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By Adam Poulopoulos Blenheim should prepare for a night of raucous laughter when New Zealand’s favourite Scotsman returns later this year. Billy Connolly will stop in Blenheim for one night during his “High Horse” comedy tour in April and May of this year. He will perform on Friday, May 9 at Stadium 2000, and tickets go on sale to the public next week. Continued page 2

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MGC girls perform for 100 million Seven of Blenheim’s Highland dancers are preparing for the experience of a lifetime when they travel to Edinburgh for the Royal Military Tattoo. The 15-16 year old Marlborough Girls College students have been chosen in New Zealand’s 36-person team to dance there later this year. Rebecca Healy, Georgia Marshall, Kelsey Smith, Ashana Rengasamy, Grace Owen, Hannah Roche and Morgan Vile leave on July 25 to perform at Edinburgh’s iconic castle in front of about 9000 people per performance. Performances begin on August 1 and end on August 23. The team will perform once each weekday, twice on Saturdays and gets Sundays off. Team member Rebecca Healy said she had mixed emotions about the trip. “I’m excited but I’m nervous too ... I’ll probably miss mum. “It’ll be good to meet new people though.” Team-mate Ashana Rengasamy said she was most looking forward to the performances. “It’s such a big event. There will be seven to eight thousand people there per night, plus the TV audience.” About 100 million people worldwide tune in to watch the Tattoo. After a New Zealand team was invited to the event, each team member needed to compile a DVD audition with three different dances on it as part of their selection application. When the team was finalised in July 2013 preparations began. Team members still have to sit their Highland exams incorporating dance and dress theory, and fundraise $6000 each for the trip. On February 22, an auction night is being held at

Blenheim dancers, from left, Ashana Rengasamy, Kelsey Smith, Georgia Marshall and Rebecca Healy take a break from collecting street donations last week.

the Marlborough Civic Theatre’s Wisheart Room, while a quiz night is being held on March 29 at the same venue. For more information on tickets call Sharon

Smith on 5780985 or buy directly from Chateau Marlborough. Cash sales only. Alternatively, if you know one of the girls going, you can contact them directly.

Connolly headed to Blenheim Continued from page 1 This is not the first time Billy has been to these shores. He came for the first time in 1978 and in 2009 more than 60,000 people from around the country came to watch him. In 2004 he played in Blenheim while filming his TV series ‘World Tour of New Zealand.’ Promoter Ian Magan said ‘The

Big Yin’ shared a bond with New Zealanders. “In the 36 years since he has visited New Zealand, Billy has become a true friend to Kiwis who love his irreverent and topical humour.” It is thought part of Billy’s set would involve some of his own fine art, which can be likened to cave paintings.

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Marlborough Civic Theatre general manager Alana Cairns said Billy’s visit was a big boost for Blenheim. “We have worked hard to get him here, but it will be worth it. “10 minutes was all it took 12 years ago to sell out his show, so we are expecting a busy time when tickets go on sale.”

She said Blenheim would be a busy place on the weekend of Billy’s visit. “With it being St Clair Marathon Weekend as well we are expecting this show to be at full capacity.” Public ticket sales begin Friday, February 7 through Ticketek, Ticketmaster and TicketDirect, and are also available from the Floor Pride Civic Theatre and Take Note Picton.

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Renee to perform on home ground first By Glenise Dreaver Renee Maurice, the 23-yearold winner of New Zealand’s Got Talent in 2013, will make a triumphant return to her home ground with the first concert of her national tour in Blenheim on March 7. The former Picton entertainer came to national attention in 2007 when, as an ambassador for the disabled entertainers of Star Jam, she and Jono Heaps co-wrote “Queen of Hearts”, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. That EMI release reached 45th on the national charts. Then she wrote and sang the title song for the acclaimed 2008 Theatre South production of War Child, written and directed by Gavin Richards of Blenheim. Now she has over 200 songs and three musicals to her credit, though in New Zealand’s Got Talent she sang other singers’ covers.

2013 Winner of New Zealand’s Got Talent, Renee Maurice. Photo provided.

That included Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”, Bette Midler’s “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and finally “I Am Telling You” from the musical Dream Girls. There was special support for the semi-final. When designer

Liz Roberts of Auckland saw her perform, she rang the organisers and said “I’ve got to make that girl a dress for the semi-final.” The grey silk dress was, said Renee: “Very elegant. Very flowing. Very special.” Other gowns included a black dress dusted with gold, and a blue one for the grand finale. (Renee keeps them as they are altered to fit.) She also received a $100,000 prize (“Before tax!) and a Toyota RAV 4. Renee’s national success is truly remarkable given that she spent most of 2010 cheating death. An almost routine callback to Auckland Hospital for keyhole surgery to manage her existing heart condition became a medical nightmare. Hours after her stent was replaced, she was rushed back for six hours of surgery to remove multiple clots in her leg, with one


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very painful week in hospital after that. She then came to Picton four days after her discharge for her brother’s wedding. “That was not to be,” said Renee ruefully, as a massive infection in the wound saw her hospitalised at Wairau, then ransferred to Wellington Hospital’s vascular unit, then to Hutt Hospital’s plastic surgery unit. After “numerous” surgeries it has been only in the last six months she has stopped the pain medication for the nerve damage. “But I am doing what I love. If I gave up, I would be giving up on myself.” The final details of Renee’s national tour are still being sorted, but the first concert is here where it all started. “Of course. Of course.” It will be held at 7.30pm at the Clubs of Marlborough on March 7, with tickets sold from there at $15 a head.

