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Errol Batty was a pupil at Redwoodtown School in 1933, and shared a few words with some current pupils yesterday; Hayden Frew, 13 (top left), Hayley Wills, 13 (top right), Amber Neal, 5 (bottom left) and Ollie Iyles, 5. Ollie is the youngest pupil and will be cutting the cake at this weekend's Centenary celebration.

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100 years, let’s celebrate

Story and photo by Annabelle Latz There were a few pot holes to dodge and the dirt road turned to mud during the wet months. It was just part of the fun of the daily bike ride to Redwoodtown School for Errol Batty in 1933, as a six year-old boy. Redwoodtown School celebrates its Centenary this weekend, and Errol will be one of the many

past pupils joining in on the occasion. Errol biked to Redwoodtown School from his family home on Graham St, sometimes dubbing his little sister as well. “We lived pretty close to school. There were very few houses, and lots of people had a house cow.” Errol described himself as a fairly well behaved pupil, more on the quiet side.

He liked any subjects to do with agriculture. “My first teacher was Miss Scott. She was quite strict!” It was the days of the depression when Errol was at Redwoodtown School, so times were generally tough. “But we didn’t really notice it as children.” Continued page 3

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School aids the falcon’s plight By Robbie Parkes Falcon conservation has truly taken flight at Rapaura School, with students raising $1000 to sponsor two falcons. The children have been learning about the New Zealand falcon at school, and made a bid to raise money after learning about the native bird’s endangerment. Through their very own ‘falcon funday,’ and donations, Rapaura school are now the proud sponsors of Dash, who will be released into the wild early 2013, and a newborn chick following the breeding season. Wilson the falcon, his trainer Diana Dobson, and Sara Kross and Phil Bradfield of the Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust came to the school on Friday to acknowledge the children’s commitment and hard work. Artist Nic Dillon presented a painting of Wilson he had done, which was purchased, with both the money and piece going to

the school. Phil, also a Department of Conservation biodiversity programme manager, said the idea has just rocketed here. “Falcons are really the only endangered species we have in Marlborough.” “It’s so fantastic all these local schools like Fairhall and Rapaura have taken up the challenge.” He said by raising this money, the children are making a huge difference to the conservation process. When falcons like Wilson come into the classroom it makes such a big difference, he said. “This is a very special day both for us and the kids.” Rapaura School principal Helen Williams, said the whole thing has been a great lifelearning experience for the kids. “It’s really exciting to see they’ve got the message, and it’s one they will remember.”

Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trustee Diana Dobson, and Wilson came to see the students at Rapaura School on Friday to recognise their acheivements in falcon conservation.

“It’s been a pleasure to see this kind of learning.” Nic’s painting will hang in the school office as a reminder of the children’s achievements.

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By Robbie Parkes A new incentive will provide easier access for the public to Justice of the Peace (JP) services in Blenheim. From Monday, JP’s are available part time in the Community Law Centre on Market St. The move has been made in response to a request from the Marlborough JP Association for accommodation for the service, and from a recent national decision to reduce the work overload of JPs. As a result, such service centres are being set up throughout the country to ease the additional burden on CBD JPs. Only those JPs who have maintained competence through regular

training with the Marlborough JP Association will be rostered for this service. Chair of the Community Law Trust Ian Cameron, said the new incentive will also help promote the services they provide. JP’s carry out a number of ministerial functions which include witnessing and certifying documents, and conducting citizenship ceremonies where permission has been obtained. The new centre is a public service and no fee is charged. It runs from 10am to noon, and 2pm until 4pm on Monday and Friday, and from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday.

Teacher Anthea Kane, led the students in their well-versed song recognising the New Zealand falcon’s plight, to farewell Wilson and the Trustee members.

$1000 reward By Chris Tobin

Vineyard owner and farmer Haysley MacDonald is so keen to get his English Staffordshire bull terrier back he is now offering a reward of $1000. The Blenheim Sun reported last week how Mr MacDonald’s 12-week-old bull terrier, Tama, mysteriously disappeared from his farm on Wairau Bar Road. The blue-coloured dog was last seen playing with the family rotweiller Tyson. “I’ve got one lead that I’m following up,” Mr MacDonald said. His family was extremely upset at the dog’s disappearance. “They’re still looking out the door every day to see if he’s been dropped off at the door,” Mr MacDonald. He believed the dog had been stolen. The reward is for any information that can lead to the dog being returned.

