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Dancers take over Photo and story by Kat Duggan Nearly 130 dancers will be in town from today, competing in the 35th annual Dance Festival for the Blenheim Dancing Society. The festival will run from today until Sunday, and will feature both ballet and modern dancing. Marlborough Dance Centre ballet teacher, Gemma Adams, said the competition was a chance for the dancers, aged between 4 and 18 years, to get out on stage in costume. Dancers from Blenheim, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch will be competing in the competition. Two dancers from the modern or contemporary dance categories may also be nominated to go to the nationals later this year. The public is welcome to watch the dancers at the Marlborough Civic Theatre from 8am until 10pm today and Saturday and until 8pm on Sunday. Elly Molloy, 15, practices her Spanish Ballet classical variation dance, Don Quixote, ahead of this weekend's competition.

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West End a changing trip By Emily Elliott Talented actor and musician Tom Knowles is back from London’s West End inspired and challenged. The third year Toi Whakaari student and Blenheim boy was given the opportunity to work with London’s musical theatre directors at the start of this year as part of his studies. Over the six weeks that Tom interned in London, he worked on seven of the 13 shows he saw. “I ended up doing much more than I thought I would. “I did massive shows and met the bigwigs of the industry.” Tom said he got to work on the arena world tour of ‘We Will Rock You’, and be around people like Bryan May and Ben Elton. “I worked with the musical director of Mamma Mia, and the day I finished working with him he won a grammy award,” Tom said. One of his highlights was when he sang alongside a 40 piece orchestra in St Pauls Church in Covent Garden. “I got my West End debut,” Tom joked. More than having fun, Tom learnt about how the industry works. “It gave me a good idea of what I need to do this year to get ready for a career in Musical Theatre.”

“It was all about making connections,” Tom said. He said he spent his days observing the shows, sitting in to see how it was all put together, and talking to the musical theatre director. When he wasn’t working on a show he would tour around London, and got the chance to go to Paris and Amsterdam. Now Tom only has four months left of his studies at Toi Whakaari, and is busy with his music in Wellington. He is doing weekly bar gigs with his duo band Wolfpack, hoping to raise enough money to go to Australia or L ondon next year. Tom finished f i l m i ng fo r a n American TV commercial last week, and is flying to Auckland to do studio recording next week. Although he can’t say who it is for, his sights are set on saving money and getting into Musical Theatre professionally. “I want to go back to London.” Actor/musician Tom Knowles.

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to involving patients and their family/whanau in the planning and delivery of care.” It meant being open to suggestions about how they could improve the quality and safety of services for the community he said. “It also means being open to new ideas and fostering an environment in which clinical excellence will flourish and openly celebrating success..” Being open to learning when errors did occur to ensure they minimised the chance of these being repeated, he said.

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High Street revamp in Picton By Glenise Dreaver “This is where the locals go to when they head to town. The post office, library, supermarket, doctors’ surgery,’ says David Oddie, as we discuss the upper High Street redevelopment. David is one of three district councillors for the Marlborough Sounds Ward. He and the Picton Business Group have been prime movers in plans to redevelop Picton’s upper High Street. Marlborough District Council approved the project last week following submissions on the draft of the annual plan. Lower High Street was redeveloped 15 years ago and there was an expectation at that stage that upper High Street would follow, David said. “It’s been a street of two halves since then.” The upper High Street was also a proposal from the North Marlborough Growth Strategy Plan,

although that suggested the moving of the fire station from High Street, not included in this proposal . David says the $420,000 project, to be done mainly by Marlborough Roads, is hoped to start in early 2014. It will feature improved roading design and footpaths with cobblestones, and also landscaping features. The draft design will go out for public consultation before work starts. “It addresses the critical need to generate business in Picton,” David says. That area, untouched during the first stage of redevelopment is “where Picton people go”. Concerns at council about the effect on Picton rates were allayed because, David said, they have earmarked the funds from existing budgets Of the $420,000 only $28,000 would be rated for. “We have gone to four different sources to avoid cost to ratepayers,”


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Thieves active Police report that in the last week, there have been an increased number of burglaries in Blenheim, mostly to garages and garden sheds in the Whitney, Redwoodtown and Muller suburbs. They have received five complaints, in four of which garages or garden sheds were either left completely open or unlocked. Police want to remind people to be security conscious and to lock their houses, cars and garages. Items being targeted range from lawnmowers, mopeds and bikes, power tools and electronic items. Police are also reminding people to report all incidents and any suspicious behaviour.

