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Street party on By Chris Tobin A street party outside Blenheim’s Cornerstone Bar and Restaurant has been given the green light in spite of police objections to a special license being granted. Yesterday afternoon Cornerstone owner Ryan McQuillan was rung by the Marlborough District Council who advised him that a special license had been approved to close off Queen and George streets on February 9, from 5pm to 1am – the evening of the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival. “Very pleased,” was how Mr McQuillan reacted to the news. “The street party is more to accommodate the influx of people here for the weekend,” he said. Thousands flock to Marlborough for the popular annual Wine and Food Festival at Brancott Vineyard which runs from 10.30am to 6pm. The street party is a separate follow-up event. Continued page 4.

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Robyn Anderson flanked by Ahlia Hicks, left and Georgia Woodhouse, with the shield their class won for community work. At the back are class captains who participated in other community work projects during the year.

Girls’ college helps out in community By Chris Tobin Marlborough Girls’ College students have been active helping out in the community with a year 9 class being picked out especially for their work cleaning up a street. The year 9 class led by Georgia Woodhouse (form captain) and Ahlia Hicks (deputy) ventured out to spruce up parts of Brewer Street. “Initially we were going to paint over graffiti in town but we couldn’t get paint brushes and there wasn’t a lot of graffiti to paint over,” Georgia said. “So we decided Brewer St would be our community project; we painted fences, painted a mural in an alleyway and cleared

up a back section that was covered with flax” The whole class of 27 spent a day on the job with police supplying equipment as part of the safer communities programme. Each year the police choose one street or an area in Marlborough to clean up. The college’s head of technology Robyn Anderson co-ordinated the students’ activities in the community and both senior and junior students participated. Among the various activities classes fundraised for Women’s Refuge and the SPCA; one class helped out at the children’s ward in Wairau Hospital, others assisted the Marlborough Hospice and the Waterlea Rest Home.

Robyn has donated a shield which was presented for the third time this year for the class that was considered worthy of special recognition. It went to the year 9 class for their work in Brewer St. After 35 years at the college, Robyn is retiring at the end of the school year. Asked what she would be doing, she replied: “I’ll be doing community service at the hospice and SPCA and I hope to go back to India with PolioPlus, to immunise children under five and I’ll meet and greet with the cruiseships. “I’m going to be active in retirement.”

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Jolly man in red is back in town Father Christmas will be ho ho hoing through Blenheim’s central streets on Saturday afternoon in the annual Christmas parade. The famous man will travel by way of the Marlborough Lines sleigh which will be joined by 34 other festively decorated floats. The Marlborough Lines & McDonald’s Blenheim Christmas Parade is organised by Marlborough4Fun. The organisation’s chief executive Katrina Lange said the streets should again be packed for the ever popular

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parade. Between 4000 and 5000 people are expected. Entertainment will be provided in Market St from 1pm and at 2pm the parade will start from Blenheim School in Hutcheson Street, and will then travel through Seymour St to Maxwell Rd and down Market street. Once at The Forum, more entertainment will start from 3pm with music, bouncy castles, face painting and Father Christmas will be hand- santa with his helpers peyton cassidy, Brianna newlove and ing out lollies to all his many fans. Xanthe cassidy at last years parade.

Wayne’s whitebait a real treat By Chris Tobin Marborough Hospice won’t be going short on having a tasty treat for Christmas. Renwick man Wayne West was so impressed with the care his late wife Cherie received at the hospice he has given them a large amount of whitebait. “Cherie passed away three months ago. She was profoundly deaf and had leukemia and breast cancer twice,” said Wayne who also has a hearing disability. Two and a half years ago Cherie was diagnosed with leukemia after earlier having breast cancer. “She had treatment at Wairau Hospital for six months and received chemo in Christchurch but because of the quake transferred to Wellington. “Cherie had five courses of chemotherapy and was to have a sixth but doctors decided she was not strong enough.

springlands wins Springlands School took top prize in the Marlbrough Schools Environment Awards which were presented at the Marlborough District Council last Friday and received $500 for their efforts. Renwick School and Spring Creek were joint runners-up and each received $250.

Third cruise ship visiT The third cruise ship of the summer season, Orion, arrived in Picton mid-afternoon last Saturday and left at 8am next morning. The next cruise ship expected is the Voyager of the Seas which is due to arrive on December 31. It visited also on Sunday, November 18.

“They could do nothing more and we had to come home.” After that, Cherie was in and out of Marlborough Hospice and over that time Mr West said he had become greatly impressed with the hospice staff’s care and the way they did their best to communicate with Cherie. “She loved whitebait and just before she died she asked me to give some whitebait to the staff.” The day after Cherie died, Wayne went whitebaiting and continued doing so regularly. A landowner generously allowed Mr West to go through his land to get to a special site and Wayne said he too would receive a Christmas present from him. “It’s helped me get over my grief,” Wayne said of his whitebaiting. Marlborough Hospice clinical nurse leader Trisha Falleni thanked Mr West for his generosity and said it would be shared by patients and wayne west hands over 6 pounds (2.72 kilograms) of whitebait to staff, perhaps on Christmas day. Trisha Falleni, clinical nurse leader at Marlborough hospice.

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Fuel prices remain staBle in novemBer Fuel prices remained relatively stable during November, with petrol falling 3 cents per litre early in the month before rising 4 cents two weeks later. Overall, the price of petrol was up 1 cent by month end, to $2.13 per litre for 91 octane in the main centres, while diesel prices remained unchanged at $1.52 per litre at most service stations.

late niGHt sHoppinG Blenheim CBD shops opened last evening for late night shopping. Free on-street parking was available from 4pm onwards. Late night shopping will happen again on December 13 and 20.

nZGt top sHow New Zealand’s Got Talent has been crowned the country’s number one television show after completing its record- breaking run on TV ONE. Last sunday’s decider episode saw over 930,000 people tuning in to watch Marlborough teenager Clara Van Wel named the winner. With 51 per cent of the available audience watching, NZGT achieved 22.9 per cent rating amongst all New Zealanders aged 5 plus.

