The Marlborough Express

The Marlborough Express

The Marlborough Express is Marlborough's only daily newspaper. From Rai Valley, the Sounds, Picton, Blenheim urban and rural, to Seddon, Ward and Kaikoura in the south. 

The Marlborough Express covers local news, reflects our community, profiling sport, urban and rural life, health, education, industrial, commercial and farming topics to name a few.  We also extensively cover up-to-date national and international news each week day.

The Marlborough Express publishes Saturday Express, Marlborough Midweek, The Kaikoura Star, Experience Kaikoura, Discover Top of the South and the Marlborough Property Express.

Newspaper Details


The Marlborough Province is famous for its wine, its seafood and its tourism attractions, giving it the well deserved title of "The Gourmet Province". With a resident population of 46,167 people, there are 17,841 homes in the Marlborough and Kaikoura regions*. The region is diverse, with wine, pastoral farming, forestry and marine farming the biggest industries. Our beautiful Marlborough Sounds along with the wine industry provide a strong attraction to tourists from all over the world.

Based in Blenheim, The Marlborough Express published its first newspaper in 1866. The Marlborough Express is delivered to homes throughout the province - Kaikoura in the south, through to Blenheim, Picton, The Marlborough Sounds and west over to Rai Valley.

The paper is published Monday to Friday on broadsheet and has a free TMC tabloid on Wednesdays (The Marlborough Midweek) and another on Saturdays (The Saturday Express), plus the weekly Kaikoura Star published on Wednesdays. The Marlborough Express is full of local news, national and international news, with many lively features while The Saturday Express delivers a softer, people-focused read and Marlborough Midweek is wholeheartedly about grassroots community news. Additional specialty publications include a weekly Marlborough Property Express, and the "Discover the Top of the South" and Experience Kaikoura visitor information publication.

Illustrating its strong community connection, The Marlborough Express connects with 22,000 or 55% of those living within its respective circulation area**

Newspaper Feature Available Days
  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Sport Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
News Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes    
The Property Express       Yes      
World Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Opinion Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Rural     Yes   Yes    
Job market     Yes   Yes Yes  
Arts and Entertainment   Yes   Yes      
Weather Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Television Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Features     Yes        
Home and Garden         Yes Yes  
Food and Beverages       Yes      
Motoring       Yes      
Technology     Yes        
Marlborough Midweek     Yes        
The Saturday Express           Yes  
Kaikoura Star     Yes        

ROP from 4cm deep to 10columns (37.60 cm) wide, up to 44cm x 10columns and then to 54 x 10columns.

Classified from 2cm deep to 11columns (37.70) wide, up to 44cm x 11columns and then to 54cm x 11columns.


The Marlborough Express offers a variety of advertising solutions in news environments, special topical advertising features, as well as total market coverage packaged options with it's community titles: The Saturday Express and Marlborough Midweek.    Options within the titles  include:

Inserts (fliers and brochures)

In-paper Inserts can range from single sheet (minimum 120g grade, A5) to 25+ pages. Dimensions should exceed 400mm x 280mm. 

Inserts can be for a limited number (minimum 1000)  to a full print run.  Some targeted delivery areas can be arranged, e.g., Urban or rural, or specific suburbs.

Special Shapes

You dream it up, we'll see if we can help!  Contact the advertising team 03 520 8900 to discuss options available. 

Features for your business

If you're planning a shift, significant renovation, or launching a new business, we can help with a very cost effective Advertising Feature.  With the advertising support of your suppliers, builders, and neighbouring businesses, these features prove to be very cost effective for your special promotion.  Give the Features team a call for more details 03 520 8900. 

Run of Paper and Display advertising

The booking deadline for run-of-paper/news page advertising is noon, two full working days in advance of the publishing date.

Classified Display and Non-Display advertising

The booking deadline for classified display and non display is 4PM the working day prior to publishing date, but be early!  You can place a pre-paid classified advertisement via to make it easier for you. 

The Marlborough Express publishes tiered rate card, rewarding annual expenditure.

The rates are the same on Monday to Friday.  Saturday Express, Marlborough Midweek and Kaikoura star differ due to larger distribution but contract levels can be applied across all these titles.

The 2012 ratecards are attached.

To calculate your advertising/schedule cost take the rate and multiply by the advertisement size and the number of insertions required.

The total is the ad cost amount exclusive of GST.

Please refer to our rate cards for details of deadlines.


Mechanical Details (Broadsheet & Tabloid have the same column widths)

Column Widths (mm)  ROP   Classifieds

1 column                    34        32

2 column                    72        66

3 column                   110      100

4 column                   148       134

5 column                   186       168

6 column                   224       202

7 column tabloid        262       236

8 column                   300       270

9 column                   338       304

10 column                 376       338

11 column (Classified only)       372

Electronic Advertising Material (click through to attached pdf)

Bookings can be made through The Marlborough Express, Fairfax Media,, or your agency representative.

Advertising Sales Manager
Alva Creagh The Marlborough Express
62 Arthur Street, Blenheim
PO Box 242, Blenheim
Ph +64 3 520 8939 
Fax +64 3 520 8910

Fairfax Advertising Nework

Ph: +64 9 970 4000
Fax: +64 9 970 4059

Ph: +64 4 474 0456
Fax: +64 4 474 0257

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