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Marlborough District Brass Band

Marlborough

Blenheim is situated on the north eastern corner of the South Island of New Zealand in the province of Marlborough. The town has a population of around 20,000 and supports a booming horticultural area, mainly in grapes, with a regional population of around 40,000.

Marlborough has become well known internationally for its fine wines especially Sauvignon Blanc.

Blenheim is also host to one of New Zealand's two air force bases. Woodbourne Base employs in excess of 1,000 people and is a training base with full teaching facilities. They are proud to host their own Territorial Brass Band also.

Recreational activities in Marlborough include fishing, water sports and tramping in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and the nearby Richmond Ranges and Nelson Lakes National Park. Winter skiing is popular at Rainbow and Mount Lyford Ski fields.

Blenheim has several well presented and maintained parks and reserves for public enjoyment and hosts several annual events including the "Marlborough Wine & Food Festival" in February, and "Garden Marlborough" in November.

The town is well served with restaurants and clubs as well as churches, service and professional groups.

Two secondary schools in Blenheim and one in nearby Picton support the local Technical Institute and Community College.

Employment opportunities are found in the wine industry including vineyard workers, winemakers, bottling lines and the many support business, printers, suppliers, engineers etc.