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By Robbie Parkes Rhys and Sandy Williams have run Sommerville Orchard out in Grovetown for the last seven years, but the recent addition of relatives to the mix has seen their business grow. Rhys’s sister Sharleen Eaton, her husband John, and their daughters Sharn and Jess bought the property next door, in August this year. Their now combined five and a half acres has enabled them to expand their plants and include strawberries as a major crop for the orchard. “We started off here

just us, and mum and dad came to live with us after they retired,” said Rhys. “Then last year we went into strawberries as a bit of a trial, and decided to go bigger this year.” “We like free family labour,” joked Sandy. “Any family that visit tend to get a job,” said Rhys. “Dad goes round and he does all the markets on Saturday morning.” Rhys and Sandy have been in the business of cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches and limes before taking on strawberries. “Rhys came up with the idea to

do strawberries,” said Sharleen. “We were strict townies, but we just thought we would like to get into something as a family.” All agree they are reaping the benefits of the move now, as well as going into the strawberry business. “It’s been a really big learning curve, and it’s starting to pay off,” said Rhys. “It was a big risk to start off with, and a lot of hard work.” “A lot of people think we’re doing it hydroponically, but we’re not,” said Sharleen. “And everything’s local, because Marlborough has really supported

us,” added Rhys. They began growing strawberries last year and encountered a few hiccups along the way, but Rhys said this year is really their first year. They agree the family dynamic has stayed relatively the same, but has helped their business immensely. “It’s probably got stronger over time because we’ve had to learn to work together,” said Rhys. “Most problems can be solved over a cold beer on Sunday.” “We find that we can’t just give up and walk away,” added Sharleen.

Muscle car museum for Blenheim By Robbie Parkes Marlborough will soon be home to what is thought to be the only muscle car museum in New Zealand. The building on the corner of Grove Rd and Alfred St, having recently received a new paint job, will house around 60 muscle cars and 20 motorcycles, including Harley-Davidsons and Triumphs, from Terry Brown and his family’s collection.

“They’re muscle cars that people have all dreamt about,” he said. “There’s no muscle car museum in New Zealand and I’ve always had an interest in cars.” Mr Brown is the latest tennant in the building which was formerly home to second-hand house parts and furniture shop, Don’s Place. Wynnie and David Cosgrove

have owned the building for the last 10 years, and said the last tennant was there until the end of June. Interior work is still underway on the site, and an opening

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mittee, which acts as the District Licensing Authority, took into account that problems had not been experienced in the four previous years street parties had been held at at the site. “We’re pleased it’s going ahead but obviously with an objection it makes us wary and we’ll have to be on our toes.” Last month the licensing agency also rejected police

objections to special license applications for the festival. The agency said glasses would again be used after a push had been made for plastic. Meanwhile, Blenheim police will be out in force this weekend, taking part in the sixth trans-Tasman alcohol campaign, Operation Unite, a joint initiative of police commissioners across Australia

Continued from page 1 Mr McQuillan believed the council’s liquor licensing com-

the building on the corner of Grove rd and alfred st will soon be home to a muscle car museum.

date is anticipated for later this month. Mr Brown said visitors coming through on the opening day, will go into the draw to win a brand new Honda motorcycle. and New Zealand. Extra staff in Marlborough, Nelson Bays, and the West Coast have been rostered on as police will be operating alcohol checkpoints, walking around known trouble spots and conducting checks on licensed premises. Operation Unite starts today and finishes in the early hours of Sunday December 9.


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Para Wetland ‘will improve with time’ Dear Ed, In response to recent ‘anonymous’ letters to the editor following your article on November 21, I would like to reiterate the following: Over the last 30 years the eco system of the Para Wetland has been strangled by crack willow, and if we (Fish & Game) don’t act now there will be no open water left in the wetland. Fish & Game is committed to improving the habitat of the game bird species found within, and this work also has direct benefit to native plants and animals. This is the largest remaining freshwater wetland in Marlborough, and once restored it will be a small example of what once existed on most of the lower Wairau Plains. K i l l i ng w i l lows usi ng glyphosphate and leaving them standing is a common technique practised in many parts of the country. Yes, dead willows are unsightly but this is temporary.

It is too expensive, hazardous and not practical to remove them. My comments regarding the 20-year timeframe to complete the restoration were just that - to complete the project. Improvements and the rejuvenation of the area will be visible well within this period. Once completed the area will not only offer increased opportunities for game bird hunters but also for other recreational users; kayakers, bird watchers and trout fishermen outside the game bird hunting season. There is also much community support for the project with involvement from DOC, Forest and Bird, Marlborough District Council, Transit NZ and local schools. I believe this is a great example of hunters working for conservation gains. Vaughan Lynn Field officer Fish & Game, Nelson/Marlborough Region

Can you help? Dear Ed, I am looking for descendants of Charles Sellman Tomin and Hannah Louisa nee Kilroy. They died in Blenheim in 1940 and 1944. They had 11 children, two of whom died before they emigrated

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Arrogant driver at bridge to come out to this area for a Sunday drive, they need to refresh their knowledge of the road rules regarding one way bridges. Hopefully this person (and all the inconsiderate folk who followed this ignorant person over the bridge) were not local rural people. I am ashamed that a visitor to our region was given this rude, inconsiderate welcome to Marlborough. This is not an isolated incident by any means, but is one of the worst I have witnessed. T hat someone would be so inconsiderate to not only delay one person, but all the folk banked up on both sides of the bridge just to get their own way says a lot about this person’s road manners. Karma is a wonderful thing! Ashamed

Broad banding not to be abandoned at college

The college replies: Marlborough Boys’ College is not abandoning broad banding.

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At year 9 there will be a slight modification to bandings as it has been done in the past. English, social studies and science classes will be in two bands rather than the three that have operated in the past. Maths will continue in three bands. Option subjects are of mixed ability as they have traditionally been. NCEA results are not average at Level 1 and 2.The just released ERO report on the school highlights this. “For students in years 11 to 13 undertaking courses that make them eligible to be assessed for a national qualification, there has been marked improvement in achievement overall, including for Maori students. Significantly greater success is evident in the National Certificates of Education Achievement (NCEA), Levels 1 and 2, where performance is above comparisons nationally and for schools of similar profile. Greatly increased percentages of merit and excellence subject grades are gained.” Any parent is welcome to make an appointment to discuss any concerns or questions they have about school matters. Wayne Hegarty, principal Marlborough Boys’ College

A motorist on the one lane bridge in Spring Creek.

