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Harvest time Slow start, but vintage will get busy soon By Bill McElhinney The grape bunches came tumbling off the vines as the pickers swooped down the rows at the Brancott Estate Woodbourne vineyard last week. Pernod Ricard South Island Operations Manager Tony Robb says they are now nearly finished picking grapes for their award winning Deutz Marlborough Cuvee sparkling wine. The hand picking has been taking place at the Kaituna, Renwick and Fairhall vineyards with nearly 200 people in the field on a daily basis. Continued on Page 2. PHOTO: Russell Kola hand picking chardonnay grapes for sparkling wine at the Brancott Estate Woodbourne vineyard.

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2018 grape harvest looking promising Continued from page 1 “The harvest is looking fantastic so far and we are hoping the weather remains kind over the next few weeks,” Tony says. “Winemakers are commenting that the fruit for sparkling wines is the best in years.” Pernod Ricard employs 150 staff in Marlborough, and will be swinging into busy 24 hour shifts at their Riverlands winery in about a week’s time. It’s been a slow start to the 2018 vintage, Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens says. “Chardonnay, pinot noir and lower alcohol sauvignon blanc grapes are being picked first,” Marcus says.

“Sauvignon blanc harvesting will begin in the coming weeks.” It’s a busy time for one of our most important industries. The wine industry in Marlborough directly employs 2350 people and another 2500 are employed in sectors supporting the industry, and that doesn’t include the RSE workforce or vintage cellar hands and other vintage workers, such as harvest truck drivers. Wine companies pay $130 million in wages to local workers and another $695 million is spent buying from suppliers, many of them in Marlborough. The grape growers also pump

another $52 million in to the local economy. “We estimate that there are at least an additional 1000 people in Blenheim, Renwick and Seddon for the harvest,” Marcus says. “It’s a busy time of the year for lots of people, the caterers who supply hundreds of meals for vintage workers, and cleaners, petrol stations and coffee suppliers probably also go into overdrive. Vintage has a big impact here. “As harvest swings in to action on the coming weeks, we ask people to be considerate as grape harvesters and trucks carrying grapes move around the district,” Marcus says.

“Each year we remind the harvest operators of the rules and expectations for harvest, which include covering the loads of grape trucks, showing consideration when travelling as a convoy, which includes leaving sufficient space between tractors and harvesters for people to pass when safe, for harvesters to wash down before travelling between vineyards and of course for grape trucks to take extra care when approaching our many roundabouts and sharp corners. “We also ask for consideration from our very understanding and supportive members of the community at this vital time of the year.”

Waitohi Domain truck park given the green light By Bill McElhinney A truck parking facility on Picton’s Waitohi Doman has been given the green light, and construction began on Monday. The decision to convert the domain to a truck park follows a recent survey conducted by Marlborough District Council, which asked for local feedback on the potential future uses for Waitohi Domain. “A large proportion, 75 to 78 per cent of people who completed the survey were in favour of a truck park being built on the domain,” Marlborough Sounds councillor Nadine Taylor says. “The facility will ease congestion currently created by heavy vehicles parking in Picton streets waiting for the ferries. “Community input in this project has been incredibly valuable.” Nadine says. “We received a lot of interesting

ideas which are still being looked into, including planting options. “We are very mindful of the presentation of the park and will develop a full planting and landscaping plan around the facility and along Dublin Street to beautify the frontage,” Nadine says. Council assets and services Manager Richard Coningham said the domain, once the home of the Waitohi Rugby Club, had significant limitations in terms of its future use. “The site was once a landfill, meaning it contains potentially harmful soil which restricts its use for some activities,” Richard says. T C Nicholls Ltd has been awarded the contract for the sealed pavement facility and has begun work to tarseal nearly a quarter of the reserve. Work is expected to be com- Marlborough Sounds councillor Nadine Taylor is pleased Picton residents have opted to have pleted by the end of April. part of Waitohi Domain converted to a truck park.

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Win for consumers Kiwibank has succumbed to consumer pressure and is extending the expiry date of its Prezzy Card from 12 to 24 months. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin is pleased Kiwibank has finally agreed to extend its short expiry date. Kiwibank’s backdown means all Prezzy Cards sold from 1 March 2018 will have a 24-month expiry date.

Take your time State Highway 1 between Picton and Christchurch is open again after being closed by slips that came down in the wake of ex-cyclone Gita. The New Zealand Transport Agency says the road is open at 7am and closes again at 7.30pm. The road is still down to one lane in a number of places and motorists are advised to allow five and a half hours for the journey.

