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Preparations for start of school year begin in Marlborough

Tanned teachers in prep mode

About 6600 Marlborough school students from year 1 to year 13 will return to classrooms next week.

Man trespassed from Blenheim store for stomping on laptop

A Blenheim man has admitted a charge of wilful damage after he stomped on a loaned laptop from Harvey Norman Blenheim.

Man admits punching 'annoying' teen

A 27-year-old Blenheim man has admitted punching a 15-year-old boy in the head because he was annoying him.

Southern Valley water cuts could hit Marlborough vineyards

Some grapegrowers could struggle to ripen their fruit if the Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme is shut off on Thursday.

Picton and Renwick impose sprinkler restrictions

Sprinkler restrictions have been imposed in Renwick and Picton. 

Palace responds to former choir boy

Palace response to old disappointment

Ian Blissett will always remember the name Kenneth Yates.

Outer Pelorus Sound marine farm granted consent

A marine farm in Outer Pelorus Sound has been given the go-ahead by an independent planning commissioner.

Boy, 7, falls from Whites Bay rock

A 7-year-old boy was taken to hospital after he fell off a rock at Whites Bay near Blenheim.

Low water levels force raft race onto dry land

Low water levels have forced organisers to move this year's More FM Raft Race to land.

Volunteer camp host 'completely content'

Deep in the Marlborough Sounds, with boat access only and with none of her friends around, 24-year-old Alice Rackham, from Auckland, was having the time of her life.

Conservation partnerships welcomed

New community partnerships are regularly welcomed by DOC.

Plenty of puff needed for youth band tour

'It's going to be intense'

A full house is E-flat bass player Keegan Lane's dream for the New Zealand National Youth Brass Band concert in Blenheim this weekend.

Long-drop gets Marlborough District Council green light

A proposed public toilet at Ohingaroa Bay in the Marlborough Sounds will go ahead after mediation talks between residents and the Marlborough District Council thrashed out a compromise.

Count down to Summer Beer Fest

Craft beer from around the country and as far away as Germany will be on tap at this year's annual beer fest in Blenheim.

Preparations in full swing for new school year

The rush is on for notebooks, calculators and school uniforms as Marlborough school children gear up for another year of learning.

Don't light up, fire crews say

Marlborough firefighters are again warning people not to take risks with fire during a total fire ban.

Protesters call for Waihopai spy base closure

Police escorted a masked man off the Waihopai spy base near Blenheim during annual protest.

Hospital hygiene improves

Hand-washing practices among staff at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board are continuing to improve.

Kip McGrath closes in Blenheim

Tricia and Brian Dawson have reluctantly closed their Kip McGrath Education Centre business in Blenheim after a year of trying to sell the business.

Back to beginning for Oxley's owner

Amy McDougall has come back to where it all began - Oxley's Rock Restaurant and Bar in Picton.

Volunteers spruce up Moutere Rugby Club

"Generations" of rubbish were cleared from the Moutere Rugby Club last week.

Owners appeal for donations to save injured kitten

Kitten's vet bill leaves owner a 'sobbing mess'

The kindness of strangers made a difference for Rebecca Ashby and Matthew Bergman, who were struggling to pay for their kitten's vet bill.

Euthanasia prospect for pets as bills bite

Pet owners urges to save as injured cats and dogs face euthanasia in the wake of unexpected vet bills. | Donations for injured kitten

Work on intersections set to begin in three weeks

Work will start on two Marlborough intersections in the next three weeks.

Tuamarina Methodist church restoration pushing on

Work in earnest has begun on the inside of the former Tuamarina Methodist church, which was relocated to Brayshaw Museum park in April last year.

Truck rolls on SH1

A truck driver was flown to hospital with serious injuries after his trucked rolled over on State Highway 1 in Clarence.

Marlborough couple Willi Borst and David Marshall finish Te Araroa trail

Pair craving twice-a-day tooth brushing after spending the last 103 days walking the length of NZ.

Railway bells at Blenheim roundabout spark alarm over tipped trailer

The sound of warning bells rang out as bystanders worked frantically to move a trailer from the railway tracks in Blenheim this morning.

Statue's important place in history

Of significant importance to Catholic NZ

An item with significant historical importance to both Marlborough's and New Zealand's Catholic history has been received by the Marlborough Museum.

Lack of suitable housing for people with disabilities

The need for rental properties suitable for people with disabilities is at a critical level, says housing trust.

Owner puts Kokomo Beach Bar up for sale

From pyjama parties to foam parties, there has never been a dull moment at Kokomo Beach Bar in Blenheim.

Poachers risk fines, loss of gear

Police have prosecuted almost 40 unlawful hunters in Marlborough in the past 18 months in a crackdown on poaching.

National venture to eradicate pests

The Abel Tasman and Marlborough Sounds are test sites for a plan to wipe out all of NZ's pests.

Good result for 2014

Marlborough was one of two regions in the country not to have any drowning deaths last year, new figures show.

Four caught in Operation Queen busts admit charges Blenheim District Court

Four people have admitted their part in a Marlborough drug operation, following the raids of seven Marlborough houses last year.

Kono takes ownership of Chinese company

Kono New Zealand, which has a winery and mussel processing plant in Blenheim, has purchased the remaining shares in a Chinese company.

Man admits stealing from ex-employer's premises Blenheim District Court

A Blenheim man has admitted breaking into his former workplace and stealing from his ex-employer.

Sounds Air fills flight gap

Marlborough-based Sounds Air will take over the Westport to Wellington route when Air New Zealand pulls out in April.

Wine museum to feature Marlborough

A French film crew has touched down in Marlborough, putting the region's wine industry in the spotlight.

Proposed fee hike a blow to wine firms

Increasing regulation fees by $2.9m will hit Marlborough's wine industry hard, says chairman.

Samaritans help man in a jam

Were you one of the good samaritans who helped an elderly man stuck in an Alabama Rd drain?

Influx of jobs adds positivity to region

People looking for work in Marlborough should be feeling positive about the influx of jobs appearing online, says a recruitment specialist.

Business backing keeps DOC on track

Commercial input from businesses is helping to protect more of New Zealand's assets than DOC can do on its own.

Blenheim bouncer discharged after punching racist

Blenheim bouncer discharged without further penalty after assaulting a man in a bar last year.

Freedom campers ignore signs in 'no-go' area

Some freedom campers are thumbing their noses at "no camping" signs.

Farmer thankful no livestock killed in 53-hectare fire

Potential disaster averted

"It was pretty scary, she was full on," says farmer who saw a wall of smoke approaching his cattle yard.

Sounds Air to fly from Westport to Wellington

Westport has a new airline ready to take over the reins when Air New Zealand pulls out in April.

Potential Flyer buyer in dispute with owner

The Seattle man interested in buying the historic Kingston Flyer says there's 'something wrong' with the owner's deal.

Smashing start to T20 season clashes

The third grade Twenty20 season began with convincing wins to Wairau and Celtic Green on Saturday.

Great bounty of stonefruit in debut harvest

An orchard planted to lead a stonefruit resurgence in Marlborough will harvest its first crop this weekend.
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