Rude driver Dear Ed, Thanks to the very bad-tempered, rude male driver of a white car like a late 1990’s model Toyota Camry or similar that drove straight through the pedestrian crossing today about 3pm (Friday 23rd Nov) outside Countdown bus stop, by the library in town (in Seymour St) while we were already on it. He doesn’t deserve to have a licence. I only hope the cops track you down on their C.T.V cameras and give you a ticket. One dear lady in a blue car travelling towards High St stopped to give way to us as we crossed to go over towards the library. As we crossed we gave her a wave for her courtesy and next we knew was this rude joker in the white car coming straight for us, hell for leather, while yelling at us, straight through. He didn’t even attempt to stop, plus he was driving well over the speed limit for the CBD. He was driving so fast we couldn’t even get his rego number. How no one was killed we don’t know, but it sure opened everyone’s eyes. I only hope this rude driver gets his just desserts. To the dear lady in the blue car, thank-you for being a courteous driver. Pity the other driver was going the other way didn’t take a lesson from you.

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The National Institute of Warter and Atmospheric Re search ( Niwa) is reviewing its freshwater monitoring throughout the country and with probable implications for resourcing some sites in Marlborough, the Marlborough District Council’s enviroment committee heard last Thursday. “Council is intending to liaise with Niwa with a view to exploring further opportunities where joint efficiencies can continue to be made,” a report to the committee stated.

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Dear Ed I have lived in the Rarangi area for many years now and cross the one lane bridges at Spring Creek and the Diversion most days, but in all this time I have never experienced such blatant disregard for the give way rule, and such arrogant, rude behaviour as I witnessed last Sunday on the Spring Creek bridge. My daughter-in-law was in the car in front of me, she waited for a vehicle to cross the bridge from the Spring Creek side and proceeded across the bridge. A vehicle from the Spring Creek side drove onto the bridge at the same time. He carried on despite the give way rule and stopped in front of my daughter-in-law’s vehicle. He refused to budge and being the person she is, she graciously backed off the bridge. My point is that if the townsfolk wish

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Fairhall School gets festive By Emily Elliott Parents and children have spent weeks preparing for the Fairhall Festival this Sunday. Co-ordinator of the event and major sponsor, Debbie Pannell, said it has taken the whole community to execute the event. “It’s a fun community base. “The staff are working hard making fudge, jewellery, and goodie boxes with the kids.” “The year eights are taking ownership on Sunday, they’ll be managing the stalls.” Mrs Pannell is excited about the gourment aspect added this year. Everything is local, and has been supplied by the Marlborough community. According to Mrs Pannell, “It’s an amazing vision and that is why so many locals have come on board.” Mrs Pannell said that it’s not just another school fair, but a whole family event. “We want people to come with their deck chairs and

enjoy!” For the adults, the wines have been matched to the local food, and for the children there will be a sausage sizzle, bouncy castles, a clown and more, as well as live bands and stalls for family entertainment. “Every parent wants to see their child succeed,” Mrs Pannell said, “so I thought about how best to contribute to the progress of our school and the progress of education for our kids.” The Festival is fundraising for the school’s technology system, and will also include an auction with prizes to be won. The Fairhall School Gourmet Christmas Festival will start at 11am, Sunday 9th December. Fre e ent r y. For more information visit: www. fairhallschool.co.nz Co-ordinator Debbie Pannell with her Fairhall school boys, Luke and Joel holding a sample of oysters available at the festival.

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Aiming to share ancient Maori knowledge of region John Allen is the holder of the Tototoko for Waitaha, and as such is a speaker for an ancient people who he says settled here thousands of years ago. H e p o s s e s s e s e no rm ou s knowledge of the upper South Island land and waterways but he says he has been ignored when he tries to pass on his knowledge to councils and organisations. He talks to Chris Tobin. By Chris Tobin Sharing ancient Maori knowledge of the waterways and land of this area that would be relevant and help Marlborough today is the aim of John Allen. For years Mr Allen, an expert in his knowledge of the upper South Island land and waterways has been frustrated in this quest but there are signs that parties which were once apathetic to him, are prepared to listen. “I’ve spoken to the Marlborough District Council heads of departments and they said if you go to the local runanga and get them interested they’ll support me. “Last week I went round the local marae and for the first time they were receptive. “My aim is for an iwi management plan for the Wairau River and its environs.

“Our policy is to care for and nurture the environment, not destroy. ” “We can lay out the ways of old and then they can do what they wish. “I can tell them where all the springs in the Wairau Valley were - they’ve now gone. “Every creek in this valley had a song singing of its qualities. “Families kept them clear and they could ensure their own path to the ocean.” Forest and Bird, Fish and Game, the Department of Conservation and other organisations had done “a great job” for the environment, but Mr Allen said he just wanted to see local iwi having input and for him to share the knowledge of this region acquired by his ancestors over not just hundreds of year, but thousands of years.

John Allen holds the Tokotoko, the symbol of authority, at the Para Wetlands.

He was disturbed by how things had deteriorated in the last 20 years. In 1990 he had spoken out regarding how the region’s waterways had been reduced to drains with most of the eel and whitebait habitat gone. He tried to impart some of his knowledge and even went to Parliament but was ignored. “I want to use Tikanga, Maori customary law,” he said. Mr Allen is descended from the Rangitane and ancient Waitaha people and speaks with the authority of being the holder of the Tokotoko. As the holder of the ceremonial talking stick he is obliged to care for the trees of the land, the insects of the land, the birds of the land, the fish of the land, and to ensure the spiritual wellbeing of the people. His knowledge has been gained over many years. By the age of five his family had taken him to most of the waterways in the top of the South Island, to streams which have now dried up or disappeared. Also he attended a traditional Maori

learning school Tohunga of Waitaha. “People don’t link things up. “We’re down to 50 Maui dolphins in New Zealand because their food source has been removed. “They relied on most of the rivers mouths from where they could harvest eels in February when the female dolphins were pregant and the the eels were on their migratory run to the river mouths – now there are no eels. “That’s a linking up people don’t see.” From once having 100 different species of eels in the region, Mr Allen said the number was now down to three. Mr Allen read a recent article in the Sun regarding the Para Wetlands near Koromiko where willows have been poisoned as part of a regeneration programme expected to take 20 years. Mr Allen said the wetlands were a mess and that the policy of poisoning the willows leaving thousands of rotting logs was against the philosophy of Tikanga. He believed the willows should have been retained.

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“Our policy is to care for and nurture the environment, not destroy. “Destroying the trees also destroys the fish. The public should keep an eye on the oxygen levels in the Para waterways. “The oxygen levels are being depleted by the rotting timber and if it gets too low, fish life dies.”