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If only the piano could talk By Chris Tobin One of the greatest of all pianists Rachmaninoff has played it and now another chapter in the long story of Blenheim’s Grand Steinway piano is about to begin. For over 10 years the piano has been housed at The Winery Riverlands where it has been used for Marlborough Music Society recitals, weddings and other functions. However, with the recent closure of the winery’s restaurant, function centre and cellar, a home for the piano during the immediate future is now uncertain. “It is anticipated that the piano will be incorporated into the new ASB Civic Theatre,” Marlborough Music Society president Alistair Elliott said. Completion of this project, which is yet to start, will take 20 months so an interim home has to be found and confirmed. The piano dates back to 1924 and was owned by the Royal Albert Hall in London where it was one of Sergei Rachmaniff’s favourites whenever he played at the venue. In 1952 the people of Blenheim and Marlborough bought the piano. Blenheim residents Dr Paul Fogarty and his wife Eileen travelled to England to check over the piano before it was shipped to New Zealand. To replace the piano today would cost probably more than $350,000, music society committee member Malcolm Tomes said. The piano’s final concert at Riverlands will be a charity fundraiser for Daffodil Hill on September 22 when Nelson surgeon and pianist Adrian Secker will perform.


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Managers and staff from i-SITE Visitor Centres across New Zealand will be in Marlborough this week for their national Conference, which celebrates 10 years since the establishment of the i-SITE brand, and looks to the future with the release of a new strategy. The Blenheim & Picton Visitor Information Centres are part of the official Visitor Information Network, i-SITE New Zealand, providing international visitors, domestic travellers and locals with comprehensive, up-to-date information and a New Zealand-wide booking service for activities, attractions, accommodation and transport.

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ticklish time: alistair Elliott, in front, and Malcolm tomes are concerned where the Steinway piano will be located in the next few years.

“We didn’t have modern technology like today, there were no computers or anything like that,” Errol told them. Errol said there were certainly more classrooms now, compared to when he attended and there were only about 55 pupils. He was looking forward to the

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100 years, let’s celebrate school Continued from page 1 Errol visited Redwoodtown School yesterday, for the first time in more than 70 years. His eyes twinkled as he smiled, standing in the school office looking at the enthusiastic pupils with their bright uniforms on, who were keen to learn about his days at their school.


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Positive thinking Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Every young person has the potential to achieve – it is a matter of providing them with the confidence and tools to do so. About 30 business people met up last Thursday evening, representing a broad range of industries from accounting to transport, to discuss how they can best support Foundation for Youth Development and Project K. Kelvin Watt, regional manager for FYD Marlborough, said the meeting was a success. “There was a really positive vibe.” Kelvin said support and funding is a necessity for the success of Project K. Each year 12 young people , aged 13 to 15, take part in the 14-month programme, through which they are inspired to reach their full potential through confidencebuilding, learning about goal setting and team work, and learning about good health and positive attitudes.

“These projects are aimed at your every day student who has the potential to do more than they realise,” said Kelvin. FYD was co-founded by the man standing next to him, Graeme Dingle, and Graeme’s wife Jo-anne Wilkinson, in 1995, . Graeme, one of the world’s greatest mountaineers and adventurers, has dedicated much of his life to helping youth. Sir Edmund Hillary was one of the first Trustees of FYD. Project K was started in Blenheim four years ago. At the meeting Graeme discussed the FYD Community Development Strategy that has been a huge success in other regions. It involves introducing the three FYD school-based programmes and working alongside other community groups and career development organisations. “It’s to get that whole broad spectrum of education and guidance.” “It’s about opening these young people’s eyes to what they can achieve. We aim to

Kelvin Watt and Graeme Dingle were speaking to local businesses last night about the future of youth development in Marlborough.

raise what they believe they can do.” The other two FYD programmes that could be introduced to Marlborough are Kiwi Can for Primary School aged children, and Stars for Year 9, 12 and 13 students. “It’s about getting the community behind these projects in the future,” said Kelvin. Graeme compared the programme, and big lessons in general, to climbing a mountain. “The thing about mountains is that as you strive to reach the summit, you learn a huge amount about yourself and about other people.” He was told by a climbing friend many years ago that ‘life is a cup to be filled, not a measure to be

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By Chris Tobin After over 40 years working in emergency services as a fireman and with Civil Defence, there’s one thing Ross Hamilton, is happy to hear the last of. That’s the the shrilling sound of a pager that would rouse him, wife Helen and in earlier times his two sons, from their sleep to call him to some emergency. “While we were in Stoke we had a 10 inch bell that would go off in the middle of the night,” he recalled. “The two boys grew up with that and we’d do 200 calls a year, a lot of them in the middle of the night.” But no more. At the end of last month Mr Hamilton decided to retire a little earlier as Marlborough’s emergency services manager and principal rural fire officer having attended by his estimation, approximately 3500 fires over the 40 years in Otago, Nelson and Marlborough. “Now I feel there’s something missing,” he said. “I think, I’ve lost my pager but then I say to myself, ‘no you silly bugger; you’ve given it back’.” Mr Hamilton grew up on a

dairy farm on the Taieri plain and in 1971 started as a volunteer fireman with the Mosgiel brigade. A qualified horticulturist, he moved to Nelson in charge of their reserves department and joined the Stoke brigade before returning to Dunedin to head the reserves department. He stayed 22 years with the Dunedin City Council where he was also principal fire officer and came to Marlborough 12 years ago to take up the position from which he has just retired. He remembers being excited and nervous attending his first major fire at Three Mile Hill in Otago but that quickly changed. “I’ve seen a lot and you learn from your mistakes. You get the rough edges knocked off you. I don’t get excited about going to fires.” Mr Hamilton said the Marlborough fires he attended had not been major ones, “nothing above the average.” The only death he can recall from a fire he attended was when a Stoke woman succumbed in a house blaze; but he has seen many people killed in road accidents. “I’ve seen some horrific

