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Stark truth from Hospice bed Continued from page 1 Despite this diagnosis, Nadine, a devout Seventh Day Adventist, says her Christian faith saw her through and beyond. “The Lord gives me strength.” And what also gives her strength, she says, is the wonderful treatment she has received since she moved into Hospice Marlborough a few weeks ago. “If I was the best writer in the world I’d

write a story and tell everyone in the world about this place,” she said. “There is so much attention, so much love. I feel so safe. “Do you know that if I was given the choice I wonder if I’d want to get better, it is so beautiful here. And people need to know that.” Though she adds that if there is a miracle and she does get better, she will work as a

hospice volunteer, giving back the caring that has so generously been shared with her. Her daughter Toni is one of the family members who stay with her mother day and night. She says: “There are no words to express our appreciation at the level and quality of care that mum is given, both from staff and volunteers. “She is treated with the utmost dignity and compassion.”

Annual toy appeal roars into town Story and photo by Kristy Martin Hundreds of motorcycles are expected to make their way from Renwick to Blenheim tomorrow as part of the annual Marlborough Ulysses Club toy run. They are supporting the Salvation Army toy appeal and the entry fee for riders is a toy or gift that will be donated to kids in need. Organisers are asking participants to think outside the square this year by providing gifts other than soft toys, which they receive in abundance every year. The local ride is now in its fifth year. Motorcyclists and scooter riders will meet at the Woodbourne Tavern in Renwick at 11am and depart at 12pm for Blenheim. Club member Allan de Reeper said there were more than 200 bikes involved in last year’s event and that riders came over from places like Nelson and Westport. Streets travelled will include

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Rita celebrates 100 on 11-12-13 By Kristy Martin While couples were rushing to tie the knot and expectant mothers hoping for delivery on 11-12-13, Rita Wigham celebrated the special date by turning 100. And she is one extra special lady, because she can say she was both born on 11-12-13 and marked her centenary on 11-12-13. It will be 90 years (February 1, 2103 or 01-02-03) before we see three consecutive numbers line up in the date, as they did on Wednesday. Rita celebrated the milestone with a party at her home, Bethsaida Retirement Village, with family members, friends and three generations of relatives. M a y o r Alistair Sowman was also in attendance.

Rita’s son-in-law Laurie honoured her with a speech about her life and her history. During his research, he discovered that Rita’s grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Vallis, emigrated from England to New Zealand on the Edwin Fox in 1878. Rita Hellen Diamond was born on December 11, 1913 and is the only survivor of seven siblings. She spent more than 50 years of her life in Lower Hutt, where she married husband Ron and together they had three daughters. She moved to Blenheim in 2006 to be with her last surviving daughter, Irene, and has been a Bethsaida resident for two years. R it a wa s showered with gifts at her party, which included a special cake and musical entertainment.

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By Glenise Dreaver Gary Ching of Blenheim sold his locksmithing business five years ago, but his long-time association with the Australasian and New Zealand Locksmiths’ Association has only just ended. In November, he and his wife Doreen went to Hobart to attend his last annual general meeting as New Zealand “state” president, but the conferring of life membership came as a surprise. Gary, for 14 years New Zealand president, has served on the Australasian association’s executive since 1998. “And I’ve held all the other committee roles as well – secretary, treasurer - the jobs that no one ever came forward for.” Because most locksmiths run small businesses, taking time out to attend conferences can be a problem but he and Doreen, who ran the administrative side

of the business, are agreed that their great staff were key. “That meant we could take the days off ,” said Doreen. The time had come to step away from the association’s work said Gary, both because he has just turned 70 and because the technological and electronic advances in the industry were becoming harder to track. He was presented with a plaque in honour of his life membership, but an even bigger surprise was in store. When they went down to the restaurant, he and Doreen were called forward for another presentation, this time a melodic chiming wall clock. The trip also gave them an opportunity to visit their two sons and grandchildren in Brisbane, to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

Mortgage success after setbacks for young couple Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk Renwick couple Nick and Trish Harding have experienced a frustrating process of applying for finance for a mortgage. After months of ‘setbacks’ and one upsetting moment when a house offer fell through, the couple contacted Karen Mooney of Lifetime Group and last month purchased their first home. Their story highlights the impact of recent changes to lending rules, while giving encouragement to others who may be finding the process daunting. Nick, who grew up in Renwick, was living in Nelson with wife Trish. They were renting a house and after taking on flatmates to save money, they decided they had had enough and wanted to purchase their own home. “We originally looked at buying in Nelson in July and had an idea of where we were at financially. We found a house we were interested in and tried multiple banks but were told we needed more savings history and to come back in six months with all our banking statements. “It was crushing when the house fell through. There were a couple of days we felt low but we had to pick ourselves back up and carry on,” Nick said. His mother had seen a house for sale in Renwick she thought would be a good option and gave Karen a phone call to get advice on the couple’s situation. Karen spoke with Nick and Trish and looked into what they could borrow. “We found out that Kiwi Saver is actually a form of savings and combined with a Home Subsidy we had a deposit close to $40,000,” Nick said. Their deposit was 14-16 per cent of their home’s value, less than the 20 per cent

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required according to the new loan-tovalue restrictions set by the Reserve Bank from October 1. Despite this Karen was able to put Nick and Trish on to a Welcome Home Loan through SBS Bank which gave them the finance they needed to purchase their Renwick home. “We couldn’t believe how easy and fast the process was thanks to Karen. She gave us all the information, told us what we needed to do and it all fell into place,” said Nick. “We never thought it would be possible after being declined and hearing all the

horror stories about people having their pre-approvals withdrawn after the changes were implemented, but it’s been a wonderful experience,” added Trish. Their advice to others going through a similar process? “Persevere. “It can work. You just need to talk to the right people,” they said. NOTE: On Wednesday this week, the Reserve Bank decided to make new builds (new homes constructed) exempt from the high LVR (20% deposit) loans implemented in October 2013.

