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Stars will shine By Kristy Martin Mitchell Alderlieste has got big shoes to fill when it comes to emulating Michael Hutchence onstage. The 17-year-old is gearing up for the annual Stars In Your Eyes show, where he will perform as the late INXS frontman, and has been working to perfect his moves. “It‘s just getting the acting part down. “I’ve got the music down, but the acting is the hard part.” Mitch has been watching videos of Hutchence and studying his unique style in the lead-up to his performance of the INXS hit ‘By My Side’ at the 2014 Spring Creek Lions and Districts Stars in Your Eyes show next month. Continued page 3

Mitch Alderlieste gets in some practice at playing Michael Hutchence (above), who he will perform as in the Stars in Your Eyes contest.

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Radio conference to make waves New Zealand’s largest amateur radio event is coming to Blenheim, with about 140 expected to attend from around the country. The annual conference of the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters takes place on Queen’s Birthday Weekend, on May 31 and June 1. At this stage 110 people from around the country are set to attend, with the Marlborough Amateur Radio Club hopeful for around 140 in total. The conference will feature the NZART AGM, and a variety of forums on topics including satellite communications, digital radio and emergency communications. MARC treasurer Ken Hynds said it was difficult to predict who would catch the radio bug. “In our club we’ve got people from all walks of life. There’s a doctor, two ministers, everything really.” Club secretary Bill Cousins said the world of amateur radio varied from making your

Marlborough Amateur Radio Club secretary Bill Cousins.

own equipment to broadcasting. The MARC provide communications for a variety of events throughout the year, in-

cluding the Christmas Parade, Marlborough Wine and Food Festival and the Silver Fern Car Rally.

Railway construction chugging along By Adam Poulopoulos Work on the track extension to the Blenheim Riverside Railway is continuing, with a date for completion set around April next year. About 250 metres of the one kilometre extension has been completed since construction began late last year. On Wednesday, eight concrete slabs were laid on the bridge, which traverses the river behind the Cresswell Electrical Kart Raceway. It is designed to withstand flooding. After the Marlborough District Council finishes a training wall, built of heavy rock, and parts of the bridge are filled in with concrete, tracks can be laid on the bridge. Blenheim Riverside Railway

Blenheim Riverside Railway Society president John Orchard on the newly-finished bridge.

Society president John Orchard said construction was heading into the third stage. He said tracks up to, and to the other side of the bridge,

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would be completed by the end of June, while the stretch of track connecting the bridge and the Omaka museums would be completed by the end of

September, in time for the next cruise ship season. “We have all the rail here, and 80 per cent of the sleepers are made. “Once we get through the work we’re doing now we’ll make very rapid progress, because there are few bends in the track.” “The track can be used for special occasions, like for cruise ship passengers, even though the project won’t be finished.” He said the final stage of the $200,000 project, connecting the rest of Omaka, would be completed in time for the Easter Air Show next year. The extension is being built to connect the museums at Brayshaw Park and Omaka, and is being added to the 4.6 kilometre stretch of track connecting Brayshaw Park and the CBD.

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Frustration over school fence By Kristy Martin When you live in a farming community, it is not too much to ask to have secure fencing. But for Bob and Noeleen Cooper, that prospect disappeared when the Ministry of Education decided to tear out their perimeter fence in order to build a new one for Wairau Valley School. Fourteen months on, the school’s fence remains incomplete. Mr Cooper, who lives adjacent the school on Morse Street, says the ministry employed a contractor who botched the fence and now it has to be rebuilt, leaving the school grounds a mess and he and his wife without a fence. “They are ripping out the fence they have put in and they are replacing it. “Why? Because it’s such a poor job.” Mr Cooper says he has been writing to the ministry since March 2013 demanding to know when the work will be complete. He says he was first notified his own fence would be torn down not by the ministry, but by a person walking their dog past his home. After he wrote to the ministry complaining about the lack of communication, they responded by telling Mr Cooper they had to build a new perimeter fence because a student with special needs was enrolling at the school. The Ministry of Education has admitted the fence job was not up to scratch and even the school’s commissioner Bev Moore labelled the work “appalling”. An email to Mr Cooper from Allan Roberts, regional property advisor for the ministry of Education Nelson, said the issues related to “the contractor employing inexperienced


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Bob and Noeleen Cooper, pictured with grandsons Josh, 10, and Alex, 8, have been waiting for over a year to see construction of the Wairau Valley School fence completed.

unskilled workers, (the) poor work ethic of Le Nedelec of MJ Property in Nelson says they the people involved and ground conditions that are attempting to make the project cost neutral, an experienced fencing contractor would have despite the need for rebuilding. coped with.” “It hasn’t affected the teaching and learning of Kim Shannon, head of educathe students,” she said of the tion infrastructure services, lengthy construction period. said: “Part of the new secure The ministry says the perimeter fence is being rebuilt work is part of a project as the ministry was not satisfied that included modernising with the workmanship. Block A, having insulation “The ministry has directed installed, replacing toilets - Neighbour the school’s project manager and adding a special needs Bob Cooper to engage a specialist fencing bathroom. contractor to bring the whole The total cost, including fence up to a reasonable standard.” the fencing, was $473,895.15. The new contractor has begun working to The ministry expects the fence to be complete replace the fence and project manager Margaret by the end of the month.

“It’s such a poor job.”

Tickets on sale for annual star show Continued from page 1 “He’s got this lanky kind of style. “I bought a wig, the first time I’ve ever bought a wig, and I might have to learn to wear leather pants,” laughed Mitch, who works at Ken Ham’s Music Works and is the former lead vocalist for Blenheim band Arm the Reckless, who won last year’s


smokefreerockquest. While Mitch is a seasoned performer who played onstage with The Exponents, Stan Walker and Breaks Co-Op at this year’s Classic Hits Winery Tour and is soon to release his debut solo album, he admits it’s a challenge performing as somebody else. “You’ve got to kind of lose all the habits you do onstage that

make you you. “Not having a guitar is going to be a huge difference as well because I’ve always got a guitar.” Mitch is one of eight Stars In Your Eyes contenders performing as their chosen celebrities in a bid to win the prize money, which gets donated to a charity of their choice. This is the seventh year the

competition has run and it will again be held at the Marlborough Convention Centre, with a preview show on Thursday June 5, followed by the awards dinner on Friday June 6. Tickets are on sale at Harcourts Real Estate for $40 for Thursday’s show or $110 for Friday, which includes a three-course dinner.

