Your Marlborough

Low traffic roads to be chipsealed

Frank Porter

Marlborough Roads hopes to save half a million dollars a year by chipsealing, rather than asphalting, roads around the district.

Emily's little lamb follows her to show

A crayfish, a calf called T-Bone, and a lamb called Bella were just three of the many pets at Rapaura School's annual Spring Show on Friday.

Leaders take the plunge for charity

Frank Porter

A group of Marlborough bosses gave up control yesterday as they teetered on the edge of Blenheim's multistorey car park.

Art to keep zombies from Havelock

Michelle Hutton

Artists whose works are unique to Havelock and surrounding areas will have exclusive rights to a new gallery in the town.

Hard yards on the Rainbow Rage

Riding the Rainbow Rage

Founders pop up garden

Mountainbiker Sarnim Dean writes about his experience last year on the Rainbow Rage, the 106-kilometre race from St Arnaud to Hanmer Springs.

Chess a show that still has 'legs'

freeze dryer

REVIEW: Blenheim Musical theatre has another show to be proud of with Chess, which opened at the Floor Pride Civic Theatre last night.

New manseng 'special'

wine generic

When you grow a crop and something goes wrong there's an often-used phrase that can seem flippant when you've heard it a few times - it's the old "that's farming".

Taking hops to new heights


In the weeks preceding the Great American Beer Festival and its international sibling, the World Beer Cup, those invited to judge are required to compile a list of the beer style categories they feel most capable of judging.

Basket case

Ham and cheese brioche

After three unsuccessful forays I was persuaded that the best picnics were at the outdoor table in our own sheltered backyard.

Endgame for Chess musical

Hayden Lawrence

The musical Chess opens in Blenheim tonight, pulling together months of rehearsals and planning by the large cast and crew.

Slow going but richly rewarding

John Hickman

Sven Herselman meets a Marlborough farmer who is working hard to conserve the land.

Setback for Waitangi Day festival

Confusion over event after double-booking

Dave White

Venue of Waitangi Day music festival in doubt after confusion over booking of Blenheim's A&P Park.

Meet the new team

Stuart Dudley

Five new members were elected to the board of Wine Marlborough last week. Chloe Winter asked them about themselves and what's next for Marlborough's wine industry.

Perfect play for aspiring actors

Bugsy Malone

A musical gangster script for children to enjoy was the driving force for Alan Parker when he wrote the 1970s Bugsy Malone.

Talking art with authority

Prospective art connoisseurs are being offered a two-day workshop in Blenheim this weekend.

Enamel artworks made to be touched

Heina Petzold

"Touchable" is a description Heina Petzold gives the enamel art he will fill a Blenheim gallery with on Friday.

Invite to writers' retreat

Seven places are available for this year's Rai Valley writers' retreat on November 7, 8 and 9 at Mount Richmond Estate.

Hanging garden displays wares

Lapu Oliver

Parking meters, a toilet and a vacuum cleaner hanging from a tree are just some of the treasures in Blenheim woman Lapu Oliver's garden.

Sports draws


Weekly sports draws around Marlborough from October 14.

Grateful for the gift of life


Transplant recipients hit the streets to share their stories and encourage people to have "the conversation".

Pieces in place for Chess opening

Chess play

Cast of Blenheim Musical Theatre's production of Chess challenge children to a match at artisan market.

Peaceful garden spot full of heart


Hospice Marlborough volunteers get a chance to show off gardening skills at Nelmac Garden Marlborough next month.

Blenheim model wowed by show experience

Te Ata Tuhimata

Blenheim woman still can't believe she is a model at one of the country's most prestigious fashion shows.

Soho keeping it sexy, fun and quality focused

The Soho Wine Co success story is also, in part, a Marlborough success story. Contract winemaking is central to the quality of Soho's wines.

Cheeses to please

Lady Elizabeth IV

Many of our specialty cheeses are created by boutique producers from Kaitaia to Invercargill.

Beer festival a mind-blowing experience

Lady Elizabeth IV

I've just spent the past week in Denver, Colorado, where I've been judging at the Great American Beer Festival.

