One of my favourite features of Blenheim is the water spout on the Taylor River in front of Raupo Cafe.
He is heavy and he ain't our brother.
A this time of year the question I get asked the most is, "where are the snapper?"
Recently the Green Waste people have stopped accepting lawn clippings. We now have to take them to the tip.
The police have boldly announced that they will be enforcing a lower speeding tolerance throughout December and January
OPINION: In the first couple of years of our marriage we seemed to spend more time in the car on Christmas Day than relaxing around a festive table.
RALPH HOGAN SPOKESMAN FOR NODRILLKAIKOURA - © Fairfax NZ News
On Monday Takahanga Marae in Kaikoura hosted over 20 Government representatives for an afternoon meeting
Let's look at this as a mid-life opportunity. Not a crisis.
Last time I looked, it was about March. Or maybe April. I remember Easter.
In days gone by they would have been clapped in irons and then made to scrub the decks.
Sport brings out the attributes that we most want our children to have
In his opinion piece on coastal shipping conveying rail freight Rod Grout pontificates from his air-conditioned comfy chair about rail ferries.
For the sake of historical accuracy, permit me to make a correction to this "developing", yet fascinating, fishy narrative.
Since the last election, the Government has been ardently explaining to you what you think about asset sales.
OPINION: For months now we've been waiting to hear what the future will bring to Picton.
OPINION: These are trying times for KiwiRail's interisland operation, with the decision to not build a new terminal at Clifford Bay coming hard on the heels of the rail ferry Aratere limping out of service.
Tony Ryall should reconsider how politically wise it is to trivialise the suffering of quite so many New Zealanders.
It has been a week of change for us at the Express.
They say time flies when you're having fun and that is certainly the case for me as I get back into the writing mode.
Not everyone approves of hunting in any form. Fewer support hunting when it's for trophies rather than food.
My mother used to give my brother and I a spoonful of sulphur with treacle most days.
OPINION: How well the Environmental Protection Agency is doing its job goes under the spotlight in the Supreme Court today, writes Bev Doole...
The front door of a home should offer the visitor a sense of arrival.
‘Only you . . .," my brother says. "This could only happen with you . . ."
I'm one of those people who can't understand why the Government still allows people to waste their money celebrating a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London more than 400 years ago.
OPINION: Now that the shadow of Clifford Bay has gone, why not give the Cook Strait ferry crossing its proper status?
OPINION: Over the past week we have seen on TV, read about and I discussed the young men who call themselves the "Roast Busters"
The Government's decision to shelve the proposed Clifford Bay ferry terminal brought a huge sigh of relief
Where's the sun gone, I asked in an email to one of my daily contacts.
The forthcoming contest for the electorate of Kaikoura is essentially in the hands of whoever selects the next National Party candidate
OPINION: Blenheim management consultant Tony Smale raises concerns about the proposed downgrade of laboratory services at Wairau Hospital.....
Does the Employment Relations Authority mean to astonish us?
There have been many criticisms from people who feel they been dealt a lousy shot by the boys in blue.
It's a week to go until our refreshed newspaper hits your driveway, and the Express renewal team has been putting the final touches on the new product. This week, deputy editor Alex van Wel guides you through the new flow......
... out of the corner of his eye, he saw a monster of an eel.... at least 3m long and as round as a power pole
Police surely don't need it explained to them how horribly their recent pleas for a victim "brave enough" to make a formal complaint against the RoastBusters have been subverted.
Loved that picture of Tim Crawford on the front of Saturday Express.
It doesn't matter that Simon Caley is an anti-1080 campaigner.
OPINION: Waihopai should be pulled down and our laws reviewed.
I hear on the grapevine - and it's unbelievable considering their last effort - that we are to reinstate our previous contractors.
The media is full of stereotypes. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to avoid them.
Denis Waters expresses concern about the recent removal of an oak tree from the Picton foreshore This was not vandalism.
The Labour Party envisages its proposed state-run insurance company, KiwiAssure, as a fetching younger sister to the successful Kiwibank; bringing a little honest, decent competition into a grasping foreign-owned industry.
COLIN KING - The Marlborough Express
Being part of the Government's education policy team brings with it the demand to speak at all manner of engagements.
