Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

It has been al­most five years in the mak­ing but Blenheim’s new­est bus shel­ter is of­fi­cially open. The $300,000 shel­ter fea­tures glass walls, wooden seat­ing and an in­door and out­door wait­ing area. The Marl­bor­ough Friend­ship Force has cam­paigned for the new shel­ter at the rail­way sta­tion since 2013, when a group of Aus­tralian vis­i­tors they were host­ing spent an hour wait­ing in the rain for a bus. Marl­bor­ough Deputy Mayor Terry Sloan said at the of­fi­cial open­ing on Tues­day the shel­ter was a ‘‘tes­ta­ment to the lob­by­ing’’ from the friend­ship group and would give vis­i­tors both ar­riv­ing and leav­ing the town a ‘‘good im­pres­sion’’. 10,000 tonnes and longer than 200 me­tres. All five Cook Strait fer­ries, other large com­mer­cial boats and the HMNZS Can­ter­bury have to go to navy dry docks in Syd­ney, or fur­ther afield to Sin­ga­pore, for main­te­nance and re­pairs. For more on this story, visit

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