‘Ratbags’ dump at Blue Door By Celeste Lodewyk “A big ‘No thanks’ to the ratbags who left us an even bigger pile of junk over the weekend,” said The Blue Door manager Bronwen Demmocks. Twice in one week the Blue Door Charity Shop on Charles Street has been treated as a dumping ground for rubbish. Bronwen expressed her dismay at the dumping by citing the cost involved in cleaning up and disposing of the rubbish. “The Blue Door has supported community organisations with more than quarter of a million dollars over the years it has been in operation, and it could have been a whole lot more if we didn’t have to keep paying to dump other people’s rubbish,” she said. On Saturday and Sunday

piles of “junk” were left which consisted of very little for The Blue Door to recycle and sell. “The last lot of junk left had a rusted bike frame with no wheels or seat, a sofa and chair with an inch of pet hair covering it and missing cushions and two car tyres. “We don’t deal in car parts, it costs us $5.50 each tyre to dump not to mention what it costs for us to get rid of the rest. “We managed to retrieve two booster seats and some golf balls out of the last lot. “The rest was either rusty, broken, filthy or wet from the rain,” Bronwen said. She urges people wanting to donate items to bring them to The Blue Door during business hours and not to leave outside.


The Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority has withdrawn five psychoactive products from the market. They are ‘AK47’, ‘Anarchy’, ‘Karma’, ‘Northern Lights Primo’ and ‘Voodoo.’ The ban is effective immediately. There are now only 41 products sold on the market. It is illegal to sell or give approved products to anyone under the age of 18.

John Marris passes away Well known businessman John Marris sadly passed away on Sunday. Mr Marris was a successful pioneer of the Marlborough grape industry and was involved in a number of high profile developments including the Westwood Business Park in Springlands. He recently stood down as Chairman of the Marlborough Research Centre Trust which he had been a long term supporter of since it established in the early 1980’s. His funeral will be held on Saturday.

All Shook Up Those with a love for Elvis and the theatre, read on. Auditions for Blenheim Little Theatre’s new show, All Shook Up, take place this week. The audition evenings are tomorrow and Friday night, while late auditions and recalls are on Saturday afternoon. The BMT rooms on Lakings Road host the auditions. Vocal rehearsals for director John Pheloung’s show begin early next month, and the play’s season runs from May 2 to 17. For more info or to book your audition time call Chris Holdaway on 021331565 and for a rundown of the show’s characters and plot visit Two piles of junk were left outside The Blue Door charity shop at the weekend, costing the charity valuable money to dispose of. Photo provided.

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Omaka set for champs By Celeste Lodewyk Are men or women better at precision landing? This is the question posed by promoters of the 2014 Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs set to kick off this Saturday at Omaka Airfield. This will be the second year that this event is held after being launched by Marlborough Aero Club president Craig Anderson and is New Zealand’s only ‘Step, Take-Off and Landing’ competition. The competition has three categories; Light, medium and heavy and involves pilots having to take off and land in the shortest distance possible. Last year’s competition saw 57 pilots from all over NZ enter and to date more than 60 have already registered for Saturday’s event, including two female pilots. “We may even have more entries yet, but so far it’s looking really to be a great event. “We have pilots coming from as far as Pukekohe to Invercargill,” a spokesperson said. The public is encouraged to come along and watch the action from 10:30am. A designated parking area will be provided and people will be at the gate to direct cars. A BBQ will be run by the Marlborough Aero Club’s Young Eagles, so take along the family and enjoy the various aircraft competing throughout the day. If wet weather cancels the event, it will be rescheduled to February 2. W h e n o n ly t h e b e s t W i l l d o !

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Introducing the new Marlborough SPCA team: Charlotte Patterson-Green, Susanne Hawke, Dawn Gilbert, Kaycee Polkinghorne, Natalie Wye and Carol Schofield (absent).

SPCA relaunches with new team Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk The Marlborough SPCA has relaunched itself following some “hard decisions” that had to be made toward the end of last year. SPCA regional manager Geoff Sutton told the Sun Marlborough SPCA underwent a restructuring late last year and now will be focusing on “fulfilling our animal welfare response”. “SPCA Marlborough had to address a lack of funds to sustain what was previously offered, and as a result we restructured in order to address a financial deficit. “This included restructuring existing staff with new hours and a new centre manager being appointed. “We are now focusing our resources on our core SPCA activity including responding to

animals that are sick, injured or abused, rather than taking in surplus animals and unwanted pets. “We are not shutting our doors on helping, and if it’s within our capability we will do what we can but the Marlborough centre will be primarily focusing on animal welfare,” Geoff said. Wellington SPCA inspector and qualified veterinarian nurse Kaycee Polkinghorne has now taken up the role as centre manager, a move she said has been “really exciting”. “I had never visited Marlborough until I came for the job interview, it’s such a beautiful region and taking up this new opportunity has been an exciting step,” she grinned. Kaycee’s role will include managing the centre as well as all inspection work and

emergency response. Kaycee will also be seeking and applying for grants and fundraising opportunities. Another new face is that of SPCA Marlborough animal attendant and qualified veterinarian Charlotte Patterson-Green who joined the team last December. Supporting them is a “solid” team including dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly for the centre. “The team is incredible, willing to do whatever,” Kaycee said. SPCA Marlborough is also looking to establish a new eight-person committee and is seeking interest from anyone with experience in areas such as business, fundraising, accounting and law. For more information contact Marlborough SPCA.

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Bus shelter nears completion The controversial new $160,000 bus shelter at the Picton i-Site had the last panes of glass fixed to the roof yesterday.

The project was given the nod last year despite concerns raised by some Marlborough District Councillors and members of the public over the cost.

Pippins in Picton Tracy McMullan of Picton has started a Pippins group for girls five to seven years of age. Pippins are the youngest Guiding group who meet every Monday from 3.30pm to 5pm at St Joseph’s School in Otago Street.

