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Synthetic cannabis has been a popular topic in the media in the past couple of years.
We've been watching one of the Express editorial crew expand alarmingly during the past few months.
It wouldn't be easy to look 9-year-old Sean Roberts in the eye and start trying to explain to him that the thing about his dad's death, see, is that New Zealand signed this United Nations convention . . .
The demand by Peter Talley that recreational scalloping should be banned from Tasman and Golden bays is absurd
OPINION: Mt Stokes, at 1203 metres high, stands out above all others in the Marlborough Sounds.
The Marlborough Express
The national flag debate will wait until after the election. So we can fold up a few concerns on that score.
Recent TV programmes on the practise of shark finning highlight this dreadful and cruel practise in New Zealand waters.
Prime Minister John Key deserves praise for building on his one-election tradition of giving voters plenty of notice of polling day
I reckon your editorial was pretty bang on
Today marks the third anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Councillor Arbuckle says a rise in rates could result in the return of the Christmas tree.
The High Court decision released last week rejecting the view that councils had no right to put fluoride in water was a vote for common sense.
We've all seen those happy stickers on the back window of vehicles introducing the owner-family to the rest of the world.
We are living at a time of exciting technology change that is rapidly changing the way we interact and transact with people
Our story today on the arrival of Bluff oysters has made me all nostalgic.
Over the past nine years the Marlborough Migrant Centre has been behind the highly successful annual Multicultural Festival.
Tim Ross grew up in Blenheim and was appalled at some of the service he received here during a holiday
The ugly side of Vladimir Putin's leadership of Russia has lumbered into Crimea.
GERMARI HERSELMAN - The Marlborough Express
With Sven on leave I have been holding the fort at the Midweek.
The Express of February 28 reports that the Marlborough District Council is in favour of reneging on previous commitments
JANETTE WALKER - The Marlborough Express
OPINION: If the wine industry can't afford a reasonable affordable wage, then maybe the industry needs to review their business model.
Legislation before Parliament will make posting on-line abuse punishable by up to two years in prison and a $2000 fine.
OPINION: I like eponyms. Believe me, right now some of my colleagues are either chuckling and/or tutting.
The role of cigarettes in our culture is being burned down to the filter, going by the latest census figures.
I take issue with Dr Rob Beaglehold's social engineering stance
In the wake of the "preventable" death of a baby from whooping cough, it is worth considering whether it is time for immunisation to be promoted with the same blunt candour used in road safety and anti-smoking campaigns.
Some of the most important people in any organisation are the ones on the front counter.
Isn't it fantastic that a UK company has given a donation to our hospice in memory of John Marris. That is so cool.
The Psychoactive Substances Act ensures that the onus is on the manufacturers to prove that they are not harmful.
We saw a few dolphins in the distance the first season I was taken out sailing, and one night a couple even came close to the boat.
Last week I gained an interesting insight into the minds of my sixth grade students as they prepare to graduate next month.
The idea of considering a new site for the Blenheim library will put the cat among the pigeons.
Well crikey, DOC thinks we're going to be overrun with rats and mice
What would a new library look like and where should it be, asks Marlborough Mayor Alastair Sowman...
'I was a bit shocked by the aggressiveness and the swearing. It escalated to a verbal assault on me.'
It was quite a feat of cack-handed bureaucracy that the Government Communications Security Bureau so inaccurately under-reported its activities to Parliament.
The Government's goal of supporting communities to prevent and reduce harm caused by legal highs and bringing the so-called "legal high" market under control without driving it underground is working.
There is a difference between being something of a rule breaker and a total raving moron.
The Marlborough District Council have just put up banners in Seddon stating "Utterly Awesome Awatere".
Our public opinion column is meant for debate rather than as a public noticeboard.
It's still just cold, grey concrete and steel, but the new Civic Theatre in Blenheim is starting to take shape.
This whole situation of banning - or even limiting - the sale of synthetic drugs is turning into something more like a Punch and Judy show.
STEFFAN BROWNING - The Marlborough Express
OPINION: Canaries were used down coal mines to warn workers about dangerous gases. If the canary died, the miners knew to get out.