Arrest made MDC councillor David Oddie is a prime mover behind the revamp of Picton's main business area.

he said. Marlborough Roads must now draw up detailed plans. Steve Murrin, principal assets manager, says that may not be totally straightfor-

ward. At design stage, they could find issues with existing services under the roadway for example. That would need to be dealt with before work started.

attended the Academy of Country Music in Tamworth last year following his win at the 2012 Gold Guitar Awards. They fell in love and for the past few months Matthew has lived with Amelia and they have been performing with several Australian country music festivals. “There are many opportunities in Australia for country music artists and I have been picking up heaps of work as well as song writing with artists who have already made their name in the industry. “I will always be a staunch Kiwi

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Dreams realised in Australia Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk Strumming his way into Australia’s country music scene, local boy Matthew McNeilly is fast realising his dream of being a professional musician. The Sun spoke with Matthew last week when he briefly returned home following the Gold Guitar Awards in Gore. His visit was fleeting as he was due to fly back to Campbell Town in NSW, Australia where he now lives with music student girlfriend Amelia Richards. The couple met when Matthew

but I had to look at the bigger picture and make a career choice,” he said. An exciting development for Matthew has been his recent sponsorship by Tomkins Guitars who he said, “liked what they heard”. The company has made custom guitars for artists such as Keith Urban. “I’m a guitar nut so it’s exciting for me and Amelia and I have the opportunity to play at one of their up and coming festivals,” he said. Matthew is currently working on some material for an EP he plans on releasing at the end of the year.

Interislander ferry sailings for the next two days have been cancelled or suspended due to a storm which has been forcast to hit the Cook Strait. The Bluebridge could not be contacted, however according to their website they were not taking any more bookings between Thursday and Saturday evenings.


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person for community groups and describes her new role as "exciting and fun". "When new people come through the door we get excited and we hope to meet many more and to build our database," she said. Four years ago there were 4 families listed as members and now there are 35, a number which is increasing. "What we provide is really unique. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can come and hire many different toys, puzzles, dress-ups and ride-ons and have something different for their children to play with," Carol said. To become a member of the Picton Toy Library members simply pay a small membership fee and can hire toys from $1 to $3. "If you sign up with us and pay your subscription fees you can receive your first toy hire free to the value of $3. This is available until the end of June," Carol said.

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The Picton Toy Library has increased their hours and employed a new librarian, Carol Marriott.

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By Celeste Lodewyk The Renwick Community Memorial Hall committee has now finalised its concept plans for the hall and is preparing to launch them to the community on Wednesday, June 26. There will be a public meeting held at the hall from 7.30pm where the committee will present the plans for consideration before they go any further. These plans have been drawn up in consideration of a recent survey carried out in Renwick in an effort to make the hall suitable to the community's needs. Committee chairperson Murray Newman said it was time to "air the plans" and gage the response from the community.