They start for the year on February 3. “The girls do all sorts of fun things such as crafts like making fruit sticks and decorated pencil holders, singing songs and playing games. “They also learn how to work

as a team and earn badges,” said Tracy, adding that they would be selling Guide biscuits this year to get their biscuit badge. “I am also looking for an assistant leader to me out at Pippins,” she said.

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Blenheim Police say a 16-year-old driver’s inexperience, and illegal modifications to the vehicle he was driving were likely contributors to a serious accident south of Seddon on Saturday. The youth held a learner's licence and the seriously injured 32-year-old woman was lying unrestrained on the rear seat when the Subaru he was driving rolled several times at approximately 2pm. The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter and St John ambulance were both called to the crash on State Highway 1, near Lake Grassmere. The vehicle with two occupants, was



Thefts reported. Between January 12 and 25, a boat plotter and depth sounder was taken from a garage of a property in Okiwi Bay. It is believed the offender entered through the open garage door when a builder was working at the property. An iPad and a laptop computer were taken from a tent at the Blenheim Backpackers on Budge Street on January 25. Overnight on January 25, a pushbike was taken from a shed of a Francis Street property

Arrests At 8.30am on Friday, a 23-year-old unemployed male was arrested for failing to comply with a Court order in that he failed to attend a programme as part of his sentence. He was held in custody and appeared in Court later that day. At 3.15pm the same day, a 16-year-old female and her 15-year-old female associate were caught shoplifting at the Warehouse.  They had taken $452.26 worth of items by removing tags off clothing and trying to leave the store.  Both were referred to the Blenheim Youth section. At 10.30pm a 34-year-old unemployed male was taken into custody

travelling north. The Nelson woman suffered multiple serious trauma injuries and was airlifted to Christchurch hospital. Sergeant Barrie Greenall said the driver lost control on a straight section of highway in dry conditions. The helicopter’s onboard intensive care paramedic was assisted by the Blenheim St John Ambulance crew who had responded to the call at 2.10pm. The 16-year-old, who suffered moderate face and hand injuries, was taken by St John Ambulance to Wairau Hospital.

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Orca visits thrill for Sounds beachgoers By Adam Poulopoulos Locals enjoying the sunshine at beaches around the Sounds got more than they paid for when about 30 orca came to say hello. Three pods were sighted during the day on Saturday, including male, female and young orca. Momorangi Bay Camp Manager Helen Foley said it was the first time she had seen a pod like the one that came into view. “We’ve had them through here before but not that many.

“There were about 10 or 12 in the pod with a few young ones. “They also seemed to hang around. They went over the other side of the bay and came back again. You could see them for a good hour.” She said guests were captivated as the animals started swimming and splashing about in their view at about 5pm. “They provided great entertainment for the campers. “We had them lining up along the jetty and the foreshore. Some went out in their boats.” Out on the water, Dolphin

Watch and Nature Tours head guide Ailie Suzuki said customers saw the orca playing, mating, feeding and generally socialising during the morning. “It was like National Geographic out there. “It was just incredible. Everyone was in awe.” In the past, orca and other dolphins have been hurt by irresponsible boat drivers, but Miss Suzuki said that was not the case this time. “We were actually really impressed with everyone’s behaviour because quite often

people get overexcited. “We’ve seen some terrible behaviour. People just plough into them.” DOC biodiversity ranger Aubrey Tai said the orca behaviour was regular and seasonal, and they were probably brought to the area by mating and opportunistic feeding. However he agreed the numbers were high. “This is quite impressive. We sporadically get them coming in but not this number, and they were close to the harbour mouth.”

Cruise business a growing one By Glenise Dreaver Three extra cruise ships have come into Picton Harbour this year, providing an extra boost to local businesses. The story began on October 17, when the 2000 plus passenger capacity Sea Princess came into Shakespeare Bay after bad weather in the south of the South Island. This was followed by the Dawn Princess on January 13, also with a 2000 plus capacity, which anchored in Picton harbour for half a day, again after bad weather in the south. Many passengers were taken ashore by lighter. The Sea Princess made a second visit on January 17 as well. This brings the total number of cruise ships coming into Picton harbour for the season to 19, 16 of them scheduled. Another six vessels have been, or will do a scenic cruise in Queen Charlotte Sounds. “The picture already emerging for next year is very optimistic,” says Carmen Gimpl general manager operations at Port Marlborough. Thirty two ship visits are scheduled so far for next season. “And 19 of them are big vessels, some of which will be carrying 3200 passengers plus crew. In total we are expecting 51,000 passengers plus the crew members.”

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Ben Kennard Mapua “I think you’d have to involve the parents. It’s a very difficult problem actually. The headmaster could call them in for an interview.”

Cyril Lloyd Blenheim “I think it’s all to do with the parents. Kids aren’t bought up properly and they get away with too much. I don’t believe in thrashing kids, but if they do something wrong they should pay for it.

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“I think parents should be made more aware. They should take action, observe their child and bring the problem to the principal’s attention.”

“Certainly don’t pussyfoot around it. It really needs to be addressed straight away by the children and parents. Some schools don’t do anything about it.”

“You’d have to expel the bullies really. Or suspend them. There’s no corporal punishment you can give them any more.”