No charges will be laid over the death of a surgical patient at Wairau Hospital in 2012. The police investigation into the death of 81-year-old Jim Nicholls, who underwent surgery in May 2012 to fix a hernia and have his gall bladder removed has been completed. Police said the investigation file was independently reviewed by the Tasman Crown Solicitor who concluded that the evidence gathered does not reach the threshold for prosecution and no charges would be laid against surgeon Michael Parry. The matter has been referred back to the coroner.

VETS PENSION EXTENDED Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse has introduced an amendment to extend eligibility for the Veteran’s Pension to all veterans over the age of 65. The amendment will increase the number of New Zealanders eligible for the Veteran’s Pension from 3200 to around 19,900. The entitlements for those newly eligible will be: • Veteran’s Pension to be paid at the same rate, but instead of, New Zealand Superannuation • Payments will never be abated for extended hospitalisation • A Community Services Card

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FUTURES CONFERENCE For the first time in Marlborough, NMIT, the Marlborough Community College and the Chamber of Commerce are running a Futures Conference. The event begins on Friday, June 6, at NMIT. The conference focuses on those students who won’t be probably going to University and haven’t decided what they want to do with their futures. There will be twelve workshops run, and students can choose four of those. For more information contact your careers advisor.

GUIDE DOG AUCTION The Great Guide Dog Online Auction, raising for the training of Blind Foundation Guide Dogs, launched on TradeMe on Tuesday. All items are listed with a $1 reserve under The Great Guide Dog Online Auction heading. Local businesses to contribute to the auction include Speights Ale House, Sounds Air and Chateau Marlborough.

Retail space available By Kristy Martin Marlborough District Council is in talks with a number of businesses interested in moving into the space where Number One Shoes used to be on the corner of Queen and Charles streets. The building will also undergo a facelift, with council installing windows on the Queen Street side in order to encourage greater connection with the CBD. Council bought the building, which also houses Noel Leeming, from the Civic Theatre Trust with a view to shifting the library there once the new theatre is completed next year. A new site, between Wynen and High Street, for the library and CBD hub, has since been tabled. Council has a lease arrangement with Noel Leeming, with Number One Shoes being a sub-tenant of Noel Leeming before the business shifted to new, purpose-built premises on the corner of Wynen and Market streets. “Noel Leeming have approached us and said they would like to renegotiate the lease and only occupy half the space (but) that opportunity doesn’t come up until mid-next year,” said Jamie Lyall, council’s executive projects manager. “So we’ve got roughly 12 months to get a deal together.

Council is in talks for new businesses to occupy this space on the corner of Charles and Queen streets. Windows will be installed on the Queen Street side.

“We are liaising with a number of parties who are interested in taking that space.” Mr Lyall would not say who the parties were or whether more than one business would move into the 1000 square metre space. “Council is open to all options. “What this does provide council with is an opportunity to put some glazing on that building to reconnect Queen Street

with the CBD and create some vibrancy in Queen Street.” Noel Leeming had also requested a new fit-out and exterior, he said. Mr Lyall said council hoped to have new tenants secured in the next two to three months. If the library shifted to the old theatre it was not likely to impact the other businesses, he said.

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By Adam Poulopoulos An outdoor centre that has hosted groups of Marlborough youngsters for the last three decades faces closure without the public’s help. Pine Valley, at the base of Mount Richmond, needs new committee members to survive. Their AGM is being held next month, and trust member Valerie Mapp said without a committee, the centre would cease to exist. “It would leave a huge hole. The camp is affordable for all kids to attend, and that’s been our goal all the way through. “It’s a tremendous facility for Marlborough.

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A camp for all ages.” The centre, which began after Pine Valley School closed in 1983, can sleep 60 people per night, and regularly has over

2500 bed nights a year. Parties such as youth groups, tramping groups, scouts and school groups regularly use the facility, while it is also open to

family groups. Ms Mapp said it would be great to have some fresh blood and new ideas. “We need a lot of new, enthusiastic people to keep it running. “The people on the trust now have been doing it for years, but it would be great to have representatives from the groups using it on the committee.” The AGM is being held on Monday, June 23 at 7pm at the Whitney Street School staff room. For more information call chairman Neil Black on 578 7093.

Media feasts on Marlborough Marlborough is on the menu for some of the world’s top international travel writers and editors this month. Eleven leading international writers and editors are being hosted in the region by Destination Marlborough and Tourism New Zealand, as a part of the Travel Classics international travel media and TRENZ conferences both being held in Auckland. A number of other media groups are also visiting over the next two months, including social media team The Great Kiwi Road Trip, an international television crew, and a number of premium Chinese media – making the first six months this year one of the busiest for

the region in terms of media hosting, says Destination Marlborough general manager, Tracy Johnston. In addition to the large media contingent here for the royal visit in April, more than 20 New Zealand and international travel and lifestyle media outlets have spent time in Marlborough over the past four months. “The region has hosted media as diverse and widely read as Australia’s Delicious Magazine and London’s Sunday Mirror, through to New Zealand’s Kia Ora, Onboard, and FishHead magazines,” Mrs Johnston said. This was a cost-effective way to publicise the region.

“We simply couldn’t afford to buy the space in the publications and television networks that these media visits generate. “Our media hosting programme is a cost effective way of extending Marlborough’s visitor attraction marketing programme, and the feedback we’ve been getting from journalists has been incredibly positive. “On top of that is the news that TripAdvisor members ranked Blenheim as the fourth top destination in New Zealand, it’s fantastic recognition of the investment, effort and pride that local businesses place in giving a great visitor experience.”

