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Story and photo by Celeste Alexander Seddon couple Troy and Anna McElhinney welcomed their baby girl Pyper last Monday, hours after the 7.8 earthquake hit near Kaikoura. The couple were booked for a cesarean section to deliver their baby girl last Monday at Wairau Hospital for 7.30am. This was postponed until 10.30am while a decision was made whether routine surgery would go ahead. Once the all clear was given Troy and Anna

drove to Wairau Hospital and checked in at 10.30am. Baby Pyper Shannon McElhinney was delivered at 11.55am weighing 8lb 2oz.

Continued on page 2 Pictured; Anna and Troy McElhinney welcomed their daughter Pyper last Monday at Wairau Hospital. Despite being delayed by the earthquakes and aftershocks, the birth went according to plan. Baby Pyper is pictured with staff nurse and family friend Tina Rayner.

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Seddon couple welcome baby amidst earthquake aftershocks Continued from page 1 “We were OK but it was daunting because Pyper was in breech position and I didn’t want to go into labour while waiting. We checked in with civil defence and the Seddon fire brigade so they knew where we were. They were so lovely and offered to have a nurse check on me,” Anna says. Anna remained in contact with her midwife Gwen Costello who also lives in the Seddon area who advised her to wait for confirmation from the hospital. “Thankfully the road was open,

although it was a little bumpy in places. It can be scary when earthquakes hit and you are rural,” they say. Anna says she wasn’t worried about aftershocks hitting during the surgery and all the staff made her feel at ease throughout the procedure. “I was medicated for the c-section so I may not have noticed it anyway,” she laughs. “But just as we got back from theatre there was a 4.9 which rolled for a bit. It wasn’t as bad in the hospital because of the way it’s built so by

the time we noticed it here I knew it would be bigger outside... it was good being here.” The couple praised the maternity and theatre staff for their care and say “it was like nothing was happening”. “Everything went smoothly and no one seemed affected by the aftershocks. Everyone was amazing and we can’t thank them enough, they made it feel like there was nothing to worry about and we barely noticed the aftershocks were happening,” Anna says. Troy, Anna and baby Pyper went home at the weekend and were hop-

ing a slightly less eventful first few days at home. New Zealand College of Midwives Nelson Marlborough regional chair Emma Barnett and staff at Wairau Hospital wish to reassure women and their whanau that the maternity unit is functioning as normal. “Women are to contact their LMC in the first instance with any concerns. An acute support service has been established for families affected by earthquakes and needing support and this can be accessed by contacting the maternity unit.”

Queen Street building red-stickered By Cathie Bell Owners of a Blenheim central business district store have 10 days to demolish or restore their earthquakedamaged building. The building at 39 Queen Street has been red-stickered, meaning no-one can enter it, and surrounding businesses have been closed to keep people away from the potentially dangerous area. A member of the family trust that owns the building says it will now have to be demolished. The family has owned the building for at least 40 years, and had been trying to sell it. People interested in buying it wanted to buy it ‘shored up’, she says, and the family trust has been working with engineers to do that. The building housed an organic food store and ‘sadly’ the owner is not allowed in to retrieve any stock, she says.

Marlborough District Council chief executive Mark Wheeler says part of Blenheim’s Queen Street – between Arthur and Charles Streets - has been closed because the building is deemed to be a serious and imminent risk to public safety after the Kaikoura earthquake and following aftershocks. Council building inspectors have advised that the building must either be demolished or immediately strengthened within 10 working days, he says. Mark says the property was on a council list of buildings where owners had been given notice that upgrade was required. “After last week’s shake and with the continuing risk of more aftershocks Council believes it’s in the interests of public safety that immediate action is taken.” Guidance provided after the Christchurch earthquake requires

Council CEO Mark Wheeler looks down part of Queen Street which was closed after the building housing the organic shop was red-stickered on Tuesday.

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Sirens the call for foodbank donations By Cathie Bell The cavalcade of sirens next Monday evening will be to alert people to come out to donate canned or dried food to collectors on the streets, not any disaster. The annual Foodbank Street Appeal is to be held in Blenheim, Picton, Renwick, Havelock, Grovetown, and Spring Creek between 6pm and 8pm on Monday evening next week, or on the following Monday December 5 if the weather is bad. Bands of people will be out on the streets with emergency services’ vehicles sounding sirens to collect cans of food to stock the shelves of the Marlborough foodbank. Foodbank co-ordinator Wynnie Cosgrove says this is the foodbank’s big drive to fill its shelves with non-perishable food for the year. “The street appeal is the main project to fill up our stock for the following year. It’s a good booster,” she says. “Usually the street appeal stock will last to July or August, then we rely on ongoing donations.” This is the tenth year of people collecting in the streets for the foodbank in this way, Wynnie says. “The whole project has become so big.” Appeal organiser Jo Lane says more than 200 people are involved in ‘running round in high vis jackets’ collecting. “The need is huge with the earthquakes and Christmas looming. “If people could be extra-gener-



The Blenheim Round Table is running a fundraising movie night this Thursday at the Top Town Cinema to help fund their community work in the region. “The Founder,” starring Michael Keaton documents the rise of the McDonalds restaurant to a global chain. There will be spot prizes and complimentary drinks and nibbles. Tickets cost $25. Phone John on 021 616 926 for more information. Vonnie Paul, Wynnie Cosgrove, and Jo Lane in front of the foodbank shelves that need to be filled up.

ous, that would be a great blessing to lots of people.” If anyone needs foodbank support, Wynnie and Jo say they need to go to an agency, such as a school, the hospital, or Bread of Life. “They put in a referral, and the next day, there will be a delivery.” Wynnie says the foodbank works with 40 agencies and maintains

a good database to ensure there aren’t gaps or duplications in aid. There are 25 regular volunteers working at the foodbank, packaging food in parcels, she says. Jo took over the organiser’s role this year from Bruce and Petrea who had run it for five years. “They left such a good handover notes and system.” The appeal needs more banana

boxes to collect food in. These can be dropped off at Jo’s home 211 High Street in Blenheim. Collectors won’t be getting out to Fairhall or Dry Hills, but people can make donations at the collection point in the Blenheim New World or the Countdown supermarket in Blenheim. Pak ‘n Save will have a collection box as well.