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Priorities Dear Ed, I wish to compliment Don Coyote on his comments regarding the Marlborough Districts Council activities (Wed Jan 15th). Some is good, but there is plenty that is not, including unnecessary disgraceful eye-sore projects! and lumpy roads! K O Lawrence

Motorcycle fire Dear Ed, On the 31st of December 2013, whilst travelling on New Renwick Road, my motorcycle caught fire in the vicinity of Benmorven Road. To the motorists, who stopped and assisted, as well as the Renwick Volunteer Fire Brigade, the St John ambulance staff, A and E staff, and District Nursing staff, please accept this as a very sincere thank you. Richard McGarry

Popcorn munchers Dear Ed, I enjoy our local movie theatre and the movies except when inconsiderate popcorn munchers start chomping away during a movie, not caring two hoots for those trying to enjoy the movie. They are as bad as someone using a cellphone in the movies. Film Fan

Whale wars Dear Ed, It is more than a little frustrating reading about the disagreements and friction between two Picton groups, both dedicated to the subject of whaling. Imagine an architecturally stunning National Museum of Whaling with displays as beautiful as those at Omaka, the visitor appeal of Te Papa, professional management and promotion, decent funding, and filled with the unique artefacts and stories held by the Marlborough community and local Historical Societies. There is only one

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Dear Ed, I agree totally with Frank Henry (22 Jan) that a bypass is needed for Blenheim for south bound traffic that have no intention of stopping. A bypass would ease traffic burden on Grove Road, Main Street and roundabouts and on the Grove Road bridge over the Opawa River where traffic becomes one way when two trucks approach. The politics of roading should not matter. MDC should be a strong advocate for a bypass. So get cracking Mr Mayor and council. place in New Zealand such a museum The money being spent on senseless roadside barshould be - Picton. And like Omaka, riers between Blenheim and Picton could be going what an international drawcard for for a good purpose like a bypass! Name provided visitors it would become. It will never happen while various groups, who all essentially have the same purpose, continue to squabble and criticise. The knowledge, stories, skills and imagination of everyone Dear Ed, will be needed if any such vision is In the knowledge that all South Island domestic ever to become a reality worthy of our supplies of butter emanate from the same factory at wonderful whaling heritage. Hokitika, what justification is there for such a wide Please just try to get on - and get range of retail prices? Surely it is not the value of the on with it! wrapping paper used! Paul Davidson WH Cox

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Doctor’s decision setting Renwick a-Buzz Dr Buzz Boothman Burrell talks to the Blenheim Sun about the new medical practice opening in Renwick. Dr Buzz Boothman-Burrell and his wife The couple had met in Bangladesh when Lauren, a registered nurse, have delighted Buzz was a medical student in London, doing Renwick residents with their decision to open an elective with The Save The Children Fund. the Renwick Medical Centre in High Street After years working in England, he gained on February 17. a fellowship to the University of Otago’s The couple, who live in the Wairau Valley, medical school, studying asthma. say they are thrilled to offer Renwick residents “I wasn’t a GP then. I worked in a hospital access to local medical services for the first and did specialist exams. time in many years and they hope for com“The routine was that you do research, then munity support. became a consultant.” “We have invested in this community and During this time he also worked as a need people to come and help general-practitioner locum us make a viable practice, where, he says, he found his said Buzz. calling. “I discovered true He and Lauren (formerly “I discovered the excitement Lauren Vercoe, who grew up the excitement of general practice, of getting in Blenheim) have lived in to know your neighbours and the Wairau Valley for around knowing the context for the of general eight years. health of your patients. practice.” “Marlborough’s our home. “You can’t just make asWe love it here and saw a sumptions about people’s huge gap in medical services health when you know them, for people from Renwick and the wider area you’ve been in their shop and you know how so we took the plunge and are now ready to they live. open.” “Everything makes sense then” Buzz has worked in Blenheim at Wairau Buzz has retained his link with the Otago Hospital and at Springlands, as well as in Medical School through its rural immersion Havelock. programme for students. Formerly the family were in Western He still lectures there part-time. Australia where both worked in the hospital While he was in Reefton, he took Otago in the mining town of Paraburdoo. rural immersion students into the practice Buzz was also the sole charge practitioner during their fifth year elective and he has also there, closely linked with the Australian Royal brought four students to Wairau Hospital each Flying Doctor’s Service as well as caring for year for several years. two nearby Aboriginal settlements. “There are six centres in which we do this Prior to that, the family was for eight years and a lot of doubt about whether we could based in Reefton, where Buzz helped set up teach adequately away from the main centres. a locally-based primary health care practice. “Twice I’ve had the top of the class student He also became involved at national level, coming from Wairau.” with issues facing rural general practice. “So the answer is ‘Yes!’.”

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Special menu for Chinese New Year Bamboo Garden Restaurant is preparing to celebrate the 2014 Chinese New Year, Year of the Horse at the end of this month by creating a special menu. The menu will be available for four days, from January 29 to February 1 and bookings are essential. This menu will feature many popular and traditional dishes that have been given a ‘modern’ twist. One of which will be the Tsingtao Beer Braised Duck, a dish restaurant owner Bunga Krataitong believes will Bamboo Garden Restaurant staff invite you to join them in celebrating the 2014 Chinese be a hit with diners. Also featuring on the menu New Year by trying their specialised menu. will be some Thai flavours ful addition to the dishes. will get them in the spirit of and beautiful food carvings “Noi is very talented at carv- the New Year,” Bu-nga said. done by new chef Noi, that ing and I think people will be Bamboo Garden Restaurant is will add a unique and colour- amazed at what she can do. It open for lunch and dinner.

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Foreshore submissions heard By Glenise Dreaver Democracy is never cheap, which may console the members of the review team who met in Picton yesterday to hear twelve oral submissions on the draft Picton Foreshore Reserve Management Plan. The four councillors and the submitters were matched by five council staff and one member of the public. There had been 89 written submissions over a range of topics but only twelve chose to speak to them. Elisha Oldridge, council reserves planner, said many were on preserving open space on the foreshore, including suggestions about more picnic tables, barbecues and seats. “And there were a couple against the whaling extension to the museum.” In her oral submission Beryl Bowers mentioned the disappointing response to the meetings and said they had been at difficult times. She displayed photographs of overseas water installations for children that included fountains and would be suitable for preschoolers. “The current pool can get full of duck doings and it has slippery sides.”