Well this is just peachy.
Leave town for a while and grow up. It's good advice given to a lot of young people. Some go to university and get it out of the way. Some go on an OE. Some go to the city or another town to work.
More people are reading the Marlborough Express each day, according to audited figures released this week.
It was a rapture of sorts.
I find it surprising that the council should state there is "support for the colour palette".
OPINION: I received a request from the City Mission in Christchurch asking if I would support a group walking from Seddon to Christchurch to raise funds for those affected by the earthquakes that need some extra assistance.
OPINION: The most successful health organisations around the world are very good at listening to patients
Andrew Wakefield is a doctor disgraced, his research disproven, but the delusion he generated still swirls internationally
How would a dead pig, half butchered and with its head cut off, end up on the beach at Rarangi?
What a pleasure it is to thank Peter Yealands and the Marlborough District Brass Band
Road needs work
The man who plonked a vibrator among the veges at the New World supermarket in Wanaka told police he was "extremely remorseful and embarrassed".
The wellbeing of youth matters to us all. How well they do affects how we as a society do.
Driving a car to an oil-free protest makes you a hypocrite, right?
Countdown categorically - as opposed to convincingly - denies using standover tactics with New Zealand suppliers.
Sometimes it would be nice to keep childhood memories just as they are.
Tomorrow is St Valentine's Day.
They planted claret ash in Picton, which will spread their roots under the pavements and roads
The primary purpose of our welfare state is to take care of those who are unable to take care of themselves
It has been said that ignorance is bliss. Well, this may be true in some cases but I suggest that it is better to be in the know.
Marius wasn't the first giraffe to become tucker for big cats and his death was less cruel than would occur in the African wilds.
As a motelier in Kaikoura, I find all the anti-drilling reporting a bit disturbing.
OPINION: Concern about oil drilling is spreading in Marlborough
Younger generations take it for granted that Waitangi Day is a public holiday, but not the students at St Paul's Collegiate or St Peter's School in Waikato.
The number of young people in Marlborough is about to drop considerably.
OPINION: In heeding the advice of the 0.1 per cent of climate scientists who deny the need for action, governments are preparing the way for Mother Nature's remedy for our environmental rapaciousness.
OPINION: It's official: New Zealand is increasingly becoming a secular nation, by popular choice as well as official decree.
OPINION: I was down at Hanmer over the New Year and I was reminded what a wonderful event we have here with our Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.
Marlborough sauvignon blanc is selling for $4.70 a bottle in West Australia
Lawless and loving it He'd survived unscragged and now seemed ready to make his last glory charge
Stop the denigration
Celebrating Waitangi Day are we?
The return of an attendance register in Parliament is a win for transparency but we should not get carried away considering it a marker for performance.
I have to admit to a major cop-out on my part; a shameful surrender to the power of the tiny sandflies we all know and loath.
At my regular meeting with Wing Commander Peter King at RNZAF Base Woodbourne, we discussed the Ground Training Wing which is running at near full capacity, with the first intake of the tri-service training for officer cadets.
OPINION: The tragedy at the Maruia Falls again raises questions about individual responsibility and the role of the Government in public safety.
My wife needed to get to Christchurch for an MRI scan and the return fare, ex Blenheim for two, was over $1000
What will the Privy Council make of the Teina Pora appeal?
Marlborough District Council events co-ordinator Susie Witehira reviews her first year in the role...
New staff in the newsroom always adds something different to the team.
New Zealanders really dislike having rebranding foisted upon us.
OPINION: Victory resident and Nelson City Councillor Matt Lawrey on the potential harm of selling cheap alcohol in lower socio-economic areas.
OPINION: Many farmers will resist it fiercely, housing our dairy herd in sheds is almost inevitable.
I've probably spoken here before about really enjoyable outdoor experiences; fishing on a good day, tramping or mountainbiking an amazing trail.
OPINION: Many of you may have heard of "gigatown".
Kaikoura is celebrating Whales Live while Picton, on the other hand, will be glorifying their slaughter with the new wing at the museum
What does the Education Ministry really want to hear from us all on the future of the two colleges in Blenheim?