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By Cathie Bell The Government has banned shellfish and seaweed harvesting along the earthquake-affected east coast of the South Island, from Cape Campbell to south of Kaikoura. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says there will be an initial one month closure of the crayfish fishery and three months for all remaining shellfish and seaweed species. “The earthquakes have had a devastating impact on the coastline, raising it by up to four metres in places in an area nearly 100 kilometres long. There has been major mortality for paua and some crayfish in this area and there are concerns about the loss of habitat and what that might mean for breeding. “We need to understand the medium to long term impacts on these fisheries, and in the meantime we need to be careful and temporarily stop fishing until we have a clearer picture.” He also says $2 million of research funding will be used to investigate the impacts of the earthquakes on the coastal environmental, assess the remaining fisheries resources and develop recovery measures. “In normal circumstances we would recover the cost of this scientific work from the commercial industry, however given the exceptional circumstances we think it’s appropriate for the Government to pay for this work. “Fishing is a very important part of the local economy and community, not just for the commercial sector but also recreational and customary fishers. I acknowledge this is disappointing for locals but most people realise we need to protect this resource for

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Liz McElhinney CEO of Rangitane with Lawrence MacDon- Whitcoulls Blenheim store manager Wendy Lillicrapp talks Steven Joyce talks with Noel Leeming store manager Derek ald and Steven Joyce upstairs at Dolce in the Forum. to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce about Johnson, and Marlborough Chamber of Commerce general earthquake damage to the store. manager Stephen Gullery and vice-president Chris Godsiff, with Ministry for Primary Industries official Nick Dalgety.

Minister urged to help Seddon By Cathie Bell The council will monitor how Marlborough is doing and whether it needs more help from the Government, particularly for areas like Seddon, Marlborough mayor John Leggett says. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says the Government is watching the situation and could extend the help it has offered to quake-affected towns Ward, Kaikoura, Cheviot, Waiau, Rotherham, and Mt Lyford. “Seddon is more part of the wider Marlborough economy, Ward is very reliant on the road. “But I’ve told the council to keep us informed, we’re talking to them and the chamber. If we need to move, we will do so. I’m not ruling

out extending it.” Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith visited business owners and farmers in Seddon on Monday, where earthquake damage was clearly evident, he says. “People can sometimes overlook Seddon as being one of the earthquake-affected areas, but I can tell you that it definitely is in the affected area.” Steven says that while the earthquake has caused ‘challenges’ for Marlborough, particularly in the wine and tourism industries, the wider region is ‘open for business’. The wine industry has had tanks damaged and that may cause capacity issues at harvest, but there are about 14 weeks to solve that, he says. National tourism agencies are

working hard to tell international markets that Marlborough is open for tourists. “Aside from State Highway One, Marlborough is in really good shape.” Marlborough Chamber of Commerce general manager Stephen Gullery took the minister to three Blenheim quake-damaged businesses – Whitcoulls, Noel Leeming, and Hannahs – all where false ceilings had collapsed or in Noel Leeming’s case, the sprinkler system went off, flooding the store. Store manager Derek Johnson says a small temporary store will open soon and the full store would be back next year. “It’s pretty devastating to come in and see a waterfall coming out of

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce talks to reporters in Blenheim, Marlborough mayor John Leggett listens in.

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Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street. Q: How did you cope with the earthquake?

Gemma Amsler Blenheim

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A little shook up with the big one but getting on with life now.

Felt vulnerable that I didn’t know to evacuate or where to go or how to achieve it.. with hoisting my son etc would have been extremely difficult to get him in his chair and then go.

Pretty good, it was scary at the time and first couple of days after were stressful. We had a good kit prepared but updated quickly afterwards.

It was ok, because it wasn’t a nasty jolt to start, and there was very little damage, for which we’re thankful.

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Dear Ed, With reference to last Wednesday’s question put to six people, I’m amazed at the delusion some people have that traffic lights are better for traffic flow than roundabouts. They should go and experience Christchurch’s traffic lights where you can be facing red (no go) while the opposite direction shows green despite there being no cars. If there’s four or five phases, you can be sitting there for several minutes waiting for green. Roundabouts allow traffic to flow and by their nature slow car speeds. Traffic lights don’t encourage a slowing in speed and to any speeding idiots running red lights at speed, that’s a smash waiting to happen. Forget traffic lights! Don Coyote Blenheim



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Dear Ed There is a simple rule that our Ministry of Primary Industries needs to make very clear. Anything that is protected but is a victim of a violent natural event such as an earthquake, flood or storm, it does not suddenly become unprotected. For example if a rimu tree on the West Coast is blown down by a storm or a paua shell fish is left stranded by an earthquake does not mean that it is free for the taking. The rimu tree and the paua are just as protected after the event as they were before it. Evan Robinson Redwoodtown

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Les McKay Blenheim It was quite frightening, worse than the Seddon ones, but the damage wasn’t the same. We had a gathering with our neighbours after it.

Full moon lunacy? Dear Ed Was it the full moon in super-duper size? ‘Bishop’ Brian Tamaki says that ‘Gays were to blame for the Earthquake in Kaikoura. Then demented gays called upon John Key and the New Zealand Government to classify Destiny Church as a “hate” group and strip the church of their tax free status. The gays should have laughed at Tamaki. Oh I forgot, the full moon was extra sized. Hee Haw Blenheim

Texting driver Dear Ed, In Eltham Road a woman driver ahead of me did a U turn while texting during the ‘rush hour’ of children being picked up from Whitney Street school. Dumb, dumb, dumb. It’s not only woman drivers, dumb males can be frequently seen talking on hand-held cell phones, particularly tradesman. Dumb, dumb, dumb, It’s time for heavier fines. Living Fossil Blenheim

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Fliers get feet on the ground for White Ribbon cause The high fliers at the New Zealand Defence Force base at Woodbourne will have their feet firmly on the ground next Friday as they show their support for the White Ribbon campaign. Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating became a White Ribbon Ambassador in October 2015 and since then the New Zealand Defence Force has become heavily involved in the campaign to educate men about non-violent attitudes towards women. This week NZDF people will be engaging in activities all over the country to support the cause. This includes the team from Woodbourne making a significant statement in support of the cause by marching in uniform in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Blenheim on White Ribbon Day, Friday, 25 November. All staff on the base and their partners will also get the chance to sign the pledge: “I promise never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women.” RNZAF Base Woodbourne com-

the White Ribbon campaign, because it aligns fully with the ethos and values we expect our people to uphold at all times.” While staff at the Woodbourne base are doing their bit for the White Ribbon cause, the NZDF will be taking its commitment to the White Ribbon campaign through the country, starting two torches on a journey in the North and South islands before they meet in Wellington on Friday. The torches will stand as a physical symbol of the NZDF’s pledge to help prevent violence against women. Marlborough mayor John Leg- At the end of the journey one torch gett has signed the White Ribbon will sit in the entrance to the NZDF headquarters in Wellington, and one pledge. will be presented to New Zealand mander Wing Commander Mike Police, part of the Defence Force Salvador says the sign at the entry encouraging others in the public to the base – “The Air Force starts sector to get behind the White Ribhere” – says it all. bon message. “I can’t think of a better place Tim says the Defence Force wants to demonstrate and reinforce our to show leadership, not just within societal expectations and grow the organisation but to the wider respectful relationships among all,” community. he says. “I am determined that we will “The personnel at RNZAF Base do that – starting within our own Woodbourne are proud to support organisation,” he says. “We say we

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in New Zealand and around the world. “This is the reason we fully support the goals and values of White Ribbon, because they reflect our own.”