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It’s the sneeze season again By Chris Tobin The hayfever season has kicked in around Marlborough again and includes new sufferers. Blenheim woman Jan Rooney said she had never experienced problems with hayfever before but recently she had succumbed. “My eyes and nose have been streaming for a week. Definitely it’s the pollen; everything around my house is yellow and we’ve got silver birches. “It’s never affected me like this before.” She has spoken to many other people also and they too had reported hayfever symptoms – running noses, itchy watering eyes and sneezing. Pharmacist Chris Furness of UFS Pharmacy said for the last two weeks people were coming into the pharmacy with hayfever problems. “There would be about 10 a day and it will increase and carry on until

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January or February. “The worst part is from now through to December.” He said pollen from pine trees was the main problem at the moment; the effects from grasses would come later. “I’ve had people in the pharmacy today who haven’t had it (hayfever) before.” Kath Potts of Unichem Mortimer and Fraser’s Pharmacy said she too had noted people had been coming into the pharmacy with hayfever problems. “It makes people feel miserable and for some it can carry on all summer.” She advised if people had been exposed to pollen to have a shower and take appropriate medication.

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Bride of the Year President Maureen Wright presented cheques to several deserving groups recently after a very successful show in July. Nelson Marlborough Helicopter Trust recieved a $1000 donation which will go towards the purchase of a $45 000 LifePak 15 defibrillator. This is an all in one system that provides key baseline observations for Paramedic and Medical staff so they can treat the patient but still have ongoing updated observations. This machine also has the ability to transmit electro cardiograms direct to the receiving hospital and

carry out Intensive Care Unit level testing allowing staff to have full patient electro cardiogram data before arriving in the helicopter. So far this year they have flown 89 people to advanced medical care from various accidents and medical emergencies in Marlborough. The donation for the Marlborough Womens Refuge is going towards their Education Programme that is not government funded. The C.A.C.T.U.S Youth programme who look after youth at risk, which is supported by the Police also benefitted.

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Friday, September 7 At about 10.40pm a 22 year old unemployed male, a 23 year old male forestry worker and a 21 year old unemployed male were arrested for theft after they allegedly stole two wooden pellets from a Redwood Street property and used it as firewood on an outside fire at a Kinross Street address. They were all issued pre charge warnings. At 11.30pm a 22 year old unemployed male was arrested for Breaching his Bail Conditions namely failing to reside at his residential address. Saturday, September 8 At 12.15am a 15 year old male student was arrested for Breaching his Bail Conditions namely his curfew. At 1.15am a 27 year old male foreman was arrested for Breaching his Bail Conditions namely consuming alcohol. At about 1.20am a 24 year old female tourist and a 21 year old male tourist were arrested for Breaching the Liquor Ban. They were both issued pre charge warnings. At about 3.25am a 23 year old unemployed male was arrested for Disorderly Behaviour after an incident on Scott Street, Blenheim. At 4.10pm a 17 year old unemployed male was arrested for Driving Whilst Forbidden after being stopped by Police driving on Grove Road, Blenheim. At 4.50pm a 15 year old male student was arrested for Shoplifting after he allegedly stole hair gel from The Warehouse, Blenheim. He has been referred to the Blenheim Youth Aid section. At 7pm a 28 year old male factory worker was arrested for Driving whilst Disqualified after being stopped driving on Weld Street, Blenheim. At 7.20pm a 20 year old unemployed male was arrested for Breaching his Bail Conditions namely his curfew. At 9pm a 53 year old male manager was arrested for Male Assaults Female after a domestic related incident at a Spring creek address on the 6th of September 2012. At 9.50pm a 19 year old unemployed male was arrested for Disorderly Behaviour after an incident in Lakings Road, Blenheim. At 10.15pm a 27 year old unemployed male was arrested for Breaching his Bail Conditions namely entering a licenced premise. Sunday, September 9 At 12.30am a 19 year old male drain layer was arrested for Obstructs Police Resists Police and Assaults Police after an incident on the Esplanade, Kaikoura. At 12.55am a 24 year old unemployed male was arrested for Disorderly Behaviour after an incident on Kinross Street, Blenheim. He was issued a pre charge warning. At 1.05am a 23 year old male labourer was arrested for Disorderly Behaviour after an incident on Kinross Street, Blenheim. At 1.10am a 17 year old unemployed male was arrested for Disorderly Behaviour after he allegedly threw a stone at a Police vehicle on Main Street, Blenheim. He has been issued a pre charge warning. At 1.30am a 19 year old male student was arrested for Fighting in a Public Place namely Scott Street, Blenheim. He was issued a pre charge warning. At 8.30pm a 30 year old unemployed male was arrested for Breaching his Bail Conditions namely not providing a residential address to Police.