Picton Grey Power Picton Grey Power will be hosting a tea and coffee afternoon at the Picton RSA from 1:30pm to 3:00pm tomorrow, Thursday. The President of Marlborough Grey Power will be attending and if you have burning issues to discuss they would love to see you there. Otherwise just come for a coffee and chat.

Jen Hall and Jax Smith of Renwick Transport, Smokey the yard cat and truck driver Laurie Johnston, who came up with the idea to place reminder stickers on their trucks during the grape harvest.

An idea that stuck - truck company creates stickers for grape harvest By Celeste Alexander A transport company that will be carting grapes during the grape harvest has started placing stickers on the back of their trucks, cautioning motorists that they are loaded with grapes. In an effort to create awareness and prevent grape spills on the roads, Renwick Transport is in the process of placing stickers on the back of 19 trucks that they will be

using for the harvest. The idea came from truck driver Laurie Johnston who made the suggestion after seeing motorists become frustrated with grape trucks driving slower during harvest. “Many don’t realise that these trucks are filled with grapes, and that we have to be cautious when driving. “I’ve seen and heard of motorists

taking chances they shouldn’t around grape trucks and if they’re not more careful, they could end up with a car full of grapes and more spills on the roads. “I talked to a number of people and came up with the idea of signs for the backs of the trucks,” he says. Sisters Jen Hall and Jax Smith who run Renwick Transport say they loved the idea and after the wording was decided on, they

Kaiuma Estate sale Blenheim businessman Lee Gilbert has sold his 50 per cent share in Sounds Lifestyle Investments, the company that bought Kaiuma Park Estate from Marlborough entrepreneur Peter Yealands nearly five years ago. Lee’s business partner, Joe Lupi, who owns a Century 21 franchise in Wellington, has bought the remainder of Sounds Lifestyle. Lee and Joe have known each other since football days when they were manager and player-coach of the Blenheim Valley Colts.

enlisted Sign Images to design and print the stickers. “There can be upwards to 200 trucks on the road carting grapes during harvest so hopefully these stickers will create more of an awareness, particularly with tourists and motorists passing through the region,” they say. “We encourage other transport companies to do the same... it’s good for all road users.”

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Witherlea School Year one pupils Charlotte Stewart, Remy Bourgeoise, Ruban Johnson and Grace McCullum are really looking forward to Sunday’s gala. Charlotte has the laptop that can be won, and the hoverboard and bike are in the background.

Owners Udomsak Juchange and Shiho Tamura outside their new restaurant.

New Picton restaurant Located at the picturesque waterfront of Picton a new restaurant with cuisine from Japan and Thailand has opened this week, the Norimaki Japanese Restaurant. Owned by Udomsak Juchange and Shiho Tamura, Udomsak, who is Thai wanted to open a restaurant for his Japanese wife Shiho, and together they have created the mouthwatering menu. Around 80 percent of the menu will be Japanese they say, with plenty to choose from. There will be both counter food prepared fresh each day, as well as a menu people can order from and the food is made while they wait. “We will be using as much local produce as we can as we want to showcase what Marlborough has to offer, and it will be prepared using traditional flavors and

techniques,” Udomsak says. Our favorite dish is Ramen noodles says Udomsak. This includes; rolled sushi as well as a number of stations, Grill station, Curry station, Soup station, Noodle Station, Stirfry section, Thai Japanese salad station. Also on offer, we have NZ Angus sirloin steak, salmon fillet, green lip mussel, seafood, chicken. Rolled sushi, Deep fried squid, spring rolls, dumplings. Dine in or takeaway. The Norimaki Japanese Restaurant in Picton will be open 7 days 10.30am to 7.30pm. This is the couple’s second food venture, already owning the popular Noodle Corner restaurant behind Farmers in Blenheim. PBA.