Rough riders delivering message The throaty roar of about 30 motorbikes carrying a rough-looking crew with an important message started in Blenheim. Colin Agnew, the leader of the annual White Ribbon Ride since 2009, looks forward to the ride every year. This year it started with breakfast for the riders at Marlborough Boys College last Friday. “I guess when we arrive in town we are a fearful-looking bunch but that is partly the point,” he says. “The White Ribbon campaign has a strong emphasis on stopping men’s violence against women and here we are, living the biker lifestyle but we are respectful of women and that is the message we want people to hear.” Colin is an ambassador for the Tribal Nations Motorcycle Club South Island, which is a strong supporter of White Ribbon. He is also a White Ribbon Ambassador. He says there is a core group of about 28 for the White Ribbon Ride but they usually pick up other riders as they pass through towns on the nine-day journey around the South

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Island. “We have riders join us from all over, from down in Invercargill to the Far North. They all have one thing in common – they are really committed

to this cause.” Colin says there are several stops at schools along the way and the riders enjoy the interaction, particularly because the 10 and 11-year-old boys need to hear this message now. “That’s the age when they are starting to get interested in girls and it is good for them to get the message about respectful relationships right from the start. Stop bad behaviour before it starts is what we emphasise,” he says. From Blenheim the riders will head to Nelson and then on to Motueka, where they stay the night on a marae. Then they will travel down the West Coast to Wanaka, Invercargill, Alexandra and Waimate, before returning up the earthquake-battered east coast. “Stopping in at the schools and small towns is a big part of the journey for us and delivering the White Ribbon message is what it’s all about.” The South Island Ride is part of a nationwide campaign highlighting the White Ribbon campaign’s respectful relationships message.


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Picton humming with visitors By Cathie Bell Picton is humming as cruise ship season speeds up and visitors find there is lots to do. Picton Smart&Connected spokeswoma n Ba rba ra Speedy says Monday’s Emerald Princess cruise ship had the town ‘humming’ as its 3000 passengers found things to do. “Everyone was having a great time and there was a lovely vibe there.” Obviously, things are serious further south in Seddon, Ward, and Kaikoura, she says, but for the rest of the

region, things are functioning well. The Paper Rain Project store in the old Bead Gallery shop where the veranda collapsed after last Monday’s earthquake has re-opened. “Yesterday four tour buses came in and one driver said he’d just discovered Picton has dolphin watch trips, and some great Sounds cruises, and was thinking for the time being they may do their ocean environment adventures out of Picton until the coast road is resolved. “Picton generally feels it

was very fortunate compared to others further south who have suffered greatly. “What we need to do now in Picton is make sure that travellers know everything is open and welcoming in our lovely little tourist town, and even if their plans have changed we can offer a lot of alternative experiences - on the water, on Queen Charlotte Track, great shopping and sightseeing in and around town, cafes, the museum and theatre and the National Whale Centre all open and getting busy with the season.”

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Marlborough mayor John Leggett meets Emerald Princess captain Martin Stenzel, when the cruise ship made its first trip to Picton on Monday.

“It’s just beautiful” The Emerald Princess’ firstever visit to Picton was a great success, with mayor John Leggett being welcomed on board and hosted to lunch by Captain Martin Stenzel. The captain was particularly taken with Picton, John says. After the official welcome, he said ‘just look at it, this place is beautiful’.

It was the 3000-passenger cruise ship’s first time in Picton, and the captain had not expected it to be so beautiful. There had been positive feedback from passengers who ‘loved the drive in’. “Even I was blown away. I think for our passengers, it was an amazing arrival, beautiful scenery, and weather.”

Annie cast sought By Celeste Alexander The tale of a young orphan girl whose adventures in finding her long lost parents will be portrayed in a musical production directed by Duncan Whiting for the Blenheim Musical Theatre, but first auditions will be held. Auditions for the beloved tale of Annie, a young orphan girl whose adventures in finding her long lost parents, will be held from December 9-11. Director Duncan Whiting says the production is set for the stage in May of next year but before then a cast of around 28 aged from eight-years is needed. Annie is a musical take on the original little Orphan Annie cartoon of the New York Times and has become very well known throughout the world. For Duncan this will be the eight time he has directed Annie, more times than any other production he has been involved with. “It will be a very Broadway

style musical that will leave people humming the tunes. Around 13 million people have seen this production all around the world, so that’s saying something about it,” he says. The BMT is casting for two Annies that will alternate and two groups of six girls aged from eight to 13 years. To be cast as Annie the ideal age would be between 10-12 years as a level of maturity is needed to play the role, Duncan says. “These girls and other members of the cast must be able to sing, handle dialogue, dramatics and a little dance.” Throughout the whole cast each person will have three roles and Duncan is looking for people who are diverse. “We want to involve as many people we can and it’s a show that provides a lot of opportunities for backstage crew members,” he says. PBA





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Charting the faultlines Last Monday’s earthquake was one of the largest and longest shakes many Marlborough residents have ever felt. For staff at GNS Science, like Richard Woods, it’s of huge interest. Last Monday’s earthquake is the most complex earthquakes on land ever recorded, GNS Science natural hazard risk management specialist Richard Woods says. Richard, in Blenheim to brief Marlborough mayor John Leggett, councillors, and Marlborough District Council staff about the 7.8 magnitude shake early on November 14, says there are more than one fault line involved in the shake as energy moved from one fault to another. The impact of that movement – starting at the Humps fault near Waiau, moving to the Hundalees fault, the Papatea fault, then the Jordan Thrust and moving up to Kekerengu fault – meant that energy built up in that easterly direction, largely leaving Hanmer Springs unscathed, despite being so close to the epicentre. The movement of tectonic plates caused about 10 metres of horizontal movement at the Kekerengu fault, and about five to six metres of horizontal shift on the coast, and up to two metres of vertical lift. At Waipapa Bay, a localised block pushed up between two traces of the Papatea Fault was lifted about five and a half metres. “That’s purely on what’s been observed from people on the ground.” There are also about 100,000 landslides of more than 100 square metres. Satellite imagery and other photography is being used to assess the risk of landslip dams which could threaten people and infrastructure downstream. This area in central New Zealand, the top of the South Island and lower North Island, is particularly susceptible, experiences a lot of earthquakes, Richard says. As earthquakes move, they can either load or unload the earth with pressure, and the more pressure on a fault, the higher the chance of a large earthquake on those faults.