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Christmas meal John’s Kitchen volunteers are bracing for the annual Christmas dinner on Wednesday December 18. Convenor Yvonne Dasler said the menu will include turkey, ham and possibly crayfish, as well as traditional vegetables and salads. Pavlova, fruit salad and ice cream

will follow and each person will receive a small gift. She said numbers could not be forecast, but last year about 170 people attended. The small donations collected at this dinner would help fund next year’s meal she said.

A million dollar upgrade of the infamous intersection of State Highway 1 and Alabama Road – better known as Butter Factory Corner – has been completed in time to help people travel safely during the busy holiday season and beyond. The NZ Transport Agency this week joined with Kaikoura MP Colin King, Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman, Regional Transport Committee Chair Terry Sloan and others involved in the project to mark the completion of the eagerly anticipated intersection upgrade. Transport Agency Marlborough Roads manager Frank Porter says he is thrilled that the project has been completed well before Christmas, ahead of target. “This corner’s difficulty was so well known it had become local folklore. “Now we have a far safer intersection with a modern engineering solution that balances the multiple tasks this busy intersection has to deliver. “We want families, tourists and truckies to be safe this summer and for years to come, and we had our sights set on finishing these safety improvements before Christmas. “The team deserve a huge pat on the back for delivering on this.” Mr Porter recognised that there were some problems with the first seal, but expected that these would be straightforward to resolve. “It’s something that happens from time to time. “It’s a bit frustrating, but it’s standard practice to lay down a second and final coat of seal at a later date, so we could potentially bring that forward. “What’s important is that if you travel through this intersection today, your chance of being involved in a crash has dropped dramatically.”

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What is your favourite food? Def initely has to be whitebait patties, there’s nothing better. What makes you smile? There’s so much, a sunny Marlborough day and my daughter she’s always up to something crazy. What’s your pet hate?

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Your favoured holiday destination? I loved Alaska but anywhere with my family away from everyday life is the best. What’s your favourite music? At the moment it’s anything Christmas, I just love getting into the Christmas spirit. What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? I never used to be able to bake but after having a year off on maternity leave I got right into baking and love trying out new recipes.


Who would you invite to dinner? George Clooney or Johnny Depp. What’s next on your wish list? A permanent base for Marlborough Parents Centre, that’s my ultimate dream. A saying you like to live by? “Never forget why you started.”

College stalwart retires Restricted fire season With summer here and grass starting to go to seed and dry off throughout the district, fire bans are now coming into force. Restrictions now apply to the areas of the Marlborough Kaikoura Rural Fire district: - South of the Wairau River and including the area north of the Clarence River up to the Marlborough District boundary - North of the Wairau River, including the Marlborough Sounds The only exception will be in the Kaikoura area, between the Kowhai and Hapuku rivers, bounding the Kaikoura flats. The Restricted Fire Season means a permit is required to light a fire in the open. The restrictions came into effect form yesterday and will remain until further notice.

By Glenise Dreaver In 1975 Alistair Boyce came to Queen Charlotte College with his masters degree in geography. Not newly graduated as a teacher – he had spent three years at Timaru Boys’ High School - but he was still at the start of his career. His shift here came about because, while at Canterbury University, he had done research on the sediments of the Marlborough Sounds and was keen to follow that interest up. During his 38 year career at QCC Alistair has worked with four principals and says the biggest change in teaching is the shift from being an instructor to being an educator. “Schoolteachers are so much more involved in the life of their students outside the classroom.” The students too have changed he says. “In my day what was given to me I learnt. Now Year 13’s are analysing data at what was university level in my day. “They are more critical thinkers and they are trained in how to evaluate different viewpoints. “And they do things because they see the

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reason, not because they are told to. That’s harder for some teachers.” He says Picton is well served with its secondary college. “Our results are way above the national average for similar schools. “Our students are always the centre of everything.

“Everyone feels so good in their company.” Following his departure at the end of the school term, he and his wife plan to travel. One important destination is Chesil beach in Dorset in the UK. “I researched the literature on the sediments there while I was at university. It’s very similar to Rarangi Beach.” As he looks back, does he have any regrets? “Well, I spent too much time at school. “My wife Margaret and our three children gave up a lot.” He’s planning that retirement will allow him a little more time with his grandchildren, in case his already well-travelled family move overseas again “Before I become a Skype grandparent.” He is not, he says, giving up his contact with education altogether, perhaps picking up a part time role of some sort. A community acknowledgement of Alistair’s service to education and the Picton community will be held at Waikawa Marae tomorrow from 1.30pm.

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is a strong kiwi/asian fusion in the menu, something which has proved a hit amongst diners. The food is a seasonal menu that is often changing in the pursuit to discover the perfect match with craft beer. Ingredients are fresh and much of it is grown organically in a garden onsite. “This emphasises the direction we are moving in, being self sufficient by growing our own produce and brewing our own beer,” Damian said. Complimenting the beer and menu is the relaxed, family friendly atmosphere where everyone from young and old through to wine and beer enthusiasts are welcome to dine, enjoy a drink or unwind with a coffee. “We have our locals who have come every day for 56 years who mix in with the businessmen, wino’s, families and young crowds. This sets a great atmosphere and has created a unique culture here at Grovetown Hotel,” he said.

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Constable Nick Cooke and other Blenheim police officers will be cracking down on booze-fuelled violence this weekend as part of Operation Unite.

Enjoy the season but be safe Police will be out to curb alcoholrelated crime and violence this weekend as part of a joint campaign with Australian officers called Operation Unite. Operation Unite will run today and tomorrow and demonstrates the united determination of Australasian Police to challenge anti-social behaviour and alcohol misuse. In Marlborough additional Police will be patrolling in the urban centres and drivers on routes in and out of the main towns will

be monitored. Controlled purchase operations will be conducted at licensed premises and there will be zero tolerance for disorder and liquor ban breaches. Police are also calling on the general public to think about their behaviour when they are drinking. Marlborough Area Prevention Manager Senior Sergeant Peter Payne said that nationally, one third of recorded violence offences and family violence inci-

dents were committed when the offender had consumed alcohol. About half of offenders or victims of homicides or serious assaults were affected by alcohol. He said statistics showed the majority of alcohol related offences were committed in public places, usually near licensed premises. In addition a high profile road policing operation will be under way during the same period, focussing on rural roads. Drivers can expect to be stopped and breath checked anywhere in the district.

