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Election laws off-key

Planet Key

Electioneering law in this country continues to cause mystification.

NZ at mercy of news bias

Blenheim businessman Hugh Steadman poses some questions on the way international events are being interpreted.

Letters to the editor

The environment, the election and education are among the talking points in today's letters to the editor.

Strong Kaikoura voice pledged

Springlands Tavern

National candidate for Kaikoura Stuart Smith sets out his case for the coming election.

Letters to the editor

With the election looming, political points of view dominate the discussion in today's letters to the editor.

Eye spy

Kim Dotcom

Here's a tip for Kim Dotcom - try not to look every bit as sly as the spies you're trying to out.

The power of one vote

Ballot box

The main importance of democracy is the participation of the people in naming their political representatives.

Letters to the editor

Letters from Express readers on the economy, wine industry and gender equality.

Ban a vote-catching lure

Generic fishing

National's plan to close the Marlborough Sounds to commercial fishing is likely to be greeted with some scepticism.

Decisive action welcomed

aidan kay

The Catholic parish in Marlborough has been thrown into turmoil.

Many characters of Marlborough

Kansen John

As well as expanding our cultural understandings, travellers bring their labour and skills to Marlborough's vineyards and breweries.

Woman on a mission

Vicarious trauma. It's a concept I hadn't heard of until a few days ago when we had a lecture on staff care at International Justice Mission HQ.

Letters to the editor

The Marlborough Express

Flight delays and foreshore parking are up for discussion in today's letters to the editor.

Playing with numbers

cunliffe and key

In a political leaders' debate, playing with metaphors isn't as big a deal as playing with, let's say, statistics.

Doing it cleaner, smarter, fairer

Three Sisters Vineyard

New Zealand's primary production and tourism's economic future relies on the clean green 100 per cent Pure Aotearoa brand being realised.

Letters to the editor


Correspondence from Express readers on sugar, 1080 and other major talking points.

Scottish poll looms

Whatever the Scottish alternative for knife edge may be, the independence referendum is now on one.

Letters to the editor

More of your correspondence on major talking points in Blenheim and beyond.

Fish parks just bait to catch voters

Generic fishing

Fishers beware of the hook in National's grandiose offer, warns Hugh Shields.

Closer to home


It is hard enough to keep your DNA to yourself if you're living a quiet life; harder still if you're inclined towards criminality.

Letters to the editor

Climate change and pest control are up for discussion in today's letters to the editor.

Fine-tune the picture

shamubeel eaqub

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub's case is that we need to apply more lenses "to understand what makes the regions tick".

Safety comes first

CTV building

It seems so intuitively right that criminal charges should follow the collapse of the CTV building in Christchurch that plenty of onlookers may wonder why the issue was ever particularly in doubt.

Letters to the editor

The Marlborough Express

More correspondence from Express readers on local and national talking points.

Crayfish business export jewel


What goes on behind the hedge is impressive and a jewel in Marlborough's diverse export crown.

Nailbomb inside the tent

Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer, whom no-one ever called biddable, has detonated on the campaign trail with extraordinary criticisms of the alliance she nominally represents.

Letters to the editor

Letters from Express readers on supermarket theft and Dirty Politics,

Migrant communities resilient

Pacifica community

The Pacifica community, as do many other migrant groups, play an integral role in the economic viability of the region.

Letters to the editor

The Marlborough Express

Letters on litter the election in today's batch of correspondence.

Lack of safety

Lyttelton Port

Lyttelton Port is a hot mess of industrial unsafety.

Letters to the editor

Correspondence from Express readers on health, the economy and renewable energy.

Lost in the ruck

Crusaders vs Hurricanes

Imagine the fallout if the Marlborough District Council had decided to host the Crusaders-Hurricanes clash in Blenheim next year and no-one came.

Letters to the editor

Express readers share opposing views on rugby and fishing in today's letters to the editor.

Trains always win

Train driver Murray Hewetson and a locomotive near Blenheim.

Trains don't zip, duck or nip. They are subject to huge forces of inertia; monstrously unreactive to emergency braking.

True sustainability vital


The mussel industry is an important component of the Marlborough economy and one that the community can be proud of as it is internationally renowned in a similar way to the wine industry.

All-clear for fluoride


The science, whether or not the clamorous minority likes it, is clear. Fluoridation's safe.

Kia ora ... and welcome

Monet-Mei Clarke

OPINION: There's an ugly little acronym, Fifo. Fit in or ...

Rock star economy out of tune

Sunshine wages do not pay bills. What I hear repeatedly at the doors of many people in Marlborough is that "it is time for a change".

Letters to the editor

The death of democracy, bouquets for young entertainers and more in today's batch of letters to the editor.

Figure it out


Household disposable incomes rose 7.1 per cent last year. Notice this at your place, did you?

Sustainability hub needed

STUART SMITH - The Marlborough Express

OPINION: In my view, a sustainability hub for Marlborough should be given serious consideration.

A numbers game


Affordability should be a greater focus for voter concern than the numbers of older people desperately needing help.

Kick back and savour the privilege


A book got me thinking about how I might grow into old age and come to enjoy it

Letters to the editor

More correspondence from Express readers on local and national hot topics.

Out in the cold

Bill Sutch

Finally we have the alleged smoking gun that shows the New Zealand official William Ball Sutch was a Russian spy.

Letters to the editor

More of your correspondence on a range of local and national talking points.

Prove it or lose it

alcohol, supermarket

It's a tough rule set for the checkout operators, but supermarkets are hit by tough fines when they are caught selling to or supplying underagers.

Fix the fixers

The pawns of match-fixing may well get locked away, but it seems inevitable the real "players" will remain in the shadows.