GNS Science doesn’t know what this earthquake has done on the faults in the region yet, he says. “We don’t have enough data at the moment.” Richard says that based on what has happened with other earthquakes previously, there are three possible scenarios. The first scenario is the most likely, rated at 99 per cent within the next 30 days. That sees the aftershocks continuing to decrease in frequency over the next 30 days, but felt aftershocks over M5 could occur from the M7.8 epicentre near Culverden, right up along the Kaikoura coastline to the Cape Palliser/Wellington area and that includes the potential for aftershocks of between 6.0 and 6.9. Scenario two is considered unlikely, roughly 20 per cent within the next 30 days. That could see an earthquake smaller than last Monday’s, between 7.0 and 7.8. There are ‘lots of faults in a highly stressed landform’, Richard says, and it could come from any one of those. Scenario three is considered extremely unlikely, less than one per cent within the next 30 days, where the recent earthquake activity could trigger an earthquake larger than Monday’s M7.8 mainshock. “This includes the possibility for an earthquake of greater than M8.0, which could be on the ‘plate interface’ (where the Pacific Plate meets the Australian Plate). Although it is still very unlikely, the chances of this occurring have increased since before the M7.8 earthquake.” Scientists don’t want to alarm people, Richard says, but people should always be prepared for a big earthquake. The Alpine Fault, which runs along the Southern Alps and through the Wairau Valley, is predicted to cause a large earthquake in the next 50 years.

GNS Science natural hazards specialist Richard Woods, at the Marlborough emergency management operations centre.

Exercise caution Earthquake activity has caused tsunami and landslides. As a reminder, if an earthquake is too strong to stand up in, or lasts longer than a minute, move inland or to a higher point immediately; don’t wait for a siren or further information. Extensive landslides have occurred as a result of the earthquake, and these remain dangerous. Material can move at any time.

Please exercise caution when near landslides and cracks in the ground on slopes. If it is raining, the threat rises as the water can remobilise the landslide material as debris flows and debris floods. Landslides have also dammed rivers, which can breach, particularly after rainfall. Please avoid landslides in wet weather, and rivers downstream of dams.

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Early or late shopping? Don’t stress, there’s plenty of time and ideas We all know that Christmas shopping can be daunting for some, or an opportunity to flex one’s organisational skills and be done by the time December rolls around. Which ever you identify with, shopping can be made to feel stress free - even if you have left it to the last minute. What’s more, local retailers have loads of great Christmas promotions, gift ideas, free wrapping and much more so take advantage of what they have to offer. Here are some tips to help navigate your Christmas shopping list. Know who you are buying gifts for. Some people only shop for close family and friends. Other

people put together Christmas presents for co-workers, the postal worker, the dog walker, hairdresser, plumber, poker buddies, kid’s teacher, and more. Decide on what you are comfort-

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your immediate family than on a co-worker. Decide on what sort of gift matches each person on your list. What do they like? Movies, books, games? Write the ideas down on your list and keep it tucked away in your wallet or bag. Put off procrastinating. Many people end up shopping lastminute because they put off the inevitable. Instead, make a plan with solid goals, dates, and timelines. For instance, shopping will be done by December 20. Put aside two evenings, twice a week for two weeks to accomplish this task. Leave some wiggle-room in case something comes up, but don’t keep making excuses.

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Scout Jamboree going ahead By Cathie Bell Scouts New Zealand has decided it will go ahead with its 21st jamboree in Marlborough as planned. Last Monday’s 7.8 earthquake prompted a ‘rigorous site assessment and safety review’ but the jamboree will go ahead as planned on 29 December 2016, chief executive Niamh Lawless says. “This is a thoroughly considered decision,” she says. “The Jamboree sites, buildings and transport

routes have been examined by Marlborough District Council and our Jamboree Infrastructure Team, and are unaffected. “The advice received from our Jamboree Team followed a systematic approach that ensures the safety of our Scouts and Leaders and that safety management systems have been reviewed and are robust in light of recent events.” Jamboree director Guy Beatson says the Scout New

Zealand Jamboree Team is prepared, and is providing additional training and specific information to our Scouts, Leaders and Parents in the lead up to Jamboree. “The Jamboree Emergency Operations Centre will of course be fully operational from the beginning of the Jamboree,” Guy says. “Our strong partnership with Marlborough District Council and local emergency management agencies also played a role in the decision to proceed.”

Marlborough District Council fully supports the decision to proceed, with mayor John Leggett saying he’s delighted the jamboree will still be held here. “Our focus is on warmly hosting the participants and visitors and keeping them safe, while they enjoy the best that Marlborough has to offer.” He says the region’s accommodation, attractions, tours, cruises, shops, restaurants and cafes are all business as usual.

Members of the 2016 Scout Jamboree management team in Renwick last month, from left, Alex Warriner, Alan Murray (Scouts Australia), Graeme Duncan, Niall Dinning, Alex Warriner, Guy Beatson and in front, Hayley Roil and Shannon McIntosh. A review has decided the jamboree will still be held in Marlborough, despite the earthquakes.

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By Cathie Bell The Combined Club of Beavertown celebrated 25 years of gathering with a special cake and morning tea yesterday. The Probus club, formed when the Blenheim and Wairau clubs merged, has been meeting since 1991. President Doreen Broadhurst welcomed about 60 people to yesterday’s meeting, and a special cake was cut before morning tea was served. Member Dave Poswillo told the gathering


he joined the club when he retired from teaching because he had free time. He stayed a member because of the friendship, he says. “I like the structure of the club… you know what’s going to happen at meetings… This is a club that cares for people, it cares about our well-being, our birthdays, our contribution. “And the morning teas are excellent. Where can you get such a spread in Blenheim for four dollars?”

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significantly affected by the earthquakes, and Michael says the department will waive use of money interest until January 31 when a person is prevented from paying on time as a result of the recent earthquakes and will cancel late filing and late payment penalties for all affected taxpayers. “Yesterday was a PAYE filing date, but while people are trying to put their lives back in order, they shouldn’t be worrying about missing filing dates if the quakes have prevented them from filing.

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and when necessary prescribe spectacle or contact lenses. The business is well known for being a contact lens specialist as well as selling fashion frames, spectacle lenses and safety eyewear. “We have a fantastic range here for people to choose from, and with summer just around the corner now is a good time to come in for a new pair of sunglasses. “Our friendly staff can help with your selection,” Helen says. Worried about yours, or your children’s eyesight? “The holidays are a great time to bring the family in for an eye examination or check up before the new school year arrives,” she says.