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Six foreign nationals have been found stealing expired food from rubbish bins at PAK’n SAVE. At 10.45pm on Wednesday the men were found breaking into locked rubbish bins at the supermarket. The males were found by local dog handlers who were training in the area at the time. Police said the group had taken expired food items from the bin to eat. The men involved were a 25-yearold from China, a 26-year-old and two 22-year-olds from France, 21-year-old from Germany and a 24-year-old from Czech Republic.

Outdoor furniture was taken from an address in Alfred Street overnight on December 8. The chairs were taken from the front porch of the property.

House break-in Overnight on December 10, a house on Durham Street in Picton was broken into and items taken. Police said they were following positive lines of enquiry. Also that night, Caterpillar Kids in Arthur Street, Blenheim, had one of its windows broken.

Baa-d behaviour Between December 5 and 9, four lambs have been taken from a paddock near the intersection of Jacksons Road and New Renwick Rd.



Call police Police are reminding all residents to be vigilant and to report suspicious people hanging round in areas they shouldn’t be. Call police immediately on 111 in the event of suspicious behaviour.

Window entry A property in Okiwi Bay was broken into over the last four weeks. The offender has forced a window to gain entry. Taken from the address was a brass box.

Garage fail Overnight on December 9, a garage in Scott Street was targeted by an offender who tried to force the door. The offender failed to gain entry to the garage.

No deal A vehicle parked in Deal Street in Kaikoura was broken into overnight on December 9. Nothing was taken from the vehicle.


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Body found As The Blenheim Sun went to press on Thursday, it was announced that a body had been pulled out of the water in the Marlborough Sounds. No further information was available.

xmas Lights list The Sun would like to publish a list of local Christmas lights locations next Wednesday. If you have a great Christmas lights display you want to show off, email your address and details to or phone (03) 5777868.

Tap water tastes different Picton people may notice their tap water tastes slightly different. The MDC brought the Essons Valley water treatment plant into service late last week to meet increased summer demand.   The town’s main supply is from a bore in Speeds Road. The Essons Valley supply is stream-fed and, although it’s also filtered, chlorinated and its acid-alkaline balance corrected, its taste is slightly different.  Council staff have been mixing supplies from both sources to lessen the taste difference.

New cod survey Scientists at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) have recently completed a survey of blue cod in the Marlborough Sounds. In 2010 the last survey found a marked increase in the average size, age and abundance of blue cod in the inner Queen Charlotte Sound and Pelorus Sounds after the areas were closed to fishing in 2008. New measures in 2012, hotly contested by many anglers, include a seasonal fishery open from December 20 to August 31, a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a size limit of between 30 and 35cm. All survey information from the survey will be presented to the MPI Southern Inshore Stock Assessment Working Group for peer review in March next year.

Picton braces for more logging trucks By Glenise Dreaver Some 35 concerned residents of Picton and surrounding areas met last week to hear more about an application for logging trucks to use public roads in the area. They gathered at Endeavour Park Stadium to hear about an application to be put to the assets and services committee of the Marlborough District Council by New Zealand Forestland Ltd,. This is a Nelson-based family company owned by brothers Gerard and Angus Malcolm. They, and Satinder Mohan Singh, fronted at the meeting on Thursday last week. New Zealand Forestlands is the prospective purchaser of the 600-hectare Whataroa Forestry Development Ltd from where the logs will come. Aubade NZ Ltd,

the prospective owner of the tree crop is a subsidiary of an Indianbased group of countries. The residents had been invited to the meeting through their membership of community groups. Gerard Malcolm said it was not intended

Local support for Opening Eyes By Glenise Dreaver “I was just blown away. Totally, totally gobsmacked,” says Hayley Bann of Specsavers in Blenheim. She is talking about her experiences at the Special Olympics held in Dunedin at the end of November. Hayley is an optical dispenser. Her firm’s support allowed her to take her skills to the “Opening Eyes” programme run at the national games. She and a number of other Specsavers staff tested 1058 athletes over games week. Their scheme was part of a four-part “Healthy Athletes” programme and the results left her astounded. The team discovered that many of the athletes, some with multiple and very severe disabilities, had totally fallen through cracks in the system. “Many of them had never had their eyes tested before.” It was as if with all their other disabilities to be dealt


with, eye testing had just been “kicked to the grass” she said. It was a challenging environment as some athletes could not read. Complex equipment to test eye health and conditions like colour blindness were set up on site. They dispensed 400 pairs of glasses, most made almost immediately. All athletes walked away with a pair of glasses. “If not prescription glasses, they got swimming goggles, or sunglasses.” The other three free programmes were Fit Feet, Healthy Hearing and Special Smiles. The most lasting impression was of the beautiful spirit evident at the games, Hayley said. “There I was cuddled, hugged, kissed. I had parents in tears. I came away with glossy eye... “I’ve already told them I’ll be there in Wellington in four years time.”


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to be a public meeting, but a consultation. The document provided nine bulleted undertakings to residents, including prioritising cartage of export quality logs by barge to Shakespeare Bay, limiting cartage

on public roads to 10 loaded trucks per day, and minimising the carting of logs through Waikawa road school zones between 8.15am -9am and 3pm to 3.45pm on school days. Strong feelings were however expressed by residents, though there were one or two dissenting voices who did not have a problem with the proposal . MDC councillor Graeme Barsanti attended as the two other Sounds councillors David Oddie and Trevor Hook had a council workshop. He described the meeting as “very good” adding that the two brothers were up front and had listened to people. “They were able to answer most questions.” The application is to go to the assets and services committee in January.