Goodies for gala By Bill McElhinney “I want the bike,” says Ruban Johnson. “I really want the laptop,” Grace McCullum says. The Year one pupils at Witherlea School are excited as they eye the items that can be won at the school’s gala on Sunday. “New principal Andrea Harnett is looking forward to the old favourite, the soggy sponge,” gala organiser Tash Stewart says with a smile. “We have some fabulous prizes up for grabs this year. Cycleworld are back with their “Spin to Win” and they have generously donated a bike for one lucky winner. “There is also a Laptop from Brendon Price Computers on X Marks the Spot,

so gala goers should all make sure they are in to win on that - all it takes is popping a named stick into the sandpit – if your stick hits with right spot the laptop will be yours,” Tash says. “The Lucky Key is back and we are super excited about this year’s prize, a fabulous Hoverboard, kindly sponsored by WK+ Advisors and Accountants. The Hoverboard has created quite a buzz around the school.” The gala kicks off at 11am with the Witherlea School Kapa Haka group at the front gate. They will then move to the main stage to entertain. Other school groups performing are the Choir, Jump Jam Leaders and the Drama Club.

Tash is delighted the money raised will be put towards the school’s shift towards Innovative Teaching and Learning Practices. “Both the board and the parent community group believe that this project will further celebrate our school vision of children as confident, connected, happy and actively involved in life-long learning,” Tash says. “Aside from the funds raised on the day, the event brings the community together and celebrates our wonderful facilities. The day is only made possible by volunteers and the support of the business community and we would like to thank everyone that has made a contribution this year.”

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Trap in wrong place catches young weka A young weka losing its foot in a leg-hold trap in the Marlborough Sounds has prompted the Department of Conservation reminder that such traps should be raised off the ground in areas where there are weka. A member of the public found the weka with its lower leg virtually severed in the leg-hold trap near Havelock. The bird was treated by a vet and was cared for by DOC staff before being released back into the wild at the weekend. “Leg-hold traps should be set at least 700mm off the ground to prevent weka getting caught in them,” DOC Sounds senior biodiversity ranger Phil Clerke says. “Weka are common in the Sounds so these traps should always be raised off the ground in this area or in other places where there are weka and other ground-dwelling native birds,” Phil says. Catching weka in leg-hold traps by not following correct procedures for their use can be an offence, Phil says. “Weka often die from getting caught in leg-hold traps but this weka fortunately is still actively moving around on its remaining foot


This weka lost part of its leg after being caught in a leg-hold trap near Havelock.

and leg stump.” “Weka have survived in the wild with part of a leg missing and given this weka’s liveliness we expect it will do OK. “But it’s a shame the weka now has to go through life with one foot missing when it was avoidable.”

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Norm Fowke Glass By pass State Highway 1 Dear Ed, I ask Marlborough Distict Councillor, Chamber of Commence to ask Marlborough Roads to push for a bypass of State Highway 1. To keep most of the large truck and trailer units out of Grove Road and Main Street would be a big advantage to locals, as most other towns and cities have. Divert State Highway 1 at Rowley Cresent, with a roundabout to Blenheim and a truck bypass over the railway line. A roundabout to Lower Wairau Road. Go straight to the bend in the bank on Roses Overflow, follow the bank then cross Roses Overflow with several large culverts into Rowberrys Road. A roundabout on Dillons Point Road along a vineyard, bridge the Opawa River to a roundabout on State Highway 1 west of the old St Andrews Lodge. Now with Riversdale residents requesting another way in/out. With a short bridge over the Opawa, Budge Street could join up with the bypass. Bruce McLauchlan Blenheim

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Dear Ed, Regarding the letter to the editor on Wednesday, March 6, by Old Fisho. Your comments have been noted and changes will be made for the 2019 Fishing Competition. Allan Fergusson Manager Renwick Arms Country Club and Fishing Competition organiser

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Dear Ed, ‘Old Fisho’s’ sympathetic comment towards stingrays being entered in fishing competitions is to be commended and deserves wider application, also embracing large sharks for example. Particularly insensitive has been the persecution of fresh-water eels, the ethos motivating such competitions being vainglory and the fleeting recognition achieved by killing an aged animal subsequently discarded, it being both primitive and an affront to nature and principles of conservation. Fishing should be enjoyed for it’s own sake in an appreciative and sporting manner towards the environment and quarry respectively, that not kept for food being released unharmed if possible. Hunting in NZ, of course, is not subject to such considerations given that all target animals are exotics and have no natural ecological niche in the domestic environment - shoot as many as you can! Cheers, Walter Hilhorst. Blenheim

Dear Ed, Councils keep telling us to conserve water at this time of the year. We should only water our gardens and lawns in the early morning or evening. So why don’t they practise what they preach? Council grounds such as Oliver Park have always had irrigators going in the hottest part of the day, so half the water disappears into the sky. Farm irrigators can also be seen going during the day and the same at the golf course at Pollard Park. Why can’t all this be done when councils suggest it should? Am I missing something here? Nigel Perry Blenheim

Council response from Jane Tito, reserves and amenities manager: Council’s investment in maintaining the parks (outlined in Mr Perry’s letter) to a high standard ensures that sport code users can enjoy the parks in Marlborough. This does involve watering during the day to ensure the standard is maintained, especially at Oliver Park where cricket is played. We have several cricket blocks and water is critical to their survival. The majority of council’s gardens are watered in the early mornings or evenings, and we certainly encourage residents to do the same.