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Thousands raised Story and photo by Celeste Alexander What started with a calendar three years ago to fundraise for the Marlborough Cancer Society has grown into a project that has raised over $25,000. The perpetual calendar that featured stunning photographs by Kevin Judd has been a huge success, Cancer Society volunteer Tricia Johnson says. On the back of the calendar’s success came the idea to sell the prints individually. A collaboration between Kevin, Tricia and local business

Framers on Queens has enabled the project to continue. Richard Sampey and Donna Finlayson were more than happy to get on board and came up with a deal that not only includes a discount on the framing price, but they also donate $10 from every print framed to the Cancer Society. Kevin has also agreed to expand his print series to include a number of images not included in the calendar. According to Tricia since she began recording the number of sales, around 150 prints have been sold, five canvases

and 75 frames. The print sales have generated over $21,000 for the Cancer Society. “Kevin has been incredibly generous with his support and we are also grateful to Richard and Donna for their contribution. Without them this would not have worked,” she says. This project will be ongoing with the calendars and prints still available for purchase and can be viewed and purchased from the Cancer Society office Richard Sampery of Framers on Queens with Cancer Society volunteer Tricia Johnson at The Forum Building and with one of the prints that are being sold to raise money for the society. Framers on Queens.

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Champion dancers to star in dance show Story and photo by Celeste Alexander New Zealand champion highland dancers Lewis Gibson and Angus Hendry arrived in Blenheim at the weekend in preparation to star as guest performers in the ‘Welcome to New York’ show that starts this Saturday. It is the Marlborough Academy of Dance’s end of year dance show that will run Saturday and Sunday at the ASB Theatre. Welcome to New York is a tale of two tourists visiting the city, going around all of the sights and landmarks. Academy director Robyn Simmons works with Lewis and Angus as dancers in the Highland Dance Company of NZ, a nationally selected elite team of top highland dancers, which Robyn is the co-director of. They recently returned from Lorient, France where they were performing with the company at a large Celtic festival where the company received rave reviews, and are now excited to be focusing their energy on a more

“fun way to wrap up the year”. “This will be our first time dancing in the new theatre which will be amazing. We have been so focused on competitions so it’s good to come to Blenheim, meet other dancers and enjoy a more social production,” they say. Leading up the show Lewis and Angus have been learning their lines and choreography in their dance studios while the Marlborough academy has been rehearsing. Sunday was the first day they all came together and all week they will be in the theatre perfecting their performances. “We are thrilled they will be coming to showcase their skills in Blenheim, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see these amazing men dance,” Robyn says. Welcome to New York will be held on Saturday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 4pm. Tickets available from the ASB Theatre or online at TicketDirect.

Skippers course valuable Marlborough harbourmaster Luke Grogan is encouraging locals to take up a course to upgrade their boating skills. The harbourmaster is responsible for the Marlborough Sounds, which is 20 per cent of New Zealand’s entire coastline, a huge recreational boating area. Luke says the course is great for people of all ages, new to boating or looking to

refresh their skills. “It’s an opportunity to get on the water and learn safe boating skills from experienced professional skippers.” The next course date is Sunday December 4. Run by the Coastguard and the harbours office, the course can be booked by ringing the council on 03 520 7400. The council was given $20,350 as part of Safer Boat-

ing Week in October from Maritime NZ to run tailored safety training courses for local boaties and support material, plus on-water patrols. Part of a national grant distribution of $470,000, the Government provides the funding for safer boating grants from the Fuel Excise Duty on petrol. A proportion of this duty is paid by recreational boaties fueling power boats.


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Story and photo by Celeste Alexander When making a purchase at Blenheim’s St John charity shop, you are essentially making a donation to a vital organisation that relies on the generosity of the community. The shop opened just over two years ago and is still going strong thanks to the people who donate unwanted goods, and make purchases, shop manager Marlene Weatherall says. “There are times when I am serving someone and one of the St John ambulances drives past, then I can point and say ‘that’s what you are supporting’ . “You donate your surplus goods and we turn it into cash. It’s a great way to support the ambulance service,” she says. ‘Despite the recent earthquake and ongoing aftershocks the shop is still open and operating and volunteers are available to pick up items being donated. There is everything from clothing, baby items, toys and art,

The 'Tuesday' team of volunteers at the St John Community Shop.

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When you shop at community charity shops you are helping to assist local organisations in their fundraising efforts. Organisations such as SPCA Marlborough operates its Op Shop on Grove Road and is run by a base of volunteers. It has everything you can imagine, all donated by generous people from within the community, and money spent there directly benefits the local

SPCA centre based in Renwick. Likewise, the Hospice Shop in Redwoodtown has been a popular stop for locals looking for a preloved bargain and to support a worthy cause. As a ‘charity shop’, the Hospice Shop is set up specifically to raise funds for Hospice Marlborough. The main shop was expanded to double in size, allowing room for a wider range of goods, bric-a-

brac, clothing and larger items of furniture. As part of the expansion a new ‘discount’ shop has been set up next door. All items in this shop are $5 or less. The teams at the Hospice Shop and Marlborough SPCA Op Shop are always looking for new volunteers to join them and encourage you to drop in for a chat and a browse around.

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Picton divers affected by earthquake By Glenise Dreaver Father and son team David and Jason Baker, partners in Saavid Diving Ltd one of this area’s largest paua diving businesses,are reeling from the huge devastation that last week’s earthquake caused on Marlborough and Kaikoura seacoast, on the fishing industry here generally, and their family business. “First of all though, you have to think about the tragedy of those who died. Then there is what has happened to the environment,” says Dave, a passionate environmentalist. “Last comes the business. But what has happened to us, and to other fishing businesses, is just mind-blowing.” Dave and Jason have a quota in Area 7, at the Top of the South, whose fishers recently negotiated a 50 per cent reduction

in catches with the Ministry of Primary Industries. It was going to be tough in Area 7, so they paid up front for an ACE (Annual Catch Entitlement ) in Area 3 in the Kaikoura/Canterbury area, and Dave now estimates up to half the remaining catch in Area 3 may not be able to be harvested and feels they will not be able to implement this season’s fishing plan in Area 7 because there is a strong possibility of a further catch reduction in that area. “That may be required to hold sustainability And it could be continued into the 2017-18 season, because the rise in the sea floor has destroyed the juvenile paua habitat. “It’s possibly the same for rock lobster (crayfish).”


