January 13, 2017
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By Cathie Bell An almost 30-year project in the Marlborough Sounds is being upgraded to boost young people’s interest in conservation, as well as proving seabirds will use colonies built by people as their breeding base. Continued on page 2 Maud Island ranger Sue Caldwell with Joseph Ruwhiu, Heeni Higgott, Piripi Higgott, Alex Phelps, and Reuben Ruwhiu at the island’s shearwater colony.
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Island colony youth project Continued from page 1 The 28 year-old project on Maud Island in the Pelorus Sound is building a good partnership between Birds New Zealand (the Ornithological Society of New Zealand) and the Department of Conservation, as well as proving seabirds will use colonies built by people as their breeding base. Seven people from Blenheim and Renwick, including three young people, visited Maud Island this week to monitor the health of the seabirds at the artificial colony on the island’s peninsula. The fluttering shearwater colony project started in 1989 by reowned ornithologist Brian Bell, when up to 100 chicks were transferred to the site for five years. It is monitored each year to see if which birds are returning to the site, whether other birds are attracted to the colony, and how each breeding season goes. Now the site has birds returning to the colony, new birds moving there, and even chicks of the original chicks returning to breed on Maud Island. Project manager Elizabeth Bell says the project was originally to develop techniques to transfer birds, and once it
was proven with a common species such as the fluttering shearwater, those techniques were used in other places for seabirds such as the Cook’s petrel, diving petrel, fairy prion and Hutton’s shearwater in Kaikoura. It was an Ornithological Society of New Zealand junior members’ project, where junior members were trained in how to handle and feed seabirds, she says. The society is now trying to extend and develop the project further and to build interest in Marlborough and the wider Birds New Zealand organisation. Last week’s trip to the island repaired a track to the colony as well as doing the regular monitoring work. The participants also cleared tracks for the Department of Conservation, renewed monitoring stations around the island, and did some other biosecurity surveillance work. Elizabeth says they also got to see a wide range of wildlife on the island, including geckos, giant wetas, Maud Island frogs, tuis, bellbirds and kererus. “It’s work, but also fun hopefully. “We’re trying to generate interest for the new generation, make improvements
at the colony, and build on the long-term partnership with DOC.” Maud Island ranger Frank Higgott says the project is a great way to involve young people in conservation work. It is also a good partnership and collaboration between the department and the Ornithological Society, he says. “It’s a feel-good experience, seeing people really enjoy working and learning about our environment.” Birds New Zealand Marlborough regional representative Kristin Ruwhiu says the society welcomes new members interested in this and other projects the society has going across New Zealand. People wanting to join Birds New Zealand and take part in projects like the Maud Island one can do so on osnz. org.nz The Department of Conservation has teamed up with Pelorus Tours for summer explorer trips to Maud Island tomorrow, Sunday, and again next weekend on January 21 and 22. The trip costs $130 for adults and $65 for children (13-years-old and under) and can be booked at www.pelorustours.co.nz
Wine and food market no more By Cathie Bell There will not be a wine and food market in the Blenheim central business district before the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival this year, organiser Ted Laws says. Ted has organised the market, which was usually held in Market Street between 9am and 4pm on the Friday before the wine and food festival, since 2009, when he ‘took over the late Richard Harvey’s dream of having a vibrant busy central business district’, he says. He was unwilling to go into details yesterday, but says there was ‘ongoing objections’ from one retailer who doesn’t like the market and another who didn’t
The Wine and Food Market in Blenheim two years ago.
like Market Street being closed to traffic. “Sorry, I do not wish to get into a mud-slinging fight over this and it is a shame that some retailers are against the market. “Their reasons are that it limits
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groups to run this event, so I have been doing it alone for a few years now.” Most chain stores are not able to participate because of their protocols as well, Ted says. “All good things come to an end.” Blenheim Business Association chairman Anthony Mullen says he had heard talk there wouldn’t be a market this year. At the moment, the association did not have anything planned to take its place, he says. The association is employing a co-ordinator and after she has started later this month, the association hopes to map out a strategic plan for energising the central business district.
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Bowing out after 10 years By Cathie Bell Regional tourism organisation head Tracy Johnston has resigned. Tracy has headed Destination Marlborough for eight years, and was on the organisation’s board for two years before that. She said yesterday that during her time as general manager at Destination the region and its visitor economy has experienced some ‘most challenging conditions’, including earthquakes in Canterbury, more locally in Seddon and Kaikoura, and the uncertainty introduced by the protracted consideration of the shift of the interisland terminal to Clifford Bay. Despite this environment, Destination Marlborough has driven a program of growth in visitor activity endorsed by local stakeholders, and with the full support of the New Zealand tourism and travel sector, she says. “Visitors are now spending on average one million dollars a day in Marlborough.” Tracy says she hasn’t got a finishing date yet, but will stay on until her replacement is appointed. Destination Marlborough chairman Nigel Gould says the regional tourism organisation will have a discussion ‘pretty soon’ with the Marlborough District Council about whether it wishes to revisit the proposal to merge visitor economy, events, and economic development functions into a new organisation as has been done in most other parts of the country, as that will affect the recruitment of a new general manager. “We’ll look at what options this creates…we don’t want to wait too long.” Marlborough Mayor John Leg-
Country awards date A caption in Wednesday’s Sun indicated that the Gourmet Paradise Country Music Awards was being held this weekend. It instead kicks off next weekend, January 20 with a Showcase event featuring Always At Heart.
