Forecasting the next big quake

The Adelphi Hotel, in Kaikoura, was pulled down due to earthquake damage.

It's impossible to say when an earthquake is going to strike. But the predictable patterns of aftershocks can help.

Temporary quake houses open

Waiau was one of the most badly affected towns in November's magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

Eight months on from the quakes, affected Waiau residents have access to warm dry homes.

New Picton Library on track

Marlborough Sounds councillor Nadine Taylor says Picton residents feel a sense of ownership about the new library.

The nautical-themed design is taking shape, and causing a buzz of anticipation around town.

Winter inspiration

Camellia Elfin Rose, cloud pruned in layers to give an accent point, can brighten up a winter garden.

In the bleak mid-winter months that enshroud us we can turn to our gardens for inspiration and joy.

No parole for dance teacher

Stayz Raukawa was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail at the Blenheim District Court in 2015. (File photo)

The sex offender will not finish treatment outside of jail, after his victim spoke to the parole board.

Heavy rain causes slip on saddle

A slip blocked a section of State Highway 6 on the  Whangamoa Saddle on  Friday morning.

A slip has blocked SH6 on the Whangamoa Saddle between Nelson and Blenheim.

Clubs car park closed

The Marlborough Convention Centre is hosting a four-day conference from July 24. (File photo)

The Clubs of Marlborough car park will be closed for four days during a conference.

Heavy rain causes highway slip

A section of State Highway 6 between Blenheim and Nelson has been closed to one lane following a slip on the road.

SH6 down to one lane after rain hits the top of the south.

Fighting for farmers and land

New Zealand Landcare Trust regional co-ordinator Annette Litherland takes over from Barbara Stuart.

They're big shoes to fill after 18 years, but new NZ Landcare regional coordinator is ready for challenge.

What it's like to be a 'cyclor'

The Team New Zealand cyclors dig deep to power the hungry cat against Sweden's Artemis Racing.

The fear factor, the jellied legs, the leaps across the boat. A Team NZ cyclor says he felt like a human battery.

All hands on deck

John's Kitchen supervisor Richard McDonald likes the idea that food can be an expression of care.

Blenheim charity kitchen takes on new staff to cope with high workload.

A natural performer

Blenheim-born songwriter Estella Romagnoli, one of the six finalists in the online solo-duo category in the ...

Estella Romagnoli is gunning for a spot in the Smokefreerockquest national finals.

Repeat drink-driver 'just wanted smokes'

Anita Denise McLean has admitted drink-driving at the Blenheim District Court. (File photo)

She was spotted looking "unsteady on her feet" at the gas station before driving away.

'Why not' sink navy ship?

Waikawa Dive Centre instructor Kate Trayling, left, and owner Stuart Scaife hope to use a decommissioned navy boat, ...

Divers push to sink HMNZS Endeavour in Marlborough Sounds for Cook commemoration.

Funding to finish theatre

From left, theatre manager Andrew Scott, trustee Anton James, Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith, trustee Tim Leslie, trust vice ...

Government commits $900,000 to finish the ASB Theatre, in Blenheim, a year after it officially opened.

Postal delivery going electric?

The council is working through a legal agreement with New Zealand Post to allow the fully-electric Paxster delivery ...

Move aside mobility scooters, posties in Marlborough might be switching out their bikes for electric delivery buggies.

'Uncle Aerial' a signal success

Errol Neal and friends hunted out a television signal from Wellington on Nelson's Princes Drive in 1963. The city's ...


Public meeting to air concerns

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith has organised a public meeting about air services in and out of Marlborough.

Marlborough residents will get the chance to hear direct from the airlines at a public meeting in Blenheim next week.

The road stealing the workers

More than 1300 workers are involved in the earthquake repairs to SH1.

They don't want to work in the local town anymore - as their heads are turned by the promises of higher wages and more hours on the road.

Exploring Africa

The Hansby family at Victoria Falls, from left, Luke Hansby, Fleur Hansby, Nick Hansby and Sam Hansby.

When you plan your trip to Africa, the animals and environment are expected to be the main attraction.

Bug spreads from pool to playground

People in Marlborough are being urged to be vigilant about washing their hands, in the wake of a surge in cases of ...

More people reported to have contracted cryptosporidium bug.

For the love of lawn

Blenheim lawn enthusiast Russell Bulfin likes to keep his grass as green and cleanly cut as possible.

Russell Bulfin's answer to perfect grass is simple: mow three times a week and fertilise monthly.

Truck company fined after crash

The truck drove down a bank near Ward, Marlborough, after the steering shaft detached.

The truck veered across the road, down a bank and into a swamp because its steering shaft was incorrectly installed.

Truckies moved on in Picton

Trucks from Wellington exit the ferry into Picton, but a rule change has left some drivers without a place to park their ...

"The terminal is there to be used, and that's the way it should be."

Fifteen people in crash

A minivan, ute and car crashed at the intersection of Alabama Rd and State Highway 1 about 5.30pm on Wednesday.

Minivan, car and ute crash at State Highway 1 intersection.

Young humpback loses its way

The young humpback in Picton marina on Wednesday.

A whale on its way north ended up getting a little lost and taking a detour near Picton.

Breeding success

Black fronted tern numbers are in decline.

They say one good turn deserves another, but we think many good terns deserve some decent predator control

Tourism operators committed to sustainable fishery

Charter fishing operators in Kaikoura are concerned about bad publicity when they are working so hard to promote a ...

Kaikoura charter fishing operators are still committed to sustainability in spite of negative press.

Change of pace for planner

Rachel Vaughan is leaving the Kaikoura District Council after 12 years.

Waste expert making move from district to regional council.

Environment plans workshop focus

Sheep and beef farmers are invited to a farm environment plan workshop next month.

Help with farm plans for sheep and beef sector.

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