In-shore fishing is also likely to be badly affected, though how much is not yet clear. The day after the quake, Jason returned home from a day investigating the area, with photographs showing Dave a four to five “even six” metre rise in the seashore where they dive. That has not just demolished the paua beds they harvest, it has totally destroyed the areas around low tide where the juvenile paua develop. “A worst case scenario is that it may take up to fifty to seventy years - three generations – for the seabed and seashore to rebuild and fishery stocks to re-establish.” He’s now unsure if their dream of a third generation business will ever be possible. Jason Baker, just over 185 cm tall, shows the huge lift in the seashore at Waipapa Bay at the spot where “It’s just what we do. But ....” he and his father used to dive for paua. Photo supplied

Vital data provided for Tory Channel By Glenise Dreaver The newly-begun survey of the Sounds seafloor has already provided invaluable data in the days following the November 14 earthquake. Marlborough Harbourmaster Luke Grogan says that immediately after the quakes there was a need to assess the possibility of uplift in the shipping channels and around major wharves. “With the NIWA survey vessel Ikatere in town, we were able to make a preliminary investigation which was accurate enough to enable shipping back into the port, including the interisland ferries.” He said this information was supplemented by site observations by Ikatere on Wellington harbour. Harbour staff, including inspection These showed no change in the safe passage of ships. of the channel navigation lights and Tory Channel that might affect “LINZ Information suggests channel depths.

land shift in that area of a maximim 20cm. “So once the tsunami risk was lifted, the channel was opened for transit by ferries.” He says Port Marlborough is commissioning a more comprehensive survey round the wharves this week. More consequential changes in depths had occurred in the vicinity of Cape Campbell, he says, with the GPS system there recorded a two metre movement. However, with the low volumes of traffic in that area, mainly recreational, the risk to shipping was relatively low. The Sounds survey, which was temporarily diverted from its schedule by the quake work, has been commissioned by the Marlborough District Council and Land information New Zealand. It is being undertaken by NIWA, using their

jet propelled catamaran Ikatere and the smaller Rukawa, used for inshore work. Both have state-of-the art technology. The field work, which will provide updated charts to the highest international standards, will also provide vital environmental information and other data. The first stage started on October 23. There will be a break from midDecember to mid January when there are high levels of tourist traffic in the Sounds. The second stage will then begin and the survey is expected to finish in July. Because both vessels have to run straight survey lines, there is very limited room for manoeuvring. Luke said mariners are being asked to respect the 50 metre exclusion zone that is required.

Remember that day we took the Log o’ Wood off Canterbury? Everyone likes to hear a good story. Triton is collecting stories about life in Blenheim in the 60s and 70s and we’d love to hear some of yours! Perhaps some pictures, too You can share your stories online at our special website or pop in to our friendly Blenheim clinic at 141 High St. To read a few stories, share your own and perhaps catch up with and perhaps catch up with an old friend or two, join the Triton Stories Facebook page. Call 0800 45 45 44 to book your free hearing check. Photo courtesy of Graham Brooks

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Wednesday November 23, 2016

Gathering for 25 years Probus’ Combined Club of Beavertown celebrated 25 years of gathering in Blenheim with a special morning tea on Tuesday.

 Barbara Coull and Joy Hayes, both from Blenheim, were there.  Gerry and Aileen Riordan used to live in Kaikoura and are

 Judith Teeling and Monica Nott, both from Blenheim, are part of the clubs.

thinking of their former town in the aftermath of the quakes.

Christmas fair fun Tua Marina School held it’s annual Christmas Fair on Sunday.

 Sisters Rosa and Maggie Lonergan, waiting to see Father Christmas.

 Anna and Benjamin Corban dressed up in firefighting gear.  Eden McLeod and Beth Harris enjoying the festivities.

Country Tunes A fundraising concert was held on Saturday for the Gourmet Paradise Country Music Awards.

 Allan Barron and Eddie Low performing for the audience.

 Lynette Mason, Eddie Low and Pam Akerblom.

 Allan Barron, Carolyn Coles and Eddie Low.

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DRUMMOND, Gerald Redmond (Gerry): On Friday November 18 2016, peacefully, at his home in Blenheim. Loved father of Philip (Wellington), and Barbara (Blenheim). Loved brother and brother-in-law of Mike and Janice Drummond (Te Awamutu), and Janet and Mark Gill (Blenheim); loved uncle and grand-uncle of all their families. Messages may be sent c/- 15C Hospital Road, Blenheim 7201. The family has arranged a private cremation and interment. The family invites friends to a farewell gathering and story-telling at Dodson Street Beer Garden from 2pm on Thursday November 24. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 HODGE, George Fergus, RNZ Navy, Stoker, NZ9220, WWII: On Friday November 18 2016, peacefully, at Wairau Hospital. Aged 92 years. Loved husband of Mary. Dad to the late William and Lynley, and Christine, and grandfather to the five grandchildren. Eldest son of the late Jack and Ruth Hodge. Brother and brother-in-law of Joyce and the late Len, the late Doreen and the late Mick, the late Harold and the late Irene. Uncle to his nieces and nephews. A graveside service for George will be held at the Fairhall Cemetery, RSA Section, New Renwick Road, at 11am on Wednesday November 23. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

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Depression Support Group You are not alone! Spend time with others who understand. Meets Bread of Life, 14B Stephenson St, Thurs 1pm-2.30pm. Ph Barb: 0277372403.

Family/Whanau for information/ advocacy/ support For families living with mental illness/ addictions please contact Supporting Families Marlborough - Lyn, Karina or Nikki, phone 577 5491 or visit us at 68 Seymour Street.

Housie Thursday 7pm, Blenheim Bowling Club, Weld St. 40 houses, raffles and refreshments. Proceeds to Te Rerenga O Te Ra` Kapa Haka.

Handcraft Fair’ Saturday 26th November, 131 Budge St, 11am to 3pm. Phone 4780469 or email to book.

Keeping U Moving Free Indoor Walking Circuit 50+, St Christopher’s church Hall, 11.30 to 12.30. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month . Voluntary coin donation towards cup tea/coffee. 5794446 021 2230160

Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Service Our Advocates will take up your cause to ensure your rights are respected, listen to your concerns and support you in the actions you want to take to gain resolution. Ph 579 5304 or call at Level 2, Aorere House, 54 Scott St.

Lions Market 26 November 9am-1pm at Havelock Domain, Neal Street. Meat, plants, Christmas gifts, coffee, slices and Morris dancing. Sites available $5. Phone Ian 5742558.