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DISAPPOINTED I would like to share my disappointment at the fact that Couplands Bakery were open normal hrs on Anzac Day. There is nothing essential there that couldnt be got the day before or even after mid day. If New World, Pak n Save as well as countdown can close so can they. To me it shows a lack of respect toward our Brave Vets some of who gave their life for us and yet you cant even give up 4 hrs trading. SHAME ON U. A Vets son.

ROCK & ROLL DANCING Fri 2/5 re ‘keen to dance’. Beginner rock & roll dance lessons begin Thurs 22/5. Contact Margaret 5786208. Regards, Wayne, President, Top of the South Rock & Roll Club.

WORK AT EASTER Not a shoper and would forfeit these holidays if my nonchristian but still religious employer was able to open

CRAPPY CAR PARK! Totally agree with you on that one. pull finger council and do something about Lansdowne car park, and while you’re at it let no1 field get a bit more use

ANIMAL CONTROL ISSUE Re wandering dog on francis street. The spca are not responsible for wandering dogs that have an owner, they r a non profit charity that help with animal welfare issues. This is an animal control and owner issue.

REGISTER CATS Opinions inappropriate fair enough but how do u secure a rubbish bag frm wandering cats maybe thay need to be reg n chiped like dogs hav to n to cats born free if thay were desexed we wouldnt have issues with so many strays n wild cats that people are gettn sick of cleaning up after them

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business hub SCREEN CAT TEXTS Marlborough I agree with ‘opinions inappropriate’. Threats should not be published. Please screen out texts from deficient losers who try to upset or worry others. Orrin

CELEBS IN TOWN Nice to see Jordan and Nicky runners up on master chef in town Friday 9th. They looked as lovely in real life as they did on the TV. Great to see nz celeb’s in our town be it food celebs.

HARD DONE YOUTH I honestly thin k the youth of Marlborough are hard done by, especially those of Maori or Pasific descent. For example, the other week I was walking back from a class held at MBC just to be stopped and accused of being a “wagger,” and told to “hurry on back to school, and expect a phonecall to the principal if not the police.” Meanwhile a group of my Caucasean peers walked past, no problems at all. I’m not trying to pull the whole feel sorry for my race thing, but people could have the decency to RESPECTFULLY ask what ANY student is doing out of school grounds during school hours, instead of jumping to conclusions!

FOUNDED ON HARD WORK This country was founded on hard work...and religion was there to steal from low paid workers to fatten its coffers..NZ has freedom..not religious war causing scammers.

NO MORE CAT To the 2 boys in lee st in yr little red brick hm.u sick of my cats shitn in yr garden. u askd us 4 a cat. we gave u one. then u did nt want it. we hv bein feedn it. u rang the council u rang house comish. god nos who else. wel we got letter from council. so we had to take them to pound they were lovd much. the pound could nt keep them. so guess wat happend to them. thankyou very much 4 that.


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This is a reply to cats born free. Of course you can keep cats locked up. Is it fair to have them defacating in your neighbours garden day after day. They should all have to be licenced collared and neutered. sandie hebberd

Blenheim people need to get that sometimes the way they are can be off putting

SMOKEFREE Good on Gramados with their personal no smoking rule. Hope u hv success

NO REGO & WARRANT FINE ive had a car parkd in seddon outside hm on the lawn the council own bt i mantain wile iv dn sum rebuilding after eqke. suprise a ticket 4 no reg and warant 400 it was 4 mtrrs frm road nxt 2 hedge i mantain aswell well out of the way of anythng. oh well coppa looks like u mowing the lawn out front frm nw on sorry council

PARKING FINE UNFAIR Sad 2 report blenheim police reachd brand new low ! Witnesd a policeman writing a PARKING ticket out and left it on my SEDDON neighbours car winscreen i found this totaly inappropriate as the vehicle in questn was nt being driven and was of no inconvenience 2 n e body Havnt we been thru enuf this past year? mayb if the police did there own wrk nd nt the councils then mayb wouldnt b a gang prob in our twn signd worried

FAREWELL, LOFT Pretty gutted to see the loft closing. It’s going to be hard to replace. RIP.

VACCINATE pls vaccinate yr kids - if not pls keep thm away frm otha childrn. vaccines r the best defence we hav against many infectious diseases. if u cant trust ur local nurse, who can u trust?

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LANSDOWNE CARPARK I agr wth crappy carpark, council should get act 2 gthr n fix car park, may stop parking in front of peoples houses. Come on council get yr act 2gthr n do somethng for th comunity instd of grabing more money 2 put in2 rndabts that people dont no hw 2 use

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Dear Ed, In response to Blenheim Mum and the vaccine conspiracy, I completely agree! It’s it funny that back in the 70s they tried to introduce a ‘swine flu’ vaccination that caused paralysis… then a few decades later we had a ‘pandemic’ and now it is stock standard in our flu vaccinations? There is no way the pharmaceutical company would have been able to get the vaccination into

our society without the worldwide hype of a ‘pandemic’ that killed approximately 18,000 in one year compared to the normal flu strain that killed more people in the same year (the number of deaths from swine flu eventually blew out to around 151,700 - 575,400 when a ‘further’ study was done??). You have to always question a vaccination that is not paramount to your health - it’s just all hype. I agree with vaccinating for polio

etc, but rotovirus? Our children need to have their immune system challenged, unfortunately bugs are a part of childhood. Understandably for the ill, or those in society who are at great risk (children with diseases etc). But vaccinating a child to prevent a poop bug is just crazy. Another concerned Blenheim Mum

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Artist winners announced tomorrow By Celeste Lodewyk The Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards winners have now been chosen and will find out tomorrow night exactly what they have won. The opening presentation and awards will be held at the Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery from 6pm to 8pm tomorrow evening where the six major prize winners will be presented with their awards. The names of these winners will be announced in next week’s Wednesday Sun publication. The calibre of work submitted was extremely high said Marlborough Art Society president Peter Da-

vidson, and around a third of the entries came from local artists. “The judging panel had a hard time choosing from the 150 entries sent in by artists from all over New Zealand. “The judges narrowed them down to 63 entries which are on display and will be exhibited to the public until June 15,” he said. The winning artist will receive the premier $3000 cash prize sponsored by Peters Doig Chartered Accountants. Directors Anton James and Tim McKendry said they were very impressed with the quality of art entered into the competition.

