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Apparently, I have encouraged closer scrutiny of local body candidates in Nelson and Marlborough.

A leak to controversial blogger Cameron Slater has sparked interest in who will be Marlborough’s new mayor.

Four well-known local men are putting their hands up to replace outgoing mayor Alistair Sowman, who’s hanging up the chains after 12 years in the job.

This Saturday’s election comes weeks after minutes from a closed door meeting on the future of the controversial new ASB Theatre were leaked the Whale Oil blog. ? Read more »

A “World Class” Library for Marlborough?


Apparently the staff of the Marlborough District council have more integrity than the councillors, because the tip line has been running hot with stories about the council running publicly excluded meetings to push through the funding for the $24m Library in Blenheim.? Read more »

Oopsie. Imagine if pakeha had done this?


Two senior iwi members have admitted to driving bulldozers through part of an historic Marlborough p? site to extend their vineyard.

Father and son duo Phillip and Haysley MacDonald, who own Te P? Family Vineyards Limited, claim they weren’t aware of the Heritage-listed site before they demolished it.

Apart from the fact they claim to have been connected to the land for 800 years, and the place is called Te Pa. Read more »

Marlborough Maori are rolling the DNA dice

The Wairau Bar, 10 kilometres east of Blenheim, is the birthplace of New Zealand and one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, its kaitiaki says.

Rangitane member and guardian of the site Wayne Abbott lived on the Wairau Bar for decades and is working with University of Otago researchers to understand its history.

Speaking at a repatriation ceremony on Saturday, he said the evidence of early human settlement was everywhere.

“You’ll see shell and bits of adze and other artefacts, it’s just oozing out of the ground if you know what to look for,” he said.

The Wairau Bar was one of two sites in New Zealand where researchers had discovered evidence of remains and artefacts that could be traced back to tropical Eastern Polynesia.

This link was discovered as a result of the agreement between Rangitane and the Canterbury Museum to return the bones of their tupuna that were taken from Wairau Bar by archaeologists.

As a condition of their return, the museum asked that the remains be examined by researchers at the University of Otago, who found the bones of several tupuna were not born in New Zealand, but in Eastern Polynesia.

The discovery had huge ramifications, as it meant the Wairau Bar was potentially the first point of colonisation in New Zealand, dating back to around 1280.

“It’s the birthplace of New Zealand and one of the top 100 archeological sites in the world,” Abbott said. Read more »