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Public Voice Dear Ed, With regard to your article "Public voice to be heard in Council". This has been advertised in the past years, public have attended, spoken on issues, submissions have been made, with council taking no notice whatever. When the same was advertised some years back, a friend and I

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- weekend event guide Friday 21 June The Marlborough Harness Racing Club’s Annual Two Day Winter Meeting at the Waterlea Racecourse will be held today starting 11.10am Featuring the Winter Cup Prelude and Sunday starting 11.25am featuring the Winter Cup. Free admission, excellent facilities and catering available and the punters club will be operating on both days Blenheim Dancing Society 35th Annual Dance Festival - includes ballet and modern/contemporary. Participants are aged from 4 - 18 years. The festival will start this evening and run through til the late afternoon of Sunday the 23rd. Marlborough Civic theatre. Contact Gemma Adams , 0273921190 Stadium 2000 Pool Friday 6am – 6pm. Adult $5, Child $3, Seniors $4.50, Family $12 The Muslim Association of Marl Inc. Friday (Jummah) prayers every week between 12pm 2pm, PH 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. 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. Picton Museum 10am till 4pm daily, 9 London Quay. 573 8283. Marlborough Museum 26 Arthur Baker Place, off New Renwick Rd, Brayshaw Heritage Park. Daily 10am till 4pm.

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Saturday 22 June Marlborough Youth Trust “½ WAY DAY” is a treasure hunt around downtown Blenheim. Youth will team up with friends and a swag map and several other resources to collect, check off and complete various tasks. Today anytime between 1-4pm at Liz Davidson Place, Blenheim. For more info check out @beyondexpevents on Twitter. Marlborough’s “Walk in the Park in the Dark” We’re looking for another crisp, clear Marlborough winters night on 22nd June 2013 for the next edition of the Walk in the Park in the Dark. Set for a 5pm start you’ll need warm clothing, good footwear and a torch. Hot drinks, the barbie sizzling, music playing meet Rifle Range Place. Marlborough Harriers Is a pack-run/walk from Craiglochart at 2:00 pm. Head up Waihopai Valley Road for approx. 17km. The start is just past the “Craiglochart #2” bridge on the right-hand side. there is a children’s run organised. Carpooling will depart the clubrooms at 1.00 pm. Blenheim Rotary Boot Sale Market Every Saturday 7am to noon. “I” site car park. For info Ph John 578 3918 Blenheim Menz Shed 4 Dillons Point Rd open 9am to 12 noon Saturday and Wednesday. Monday 1 - 4pm. Building relationships, sharing skills and working on your own or community projects. Ph Gerry 5781835 Stadium 2000 Pool Saturday and Sunday 8.30am – 5pm. Adult $5, Child $3, seniors $4.50, Family $12. Pregnancy Yoga 9.15am-10.15am. For information call Huia: 021 0724 107 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.

More FM Midwinter Swim Picton Foreshore. Registrations start at 12 Noon and close at 12:55pm. The swim starts at 1pm sharp followed by the prize-giving. For more information visit or call 03 9843400 Blue Duck Nude Midwinter Swim A high altitude event for wildlife and other eccentrics at Kerr Bay, St Arnaud at 1.00. A warm-up bush walk leaves the westernmost jetty at noon. Will go ahead regardless of weather. Ph 578 6667 Kiwi Conservation Club Bird Identification and Falcon visit. Seymour Kindergarten Redwood Street Blenheim 9.45am The Peoples Sunday Market Winter location 10am Market Place (The Forum) Plants, Preserves, Books, Jewellery, Pine Cones, Crafts. Sites $5 Ph 5787918 Ulysses Ride To Kaikoura for lunch. Meet at the Railway Station (southend) at 10.45am depart 11am. Prospective members welcome. St Luke’s Anglican Church Ferry Road, Spring Creek. Join us for Christian worship every Sunday 09.30 Contact Rev Derek 03 578 3909


Farmers’ Market Winter Location Liz Davidson Park Cnr Queen & Charles Street, Blenheim10 - 12.30pm

Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on! Tramping Club Mary 5728762. Buddhism for Modern Life 10am, 573 5379. Blenheim Bonsai 2pm-4pm, 7 Hale Street. Dave 577 8679. Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers Brayshaw Park, open workshop 1-4pm, Every 1st Sunday of the month. Wooden toys for sale. Malcolm: 578 8809. 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 books. Free admission. Marlborough Modellers Association 1st and 3rd Sunday’s of each month. Brayshaw Park, 8 Arthur Baker Place. Roller Derby skater intake Do you want to play roller derby? 10 week free learn to skate derby course with low - no contact. Gear provided. All 18+ people welcome this Sunday (weather permitting), College Park skating rink, Stephenson St - 1pm. Open Skate $2 skate hire, $1 byo. Fun, music and games! College Park skating rink, Stephenson St, 2-4pm. Weather permitting.

