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Marlborough Blog & Commentary

The Road to Nowhere

Posted: 25-6-2018 10:02

The Patriarch Road in Mount Richmond Forest Park has to be one of New Zealand's most spectacular drives, but it's not for the faint hearted.

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Old Memories over Lunch at Kaikōura

Posted: 30-4-2018 9:20

A Sunday drive along the Kaikōura coast becomes a road trip down memory lane with lunch at The Caves Tearooms.

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Marlborough's Natural Heritage

Posted: 23-4-2018 22:40

There's no doubt Marlborough has an enviable reputation for wine, but it also has plenty to boast about its natural heritage and wilderness areas.

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The Benefits of Buying Local

Posted: 1-2-2018 19:28

Supporting local Marlborough businesses helps maintain diversity and resilience in the local community.

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Giving the Marlborough community a voice

Posted: 25-1-2018 17:32

Would Marlborough benefit from a web portal with commentary from around the community? Would you contribute?

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A nostalgic walk

Posted: 22-1-2018 15:34

A nostalgic summer walk up the Tirohanga Track in Picton, brings back memories of 15 years of digital photography.

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What beach shall we go to today?

Posted: 17-1-2018 13:50

On a hot summer's afternoon in Marlborough, a trip to the beach can be complicated by the choices available.

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Black Birch - A great place for a Sunday stroll

Posted: 9-1-2018 12:40

Black Birch Stream in the Awatere Valley might not be as well publicised as Pelorus Bridge, or Mount Richmond Forest Park, but nevertheless it is still a great bit of Marlborough Wilderness to explore.

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Things to do in Blenheim

Posted: 26-2-2017 0:00

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.

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Classic Teamwork

Posted: 6-4-2015 0:00

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

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Marlborough 101

Posted: 4-3-2015 0:00

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?

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Moetapu Magic

Posted: 2-3-2015 0:00

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

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Brilliant Every Day?

Posted: 26-1-2015 0:00

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

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Marvellous Marlborough

Posted: 4-11-2014 0:00

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

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A Right Royal Visit

Posted: 8-4-2014 0:00

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

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Gigatown

Posted: 2-4-2014 0:00

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

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Best and Worst

Posted: 30-3-2014 0:00

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

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Good Health

Posted: 22-2-2014 0:00

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Summer Beerfest

Posted: 5-2-2012 0:00

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

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Made in NZ

Posted: 29-7-2011 0:00

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.

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Corruption Conspiracies

Posted: 11-7-2011 0:00

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

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Amazing Marlborough

Posted: 9-2-2011 0:00

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

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Trees

Posted: 16-11-2010 0:00

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.

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Blenheim Airport

Posted: 2-11-2010 0:00

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?

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Community Spirit

Posted: 18-10-2010 0:00

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.

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The People Have Spoken

Posted: 9-10-2010 0:00

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

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Marlborough Gardens

Posted: 3-10-2010 0:00

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

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Lonely Planet Blenheim

Posted: 17-9-2010 0:00

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?

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Is Marlborough Prepared?

Posted: 5-9-2010 0:00

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.

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End of an Era

Posted: 1-9-2010 0:00

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?

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Council Teamwork

Posted: 26-8-2010 0:00

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?

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Progress

Posted: 20-8-2010 0:00

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.

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ETS Good For Marlborough

Posted: 16-8-2010 0:00

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

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Tough Times

Posted: 10-8-2010 0:00

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?"

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Elections 2010

Posted: 4-8-2010 0:00

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.

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Outer Limits

Posted: 10-5-2010 0:00

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.

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Festival 2010

Posted: 28-2-2010 0:00

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

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Rates for home bus

Posted: 24-2-2010 0:00

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

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Multicultural

Posted: 6-2-2010 0:00

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

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