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Sun readers have their say... Q: Are you affected by hayfever?

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I get slight asthma from either the wattles or the pine trees. I have 2 inhalers, one asthma preventer and one reliever. My hay fever was a lot worse living in the UK though.

One of my sons gets asthma from the yellow pollen and the other two need medication for hay fever.

I am affected by the pollen when I’m outside but it’s not bad enough for me to need to take any medication for it.

Yes I do, I’ve had headaches across my forehead and eyes already, and the sneezing has started. I take a prescription pill and get an injection twice a year to help prevent it.

I haven’t been affected at this stage but my granddaughter has hay fever quite badly. I have also noticed that there is a lot more pollen this year.

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Short sighted foolishness Dear Ed, With regard to the letter written to the Sun, “Fertile Land Lost” I absolutely agree that zoning this land for housing, etc is short sighted foolishness. We have already lost too much in this way. There is plenty of second class land in Marlborough to be used for this purpose. I would suggest a good choice would be the land from Redwood Pass Rd, to the White Bluffs would be excellent with fantastic views.

Councillor Maher said that this would be very feasible. I note that some property in that area is already for sale. Secondly I agree with the Sun letter objecting to the Queen Street car park change. Has MDC nothing better to do than squander our ratepayer money on such unnecessary and inconvenient stupendous enterprises? Yours, K.O.Lawrence (Secretary Marlb Concerned Citizen Inc)

Keep up the good work Dear Ed, A lot has been said recently about bad service at places around town. I have received some service as well; the worst being at the information desk at Wairau Hospital. The rest I will avoid if possible and

they are not worth talking about. The best ones are on my non regular shopping list - to name a few are Spec savers, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Super Cheap Auto; to them I say I will be back, keep up the good work. Mark Reid

Talent Galore Not all bad service Dear Ed, On Sunday afternoon last, I attended a concert in the Marlborough Theatre, presented by the Blenheim Highland Pipe Band Inc, with the Marlborough District Brass Band. Congratulations to all who performed in this concert, talent galore, the support cast of dancers, the Ceilidh Band, the three young pipers were excellent. This concert was outstanding: a hundred thousand “Thank-yous”. Betty Grant.

Raenis Stocher Blenheim I don’t get hay fever but my family gets it terribly. My son has to get prescription allergy pills to help prevent it.

Dear Ed, Bad service has been getting plenty of press lately. How about some great service? I’ve been very happy about the five year service from the barber’s shop, now on Grove Rd. No appointment necessary and you can request your favourite lady to cut your hair. The service is always good. Well done girls. DiCee

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Dear Ed, Gay weddings! What next? Well I read where Sydney’s Archbishop changed the marriage wordage to include a vow by the bride to “submit” to her husband. I asked my wife to renew our marriage vows with the “submission” clause by her in it. The bad news is I wished I hadn’t. The good news is I’m recovering well and expect to be discharged from the casualty ward soon. Shelby Wright

Congratulations Liz Davidson Dear Ed, I have been very against the Queen Street car park being converted into a pocket park at great expense and without consideration for the elderly and disabled. But we see and hear the pocket park is going ahead and to be named for Liz Davidson - She has done a lot for Marlborough and not just for commerce. Congratulations Liz Jean Smart