UP AND COMING EVENTS Marlborough Tramping Clubs Present Lynette Hartley Friday 28 June 7.30pm Nativity Centre

Picton Rotary Club Car Boot Sale. Picton RSA carpark from 9am1pm, every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Contact Sheira 578 3909 or see the notice board outside the church

Jigging / Slow Jigging & Winter Sofbait Evening

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

Model Aero Club “Come along and brush up on your fishing skills with Henderson’s. ARA Wairau Valley 9am. Murray 578 9199 or Har nes s Rac ing lbo rou gh The Mar If you have techniques of jig and softbait fishing Tony 577 9776. ever wanted to perfect the different Annual Two Day Winter Meeting ’s Club join us for a night with special guests, Chris Wong from BCS Enterprises and heldNew at the Waterlea Racecourse will be Zealand’s leading expert in jig fishing. Joining him are others, including fishing the guru g Petanque today starting 11.10am Featurin tstar day andWeld owner of The Fishing and New Zealand Hunting News, Daryl Crimp!” Sun 10am 65A Street – Phone JohnPaper 577 9789. and ude Winter Cup Prel Cup. ing 11.25am featuring the Winter excellent facilities and Thursday 18 - n,7pm admissio FreeJuly lable and the punters club avai ring cate Marlborough Club If you have an event contact will be operating on both days

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Jigging / Slow Jigging & Winter Sofbait Evening

“Come along and brush up on your fishing skills with Henderson’s. If you have ever wanted to perfect the different techniques of jig and softbait fishing join us for a night with special guests, Chris Wong from BCS Enterprises and New Zealand’s leading expert in jig fishing. Joining him are others, including fishing guru and owner of The Fishing Paper and New Zealand Hunting News, Daryl Crimp!”

HEAPS OF SPECIALSThursday INSTORE NOW SO COME AND CHECK THEM OUT 18the July -IN7pm 38 Grove Road, Blenheim 03 5789960 Blenheim. Marlborough Club, 6 Russell Terrace, Register @

Heaps of specials instore Thursday 18 •Clothing July - 7pm •Fishing •Boating •Chandlery •Pool •Spas & Saunas now so come in and Marlborough 38 GROVE ROAD P O BOX 1164 BLENHEIM • Ph (03) Club 578 9960 Fax (03) 578 0840 check them out. 6 Russell Terrace, Blenheim Register @

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Marlborough’s only AA Defensive Driving Instructor Driving lessons for young and old. AA approved monthly defensive driving courses.

To ensure you are above the standards call Michael McCann 03 578 0213 or 021 786 871

30 Page Street Blenheim 03 578 0123 or 021 786 871 email:

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Professional WorkmansHiP • Panel Repairs • Chassis • Rust Removal Straightening • Wheel • Plastic Alignment Welding • Spray Painting • Insurance & • Mig Welding Private work


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Harris Best PanelBeaters 88 High Street, Renwick

Phone: 572 8037, Fax: 03 572 8039 A/H: Trevor 577 7747 or 027 246 4108 Email:

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Pictons Full Service Station • LPG Bottle Filling • NZTA Agent (Vehicle Registration - New Licence

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• Wheel Alignment • Full Workshop with latest diagnostic equipment • Accept most supermarket discount fuel vouchers

Phone: (03) 578 2200 26 Main Street, Blenheim Proud to be locally owned & operated

Cnr Kent & Wairau Rd, Picton - 573 6725 Precision Auto Centre owner Stephen Lewer and qualified mechanic Chris Brew.