Controversy over Waitaha Waitaha are an ancient early Historical Maori iwi largely absorbed by Kati Mamoe and Nga Tahu from the 16th century onwards. In 1995 a book ‘Song of Waitaha: The History of a Nation’ said the iwi dated back 67 generations in this country. The book has been the subject of much political and tribal debate.

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New face for Plunket Marlborough By Emily Elliott A change of structure at Plunket has created more opportunites to engage with the community. Heather Sorensen has been working as the Community Co-ordintor for Plunket Marlborough since the end of October, when the new role was created to support Plunket’s volunteer aspect. The new role means being a link for volunteers, supporting the clinical team, supporting families, and co-ordinating events. “I would call myself a people person, so when I saw the opportunity for the role I went for it as soon as I could.” Ms Sorensen also works for the Marlborough

Playcentre Association, which she calls a similar job. “It’s working for people, for people. I love gaining an appreciation for work done on a voluntary basis,” she said. As part of her new role, Ms Sorensen is especially looking forward to growing the base of volunteers so more people can be involved in Plunket. “There are a core group who do a lot. We’d love to expand our volunteer group and spread the workload.” She is also passionate about upping the appreciation of the public. “Plunket is not just nursing. We do car seat rentals, safety checks, sessions for mothers with young babies, we have parenting

teachers, and playgroups.” Ms Sorensen is also looking forward to extending Plunket’s reach out to Picton. Right now, she is focused on making the annual appeal a success, meeting and talking with Plunket’s major sponsors, and extending the community network. “We have our 100th celebrations coming up, celebrating 100 years since the first Plunket meeting in Marlborough.” The event will involve an afternoon tea at Drylands Winery. According to Ms Sorensen, there aren’t many New Zealander’s who haven’t been a Plunket baby. “Most can relate to Plunket.” She is hoping to meet with both old and new Plunket babies at the 100th celebrations. Heather Sorensen.

Talent showcased at Dolce Two of the top Drum and Bass producers will be sharing the Christmas spirit with Blenheim. Rob Chilvers (known as DJ Chopz) from the Drum and Bass group Narm Heavy are excited about showcasing some of the best talent in the overseas industry at Dolce Bar and Restaurant. Dose and Borderline, although

originally from New Zealand, are now collaborating with some of the biggest producers in the overseas industry. “We don’t get DJ’s like this coming through all the time. “It’ll be a good time with some fresh music,” DJ Chopz said. “It’s an underground scene, and we want to put it out to people and see them enjoying it too.”

The night will start at 10pm, and will feature Drum and Bass from Dose, Borderline, Narm Heavy, Offset, and Relapsed. Tickets are $15, and there will be giveaways and prizes throughout the night. For more information on Narm Heavy, check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/NarmHeavy

Crash survivors in stable condition The two women who survived Wednesday’s disastrous car crash at Pelorus remain in Wairau Hospital in a stable condition. A 33 -ye a r- old Marlborough woman who wa s t he sole occupant of a ute has a broken ankle and will require surgery. She also has significant bruising. A 25-year-old German woman has a broken collar bone and is also badly bruised. Two men died in the crash which happened shortly after 1pm on the Nelson side of the Pelorus River.

The two dead men, one from France and the other from Germany, were travelling with a 25-year-old woman toward Nelson when their Mitsubishi station wagon crossed the centre line. One of the men was driving, with the other sitting in the back. They collided on State Highway 6 with a Mazda ute driven by a 33-year-old woman, who was believed to live in the area. She had a quad motorcycle on the back of the ute that was thrown from the vehicle. The dead men’s post

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Get planting herbs now December is planting time for herbs and summer supplies. Some seeds can be sown directly into the garden e.g. beans, peas, pumpkin, courgettes, carrots, beetroot, parsnip, radish and sweetcorn. Sow others in trays e.g. lettuce, cabbage, eggplant,leeks,spring onions. For continuous harvesting sow at 3 weekly intervals. Feed your plants regularly with a good organic fertiliser. Hoe regularly to keep the weeds at bay. Mulch your flower beds to conserve moisture, and keep pests away from roses and other shrubs. If you have already had blooms of roses and other flowering shrubs, prune the blooms away once they have finished flowering. Apple trees may be under attack from codling moth. Put codling moth traps in your apple trees (one trap for every four trees) to prevent larvae entering the fruit. Watch out for the white butterfly in the vegetable patch. Fruit trees should be well mulched to conserve water. Cut off emerging suckers from berry plants to minimise energy waste. Net your plants to protect them from birds, and watch out for fungal infections ona ll fruit trees and strawberry plants. Watch out for root rot. It flourishes if a warm spring and summer come after a wet winter. Clip evergreen hedges.

VEGE PATCH Harvesting Beetroot, broccoli, cabbage cucumber, beans, kohl rabi, radish, squash. Planting Warmer areas: Plant or sow basil, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, lettuce, kumara, melons, onions, parsnips, pumpkin, squash, spring onions, radish, silver beet, swede, tomato, turnip, sweet corn and zucchini.

Cooler areas: Sow seeds or plant seedlings of basil, bok choy,capsicum, florence fennel, dwarf and climbing beans, corn salad, broccoli, burssels sprouts, silverbeet, cabbage, carrot, celery, chicory, cucumber, leeks, lettuce, cauliflower, parsnip, peas and tomatoes.

FLOWER GARDEN Sow and plant: Alyssum, Ageratum, Asters, Begonia, Candytuft, Carnation, Celosia, Cosmos, Cornflower,

Dahlia, Dianthus, Delphinium, Forget-me-not, Gazania, Impatiens, Larkspur, Linaria, Linum, Lobelia, Lupin, Marigold, Nemesia, Petunia, Phlox, Poppies, Portulaca, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Snapdragon, Statice, Strawflower, Sunflower,Sweetpeas, Sweet william, Verbena, Violas, Viscaria and Zinnias. Cannas, hippeastrum, poppies can be planted now. Gladiolus corm and Dahlia tubers can be planted for summer flowering.

Christmas-style coleslaw This easy to prepare, tasty coleslaw salad looks very pretty on the Christmas table with its multi-coloured ribbons of cabbage. Mixed with a tangy mustard dressing, this is always a popular salad. Ingredients: 500g wedge green cabbage 350g purple or red cabbage 1 carrot, grated Mustard dressing: 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Method: Finely slice cabbage and place in a large salad bowl. Add grated carrot. To make dressing, combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a screw top lid and shake well. Toss dressing through salad just before serving. Notes:An easy to prepare and tasty salad that will feed the Christmas-day horde. Grate the carrot into nice long strips. The salad can be made hours in advance, kept covered in the fridge, with the dressing added just before serving.