Here's a dangerous four-letter word.
Our built environment has been developed around the motor car. So it is difficult to go cold turkey and personally give up driving.
ANDREJA PHILLIPS, MARLBOROUGH COMMUNITY MEDIATOR - The Marlborough Express
The other day when I was out walking I remembered something a friend once told me.
Are you growing the mo?
OPINION: A newspaper's content and design and is not something to be changed on a whim.
One of the things I greatly admire about Japan and its schools is how well prepared they are for every eventuality.
The next general election is a year away, but Kaikoura MP Colin King could face his toughest time during the next six weeks.
I was astonished when I saw the remains of the tree while attending the meeting about the draft plan
The Government's lust for its partial assets sales programme simply hasn't convinced New Zealanders to step forward for their full-immersion sharemarket baptisms.
OPINION: With the implementation of 20 per cent deposit for home loans, Picton has seen little impact on the first-homebuyers' market or the second-chance home buyers.
One thing that really gets up my nose is civic vandalism.
What a mindless act of destruction I noticed on Sunday morning driving down Scott St.
It had to come - mail will be delivered only three times a week in the cities and towns.
Our mountains, glaciers and alpine ranges continue to exert a cruel toll.
Is there such a thing as summer and winter sports codes anymore?
So now The Luminaries is not just a shining example of good writing, but a burnt book serving as a warning beacon?
I seem to recall that the editor is a crossword fan like myself; so how come he has reduced the size of the crossword in the Saturday Express this week?
OPINION: No Drill Kaikoura spokesman Ralph Hogan responds to the opinion piece by Energy Minister Simon Bridges last week and his responses to questions from the Star....
In three weeks time, the Marlborough Express will re-launch with a new design, new content and a new flow. Deputy Editor Alex van Wel explains the changes ahead.....
OPINION: Change has been on the cards for medical laboratory staff at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim for some time.
The most recent household labour force survey showed the employment rate was marginally down, to 63.6 per cent.
I exhort all ratepayers to obtain a copy of the Draft Picton Foreshore Management Plan, read it and attend the next meeting on the foreshore
The Makos' win on Friday night brought a lot of memories back for a former editor of the Express.
Live music - who doesn't love it?
CHARLENE SCOTT - © Fairfax NZ News
OPINION: In recent years there has been a localism movement around food - buy local buy seasonal.
OPINION: Sounds users may have mistaken the recent cod potting activity as commercial fishing activity. It is not.
You could hear the whistle blast of the train all over Blenheim yesterday.
Many of the beers produced in Marlborough have won awards.
New Zealand King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne responds to the comments by Sustain Our Sounds about the way it operates its fish farms in the Marlborough Sounds......
Sustain Our Sounds deputy chairman and science advisor Rob Schuckard explains why the group has taken its case against salmon farm expansion in the Marlborough Sounds to the Supreme Court.....
I write about the letter "Sounds' witch broth". This style of letter is quite fanatical
New Zealand resettled 30 Afghan interpreters and 64 family members in April under a package agreed in December 2012.
OPINION: Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges sets the scene for oil exploration off the east coast of the South Island......
Mike (Parry) and his wife Sue were among the many people helping with the Hutcheson St cleanup last week
District health board candidate and former Nelson City Council chief executive Keith Marshall reflects on the election results....
While I love all the mascots - there is one in particular I'm hoping to meet - Fukuppy.
Bushfire season can be such a brutal time in the Lucky Country.
Can I suggest you check out the new Marlborough Cancer Society calendar before you buy those small gifts to send away from Christmas.
Every bach owner in the Marlborough Sounds should be signed up to the simple system that gives each jetty a unique identity number.
KATE HARPER OWNER OF KP'S MASSAGE THERAPY & PILATES - The Marlborough Express
This week marks Massage New Zealand Awareness Week. It's organised by Massage New Zealand, the association for professional massage therapists.
We had a couple of really good sessions in the newsroom this week.
The Express highlights what is so wrong with the way we manage the marine environment
In years to come it may be remembered as the day that the Maori Television network came of age.
John Leader [letters, Express, October 14] makes several incorrect claims about farmed salmon - Grant Rosewarne