Left: John O’Halloran, Rail and Sail volunteer, was yesterday contributing to one family’s memorable foreshore experience. Right: Donald Duck, seen in countless family snapshots of foreshore fun, is likely to remain a Picton icon whatever else happens.

She mentioned the need for better lighting, a common concern for submitters, as were problems with the old changing sheds, a known trouble spot. The lone member of the public, who had not planned to speak to his written submission, did so during a gap in proceedings. He suggested that instead of talking about

a whaling extension to the existing museum, and a separate national whaling museum, they should look at the section over the road where rental cars are kept. “We should be looking at a modern two or three storey building to serve this concept.” Clr Trevor Hook, on the committee chaired by Clr Terry Sloan, with the two other Sounds

Youth Expo in the Pipeline By Adam Poulopoulos Preparations are continuing for a meet encouraging young people to get involved in extra-curricular activities. The Youth Expo Festival of Opportunities will take place at Stadium 2000 on Sunday February 16. Between 2pm and 5pm families will have the chance to receive more information about sport and recreational organisations in the area. Information booths run by each organisation will be set up, along with interactive activities

including basketball, hockey and table tennis. A kapa haka group will perform, and negotiations to attract other acts are ongoing. Instructions to arrange the expo came through the Marlborough District Council and several different organisations are giving a hand in organising it. Marlborough Youth Service advisor Val Heggie said it gave people the chance to see what was out there. “It’s for families but we’re calling it a youth expo. “Hopefully it gives them some-

thing to do and a chance to consider different types of activities.” She said they were hoping more than a dozen organisations would turn up, and visitors would be able to see a good variety. She said a successful expo would lead to more in the future. “If we get this off the ground we’d like to do it again on a regular basis, either annually or biannually.” Organisations can register their interest in appearing at the expo by contacting Val or Kat on 5782886.

Blenheim next stop for John the Entertainer By Adam Poulopoulos Any concert of John the Entertainer’s can be referred to in the same breath as that proverbial box of chocolates - you never know what you are going to get. The cover artist, real name John Brown, will be playing his tribute gig at the Clubs of Marlborough bar on Friday night. It begins at 7:30pm, and admission is free. John covers songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s, so he said punters should expect anything from classic rock to ballroom to country. “I’ve got about 800 songs I can pick from depending on the crowd. “You want to see people line dancing to ballroom and the classic hits. It’s hilarious!” John has nearly 20 years of experience as a musician, including eight years as a duo, ‘chapter two,’ with wife Naomi. When Naomi passed away last year after 35 years of marriage he decided to take his tour solo. “I’ve just decided ‘OK, I should go around the country again before it’s my turn,” he said. He said he was looking forward to returning to Blenheim. “I’ve been down there before and the first time I sold a few CDs and people were happy.” Over his career John has played 117 clubs around the country, and was looking to add four more during this tour. He said it was a great way to explore New

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Zealand. “Now every time I travel around I can say ‘I’ve been there, I’ve been there.” During his career John has been picked up by minor radio stations in the UK, US and Australia. However he said his passion for music kept luring him back to perform. “I’m not a big star by any means. I’m just a guy that loves to sing. “I just love music, and I hope it brings pleasure to others.”

councillors David Oddie and Graeme Barsanti, said: “That’s aspirational and we need to think like this.” Clr Oddie and Clr Hook both commented that the bodies with competing ideas about recording whaling history needed to get together. The Te Atiawa submission focused on broad planning issues, but also reminded those present that the area had been a Pa site and was known as Waitohi until 1850. Submitter Catherine Johnson also said: “If anyone wants advice on the regional history, please feel free to come to us.” Steve Austin, CE of the Marlborough Museum and Marlborough Historical Society, pointed to the need for good communication between all stakeholders on the reserve as he proposed a heritage trail round the area. While there was no opposition to the idea of a hydroslide as a Picton attraction, there was no support for siting it on the foreshore. The iconic nature of attractions like Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, as well as established attractions like Rail and Sail and mini-golf, all drew enthusiastic support.

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The More FM Raft Race with Henderson’s was held on Sunday, and despite the rain contestants took to the river with their raft creations. There was everything from pirates, bandits, Flintstones and even hippies through to groups of family members and friends. Photos provided by More FM.

 ‘Wilma and Betty’ in the ir Flintstones inspired raft.

 ‘The Bandits’ hauling their loot toward the finish line.

 George and Gus Rarney were the winners of a kayak from Hendersons Ltd. They are pictured with Natasha Knox and Glenn Kirby of MoreFM and Emily Watson of Hendersons Ltd.

 ‘Hippy love in the VW Kombi’ battle their way through rain and water.

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Kaipupu Point Guided Tour - Feb 9. Boat cruise and guided walk then cruise inner Queen Charlotte Sound. Leaves Picton Jetty 11.30am. Bring food and drink. Cost $12 members $20 non. Bookings required Ph Jenny 572 7288 or Robin 520 3002.


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Bingo/Housie - Thursday 7pm Blenheim Learn to play Bridge 12 week course Bowling Club, 40 houses, 3 supers 1 of $1000, raffles and meals from 5.30pm. Proceeds to Te Rerenga o Te Ra.