Professional Detailing Cars - Vans - 4x4’s - Caravans Aaryn & Boats - Motor BikesAnge - Wedding Cars

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Whether your vehicle has a flat tyre, damaged engine or in need of a warrant of fitness, Blenheim’s Precision Auto Centre is here for you. The business is owned and operated by husband and wife team Stephen and Tamika Lewer and has been servicing a wide range of vehicles for 13 years. Located in Auckland Street Precision Auto Centre takes pride in offering motorists a one-stop-shop for almost anything auto related. Now that the cold weather has set in Precision Auto Centre is encouraging motorists to bring in their vehicles to be checked over, particularly their brakes, tyres and batteries.

“Motorists need peace of mind that their vehicles are safe when travelling away, especially with their families,” Stephen said. Wheel alignments is another important part of safe motoring. Precision Auto Centre specialises in this area and can realign cars and light commercial vehicles. The business’s list of vehicle repairs also extend to include modern electronic cars, and with up-to-date diagnostic equipment there is little they can’t do. For quality workmanship and an extensive range of automotive services, call in and see the team at Precision Auto Centre.

Warrant of Fitness checks and repairs Precision Auto Centre offers WOF inspections and can even carry out any repairs necessary.

For more information or to book your vehicle in for a WOF inspection, call in or phone Precision Auto Centre.

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Rural women win award for innovation By Glenise Dreaver The Blenheim Wairau branch of Rural Women NZ with its 12 members might be small by national standards, but the work they do has won one of the of the Rural Women of New Zealands most prestigious awards. The Lady Blundell tray was presented to the organisation by the wife of Governor General Sir Dennis Blundell and goes to the branch which has the most innovative idea. It is presented at the national conference, which this year was held in Christchurch in May. The branch’s idea has been to provide packs to some incoming patients in the emergency department at Wairau Hospital. Jocely Cresswell, secretary treasurer for Blenheim Wairau says

that people who are taken into the Emergency Department in a hurry sometimes have no personal effects. “No toothbrush, comb, soap, shampoo.” So members, supported with some items by local retailers such as Renwick Supervalue and The Warehouse, have for the last two years created emergency packs in stiff ziplock plastic bags. They are taken to the department a dozen or so at a time, and staff there let members know when they are running down. Staff are highly appreciative of the scheme. Staff comments when the Sun arrived to photograph the latest batch being handed over was “absolutely wonderful’, “a fabulous idea”, “so useful’.

Debbie Hartstonge, Emergency Department nurse at Wairau Hospital, was grateful to receive another batch of emergency packs for patients from Pam Macdonald, president of the Blenheim Wairau branch of Rural Women New Zealand and Jocelyn Cresswell, secretary-treasurer.

The South Island’s ‘next top farmer’ awaits discovery Federated Farmers is encouraging South Island farmers to enter the 2013 Farmer of the Year competition. Federated Farmers president, Bruce Wills, said the Lincoln University Foundation competition is about finding the Mainland’s best farmer. “This competition is unique in two regards. For starters, it is open to all farmers whether they are apiarists or the growers of

zucchinis. Secondly, the competition for the first time ever will accept nominations of deserving farmers from third parties. “Many farmers are focussed on getting out there and just doing what they do best. As such, they can be reluctant to self-nominate so by allowing third-parties this right, it means the very best can be celebrated by us all.” The top prize for the competition is a

$20,000 travel grant, allowing the winner to travel overseas to look at other farming practices and technologies, he said. “It is about doing what Kiwis do best and that is to adopt and adapt best practice wherever it is found.” Lincoln University Foundation would also be offering four new category prizes in Human Resource Management, the Use of Technology, and Consumer Awareness


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Whitehaven is a family owned winery, dedicated to producing premium quality wines exclusively from Marlborough. Due to rapid export growth and continuing winery expansion we have a position available for a general Cellar Hand. Key attributes for this position are: • Be able to work in a team environment • Practically minded • Enthusiastic and willing to learn new skills • Train and supervise casual cellar staff • Available to work longer hours over the • harvest period • Some cellar experience If you possess these skills and want to be part of an expanding and dynamic company please apply to the addresses below. You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand. Whitehaven is an equal opportunities employer. Please send CV’s to, or Chief Winemaker, 39 Pauls Road, RD3, Blenheim 7273.