“There is quite a diverse range from portraits and landscapes through to abstracts and local scenery. “There isn’t one theme throughout, every entry is different and showcases different mediums used. It’s very impressive,” Tim said. Peter said he hopes the public will go along and view the exhibition and take the opportunity to vote in the ‘People’s Choice’ category. The artist who receives the most votes will be announced when the exhibition closes. The Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery is open daily from 10:30am to 4pm.

Marlborough Art Society president Peter Davidson (centre) with Peters Doig Chartered Accountants directors Anton James and Tim McKendry are excited to announce the winners of the Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards tomorrow night. Photo by Celeste Lodewyk.

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A recent search in the Waikawa Bay area for the presence of the pest Mediterranean fanworm has come up clear, but authorities did find the presence of sea squirts. The Mediterranean fanworm is an introduced marine species that crowds out native marine life and can potentially affecting marine farming. In February this year, a number of fanworms were found on the bottom of a heavily fouled yacht moored in Waikawa Bay. Fouling is the growth of marine life on immersed surfaces such as boat hulls. The vessel was hauled out and cleaned and the Marlborough District Council (MDC) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) joined forces to check the area for any further signs of the worms. “We were pleased to find no further sign of the fanworm, although we did find and remove six individual Styela clava (Styela) sea squirts which are a different marine pest,” said council’s Jono Underwood. The Styela sea squirt was found for the first time in Marlborough in Picton’s marina in June last year and a joint-agency response was established between the MDC, MPI, marine farming industry, iwi and other concerned parties. Mr Underwood says a long-term management plan (which involves regular checks and removal) and a charter have been developed by MDC, MPI, Port Marlborough and the Marine Farming Association. Owners of moored boats are encouraged to regularly haul and clean their hulls and keep their antifouling paint in good, effective condition to avoid the spread of these pests.

Cuts to polytechs Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology has lost $8 million in government funding since 2010, according to the Tertiary Education Union. The union says the funding slash is part of ‘severe funding cuts’ made to regional polytechnics made by the government since Steven Joyce became tertiary education minister in 2010. “The minister has taken an axe to regional polytechnics all around New Zealand,” says Lesley Francey, TEU national president. “Local students are losing opportunities, and local staff are losing jobs.” The government had cut funding for regional polytechnics by a total of $60 million since 2010, with the $8 million loss for NMIT a 31 per cent decrease. It had also cut funding to the seven urban polytechnics by a smaller amount of $400,000. Meanwhile the government increased funding for privately owned tertiary education companies by $23 million, or 7.2 per cent in the last two years alone (2012-2014).














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The arts (and parts) of motorcycle maintenance Most riders know most things about their bikes’ maintenance, but it’s always a good idea to refresh the memory banks – see if these tips help. Oil: Scheduled oil changes with the right oil are the best way to make your engine last. Engines have lots of hard bits spinning and banging and the only thing that keeps them from grinding themselves into metal filings is a thin layer of quality oil. When oil breaks down, it can’t work properly. So change it often, according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule and even more so if you ride in dirty or dusty environments. Air: If your air filter system isn’t clean you could be cutting off airflow to the cylinders, or worse allowing in foreign abrasives which can grind away at your engine’s innards. When it comes to air-filter

maintenance, follow the recommended schedule as a minimum, and again more so if you ride in dodgy environments. Drivetrain: Fresh oil and clean air will generally keep your engine and transmission running right, but that’s only two-thirds of your bike’s mechanical make-up. The rest is the drivetrain - the chain, belt or shaft that transfers power from your transmission to your rear wheel. Depending on what type of final drive you’re running, you’ll want to keep an eye on chain stretch, sprocket wear, belt cracking, or the condition and amount of oil in the shaft housing. While chain drives usually require more maintenance, today’s chain and lubrication technology

has greatly simplified and cleaned up this important part of your regular maintenance. Tyres: Getting the power to the road is the final part of the process, and running the wrong air pressure in your tyres can negatively affect everything from fuel mileage to handling. And it’s not only wasteful, it’s dangerous. By maintaining the correct air pressure in your tyres (check it once a week with a reliable gauge), they will last longer and so will you. This article was supplied by the Marlborough Motorcycle Road Safety Group

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Winter Driving Safety Road Safety Week 19-24 May 2014

Police reminder for safe winter driving

Distracted drivers are hazards on the road.

Safe driving tips Extend your vision One of the most important things you can do to be a safer driver is to look well ahead of you when you’re driving, so you can pick up potentially dangerous situations before it’s too late. Rather than looking only as far as the vehicle in front of you when driving, you should actually be scanning the road in front to a distance of at least 12 seconds ahead of where your car

is – that is, the place you will be after driving for 12 seconds. As a rough guide, at 50km/h, 12 seconds is 166 metres or about two city blocks. At 100km/h, 12 seconds is 333 metres. This means at 100km/h you should look ahead as far as you can see.

Keep your eyes moving Many people only look ahead of them when driving. This means they’re not getting the full picture of what’s happening on the road. As well as looking ahead, you should also use your mirrors to look to the

sides and behind often enough to be aware of surrounding traffic. Moving your eyes regularly and concentrating on what’s going on around you will also help you to stay alert on long journeys.

As winter sets in and the cold weather begins to affect the driving conditions on roads throughout the region, Marlborough Highway Patrol team leader, Sergeant Barrie Greenall offers some advice to motorists. “Firstly, prepare Marlborough Highway now not five min- Patrol team leader, Serutes before you need geant Barrie Greenall. to set off - ensure your car is ready with road worthy tyres and equipped with antifreeze in both the coolant and screen wash and both at appropriate levels. Never set off on any journey until glass is clear of ice and condensation. Whenever driving make sure to drive to the conditions, slower than during other seasons and leave plenty of room to vehicles in front. Whilst driving keep in your mind that shaded areas may be frozen throughout even sunny days, and on rural roads grit can be an issue as it can accumulate in unexpected places. If planning a longer journey keep up with weather forecasts and be aware that conditions can change suddenly. After all that we hope all motorists look out for each other this winter and keep safe.”

