51 days ago

Have you seen the new sculpture in town?

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

A new sculpture has been turning 'heads' in central Blenheim.
The large stone hand, holding a $1 coin with an upside-down kiwi, is called 'Heads Nor Tails'.
It was created by Otago artist Josh Olley and donated to the Millennium Public Art Gallery by a local family, who wanted to remain anonymous.
What do you make of the new artwork?

More messages from your neighbours
3 days ago

Do you have any tips for surviving (and even thriving) in lockdown?

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

After a few days in lockdown, we're starting to get the hang of it. Does anyone have any tips around structuring your day? Are you sticking to a routine? What's working, what's not? How can we use this time in isolation effectively? Let's discuss in the comments.

13 hours ago


Jane from Blenheim

Kerbside recycling collections in Blenheim and Picton will continue as normal. To minimise the handling of recycling by the collection crews, these materials will now have to be sent to LANDFILL until further notice. Consider stockpiling in suitable containers until normal recycling resumes.

2 days ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.