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Don’t txt and drive One in every 40 drivers has been found using their cell phones while at the wheel, according to a new survey. T he M i n ist r y of Transport conducted a survey of 29,000 vehicles and found one in every 40 drivers using a phone, with half of those holding a phone held to their head and the other half appeared to be texting. Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse is now urging drivers to put away their phones. “These results are of grave concern as the consequences of using a cell phone while driving can be disastrous,” he said. “We’ve seen some high-profile crashes in recent times where cell phone use has been a contributor to the crash. “Using a cell phone while driving may seem a minor offence on the face of it, but for some New Zealand-

ers it will be the difference between a long life or an early death.” The survey was carried out at 52 sites around New Zealand in June and also found that when vehicles were stationary in a queue, the number of drivers using a cell phone increased to one in every 20 vehicles. Most of those were texting. Springlands couple Brent and Christine Laurenson are avid campaigners against mobile phone use while driving. They have placed signs on their Adams Lane fence saying things like “TXTN WHL DRVN IS DUMB”. Mrs Laurenson said she often sees drivers texting or talking on their phones and she dobs them in to the police. Each cell phone infringement carries 20 demerit points and 100 points within two years means loss of licence for three months.

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Criminals clock up community work Offenders in Marlborough have contributed more than 14,000 hours of Community Work to pay something back for the offences they have committed. Offenders in Marlborough have clocked up 14,260 hours so far in the second half of the year. This contributes towards the national total of more than one million hours of unpaid community work carried out since mid 2013, often for non-profit groups or organisations.

Inside the Vintage Cottage which has been restored at Brayshaw Park and will be open this weekend for the public to see how a family from 1880 would celebrate Christmas.

Experience Christmas in the 1880s By Celeste Lodewyk Ask a child what they would like as a Christmas gift and they might rattle off a list of the latest toys and gadgets available at local stores. But to look at an example of an 1880s family Christmas, the gifts were often hand made by members of the family. This is something people can view for themselves this weekend at Brayshaw Park as the Vintage Cottage will be open to the public. Inside the cottage each of the rooms are set up to depict a typical day in the lives of a ‘middle

class’ family at Christmas. In the bedrooms mannequins are positioned including a mother, father, small child and an infant dressed in clothing from the era. In the family room is a Christmas tree with handmade decorations, handmade gifts beneath it including a doll’s bed made by a soldier before he left for war. “The whole layout is to show people how the cottage would look on Christmas morning, it’s something I think people would find really interesting,” said Marlborough Vintage Machinery Club, ‘Cottage Group’ volunteer Shirley Shefford.

The cottage was originally built in Doulson Valley, nicknamed ‘Poverty Valley’, said Shirley. It belonged to the Watson family and was built from timber purchased for 26 pounds. The cottage was gifted to the club who has been restoring it for the past five years. It will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 3pm, and Monday evening from 5pm - 8pm. An entry fee of $3 per adult will go towards fundraising for restoration work being carried out on a washroom and dairy behind the cottage.

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Friday 13 December

Bombshells This internationally successful play is a truly fresh look at the modern woman. Picton Little Theatre, Today Matinee at 2pm Saturday at 7.30pm. Contact Bruce Anderson, Mobile: 027 924 6606. The Edwin Fox Maritime Centre, Picton. Open every day 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. Picton EcoWorld Touch a Tuatara see a Penguin, get up close and have fun discovering some amazing animals that live on Middle-earth making New Zealand, “the youngest land in the world”, Unique. Open every day from 9.30am. 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.

Saturday 14 December The Marlborough Branch of Ulysses Club Toy Run, supports the Salvation Army Toy Appeal. Open to all road worthy motorbikes. Entry fee is a toy or gift, meet at the Woodbourne Tavern at 11am. Leaves at midday and ends up at Blenheim School. Brayshaw Park Heritage Cottage in Arthur Baker Place are open for a Christmas display replicating how we celebrated in the 1800’s. Today and tomorrow from 10am till 3 pm. Adults $3 and children are free. “Cinderella” Sharon Rennie School of Dance. Suitable all ages. 11am and 7pm Marlborough Civic Theatre. Under 5 free Adults $22 Senior Citizens and 5-15 years $15. Woodbourne Tavern “CHILLI DOGS” from 8pm Marlborough Artisan Market 9.30-1.30pm Wynen Street Carpark includes a range of stalls, including fruit and vegetables, woodwork, handicrafts, pottery, soaps, lavender products, toiletries, oils and wines, nuts and flowers. Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 8am – 2pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Rd, Phone John 578 3918. Marlborough Embroiderers’ Guild First Saturday of the month at 1.30pm - 4.30pm St John Rooms, Seymour St Ph Roz 57824 Blenheim Menz Shed 4 Dillons Point Rd open 9am to 12 noon Saturday. Mon & Thurs 1 - 4pm. Building relationships and sharing skills. Ph Gerry 578 1835. 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.

The Diversion Gallery Open noon-5pm Wed – Saturdays 10 London Quay, Picton. 573 7376 or 027 440 8121 or

Redwood Market 8am-noon, Redwood Tavern car park. Plants produce and crafts.

Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery Open 10.30am till 4.30pm daily, 20 4 High St . 577 678 4 w w w.

Vintage Farm Machinery 10am till 3pm, Open every day. Brayshaw Vintage Farm, Guided tours available, Doris 579 4357.

Picton Men’s Shed Every Saturday 10am to 1pm and Wednesday 9am-4pm. Plants and garden furniture sold Saturday and Wednesday 10am to 1pm.