Computing for Seniors - Taught by Seniors.SeniorNet Marlborough at Marl Club Flat, 6 Russell Terrace. Phone 579 2248 (Mornings). Family/Whanau - or information/advocacy/support for families living with mental illness/addictions please contact– Supporting Families in Mental Wellbeing - Cheryl or Lyn on 577 5491 or visit us at 4 Scott Street.

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new year to all. Half price Book Sale, Great sum- 9.00am - 3.30pm. Saturday 9.00am - 2pm. mer reading to be had here at the Hospice Shop Items surplus to your requirements we would gladly accept. We can deliver. Phone 579 4353. in Redwoodtown.

community services Al-Anon: Help for families & friends of alcoholics.

Wairau Hospital campus, after 6pm. Reception 520 6377. Office 520 9980.

Ph Margaret 021 0260 7468 or Cilla 570 5335. Alzheimers Society Marlborough: 577 6172, 8 Wither Rd. Open Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 4.30pm Hospital Visiting Hours: Wairau Hospital: Daily 11.30am-7.30pm, children under 12 may visit parents only. Maternity Ward: 10am-Noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward. Marlborough Family Budgeting: - Free confidential budgeting advice. Monday-Friday. Phone 578 2006.

Marlborough Women's Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre: Crisis line, phone Wairau Hospital 520 9999, for Women's Refuge contact numbers. Overeaters Anonymous: For more information. Ph 570 5137 Alcoholics Anonymous: Rose 5777651, Harvey 5788125 Citizens Advice Bureau - Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4pm. Phone 578 4272. Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846)

Marlborough dry lands farmer Doug Avery, a passionate advocate for family farming is to co-host a number of events during 2014, to support Rural Women NZ’s projects during the International Year of Family Farming. He will give an inspirational talk on the transformation of his drought-stricken farm into a sustainable venture through visionary changes to his farming system. His talk will feature at the Rural Women NZ series of road shows nationwide, including one at Rai Valley on April 7.

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Picton Doctor: Phone weekend doctor 573 6092 or Marlborough After Hours GP Service 520 6377. Office 520 9980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non-urgent 579 4870. Chemist:Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 9-6pm, Sat-Sun 9-3pm, Queen Charlotte Pharmacy 573 7927 Sat 9-1pm.


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The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne will be presenting one of their popular annual concerts at the Church of the Nativity in Blenheim on Wednesday February 19 at 8pm. This year they will feature Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Mozart’s Divertimento in B Flat Major, Bocchcherini’s Fandango for guitar and strings and Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso for violoncello and orchestra. Tickets are available at the Blenheim i-Site.

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Trust Deed Review The Trustees of the Marlborough Electric Power Trust propose to make amendments to the Deed document to add clarity regarding the director and trustee roles and responsibilities, to improve the logical flow of the document, to correct some errors, to provide express authority for the trustees to effect liability insurance and to improve the way the Trust can assist the Company. In addition, the changes propose to replace the current five-yearly ownership review requirement with such a review being undertaken upon receipt of a written demand from at least 10% of the Consumers or otherwise at the discretion of the Trustees.  The proposed changes to the Trust Deed may be inspected at the offices of the Trust Secretary at Blenheim Accounting, 36 Maxwell Road, Blenheim and from reception at the offices of Marlborough Lines Ltd, 1 Alfred Street, Blenheim, during normal office hours.   Submissions close at 4pm on Friday the 31st January 2014.  Submissions must be in writing and should include advice whether the submitter wishes to be heard in respect of their submission.

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MORE CLASSES IN 2014 TO BE CONFIRMED If you are interested in tutoring a workshop (nightly classes or weekend workshop) or if you would like to attend one of these classes please contact Helen Ballinger, or phone 02102678711

We have a vacancy for an Arborist Trainee to assist our team with vegetation and track maintenance around power lines. If you are a motivated individual looking for a career in this exciting industry, you can obtain a job description and application form by contacting our reception on 03 577 7007. Alternatively you can email us at or download them from our website Completed applications and CV should be returned to:

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Night Duty - Part time We are seeking a well motivated, experienced carer for the above position. Must be prepared to take responsibility for 28 residents as sole charge.

It’s now more than 30 years since we introduced the world to the first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – today, our Marlborough wines are still making history. At Pernod Ricard, we maintain an exceptional focus on premium products as well as results.

Harvest Weighbridge Crew

Hours Midnight - 8am 4 on - 4 off

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Interested persons please phone The Manager 03 573 6027

The Vintage is one of the most exciting times on the winemaking calendar, and is fast approaching. The 2014 Vintage is shaping up to be one of the biggest yet! We have an exciting opportunity for several people to join the weighbridge team, for a period of 4 to 6 weeks, commencing early March, for both day and night shifts.

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Truck Driver 2014 Grape Harvest

• Collection and collation of grape juice samples • General weighbridge administration tasks The successful applicants will have: • A sound and willing work ethic • Excellent communication skills • An ability to work both as part of a team and individually

We have a vacancy available for an experienced truck driver for the 2014 Grape Harvest. The position will start mid-late March for the duration of the harvest. This start date can be flexible for the right candidate. You must have a class 5 licence. Trailer experience is essential, and you must be able to back a 4-axle trailer. For the right applicant, this could turn into a permanent role, potentially driving our spreader truck and tractors. Please call our office on (03) 578 5300 or Jason Tripe on 027 434 2712, or email

This role will work individually and also as part of a team. Vintage is fast-paced, challenging and exciting - we are seeking individuals who enjoy working under pressure, and who are able to commit to vintage working requirements (there will be a requirement to work 7 days during some weeks). If you are passionate about making world-leading wines, apply today and you could experience the excitement of vintage, our way. Applications close: 7 February 2014

Vineyard Workers x 3 • Pernod Ricard Winemakers New Zealand, Marlborough Viticulture We are New Zealand’s premier wines and Spirits Company leading the way in everything we do. We are seeking three capable and self-motivated individuals to join our established and skilled teams at Conders Forrest Vineyard, Brancott Vineyard, and Fairhall Vineyard. You’ll be actively involved with all aspects of vineyard work, from vine management activities, to supervising casual/contract gangs and operating various types of machinery. With your positive and hard working attitude, you will show your skills as a team player to achieve big results from a small team.