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GOULTER, David John Oakley: Passed away, peacefully, on June 19 2013 at Christchurch Hospital, surrounded by his family. Aged 73 years. Dearly loved husband of Val, dearly loved father and father-in-law of Anna and Matt, Cath and Paul, and Richard. Loved Grandad of Tara, Rosie, Felix, Scarlett, Zoe and Oliver. Loved son of the late Harold and Enid. Messages to 106 Brookby Road Blenheim 7272. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Daffodil House would be appreciated and may be left at the service or sent to PO Box 13-450 Christchurch 8141. A service for David will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 11 a.m. Monday June 24, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 JOHNSTON, Phillip Bruce (Bill): On June 19, 2013 peacefully, at Christchurch Hospital. Aged 56 years. Dearly loved son of the late Noel and Betty, loved brother and brother-in-law of Shirley and the late John Knudsen (Blenheim) Karen Jackson (Kerikeri), and Monette and the late Dennis Johnston. A loving uncle of all his nieces and nephews. Messages to 153 Weld Street Blenheim 7201. At Bill’s request, a private cremation has taken place but a service will be held in Blenheim at a later date. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 acknowledgement 12



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Death Notices BLAY, Peggy Grace: June 18, 2013 BRUERE, Raewyn: June 13, 2013 FOSTER, William Henry (Bill): June 13, 2013 FOWKE, Ian: June 16, 2013 MILLARD, Edna Ruth: June 17, 2013 MORLEY, Graeme (Beau) Stanley: June 15, 2013 MURRAY, James Morrison (Jim): June 6, 2013


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Births This Week GRAY: Kaylee Ann (7lb 5oz) June 14, 2013

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MacGregor, Ian Allan (Mac): Lucy and family wish to sincerely thank all the many friends for their kindness and support following Ian’s passing. To those who visited, sent flowers, cards, phone calls, baking and letters of sympathy we thank you. Ian was a loving and caring husband, step-father, grandad and friend to many, he will be sadly missed. Special thanks to Dr Stephen Young, Management and staff of the hospital wing at Ashwood Park, Stuart and Jan Curnow and their fantastic team at Mortimers and Frasers Pharmacy, Karen and staff at ASB Blenheim, David and Allan and staff at Cloudy Bay. Please accept this as a personal thank-you, your caring and support was greatly appreciated.

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PHILLIPS, Ivan Kenneth: June 17, 2013 REAY-MACKEY, Steven William (Scruffy): June 10, 2013 RUTHERFORD, John Robert: June 17, 2013 WATSON, Jean Elizabeth: June 15, 2013 WILSON, Marilyn Vera: June 7, 2013

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Friday June 21, 2013

sports talk


Marlborough girls make Capital team Two Marlborough hockey players, Emily Wallace and Libby SmithKapralos have been selected for the Capital under-18 women’s team for the national regions tournament in July. There are 18 players in the team, from the Wairarapa, Wellington, Nelson and Marlborough.

TASMAN TROPHY The only Marlborough premier rugby team left standing in the Tasman Trophy competition, Biddy Kates Central, will be playing against Nelson at Trafalgar Park in Nelson at 3pm this Saturday. The Wanderers (Brightwater) will be playing against Waimea Old Boys at Brightwater, also at 3pm.

Mid Winter Swim The Marlborough annual Mid Winter Swim will be taking place this Sunday in Picton this weekend. Due to the wet weather, the swim will be held at Shelley Beach, just around the corner from the foreshore. Shelley Beach is signposted from Waikawa Bay Rd.

