Your Marlborough

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".

Purkiss a man with many hats

A jack of all trades is probably the best way to describe the man after who this street is named.

Early Renwick settlers live on in name

This Renwick street dates back to the early part of the 1900s when a young Renwick widow Jane Gee bought the block of land bounded by Inkerman St, Blick's Rd and the main highway to Nelson.

Kaikoura music festival wows crowd

Kaikoura's annual summer music festival is the perfect cocktail of music, people and place, says musician James Coyle.

Riverbank waterslide makes a splash

A water slide on the banks of the Taylor River has made a summer splash down.

Icecream lovers swoop in for scoops

Poppy's homemade icecream shop has seen "phenomenal" numbers of customers this summer, said owner Karen Barwick.

Picton Maritime Festival the 'best yet'

Dining table made into raft was a talking point

A dining table modified into a raft proved a talking point at the novelty raft race at the 10th Picton Maritime Festival.

Best of a beery good bunch

Having polled its 900 beer-loving members across the country, this week the Society of Beer Advocates released the results of its second annual awards.

Momorangi Bay tops for camping experience

If it's a true Kiwi camping experience you're after, stay at Marlborough's Momorangi Bay.

Picton Maritime Festival bigger, better

The Maritime Festival is expanding, with Picton streets closed to bring the event into the town.

Total fire ban between Wairau, Clarence rivers

A total fire ban will be in place between the Wairau and Clarence rivers from 8am on Thursday.

Blenheim goes country

Songs will fill Blenheim's main theatre this weekend when performers vie for the judges' favour in an annual music contest.

For the love of music

Teenager Kimberly Jones can add her name to the list of professional music teachers in Blenheim after passing her Trinity College London ATCL diploma.

Medical hijinks on Havelock stage

Hijinks in a medical surgery will be acted out on stage in Cut and Run, the Havelock Theatre Company's summer production.

Sports draws

Sports fixtures and schedules around the region from January 13.

The English streets of Renwicktown

We continue the series on the history of street names in Marlborough by Maike van der Heide .

Perfect spot for a family picnic

Once known as "Laughing Bob's Bay," this little beach at the base of Victoria Domain has been the scene of family picnics for generations.

Francis (Frances) Street of unknown sex

For whom Francis street was named for remains unclear.

Beautiful all year round

Just a short drive, boat or bike ride or kayak from Picton is Ngakuta Bay, a favourite with locals and visitors alike.

Farm park tracks made more user-friendly

Nearly a kilometre of gravel path has been laid on the busiest section of the Wither Hills Farm Park to make it more user-friendly for runners and walkers.

An inventor of ingenious devices

Tucked away on the edge of Renwick is a cul-de-sac bearing the name of arguably Renwick's greatest inventor.

Sweet tactics a winner with visitors

Sweet-toothed visitors have added to a festive boom at Blenheim business Makana Confections.

Life on the Echo

Shipwrecks, sea sickness and snoring sailors

The Echo scow operated in Blenheim between the 1920s and 1965 proved the last of the river boats. Heather Simpson speaks to one of its former shipmates about some of his memories.

Scottish link to Blenheim street names

What do the far northeast of Scotland and the eastern end of Blenheim have in common?

Remote campsites appealing

Six of the 10 least-used Department of Conservation campsites are in the Marlborough Sounds.

Hip hop workshop planned for foreshore

A free beginner hip hop workshop will be held on the Picton foreshore below the war memorial steps on Wednesday.

Winery restaurant trials evening dining

A Marlborough winery has made the rare move of opening its restaurant for dinner.

A pioneering minister of Renwick

We continue the series by Maike van der Heide on the history of street names in Marlborough

Santa’s helper celebrates job well done

Christmas is over and Picton linehaul driver David Leask has hung up his Santa suit for another year.

Gather your wits

As we head into the new year and the warmest weather, I find my choice in beer tends towards the paler, more refreshing styles.

Good, honest family fun at Hopai Sports Day

About 700 people turned up in boats and by road to the Hopai Sports Day in Crail Bay on Saturday.

Queen Charlotte Track inspires children's storybook

Children in the United Kingdom can read about the swashbuckling adventures of a nautical kiwi and pirate possums in the Marlborough Sounds after the release of a new children's book.

Wynen was pioneering shopkeeper

James Wynen was Marlborough's first shopkeeper, but his part in the story of the region's earliest days went much deeper than the simple trading of goods.

Sports draws

Sports fixtures and schedules around the region from December 30.

'Tis the season for giving back

Thanks to a generous community, 187 children who were unlikely to get presents will wake up to gifts with their name on them.

Couple trek NZ to promote benefits of live kidney donations

Hugh and Ros Cole-Baker of Whangarei hit Blenheim on their "Walking NZ for Kidneys" tour.

Zingy, bright Kiwi pilseners

With their zingy tartness and bright in-your-face flavours, Kiwi pilseners are the beer world's answer to Marlborough sauvignon blanc,

Latest Devine novel set in Sounds

The Marlborough Sounds is the setting for a new novel by Wellington writer Thomas W Devine.

Sports draws

rugby

Draws for sporting events across the region from December 16.

Tongue twister author honoured

Blenheim writer Paula Bayley has been named "author of the month" by a Texas publishing agency.

Sports draws

rugby

Draws for sporting events across the region from December 9.

Practice keeps dancers on their toes

Scenes from a classic children's story and a celebration of classical ballet feature in an end-of-year production for a Blenheim dance school.

Making no bones about bluegrass

Original compositions join the folk and bluegrass songs played by a Kiw- American acoustic duo, No Bones About it.

Artist impresses with woodcut prints

Large woodcut prints have been created by Little River artist Josh Bashford, using a big press he bought after his last exhibition in Picton.

Brothers expand their palettes

Landscape colours in Marlborough are celebrated by Wellington artist Richard Ponder in his paintings.

Festival shifts to Lansdowne

Marlborough's newest summer festival has shifted across town to Lansdowne Park.

Expect the unexpected

The unexpected becomes the expected the longer you stay at Pip and Noel's Waikawa holiday house.

Riverside sculpture given a name

Blenheim's newest piece of public art on the banks of the Taylor River has been named.

True pioneers

Betty Guard, the first white woman to settle in the South Island came to Marlborough at the tender age of 15 with her ex-convict whaler husband Jacky Guard.
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