Disqualified driver's 'appalling' conduct

Serena Smith has been told she could be in “some serious trouble” after she admitted dangerous driving, giving false ...

3:20 PM  Five complaints were made about Serena Smith's driving on a notorious stretch of SH6, near Nelson, after she overtook on blind corners and yellow lines before being stopped by police.

'Menace on the road' sentenced

Elijah Jesse Boulton, 19, and a passenger were transported to hospital after he crashed on Dillon St on June 9. (File photo)

2:34 PM  Facing court for the fourth time, Marlborough teen Elijah Boulton has been called by a judge a "menace on the road" who is well on the way to writing his own ticket to prison.

New Marlborough wine company pours support into youth charity

Graeme Dingle Foundation trustee Geoff Mathews, left, Marlborough mayor John Leggett, Graeme Dingle Foundation regional ...

Donations from the wine industry have helped create a new wine label that will fund Graeme Dingle Foundation youth programmes in Marlborough.

Fairy lights, cameras, community action as Christmas competition returns video

The First National team in Blenheim get switched on for the return of their Christmas Lights competition.

Over 800 people voted in Marlbrough's first Christmas lights competition last year. This year it's hoped even more will get behind it.

Tiny French car army raiding top of the south

John Hatrick-Smith does a last minute repair to get indicators working, before the raid leaves for Picton.

Built to transport French peasants to market over ploughed fields, this colourful fleet of Citroen 2CV cars is taking on Marlborough's scenic routes.

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Soundwave survey reveals secrets from the deep in Marlborough Sounds video

The seabed in the Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound and Kura Te Au/Tory Channel was mapped in 2016 and 2017, costing $1.5 ...

Marine farms in New Zealand's largest aquaculture region could benefit from "invaluable" new survey.

'Sports-mad' Marlborough to host South Island Masters Games

The 2021 and 2023 South Island Masters Games will be held in Marlborough following an agreement with the Marlborough ...

The 2021 and 2023 games are to be hosted in the region, following an agreement with the Marlborough District Council.

Wine Centre construction start weeks away

An image of the first stage of the New Zealand Wine Centre which will be built at the Blenheim NMIT campus.

The multi-million dollar centre in Blenheim aims to make Marlborough the country's wine industry research base.

Man fined for parking ticket eight years later

The Marlborough District Council has cancelled a parking ticket from 2012 after a man was hit with a fine eight years later.

Council scrubs infringement as councillor jokes "we won't let that $12 go".

Backpackers happy to find work and safety far from Covid-hit home

Marlborough vineyard workers Louise Cusset, left, Isabelle Parant and Magali Monne had their working holiday visas ...

As a second wave of Covid-19 surges across Europe, three backpackers in Marlborough are grateful for their mask-free stay.

New pou whenua marking Māori Battalion sacrifices damaged video

An arm reaching out from a pou whenua has gone missing, less than two weeks after being unveiled in Picton.

Tūmatauenga's arm appears to have been ripped from the memorial, less than a fortnight since it was installed.

Firing up for feast of summer hospitality and events

MOA tap room manager Mark Campbell says they hope to bring more domestic visitors to the beer garden.

A popular beer garden is looking to a brighter summer as a regional events initiative plans to keep Marlborough on the domestic visitor map.

What's the story? Students learn joy of books

Storyteller Eirlys Hunter reads from her own book at St Mary's School during the Storylines tour.

Charitable trust Storylines works year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature.

'Numbers man' tallies 83,000 hours in long council career

Marlborough District Council finance officer David Craig helped bring more bus services to the region during his 40 ...

David Craig served eight mayors and many councillors, including his mother-in-law.

Supermarkets, restaurants recovering from baffling power outage in Blenheim

Marlborough Lines crews are investigating a power outage affecting central Blenheim.

One restaurateur found the outage “a bit scary” as he was “sitting on about $20,000 of perishables”.


Tense victory for young Marlborough cricketers

The Marlborough U15 team which beat Nelson at Saxton Oval last Sunday.

