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SH1 rebuild continues after opening

Work at Ohau point on State Highway 1 on Thursday. The site is one of the critical parts of the rebuild.

Night-time closures, unsealed sections and lane closures will greet travellers when the quake-damaged SH1 reopens in December.

The role of regions (Minister)

Marlborough's contribution to GDP, driven by the wine industry, leapt a whopping 32 per cent to $2.6 billion in five ...

Winston Peters described Labour and National as "big city parties with big city views", so will the regions see more love?

All access

NZ Access technician Tim Newton lowers himself into a wine tank during a training exercise.

The thought of confined spaces can drive some people up the walls. Not these guys.

Cafe starts cup-swap scheme

SwappaCups are made from glass and non-toxic plastic.

BV Gourmet hopes to soon have a revolving door of glass coffee cups, with none going to waste.

Bar gets new lease of life

Paddy Barry's Irish Bar, on Scott St, closed in 2017.

The owner of two popular night spots in Blenheim is seemingly looking to open a third.

App cuts through data pile

Marlborough District Council building control officer Phil Eves with the app on a tablet, which does away with paper forms.

Sorting soggy bits of paper and losing crucial photos are a thing of the past for building control officers.

Beyond skin deep

Natural Beaute salon owner Chris Chapman considers it a privilege to help people look and feel their best but ...

While beauty salon owner Chris Chapman may regret her blue eyeshadow phrase she has no regrets about having her own business.

Charity shop to close doors

Pams Shop Charitable Trust president Bev Dixon says the trust tried everything they could to keep the store open. (File ...

Sales had dropped significantly, especially after the earthquake, to the point where the shop had not made a charitable donation in a year.

A trio of blessings

Three new waka have taken to the water at the Outward Bound education centre in Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds.

Named Kiwa, after a sea god, Tai Timu, an outgoing tide, and Tai Pari, an incoming tide, the waka will offer students an "enhanced" experience.

Screen idols

The big screen beckons for young film-makers Tyler Redmond, left, and Solomon Panoho as their movies are picked for the ...

They can't watch an R16 movie, but their directorial debuts are about to get the red carpet treatment.

Furnace plans spark action group

Alan Hall, foreground, is leading the resurrected Blenheim Residents and Ratepayers Association to fight a proposed ...

After "investing their life's savings" into their new homes, residents have banded together to fight the furnace to the bitter end.

Bridging the gap

Sounds Air chief executive Andrew Crawford says if the research stacks up 19-seater Beechcrafts could be flying between ...

Sounds Air could be flying 19-seaters between Christchurch and Blenheim by early next year.

Building on a boomtime

It's all systems go for subdivisions around the outskirts of Blenheim as the Marlborough District Council paves the way ...

Could Marlborough's housing squeeze finally be coming to an end? With new subdivisions starting to take shapeall over Blenheim, reporter Geoff Vause investigates.

Grape marc charges too late?

Judge John Hassan hears submissions on whether charges relating to the discharge of grape marc should be "time-barred" ...

Major wine company challenges pollution charges, saying they were filed out of time.

Paying it forward

Good times at John's Kitchen as Janette Walker, second from right, receives boxes of food from Constellation staff, from ...

They might work for one of the largest companies in the world, but they live in Marlborough, and they care for Marlborough.

Healing properties of plants revealed

Lovey Walsh teaching people how to identify native plants on a Manaaki Ngahere bush walk.

New course takes people into the bush where they learn about plants and their potions.

Weather slams quake rail route

A wet start to October has caused slips to come down on the Main North Line, which is expected to remain closed until ...

The newly rebuilt rail line from Picton to Christchurch could be closed for the rest of the month.

Trail shifts from idea to project

The proposed Coastal Pacific Trail has been given a boost with a $600,000 grant from the Rātā Foundation.

Funding has started to roll in for a proposed cycle trail from Picton to Kaikōura.

Sticky/green-fingered vandals

Shaun Forbes has boosted the surveillance cameras at his Blenheim business to help catch lawbreakers.

Video surveillance reveals a group of young people walking through a property ripping pot plants from their new planters.

Caring for the community

Members of the Awatere branch of the Women's Institute meet to prepare for a fundraiser to raise money for their parish ...

When the going gets tough, the women at a small rural institute get going.

Tale of teddy's Indian travels

Writer Beverley Cross has penned her first children's book about the adventures of a bear named William.

Blenheim woman returns to Indian leper community, this time with a friend.

Big win for culture club

Marlborough Book Festival committee members, from left, Sharon Hill, Sophie Preece and Sonia O'Regan named Supreme ...

A few friends felt Marlborough needed a book festival, so they started one. Now look.

Every little helps

Environmentally-conscious couple Sophie Stevens and Peter Oswald have started a Crowdfunding campaign so they can work ...

Self-confessed "outdoor adventure bums" are helping save the planet - one greeting card at a time.

New tech one to count on

Marlborough-based Plant and Food scientist Dr Mike Trought says the use of technology helped viticulturists obtain more ...

Researchers are looking to artificial Intelligence to accurately count grapes and estimate vineyard yields.

Marlborough dominates wine awards

A wine steward at the New World Wine Awards 2017.

Marlborough wines swept up at the latest New World Wine Awards 2017 held in Wellington.

Hey big spenders

Marlburians spend more filling up their supermarket trolleys compared to residents in other areas of New Zealand.

Residents of Marlborough spend the most on groceries compared to other regions, according to new data from Westpac.

Coconut farmer's date in the calendar

Country Calendar has followed a Marlborough family to Vanuatu to look at a coconut mill venture.

Blenheim man brings disused plantations back to life in Vanuatu venture.

Bean counters add beer tap

WK Advisors and Accountants directors Matthew Kerr, left, and Vaughan Harris sample the product after work.

Forget Google with its bean bags and slides, Blenheim accountants take 'modern office' next level.

The country pub that's for life

Owner Rowan Ingpen serves up a couple of pints at the Woodbourne Tavern in Renwick.

It's neither luxurious nor upmarket, but that's the way the "Woody" locals like it.

A class of its own

St Joseph's School trust chairwoman Lisa Bhandal and daughter Lily Marama, 7, watch as the Rite of Farewell service ...

As the classroom door is pulled to, colourful crayon pictures still hang on the walls, testament to happier times.

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