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7 Things to do in Blenheim that don't involve wine

26/02/2017

To dispel the misconception that there's not much to do in Blenheim besides wine, we've compiled a list of great activities that have little to do with wine.

Classic Teamwork

6/04/2015

Classic Fighters 2015 was a fantastic team effort by people from Marlborough and beyond, showcasing aviation history.

101 Things to do in Marlborough

4/03/2015

How well do you know Marlborough? Coming soon, a list of 101 things to do in the region. What would be on your list? How much a Marlburian are you?

Moetapu Magic

3/03/2015

Moetapu Bay has one of the nicest beaches within reasonable driving distance in the Marlborough Sounds - if you can find it.

Marlborough - Brilliant Every Day?

26/01/2015

Thoughts on New Year resolutions, regional branding and telling the Marlborough Story.

Marvellous Marlborough

6/11/2014

Marlborough Anniversary weekend 2014 provided an opportunity to enjoy and reflect on what is special about the region.

A Right Royal Visit

8/04/2014

A royal visit to Blenheim is a chance to reflect on what we value as New Zealanders.

Gigatown and the future of Marlborough

2/04/2014

Chorus gigatown competition gives Blenheim and Marlborough a chance to consider regional development.

The Best and Worst of Marlborough

30/03/2014

Marlborough has many great people and places to get to know, but locals need to respect the environment.

Summer Beerfest Review

5/02/2012

Review of the Summer Beerfest 2012 at Drylands Restaurant, Blenheim by a non beer drinker.

Made in NZ

29/07/2011

In an era of almost daily news reports of NZ businesses moving to China, a Marlborough local and his Chinese wife are going against the grain and increasing their support for locally made products.

Conspiracies, Communication and Corruption

11/07/2011

The Sheard Report on alleged corruption in the Marlborough District Council is out, with hardly unexpected conclusions.

Amazing Locations in Marlborough

9/02/2011

Marlborough has a well deserved reputation as a great destination, but tourist guides can gloss over many of the hidden gems in the region.

Where are all the trees?

16/11/2010

Blenheim is associated with the hot, dry barrenness of the Wither Hills and Wairau Plain, but given the example of other towns it could easily have a green makeover.

Blenheim International Airport?

2/11/2010

With likely further cutbacks to NZ Defence Force use of Woodbourne, and recent iwi settlements, should investment in Woodbourne be made to become an international airport to overcome the limitations of Wellington?

Community Spirit Alive and Well in Blenheim

18/10/2010

There are plenty of people in Marlborough doing their bit to make a better place. On Saturday, two events stood out that highlighted Marlburians' can-do attitude to making Marlborough and the world a better place.

(Some of) The People Have Spoken

9/10/2010

The campaigning is over, the votes are cast, the computers have done their number crunching on the complicated system that is STV, and Marlborough has a new council. For all the excellent media coverage along with candidates' own electioneering, only

Marvellous Marlborough Gardens

3/10/2010

After a weekend of both assisting with the creation of an edible garden, and looking at the fruits of other people's labours, it's given me an opportunity to reflect on what a green fingered bunch Marlburians are, whether we're urban or rural dweller

Is Lonely Planet Right About Blenheim?

17/09/2010

Once again, Lonely Planet has released its annual update, and once again Blenheim hasn't exactly fared well. Is there any basis for Lonely Planet's rather uninspiring rating of Blenheim?

Is Marlborough Prepared?

5/09/2010

The recent earthquake in Christchurch is a wakeup call for Marlborough. The region has major fault lines running the length of the Awatere and Wairau Valleys so it's a good time to check how well prepared we are.

End of an Era - Business Training Marlborough to Close

1/09/2010

BTM (Business Training Marlborough) has announced its closure due to an end to government funding, and an inability to attract other funding sources. Will this affect your business?

Governing Marlborough is a Team Effort

26/08/2010

Media reports of some statements by Jamie Arbuckle, challenger to the current mayor Alistair Sowman are likely to stimulate debate. The question is who is right?

So this is Progress(ive)?

20/08/2010

Progressive Enterprises take over and conversion of Redwood Super Value and Springlands Fresh Choice is both alarming but also offers potential to explore new forms of business.

ETS an opportunity for Marlborough

16/08/2010

Like it or loathe it, we're living in a post ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) world. Although there are some negatives, the scheme offers some real economic opportunities for Marlborough

Tough Times and Opportunity in Marlborough

10/08/2010

Marlborough has been riding a wine tsunami that seems to have swept everything in its path, but even tsunamis lose their force. There must be a lot of people wondering "Where to from here?"

Local Body Elections 2010 - Why You Should Have Your Say

4/08/2010

Local body elections in Marlborough may not be the most exciting, but they are still a part of the democratic process, and it's important to have your say.

Outer Limits - Renwick's New Shopping Centre

10/05/2010

The group wanting to build a new commercial complex in Middle Renwick Road finally have got their way. Outer Limits looks set to become a reality.

Marlborough Multicultural Festival 2010

28/02/2010

On Saturday February 27th, Pollard Park hosted the Marlborough Multicultural Festival 2010. The event is something all Marlborough should be proud of.

Increasing Rates for Home Businesses

25/02/2010

Marlborough District Council is considering charging additional rates for homes where businesses operate.

Multicultural Marlborough

23/02/2010

New Zealander is a nation founded on migration, but as New Zealanders we're sometimes a bit ambivalent in our attitude to new arrivals.