Letters to the editor

A mixed bag of correspondence on a range of local and national talking points in Wednesday's letters to the editor.

Make the connection

Ballot box

No one should be happy that three out of five young New Zealanders didn't vote in the last general election. Some are, though.

Letters to the editor

The Marlborough Express

Bus shelter queries for council and outrage over the Lochinver Station deal in today's letters to the editor.

Blunt political weaponry

Mountain Design

If you can't say something nice, you're fascist?

Letters to the editor

Both sides of the fluoride debate and fears over kerbside recycling are on the agenda in today's batch of letters to the editor.

Hygiene key to beat Ebola

Ebola scare

When a wretched death is the huge likelihood, an uncertain alternative starts looking pretty good.

Letters to the editor

Farm sales and fishing are up for discussion in today's letters to the editor.

A sister who didn't give up

Lee-Anne Cartier

Whatever payment Lee-Anne Cartier receives for her key role exposing Helen Milner as a murderer will fall short of what she deserves.

Regions supporting economy

There has been much talk about the growth of Auckland and the decline of our regions, but I want to challenge that assumption.

Letters to the editor

Slot rule silliness and praise for Nigel Latta in today's letters to the editor.

Homeless in our midst


One of the harsh realities of the modern world is the lack of support for vulnerable members of our society.

Lower limit may save lives

breath testing

The decision to get behind the wheel after having one too many haunts many people for their rest of their lives, but is part of life for others.

Letters to the editor

The Marlborough Express

Frustrated fisherman and bus shelter brickbats are just two of the topics up for discussion in a bumper batch of letters to the editor.

No victory for Israel

Palestinian man gestures near house destroyed by Israel strikes against Hamas

The Marlborough Express

In war, the perception of who is right and who is wrong differs markedly, depending on where you are viewing the carnage.

Letters to the editor

Political rivals clash over alleged media censorship in today's letters to the editor.

We have to adapt and clean up

OPINION: This week's forecast cut of 14 per cent on milksolids shows the risks to the economy of a reliance on the production of unsustainable dairy commodities.

Racism is not a harmless joke


David Taylor was one person who raised concerns about an anti-Muslim "joke" posted in the name of Gigatown Blenheim on its Facebook site. He explains what prompted him to do so.

Listen to your mum

Biddy Poole


Maybe there's another cautionary message the drink-driving ads could use. Don't do it - or your mum may talk to the media.

Letters to the editor

Recycling and conservation are the topics of discussion in today's batch of letters to the editor.

Stop the nonsense


He apologised in advance, and he has apologised since, but he continues to blame the fallout on others.

Get smart to halt people drain

young mums

BRIAN DAWSON - Marlborough

District councillor and former Chamber of Commerce general manager Brian Dawson looks ahead to the future in Marlborough with a declining population.

Fine dressing for fireworks

Summer is in full swing here in Japan with recent days getting to temperatures of 38 degrees Celsius or "real-feel" of 47C.

New school will draw top staff

schools meeting

Education specialist Barry Stringer presents a vision for secondary education in Blenheim.

Bonds of friendship

Valerie Adams in the Commonwealth Games

In a world full of greed and strife, the nations of the Commonwealth come together for one reason above all: friendship.

Fascinated by Molesworth tales

Harry Broad

If Harry Broad's written stories are half as good as his spoken words, his book on Molesworth Station must be a cracker.

Help to raise our chidlren

Boy on a laptop

OPINION: Children are children, not mini adults ready to take family responsibilities on to their shoulders.

Letters to the editor

Correspondence on fishing frustrations and Port Marlborough spending in today's batch of letters to the editor.

In our defence, sir . . .


Appearing in front of the Human Rights Review Tribunal gave me renewed sympathy for a court novice having to give evidence.

No, Minister

gerry brownlee

Is Gerry Brownlee's blunder in barging past airport security confirmation that National has succumbed to second-term-itis?

Settlement gives tribes a chance

Stuart Smith

STUART SMITH - The Marlborough Express

Surprisingly, the Te Tau Ihu Treaty settlement, which relates to the top of the South Island, has been missed by many.

An eye to Wairau's future

wairau hospital

OPINION: For our region, the retention of Wairau Hospital is our most important priority. To achieve that, we need some new thinking.

Our future in our hands


Small towns will die as their elderly populations dwindle, says the Royal Society's Our Futures report.

Death and disdain

Ukraine train MH17

The international community is rightfully aghast at what is transpiring following the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in an apparent act of terrorism.

Dangerous complacency

Is the election a foregone conclusion?

Letters to the editor

More of your correspondence on local and national talking points.

Looking after our bees, birds

Flowering plants alongside crops grown by Snap Fresh Foods near Huntly are being used to attract insects that prey on the leaf miner pest.

I have written about the risks of using glyphosate both to our health and that of animals fed, but I haven't touched on the effects of glyphosate on our soil.

Something for everyone

Fifa Football World Cup Trophy

The 2014 football World Cup in Brazil was a terrific showcase for the beautiful game.

Letters to the editor

More of correspondence from Express readers on local, national and global talking points.

Awkward honesty

Ian Thorpe

Olympic swimming legend Ian Thorpe can be forgiven for being unsure about publicly announcing his homosexuality.

Letters to the editor


More of your correspondence on local and national talking points.

Risk from herbicides too great

Organic farmer Steve Marsh has lost his court case against neighbour Michael Baxter over GM crop contamination.

STEFFAN BROWNING - The Marlborough Express

New Zealand farmers could be setting themselves up for market rejection of their primary products through continued reliance on glyphosate as a management tool.

Guilt by accusation

Sad woman, depressed, grieving


Rape is a serious crime. It occurs far too often. It is frequently devastating upon its victims and can leave mental scars that last a lifetime.

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