Burglar's rooftop tobacco heist

Junior Thompson climbed onto a Four Square roof, cut a hole in the aluminium and kicked out the ceiling panels. (File pic)

A security camera showed him inside the Four Square about 11 hours earlier staring at the ceiling.

Teaching at 'all-time low' video

"Hi Jacinda, will you home school Neve?"

"I teach my students to stand up for themselves, now it's my turn," reads a placard.

Traffic cop U-turns into biker

The man's new Harley Davidson was damaged in the crash.

A police officer who hit a motorcyclist while doing a U-turn in his unmarked car was trying to catch a speeding driver.

Little relief for teachers

NZEI Marlborough chairman Dave Paterson with his message for PM Jacinda Ardern.

When a teacher is sick, schools can try more than 10 subs before giving up and making classes "double up".

Green grocer faked robbery

Police cordoned off Benge & Co Green Grocers the morning of the alleged robbery.

He was found lying in the store room in the recovery position. Close to $9k was missing.

They pull planes apart

Airbus staff, from left, Mike Spooner, Laurie McIntyre, Geoff Blake, Dave Winterburn and Chris Andrew standing in front ...

For the past two decades, Airbus has been the "one-stop shop" for RNZAF planes.

Money for rubbish

Port Underwood resident John Davison travels for an hour to drop off his recycling in Blenheim.

People living in rural communities will face less of a trek to recycle their rubbish.

Disappearing king shags 'doomed'?

A new colony at Tawhitinui Bay, a fairly sheltered part of Te Hoiere/Pelorus Sound, actually gained about 22 birds in ...

A quarter of the rare seabirds have been lost in the last three years, leaving residents and industry wondering why.

The bridge with no name

The century-old Ōpaoa bridge in Blenheim, nicknamed the Banana Bridge, will have a new bridge running beside it by mid 2020.

In a post-Boaty McBoatface era, asking people to name anything can be fraught with disparaging danger. Having said that.

Two pints and a painting

Adam Jones has been selling his work in bars, cafes and restaurants since he was 14-years-old.

Artists are starting to twig that few galleries can compete with the local pub in terms of getting their work "out there".

Eat, sway, love

Loaded fries are one of the items on Jodie's menu.

Lots of people get "hangry" especially when they have had a few too many.

Steam train launches tree plan

Pupils at Riverlands school, from left,
Fergus Dodson, Cullen Hook, Maggie Dodson, Poppy Fernandez, Zander Green, Maia ...

Owners of a historic steam train have pledged to offset its carbon emissions by planting trees at schools and parks.

Mobility park kerbside contempt

A mobility parking permit has made a big difference to Diane Gibb's independence.

Drivers are fed-up with people using mobility park spaces without a displayed permit.

Tattoo duo making their mark

Jarrad Johl of Picture Perfect Tattoo working on a leg tattoo of Storm from X-Men.

The two young artists behind Blenheim's newest tattoo parlour have made a strong start, already booked out for months in advance.

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Teacher strikes could escalate

Hundreds of teachers, parents and students gathered at the Church Steps on Trafalgar St, Nelson, during the national ...

Teachers roar for two-day strike idea, ramping up the pressure after the PM criticised them for striking too early.

ABs tickets still for sale

The field of dreams is ready - and tickets are still available to Nelson's All Blacks test.

Pizza and cigarettes 'essential'

Mako men get snappy

Opinion

KiwiRail building tourism

Road and rail were severely damaged in the Kaikoura quake in 2016.

OPINION: The train trip along the Kaikōura coast isn't just spectacular, it's economically vital.

Pioneer stories worth retelling

Tragedy struck the Landon-Lane family, forcing them to sell up and leave. It remains to this day a working farm.

Living and farming the northern end of d'Urville Island is about as remote as it gets for farming in the top of the south these days.

NZ's hippo problem

Should hippos be considered pests in Marlborough, when similarly "non-existent" wallabies are?

OPINION: If "non-existent" wallabies are a pest in Marlborough, "we might as well regard rhinos and hippos as a threat".

Cycle trail v surf break

A lone surfer at Mangamaunu near Kaikōura.

OPINION: Don't let scenic surf break survive violent earthquake only to be damaged by cycleway.

Air NZ's hit and miss service

Bruce Cotterill has had mixed experiences when it comes to our national carrier.

OPINION: Our national carrier might be much lauded, but customer service is what truly counts.

Business

Nelson team creating magic

Tony Downing, left, and Joseph Norris with a Tyee box designed to hold just one fish, an ultra premium product that puts ...

Ask any producer and they will tell you making a product is the easy part, selling it is another matter altogether and that is where Tony Downing and the team at Downing Creative shine.

Feeling the need for mead

Beekeeper and mead-maker Johnathan Milner holding his award-winning honey liqueur.

Beekeepers and honey hobbyists think the ancient beverage of mead could give the wine industry some much needed competition.

Living the life-coach life

Melissa Withers travels the world now she has cut the strings to office life.

"Frustrating" or "fascinating"? Depends how you look at it, says confidence coach with no time for fence-sitters.

Coastal Pacific service returning

The Coastal Pacific will run daily through the summer season from December 1 until late April.

It's been a two-year rebuild on the quake-damaged railway line on the South Island's east coast.

From cello score to cellar door

Celebrated Hong Kong cellist Elgee Leung will be making a guest appearance at a fundraising concert with Marlborough ...

A passion for pinot noir brought celebrated Hong Kong cellist Elgee Leung​ to New Zealand to study the art of winemaking.

Your Marlborough

All for the love of seafood

Kono general manager Karen O'Brien with a plate of iconic greenshell mussels, a product of Kono food and beverage.

Kono general manager Karen O'Brien believes creating the best quality seafood is all about people and passion.

What's on

The Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival finale takes place on Saturday.

Looking for something to do in Marlborough this week?

Wee wonders

This week's wee wonders are Renwick School room 6 pictured with teacher Sarah Tullett.

This week we asked children in room six from Renwick School: What is something you don't understand about grownups?

Region's charms tempt tourists

Hyun-Jae thinks Blenheim is the best place in the world and would like to settle here.

For South Korean visitor Lee Hyun-Jae, a month was all it took to fall in love with Marlborough. Now he wants to move his entire family over to join him.

A leisurely ride down the Link Pathway

Lee Griggs with son George Griggs on the Link Pathway.

After our bumpy ride to the Taylor Dam, George and I were on mission to find a smooth(ish), off road track that could still offer a good amount of adventure.

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