Rain fails to deter crowds

Madsen Brothers

Rain, hail and sleet failed to dampen the spirits of thousands of punters at Kaikoura's annual Seafest on Saturday.

Police seize cash, drugs in Kaikoura

Police have seized thousands of dollars in cash and drugs in a raid on a Kaikoura property.

Nine nominated for Kaikoura seat

Nine candidates are standing in the Kaikoura electorate and another six are contesting the Te Tai Tonga seat in next month's general election.

Historic building needs repairs

Fyffe House

The Marlborough Express

Heritage New Zealand has launched an appeal to help in urgent restoration work at Kaikoura's oldest surviving building, Fyffe House.

Kaikoura warriors of all shapes and sizes

 	 Kaikoura Ultimate Warrior

Pirates, transvestites and super heroes were among the contenders for the first ever Kaikoura Ultimate Warrior event.

Eight face charges in Kaikoura cray cases

Eight people have been charged for taking crayfish to sell without a permit after an MPI sting.

Trash fashion a big hit

Trash Fashion

And so the curtain closes on another incredible show — Trash Fashion Kaikoura is over for another year.

No plea from Kaikoura man on sex charges

A 59-year-old man was remanded without plea on 37 sex-related charges in court yesterday.

First sod turned as hospital site blessed

Brayden Jennison and Piers Landon-Lane

Kaikoura could not have put on a better sunrise than the one that provided the backdrop for Friday morning's dawn ceremony at the site of the new hospital.

'Honour Te Korowai strategy'

The Te Korowai Marine Strategy should be left as it was intended, committee hears.

Coroner repeats lifejacket warning

Calls for fishermen to wear lifejackets have been repeated after the deaths of two men in Kaikoura.

Defaults leave sour taste for Cray Coasters


The Kaikoura Rugby Club are unhappy after their players and supporters were left frustrated on Saturday.

Rural swaps, the ticking clock

Last Friday, the Commerce Commission asked for any remaining rural customers who had been sold "swaps" to come forward by the end of the month.

Construction to start on Kaikoura's new hospital

 Kaikoura Hospital

Canterbury DHB has announced that work on the new Kaikoura Hospital will begin this month.

Missing man may have been killed

Terence Charles Hendry

Grieving family of a man who vanished more than 20 years ago believe he was murdered by his ex-girlfriend's father

Giant pumpkin contest

Dylan Phair

Anzac Day saw the community come together in the morning for the Anzac service at the Memorial Hall, and again in the afternoon for the grand weigh-in of the giant pumpkin competition, organised by Mitre 10 Kaikoura.

Blue Ribbon Day at pony club

A good day was had by everyone at the Kaikoura Pony Club Blue Ribbon Day, especially the riders.

Cops corner

Over the past few days Kaikoura Police have stopped and processed three people for excess breath alcohol, or what has been referred to in past media campaigns as being a "bl@#dy idiot" by drinking then driving.

Hats off to the best in business

For the first time, the Westpac Marlborough Chamber of Commerce Business Awards will be brought to Kaikoura

Wild seals at Ohau Stream

ohau seals

They may be playful, they may be cute, but the seal pups at Ohau Waterfall, near Kaikoura, are still wild animals

All phones out in storm

Kaikoura was isolated from the outside world when fibre optic cables at both ends of the town were cut by slips on Good Friday

The World pays a visit


The largest privately-owned residential yacht on earth, The World, visited Kaikoura on the weekend.

Museum on move with $1.9m grant

Kaikoura Historical Society has received the good news they are to receive a grant from the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee.

Kaikoura Anzac spirit strong

Kaikoura's Anzac Day service on Friday was one of the best attended for years, with many young people joining in the parade

Shops ignore Easter closure law

Shops remained open for business as usual in Kaikoura during Easter weekend

Kaikoura kids ready for action

If you are looking for something to wear out your little darlings over the Easter break, look no further than the Sport Tasman holiday programme which is being run next week, from Monday, April 28, till Friday, May 2.

Boaties told to remain vigilant ECan advisory

As we bid farewell to summer, Environment Canterbury (ECan) is warning boaties not to get complacent.

Sun shines on Easter events


The weekend might not have started as planned with the district covered in mud and silt, not to mention the copious amounts of rain, but by Saturday things had improved

Town passes storm test in style

Cops corner

Last weekend we experienced four seasons in as many days, with the rain affecting us all in one way or another. Some have called it the worst storm in decades!

Wet weather golfers run hot

The annual Sharpies Easter Golf Tournament went ahead over the weekend despite a lot of water lying on the course due to the wet weather.

Compliance challenge recognised

Environment Canterbury (ECan) said last week it would ease the burden on farmers in terms of their obligation to collect data on nitrogen leaching under the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan.

Kaikoura host saves day

James McLafferty

Stephanie McLafferty is not likely to forget this year's birthday in a hurry - she and her family were stranded in Kaikoura with nowhere to stay and no idea how long they would be stuck.

Retailers left empty-handed

What should have been a bumper day for food outlets and accommodation providers with the influx of Easter visitors to town plus those stranded by the flooding, ended up a headache for Kaikoura businesses to deal with on Good Friday.

Weather wreaks havoc

Kaikoura was thrown into turmoil last week with severe flooding affecting the roads north, south and inland

Photographer a marine reserve fan

Kaikoura wildlife, sea scenes and mountain pictures fill a book produced by Marlborough photographer Graeme Matthews.

Kaikoura No1 for food safety

Kaikoura is leading the country in yet another field - food and drink.

National road classifications planned

A new initiative aimed at creating more consistency across New Zealand's roading network is likely to have impacts on Kaikoura's roads

Toilet proposal now on shelf

Proposed public toilets at Clarence, which have been on the cards for some time, will be shelved until next year.

Kaikoura letters : Cruel fun repels

We returned to Kaikoura and went looking for a real estate agent to find out about your properties available.

Principal wins grand trip

A former Kaikoura High School head boy has been awarded a prestigious Woolf Fisher Fellowship

Roads damaged in deluge

road closed

Marlborough Roads staff continue to assess damage after heavy rain caused flooding, land slips and pot holes

Eftpos glitch curbs trade

While Kaikoura was full of stranded travellers many premises were forced to close after an eftpos outage.

Farmers counting costs of storm

Tom Loe

Farmers are facing huge cleanup bills after floodwaters raged through paddocks, taking out stock and fencing.

Mayhem for travellers as slips block highway


Frustrated motorists stranded on closed State Highway 1 had to sleep in their cars

Home D for robbing hitchhiker

A 28-year-old man was sentenced to home detention after he robbed a hitch-hiker with a knife.

Marae camp and pa tour

The year 7 and 8s had an absolute blast at their school camp at Mangamaunu marae the week before last.

Hunter grateful for rescue effort

A 28-year-old hunter from Christchurch has a team of dedicated people to thank for his life after being rescued from Kaikoura bush when he broke his femur on Saturday afternoon.

Seabird weekend a soaring success

Huttons shearwater farewell

Kaikoura's first full weekend dedicated to seabirds and the science behind them has been hailed as a great success.

Children on the hunt

The annual Kaikoura Volunteer Fire Brigade pig and stag hunt saw a record number of children's entries this year, although adult numbers were down on previous years.

Catch us if you can, say siblings

Chessie and Finn Henry, with their teammate, fellow Otago University student Tish McNicol, are powering their way across Europe
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