Sunday 15 December Mountain Bike Fund Raiser 1pm “Stirling Brook” farm, Waterfalls Rd, Seddon. Follow signs from Marama RD. Off road courses to suit all ages and abilities. All money raised to be donated to the Seddon and Ward Mayoral Relief Fund. Ph Peter 021 030 6577. Christmas in the Park Put together a tasty picnic basket, grab the kids and head to Pollard Park starting at 6pm. Come dressed in Christmas theme! There will be spot prizes and food vendors. Listen out for cancellations in the morning if weather is looking unfavourable. Blenheim Physiotherapy Summer Triathlon-Duathlon. Registration 8.30 Paddy Barry’s Carpark. Minimum age 7 years. Riverside Railway Departs Brayshaw Station at 1.45 and 3.00pm. Adults $10 Children $5 CASH ONLY. Renwick Anglican Community Church 54 High St Renwick. Morning worship 9.30am Rev Steve Allcutt ph 572 8850. Summer Farmers’ Market 9.00am Noon A&P Showgrounds. Showcasing the best of what Marlborough has to offer. St Luke’s Anglican Church Ferry Road, Spring Creek. Join us for Christian worship every Sunday 9.30am Contact Rev Derek 03 578 3909.

Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on! 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. 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. Associated Modellers Society Minature steam engine rides at Brayshaw Park, 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 1pm till 4pm $2. Open Skate @ the Roller Skating Rink LAST OPEN SKATE FOR THE YEAR! A fun dress up skate for the whole family. Only $2 skate hire OR bring a can of pet food to skate. All pet food donated to the SPCA. 2 - 4pm at the roller skating rink, Stephenson St - next to the hockey turf.

Picton Rotary Club Car Boot Sale. Picton RSA carpark from 9am-1pm, every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Contact Sheira 578 3909. Pony Club at Grounds New Renwick Rd. 10am every 2nd Sunday of the month. Grant 578 2100 Michelle 572 8984. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley 9am. Murray 578 9199 or Tony 577 9776.

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The love of a lifetime By Belinda Jackson Did you know that motor racing used to take place in Renwick? From 1960 to 1966 the Renwick Road Races were an annual event that brought as many as 6,000 spectators and many competitors from all over the South Island. The circuit started and finished about half way down Anglesea Street. Cars would come down and turn left onto SH6 then left again around the hairpin into Boyce Street, up over the rise and left back on to Anglesea. This 1.1 mile circuit tested many a car in the various races held all day. Saloon classes saw Austin Minis up against the likes of Triumph Heralds, Wolsleys and Zephrys while the ‘Renwick 50’ – 50 laps of the circuit was for race cars: Maseratis, Lotus, Corvettes, Ford and more, reaching huge speeds! Barry Voss has followed motor racing since 1959 and took a particular interest in the local racing scene. Barry remembers the Marlborough Car Club stewards setting up the race circuit at 6am and making sure there was no sign of it by 6pm as this was when the road had to be reopened. Unlike the massive, tailor-made structures of today the Renwick Races track was comprised mainly of straw bales! It probably came as no surprise when the races were stopped after the 1966 event. With cars becoming ever faster and power-poles

being erected all over the place, safety issue s we r e a serious concern for both drivers and spectators. Barry’s collection of motor-racing coverage is extensive, not only covering local events, but national and international events. Hays he can find any information that anyone wants, although it might take a bit of time as he has numerous scrapbooks, folders and boxes housing all the newspaper cuttings. A life member and on the committee for 35 years, Barry is the Marlborough Car Club’s historian. He loves the challenge of researching old photos that people give to the car club, carefully noting all the details

and cataloguing them for future reference. He’s looking forward to the arrival of a 40ft container which is going to become the club’s ‘museum’ so that they can display more of the artefacts and memorabilia collected over the years. As a car historian, Barry loves his time as a volunteer at Omaka Classic Cars. One of his favourite vehicles in the collection is the 1970 MKI Capri. The racing version – the Cologne Capri, was the rarest and fastest of

the Capri variants and was built specifically for the 1974 European Touring Car Championship. If anyone has old motor racing photographs or any memorabilia that they are willing to donate to the Marlborough Car Club, Barry asks if it can be dropped to the club or to Omaka Classic Cars. For more information on the Marlborough Car Club and to check out the amazing old photos see http://www.

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NZ lamb crop down Kaikoura Integrated Family Health Centre Project

Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s lamb crop 2013 report confirms that the number of lambs tailed across New Zealand is down by 4.7 per cent compared with last spring. A total of 25.5 million head were tailed – 1.3 million fewer than 2012 – making the current lamb crop the second smallest in nearly 60 years. Only 2010-11 was lower. B+LNZ Economic Service chief economist Andrew Burtt says the lamb crop figure is actually higher than many may expect, given the impact of last season’s drought on ewe numbers and ewe condition at mating. “We’re seeing good lamb thrift compared to last year – thanks to lower stocking rates and favourable pasture growth in most regions. “If pasture continues growing at current rates, it could trigger early store sales from regions that are traditionally summer dry.” When analysed by island, the North Island lamb crop is down 7.4 per cent and the South Island down by 2.3 per cent.

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New trade deal boosts economy One day after major tariff cuts came into effect between New Zealand and Chinese Taipei, Statistics New Zealand confirmed New Zealand’s terms of trade were at their highest levels since 1973, the year Britain joined the European Union. “The latest terms of trade, which sees export prices for goods rising more than import prices, may finally consign to history the ghost of Britain’s entry into the EU,” says Federated Farmers vice president, Dr William Rolleston. “This is timely, coming only 24-hours after tariffs were eliminated on our exports to Chinese Taipei of milk powder, cheese, butter, apple, cherries and wine.” Primary Industries Minsiter Nathan Guy was in Blenheim when the tariffs were slashed, stating that local cherries

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Closing date for submissions Friday 20th December 2013. All submissions to be electronic to Jan Hughes at the email address noted below. We reserve the right to decline any or all registrants. No correspondence will be entered into with any declined registrants. For any queries please contact Jan Hughes Site Redevelopment Unit CDHB Ph 03 364 1803 Email:

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CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING PH 03 577 7868 public notice

situation vacant

Birch Hill Berries

Selling a variety of berries at the Farmers Market each Sunday Or Come and PYO -raspberries $10/kg. Phone 5722582 for opening hours and enquiries.