Playing Russian roulette with the weather The day after the All Blacks demolished France at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium on Saturday, rugby officials must have been breathing a great sigh of relief. Heavy rain pounded Christchurch and continued on through Monday. Rain fell on Saturday, the day of the test also, but not enough to affect a majestic test from the All Blacks. If the match had been held a day later the players would have been forced to contend with a water-logged pitch with the likelihood of a mediocre match. Yet why was this test played in Christchurch, in the dark depths of winter when 320kms south, a flash covered stadium was available – Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium? Holding tests in open to the elements stadia in the depths of a New Zealand winter can be like playing Russian roulette. You don’t know what Mother Nature will dish up.

So why then was Dunedin not allocated the second French test in June and Christchurch the test Dunedin will host when the All Blacks play Australia in October? Was October too long to wait for the Cantabs? Anyway, as to Saturday’s test, it was clearly apparent that the French were out-coached, outthought, out-manoeuvred and out-played in every facet of the match. And to top it off the All Blacks ‘out-Frenched’ the French for flair. Remember that superb Beauden Barrett try under the posts in the match’s dying seconds! Before this magnificent final act, the French had managed to stay in the match until nine minutes into the second half. However, twenty six phases of hammering the All Blacks’ line had yielded them nothing. French first five Frederic Michalak had a sacrebleu moment, pushed the

panic button and tried a drop goal from quite a way out. We know the rest: A chargedown by Sam Cane and a try to Ben Smith. And that, ladies and gentlemen was more or less game over. Instead of possibly trailing 7-10, the French faced clawing back from a 17-0 deficit. They couldn’t do it the way the All Blacks were playing. After the weekend’s rugby, an Aussie coach from long ago Bob Dwyer had his bob’s worth over the ditch after the British and Irish Lions beat the Waratahs. Cheats was how Bob labelled the tourists and he had a swipe at us too. Said Dwyer: “It doesn’t come as any surprise they’re coached by a New Zealander (Warren Gatland) because they play outside the laws of the game as every New Zealand side does.” Thanks for that input Bob. He opined further that rugby was

Chris Tobin a great game and there was massive scope for playing attractive rugby. Please, someone send Bob a DVD copy of the All Blacks win over France at the weekend! Finally, congratulations to 21-year-old heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker who walloped the White Buffalo 44-year-old Francois Botha in a two-round TKO win. That ardent promoter of Parker and of professional dwarf boxing, Dean Lonergan chimed in after the contest that a possible ParkerSonny Bill Williams fight was unlikely since Williams would “run like a little girl.” If this is Mr Lonergan’s level, Parker would do well not to have him in his corner.

Gymnastics comp this weekend Over 800 children from schools throughout the Marlborough District are competing in the annual Primary Schools’ Gymnastic Festival at the Marlborough Lines Stadium today. The festival will run from 9.30am to 2.30pm, and tomorrow the stadium will also be host to the Marlborough Gymnastic Championships for the weekend. Almost 500 competitors, an all-time record, will come from as far away as Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Nelson, Kaikoura, and Greymouth among other areas. The competition will involve gymnasts both recreational and competitive, ranging from beginner to senior level. The event is the first selection competition for those putting their names forward for selection in the Top of the South Provincial team for the National Championships to be held this year in Hawkes Bay in October.

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On Saturday, from about 6pm, the Senior Women’s Artistic and Men’s Artistic will compete and spectators will be able to see some international level performances. Highlights for Marlborough should be a continuation of some good performances from local gymnast Anna Tempero in Women’s Senior International. Anna competed for Marlborough up until 2012 and this year has moved to Christchurch School of Gymnastics to pursue her dream of competing in Senior International. On the Sunday there is the Men’s Artistic Apparatus Challenges. Competing on floor and rings will be a former Marlborough gymnast, Matthew Palmer, a member of the New Zealand team at the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The competition will start each day at 8am, continuing on the Saturday until about 8pm and on the Sunday until about 3pm.

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