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- WEEKEND EVENT GUIDE Friday 16 May 2014 Picton Little Theatre Present Stand Up Comedy NZ Style Featuring MC – Brad Zimmermann, Alexander Sparrow, Gerard Paapu, Patch Lambert and more. Stand Up is Strictly +18 Tickets are $25 from Take Note in Picton or phone 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 Exercise for the not so mobile while sitting down! 1pm Monday and Friday afternoons at 131 Budge Street. Plenty of parking. $2.00 per session. Ph Sue: 578 0469. Sit and Be Fit with Jeanette Free exercise for all ages at Crossroads, 2 Redwood Street. At 10am ph 578 5395. Quest Intermediate age youth group, 3.30pm-5pm, Picton Baptist Church, 293 Waikawa Rd, Picton. Text Bronwyn 021 046 2434. Pastel Painting Marlborough Art Society, 10am till 3pm. Prue: Ph 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. Ph 573 8283. Marlborough Museum 26 Arthur Baker Place, off New Renwick Rd, Brayshaw Heritage Park. Daily 10am till 4pm. The Diversion Gallery Open noon-5pm Wed – Saturdays 10 London Quay, Picton. Ph 573 7376 or 027 440 8121 or Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery Open 10.30am till 4.30pm daily, 204 High St. Ph 577 6784 www.marlboroughartsociety. com

Saturday 17 May 2014 Eastern States Speedway EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA racing start at 2pm. Vehicle Checking from 12noon. Gates from 11am. End of year Prize Giving starting at 7.30pm. ALL WELCOME no door charge for Prize Giving, BBQ in the clubrooms early in the night, supper provided at conclusion of prize giving. Marlborough Kennel Club Championship Shows today and tomorrow morning. Hundreds of dogs of all sizes. Stalls, BBQ, Canteen, raffles etc. All welcome Gold coin entry. Clubgrounds, Omaka.

Marlborough Sounds Portage Kayak Race - 27km of kayaking and 5km of portaging between the Queen Charlotte and kenepuru Sounds and 10km kayaking option from Picton to Torea Bay 9am Start at Picton Foreshore. Suitable for racing and recreational kayakers. More info: ph Andrea 578 4767. Picton Little Theatre Present Stand Up Comedy International Mix. Featuring Neil Thornton (USA), Rob Harris (Canada) Dylan Lehotsky (USA) Alice Brine (NZ) + More Stand Up is Strictly +18 Tickets are $25 from Take Note in Picton or phone 027 924 6606. Marlborough Harriers is Kevin’s Run At Marty Neal’s Farm, Okaramio at 2:00 pm. Be there by 1.45pm for the run briefing. Located on the road towards Havelock approx. 3 km past the Okaramio Tavern on the right-hand side. Look for the ‘Harriers’ sign. Les McKay ph 03 577 8307 cell 021 463 922. Menz Shed Blenheim Open day and garage sale . 4 Dillons Point Road 9am - 3pm. Machinery, tools, furniture and more. All welcome Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 8am – 2pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Rd, Ph John 578 3918. Marlborough Embroiderers’ Guild First Saturday of the month at 1.30pm 4.30pm St John Rooms, Seymour St. Ph Roz 578 2471. 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 Redwood Market 8am-noon, Redwood Tavern car park. Plants produce and crafts. Vintage Farm Machinery 10am till 3pm, Open every day. Brayshaw Vintage Farm, Guided tours available, Doris 579 4357. Picton Men’s Shed Every Saturday 10am to 1pm and Wednesday 9am-4pm. Plants and garden furniture sold Saturday and Wednesday 10am to 1pm. Kapahaka for Youth Blenheim School 6pm - 8pm. All welcome.

The Blenheim Pink Breakfast Is happening Sunday the 18th May at the Clubs of Marlborough from 9:30 till 11am. Tickets are available at the Cancer Society in the Forum. Ph 027 653 1790.

Rhys DARby: MR ADventuRe Monday 19th May @ 8pm NOTE R16 Adult $49.50 Conc(65+) $44.50 Student (16 - 19 years) $44.40

MAsteRclAss foR hospice Thursday 22nd May @ 7.30pm Admit One $35.00

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Purchase from The Floor Pride Civic Theatre or Take Note, Picton PHONE (03) 520 8560, Prices include booking fee Transaction fees apply for phone and internet bookings

coMbineD colleges polyfestivAl Friday 23rd May 2014 @ 7.00pm Adult $12.00 Child (u12) $5.00 Infant (u5) Free

Ladies Club ‘ Fit and Fabulous’ Day 1.30pm. Speakers from the wellness community, bubbles and afternoon tea. This is the first in a series of Ladies Club events at the Waikawa Boating Club - all are welcome to book a ticket. Phone 573 6798 to reserve a spot. WaterForce Tramp The Ned Is a fundraiser for Fairhall School. Cash registrations on the day from 8.30am – 9.45am at Taylor Pass Rd. $15 adult; $30 family; $10 school aged child. Appropriate clothing and footwear essential. Ph 577 8939. Riverside Railway Train Departs Brayshaw Park Station at 1.45 and 3.00pm. Adults $10 Children $5 CASH ONLY.

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 Book sale today 9am - 4pm. 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 Prk, 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 1pm till 4pm $2.

UP AND COMING EVENTS Monday 19th May Rhys Darby: Mr Adventure New Zealand’s very own comedy super star returns with a brand new show. Marlborough Civic Theatre 8:00pm.

Ulysses Ride Wakefield for lunch via Wairau Valley. Meet at Railway Stn (south end) at 10.15am ride departs at 10.30am. Kapahaka Every Sunday at Tuamarina Hall 12pm - 3pm All welcome. 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. Ph Rev Derek 578 5050.

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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. Petanque 10am 65A Weld Street – Phone John 577 9789. Tramping Club Mary 5728762. Buddhism for Modern Life 10am, 573 5379.