Cellar Door Host - Casual As a result of increasing visitor numbers we are looking to recruit a Cellar Door Host for our international award winning cellar door in Seddon. The role will include welcoming customers and hosting wine tastings, sales, restocking shelves and stocktaking, leading sustainable winery tours for small and large groups and assisting with functions. The ideal applicant would have experience in hospitality or tourism,exceptional people skills and a passion for wine and sustainability. A bar managers certificate would be an advantage, however all necessary training will be offered to the right person. Hours will primarily be weekends and part days as required Applications including a cover letter and curriculum vitae should be emailed to our Cellar Door Manager, Dawn Hughes at by 5pm Friday 20th December.

Vintage 2014 Opportunities Be Part Of It. It’s now more than 30 years since we introduced the world to a wine style unlike anything experienced before. We’re proud to be home to the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and today, we’re still making history. We are gearing up for another fantastic vintage and would like to extend a warm welcome to you to join the Pernod Ricard Winemakers New Zealand Marlborough Winery team in early 2014. We have a number of Cellarhand positions available. The roles are fixed term, full time, for a period of 8 – 10 weeks*. Vintage generally runs from mid-March to mid-May, and we need most people to work either morning or afternoon/night shifts. The roles will include weekend work. Ideally, you will have previous experience (a couple of vintages under your belt would be great), have knowledge of automated winery equipment, and a fairly good level of fitness (and no fear of heights!) This, coupled with a good understanding of winemaking processes and vintage operations, and you could be just the one we’re looking for… We are passionate about making great wine. Our warm and friendly team are ready to show you why, and welcome you on-board!

situation vacant

Relief paper deliverers required

Mayfield area Over Christmas Call Liz on 577 7868

We have the following vacancy

Experienced Cleaner Required We require a reliable permanent staff member to assist us with evening and weekend cleaning. Must have a mature attitude, be well presented and able to work unsupervised. Previous applicants need not apply. If you would like to join a vibrant, hardworking and professional team. Call Christian or Linda on 572 8897

POSTSHOP/KIWIBANK CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Approx 15 hours per week Duties include Counter Work/Customer Service

In return, we offer: • • • • •

Good pay and lots of hours! Opportunity to work at the largest winery in New Zealand Great leadership from our on-site managers Excellent induction and training A superb vintage experience at an award winning winery.

Are you ready to join us? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply online at:, or in writing (CV and cover letter) to: PRNZ, PO BOX 331, Blenheim (online applications preferable). * The term of employment is anticipated to be 8 to 10 weeks. However, this may vary due to the vintage conditions.

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Previous experience in banking or postal work would be an advantage. Would be required to work Saturday mornings. Apply in writing to PO Box 5060 Springlands Blenheim

Friday December 13, 2013 public notice

Earthquake Fund Raising Mountain Bike Ride Sunday 15 December at 1pm. At “Stirling Brook” farm, Waterfalls Rd, Seddon. Follow signs from Marama Rd. Enjoy different scenery. Off-road courses to suit all ages and abilities. Adults $10, Children under 15 $5, Families $20 All money raised to be donated to the Seddon and Ward Mayoral Relief Fund. For more detail, contact Peter on 021-030-6577 or Cancellation – listen to More FM 92.9

Second Hand On Main

Rod and Reel Sets or Individual from $28-$110 Sleepmaker Single Bed with Headboard $150 King Sleepyhead Elite Sleeper bed $395 Neo Motorized Scooter Great Condition $2700 Assorted Dining Tables & Chairs from $325-$795 Double Kiwi Camping Airbed with Frame $95 Carved Wood and Glass Display Cabinet $895 Adorable Wooden & Fabric Nursing Chair $250.00 Prints & Paintings Classic & Modern from $18-$195 Round Table with 4 Leather & Chrome chairs $495

11 Main Street 579 2502 TUA MARINA WAIKAKAHO HISTORY "The Calm Beyond" Buy now for Christmas at selected Bookshops Picton and Blenheim. Ph 579 1495 errolmorrison@


Any cars, vans, trucks, 4x4's. In any condition.

CAsh paid FREE pick up

Marlborough Vehicle Removals Ph Brent 027 766 7105


Garden Tours • Wedding Ceremonies Gift & Garden Shop OPEN: Sat & Sun 11 am till 4 pm or by appointment. Entry $10 pp. 130 O’Dwyers Road, RD3, Rapaura Ph 03 570 2089 or 021 222 4544


RECEIVERSHIP CLEARANCE GARLIC FARM / VINEYARD PLANT & EQUIPMENT “A/C J & R K DE CASTRO LTD” IN RECEIVERSHIP ON SITE: 225 ALABAMA ROAD, BLENHEIM (PEDESTRIAN ACCESS ONLY FROM TAVERA STREET) 11AM, TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER Isuzu NKR 200c twin cab tipper, John Deere tractors (4), garlic harvesters, RAU 18m tractor mounted boom sprayer, RM hard hose travelling irrigation system, boom & canon, Amazon hard hose irrigation system with canon, Erme RL2 garlic harvester, Erme modified garlic harvester, FMR sprayer & spray controls, Amazone 4m folding power harrow with bed former, Hitachi front end loader, Wyma garlic grading processing line, garlic bins, Crown diesel forklift, Berti mower mulcher, Rota Dairon 2m stone burier, Sam cultivator, farm harrows, Case 6814 4m heavy duty harrows, Duncan 3m farm cultivator, Afula 2reel tape winding machine. Numerous sundry items, bins etc. PLEASE VIEW CATALOGUE & PHOTOGRAPHS

Draughtsperson GIS/IMS Council has a vacancy available for a Draughtsperson/ Processor to assist with transferring infrastructural asset data for infrastructural assets from hard copy plans to digital format. Ideally the person we are seeking will have experience with ARC GIS/CAD software; however this is not essential, as training will be provided. Candidates should be able to demonstrate: • Experience with GIS/CAD. • Experience in using engineering drawings especially utility services plans. • Good computer skills with the use of Microsoft programmes. • Have the ability to seek solutions to problems. • Show a positive attitude and approach. The successful applicant will demonstrate thorough and meticulous adherence to standards and procedures and have an exceptional attention to detail.