Riverside shut High e coli levels in the water have caused the Marlborough District Council to warn people against swimming in the Taylor River by the Riverside Park. Council staff say the hazardous bacteria levels could be caused by earthquake damage to stormwater and sewerage pipes. Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston has resigned.
gett says Destination Marlborough has played a pivotal role in helping the region to reap this economic reward from tourism. “Tracy has provided sterling leadership to the organisation which Council has charged with promoting Marlborough as a destination to the national and international visitor market. She has brought a highly professional approach to the role and Marlborough has had the benefit of her comprehensive knowledge of the industry and her extensive networks within the sector. “Most importantly, she has helped us to understand the challenges and the opportunities ahead for Marlborough’s tourism businesses.” John says her organisational skills and dedication were evident
in Destination Marlborough’s response to the Kaikoura earthquake where travel plans were efficiently rearranged for hundreds of tourists and a positive tourism marketing message for Marlborough was swiftly and widely circulated immediately after the event. Nigel says Tracy has been ‘exceptional’. “Her wide experience and respect within the visitor industry has been very evident in the support she has been able to attract in developing our local visitor strategies,” he says. “Her energy and wide network of contacts have been invaluable in getting Marlborough positioned as a key part of the New Zealand visitor program.” Tracy was a major driver in developing the Visitor Economy
Growth Plan, ‘Only Marlborough’ story and the launch of the ‘Marlborough - Brilliant Every Day’ visitor positioning underpinned by the regional brand. The Picton and Blenheim iSITES are award winning strong performers within the national network and held in high regard by tourism businesses as a sales channel. This success has led to the more recent opening of a third Marlborough i-SITE in Havelock. Destination Marlborough is a not-for-profit Trust established by Marlborough District Council to market Marlborough as a visitor destination. The organisation also operates the Picton, Blenheim and Havelock i-SITE Visitor Information Centres and Business Events Marlborough on behalf of the region.
Picton, Waikawa water use cuts Picton and Waikawa households are being asked to cut back on their water use to avoid immediate water restrictions for the town. Less water is available while the Speeds Road water treatment plant is upgraded to meet the national Drinking Water Standards. Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney says Picton needs to hold its daily demand for water to less than 4400 cubic metres if restrictions are to be avoided. In the last three days, demand has exceeded 4700 cubic metres each day. The biggest demand for water in Picton is for garden irrigation and if people can voluntarily cut back on that it would help, he says.
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Staete Landt purchase The Overseas Investment Office has approved Cloudy Bay Vineyards buying 21.245 hectares of land at Jeffries Road in Rapaura, from Staete Landt Wine Company. The price was withheld. The approval says the purchase will enable Cloudy Bay to meet increasing export demand for sauvignon blanc and pinot noir wines. Staete Landt majority owner Ruud Maasdam was unable to be contacted.
Buses back InterCity is resuming daily bus services between Kaikoura and Christchurch along the re-opened State Highway One from today. It is the first time the buses are going to Kaikoura since the November 14 earthquake, the company says. Buses will also stop at towns and communities along the route, including Cheviot and Amberley. InterCity bus services between Kaikoura and Picton remain cancelled due to road conditions.
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Arguments over Easter holiday trading By Cathie Bell Three Marlborough District councillors are being asked to determine the importance of family time and quality of life against the needs of tourists wanting to shop in Marlborough at Easter time. The councillors – Trevor Hook, Laressa Shenfield, and Nadine Taylor – yesterday heard three people talk more about their submissions on the council’s draft Easter trading policy, which would allow businesses to open during Easter Sunday. Shops are not able to open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, except in Picton, which is a legally-designated tourism area. Every second year, when the Omaka Classic Fighters event is held, there are 30,000 people in the region and there are regularly complaints about retailers not being able to open for them. The council got 19 submissions on the draft policy, 11 for it and eight against. Four people asked to speak to their submission, but Harvey Norman’s Jerome O’Sullivan was unable to appear yesterday. Nativity vicar Bob Barnes argued the policy would further erode family life and the quality of life for people in Marlborough, especially those on lower incomes with less
The hearing panel listens to Robert Terry expand on his Easter Sunday trading submission.
ability to resist the pressure to work. Blenheim resident Helen Jackson argued that Easter Sunday is not an important Christian festival, as Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Monday, not Sunday, and so if any shopping should be barred, it should be on the Monday. Blenheim man Robert Terry supported the policy, arguing that the courthouse should be opened on Easter Sunday for a service to employ 1000 inmates serving less than five years, particularly young men, on year-long good behaviour bonds for a year in the wine
industry or planting trees for the Crown. The councillors are to consider all the submissions, and panel chairman Trevor Hook says they will make a recommendation for the planning, community and finance committee on February 9, for a decision to be ratified by the full council on February 23. If approved, that would give time for businesses to prepare for this Easter Sunday, which is on April 16. The Omaka Classic Fighters three-day event is on from April 14 to 16.
Shake causes spending drop The November 14 7.8 earthquake and continuing aftershocks seem to have led to a drop in spending, according to Paymark and Governmentcollected data. Paymark, which operates most electronic card transactions nationally, says while the volume of transactions in Marlborough during December was up by 1.3 per cent to 1.27 million, the value of those transactions dropped by 1 per cent to $69.2 million. Ac-
commodation spending dropped 13 per cent, it says. Before the Kaikoura earthquake, Marlborough figures had been growing each month. Paymark says it includes Kaikoura in its Marlborough region. Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment manager of sector trends Peter Ellis says that of this tourism spend in the year to November 2016, international visitors spent $137
million (up 19 per cent compared with the year to November 2015), and domestic tourists spent $238 million (up four per cent) in that period. But when it comes to the monthly expenditure, tourism spend in Marlborough for the month of November 2016 is down one per cent compared with the month of November 2015, Peter says. The earthquake on 14 November has had a limited overall
impact on national tourism expenditure, he says. However, the earthquake made a significant impact on total spend locally. “As the earthquake occurred midway through November, the full impacts on the regional economies in the affected areas are not completely shown. The data for the month of December, due to be released on 26 January, will give a clearer indication of how tourism spending in these areas has been affected.”
