up their shoes for the annual Tussock Run to raise money for Seddon School.

Red car drags in the speedsters

red police car

It may be bright red, but a new Marlborough police car seems to be a lot less visible to motorists.
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