Applications close at 5.00 pm on 3 January 2014. For information on how to apply please visit our website For further information you are welcome to contact

Rotary Club of Blenheim Rotary Cup and Scholarship Notice is given that nominations for the above award, which is presented annually to a Blenheim resident of twenty years or younger, whose contribution to Music has been outstanding will be closing on Friday 17th of January. The award committee, will consider nominations from groups or individuals and it is at its discretion whether or not to make the award. Nomination forms for 2013 are available from Ken Ham’s shop and Marious Sophocleous, 10 Mowat Street. Phone 5784861. Nominations must be in writing and addressed to the President of the Rotary Club of Blenheim, PO Box 286, Blenheim 7240. Background information in support of any nomination, would be most helpful to the committee.


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Christmas Trees Pick your own live tree. Must clear ground for new plantings. Douglas Fir $30.00 Radiata Pines $25.00 Call Gene at Chalfield 0272 762 413

At “A Taste o f Yesteryear” quality jams jellies chutneys and pickles Make great Christmas gifts Gift baskets available See you at The Artisan and Farmers Market. CHRISTMAS PRES E NT S ? ? Why not try JUST BROWSING, Battys Rd, thousands of small items to choose from, also Gift Vouchers. Open 6 days 10am to 4.30pm. (03) 577 5402. Delicious Handmade Christmas Cakes $6 to $60.00 each. Mini Christmas Mince pies, glazed Hams, salads and other Christmas needs. Margaret Gourmet Deli @ Artisan and Farmers Markets. G o ld J ewel lery, over 120 rings, gold bracelets, charms, pendants etc. Lots of Jeweller y to choose from. Antiques & Collectables,including good quality cutlery sets, cut crystal, china, NZ Books. JUST BROWSING, Battys Rd, (03) 577 5402. XMAS TREES JAMES'S Nursery 157 Alabama Road

boating INFLATABLE lifejackets, Hutchwilco flat style. Super crazy price $99.00 Limited stock. Powerboat Centre 72 Grove Road. UNBELIEVABLY low prices on new outboard motors 2.5hp to 90hp, 3 year warranty! Powerboat Centre, 72 Grove Road. WAT E R S P O R T S Equipment - new range now in stock. Powerboat Centre, 72 Grove Road.

to let SEDDON 3 bedroom new carpet and paint. Rural outlook, available now. Ref required Ph/Txt 027 250 131.

NEED office space? to lease Approx 200 m2 Central Blenheim High foot traffic. Possible to sub lease. Rent negotiable. Phone Rebecca 0274 835 776


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CHARTERS, Leslie Alfred (Les): December 5, 2013

LOCOCK: Ezekeal Richard (6.9lb) November 28, 2013




BIRMINGHAM/KILDUFF: Oliver Jackson Ripley (8lb 3oz) November 20, 2013

WAR E HA M : S e b as t i a n Thomas (8lb 4oz) November 5, 2013



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Death Notices

PROUTING: Lahrell Ezray (8lb 4oz) November 30, 2013


Remember your lost loved one on their anniversary.

Births This Week

FOTU: Tensai Ruhe November 30, 2013


In Memoriam

The deadline will be on Monday 5.00pm, with a limit of 50 words and photo optional. Please contact the Sun for further details. 72 High Street, Blenheim, email or phone 577 7868.

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NICHOLLS, Patricia (Trish): Suddenly, on Wednesday December 11 2013, at her home in Blenheim. Cherished wife of Peter, mother and mother-in-law of Chad and Julie, and Kate and Heath Webb; adored Gran of Jack and Liam; Sophie and Ryan. Forever in our hearts. Messages to 122 Blind Creek Road, Blenheim 7273. A funeral service for Trish will be held St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Maxwell Road, at 12 noon on Tuesday December 17, followed by interment. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

COLES: Hayden John (3.44kg) November 4, 2013



PARTRIDGE, Lilian Mary (Lily): Peacefully, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village on December 11, 2013. In her 93rd year. Dearly loved wife of the late Neil. “Now together again after 30 years”. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Ken and Pam, and John (W.A.). A loved Nana and great Nana. Loved sister and sister-in-law of the late Jack, and Meryl Woodham, the late Arthur, and Isla Woodham, the late George Woodham, Keith and the late Betty Woodham, David and the late Ruth Woodham (New Guinea). Sadly missed. Messages to 5 Marshall Place, Blenheim 7201. A service for Lily will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 2pm Saturday December 14, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

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WHITE: Mekhi Paroa George (7lb 14oz) November 20, 2013

CRESSWELL, Evelyn Betty (Ev) December 10, 2013 DICK, David Francis: December 6, 2013 EASTER, Moira Molly (Molly) (nee Best): December 8, 2013 GILMORE, Norman Cecil (Norm): December 6, 2013 GREIG, Carol Elizabeth: December 9, 2013 MARFELL, Helen Elizabeth (nee Cavit): December 7, 2013 NICOLL, Leo Robert (Pat), NZ13210 RNZN, Korea: December 5, 2013 POPE, Shirley Margaret: December 5, 2013 SMITH, Margaret Elizabeth: December 7, 2013 WALBRAN, Paul: December 7, 2013

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Sport inbrief

Get race day packages On Friday January 10 and Sunday January 12, Blenheim’s Waterlea racecourse will host the Interislander Summer Festival Marlborough Harness Races. As well as the racing, punters will be able to enjoy live music and the More FM Kids Go Racing activities. Tickets are $10, while children under 17 get in free. There are also single and double race day packages available. For more information visit www.