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Flood waters worry homeowner By Cathie Bell Havelock man Roger McClimont is calling for official help after November’s flood meant the water came within centimetres of flooding his home. He says the flood waters were trapped within the estuary because the water could not flow away easily as the causeway blocked it. A Marlborough District Council engineer says Marlborough Roads will look at the issue early this year, to see if some more culverts under the causeway road would solve the problem. Roger says the rain on November 15, the day after the 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, brought floodwaters up to the vegetable garden area on his property, just a few metres from his home. The water threatened to come up his sump pipes and he was worried his home could be flooded in a future event. Flooding was made worse because the culverts under the causeway road were blocked and not big enough,
Roger says, and the floodwaters were held in the upper estuary area for a long time. Marlborough District Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney says he will raise Roger’s concerns with Marlborough Roads. “It could be from the culverting.” He says he will talk to roading officials this year and will go through the issues with them, and he has also talked with Roger about actions he can take to prevent water getting into his building. Floodgates on the pipes into his property could provide more security, Stephen says. “It was a two per cent rainfall event, which means it has a two per cent chance of happening in any one year.” Roger hasn’t had water into his building yet, Stephen says, and a rainfall event would have to be worse than the November 2016 and 2010 events for that to happen. “I’ve made a commitment to make sure existing culverts do get cleared so there is no restrictions in an event.”
Roger McClimont shows where the floodwaters from the estuary behind his property came up.
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Seasons greetings everyone. To the lady along Maxwell Rd, who drove towards us on our side of the road then passed us on the inside then turned into Bamboo Gardens car park, good driving, great way to get killed or kill someone else, time you gave up driving I think.
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Thank you To the lovely lady that dropped off an item home for me in her ute from The Warehouse on January 4th, thank you so much we really appreciated it, so kind of you. Please stop by again as we have a gift for you. Vanessa
Wrong side of the road To the couple in white car coming up Broadway last week on wrong side of road, the fact that you then went left of me said it all. Most amusing to other motorist too. Next time we have a meet n greet eh? I’m sure that stain will come out of your seat eventually.
Trying to negotiate Xmas decorations! Men in red hats, red jackets, fluro jackets, yellow trucks, red trucks, orange cones, orange, red and blue lights. Police cars, working graders, men working compactors and then after you have slowly & safely negotiated this melee; one way through St Arnaurd saying 50, the opposite direction sign saying 60! And no notification of speed change. Another semi mufti getting up quota tickets, oops, someone slipped up here!
Thank you THANK YOU to person who found my wallet in men’s toilet in public library and handed it in. MUCH APPRECIATED.
Flip phone Please, please spark and 2 deg bring back the flip top phones. Can’t track them down anywhere.
I asked my beloved if I could grow a beard, having seen many in town. The deal is that I must save $2 a week for a charity to be given at year’s end. Great-agreed! Condition is she must put the same aside in case she actually likes it and pays equally. Come on chaps, all give it a go for a unique 2017 Marlborough initiative.
Thanks girls Great after sales service received from Sally and Heidi. We are enjoying our outdoor furniture very much, made possible by these girls.
Praise for truckies Best wishes to all of our customers for 2017. Also best wishes to all the truckies. Numerous customers travelling from south have commented and praised the courtesy of the truckies.
Well done Thanks to all that helped brighten up Blenheim with the fantastic Xmas decorations - from the Reindeer, wooden Xmas trees, forum Xmas tree, shops right through to all the residents and all the houses that were lit up. Well done.
Rude driver On my bike, when old man in a grey-silver car coming along Thompsons Ford Road at approx 11.40 Friday 30th tried to run me off the road (for no reason) missing me by inches while blowing his horn. He should get off his bum and get some exercise to make him a less angry man.
Poor dog People on a hot day leaving your Maltese dog in the car for an hour while you shop! Window open a crack! Grow a brain! Animal abuse!
Warm wishes Health prosperity & happiness be with you & yours, this coming year. Warm smiles & glad tidings.
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Too PC Workplace cake obesity news! What next, office candy heart risk? Yes ladies to save workmates and visitors having heart palpitations over your powder, perfume, colourful dress styles and fashion, its all back to full length black kaftan to keep our pulse & thoughts in check! Now who will police this. Hilarious.
Tailgating As a local I’m not overly impressed at the new 80km per hour all the way past Renwick but it’s the law. To all the idiots who intend riding the bumper of my car all the way out of town (and a few trucks) swerving trying to overtake and getting frustrated. .. bugger off! I’m sitting on 80km I can’t go any faster as I value my license. The fact I have four kids in the backseat & you intend on sitting right at the rear window is a joke! It’s dangerous! Perhaps you need to research the type of carnage caused crashing at 80km, it’s not pretty! Get over it and grow the hell up! Hoping the local police start to take a look at tailgating on that road!
txt talk of the week Great firemen
Aren’t we lucky to have great firemen and women in our Fire brigades? Just look at that burnt-out bit on the Wither hills . To stop that is nothing more than a miracle. Thank you all so much. All the best for the summer.
Four second rule Fellow motorists please take care on Middle Renwick Road on route to Nelson/Christchurch/the airport. Since the speed limit has been lowered everyone now seems to feel the need to tailgate everyone else. People, just because you are now only doing 80km does not mean it is safe to travel four metres behind the car in front. If they brake suddenly YOU WILL HIT THEM and at 80km IT WILL STILL HURT. So please take a breath and use the four second rule so that there are no avoidable accidents.
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New Years in Blenheim 31 people at the Clubs of Marlborough to see the New Year in!!! 5 years ago you couldn’t get a seat in the place, so what’s happened.? Obviously one guy singing karaoke doesn’t meet the mark. Lee Davis invest money, get the people back to the club. MDC bring the Forum alive again please. Not everyone wants to or can drive the 30mins to Picton. An event in Blenheim allows people to have a drink enjoy their evening and walk home afterwards.