Wine showcase lures 500 entries

Vanessa Keown

Judges began tasting more than 500 Marlborough wines yesterday for this year's Marlborough Wine Show.

Midwest craft brewery doesn't do things by halves

Neil Witte

GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough Express

Having tasted several of the Boulevard Brewing Company's beers over the past few years, I'd been itching to visit the brewery.

Dancing strongest feature of festival

speed limit

Marlborough dancers took on some of New Zealand's best over seven days of competition at the Marlborough Performing Arts Festival in Blenheim last week.

Blenheim event sweet news for festival fans

Dave White

A new summer festival, SWEET-AZ, will replace the long-running Blues, Brews and BBQs.

Room to move restores pride after a fall

Joel Harden

Suffering a fall in the home can be emotionally and physically scarring. Heather Simpson learns leaves may fall but the elderly don't have to.

Tests reveal risk in 1080-zone trout


Anglers warned not to eat fish caught below 1080 drop zones after research raises concerns.

From water balloons to winning art

Labour of love pays off for designer

Nicki van Asch,

The Marlborough Express

While her two young children were sleeping, Nicki van Asch stayed up late at home, meticulously threading together thousands of water balloons that had been stockpiled over many months.

Dancers flock for performing arts fest

Week-long song and dance festival in full swing

speed limit

Dancers are putting their best foot forward for judges at this week's 2014 Marlborough Performing Arts Festival in Blenheim.

Region is a winner with scouts


Marlborough beats Christchurch and Ashburton to host national 10-day scout event in 2016.

Road Trip: The pilot

Film-makers seek local talent

road trip

Welcome to New Zealand's quirkiest Road Trip - where you can share your story with the world.

Spreading the word about wine

Tessa Nicholson

Blenheim woman Tessa Nicholson is celebrating her 10th year as editor of Winepress. Chloe Winter caught up with her to chat about a job she loves.

Fingers crossed for vineyards after frosts

Felicity Thompson

While the snow on the mountains may look fantastic and Rainbow Ski field is delighted with the fresh snow, it is the last thing grape growers want to see.

Hot colours are cool this summer

Felicity Thompson

Felicity Thompson is the horticultural maestro behind Mitre 10 Mega's hugely successful garden centre, rated No 1 in the brand's stores nationwide.

Moa ale joins Air New Zealand experience

Caramel chicken with popcorn.

From Blenheim to 30,000 feet up on the way to San Francisco, Moa is the order of the day.

Crackerjack chicken

Caramel chicken with popcorn.

Without too much imagination and time, chicken can be grilled, stir-fried, used in casseroles and soups, baked or roasted

Constellation head 'born into wine'

 Joe Stanton

There was more than the usual amount of interest in Constellation's mid-winter grape grower's lunch due to the presence of new CEO Sam Glaetzer.

Smith to share garden tips

Bevan Smith

Gardeners, cooks and combinations of the two are sure to enjoy meeting Bevan Smith when he's in town for Nelmac Garden Marlborough.

A life without plastic

Plastic bag-free Picton campaigners

Picton's plastic bag-free champion Linda Thompson is practising in her home what she preaches in public, Sonia O'Regan reports.

Cathedral Choir to double voices

Biggi G

Members of the Nelson Cathedral Choir will double the number of choral voices singing Evensong in the Church of the Nativity on Sunday.

Biggi G back to set Blenheim alight

Biggi G

On Thursday Auckland-based DJ Biggi G returns to his hometown of Blenheim with more electro, house, and hip hop music for under-18 groovers.

Living the dream

Paul MajoR

The yacht Bella Via has been a regular visitor to the Marlborough Sounds. Skipper Paul Major writes about sailing from Canada to New Zealand and places in between.

Black Seeds top bill at Wine & Food Festival

Black Seeds

Black Seeds announced as headline act for next year’s Marlborough Wine & Food Festival.

Something to sprout about

Sango and chicken rice paper rolls

JAN BILTON - The Marlborough Express

Those little feathery sprouts usually sold in packets at your supermarket are highly nutritious.

Wines with the wow factor

There are four new Brancott Estate Limited Edition World of WearableArt Awards Series wines that are worth showing off at the table.
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