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Mayor by day, superhero by night? Chris Lippiatt, Fist Puncher's doppelganger

Stand-up comedian Chris Lippiatt is running for mayor, to add a bit of “entertainment” to this year’s election.

Despite the resemblance, and the Fist Puncher t-shirt, mayoral candidate Lippiatt denies he's one half of “Blenheim’s newest self-appointed superheroes”.

132 new community cases in Nelson Marlborough

There are 132 new community cases of Covid-19 in the top of the south area. (file photo)

Twelve people are in hospital with Covid in the top of the south on Friday, the Ministry of Health reported.

Cold start as not a single weather station tops 10C this morning video

The Diamond Harbour wharf near Christchurch is covered with ice on Friday morning after the temperature dropped overnight.

Aotearoa woke up to a chilly one, with Aoraki/Mt Cook recording -7.9C.

Young entrepreneurs with a lot on their plate

Nikita Webb, 22, and Cecil Sakhare, 31, say they will keep the existing business model, preparing and delivering simple ...

A Blenheim couple have taken on a company that delivers hundreds of fresh meals to older residents every week.

People burning pallets, driftwood to heat homes, says firewood retailer video

It was -3C in Blenheim on Thursday morning, which is still shorts weather for some at Marlborough Boys’ College.

Burning the wrong wood can be bad for your health, but as the cost of living bites, people are trying to make savings where they can.

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Woman likely drowned after taking hallucinogen, says coroner

Melissa Ewings, 31, was last seen in Clarence, 30km north of Kaikōura, on September 20, 2020.

Melissa Ewings, who disappeared near the Clarence River mouth two years ago, had been acting strangely under the influence of drugs, a coroner finds.

Police have 'solid lead' in Kaikōura seal killing case - DOC

Police and the Department of Conservation are working together to find those responsible for killing at least 19 ...

A tip-off from the public has given police a fresh line of inquiry, but a clause in the Marine Mammals Protection Act means time is running out.

Nelson-Marlborough records 154 new Covid cases video

Nelson-Marlborough recorded 154 new cases of Covid on Wednesday.

The death toll in Te Tauihu has risen to 56.

Power pole goes through windscreen near Blenheim

Police were called to a crash at around 6.50am on Wednesday morning.

There were no major injuries, but power remains cut to more than 100 homes after an early morning crash in Fairhall.

Teenager floored by response to social media post asking for job video

Caleb McLaughlan has a new job, two days after asking for work on social media.

By lunchtime the following day, Caleb McLaughlan had about 15 job offers. So he went with the first.

Security technician who secretly recorded co-workers wrongly dismissed, says ERA video

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Security worker Garry Curnow thought his managers were planning to oust him, so he started to covertly record conversations in the office. It didn’t quite go to plan.

Warming seas could make Kaikōura's iconic whales a rarer sight video

Kaikōura is famous for its year-round sperm whale population (file photo).

A new study has found as global sea-surface temperatures continue to rise, the giants of the deep will seek refuge further south.

Calling all candidates: Marlborough days away from anyone walking on to council

As it stands, the only election in Marlborough will be for mayor. And that has someone running for mayor in six ...

As it stands, the only election in Marlborough will be for mayor. And that has someone running for mayor in six different places.

Highway between Blenheim and Nelson reopens

Gale-force winds brought down trees and caused rockfalls on the stretch of highway over Whangamoa Hill. (File photo)

Road crews have cleared slips and fallen trees blocking State Highway 6, which reopened on Tuesday afternoon.

Red-hot Rangers gain sweet revenge in five-goal thriller

Rangers’ Katie Pugh, left, and Maddy Sinclair, right, compete strongly against Libby Hayday-Smith of Nelson Suburbs.

Having lost 14-0 to the same team earlier in the season, Rangers wanted redemption, and got it.

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Compressed rubbish to cut landfill trips

Rubbish from Kaikōura is being transferred to the Kate Valley Landfill, north of Christchurch.

The transfer of Kaikōura's compacted rubbish to a North Canterbury landfill will only require one truck trip a week, the council says.