Sun 18 May 2014

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Marlborough Football In association with New Zealand Football we will be hosting the U’20 Fifa World Cup Trophy at A&P Park 18th May from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. On the day there will be a fun football festival with small sided pitches and an inflatable pitch. All kids and players are invited to come down to the park and meeting the U20 World Cup ambassador and have their picture taken with the Trophy. For more information call Allan on 027 524 2387.

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

Blenheim Bonsai 2pm-4pm, 7 Hale Street. Dave 577 8679.

Marlborough Fo ot In association w ball ith we will be host New Zealand Football ing the U’20 Fi fa World Cup Trophy at A& 3.30pm to 5.30 P Park 18th May from pm.

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

gRuMpy olD woMen fifty shADes of beige Sunday 1st June 2014 @ 7.30pm Admit One $71.90

KiDs foR KiDs Wednesday 11th June Thursday 12th June @ 7.30pm Adult $24.50 Conc(65+) $20.00 Child/Student $20.00 Child under 5 Free Family (2 adults, 2 children (U16) $73.00

the toMMy DoRsey oRchestRA the Kings of swing Wednesday 16th July @ 7.30pm Admit One: A Reserve $91.90 Admit One: B Reserve $81.90

the seARcheRs Sunday 27th July @ 7.30pm Admit One $69.90

oKlAhoMA! Sunday 24th August @ 8.00pm Premium $101.90 A Reserve $87.00 B Reserve $81.90 Child (U16) $67.00 A Reserve (First 100 tickets) $81.90

tAKe Me hoMe Music & life of john DenveR Friday 5th September 2014 @ 8pm Adult $71.90 Conc(65+) $66.90 Student/Child $66.90

nZso - in the hAll of the MountAin King Saturday 22 November 2014 @ 7.30pm Adult $52.00 Conc(65+) $47.00 Child (U19) $17.00 Pre Show talk 6.45pm

RussiAn nAtionAl DAnce show – KostRoMA Sunday 23rd November @ 7.30pm Adult $92.00 Conc (65+) $77.00 Child (u16) $67.00 Group (6+) $77.00

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5 MINUTES WITH: Tilly Carnie SPCA Marlborough animal attendant/admin


What is your favourite food? Takoyaki, okonomiyaki.

What makes you smile?

My son Jack.

What’s your pet hate? Humans who think they are the superior race and don’t respect other species.


Your favoured holiday destination? Wanaka, Queenstown.

What’s your favourite music? It ranges from ‘please don’t judge me’ to ‘you have to listen to this.’ What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? I am a blonde Australian posing as a brunette kiwi.


Who would you invite to dinner? Blenheim’s most eligible bachelor. What’s next on your wish list? Travel.

A saying you like to live by? What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Fundraising breakfast in memory of a friend By Celeste Lodewyk Local women Robyn Simmons, Lynne Hammond and Jeannie Mark will be hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast fundraiser on May 25 in memory of their friend Jo Brown who they lost to breast cancer in March. “Lynne, Jeannie and I got to know Jo and her family through sharing

summer holidays at Waikawa Bay and shared many meals and boat outings in the Marlborough sunshine together. “She was a wonderful woman and we decided we wanted to do something in her memory. “We know so many fantastic ladies affected by this disease so we would like to fundraise to help

with the search for better treatments, preventative measures and ultimately a cure,” Robyn said. The breakfast will be held at the Wisheart Room at the Floorpride Marlborough Civic Theatre at 10am. Tickets for the breakfast cost $30 each and are available from No 4 Boutique or Thomas’s. The ticket

price includes breakfast, a complimentary glass of bubbles or pink grapefruit juice. All money raised from Pink Ribbon Breakfasts in 2014 will fund research projects and medical grants to help improve the survivorship of breast cancer in New Zealand.

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Warning: ‘Don’t let the farm manage you’ The most serious on-going problem for farmers was increasing expenses said noted Christchurchbased farm accountant Pita Alexander to last week’s Marlborough Federated Farmers AGM. “The most serious on-going problem inside the farm gate without a doubt in my mind is the neverending relentless upwards creep in farm working expenses,” he said to an audience of 50 in Renwick last Thursday. Inside his firm’s accounting business the average increase was about five per cent compound interest. “If you used five per cent at com-

Pita Alexander. Photo supplied.

pound interest rates, farm working expenses double ever 14.5 years. “Sobering stuff but confirmed by history.”

Farming was a volatile business and for any businesses servicing farming. Farming couples and service businesses should have as a top priority to build financial reserves. This was because the severe and regular commodity cycles, overseas factors and because of prices and business volatility. “Consequently you need 20 per cent of your gross farm income in reserves,” advised Mr Alexander. “It may take some time to achieve this but do not fight the concept - 10 per cent is the absolute minimum.” Make sure farm investment is

wisely done and do not fall into the trap of just bull-dozing all of hardearned cash into the farm, he said. “Farms are the best bottomless pits you will ever strike. “You must manage the farm, not the farm manage you. “Some men are compulsive developers but sometimes both spouses and key advisers need to have a helicopter view of where they are at in terms of the farm’s maturity, which I would argue in financial terms is about 93 per cent of its production potential.” In an often entertaining address, Mr Alexander advised fronting up

to problems early, communicating with partners and spouses and doing homework before spending hard earned cash. Listening and learning from the top 10 per cent of farmers gave invaluable insight while top advice was not just desirable but absolutely essential. Officers elected at the meeting were - President: Gregg Harris (Awatere), Vice President: Scott Adams (Northbank), Secretary: Glenda Robb (Rapaura), Treasurer: Gary Barnett (Tua Marina).

Deer poachers face $100k fines Deer poachers are likely to get socked much heftier fines than before. With amendments to the law books, penalties are greatly increased from the original obsolete fines. Now a poaching offence could cop a fine of up to $100,000 or individual imprisonment of up to two years. Meanwhile hunters illegally spotlighting for deer on public conservation land are also likely to be heavily fined.


