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Teen's muddy cover-up fails

Reid Kevin Heyward has been caught poaching up the Awatere Valley in Marlborough. (File photo)

The number plates were carefully covered in mud so no-one could identify the truck. But then the farmer showed up.

Truck rolls in Lewis Pass

A truck and trailer has rolled on State Highway 7, north of Hanmer Springs, blocking one lane. (File photo)

Upper South Island's alternative highway will close in stages for truck removal.

Potholes made him swerve

Robert James Pickering was caught drink-driving on State Highway 63 near Wairau Valley. (File photo)

Drink-driver who "works hard, plays hard" drives into oncoming traffic with bottle of booze in hand.

Librarian appeals apology order

Former Rai Valley Area School librarian Faye Leov in 2010 after receiving an apology from the school board for her ...

A former school librarian behind a defamatory letter claiming her former boss was a bully is to appeal a judge's decision to make her apologise.

Kaikōura candidates look to future

National's Stuart Smith, centre, celebrates with his family, from left, Hugo Smith, Fenella Smith, Julie Smith and Louis ...

As results are revealed, what's next for the winners and losers?

Trek almost turns tragic

Waihopai Valley woman Del Bissell, right, fell ill while trekking in the Mongolian mountains, pictured here with fellow ...

Four days into a two-week horse trek in the isolated Altai Mountains, Del Bissell realised she was in serious trouble.

A ballot box battle

Sounds Air  transported ballot boxes from Kaikōura to Blenheim on Sunday morning.

Plan to use an airplane to fly early votes out of Kaikōura has been scuppered by slips.

Care switch-up 'upsetting'

Pamela Duffy has built up a close relationship with her carers, who will no longer be visiting her at home after the ...

For the past two years, she has built up a relationship with her carers. Next week, she may never see them again.

Stuart Smith cleans up

National's Stuart Smith has been re-elected in Kaikōura.

Stuart Smith wins easily in Kaikōura

WOW tribute to late designer

The Art of New York City created by Martin de Ruyter, Karen Stade and Troy Stade, modelled by Nicole Gibson.

The memory of a young designer who took out the World of WearableArt Awards top prize is being kept alive in a garment at this year's finals.

Flaws in Sounds murder case video

Ben Smart and Olivia Hope disappeared in the Marlborough Sounds in 1998.

Some things come to mind easily in the Scott Watson case, then it gets murky - not just because it's decades on.

Freight hub to keep trucking

The container transfer site was upgraded to a 24/7 freight hub in a matter of days after the earthquake.

After the earthquake, they started working 24/7 loading and unloading more than 100 trucks a day.

Wagon derails, cause unknown

A KiwiRail wagon derailed near Picton earlier this month, with the cause yet to be determined. (File photo)

They do know it wasn't the track though, it was found "to be in good condition".

Police called to polling booth

Kaikōura Labour candidate Janette Walker delivering pamphlets at Dillons Point Rd, in Blenheim, earlier this week.

"He wanted my details. I gave him about half of them," says Kaikōura candidate as she refuses to leave.

Candidates have their say

Early voting at Victoria University,Wellington.

The Ministry for Primary Industries, under the leadership of Nathan Guy, has been pushing ahead with a plan to override local rules on marine farming expansion in the Sounds.

Grants help unlock walkways

NZ Walking Access Commission chief executive Eric Pyle walks Daltons Track between Daltons Bridge and Pelorus Bridge. ...

Kiwi's love of the outdoors is being supported by cash as more funding for walkway access is up for grabs.

Springlands crash

Blenheim District Court.

A man who rear-ended a car at a roundabout and drove away without checking the driver was unhurt says he cannot afford to pay for the damage.

'Stupid thing to do'

Blenheim District Court.

A Blenheim man has admitted shooting out a window at Blenheim's health hub in the central business district.

Small steps from greatness

Anakiwa, at the start, or end, of the Queen Charlotte Track, depending on what way you go.

Spectacular vistas? Check. Easy tramping? Check. Marlborough Sounds tramp ticks all the Great Walk boxes.

New boat in the post

Jim and Amanda Baillie are the ninth owners of the Pelorus Mail Boat in 100 years. The new boat will be revealed next ...

For a century, the mail boat has provided a vital link to families cloistered in secluded bays, the comforting chug of its engine a binding link to the mainland.

When the voting's done

Labour candidate Janette Walker has to juggle her work at Crossroads Charitable Trust with her campaign work.

Two will be at the pub, one will be at home, the incumbent has hired a hall. But who will be celebrating?

Can't mine land with $126m of gold

Judge Pope, of Canvastown, is pleased the gold mine resource consent has been turned down.

Judge knocks back American bid to start a mine near Marlborough gold rush town because of risk to river.

Blue whale carcass washes ashore gallery video

A blue whale carcass washed ashore at Glenburn Station in Wairarapa on Wednesday.

A blue whale has washed up on a beach near Flat Point in Wairarapa.

Big leap in rateable values

New capital values across Marlborough show a big increase for Picton properties. (File pic)

If you've been mulling over a dream move to Picton you might have missed the boat.

History can be cool

Archives manager Megan Ross goes through the massive collection at the Marlborough Museum.

"It's 13.4 degrees in here," says Megan Ross, pointing at the thermometer flanked by shelves and shelves of negatives and other memorabilia.

Poll: How are you voting?

Who are you voting for?

With only two days until Election Day The Marlborough Express is keen to find out how people intend to vote.

Kaikōura candidates have their say

Tasman Makos rugby players from left Pari Pari Parkinson, Rupena Parkinson, Siua Halanukonuka and Viliami Lolohea vote ...

What is the best way to tackle the housing crisis in Marlborough?

Māori school for everyone

Kiley Nepia at Omaka Marae, which will launch a Māori immersion school next year.

"If this Māori way resonates with other people, then they would be considered as well."

Most houses checked, sometimes twice

Properties in Ward were badly damaged by the Kaikōura earthquake in November last year. (File pic)

Toska Bayly's house was assessed 10 days after the quake. But with no report filed, it had to be checked again.

Environment judge called in

Leachate run-off and ponding from grape marc dump sites in Marlborough. (File pic)

A prominent winemaker and a new company he is linked to - dubbed the "complete solution" to grape marc - are to be dealt with by the Environment Court.

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