Emergency housing To the best hosts for families in emergency housing Bruce and Jan Huffadine, Commodore Court Motel I would like to publicly thank you both for all your help and support whilst my family and I were with you in emergency housing. Blenheim could do with more people like you, we will never forget all you have done and we will always be grateful. Now we have a home we can settle. Kindest regards for the new year. Robin, Crispin and whanau.
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Hot Art in Havelock The Gallery Havelock, open 10am-4pm, seven days a week. Enjoy browsing some of the excellent art on show from talented local artists. Come and have a look in the friendly little gallery at 60 Main Road, Havelock.
Maud Island - Pelorus Sounds Tour Join Pelorus Tours and DOC for a memorable trip through the beautiful Pelorus Sound and Te Pakeka/Maud Island. Check out the unique wildlife and learn about the islands history and management. 8am6pm departing from Havelock. Bookings required go to www.pelorustours.co.nz.
The Diversion Gallery Open 12pm-5pm, Wednesday–Saturdays, 10 London Quay, Picton. Ph 573 7376 or 027 440 8121 or www.thediversion.co.nz. The Edwin Fox Ship Visitor Centre open every day from 9am, a great all weather and family friendly activity. Come and explore the decks and the depths of the ship. Dunbar wharf, on Picton foreshore. For more information call Karen 573 6868. Heritage & Whaling Museum Picton has a collection of some 2000 items of Maori, whaling, maritime, heritage and textile displays. 10am-4pm daily, 9 London Quay. Ph 573 8283. Marlborough Golf Club Half price green-fees after 4pm every day! 74 Paynters Rd. www.marlborough@golf. co.nz.
Marlborough Artisan Market Wynen St car park, 9am-1pm. Lots of choice for everyone. Food, coffee, jewellery, preserves, veggies, art, crafts, woodwork, pottery and more. Blenheim Riverside Railway Train Departs from Brayshaw Park as follows; 1.15pm and 3.00pm to Omaka and return, 1.45pm to Beaver Station, Riverside Park, central Blenheim and return. Adults $10 Child $5 (Omaka $6 & $3) Cash only. Redwood Market 8am-12pm, Redwood Tavern car park. Plants, produce, cards, jewellery, flowers and hand crafts. Supporting Hospice. Contact Alison 5785109. Round ‘A’ Mini Golf Picton Picton Foreshore, 10am Saturday and Sunday, 10am.
Marlborough Art Society Gallery open daily from 10.30am-4.30pm. Art Classes and Workshops available. 204 High Street. Ph 577 6784 or www.marlboroughartsociety.com. Young Impressionists exhibition on 26 November – 5 December.
5km Taylor River Fun Run Free timed 5km run along the Taylor River, meet at the ampitheatre, corner of High and Symonds Streets, 8am every Saturday. To register anyone of any age can go to http://www.parkrun.co.nz/blenheim.
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Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 8am–12.30pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Rd. Club Meets Mondays at Clubs of Marlborough. Ph Andy 578 2272 or 021 842 928.
Marlborough Museum Brayshaw Heritage Park, 26 Arthur Baker Place. Open 10am–4pm daily. Fran Maguire Pottery – Exhibition extended due to popular demand. New Exhibition - Fads and Frills, Junior fashion 1900-1960. Phone: 578-1712.1 EcoWorld Aquarium and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre New - 3 Little Blue Penguins in our Rehabilitation Centre, 2 abandoned after the 7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake. Meet the locals at EcoWorld on our 11am and 2pm wildlife and rehab presentations. Picton Foreshore. Ph 03 573 6030. Aroha Live at Mikeys Bar High Street, Picton. Fridays and Saturdays by twilight in January.
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Blenheim Menz Shed 4 Dillons Point Road. Open 9am-12pm Sat and 1-4pm on Mon & Thurs. Building relationships and sharing skills. We are in the process of expanding our woodworking shed with a new, fully equipped, engineering workshop, and we welcome new members of all ages. Ph Trevor 570 5064. Vintage Farm Machinery 10am-3pm, open every day. Brayshaw Park guided tours available, Sunday-Thomas Tank Engine rides. Ph Doris 579 4357. Picton Men’s Shed “Where men can do what men do best” 9am-12pm and Wednesday 9am-4pm. Phone Rex Green 021 469 191 or Kerry Eagar 021 888 423 for more information. Brooklyn Croquet Club Whitehead Park off Brooklyn Drive. Play days are Sat, Tues & Thurs at 1pm. Come down and have a go. Ph Dale 578 4427.
Cruisey Church St Andrew’s Church 5-6:30pm. Games, crafts, worship and a meal. Children of all ages and their parents/caregivers welcome. 3rd Saturday evening each month. Call Rachael 5788068 or the Church office 5787119 for more info. Eastern States Speedway RVTS Dash for Cash Sidecars. Streetcars round 2. All support classes. Pak Lims Road, 6pm race start. Gates open at 5pm.
Sunday 15 Blenheim Riverside Railway Train Departs from Brayshaw Park as follows; 1.15pm and 3.00pm to Omaka and return, 1.45pm to Beaver Station, Riverside Park, central Blenheim and return. Adults $10 Child $5 (Omaka $6 & $3) Cash only. Marlborough Farmers’ Market A&P Showgrounds, Cnr Maxwell & Alabama Rds, 9am-12noon. Come and experience fresh delicious delicacies. See you Sunday. Picton Rail & Sail The Foreshore Picton & cost 20c per ride, 10am-4pm, weather permitting. Blenheim Roller Skating Club College Park, Stephenson Street. Every Sunday 1-3pm. $5 for hire of skates or $2 if you have your own. Come have a go, all ages and skill levels welcome. Marlborough Golf Club – Community Golf Sunday afternoon play 18 holes $15 or 9 holes $10. Must be a Marlborough resident. 74 Paynters Rd. www.marlborough@golf. co.nz. Tramping Club We go on tramps Wednesday & Sunday, please confirm for travel. Ph Mary 572 8762 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Model Aero Club ARA Wairau Valley 9am, Murray Ph 578 9199 or Tony Ph 577 9776. Petanque 10am Sunday and 1pm Wednesday, 65A Weld Street–John Ph 5779789. Associated Modellers Society Model boat and yacht sailing at Brayshaw Park every Sunday afternoon, 1-4pm. Miniature steam engine rides at Brayshaw Park, 1st and 3rd Sunday each month, 1pm4pm $2. Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers Brayshaw Park, open workshop 1-4pm, every 1st Sunday of the month. Wooden toys for sale. For more info contact Jim 578 8974 or Rod 579 4601.
Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on! Marlborough Rock and Mineral Club Brayshaw Park, come and see our large rock, mineral, crystal and fossil collection, work room and books. Free admission. Ulysses Club Ride Ride to Okiwi Bay (on French Pass) for a byo lunch picnic. 1pm start.
Up and coming Thursday 19 January Picton Water Fight 4pm at Port Marlborough Pavilion, Endeavour Park. Water fight, water activities and water slides. Parents must look after their own children under 13 years. Separate slide for the younger children provided. Gold coin donation. Friday 20 January Interislander Summer Festival Blenheim Trots Waterlea Raceway, 11am and Sunday 9am. Pack your picnic essentials and turn up, there’ll also be food stalls spotted around the course. There will be heaps of free kids entertainment in the More FM Kids Go Racing area too. Saturday 21 January Picton Maritime Festival A day to spend with your family and friends. To chat, eat at the yummy food stalls and just chill out and listen to the fantastic line up of entertainers. There is a huge variety of activities for the whole family. The amazing Fireworks display goes off at 10pm. Sunday 22 January 26th Country Music Awards Finals concert. ASB Theatre Marlborough, 6.45pm. Omaka Flying Day Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre 79 Aerodrome Rd, 10am–2:30pm. Those magnificent men and their flying machines will be lined-up against the fence and in the sky for your entertainment. Nana’s Cream Freeze will be serving up a storm of the best kind and the sausages will be sizzling!
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Friday January 13, 2017
Pania Huntley Rally co-driver
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W h a t ’s y o u r m o s t annoying habit? I try to do too many things at once and always forget something. One of my best holidays was...
What ’s your fondest childhood memory? Hanging out with my brothers and cousins at the foreshore swimming out to the raft and fishing off the wharf.
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I fear something happening to my family.
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Last year the second hottest on record By Cathie Bell Last year was the second hottest year on record for Marlborough. Data collected at the weather station in the Grovetown Business Park shows the mean temperature for 2016 was 13.93°C; 0.81°C above the long term average for the 30 years 1986-2015, of 13.12°C. Plant and Food Research scientist Rob Agnew says 2016 is now the second hottest year on record in Blenheim for the 87 years 1930-2016. “1998 retains its position as the hottest year on record with a mean temperature of 13.95°C.” He says that up until the mid-December 2016, Blenheim was on track to either equal or break the 1998 temperature record. However, the cool 10 days from 22 to 31 December 2016, pulled the overall mean temperature for the year down just enough to push it into second place. Rob says despite that, December was slightly below the long-term average temperature of 16.8°C, with the maximum temperature reaching 26.8°C on December 27 and the minimum temperature dropping to 5.6 degrees on December 13. The hottest day of 2016 was 25 Febru-
ary with 32.2°C and the coldest day of 2016 was 9 August with an air frost of -2.1°C and a ground frost of -5.1°C. December’s sunshine hours were about average, as was the total sunshine hours for the year. That meant Blenheim was out of the running for the national crown of sunniest place, Rob says. “Richmond is the sunniest town in New Zealand for 2016 with a massive total of 2840.1 hours; this is 248.8 hours ahead of Blenheim, and also ahead of Blenheim’s highest ever total in 2015. Richmond installed a sunshine recorder part way through 2015, so 2016 is the first year they have been in the race. “In contrast Nelson’s total was only 2493.6 hours, 97.7 hours behind Blenheim. Nelson’s sunshine total was 346.5 hours behind the Richmond total. However, Richmond and Blenheim record sunshine with automated recorders, so the totals should be comparable, whereas Nelson’s sunshine is still recorded manually, hence the two methods will produce different totals. “Appleby recorded 2669.5 hours sunshine. This was 170.6 hours less than the Richmond total but 78.2 hours higher than Blenheim.”
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How do you want to be remembered? I want to be remembered for the fun-loving person I try to be everyday. Who would you love to share a meal with and why? I would love to share a meal with my girlfriends and Bon Jovi. We would have a lot of laughs while they sing to us. What is the one thing people don’t know about you? Some know, but most don’t : I was in Miss Marlborough.
Blumine mohua breeding Department of Conservation rangers are delighted by a first sign of mohua breeding on Blumine Island/ Oruawairua indicating the endangered native birds are establishing a foothold on the Marlborough Sounds’ island sanctuary. In a check on mohua on Blumine Island last month,
DOC rangers found five pairs of mohua, three of which were raising young. One pair had two fledglings, a second pair had three fledglings and a third pair was incubating eggs. Thirty-one mohua/yellowheads were moved to Blumine Island from Otago’s Blue Mountains in Otago
in 2013 with the support of Blacks Fasteners. The move aimed to establish a mohua population on the predatorfree island to help ensure the survival of the species. Mohua are classified as nationally vulnerable, and today are only found on the mainland in beech forest south of Canterbury.
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Chugging through the holidays The Blenheim Riverside Railway has enjoyed a busy summer holiday period to date, especially with the 21st Scout Jamboree hosted in Marlborough recently. A spokesperson says the train did six trips per day with 120 scouts on each trip, equalling around 700 per day over six
days a week. Since the scouts left the railway is back to providing holiday rides for the public. A new locomotive and two carriages recently arrived from Totara Springs and are being worked on to be ready for service very soon.