The maximum penalty for unlawful hunting under the Conservation Act is now one year imprisonment or a $10,000 fine. Local deerstalker Tony Orman said the former fines were outdated and in reality became a “cheap licence to poach more deer”. Spotlighters were a constant threat up the Awatere and Waihopai valleys. “Poachers are a blight on the law abiding and ethical hunting

fraternity and the cause of considerable stress to rural communities and farming families. “It’s time poachers got well and truly whacked.” Deer poachers are a constant problem around the Marlborough Sounds either from roads or boats and along roads in back country Marlborough. Police urge the public to remain vigilant and to contact police if they see suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles.

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Expressions of Interest

APL Property Limited on behalf of the Ward Catholic Church Committee is seeking registrations of interest in the potential sale, either materials or structure, of the St Peter Chanel’s Catholic Church in Ward. Registrations are invited until 4.00pm Thursday 29 May 2014. For further information or to arrange entry to the site, please contact Samantha Forrest at samantha.forrest@ or on 577 7780.

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For further information give us a call Phone Will Grigg on 027 243 0494


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since Sunday night, 11th May 2014. These are FAMily Pets (NOT pig dogs) We are desperately searching for them. Please phone Richard or Karen on: 03 574 2848 or 021 237 1706

Cat logging Ltd currently has a great opportunity for a motivated and reliable person who is keen to further their career in forestry. We are looking for an experienced breaker out/tree faller to work in our cable Harvesting operation in the Havelock area. The focus of this role will primarily be breaking out but tree falling, excavator and/or bulldozer experience would be useful. There are also opportunities for machine operating and working on the landing. To be considered for this position you need to have • Proven experience with and an excellent understanding of cable harvesting systems • High work standards and a sound knowledge of safety and quality • Be a team person with excellent communication skills • Have the relevant skills and qualifications We operate a drug and alcohol policy and pre-employment drug testing. Phone 03 574 2697 or 027 608 3103



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Budget 2014 SUPPORTING FAMILIES A $500 million support package for families and children will see paid parental leave extended by four weeks, Prime Minister John Key says. The family support package includes $172 million to boost the paid parental leave scheme, $42 million to increase the parental tax credit from $150 a week to $220 a week, and increase the entitlement from eight weeks to 10 weeks, from April 1 next year. A further $90 million will provide free GP visits and free prescriptions for children aged under 13, starting on July 1 2015. An additional $156 million will help early childhood education centres to remain accessible and affordable, the PM said.

MORE SOCIAL HOUSING The Government is investing more in social housing, including $77.5 million of new operating funding and $18.2 million of new capital funding over the next four years, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says. “This will provide more families with access to affordable rental housing,” she says.

$857M FOR EDUCATION The Government will invest $857.8 million over the next four years for new education initiatives and sector support, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. “Raising student achievement continues to be one of the Government’s top priorities and my colleagues have recognised this by supporting a further substantial boost to funding for early childhood and school education.”

$20M FOR ENVIRONMENT Budget 2014 will make available $20 million over four years for environmental initiatives and to help the management of New Zealand’s natural environment, Environment Minister Amy Adams says. The government has a package of reforms aimed at strengthening the Resource Management Act (RMA), and improving water quality and the way fresh water is managed. “The Government has made a commitment to improving the quality of our fresh water, and developing a package of cohesive reform and cleanups that will lead to more productive and sustainable use of our freshwater resource within a generation,” Ms Adams says.

POLICE BUDGET FROZEN For the fifth year in a row, New Zealand’s police budget will remain at the same level. The Government has no plans to increase the $1.46bil budget before 2018 either. The corrections budget of $1.2 million would also remain the same.


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• The biggest blue whale ever recorded was 33m long. • They weigh upward of 200 tonnes and feed almost exclusively on tiny shrimp like animals called krill. • The blue whale calf spends a year inside the mother’s womb. It will emerge weighing 2-3 tonnes and stretching to 25 feet. • The calf will gorge on nothing but mum’s milk and gain about 200 pounds everyday for the first year.

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Friday May 16, 2014

Bust out the popcorn


It’s getting cold and wet outside, and that can wreak havoc with our sport-playing habits. Sometimes people can get weak and lazy and refuse to leave the house. At other times, the fields can be closed so there’s no chance of getting on the paddock. So if the well of live sport runs dry, and you’re looking for a sporting fix or some athletic inspiration on a dreary Sunday afternoon, sporting movies might solve your problem. Sports movies have been made ever since the era of silent films. One of the earliest was called ‘The Champion’, starring Charlie

Speedway The rescheduled Eastern States Speedway Easter Extravaganza takes place tomorrow. Racing begins at 2pm, with gates open at 11am, and vehicle checking at noon. An end-of-year prize giving will be held in the evening.

Harriers Marlborough Harriers’ Saturday Run will depart from Marty Neal’s Farm, Okaramio, at 2pm tomorrow. Everyone is welcome to participate, and a children’s run is organised. Carpooling will depart from the clubrooms at 1:15.

Chaplin. Released 99 years ago, the 33-minute-long comedy sees Charlie find a lucky horseshoe, take up boxing, and end up fighting the world champion. For those of you bored at work, the full movie can be seen on YouTube. The last 20 years has seen an explosion of the sport/comedy movie genre. Examples include Jery Maguire, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy and most of what Will Ferrell’s in. The Comebacks, released in 2007, is essentially a spoof of all other sports movies, but it was rated at 9 per cent by Rotten

Tomatoes. If you’re looking for something with a bit more weight, there are those classic sport films everyone should see. Remember the Titans, Field of Dreams and the Rocky franchise are just some that come under that category. If you’re looking for something quite recent, Rush was one of the better movies of last year irrespective of genre. The clash of two Formula 1 drivers, one a hedonistic playboy, the other an intense genius, is a good watch. Whatever your preference, there are plenty of decent flicks to watch this winter.

The Under-20 World Cup Trophy will be hosted at A&P Park this Sunday from 2pm to 5:30pm. All kids and players are invited to have their picture taken with the trophy. A football tournament on smallsided pitches will also be held. The 20th edition of the Under-20 tournament will be held in New Zealand in May and June next year.