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- weekend event guide Friday 7th December National Jandal Day As part of Surf Life Saving’s National appeal Week, from December 2nd to the 8th for more info visit http://www.nationaljandalday.co.nz REAP Marlborough Roadshow Taste’s Picton, Mariners Mall and QCC Picton, Friday and Saturday The Muslim Association of Marlborough Inc Friday (Jummah) prayers every week between 12pm – 2pm, upstairs meeting room at Marlborough Community Centre, 25 Alfred St, Blenheim. (Space for ladies also). For details contact: Br Zayd 027 644 979 or Br Fouad 021 0253 1275. The Edwin Fox Maritime Centre, Picton Open everyday from 9am Great wet weather day activity and child friendly. Come check out the amazing history and facts. Kids under 5 free! Sit and Be Fit with Sue Free general exercise for the not so mobile while sitting down! 1pm Monday and Friday afternoons at 131 Budge Street, plenty of parking. Phone Sue: 578 0469 Sit and Be Fit with Jeanette. Free exercise for all ages at Crossroads, 2 Redwood Street. At 10am Phone 578 5395. Quest Intermediate age youth group, 3.30pm-5pm, Picton Baptist Church, 293 Waikawa Rd, Picton. Text Bronwyn 021 046 2434. Tango Lessons Improvers, 7pm, Basics 8.30pm. Nurses Hall, Blenheim. Monica: 572 2667. Pastel Painting Marlborough Art Society, 10am till 3pm, Prue: 578 8888.

Tai Chi Today and Mondays. 10am, 11.30am and 1pm. Liz 027 748 6666. Tunes for Tots Preschool music sessions. Morning tea. 9.30am and 10.30am. Nativity Church Hall. $2 Family. 578 3909. Kidzone Riverside Community House, 3pm till 5pm (Closes school holidays).

Saturday 8th December The Christmas Parade & Cracker Christmas Festival Live entertainment in the Forum from Christianna Stewart and Emma Logan, as well as some street entertainment from 1pm. The famous Christmas Parade will commence at 2pm and follow the same route as last year with over 30 festive floats. More entertainment follows after the parade, with music from The Humming Birds and Fella Voce. Harness Racing Trials First race 10am at Waterlea Racecourse. Mini Putt & Merry-Go-Round Picton Foreshore, 10am every day during school holidays, today and Sunday, 10am. Redwood Market 8am-noon, Redwood Tavern car park. Plants produce and crafts. Vintage Farm Machinery 10am till 3pm, Open every day. Brayshaw Vintage Farm, Guided tours available, Doris 579 4357. Picton Museum 10am till 4pm daily, 9 London Quay. 573 8283. Pelorus Gallery 70 Main Rd, Havelock, open daily 10.30am till 4.30pm, 574 2128.

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Christmas decorations at a Renwick house last year.

With Ch r istmas fast approaching, many Marlborough residents will be dressing their houses in decorations and stunning light displays. This year the Blenheim Sun

will be featuring photographs and locations of Christmas houses for public viewing. If you would like your home featured please contact Robbie at 577 7868 or email your details to robbie@blenheimsun.co.nz.

Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on!

Museum 26 Arthur Baker Place, off New Renwick Rd, Brayshaw Heritage Park. Daily 10am till 4pm.

Sunday 9th December Fairhall Gourmet Christmas Festival Fairhall School, Blenheim. 11am – 3pm. Free entry, eftpos available, all day entertainment, big central marquee, bring your deck chairs and enjoy the entertainment, gourmet food stalls, Marlborough specialties matched with local wines, great kid’s area with entertainment, food and Santa! Charity auction with great prizes, pick up your Christmas tree as you leave!

Marlborough Farmers Market 9am till noon every Sunday. A&P show grounds corner of Maxwell and Alabama Road. Rail Sail Picton Foreshore 10am-4pm – Miniature trains and yachts. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley 9am. Murray 578 9199 or Tony 577 9776.

Kids’ Karaoke Join us for a fun-filled afternoon at Mikeys Restaurant & Bar, High Street Picton 3pm5pm. Fantastic prizes to be won! Ages 5 - 17 years old. Pick up a registration form from Mikeys Restaurant & Bar, Challenge Picton or Picton Resource Center, alternatively we can email one out to you. For more information, contact Rebecca: 021 516 116 or rebecca. swanson@xtra.co.nz

Petanque 10am 65A Weld Street – Phone John 577 9789. Tramping Club Mary 5728762. Buddhism for Modern Life 10am, 573 5379. Blenheim Bonsai 2pm-4pm, 7 Hale Street. Dave 577 8679.

Ulysses Club Short ride to Picton for a game of mini golf and an ice cream. Meet at the railway stn, south end, 12.45pm ride departing 1pm.

Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers Brayshaw Park, open workshop 1-4pm, Every 1st Sunday of the month. Wooden toys for sale. Malcolm: 578 8809.

Pony Club Pony Club Grounds, New Renwick Rd. 10am every 2nd Sunday of the month. Grant 578 2100 Michelle 572 8984.

Marlborough Rock and Mineral Club 10am-4pm every Sunday at Brayshaw Park. Come and see our large rock, mineral, crystal and fossil collection, work room and book. Free admission.

Kaikoura Cycling Club Weekly from the Kaikoura West End car park. 9.00am. People’s Sunday Market Every Sunday, Noel Leeming carpark (Seymour St) 10am-1pm. Cherries, strawberries, whitebait, eggs, handcrafts, jewellery, jams, chutney, veg plants, perennials, olive oil, books, bric-a-brac.

If you have an event contact Aynsley at The Sun on 5777 868

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King Salmon among award finalists

A working bee will be held on Kaipupu Point wildlife sanctuary tracks on Saturday with planting and general track work. Those who want to help should meet at the Visitors Wharf in Picton at 9am for a boat ride to the jetty in Dolphin Bay. A sausage sizzle will be held at the end. The official opening of the sanctuary is expected to be held in February.