These roles require an ability to work longer hours during the peak times of the season, punctuality and the ability to work unsupervised. Experience in Viticulture/Horticulture, an aptitude with vineyard equipment and machinery operation, plus a Growsafe Certificate would be preferred, but are not essential, as training is provided.

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Automotive Technician We are looking for an experienced Automotive Technician to service and repair a wide variety of cars and light commercials. You will need • Good people skills • Sound technical knowledge • Good diagnostic and electrical skills • A diverse technical background Apply with CV to: AUTO SUPER SHOPPE TOPP MOTORS BLENHEIM

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Vintage 2014 Harvest Operators

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• Pernod Ricard Winemakers New Zealand, Marlborough Viticulture The Vintage is one of the most exciting times on the vineyard calendar, and is fast approaching. The 2014 Vintage is shaping up to be one of the biggest yet! We have an exciting opportunity for a number of Harvest Operators to join the viticulture team for a period of approximately 4 – 6 weeks, commencing mid-March. Duties for this role will be varied, but predominantly involves driving and operating harvest machinery (gondola/tractor), working within the established vineyard teams across a variety of Marlborough vineyards. We are looking for experienced machine operators/drivers, ideally with previous Vineyard machinery experience. You will need a current driver’s licence, team spirit and the ability to work under pressure. Harvest is fast-paced, demanding and requires commitment and tenacity. Hours of work are long (around 70 per week), and spread over 7 days per week. If you are passionate about making world-leading wines, come and join New Zealand’s largest winery, experience the excitement of vintage, our way. All internal applicants must notify their line manager before applying for an internal role. Applications close: 7 February 2014

Chateau Marlborough is looking for staff for their Restaurant, Quench.

• You must be available weekends and public holidays, split shifts. • Be a team player and very passionate about hospitality. Work within a 5 star hotel, with a team that has a passion for hospitality in the stunning Marlborough wine region. Please email your CV to Chateau Marlborough Cnr High & Henry Streets, Blenheim

Vintage Research Assistant • Pernod Ricard Winemakers New Zealand, Marlborough Viticulture The Vintage is one of the most exciting times on the winemaking calendar, and is fast approaching. The 2014 Vintage is shaping up to be one of the biggest yet! We have an exciting opportunity for a Harvest Research Assistant to join the viticulture team for a period of 8 to 10 weeks, commencing early February. Duties for this role will be varied, but will include: • Planning and assisting with data collection • Data entry • Data analysis and report writing • Instructing and supervising Pest and Disease teams. The successful applicant will have a high level of accuracy and organisation, strong computer skills especially in Excel and statistical software, be results driven, and possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and a current driver’s licence. This role will work individually and also as part of a team. Vintage is fast-paced, challenging and exciting – we are seeking an individual who enjoys working under pressure, and who is able to commit to vintage working requirements (there will be a requirement to work 7 days during some weeks). If you are passionate about making world-leading wines, come and join New Zealand’s largest winery, experience the excitement of vintage, our way.

Tractor and Harvester drivers for 2014 Grape Harvest Vintage Harvesters operates a modern fleet of harvesters and tractors throughout the Marlborough District. We are looking for experienced harvester and tractor drivers. You will need a minimum of a class 1 driver’s licence for tractor driving and a wheels endorsement for harvester driving. We anticipate work will commence approx. mid-March and finish mid-April. Drivers must be available for extended hours and weekends. Please phone the office on 578 5300, text Jason Tripe on 021 848 470 or email

Applications close: 31 January 2014 How to Apply: Applications are preferred online at Written applications to: PRNZ Marlborough Winery, PO BOX 331, Blenheim, NZ. If you have any questions please contact Hayden Martelli, HR Advisor on 09 570 8732.

ASSISTANT GARDENER Required Full time - permanent position If you enjoy the outdoors, are energetic and physically fit - this could be the job for you! Under the supervision of our head gardener your roles would include: • maintaining the high standard of our extensive gardens and lawns • some maintenance and cleaning of building exteriors • general home maintenance skills would be an advantage Previous applicants need not apply Please call at reception or email for an application form. Applications close 3rd February

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Receptionist/Support Worker 3 Months Fixed Term Contract - 27.5 hours a week We are looking for a person who has compassion, empathy and a willingness to care for others. Desirable applicants should have: Qualifications and experience in working with people • Training or experience in the social service sector • Computer Skills • Budgeting Skills an advantage • A good Team player Job description and application form available from The Manager Bread of Life Centre, 14B Stephenson Street, Blenheim Phone/Fax 578 1355 ext 2 Email: Applications close 5 February 2014

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Plunket Shield

Callum Caughey, left, and Ethan Batt battle for first spot. Photo Malinda Spencer.

Top under-15 rider Niels Van Antwerpen. Photo Malinda Spencer.

Cycling Carnival great success By Adam Poulopoulos Spectators and riders alike flocked to Athletic Park’s flat racing track for the Speights Ale House Blenheim Summer Track Carnival last weekend. The carnival was held to help under-17 riders get more experience, particularly those heading to the New Zealand Track Champs in March. 4 0 u nder-17 r iders f rom Blenheim, Nelson and Canterbury competed at the event, while under-15 and open grades were also held. Meet organiser Lance Spencer

said the meeting had been wellreceived. “It was very successful - all the riders enjoyed it. “The competition was fantastic, the spectators were fantastic, and there’s a real opportunity for it to grow.” Ethan Batt and Michaela Kerr won the under 17 grades, while Niels Van Antwerpen and Shanne Fulton were the top under-15 riders. New Zealand representative Callum Saunders was one of the more recognisbale faces to attend the event.