By Adam Poulopoulos A bung shoulder will not be enough to stop Ward-based farmer Nick Webby from kayaking this weekend. Nick and wife Carole are both competing in the 25th Portage Kayak Race, to be held tomorrow. The event, which starts and finishes at the Picton Foreshore and involves about 27 kilometres of paddling and 5km of carrying the boat, starts at 9am. For Nick, it will be the third time he’s competed in the event, while it’s the first for Carole. Nick said even an accident on the farm would not keep him out of the race. “I was walking down the hill after one of those wet days when I bloody fell over and wrenched my right shoulder. “I probably shouldn’t be doing it, but I’ll do it anyway.” A member of the Marlborough Multisport Club, Nick said the group had been hard in training for the event.

Triathlon Entries are now open for the 2014 Marlborough Women’s Triathlon. Entries before May 31 go in to win a pair of K-Swiss Blade running shoes from AvantiPlus. You will also win your entry back and an official event T Shirt. For more information visit the Marlborough Women’s Triathlon website.

“We always paddle down to the rowing club, and that’s usually between 12 and 16 kilometres. “Before we got busy with the sheep I’d have a cheeky paddle on the Friday too.” The event attracted both elite and recreational paddlers from as far afield as Auckland and Alexandra. Club treasurer Andrea Koorey said it was a special race. “It’s a one-of-a-kind race in New Zealand and it’s in the Sounds, which has amazing scenery. “It’s Marlborough’s jewel and we like to show it off.” In conjunction with the kayak races, a Waka Ama race in Queen Charlotte Sound will be held to mark the anniversary. So far, about 100 entries have been received for the event. You can enter the event on the day by arriving at 8am.








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As a keen gymnast and dancer, Terri Willcocks (pictured) is quick on her feet. It’s a skill that she will need in her new job as community sport advisor for Sport Tasman in Marlborough. The 25-year-old from Oamaru started work at the regional sport trust’s Blenheim office last week, just three days after arriving home from Sydney where she has spent the last couple of years. Miss Willcocks, who has a degree in physical education from Otago University, is relishing the challenge of getting to know local administrators, coaches and volunteers. “I hope to bring a positive and lively energy to the sporting community in Marlborough.” She said her experience in working as an operations assistant for Southern Zone Rugby League in Otago and then as gymnastics manager at Penrith YMCA, the second largest club in New South Wales, will be invaluable in her new role. “Moving away from my family and friends in New Zealand taught me a lot about myself and what I wanted out of life. “I wanted to return to a community-based role and coming back to New Zealand was a bonus.”


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Friday May 16, 2014

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ocal home builders are helping to put Blenheim on the real estate map, taking out prestigious gold awards in the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year competition. Rowan and Donna Lee from Peter Ray Homes took gold in the New Homes $250k-300k category for a unique property they built for local couple Tim and Anna Gifford. The Lees proved they are a force to be reckoned with by also securing a bronze award for New Homes between $350k-400k. Rowan Lee said Marlborough builders had done extremely well in the nation’s top building competition, considering the high calibre of entries. Donna Lee with Tim & Anna Gifford.


Tracy Taylor & Peter Sutherland

lenheim couple Tracy Taylor and Peter Sutherland had a firm idea of how they wanted their home built, so they were pleased when Peter Ray Homes worked closely with them to deliver what they wanted. “This was the first time Peter and I had built together so we had a big list of ‘must haves’ and wanted to be involved in every stage of the build. “Rowan met with us regularly, sometimes in the evenings and went over everything in detail. He took us through showhomes to see how our ideas would look and when our build started he encouraged us to visit the site. “When we did the tradesmen would put down their tools to show us around and


Allan & Judith Hutton.


outhlanders Judy and Trevor Grey moved to Blenheim early 2012 to be close to family. Judy says moving to Blenheim and building their first home was beyond their wildest dream for these retirees. “We looked at showhomes in Invercargill, but didn’t see the right plan for us. So Trevor decided to draw our own plans. “We contacted Rowan at Peter Ray Homes. He drew the plans to the right specs, and presto we had our plans back in three days and made the decision to go with it. “The reason other plans didn’t feel right was because of the unusual shape of our section in Blenheim. “Now house and section complement each other. Judy says the entire process was easy. Judy has previously worked for a kitchen consultant, so

etirees Judith and Allan Hutton weren’t considering building a new home, until they looked at an established Peter Ray Home built some years ago. They liked the home, says Judith, especially the living areas, but it was a bedroom short. So they decided to phone Peter Ray Homes. They spoke with Donna Lee. Donna owns Peter Ray Homes with her husband Rowan. Right from their very first meeting with Donna everything went smoothly. The thought of building was easy because her husband Allan was a builder, although “he was going to watch every nail,” she joked. There was no need to worry. Donna and Rowan had

she was particular about the kitchen. But there were no hassles. “The subbies that worked on our house were excellent and we had no problems. We visited most days while they built our home and we felt welcomed. Both Judy and Trevor agree building a new house with Peter Ray Homes is excellent value for money. They built a 4 bedroom home 235sq and they are very happy with the finished product. “It’s easy” says Judy. They also installed solar power water heating. Trevor cannot understand why more homes in Blenheim haven’t considered this option when building, with the amount of sunshine hours we have here. It is so very cost effective when building and saves on the power bill.

talk us through everything, so throughout there were no surprises, everything was done to how we wanted it to be,” Tracy said. Rowan told Tracy and Peter the build would take approximately five months, and it did! “Rowan and his team worked day,night and even weekends to have our home built on time. Everyone who was involved was clearly dedicated to their craft,” Peter said. “People ask us what would we change... to which we reply - nothing! “The trust for Rowan and Peter Ray Homes was there from the start and the whole experience was stressfree and fun,” Tracy said.

everything under control. Allan says today Peter Ray Homes have the buying power and it is so cost effective to build, without compromising on quality. Donna said it would take 16 weeks to build, and that’s exactly how long it took. A plus building with Peter Ray was the helpful advice received from interior designer Simone Hill. “She was extremly efficient and matched our furniture with the new house colours.” Allan commented they had very good builders and being a builder he knows. “The end result, we were totally satisfied Peter Ray did an excellent build for us. We have already recommended Peter Ray homes to friends. We were very pleased.”

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