King Salmon is among eight finalists named for an award no-one really wants to win - the Roger Award. The award, named for former Finance Minister Sir Roger Douglas, is for worst trans-national organisation operating in New Zealand. King Salmon was nominated by political activist organsiation Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (Cafca) which runs the awards with GATT

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Driving productive pasture By Annabelle Latz Warwick Lissaman from the Awatere Valley said creativity and innovation is needed to increase the productivity of Marlborough’s pastoral sector. Both increasing productivity of the land, and sustainability of the land, will add value. He said there is a need to have these ideas working alongside each other. “Together they make Marlborough a richer community.” Warwick is the pastoral representative for Marlborough Research Centre, (MRC.) Next autumn he will be implementing new strategies, in a bid to increase productivity of Marlborough’s pastoral sector. The MRC’s ‘Smart and Connected strategy’ links in with the Marlborough District Council, to define the medium to long term direction of pastoral research. “New products and more efficiencies are stand out values for the pastoral sector, and there is a need to recognise the need for this sector to play its part in linking industries,” said Warwick, in a report he submitted to MRC recently. Gerald Hope, chief executive of MRC, said grapes have predominated the research sector

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over the last decade, and although pastoral and agriculture management has retained some research funding, it needs a revamp. “It’s using the tools we have, and we want to invest MRC money into assisting farmers to get more value from their land.” He said there will be a particular focus on hill country, and east coast land. Food and beverage is a major part of Marlborough’s attraction for local business and tourism, and Gerald wants to see what natural extracts can be used to increase the

value of this area. “We are not just about wine, but food and beverage too.” The wine industry is looking more positive this season, and there has been an inagural return on MRC’s Rowley Vineyard at Grovetown, which was developed in 2002. Gerald said this means more money is available for exploring different research avenues. MRC, which is a charitable trust, works on the principal of ‘seed funding.’ “For every dollar we put in, we are getting $10 to $15 back. We are looking to multiply the dollars we put in,” said Gerald. Wa r wick said in his repor t that Marlborough’s summer dry hill country remains the Achilles heel of the sector, where the biggest potential gains are to be found, although there is need to recognise underutilised season potential of other grazable land areas, including crops and under vine. “Improving the legume content, and thereby the nutritional content of Marlborough pastures, will go a long way towards opening up opportunities.” The MRC has been working closely with

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This year’s lamb crop is larger than last year, yet it is still the third smallest crop since the early 1950’s. Approximately 26.9 million lambs were tailed this spring, according to Lamb Crop 2012 from Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Economic Service. This is 1.9 million more than last year. The average lamb-

ing percentage for this season was 123 lambs born per hundred ewes, which is up from lasts year’s 119. Beef + Lamb have forecast that the 2012-13 season will be an estimated 8.4 percent above last season’s 18.9 million, with approximately 20.5 million lambs availble for processing.

Lincoln University, where there is a huge amount of pastoral research taking place. “Marlborough has a history of seed production and potential to do it again, and also has a relatively small but important dairy and irrigated pastoral activity.” Warwick said it is the centre’s intention in this first year to submit up to three projects per annum of worthy scale and technology transfer profile. In conjunction with MRC seed funding partnerships with smart and connected entities will be created. See http://www..lincoln.ac.nz/conversation/ drylandpastures.

Project topics up and running and proposed include•Herbicide tolerance of species and timing of application, already underway. •Seed dispersal, animal impact and mechanical, farm scale demonstration site, in process. •Insect pest monitoring programmed approach.- in process •Online photo diary, and blog, already underway. •Environmental, soil and water- to be developed •Post Grad / honours student survey work on distribution of resident species, in process •Fertility response of existing species and introduced. –in process. •Integrated pastures for vineyard grazing workshop,-to be developed. •Summer wet, Dairy and irrigated projects- to be developed.

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The potential of a massive new market for New Zealand wool has been created by a small wellington company called The Fromary. The company has a plan to help reduce China’s air pollution using a rice-straw-wool fabric. Millions of tonnes of rice straw are burnt in China after a rice crop is harvested, causing a large amount of air pollution that closes airports, shuts out the sun, and creates health issues for millions of people. The Formary is owned by Wellingtonian Bernadette Casey, and Gisborne’s Sally Shanks. Their idea has developed from a similar product they created, when they blended waste fibre from Starbuck’s

many unwanted coffee sacks with New Zealand crossbred wool to create a frabric they called WoJo®. “We recognice that New Zealand wool can become a carrier for blending waste fibres,” Ms Casey said. According to Ms Casey, the Chinese Agricultral Ministry was hugely encouraging about the wool blend product. “We’ve created our first 30 percent rice-straw-70 percent wool samples and we are now in discussions with Chinese partners to commercialise it.” “ We c a n l i c e n c e a n d manufacture the wool blend products all over the world, wh ich mea ns t hat huge volumes of fabric could be manufactured.”

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“I will be sending this out to wool interests around the country, saking them to send it to all of their farmer clients.” The Formary won the British Wool Week’s Sustainable Innovation Award two years ago, and WoJo® was a feature of the HRH Campaign for Wool in 2010.

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Molesworth integrating management By Emily Elliott A pla n for i nt eg r at e d management will be beneficial to the landscape at Molesworth Station, a report presented to council stated last week. The Plan intends to combine the management and protection of the conservation with the maintenance and development of the area. According to DOC South Marlborough Area Manager, Dave Hayes, Molesworth is unique in that it has many values. “Molesworth has recreational, historical, and farming values. Part of integrating management is combining and finding the best of all values.”

Mr Hayes believes that the current management plan is heading in the right direction, and is grateful that hunters on Molesworth help with management. “Everyone who comes on Molesworth has the eyes and ears to help.” “Game & Bird has hundreds of hunters spread across Molesworth who provide us with information.” According to Mr Hayes, hunters on Molesworth take note and provide feedback of species and plants, which helps to compile a better picture of what is there. Marlborough District Council Councillor, David Dew,

believes both farming and protecting can be acheived. “Farming can help the land, yet farming also needs to recognise there are natural landscapes.” “It’s a matter of integrating what they do with what we do.” Currently, some areas are fenced off from grazing to protect the natural landscape and various species within it. Whereas in other areas, not having grazing would be detrimental. According to Mr Dew, the council is currently responsible for the air, water, and soil. “The staff at Molesworth can’t be everywhere at once. We all need to help out.”