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HOEK, Adriana Cornelia (Adrie): On Saturday, November 19 2016, peacefully, at Maxwell Care Home. Aged 95 years. Loved wife of the late Hendrik Hoek and the late Charles Hildebrandt. Much loved mother of Peggy and Cees (Netherlands), Annelies and Chris (Wellington), and Karen and Alan (Blenheim). Loved Oma of Miranda, Andre, and Adam. Messages may be sent to the Hoek family at 43 Parkvale Road, Karori, Wellington 6012. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to PO Box 233, Blenheim 7240. A celebration of Adriana’s life will be held at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Alfred Street at 2 pm Wednesday November 23, followed by private cremation at the Sowman crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 YEALANDS, Keith Budgewell, OBE, Service No. 10736, NZ Army, “LRDG”, Private: On Thursday November 17 2016, peacefully, at Waterlea Rest Home. Dearly loved husband of Doris, loved father of Sue, Peter, Steve, and Kevin. Cherished Grandad of his grand and great grandchildren. Messages may be sent to the Yealands Family, c/- P O Box 110, Blenheim 7240. At the family’s request, a private service has been held. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

PARK: James Robert (Jim) Royal Air Force W.W.11 Passed away peacefully on 20 November 2016 at Wairau Hospital, Blenheim in his 96th year. Loved husband of the late Eva. Loved father and father-in-law of Michael and Betty Park and Hazel Shapcott. A treasured grandad of Ian, Yvonne, Michelle; Rebecca, and Jimmy and his 11 great grandchildren and his 4 great great grandchildren. Messages to 297 Rarangi Beach Rd, RD3 Blenheim 7273. Flowers would be welcomed or a donation to the Marlborough Hospice c/- PO Box 411 Blenheim 7240 or Life Flight Trust, P O Box 14-449, Wellington, would be appreciated or may be made at the service. A funeral service for Jim will be held at the Springlands Chapel Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, 15 Boyce Street, Blenheim on Thursday 24 November at 1pm followed by a private family interment at the Services Cemetery, Fairhall. PARK, James Robert (Jim). A cherished grandad of Rebecca and Raymond Partridge (Blenheim) and Jimmy Shapcott & Jess Gray (Perth). Proud great grandad to Alexander and Maxwell Partridge CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES, BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.

COLE, Christine Lucas 27.11.1957 - 4.11.2016 In the excellent care of everyone at the Mary Potter Hospice Wellington, darling daughter of Anne and the late Morry. Wonderful sister of Sue, Mike, Jenni and their families. Special Aunty Chrissie of our Wendy and her family. Loved and loving partner of Brian and loved friend of his two daughters. She will be greatly missed by her many rellies and friends here and overseas. Chrissie fought so hard with “gracious dignity”to stay with us. We can never thank the MPH enough for all they did for her. As Chris said several weeks ago “She was surrounded in love” and she was. An inspiration to us all. A lovely private service was held at Harbour City Funeral Home Wellington, then a celebration of “Gorgeous Chrissie’s Life” at Mike and Corinne’s home on Wednesday 9th November for friends of Chrissie’s.

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SUNDAY special for Novem ber. Ten Pin Bowling. Book a lane for 1 hour $35 - max 6 per lane. Bookings essential. Ph 5784851. MOLE checks - for a thorough skin check u s i n g d e r m o s c o py. Call the Skin Clinic 578 1665.

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The Annual General Meeting of the JAB Rugby Club


is to be held on Wednesday 30th November 2016 at 7pm in the clubrooms, Lansdowne Park. Business: 1. Receive Annual Accounts 2. Elect Officers of the club 3. Appoint Auditor

AGM will be held on Friday 16th December 2016 at 1pm WHERE: 10 Alana Place Witherlea Blenheim




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work wanted DRESS MAKING, alterations, will pick up & deliver. Ph: Robyn 5737257 or 022-173-6140.


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DAWKINS PLACE Saturday 8.30am on the green. Several households. Quality goods and bargains. Limited parking.

for sale 7 BLENHEIM S TR E E T Renwick. House goods clearance sale. All sorts. Friday & Sunday. Phone 03 5729956

FRIGIDARE FRIDGE and Freezer medium size 1600x500x500mm. Both work fine. Asking $150ono each. Phone 5776064.

FIREWOOD - Poplar rounds. Some splitting required. $30m3. Phone 5702136.

FRIDGE/FREEZER Panasonic, Medium / Large Size 420 Litres. Excellent condition, 3 years old. New $1800 - Sell $520ono. Phone 5776064.

Christmas Trees

Pick now and collect later 164 Shandon Road, Waihopai Valley Pine $35 • Douglas $45 Phone 578 4447 or Susanne 021 0832 3695

Saturday 26 November at 6.30pm Sunday 27 November at 4.00pm


NO GST Labour only Free quote Ph Gavin 0210 8656 568

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INDAC REELS with bird netting $150 ph 578-6856

Marlborough Vehicle Removals Ph Brent 027 766 7105

 House removals  Office relocations  Winz Quotes Available  Furniture removals No job too big or too small

M E C H A N I C. Returned home A Grade Mechanic with WOF Licence. Looking for work. Phne 0274175168.

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Marlborough Pacific Trust ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Venue: Meeting Room 1, Marlborough Community Health Hub, 22 Queen Street Date: Wednesday, 30th November 2016 Time: 6pm All welcome

Any queries please contact Mike 0274-323-075

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Housie 7.00pm – Club Hall Quiz - 7.15pm Club Bar

Thursday Housie 12.30pm RSA Members Draw $1400.00 Quiz – Poparazzi - Entertainment Quiz 7pm

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Wednesday November 23, 2016 business for sale

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situations vacant BABYSITTING Required. For two children aged 13yrs & 9yrs. School holiday periods. Mon - Thurs 8.30am - 3.15pm. Drivers licence essential, competitive rates. Phone Bonnie

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Due to increased workload we have a vacancy in our Garage Door business.

Due to continual growth, we have a new lawnmowing/gardening franchise for sale.

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Vineyard Assistant Manager/Supervisor We currently have a position available for a vineyard assistant manager/supervisor Applicants must have the following: 1 Clean drivers licence 2 Excellent communication skills 3 Able to work long hours when required 4 At least level 4 viticulture hort ITD or equivalent and 3 years vineyard experience 5 Be able to report to management and complete paperwork on time, and implement company policy 6 Reliable, have a tidy work ethic and computer literate 7 Preference will be given to an experienced supervisor, but not essential as full training will be given to the right applicant 8 Can speak English & Mandarin Drug testing may be undertaken E&E Trading LTD Please contact 0279371707 Email:

Dispatch Person Forklift Driver

Kennels & Cattery

519 Old Renwick Road, RD 2, Blenheim 7272

We have vacancies at our Old Renwick Road processing plant for suitable people to assist with the dispatch of our product. The position includes container loading, picking of orders and forklift driving pertaining to dispatch and packing operations.

Jessenka Boarding Kennels & Cattery offers quality care and accommodation for companion animals in near new facilities at 519 Old Renwick Road approximately four kilometres from Blenheim and Renwick.

The successful candidate will be: • Honest, motivated and self reliant • Have a confident caring manner and be comfortable handling all dog breeds • Good level of fitness • Possess good customer service skills • Prior experience working with companion animals would be an advantage

Please apply by email and include a letter outlining your skills and experience to

Available shift times are 6am to 6pm and 6pm to 6am.

The Fresh Name in the Freezer

We are looking for a friendly mature person to assist us over the busy December and January holiday period. Further work on a casual basis may be available from February 2017. Our working days are a morning shift from 7-10.30am and an afternoon shift from 3-6pm. The appointed person will need to be flexible with hours and be available to work during weekends and over the holidays.