Fun in the sun Sun staff member Gemma Bartlett was out and about with her camera during the holidays photographing families enjoying the water at Waikawa Bay.
Father and son fishing.
A father and his children relaxing on the water in Waikawa Bay.
Families fishing off a jetty in Waikawa Bay.
The Marlborough Harbour Master tows a damaged catamaran into Waikawa Bay.
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Friday January 13, 2017
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LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Senior Citizens Hall, 166 High Street. Sundays 10 a.m. All welcome. 5785030
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Are you reliable, hardworking and a friendly helper for our laundry, ironing and cleaning team, are you what we are looking for? Must be available weekends/public holidays.
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public notice TE N PI N Bowling. O p e n 7 d ay s f r o m 10.00am till late. Phone 5784851 to book a lane now. W R ITIN G a book? We print and publish books and e-books. No-obligation discussion. 03 5794709, www. prismaprint.co.nz info@ prismaprint.co.nz
76 Alfred Street, Blenheim. All welcome to our services Sunday - 8am Traditional Eucharist Service 10am - Family Service Thursday - 10am Communion Service
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Thanks for being the most amazing dude!
Hans Herzog Estate, 81 Jeffries Road, RD3 Blenheim Please call Louisa Leggett on 572 8770
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Two Strong Men & A Truck Available by the hour. Can also do single item pick-up & delivery in Blenheim region.
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PART TIME REGISTERED NURSE Ashwood Park provides a continuum of care for our residents and we currently require a registered nurse to join our team on a part time basis. You would need to be confident in your skills, have a positive outlook and strong clinical knowledge to provide professional leadership to the care-staff team. You will have a current NZ nursing council registration and NZ residency or a valid work visa. Please apply in confidence to Jenny with a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24/1/2017
Part time Cleaner/Kitchen Assistant required We are looking for a part time Cleaner/Kitchen Assistant to join our team. The applicant will need to be prepared to work weekends and having a background in baking will be an advantage. Please call Naomi, Village Manager on (03) 577 5208 or 021 1366 504. Applications close Friday 20th January 2017
Part-time/casual cook needed in small hotel Please do not apply if you oversleep, have court often, do not have a baby sitter every day, have to get rides to work later than our work day begins, experience flat tyres every week, have to hold on to a cell phone daily, or will become an expert at your job with no need to learn or take advice after the first day. Must be able to talk and work at the same time and must remember to return for work the next day. Lastly you should not expect to be congratulated if you turn up on time. If you qualify please contact us via: The Sun Newspaper PO Box 634 Blenheim ref: Part time/casual cook
Join our team Nelson Forests grows and processes timber in Nelson and Marlborough. We are looking for team members to join our modern and efficient Kaituna Sawmill, based west of Blenheim. We offer a strong safety culture, our workplace is drug and alcohol free and we provide onsite training. If you are physically fit, take pride in producing a quality product and have a can do attitude contact us about joining our team in 2017. You must be legally able to work in NZ with all relevant Visas. Please send a CV or register your interest by emailing: email@example.com or call the Kaituna Office for an application form on 03 572 8921.
Night Shift Supervisor Full-time, Havelock Our Havelock mussel grading facility supplies product for both our Motueka and Blenheim factories year round, and is very busy over the harvest season from September until June of each year. Looking for a full-time position that will give you the opportunity to use your supervisory skills? Are you good with detail and documents, and understand the importance of getting it right first time?
Marlborough Migrant Centre
Reporting to the Havelock Manager, your duties will include: • assisting in the induction of new staff as well as general staff training • supporting the Manager to implement company policy on maintaining product safety, documentation and the safety of staff • working to ensure that product is graded correctly to meet deadlines and customer requirements.
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This is a hands-on role that will require you to be physically fit, and preferably able to drive a forklift (a forklift licence is preferred but not essential, as we are prepared to put the right applicant through a course). Previous management experience will also be an advantage as Talleys actively encourages promotion within the Group.
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The Marlborough Migrant Centre is looking for a suitably qualified person to provide clerical assistance and event management support to the manager. The position will be for a six month fixed term employment agreement; continuation reliant on funding. Essential attributes and skills include • Passion for working in a multicultural environment • Advanced computer skills including a sound knowledge of of the Microsoft Office suite, MYOB accounting and social media marketing software. • Knowledge of or willingness to learn event management processes. For further information and job description contact the Marlborough Migrant Centre, 21 Henry Street, Blenheim, 7201. Ph 03-5796410 or 0211584426 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Applications close on Friday, 20 January 2017
Please apply to: Donald Boote – Shellfish Manager, PO Box 5, Motueka, or email email@example.com with the subject line ‘Havelock Supervisor’. Please note that as this is a full-time job, applicants will need to be residents of NZ or be in the process of applying for residency. Applications close 27 January 2017.
Friday January 13, 2017
Karate Blenheim Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate
Kids Wednesday 4-5pm Marlborough Fitness Gym 10 Inkerman St – Renwick
FLOOD, Aoife Grace:
(7lb 10oz) December 22, 2016
GREEN, Caleb Eli: (8lb 3oz) December 26, 2016
Wednesday 7-8.30pm Senior Citizens Hall High Street – Blenheim
Octopus have three hearts.