Dry summer ahead Farmers should be preparing for a dry summer, if the current mild El Nino intesifies. Federated Farmers have recommended that farmers have plans in place, given that if the current mild El Nino intensifies, it would bring a higher risk of drought. According to Federated Farmers adverse events spokesperson, Katie Milne, some parts of the country are already experiencing drier weather that this time last year. “Some regions are already noticeably drier than usual, which is causing some concerns.” Ms Milne has said, “It is important that farmers have contigency plans in place, such as de-stocking and getting in supplementary

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feeds.” Ms Milne said it was important for farmers not to wait too long to make decisions. “If farmers have good plans ready, they can be proactive rather than reactive if a severe drought does eventuate.” Although there is no current indication of a servere drought, Niwa has predicted below normal rainfall in the top of the South Island. Ms Milne hopes the El Nino weather pattern does not deepen, but has said it is a strong reminder of how vulnerable the New Zealand economy is in climatic situations. Ms Milne has said Federated Farmers is monitoring the situation closely. A new innovation programme that explores how more value can be made from beef carcasses has been approved for Government funding. Co-funding has been approved f rom t he P r i ma r y G row t h Partnership (PGP) for the new Foodplus programme, Ministry for Primary Industries DirectorGeneral Wayne McNee announced today. Foodplus will look at the parts of the beef that currently generate less value and find opportunities to create new products. “Adding further value to the carcass is essential for the future success of the meat industry,” Mr McNee said. The PGP Fund is committing

$43.5 million over seven years towards the programme. The programme is being run by ANZCO Foods, and is worth a total of $87 million. Mr McNee said about the programme, “ANZCO’s vision for Foodplus is relevant and bold, and now backed by a significant investment.” CEO of ANZCO’s Food & Solutions division, Ren n ie Davidson, said the company is looking forward to partnering with the Crown on the Foodplus programme. “It’s a large-scale project that wouldn’t be acheivable without collaboration. We’re excited about the potential that this will bring to the sector.”

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An ‘unbeatable’ experience Street. “One of the girls said it was like watching TV in her lounge but actually being there. “And the girls were just amazing.” Caitlyn performed with the cast of well-known New Zealand performers in the gala, which included George Henare, Annie Whittle, Laura Hill, Andrew Laing, and Rachel Nash. “They’re people they (the girls) look up to. “George Henare, he’s just so down to earth, and he’s such a big screen and theatre legend. “They were so in love with Harry McNaughton, and he just treated them like they were the bees knees.” She said he even asked the girls for some scriptwriting advice. Their script judge Mark Hadlaw even made an appearance in the play via Skype, despite being busy with promotion for The Hobbit.

By Robbie Parkes Bohally Intermediate’s talented scriptwriters have just returned from an “unbeatable” experience. Sammy Jarvis, Caitlyn Woodley, Grace Williams, Morgan Gurr, Chloe Crawford, Emma Gardiner won the ChildFund New Zealand national scriptwriting competition, ‘Pens Against Poverty,’ earlier in the year. F o r w i n n i n g , t h e g i r l s’ interpretation of Mary’s Christmas Yarn was performed by a starstudded cast, at St Matthew-inthe-City Church in Auckland, on Monday. “Words just can’t describe it, it was so surreal,” said their teacher Rachael Moran. “But, one of the girls said it was bigger than Texas.” They were able to meet some of their heroes, visit the Sky Tower and even visit the set of Shortland

(From left) Rachael Moran, Sammy Jarvis, Emma Gardiner, Caitlyn Woodley, Chloe Crawford, Grace Williams and Morgan Gurr at the gala premiere. Photo by Sammy Milne.

Rachael said the church packed out with both celebrities and families for the premiere. “It was a big church, but we were squeezing people into pews.”

“It was a huge, huge, huge weekend,” she said. “It’s been a top year for these girls, it’s something they’ll definitely never forget.”

Celebrating national Jandal Day Staff at the Sun were getting into the swing of things yesterday in preparation for today's National Jandal Day. Surf Life Saving NZ, a charitable organisation, is encouraging New Zealanders to wear their favourite jandals and join in the fun today and is

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By Robbie Parkes Three Marlborough schools were given some early Christmas gifts this year, thanks to Marlborough Mitre 10 Mega and the Blenheim public. Rai Valley School, Marlborough Girls’ College (MGC) and Marlborough Boys’ College (MBC) won $2,000 worth of items between them as part of the store’s prize pack giveaway. Throughout November, customers who spent more than $40 at the store could nominate a school in the district to win a prize pack of useful items, from paint, tools, to kitchen sinks. Rai Valley School placed first, while MGC and MBC came second and third respectively. Marlborough Mitre 10 Mega retail manager Ronald Saguin presented Rai Valley principal

Angela Sloane, MGC assistant principal Julian Adamson, and MBC deputy principal Michael Heath with the prize packs this week. Rai Valley and MGC also received an additional $200 Windsor Hardware voucher. Michael said a lot of the items can be used around the school, either with students in class or for other maintenance purposes. He said it really helps, as a lot of the equipment are things they would buy routinely anyway. Ronald said the competition has been running for a number of years, and it is just a way for them to give back to the community. “It’s Christmas, it’s a time for giving,” said Ronald. “Mitre 10 is always involved in the community, and we like to help the schools.”

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death notices COLLINS, May Gwendoline (Gwen): On Wednesday December 5, 2012 peacefully, at Redwood Lifestyle Care & Village. Aged 73 years. Dearly loved wife of Ted, much loved mother and mother-inlaw of Janice and Barry Ellis, Peter and Annette, and Susan. Loved grandmother of Anthony, May and Lucy; Haidi and Kurt. A loved sister, sister-in-law and aunty. Messages to 4 Dodson Street, Spring Creek

7202. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to PO Box 411, Blenheim 7240. A funeral service for Gwen will be held at the Church of the Nativity, Alfred Street, at 1pm on Saturday December 8, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz

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Tuesday, December 4 At 12.15pm a 31-year-old unemployed male was arrested for failing to appear in the Blenheim District Court. He was placed in front of the court later that day. At 11.34am at the intersection of Stephenson St and Redwood St a vehicle failed to give way and was hit by a on coming vehicle. The offending vehicle was spun round and went through a fence of a nearby property. No one was injured in the accident the offending driving was issued an infringement notice for failing to give way and will pay for the damage to the fence.