Club Day KartSport Marlborough is holding its 2014 Club Day on January 25. The event will be held at Cresswell Electrical Kart Raceway on Wither Road Extension in Blenheim.

Marchers remain determined Marlborough marching teams did not make it through to the final places in the Marlborough championships held at Lansdowne Park on Saturday. Nor did they take any titles in Sunday’s South Island championships, but this will not stop them moving to the next step. The Marlborough Marching Association’s secretary Amanda Hansen said local teams would hopefully do better at the nationals being held in March in Wellington. “They will all be polishing their display and technical marching,” she said. The senior team to watch for at that stage is called Fusion, while the under 16’s to watch march as Shontae Excelsior. The Under 12s are Cordeaux Renwick and Shontae All Stars.

Rain stops play Heavy rain not only caused a delay in the opening of the Marlborough senior representative cricket side’s Hawke Cup game at the weekend, it finally saw play in their match against Buller abandoned. They were playing in Westport.


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Bike ride for Seddon quake victims By Kristy Martin A scenic mountain bike ride through Seddon’s ‘Stirling Brook’ farm this Sunday will raise money for local earthquake victims. Organiser Peter Webster of the Marlborough Mountain Bike Club said the event would give people a chance to ride through private land with spectacular views while raising money for a good cause. The bike club rode through the property earlier this year and Peter said he wanted to do it again. “It gives people a chance to ride on a property they wouldn’t normally,” he said. There will be four different tracks, Peter Webster of the Marlborough Mountain Bike Club depending on riders’ abilities. has organised a ride this Sunday to help support local “It’s on four wheel drive tracks and there earthquake victims. are some steep parts, but that’s all part of

mountain biking. “You might just have to walk some parts. “You can see over the lagoons and out to sea in some places.” Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 15 or $20 for families, with all money going to the Marlborough Mayoral Earthquake Fund. Riders can just show up on the day and meeting time is 12:45pm for 1pm start. “The weather looks like it’s going to be fine and there is no hurry (to get around the tracks).” Participants are asked to bring their own bikes and helmets, plus a drink, and young children must have a parent with them. Stirling Brook farm is located on Waterfalls Road, off Marama Road. For more details, phone Peter on 0210306577.

Picton start for 2014 Epay Silver Fern Rally Entries are open already and the venues for the overnight stops have been announced, with Picton named as the starting point for the 2014 epay Silver Fern Rally. The event returns to the South Island of New Zealand next year where it will traverse some of the world’s most beautiful scenery after starting from Picton on Saturday November 8, 2014. That night competitors will stay in Blenheim before crossing the island the following day to overnight in Westport on Sunday night. Competitors will then head back across the island on Monday to spend the following evening in Christchurch. Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill are the destinations for the next three nights before the rally travels into the magnificent southern lakes area with a Friday night stopover in Wanaka. The rally ends on Saturday 15 November in Queenstown. With entries open following completion of Part One of the event regulations and the route

taking shape organisers have also confirmed that the rally will remain a blind event in 2014, in keeping with the philosophy to recreate the events of old and how things used to be. “This has come about as a result of a questionnaire to past and present competitors which showed they favoured no special stage notes for this event,” say’s Gary Smith, the Chairman of Directors of Silver Fern Rally Management Ltd. “The competitors have spoken and we continue to respect their wishes and look forward to another great event.” The epay Silver Fern Rally 2014 consists of the New Zealand Silver Fern Historic Trophy for 2-wheel-drive cars that comply with various historic criteria as listed in the event regulations and the New Zealand Silver Fern Challenge which caters for 2-wheel-drive cars that comply with the Motorsport New Zealand Schedule A safety requirements. Within each of those sections there are various classes.

New Zealander Jeff Judd above Lake Benmore. Photo by Geoff Ridder.

The rally will cover 1250 kilometres of competitive Special Stages over eight days and organisers are promising some new

stages and new locations along with some roads that have been used previously but in differing configurations.

Wife going shopping? Harness racing trials results send her to Vortex Marine and outdoors

for ChristMas gifts and all your hunting and fishing needs

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Starting from the 30m handicap, Stormy Breeze snatched a trials win in the last stride, when the Marlborough OTB conducted their harness racing trials at Waterlea last Saturday. Results: C1 to C5 Pace 2400m (grass track) 1 Stormy Breeze (30m) (Hannah McCabe) 2 Daily Delight (front) Don Morrison) Winner trained by Mark Gill, Waterlea 3 Sobek (30m) (Brent Weaver) Margins; Nose, 3/4 length. 4th Tijuana Bromac Time; 3m 17.16 Last 800m 59.89s Winner trained By A.N.L.Smith, Waterlea.

CO Pace 2400m (grass track) 1 Pescado (Kendra Gill) 2 Aveross Outlaw (Mark Heaton) 3 Toscana Bromac (Jack Best) Margins: 1 and 1/2 lengths, neck. 4th Silver Sauvignon Time: 3m 30 Last 800m 58.47s Winner trained by Mark Gill, Waterlea Pacer’s Qualifying 2400m (all weather) Mobile Required time 3m 12.5s 1 Energiser (Don Morrison) 2 Lucia Bromac (Brent Weaver) 3 Dover Delight (Dave Broadhurst) Margins; Nose, 8 lengths Time 3m 06.53 Only starters Last 800m 59.12s Winner trained by Brent Weaver, Waterlea.

Trotter’s Qualifying 2400m (all weather) stand Required time 3m 22.5 1 Mistress Castleton (Brent Weaver) 2 Kohuratahi Lad (Dave Broadhurst) Margin Long neck Only starters Time 3m 19.93s Last 800m 65.8s Winner trained by Graeme Neill, Waterlea. Patiently driven by Hannah McCabe, Stormy Breeze nosed out Daily Delight running the 2400m with the amended time for his handicap of 30m in 3m 17.16 on the grass track. Stormy Breeze is being aimed for a tilt at the Wanganui Cup on the grass surface there.


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