Spencer said the 18-year-old’s presence at the event was invaluable. “The buzz around him with the little kids was fantastic.” The meet ended with an Italian pursuit race, where riders of all ages formed into teams and shared the track. “The little kids got to ride with the superstars,” Spencer said. Last weekend’s carnival was the first time the event had been held. Spencer said being able to hold cycling events in the region was crucial, as it saved riders having to travel to Invercargill to use their

velodrome. The track was fixed at the start of the season, and he said he hoped a grandstand would be built before next year’s event. He hoped older Marlborough riders like Saunders, Jason Allen and the Karwowski brothers would be around to mentor the younger ones. “Hopefully they come back to support us and bring the youth through. “There’s definitely talent coming through - it’s just about recognising and supporting it.”

Blenheim’s own beat the field By Adam Poulopoulos One of Blenheim’s own beat the field, and the Wellington wind, to win the Capital Classic swim race on Sunday. Jodie Lovell, 35, won the 35-39 year old female’s ‘I’m going long’ swim in a time of 27 minutes and 31 seconds, 57 seconds ahead of her nearest challenger. The 3.3 kilometre course was reduced to 2kms due to the choppy conditions. She said it was only after her husband checked the preliminary results she knew she had Jodie Lovell. Photo by Mark Tantrum. won. “You never really know how you’re doing because you’re 30-34-year-old age group. swimming with everyone else.” Although she has had success Lovell said the shortened in the ocean Lovell’s backcourse meant she had to change ground is in the pool, and her tactics. she said racing in the choppy “Usually I’d pace myself a conditions took a lot out of her. lot better but it was more of a “It’s just more tiring, having to sprint race. deal with the chop and getting “By the time I got to the finish your arms higher.” line I was knackered - I had A relief schoolteacher, Lovell nothing else to give.” trains four times a week with The State Capital Classic was others at the Blenheim Masters the third event in the State NZ Swimming Club. Ocean Swim Series, which The next race in the series is in Lovell won last year in the Akaroa on February 22.

Blenheim-born Ben Wheeler played a starring role as the Devon Hotel Central Stags pipped the Northern Knights to victory last week. Central won by three wickets to get their first win of the season in a game where the ball dominated the bat. Central chased down the 70 they needed to win the game despite slumping to 27/7 in the chase. Marlborough Boys old boy Wheeler had a combined 6-58 over the two innings as Central leapfrogged Northern in the table. They play the Wellington Firebirds in Napier next.

Duathlon The Matt Heagney Memorial Marlborough Mens La-Z-Boy Duathlon is back again, and late entries are still being taken. The event takes place on Friday, beginning at 5.30pm. Competitors are challenged to run or walk a combined six kilometres and cycle 11 kilometres. Entry is open to all males 13 years and over. Forms can be picked up from Clubs of Marlborough, AvantiPlus Blenheim and Hynds on Main Street.

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Josh Wilson digs the ball as Jack Pope looks on.

Volleyballers hone skills By Adam Poulopoulos Some of Marlborough’s budding volleyballers assembled last week as they aimed to upskill ahead of the new season. The two-day volleyfest training camp was run by several local volleyball coaches and players, and concluded on Friday at Stadium 2000. 21 students from years 8-10 attended the two-day course in an effort to equip them better for the increased intensity of college volleyball. Over the two-day course the players learned to serve, receive, set and spike the ball. Coaches included New Zealand rep Abbey Greenwood, Marlborough Girls College coach Alister McKenzie and 2013 Marlborough Girls’ head girl Georgie Crawford. This year is the second in succession the meet has been held. McKenzie said while the players were talented, they still have a lot

to learn. “There’s a huge importance on events like this because most of the kids play the game but they’ve not been taught how to play it properly.” He said he could already see their skills improving. Marlborough Volleyball junior game development officer Nicky Bain said it was crucial the players had the skills to play at college level. “It gets a bit more serious. They play quite differently at primary and their skills need to be a bit more developed.” She said Marlborough had a strong volleyball culture, and that helped them in getting young players the best possible help. “We’re real lucky in Marlborough we’ve got quite a few people that can help us.” Junior college volleyball resumes on February 20 with a muster at Stadium 2000. Games begin on February 27.

The NZ King Salmon Nelson Marlborough Falcons have continued their unbeaten start to the season with a pulsating 4-3 win over Team Wellington at Trafalgar Park. Youngster Sam Wilson scored the winner in stoppage time to settle a match played in torrential rain on a pitch inundated with large puddles. With the result the Falcons have gone clear top of the ASB Youth League southern conference. Blenheim locals Carl ConnorMcClean and Omar Guardiola both played a part in the match, the latter winning a penalty and hitting the post in the leadup to Wilson’s winner. The Falcons’ next assignment is a trip to Palmerston North to play YoungHeart Manawatu on Sunday.

Bowls Are you looking for a social lawn bowling league for the rest of the summer? Look no further. Blenheim Bowling Club’s social team bowls season begins next week at their headquarters on Weld Street. Games start at 6pm, but players should report by 5:45. The league continues until early April, and everybody is welcome. Businesses or friends can form a triples team, but may need a couple of spare players to make sure a team can be fielded each week. Individuals can arrive and be placed into a team. The cost is $3 per player per night, and the bar and barbecue will be in operation.


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