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Wednesday, December 5 At 3.20pm a 40-year-old unemployed male was arrested for disorderly behaviour after he refused to leave the WINZ building and stood at the main doors of the building yelling at staff. He had been given every opportunity to leave the area by police but refused to do so. He received a pre-charge warning and was released after he had calmed down. At 3.45am Thursday morning, an unemployed 35-year-old male was arrested and charged with male assaults female and breaching his protection order when he arrived at his ex-partners address in an intoxicated state, and after being asked to leave he has punched her. He has been charge with Male Assaults Female and Breaching his Protection Order. He was held in custody a nd a p p e a r e d i n t h e Blenheim District Court on Thursday.

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BOLTON, Ariana Elizabeth (6lb 8oz): 30 November, 2012 OGILVY, Felix Raymond (5lb 5oz): 30 November, 2012 TURNER, Faith Gabrielle Rose (7lb 1.5oz): 29 November, 2012

Death Notices FRECHTLING, Gavin Daryl: 28 November, 2012 JONES, Frederick Llewellyn Dai: 26 November, 2012 KIRKWOOD, Una (nee Ridge): 28 November, 2012 POWELL, Vernon Leslie Alexander (Vern): 1 December, 2012 WEALLEANS, Bevan Peter, JP, QSM: 30 November, 2012


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Siejka SignS with warriorS

Penrith halfback Harry Siejka has signed a two-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors. The 20-year-old made his National Rugby League debut last year, playing four games.

Lee and wiLkinSon miSS tour New Zealand golfers Danny Lee and Tim Wilkinson failed to make the top 25 in the US PGA Tour qualifying tournament in California, and will miss out on the competition. Both started the day tied for 30th, but Wilkinson dropped to 49th, with Lee taking 27th.

tutaki to fight Parker Richard Tutaki has been confirmed to fight rising heavyweight boxing star Joseph Parker. The 34-year-old will face Parker in the professional bout in the Fight For Life in Auckland on December 15.

Young cYcLiSt dieS Nationally-ranked Rotorua cyclist Patrick Avery, 21 died while racing at a club meeting, earlier this week. Avery was seen to fall off his bike after completing a race, which club members say may have been due to a seizure.

mciLroY through to SemiS New Zealand bowler Shannon McIlroy is through to the semifinals of the 2012 World Bowls Championships in Adelaide. The 25-year-old beat Malcolm De Sousa at the Lockleys Bowls Club this week 21-3, and will face Australia’s Leif Selby on Sunday morning.

Sarah waLker at avantiPLuS New Zealand Olympic silver medallist and BMX rider Sarah Walker will be in-store at AvantiPlus Blenheim, on Queen St from 3.30pm today.

jackSon and abercrombie aLL-StarS New Zealand basketballers Cedric Jackson and Tom Abercrombie have been named in the South team that to play in the Australian NBL all-star game in Adelaide on December 22

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The woes of being a NZ cricket supporter To be a supporter of New Zealand cricket requires enormous tenacity – perhaps even superhuman tenacity. Why I say this is because cricket seems to be always lurching from one mess to another. Last week the storm clouds disappeared for a time as the Black Caps snatched a test victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo. Don’t get carried away I thought at the time and sure enough a few days later those old thunder clouds rolled in once more and away we went again. Here’s a brief rundown of recent events: We learn of a a rift between new coach Mike Hesson and skipper Ross Taylor who took man of the

match and scored a century in the test effort win over Sri Lanka. Hesson wants a split captaincy with Taylor (tests) and Brendon McCullum (T20 and ODI); some commentators ask if Hesson is up to the job; ex-Black Cap Craig McMillan says McCullum would be good and bring aggression to the style of play; Jesse Ryder tweets that NZ Cricket should stop dumping on Taylor; Taylor is unhappy, he is expected to pull out of a South African tour which starts next week... and on it goes reading like a soap opera. Yes it takes tenacity to hang in there and keep supporting this lot especially when their on-field performances are, in spite of that test win, more often than not so

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wretchedly mediocre. And at the same time the leading Black Caps earn more money than do the top World Cup winning All Blacks - who some consider are overpaid as well. On matters rugby, Last Sunday’s loss by the All Blacks to England was a surprise and to be frank, with a score of 38-21 it was an old fashioned hiding. What went wrong? No doubt the experts have the answers but I have thought during the year that when the All Blacks’ tight five are off-song even slightly, they can be out-muscled and as the old rugby cliche goes, you’ve got to win it up front. As with all surprises various factors conspired: Andrew Hore’s

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swinging arm in Cardiff (punch) did them no favours, possibly a bout of sickness did unsettle them during the week, Dan Carter was not quite ‘in the zone,’ there were some defensive lapses and perhaps too there was a degree of predictability regarding their attack. So the All Blacks bid farewell to 2012 with 12 wins from 14 tests, a great record. But the poms showed that at this level if you drop off your peak and the opposition really turn up to play, you can get hammered.

Sir Peter Blake Memorial Regatta Callum Radford led his fellow Queen Charlotte Yacht Club sailors with a win in the Starling Class, the second largest dinghy class represented, at the Sir Peter Blake Memorial Regatta in Torbay, Auckland. T he a n nua l regat t a is a celebration of Sir Peter’s life and work and carries a huge environmental message to all the competitors. The regatta was sailed in almost perfect conditions on Saturday, light and shifty to start but a good callum radford breeze soon filled in. support boats kept busy bringing The forecast was not great for in damaged boats and sometimes Sunday but conditions were better exhausted sailors in from all over than expected. the sailing area. A stiff south-west wind that Radford won the first race of the made sailing a challenge for many. regatta giving him the confidence The regatta was spread over to sail consistently well throughout three courses with the rescue and the event to take the Starling title

Harness trials this Saturday blenheim trainer don morrison, right with his betters delight three year old filly daily delight. daily delight won’t be competing in the trials but will have grass track starting pratice on Saturday trials day.

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from 44 boats. Alistair Gifford and Henry Gibbs had a tough battle with Murrays Bay sailor Oscar Gunn for the first three places in the P Class. In tough conditions on the

second day, Gibbs won three races in a row but it was not enough to catch Gifford in second place and the winner, Gunn. The P Class also doubled as the P Class North Island Championships and was the largest P Class Fleet afloat for sometime. Jack Tripe in his second Open Optimist Class big regatta came a creditable 40th, just ahead of Max Gibbs in 46th, again a young sailor, just starting out. The Open Optimist Fleet was the largest on the water with 78 boats. Taylor Burn sailed with his brother, Declan, in a surprising pairing in the 420 Class finishing in 6th place. The Burn brothers had never sailed together in a regatta but made a reasonable job in possibly a one time pairing.


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