Ph. (03) 578 8251 email.

Teacher Aide Position 2017

Check our Trade Me listing #1199473642

situations vacant

Office Person Required

Immediate start.

You will be experienced in electronic stock management systems, physically fit and able to work with minimal supervision. Forklift experience preferred, but full training is available. Overtime rates paid after 40 hours. All applicants must have the right to work in NZ. Please apply in person on weekdays between 8.30am and 4.00pm to: Talleys Group Limited, 742 Old Renwick Road, Blenheim.

PICTON SCHOOL We require a teacher aide for our Year One class, commencing at the beginning of Term One, 2017. Experience and qualifications in working with children with learning and social needs is an advantage. This position is for a minimum of fifteen hours per week. For more information please contact the Principal, Alister McCosh Phone: 03 5736395 Email: Applications close on Friday 2nd December.

Vineyard supervisor Thornhill Horticultural Contracting is a well-established, large supplier of labour to the Viticulture industry in Marlborough. Thornhill is a registered Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) recruiting specific staff from New Zealand, Thailand and the Pacific Islands, to fulfil the needs of its valued vineyard clients. We currently have a position available for a Vineyard Supervisor. Applicants must have the following: • At least three years experience • Be able to report to management and complete paperwork on time • Reliable and have a tidy work ethic • Preference will be given to an experienced supervisor, but not essential as full training will be given • Be able to work long hours when required • Have excellent communication skills • A good understanding of RSE policy • Clean drivers licence • Fluent in Thai In the first instance, please forward a brief email to no later than 25th November 2016, explaining previous work history and contact details

community services Marlborough After Hours GP Services: Wairau Hospital campus, after 6pm. Reception 520 6377. Office 520 9980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy 9am-6pm, 7 days. Ph 5782271. Community Care Pharmacy: Within the Blenheim Warehouse, open 7 days 9am-8pm. Only closed Christmas Day. Diabetes Marlborough Inc: Office hours 9am-3pm Mon-Thu 5775549. Reg. Nurse 1pm-5pm Wed, 8.30am-5pm Thu & Fri 5206200 (Mary). Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543354, 24hr helpline. 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 578 8125. Citizens Advice Bureau - Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4pm. Phone 578 4272. Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846) Al-Anon: Help for families & friends of alcoholics. Ph Margaret 578 4690 or Aley 021 434117. 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-Thursday. Phone 578 2006. Marlborough Lupus Support: For more information phone Katrina 572 4333 or 021 502 451 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 8.30-5.30pm, Sat 9-2pm, Queen Charlotte Pharmacy 573 7927 Sat 9-1pm.

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Wednesday November 23, 2016

C A Penny shows her class By Frank Marrion. HarnessXpress The Listed $40,000 Southern Mares Classic harness race on Christchurch Show Day was expected to be a battle between the Christchurch-trained American Tart and the Auckland visitors Aliante, Better B Amazed and Bronze Over, but the Blenheim-trained C A Penny upset them all at about 50 to one odds. This was easily the biggest ever win for Allan and Petrina Shutkowski and it was thoroughly deserved after making the $2500 late entry payment before the daughter of Pay Me Christian resumed at Kaikoura Cup Day with a close fourth. Regular driver Jim Curtin wasn’t on hand that day but he was back at the helm on Christchurch Show Day and he made it look easy. C A Penny has always shown high speed and she led from gate seven before handing up to Better B Amazed and coming along the passing lane to score handsomely in a 1.55.3 mile rate for the 1950m, home in a sharp 56.5 seconds. Her previous record had been 1.58.3 from a win at Addington in May when she upset Fifth Edition and Mighty Flying Mac. “Once I managed to cross the Dickie horse (Bronze Over) she was always travelling well and like a winner,” said Curtin. This was C A Penny’s sixth win and the $20,000 winning stake almost doubled her stakes tally to $48,000. With the promise of much more to come in suitable mares’ races, C A Penny has been a great find for Allan and Petrina after picking her up in February last year, when she’d had 11 starts and not paid a dividend. So her record to date comes largely from the 15 races she’s had for Allan. “We thought she might make a suitable ‘Manawatu horse’ but we soon realised she was a bit better than that,” said Allan.


Sport inbrief

The Tigers back

Local John Gould was starting to wonder what had gone wrong with his star pacer Tiger Tara. After a handful of starts this year Tiger Tara initially showed good form but then went off the boil and his three prior starts to Cup week had been poor. That all changed on NZ Cup day at Addington when Tiger Tara finished second, to the four year old champion Lazarus in the NZ Cup. Then on Friday’s Show Day he produced another sterling effort to finish a close third to Lazarus in the shorter distance 1950m Woodlands Free For All.

Shirleys bird wins C A Penny blitzes her rivals at Addington on Christchurch Show Day.

C A Penny initially raced on that circuit six times last year for Allan for four wins, a second and a third, so since then he’s been heading south instead of north. “We’ve had quite a few problems with both her and our other stable runner Molly Sims tying up, but I think we’re on top of things now. Molly Sims was a maiden winner at Manawatu last year on the same night as C A Penny and won well at Rangiora in April, over 2000m in a 1.56.8 mile rate. Before this pair came along, Allan and Petrina had useful sorts in Elsu Attack, Todski, Franco Libra and Weka Pass, the latter winning a Westport Cup way back in 1991. All the honours were with Blenheim and C A Penny, who showed real class.

Allan and Petrina Shutkowski with driver Jim Curtain at Addington Raceway on Christchurch Show Day. Allan trains at Waterlea Racecourse in Blenheim and says they are fortunate to have such excellent training facilities with both grass and grit tracks available.

Due to all the recent upheaval of our roads the pigeons fanciers of the Blenheim club were fortunate to get a race from Christchurch on Sunday thanks to the generosity of the pigeon fraternity in Christchurch. The flock birds was released at 7.30 am and with a fairly brisk wind and the fine weather fairly quick times were recorded with Shirley Morrison at Spring Creek winning the race on 85 km/hr, second to Two Fishers loft on 84 km/hr and third to Chris Bensley with 83 km/hr. Next came Nearo loft with 78 km/ hr and Donald Morrison 77 km/hr.




Eastern States Speedway streetstock driver Daniel Honey takes a hit to the side and is spun by a rival Nelson driver.

Race on rival turf Eastern States Speedway decided to cancel its race meeting last weekend in the wake of the recent earthquake and aftershocks but a number of its drivers decided to travel to Nelson Speedway to race. The Nelson club was disappointed that it could not present the Challenge Cup for

the superstock teams race between Nelson’s Tigers and the Palmerston North Panthers, it instead acknowledged the damage and distress caused by Monday’s quakes and decided to give a percentage of the gate takings to the quake rebuild effort to benefit Kaikoura and Hanmer. Photos by Rebecca Malling


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