Warming seas could make Kaikōura's iconic whales a rarer sight video

A new study has found as global sea-surface temperatures continue to rise, the giants of the deep will seek refuge further south.

Calling all candidates: Marlborough days away from anyone walking on to council

Highway between Blenheim and Nelson reopens

Opinion

Knowing where to turn where your health is concerned video

We all put our health is others hands, but when the system lets you down, there are avenues to turn to.

Column: It's good to have a healthy appreciation of front-line health workers, but when things go left, it's important to know where to turn to right them.

Health checks vital to beating bowel cancer video

Don’t leave your health to luck, writes Evan Robinson.

Ignoring your body's red flags could have deadly consequences, writes one man who has survived his own personal battle with bowel cancer.

Plastic fantastic? That's just rubbish video

Recycle plant workers crew members separate waste on a sorting bench on the Aegean Sea island of Tilos, southeastern ...

Opinion: We were sold on the idea that plastic was convenient to our modern day lives. We know now that's just a load of rubbish.

Challenging 'bureaucratic' Three Waters plan

Marlborough mayor John Leggett is concerned the region’s water issues will not be given sufficient weight in a large new ...

The modified Government proposals for Three Waters reform still lack clarity and sense, says Marlborough mayor John Leggett.

My online te reo Māori journey video

Journalist Jennifer Eder shares her experience with “noho marae” an online te reo Māori course.

I was not expecting an overnight marae visit to be included. How would that work in a Zoom class?

Business

Young entrepreneurs with a lot on their plate

Nikita Webb, 22, and Cecil Sakhare, 31, say they will keep the existing business model, preparing and delivering simple ...

A Blenheim couple have taken on a company that delivers hundreds of fresh meals to older residents every week.

Teenager floored by response to social media post asking for job video

Caleb McLaughlan has a new job, two days after asking for work on social media.

By lunchtime the following day, Caleb McLaughlan had about 15 job offers. So he went with the first.

'Blatant exploitation': Migrant workers packed in freezing, damp rooms

Three men are crammed into this freezing motel room in Blenheim. They share a single set of drawers.

One Pacific Island worker living in a crowded motel was coughing blood, but his boss told him to "take a panadol". Kirsty Johnston reports.

Sign of the times: Hopeful homebuyer tries a different trick

Builder Ferguson Shaw said he decided to try his luck by placing a personalised sign in public after finding little joy ...

“It’s only a $100 sign, but it might save me thousands,” says Blenheim man after six months of searching.

Fonterra Tuamarina plant set to close doors

The Tuamarina site was a fully automated milk-concentration plant when it opened in 2005.

The Marlborough site's tanker transfer facility will be moved to Brightwater near Nelson, affecting two jobs.

Your Marlborough

Police have 'solid lead' in Kaikōura seal killing case - DOC

Police and the Department of Conservation are working together to find those responsible for killing at least 19 ...

A tip-off from the public has given police a fresh line of inquiry, but a clause in the Marine Mammals Protection Act means time is running out.

Red-hot Rangers gain sweet revenge in five-goal thriller

Rangers’ Katie Pugh, left, and Maddy Sinclair, right, compete strongly against Libby Hayday-Smith of Nelson Suburbs.

Having lost 14-0 to the same team earlier in the season, Rangers wanted redemption, and got it.

Muchas gracias! Blenheim library holds Spanish storytelling sessions for Latino kids video

María Isabel Flores had the children captivated as she read a story at La Hora Del Cuento - Spanish story time at the ...

“Many here have left their countries, but the power of the stories from home helps keep the ties to their culture, their language.”

Sign of the times: Hopeful homebuyer tries a different trick

Builder Ferguson Shaw said he decided to try his luck by placing a personalised sign in public after finding little joy ...

“It’s only a $100 sign, but it might save me thousands,” says Blenheim man after six months of searching.

Hector's dolphins are 'turning up' in Māui populations video

Scientists have started taking small biopsies from Hector’s dolphins, meaning they no longer have to rely on samples ...

While there's no sign of inter-breeding yet, the two subspecies are closely related and “in all likelihood, they should be able to”.

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