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Surgeon and pianist A surgeon’s hands are considered precision instruments when it comes to performing life saving procedures, but in the case of Nelson surgeon Adrian Secker they can also be used to create beautiful musical notes, as Celeste Lodewyk finds out. Beneath Adrian’s surgery scrubs for patients who need a home while lurks a rare talent; The ability to play undergoing cancer treatment. the piano. Patients from Marlborough as Despite his insistence that he is well as Nelson, West Coast and not a “professional”, Adrian’s talent Canterbury regions benefit on a daily and on-stage charisma has seen him basis from the incredible support and perform in a number of orchestral services offered by Daffodil House. events, including a part in the New Tickets are currently on sale for the Zealand Doctor’s Orchestra which evening which kicks off with dinner formed earlier this year. at 6pm followed by the silent auction “I have been playing for most of and at 8pm the concert begins. my life, but really I am very much People can expect an enjoyable and a medic who simply enjoys and fun filled evening. plays the piano,” “ I h ave p e rhe grins. formed for enough “Really I am just a “I have my oldcharity events to medic who plays the know they bring est brother Mark to thank for a lot piano,” Adrian grins.” a lot of positive of my inspiration. energy and fun,” He’s a profesAdrian adds. sional musician The function cenand piano teacher in Christchurch tre’s piano which Adrian will be who I often ask to help me polish up performing on is “an old classic” my performances.” which came from the Royal Albert It is this ability and talent which Hall, he says. prompted organisers of an up and “There have been some famous coming charity concert in Blenheim names who have played this piano this month to invite Adrian to per- including Dame Myra Hess whose form. music I will start off with. “A long time friend of mine, “She was one of the best known and Blenheim man Barry Hayman asked beloved of British pianists who also if I would be interested in supporting performed during the second world a fundraising concert for the Cancer war. Her concerts were celebrated Society. for boosting morale so I thought it “Because of my work in the field would be a great way to kick off,” of colorectal surgery used to treat Adrian smiles. a range of diseases and cancers, I In addition to his performance thought it would be a great cause to Adrian has also been invited to support,” Adrian says. speak about his work as a surgeon The Charity Concert and Silent for Nelson Hospital. Auction is being presented by the Tickets for the concert cost $30, Blenheim South Rotary and the however to enjoy the meal and conCancer Society, fundraising for cert together, tickets only cost $70. Daffodil House. They are available from the It takes place on Saturday, Septem- Blenheim Sun Newspaper office ber 22 at The Winery Riverlands on High Street, Ken Ham’s Music (formerly Montana). Works on Scott Street and the Cancer Daffodil House is in Christchurch Society Marlborough in The Forum.

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Ltd, Kelly Thompson, said the commercial building market at the moment is very buoyant. “All the local commercial businesses have steady work on, and I would think it would be going through until about March next year.” Despite a dreary winter, he said it has had little impact on the sector. “It’s been one of our better winters for the past few years, and that’s right across the board.” “Effectively the boom’s happened, we’re all working on jobs now.” T&D Construction have quite a lot of vineyard and Marlborough Sounds jobs on at the moment, said Kelly, a good progression since the recession. “It’s certainly better than the last two

years.” Robinson Construction Ltd in particular has undertaken a number of major developments in the region, with the likes of PAK’nSAVE, the ASB Theatre, and the Rangitane Cultural Centre in the works. Despite a particular growth for the sector, Jon said Blenheim needs larger industry types here if the economy is to grow. “We’ve got retail businesses here, but we still need to see large employers coming here.” It is all well and good with Rebel Sport and PAK’nSAVE coming, but we need entrepreneurial and diverse industry moving in, he said. “We need some really gutsy businesses here.”

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Peak time for interior colour concepts Spring always invites fresh ideas and change, so why not use the time to try some new colours and decorating concepts in your home. Guthrie Bowron Blenheim owners, Colin and Katrina Legg say now is the best time to start those interior paint or wallpaper jobs left to linger over the cold winter months. “Feature wallpapers are still really strong, and anything from really strong to quite subtle colours are good,” said Katrina. “Blue’s coming back, which hasn’t been around for quite a long time.” Colours tend to go in cycles, she said, and blue is back in both fabric and paint.

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Recharge your battery Is your battery drill tired or worse, dead? Batteries given up the ghost? Well good news, a local business can now repower any rechargeable battery tool or other device saving you money and avoiding the hassle of replacing a perfectly good and often expensive item. Battery Fix and Bits is a home based business owned and operated by Rob Stewart in Springlands, Blenheim. We are the only operation doing this in the top of the South, Rob says. “What we do is carefully dismantle the device removing all the old cells that make up the battery.” “We then replace these old cells with good quality industrial grade cells which 99% of the time are of greater capacity to those replaced.” All brands and models are catered for and without exception the tools performance is better. In the next two months Li-ion batteries will be added for replacement. Affordable, usually about 50% of RRP, better performance with a 12 month guarantee and a turnaround of 1-3 days, everybody including tradies, home handy people, and grape growers will find this

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Get to know your neighbour Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Get to know your neighbours before an emergency strikes. Creating Neighbourhood Support groups does not mean tedious weekly meetings or being best friends with everyone on your street. Don Helman lives on Selwyn St in Blenheim, and formed a group in July. Neighbourhood Support is an initiative involving police, Civil Defence, Marlborough District Council, and residents. In the 35 years that Don has lived on Selwyn St, he has got to know his immediate neighbours, and recognise a few faces down the street. He said people do talk to their neighbours on Selwyn St, and a group was a way to formalise that. “But it would be nice to say hello and use people’s names, not just say hello because I know they live along the street.” His thoughts were shared amongst his neighbours. “As I went around the street asking people if they were interested in being part of the group, most were.” They have had one meeting so far, and filled in forms with emergency response details which are kept with Civil Defence. “If a lot of trees have come down it would be good to know who could help get it shifted.”

