Your Marlborough

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".

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.
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