Opinion

Qualified for the job?

Then Finance Minister Bill Birch arrives at Parliament to brief journalists on his Budget of 1999, his last year in ...

Opinion: Tony Orman questions whether our politicians are actually qualified for the job.

Truckies deliver to avoid economic disaster

Truck driver 'Pix' takes a break at Springs Junction. The inland route from Christchurch to Picton is on State Highway ...

OPINION: The road freight industry has put hundreds of more trucks on the road in both islands to cover freight no longer being shipped by rail or sea.

Our insatiable desire to shop

Kmart Petone opened on June 1. Blenheim is to get its own Kmart by Christmas 2018.

We live in a time of absurdly cheap consumer goods, of continual sales and bargains and a dominance by big shopping chains and franchises.

Climate situation not without hope

Rising temperatures could have major impacts for industry in the Marlborough Sounds.

Hugh Steadman from Marlborough climate action group Climate Karanga discusses the possible impacts of higher temperatures in Marlborough.

Where to now?

NZ recreational fishers account for less than 3 per cent of the total wild stock harvest taken from marine waters, ...

Opinion: It is urgent a separate, well-resourced Ministry of Fisheries be re-established, writes Peter Watson.

No shame in asking for help

Bary Neal wears a t-shirt honouring his son, Matt. Neal hopes to encourage more New Zealanders to open up and seek help ...

OPINION: Why did my son feel he had to take his own life? That is the question I wish I knew the answer to.

Pinot clarity at Cloudy Bay

The pinot noir salon held at Cloudy Bay in Marlborough.

A gathering of wine experts at Cloudy Bay tasted the future of

The best for Marlborough

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett

The Education Issue: I would like to see Marlborough become a district which provides high-calibre education that supports clever, innovative businesses which provide good quality, well-paid jobs.

Why flexible learning environments?

The current innovative learning environment at Marlborough Boys’ College is made up of two labs and a separate room in ...

The Education Issue: Education has been a valued part of life in all cultures for centuries, however it is only since the industrial revolution that the current concept of a school has emerged.

Local collaboration - a New Zealand first

Simon Health, principal of Renwick School, is the co-lead for the Blenheim Community of Learning.

The Education Issue: It is an exciting time in education here in Marlborough right now.

Teaching children how to learn

Seddon School principal and chairperson of the Marlborough Principal’s Association and Seddon School principal Tania ...

The Education Issue: When new parents come into a school with their child for the first time they come with memories of their own childhood and school experiences, and presume they know what is in store.

Learners at front and centre

Marlborough Girls’ College acting principal Jo Chamberlain.

The Education Issue: What are our aspirations for our young people today and in the future, and how best do we as a local community support them?

Creating a vibrant future

Marldhborough Boys’ College deputy principal Michael Heath.

The Education Issue: When the option to rebuild the colleges initially emerged, like others in our community, my initial focus was on what we could lose if we moved to another site.

Cycle trail support a no-brainer

Cycle trail

EDITORIAL: A proposed Marlborough to Christchurch cycle trail just got a boost from Wellington. It's time local government stepped up.

Rethinking and revitalising Matariki

The rising of Matariki, also know as the Pleiades star constellation, signals the Maori New Year.

Are we celebrating Matariki too early?

Midwinter lull a time to plan ahead

The challenge ahead for Kaikoura will not only be accommodating the tourists but also the tourism staff.

As Kaikoura hits midwinter the town showing signs of getting back on its feet, writes MP Stuart Smith

Highway could increase tourist nights

Deputy Prime Minister and Tourism Minister Paula Bennett at a Kaikoura Plunket group.

Paula Bennett promises tourism highway during visit to Kaikoura.

Two words you never want to hear

Farmed Oysters infected with Bomamaia ostreae from Stewart Island, unloaded in Bluff.

OPINION: It takes only one mistake for the new bonamia parasite to spread, Rino Tirikatene writes.

Adventures at Kaipupu Point

Kaipupu volunteer Gerald Harper, right, introduces visitors to a little blue penguin.

Marlborough's third Toyota Kiwi Guardian site was officially opened at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary last weekend.

Meeting emissions goals

The Paris Agreement, which New Zealand has ratified, commits the world to holding the increase in the global average ...

OPINION: Six cross-party MPs give their views on NZ's steps towards a low-emissions economy.

The robots are coming

A humanoid robot, manufactured by SoftBank Group Corp, at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, France.

OPINION: Most of the jobs available to our children when they leave school probably don't even exist yet.

Winemakers join forces

Sir George Fistonich, Villa Marie Estate founder.

It is often said that making wine is the easy bit, selling wine is where the business really starts to get tough, wineries spend a huge amount of time and money on different forms of marketing and that was one of the key drivers for twelve premium family-owned wine producers to form an alliance – the Family of Twelve.

Avoiding nature's privatisation by stealth

A tributary in the Travers Valley, Nelson Lakes National Park.

OPINION: The tourism industry needs boundaries before some sacred Kiwi values are lost forever.

Silver lining

Site of the 300-bed workers accommodation village in Ludstone Rd Kaikoura.

The new workers village on the outskirts of Kaikoura is a great boost for the local economy.

Wake up Marlborough

A view over Waitata Reach in Pelorus Sound where New Zealand King Salmon wants five new salmon farms.

The beautiful Marlborough Sounds is not an infinite sink for waste.

Our ferries could bite us in quake

Damage at the Interislander ferry terminal meant rail wagons could not be loaded onto the ferries for two weeks after ...

OPINION: The Cook Strait could be the only way to bring in vital supplies, but the docks will likely be broken for weeks.

Letters to the editor

The Bank of New Zealand branch in Picton will close permanently in two weeks with the bank to concentrate its services ...

Correspondents write about MPI and salmon farms, freedom campers, the closure of BNZ's Picton branch, policy and public projects.

Letters to the editor

A letter writer says Nelson Hospital's cafeteria needs to up its game.

Correspondents write about Marlborough's senior population, food at Nelson Hospital, Anzac Day thanks, salmon farms, and superannuation.

Variation on a classic theme

Marlborough sauvignon blanc wines account for about 80 per cent of all wine grape plantings.

Sauvignon blanc's place as the backbone of the New Zealand wine industry is being celebrated this week.

Surveillance crackdown on fishing vessels

Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy.

The biggest reforms in a generation are about to be made to fishing laws.

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