2:30 PM  Marlborough under-15s edged out their Nelson rivals by seven runs at the weekend.

A spectacle of two halves at Tralafgar Park video

Rugby fans were treated to two absorbing clashes in the double-header in Nelson on Saturday.

Councils want residents to dump paper and cardboard to save money video

New pou whenua marking Māori Battalion sacrifices damaged video


The dumbest thing I ever did

Brannavan Gnanalingam thanks his lucky stars for surviving a life-threatening situation.

I was privileged enough to be young and stupid - and get away with it.

Shaking up contagion of complacency

13112020 News Photo: Abigail Dougherty/Stuff. Outside Vincent Street apartments in Auckland CBD where a covid community ...

OPINION: Not before time, the Government is bringing in bigger guns in the battle against Covid and complacency.

Learning to cook is just the beginning

Nothing connects Brannavan Gnanalingam more to his Sri Lankan heritage than food.

I never felt overly connected to my Sri Lankan past until I got into the kitchen.

Art doesn't happen in a vacuum

Brannavan Gnanalingam enjoys writers festivals and is chairing this month’s Verb Festival in Wellington.

Forget the starving artist in the lonely garret, artists need friends, funding and festivals. Oh, and good primary school teachers, too.

'World-leading' salmon farming standards needed for forestry in Marlborough Sounds

Debris flows, collapse fill, gouging and earthwork failures from forestry practices in the Sounds.

OPINION: It's been 46 years since the first complaint on forestry in the Sounds. But what has changed?


Council investigates purchasing derelict house for museum expansion video

The Havelock Museum and Havelock Menz Shed want to expand onto the property next door, which has an abandoned house.

Derelict Havelock building with a seaside view could be snapped up by council as "strategic purchase", but some have doubts.

'800 years of stories to tell'

Local filmmaker Keelan Walker comes to our newsroom to talk about the Top of the South Festival, and the two films that ...

Keelan Walker hopes it's 'third time lucky' at the 6th annual Top of the South Film Festival, with the Blenheim filmmaker not short of an idea, having "800 years of stories" to draw on.

Residents rubbish claims new social housing won't worsen parking

Charles St resident Graeme Percy worried new Kainga Ora social housing development will hurt parking on the street.

But traffic expert says the potential loss of eight car parks could actually push people further from town.

20 years young and still going strong

With 60 staff under her watch, Marlborough Stadium general manager Bridget Taylor says the leisure centre has become an ...

Stadium 2000, the multi-purpose sports complex which has become an unmissable community facility in Blenheim, turns 20 this month and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Marine waste feeds 3D printer production

Matthew O'Hagan with some of the materials he works with.

Matthew O’Hagan wants a more sustainable world, so he’s helping build it using marine farm and fishing net plastic waste.

Your Marlborough

Tiny French car army raiding top of the south

John Hatrick-Smith does a last minute repair to get indicators working, before the raid leaves for Picton.

Built to transport French peasants to market over ploughed fields, this colourful fleet of Citroen 2CV cars is taking on Marlborough's scenic routes.

A lifetime love of birds inspires Marlborough artist's new book Drawn to the Wild

Dillon has always been inspired by birds, growing up in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley.

From crazed royal spoonbills to mischevous kea, Nicolas Dillon's new book captures birdlife in words as well as paintings.

What's on

Stan Walker performs at Blenheim's ASB Theatre on Sunday.

What's on in Marlborough this week.

Following bright path to centre stage at Lights over Marlborough

Blenheim pyrotechnician Michelle Harris with her firework shell model, preparing for Lights over Marlborough this week.

Even without gunpowder in the mix, Michelle Harris’ enthusiasm for fireworks could light up the night sky.

Record-winning Marlborough Shearer recognised for 'Love of the Land'

Higgins, pictured in 2015, said she’s always been accepted as a female shearer.

Sarah Higgins has always been accepted as a female shearer, but "it does take time to prove yourself a little bit,” the world record holder says.

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