Topics like property safety, car security, and personal safety will be discussed at future group meetings. “But I’m not advocating Coronation Street where we live in each other’s houses.” Community Constable Russ Smith said the style that the groups act in can be as individual as the street members. “There’s no need to have meetings just to have meetings. They’re often in social settings, it’s just a way to keep in touch.” He said police may become involved in neighbourhood groups for all sorts of reasons, and they become the first point of contact for getting in touch with other organisations. “Reasons are often non-criminal, and we work with Marlborough District Council and Civil Defence as well.” Civil Defence’s John Foley, Emergency Services Officer for Marlborough Emergency Management, said Neighbourhood Support groups is about getting back to the basics. “It’s making sure each other have First Aid kits, having big cabinets screwed into the Don Helman started up a Neighbourhood Support group in Selwyn St in July. walls, and emergency supplies like bottled He admitted there was expense involved ‘And there’s a huge skill base in every water and canned food.” with emergency supplies, but even adding neighbourhood that people often don’t know John said if a natural disaster did strike, one item each week would be a good start. exists, which can be handy in emergencies.” it may take up to three days before Civil John said lots of elderly people live alone, Defence could reach them. and by knowing your neighbours better “The first thing to go out would be the means they would not be forgotten about in For more information, call Neighbourhood power, and water is one of the first items times of emergency. Support Marlborough, 577 5370. people look for.”

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A message to the community from Marlborough Police: On Monday 82 cannabis seedlings were recovered in a rural area of Marlborough. Marlborough Police are heartened by information already coming in about Cannabis Cultivators operating in our area. T he wa r m wet weat her t he province has experienced so far, has encouraged criminals growing cannabis. T h i s m e a n s t h a t ou r r u r a l community must start being alert to those growing on, near or crossing their land for this purpose. We encourage them to continue reporting suspicious activity, we want to know about any cannabis growing, this information can be given to the Police anonymously as usual.

Although successful in the past, we will not be complacent and seek as much information as the public can give, regarding this criminal activity. We have made great in roads inhibiting the ability of our growers in Marlborough in the past, and have taken many of the plants they have grown off the streets before it was distributed amongst our youth. We know by preventing cannabis growing that we are preventing other crimes committed against our town and rural community. It is clear that many of the crimes within Marlborough are driven by drug use. We encourage the information to come in so we can reduce the victims of crime.

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MARTIN: James and Melissa are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their second baby Cooper James (9lb 9oz) on August 4 2012 at 9.11am at Wairau Hospital. Big sister Amelia is stoked to have a little brother! Thanks to all the staff at Ward One. Both well. Photo provided.

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WANDS, Robert (Bob): Reg No 2932874 Pvt WWII, Cameron Highlander, British Army : Peacefully, on September 6, 2012 at Redwood Lifestyle Care & Village, Blenheim. In his 93rd year. Dearly loved husband and best friend of Martha, very much loved father of Bobbie and Jock Glennie, adored Grandad of Kathryn and Michael Wilson (Wellington). Special thanks to the staff at Redwood Lifestyle Care & Village for their excellent care of “Robbie”. Messages to 13 Westhaven Place, Blenheim 7201. A private funeral service was held this day.

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HIGNETT, Michael John (Mike): Isabel, Phillip and family wish to thank the many relatives and friends whose love and support helped them through this very sad time, and thank you to Rev Richard Dyer for the lovely service. The cards, flowers, baking, visits, phone calls, and donations to Hospice Marlborough were very much appreciated. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement.

Acknowledgements The Sun Newspaper now offers an acknowledgement service to its readers. You can submit acknowledgements following family bereavements. The deadline will be on Mondays at 5.00pm, with a limit of 50 words for $15.00. You can submit acknowledgements by bringing them to the Sun office at 72 High Street, or posting them to PO Box 634 Blenheim 7240. You can also email them to Please include your contact details: Name, address, email and phone numbers, including your mobile number if possible.

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Colin’s Diary Colin King


Tuesday Sept 11-13: In Parliament. Education and Science / Primary Production Select Committees, “Excellence in Teaching” seminar. Meeting with Minister of Primary Production, David Carter. Meeting with Minister of Housing, Maurice Williamson Friday Sept 14: In Blenheim. Collect for Multiple sclerosis. Attend St Marks Fundraiser organised by Blenheim Rotary Saturday Sept 15: Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Project at Pelorus Bridge Sunday Sept 16: Battle of Britain Commemoration Service, Blenheim Monday Sept 17: In Blenheim meeting with constituents by arrangement Tuesday Sept 18-20: Education & Science Select Committee. Primary Production Select Committee visit to National Centre for Biosecurity Friday Sept 21: In Blenheim meeting with constituents by arrangement Saturday Sept 22: Club opening day for Waikawa Boating Club late morning, Glenmark Rugby Club Annual dinner, North Canterbury evening Sunday Sept 23: Seniors tea dance in Blenheim Monday Sept 24: In Blenheim meeting with constituents by arrangement Tuesday Sept 25-27: Education and Science / Primary Production Select Committees