Births This Week
Ph Richie 027 207 8877 or Leeland 021 158 7392
HYNDMAN, Lochlan Raymond: (8lb 10oz) December 22, 2016 NEAL, James Thomas (Jimmy): (9lb) December 15, 2016 PROCTER, baby girl: (6lb 13oz) January 9, 2017
Campers norovirus warning Public health officials are warning campers and trampers in the region to take care to avoid catching the debilitating norovirus, after a cluster of cases among visitors to Nelson Lakes National Park. Dr Ed Kiddle, Medical Office of Health with the Nelson Marlborough Health Public Health Service, says that the first reports of vomiting and diarrhoea came from people on the Travers Sabine circuit in the Nelson Lakes park in the first week of January. “While the virus has not spread to other parks in the form of an outbreak, there are still residual cases of it around. People may not be aware that norovirus is a highly-infectious virus that can survive on surfaces such as basins, benches and door handles for several days.” Ed says officials are urging people who have had gastro, or who have been exposed to it by friends and family, to avoid spreading it further by postponing their camping or tramping. People can be infectious for up to 48 hours after symptoms cease. “If someone in your group has just had norovirus the incubation period until others in the family or group may get sick is usually 12 to 48 hours. People should
take this into consideration when planning their holiday.” People who are otherwise well, and who intend to enter the park should follow these preventative guidelines: • wash hands thoroughly after using the toilet, before preparing food and before eating • wash and dry your hands well using soap and water and, ideally, follow this with hand sanitiser • prepare for the worst: pack paper towels, soap and hand sanitiser. Consider packing a small bottle of bleach. People who fall ill while they are tramping or camping should: • isolate themselves as much as possible and consider going home to recover. You can be infectious for up to two days after symptoms cease. • avoid preparing food for others • avoid vomiting in sinks or shared basins/surfaces. The toilet is the best place. • report illness to campground or DOC staff • clean up vomit or excretia using gloves (if available), detergent and hot water followed by bleach (household bleach diluted 1part bleach to 10 parts water).
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VIVIER, Reon Jack: (3kg) January 5, 2017
PATCHETT, Elizabeth Anne (Anne) : Passed away peacefully, on Wednesday January 11 2017. In her 86th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Stan, loved and respected mother and mother-in-law of Jocelyn and Gus Stewart, Margaret Kendrick, the late Kathy, and Mike and Rose. Loved mother-in-law of the late Jim Gerraty. Special Nana of all her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchild. Loved sister of Ruth Patterson, and the late Margaret Burnett, and a loved sister-in-law. A special thanks to all the staff at Maxwell Care for their love, care and support of Anne and her family over the past three years. Messages may be sent to 213A Redwood Street, Blenheim 7201. A funeral service for Anne will be held at the Church of the Nativity, Alfred Street, at 1.30pm on Monday January 16, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. Respectfully cared for by GEOF FR EY T SOW MA N FDA NZ Tel 03 578 4719 www.sowmans.co.nz acknowledgement
PIESSE, Muriel Joy: Warren and Caroline, Ken and Lynda and their families wish to thank everyone who attended the service, did baking, sent flowers, cards and phone messages in our recent loss of a much loved mother, mother-in-law, and Nana. Thanks also to Alistair Hebberd of Sowmans Funeral Directors and Terry Terrill for their professional and caring support organising the service. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement. in memoriam
BUNT, John: December 30, 2016 CAMERON, Brian Robert: January 5, 2017 CRONIN, Christina June (June): January 6, 2017 FERON, Lois Rosalie: January 8, 2017 GRAY, John Douglas: January 3, 2017 MATOE, Akuhata (Albie): January 7, 2017 SMITHERAM, Ivan Desmond: December 29, 2016
PALMER, Neville: Passed away before his time on 16th January 2005. Death changes everything, time changes nothing. I still miss the sound of your voice, the stories of your life and your presence. So no, time changes nothing. I just miss my Dad. Loved forever, Andrea and Brayden Toto.
In Memoriam Remember your lost loved one on their anniversary.
STRAWBRIDGE, Barbara Elizabeth (nee Mortimer): January 7, 2017
C R O S S W O R D Puzzle CROSSWORD
TOMS, William James (Jim): January 8, 2017
The deadline is Monday 5.00pm. Please contact the Sun for further details. 72 High Street, Blenheim, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 577 7868.
By Russell McQuarters
DOWN ACROSS 1. “Golden” king. (5) 1. Water nymph. (7) 2. Venerated. (7) 5. Steep. (11) 3. Female relative. (6) 11. Cattle breed. (5) 4. Suspicious. (8) 12. Erect. (7) 5. Flawless. (7) 13. Bailiff. (5) 6. Urged , ... on. (5) 14. Table-napkin. (9) 7. Unbroken. (6) 15. Easy to mistake. (9) 8. Burst in. (8) 16. Walk through water. (4) 9. Be immoderate. (11) 17. Vienna is its capital. (7) 10. Onslaught (5) 19. Court usher. (6) 16. Small wire arches 23. Cask maker (6) (croquet) (7) 26. Poacher’s dog. (7) 29. Accused’s reply to charge. (4) 18. Bring upon oneself. (5) 20. Derive(from). (7) 30. Small lump. (3) 21. To understand. (3) 32. Crowd. (3) 22. Garment border. (3) 34. Formerly. (4) 24. Out-moded. (11) 35. Indicate. (7) 25. Heavy wrap. (3) 36. Judges’ chamber. (6) 27. Complete. (5) 39. Italian sausage. (6) 28. Fabled bird. (3) 40. Soothsayer. (7) 31. Turkish governor. (3) 42. Eye inflamation. (4) 33. Ship’s hospital, 46. Russian spaceman. (9) sick ... (3) 48. Cruel. (9) 37. Charlatan. (8) 50. Prevent. (5) 38. Grant respite to. (8) 51. Furnish with money. (7) 41. Extensive Grass-land. (7) 52. Craze. (5) 43. Beat severly. (7) 53. Grow worse. (11) 44. Venemous spider 54. Clear. (7)
(N.Z.) (6) 45. Large prawns. (6) 46. Variety of beet. (5) 47. Shin-bone. (5) 49. Scarcely sufficient. (5)
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Friday January 13, 2017
The curious case of Ronda Rousey “Forget about Ronda”. Those were the words of UFC bantamweight women’s champion, Amanda Nunes after she stopped the former pin-up girl of MMA with a 48-second TKO in Las Vegas. I was fortunate to be in Vegas for the event thanks to some complimentary tickets. The reaction for Ronda was enormous from the 20,000-strong crowd inside the T-Mobile Center. That’s as good as it got for the hometown girl. I was once fully on the Rousey bandwagon, Who doesn’t find a good looking woman who kicks butt attractive?
