Your Marlborough

Youth worker offers a supportive ear

In Blenheim, trust worker Jessica Dobbie connects children at Redwoodtown School with St Ninian's Church.

World War 2 fighter pilot returns to first posting for Easter air show

World War 2 fighter ace stationed at Omaka

WW2 pilot Bryan Bryan will be a gold-card guest at the 2015 Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow in Blenheim over Easter, next weekend.

Plastic not as fantastic

Despite eight months of hard work, a campaign to rid Picton of plastic bags has yet to take off, but volunteers driving it say they won't be deterred.

Milestone for the mainstream

Two new Mac's beers suggest times are a-changin' at Lion.

Air show focus on Bleriot II replicas

A piece of New Zealand aviation history has been brought to life for the Omaka Classic Fighters Air Show.

Sports draws

Sporting fixtures and schedules from around the region.

Dashwood Pass road almost finished

Finishing touches are being completed to the Dashwood Pass in Marlborough with the road to open next week before Easter traffic hits.

Cricket World Cup diverts attention from GrapeRide

Event fails to sell out for first time ever

The hugely popular Forrest GrapeRide in Marlborough has not sold out for the first time in its history, and organisers are blaming the Cricket World Cup.

Damaged Oak Tree Cottage demolished

Oak Tree Cottage near Seddon, a restored 19th century cob home visited by many Marlburians and tourists during the last 25 years, has been demolished.

Volunteers saluted at rail opening

The Omaka branch line of the Blenheim Riverside Railway was officially opened on Saturday.

Harvest raze not the end of maze

The Omaka Maize maze has been harvested, but keen maze-goers can expect to get lost in a new labyrinth next year.

Hager coming to Book Festival

An investigative journalist who revealed the dirty politics of New Zealand is coming to Marlborough.

Blenheim homes all able to access UFB

Rollout of ultra-fast broadband to more than 11,000 homes in Blenheim completed.

Spouses encouraged to get carried away

First prize in a new event at the Flaxbourne A&P Show on Sunday will be your spouse's weight in beer.

Campbell ready to lead Bohally

Bohally Intermediate School will have a new leader when term two kicks off after the Easter break.

Picton in for makeover

Pedestrians on Picton's Upper High St in future will enjoy a regenerated streetscape flush with trees, new seating and lighting.

Temporary toilets for airline passengers

Airline passengers are being asked to use temporary toilets outside Marlborough Airport for the next two months, as work on the expansion moves continues.

Bar moves bands inside to ease noise

The Yard Bar and Bistro in Blenheim has moved its live bands inside following complaints from the public about noise levels.

Begorrah, 'tis a day to all be Irish

Black pudding and fried potatoes were on the menu as Marlborough pubs geared up to celebrate the spirit of the Irish on St Patrick's Day.

Milestone for wildlife sanctuary

About 160 people travelled to Kaipupu Point in the Marlborough Sounds for the 10th anniversary of the wildlife sanctuary on Sunday.

Volunteers get stuck into cleanup

A bid to clean up Picton has started well after a group of volunteers turned up to clear rubbish off the foreshore on Sunday.

Blenheim's bar owners see merit in street party

Bar owners in Blenheim feel more could be done to promote the town centre on what should be the biggest party night of the year.

Foreshore first objective of Picton clean-up

A new campaign to turn Picton into a prime tourist destination starts this weekend.

Brewing a breath of fresh air

Keep an eye out for some one-off beers brewed with freshly picked green hops.

Harvest celebrated with music

Harvest is a time for celebration and in Marlborough that's no different, with the fifth annual Framingham Harvest Concert set to rock into the night on Friday.

4000 expected at bigger and better Havelock Mussel Festival

Organisers of the Havelock Mussel Festival are expecting about 4000 people on Saturday.

Council agrees to keep party going

Councillors agree not to be party poopers and press ahead with New Year's festivities.

Artist's work highlights festival history

Characters created by retired artist Triska Blumenfeld are brought to life again in a new 50-minute film documenting the 30-year-old Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.

Show must go on rain or shine

The 81st Rai Valley A&P Show will go ahead this weekend, whatever the weather.

Red Cross work celebrated at museum

A century of Red Cross, and a reminder of what the organisation does in Marlborough, is being celebrated at the Marlborough Museum.

Anzac tribute hits halfway

A Blenheim man, who made a 100-day commitment to honour Marlborough's fallen servicemen and women, has hit the halfway point.

Trucks added to classic car display

Car, bike and truck enthusiasts won't want to miss Marlborough's biggest vehicle display this weekend, when the Hospice Classic Car Display rolls into Blenheim.

Time travel back to kitted-out WWII garrison on the cards

Blenheim is set to become the only town in the country with a working replica World War II garrison.

Treats in store at school's harvest fair

Second-hand bargain hunters can get first dibs on the white elephant stall at the Rapaura School Country Harvest Fair this Saturday, for a small fee.

School opens doors to community

Spring Creek School will host an open day next week to share its big plans with the community.

'Mean' bulls promise rodeo excitement

About 30 angry bulls will stampede into Marlborough this weekend for the 66th annual Tua Marina Rodeo.

Chinese, Korean New Year celebrated

Marlborough Migrant Centre celebrated the Chinese and Korean New Year with Marlborough-based immigrants from all over the world.

Water trucked in for firefighting contest

Water will be brought in from Blenheim for a regional firefighting competition this weekend in Renwick.

New cabinet should provide better broadband for Rapaura

Rapaura residents will benefit from better broadband since Chorus finished work on a new fibre-fed broadband cabinet in the area.

Plans for riverside cultural precinct unveiled

Plans for a multi-million riverside cultural precinct in Blenheim will breathe new life into the CBD, an urban planner says.

Romantic evening with movie treats

Dozens are expected to pack a picnics and head to Clos Henri Vineyard for the wine company's annual outdoor film night on Friday.

Morris dancers on special mission

Eight Marlborough dancers and musicians will perform a rain dance in the hope it will bring relief to the drought-stricken region.

Wild salmon run on Wairau River grows

It's that time of year when the salmon begin turning up in the South Island's east coast rivers to the delight of anglers.

Tourists ignore fire ban

Travellers continue to light fires on Kaikoura beaches in breach of a total fire ban, much to the consternation of fire chiefs.

Festival a success, and set to be bigger, better next year

The Sweet-Az Sun Festival in Blenheim on Waitangi Day will be back again next year.

Rain not a big relief for region

Marlborough received its first good dousing of rain in months on Monday night, water restrictions remain in place.

Sports draws

Sporting draws and fixtures from around the region from February 10.

Big turnout for festival

Crowds turned out with picnic blankets, deckchairs and rastafarian-themed outfits for the Sweet-Az Sun Festival on Friday.

Families still flock to Hopai Sports

Popular picnic a link to Marlborough's past

Little has changed in what has been the social centrepiece in the Marlborough Sounds for nearly 100 years. And that's what's so great about it.

New old look makes The Store feel like home

There was one thing The Store owners Melissa Steward and Sank Macfarlane wanted to retain when they bought the popular cafe a year ago - that "rustic feel".
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