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Blown away by generosity By Annabelle Latz Expressions like ‘blown away,’ and ‘speechless’ were said over and over again at a fundraising dinner on Monday evening for a young girl from Renwick. Bamboo Gardens Restaurant in Blenheim had no table spare, for the silent auction dinner for five year-old Sophie Gilchrist, (pictured right) diagnosed with leukaemia in July. She has recently returned home after a course of chemotherapy in Christchurch, where she was based at Ronald McDonald House. Nearly $7000 was raised from Monday’s auction, enough to make Sophie’s dad Bryan and mum Michelle almost lost for words when they stood up to thank everyone. “I don’t know what to say, it’s just surreal,” said Bryan after the dinner. He said the ongoing generosity has been overwhelming. “It is nine weeks ago today that Sophie was diagnosed, this is just amazing.” So many items offered for the auction, that a separate raffle had to be drawn. Renwick mum Kelly Robinson,

who has been working hard with fellow Renwick mums Denise Pincott, Mel Hammond and Angie Holdaway to organise the dinner, said the result exceeded their expectations. “When we were tallying up the amount, our jaws were on the table. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we’d make that much,” said Kelly. T h e r e we r e t o o m a ny individuals and businesses to mention individually, but Kelly wanted to thank everyone for their amazing contributions. She said it has created huge relief for the Gilchrist family. “We are all just blown away with the support and the figure that was raised, so thank you everyone.”

Clarification needed in Franklin boatyards court case The Marlborough District Council is appealing the Environment Court decision on Franklin Boatyards as the decision has raised a matter which has potential consequences beyond Waikawa. Two separate legal opinions received by the Council recommend the decision be challenged in order to clarify how existing use rights should be interpreted. Council has accordingly appealed to the High Court.

The land currently being used by Franklin Boatyards is zoned residential, meaning the activities on the land should be limited to residential and associated uses. Any other activities on such land require resource consent, and the community is to be involved in any decision. The boatyard has been able to operate on the land in the past, despite this zoning, because it was able to claim existing use rights.

Grovetown on board with ‘Happy Weka’ Recycling for Grovetown School has become a lot easier after the introduction of a few ‘Happy Weka’ recycle wheelibins last week. As part of its vision, “A Community of Life Long Learners Who Make A Difference,” the school has been recycling their paper and cardboard for the past three years, and are part of the Paper for Trees programme. Darren Aldridge from Waste Services Marlborough presented the school with a number of new ‘Happy Weka’ branded bins to help their cause.

The bins together with t he scho ols re cycl i ng programme, which now also includes plastics, aim to educate children from a young age the importance of recycling. Until now, the schools caretaker has been delivering their recycling to the Resource Recovery Centre, this will now be done fortnightly by North Group. Wa st e Se r v ic e s Marlborough also recently introduced the ‘Happy Weka’ branded recycle wheelibins to Wairau Hospital after a push from a few dedicated staff members.


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Annabel Langbein book competition

Jan Lodge; Nikita Morris; Donna Wratt and Sue Cash from Postie Plus; dressed up as something beginning with 'P' on Friday to celebrate the stores birthday this month.

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Come along for nibbles, drinks and exclusive eyewear offers. AMAZING OFFER: FREE LENSES FOR THE FIRST TWENTY FRAMES SOLD

By invitation only - collect from Noel Templeton Optometrist, 122 High Street. Numbers are limited. Wednesday 26th September 2010 5pm - 7pm

on the night which will save you literally hundreds of dollars,” says Helen Nicholson. “We will be giving free lenses for the first 20 frames sold, this could easily save you up to $600 a pair,” she says. There will be drinks and nibbles available on the night, plus the chance to meet the Noel Templeton Optometrists team. RSVP bookings are essential. Left: Noel Templeton. Below: Friendly staff at Noel Templeton Optometrists.

Following the local and international success of her 2010 cookbook, Annabel Langbein, the Free Range Cook is releasing her latest book, Simple Pleasures. And she is coming to town. Annabel will be signing books at Paper Plus Blenheim tomorrow, Thursday, September 13 from 10am until 10.45am. To celebrate, The Sun is giving away a signed copy of Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures thanks to Paper Plus

Blenheim. Send in your most simple, favourite recipe, which uses only a select few ingredients but is packed with flavour. The best recipe will be published in The Sun, and the signed cookbook will be sent out to the winner. Send your entries in to, or PO Box 634, Blenheim, 7240. The competition closes Wednesday, September 19, and the winning recipe will feature in the following Friday edition.

Cervical test urged Marlborough women are being urged to use this month – Cervical Screening Awareness Month – as a reminder to have a cervical smear test. Anne-Marie Ballagh, clinical nurse manager primary health with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, said having regular cervical smears could reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer by 90 per cent. “Having regular smears, every

The Sun Newspaper is celebrating a milestone birthday this year on November 5 and we want you to be part of the fun! Share with us what you have enjoyed about our paper over these last 10 years. We’ll print the best comments in our October 31 issue. We’ll be thanking our readers with some special giveaways at this time.

three years, means it is very likely abnormal cells will be found and treated long before they ever become cancer.” In the Marlborough Nelson DHB region, more than 79 per cent of all women aged 25 to 69 had a cervical smear in the last three years. This includes 56 percent of Maori women, 66 percent of Pacific women, 75 percent of Asian women and 82 percent of European/other women.