However I lost respect for her after her first loss because of how she carried herself post-fight. The 29-year-old was making her comeback after losing her title and her vaunted undefeated streak more than a year earlier in a onesided contest against Holly Holm. If that defeat was embarrassing, this one proved Ronda had become human proof of the phrase “hero to zero” in 12 months. Ronda had 12 months to prepare for her redemption and failed spectacularly. No head movement, no guard, no answers. Despite getting her head punched in, she will pocket $3 million
minimum for the effort. Ronda put women’s MMA on the map. She is beautiful, articulate and initially she won. That’s the ultimate triple threat for any organisation. However, UFC 207 proved women have caught up and surpassed Ronda who is a judo exponent by trade. Nunes suggested she should retire. Rumours of Ronda going to professional wrestling will only intensify now. It’s hard to see where her MMA career goes from here. The aura has gone and so has her drawing power.
sports talk With ... Jacob Page
Karts rev in New Year The Marlborough Kart Club has its first meeting of the year this Sunday. The Fun Day/Practice Day kicks off at 11am.
Swing into golf Give Golf a Go, Marlborough Golf Club’s summer programme, is still available to people wanting to learn to play. Local professional golf coach Jonti Philipson runs group lessons. Equipment is loaned but there is a small charge for each lesson.
No Halberg award, but big plans ahead Brayden Graham’s nomination for the Halberg Sportsman of the Year awards has not proceeded into the final selection. Brayden, the World Flyweight IMMAF champion was nominated for the high performance category for mixed martial arts. The nomination came as a surprise to Brayden, who last year was ranked number one by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and today sits at 11th position in points. Despite missing out on a Halberg Awards win Brayden has an exciting year ahead with things “in the pipe line”. Swimmers lining up at for last year’s Hipkins Cup.
Wetsuits ready for sea swim
By Celeste Alexander The Hipkins cup is back again and this year will be the 50th swim. The sea swim is hosted by the Rarangi Surf Lifesaving Club and will take place on Sunday, January 22. The swim starts on Rarangi Beach from the car park located 200m past the Fire station. The swim will take participants towards the far side of Whites Bay, then a short zig zag across the
bay and finishes up on the sandy shores. The course covers about 2.3km but for those who know the swim, the wind and waves add challenges to the course. Race organiser Brendon Ferguson says he is hoping to see a solid number of competitors for the 50th event and would love to see some of the “originals and competitors from previous years”. “Or just come along to reminisce
and tell stories of how it used to be done before wetsuits came into play,” he says. Last year’s overall winner, Blenheim man Paul Sell will be taking to the water in a bid to hold on to his Hipkins Cup title. He will be cheered on by wife Emma who says she may also compete. The race is open to all age groups however those under 16 will need a guardian to sign them up. Entry is $10 per person to be paid
cash upon registration. The event will begin at 12noon with registrations starting at 11am, and a safety briefing will be held at 11.50am from the car park past the Rarangi Fire Station. Following the swim there will be a prizegiving. For more information contact the club or get in touch with Brendon by emailing bf@hurunuicollege. school.nz
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ADULTS $12 FAMILIES $25 KIDS 5-16 $5 UNDER 5 FREE MEM/PEN/STU $10
14th January 2017 START TIME 6PM
Friday January 13, 2017
PROHIBITED FIRE SEASON As from 12 January 2017 a Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) will be in place, south of the Wairau River. Fire Season Changes MKRFA District With the weather now in full summer mode, fire dangers are starting to reach peak potential in the grasslands to the south of the Wairau River. A Total Fire Ban is now in place across the Marlborough District south of the Wairau River and a Restricted Fire Season across the Kaikoura District.
Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) - Marlborough District The area south of the Wairau River including the area south of the Diversion and the area around and including Rarangi, and pursuant to Section 807.1 of the Marlborough District Council Bylaw 2010 for the Urban Marlborough District Council areas of Blenheim, Renwick, Picton, Havelock, Seddon and Ward will be in a Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) from 08:00 Thursday 12th Dec 2017. All fire permits already issued are suspended immediately. Special fire permits pursuant to Section 24 of the Act will only be issued in extraordinary circumstances.
NO FIRES MAY BE LIT IN THE OPEN AIR WITHIN THE MDC AREA SOUTH OF THE WAIRAU RIVER INCLUDING BOTH URBAN AND RURAL AREAS. Gas barbecues are not included in the Total Fire Ban. The MDC area north of the Wairau River will remain in a Restricted Fire Season (Fire By Permit Only) until further notice. Restricted Fire Season (Fire By Permit Only) is now also in effect within the Kaikoura District Fire permits are required for all fires in the Open Air during a Restricted Fire Season except for the following: (a) Gas fired barbecues provided they are positioned at least 2 metres from any dry materials which could catch on fire. (b) Approved incinerators incorporating a chimney and spark arrestor to stop sparks from escaping from the incinerator. (c) Any fire with a fully enclosed firebox such as outside burners, pizza ovens, solid fuel fired hot tubs etc (d) Braziers with a tray to catch falling embers The Kaikoura Central Dairy Flats, between the Kowhai and Hapuaka rivers is still in an Open Fire Season - No permits are required in this zone.
Fire in our landscape - everyoneâ€™s responsibility. Marlborough Kaikoura Rural Fire Authority www.mkrfa.com/fire-season-status/ RICHARD MCNAMARA PRINCIPAL RURAL FIRE OFFICER MARLBOROUGH DISTRICT COUNCIL
BRIAN PATON EMERGENCY SERVICES MANAGER