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Blenheim squash player Megan Craig has come out on top in her latest Australian tour, winning the Women’s North Coast Open 2012 in NSW. Craig beat Australian Sarah Cardwell 10-12, 11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7 last week at the Coffs Harbour Squash Centre as part of the WISPA World Tour.


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evans Claims gP3 title New Zealander Mitch Evans is the newly-crowned 2012 GP3 Series champion, one of motorsport’s biggest prizes. The 18-year-old Aucklander claimed the victory at the Monza circuit in Milan, Italy on Sunday for the MW Arden team.

makos faCe southland at lansdowne The Tasman Makos face off against Southland tonight at Lansdowne Park after a solid win over Manawatu in Palmerston North on Sunday. The 27-3 victory move the Makos to second in the ITM Cup rugby Championship. Tonight’s game kicks off at 7.35 pm.

nZ toPs medal tally Following team New Zealand’s 17-medal haul from the 2012 London Paralympics, we are the leading nation per capita on the final medal tally. Six gold, seven silver, and four bronze make the total number, which moves New Zealand from third at the previous games to top spot.

aBs Beat strong argentinian side The All Blacks scraped a victory against the strong Argentinian side in a wet and windy Wellington on the weekend. The 21-5 victory was hard fought, but with the AB’s coming out on top. The New Zealand side face off against South Africa in Dunedin this Saturday.


By Chris Tobin M a rlb o r oug h cycl i st s , (above) from left, Callum Saunders, Brodie Catterick and Nick Blakiston were right on the pace in the boys’ under 20 road race at the Cuddon South Island Seconda r y Schools’ Two Day Tour in Blenheim on Sunday. At this stage Catterick was wearing the yellow bib of the tour leader, which he gained after winning the hill climb from fellow local Peter Crampton earlier in the morning and with two good results in the individual time trial and criterium on Saturday. He fought hard to gain fourth place in the road race but it wasn’t quite enough to keep the tour leader’s position, and he

finished second overall behind Sam Friend of Christchurch Boys’ High School. Saunders placed third overall and took out the tour’s sprint ace title while Crampton claimed king of the mountain. Blenheim coach Mark Grammer said most of the local top 10 results came at the under 20 level since nearly all the other Marlborough riders were novices and in their first year of cycling. Among other locals to feature were Quinn Karwowski (under 17 boys), Jessica Barnes (under 20 girls), Georgia Catterick (under 17 girls) and Sam Morgan, Niels Van Antwerper, James Greer and Sam Spencer (under 13 boys). Nearly 200 cyclists competed in the two day competition.

Mixed results in volleyball league

Round six of Marlborough Volleyball Club’s Fairweathers’ Senior League commenced with last Thursday evening at Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 with the two co-leaders of the President’s grade squaring off against the next tier of teams. On court 1 XXX met Treefellas who held their own during the first set two sets, and won the match 2-1. Magnum scored a maximum of 3 competition points Come for a Fun Night Out at the by defeating Clippers in a competitive game which saw Clippers staying in the hunt until the last few points of each set, with Magnum winning 3-0. Get the Staff There was a slow start for together and MBC, struggling to initiate see who’s the effective combinations in the

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early set going down in the first set 18-25 to rivals Kinoaths, although they won overall 2-1. The President’s grade game saw a rather slow to fire Woodbourne Cannons but as the guns warmed up they edged, beating Cri Clovers 2-1 overall. C Grade’s Westmeat Geriatrics powered through The A-Team with a convincing 3-0 win. For the great way the MBC Junior A team played the game they were presented with the Fairweather’s Fair Play Team of the Week Award. MIA beat Desperate Housewives 2-1, Safe Crackers played the final game in the grade against MBC Yr9 and were just too strong and experienced for their young opponents, taking the match 3-0.

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Pigeon results The first race of the 2012 Blenheim Pigeon Club old bird season was held on Sunday. Due to the weather the birds were held over from Saturday and taken to Waiau. Birds were released at 10.30 in good clear weather. The first bird home arrived at 2.16.30. Results: 1st A Cooper 1321.870 mpm, 2: S Kirkwood 1305.908, 3: D Dredge 1236.636, 4: C

Kirkwood 1147.813, 5: S Morrison 1141.384, 6: J Mcilroy 1139.612, 7: J Webb 1138.845, 8: Morrins Hollow 1133.843, 9: Tumbledown 1127.489. The variation in times is due to the different locations of each loft. Results are worked out as a point to point velocity. This was a very fast fly. Next weeks race will also be flown from Waiau.

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