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Reassurance on Picton water supply by Glenise Dreaver Steve Rooney, Marlborough District Council’s Operations and Maintenance Engineer, says recent concerns about leakage from Picton water hydrants are unfounded. “We actually don’t have as much leakage as in other places. I suspect that because we have eight pressure loggers on hydrants around Picton at the moment, there is some leakage from the hydrants. “When the loggers are screwed on they are not

always a good seal and there can be a minor dribble.” The loggers, which have been removed, are put there to measure water pressure on periods of high demand, “And they are also used to verify existing data on our water supply network model,” Steve said. He reassured Picton residents that the loggers do not affect fire service access to the mains. “We notify the fire service where they are and they can unscrew them if required.”

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Sisters to guest star at concert By Celeste Alexander The Blenheim Country Music Club is holding a Concert Day next weekend and headlining the event will be a sister duo from Murchison. Jemma and Jade Gibson have been very successful both as a duo and as solo artists over the years, winning many overall titles and more impressively, the Junior Overall at the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards in Gore in 2012. In Blenheim, the sisters also won the Intermediate Overall at the Gourmet Paradise Country Music Awards last year. Their passion for music has

grown over the years, stemming from their grandparents who were both very involved in the country music scene. Spokesperson Kathy Johnston says the club is thrilled to have ‘scored’ great talent for the concert and hope Jemma and Jade will entice the younger generation to also go along. “It’s a great way to showcase that youth can also aspire to great heights,” she says. The Concert Day will be held on Sunday, March 18 at the Redwoodtown Hall from 2pm. Entry is $5 per person, children and students go free, and afternoon tea is provided.


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Local saffron stars in chocolate A Marlborough product has made its way into one of the country’s favourite sweet treats Whittaker’s Chocolate. Reporter Celeste Alexander talks to Dave Pigou who produced the flaky saffron infused salt which is a star ingredient in one of the Whittaker’s Artisan products.

Sitting on Dave’s kitchen table is a pile of Whittaker’s Artisan chocolate and upon closer inspection there’s a uniquely Marlborough componant. The Marlborough Sea Salt and Caramel Brittle with Saffron chocolate in dark chocolate is made using Dave’s ‘Saffron Marlborough Flaky Salt’ which he produces through the Marlborough Saffron Room, a business he owns and operates. He says it all came about when his Auckland based distributor, Little Karoo, presented the product to Whittaker’s as an ingredient to use in their range. “I supplied Whittaker’s with two batches of the saffron flaky salt to trial over a six month period, and in the end they decided to use it with the caramel brittle,” Dave says. Dave found out in November of last year they would be using his product, and when grocery shopping at the beginning of the

year he was delighted to see the final product on the shelf. “It was pretty exciting to see it there on the label. I’ve tasted it and think it’s pretty good too, except I’d prefer a lighter chocolate to the dark they’ve used,” he says. Asked what was involved in the production of his saffron flaky salt, Dave was hesitant to give away any secrets, other than the flaky salt was sourced from Dominion Salt based at the Lake Grassmere refinery and infused with his own saffron extract. “A lot of the saffron is grown here, but I’m having to also source some from outside of the district to keep up with production,” he says. Dave’s number one product has been his liquid saffron extract which he’s been producing for 10 years. “I’ve branched into other products and won a few awards, including a silver medal in a New Zealand icecream awards,” he says.

Marlborough Saffron Room owner David Pigou with some of his flaky saffron infused salt that is now being used in Whittaker’s chocolate.

Each Crocus sativus flower only contains three red coloured stigmas which are harvested as saffron.

Growing saffron is something only he in his family does, as well

as growing grapes for Pernod Ricard and Misty Cove. Dave worked alongside his father in the early 80’s converting their property from mixed farming to horticulutre. In 1989 Dave and his family began planting grapes for Babich Wines and have been growing ever since. The idea for Dave to get involved in the saffron industry came from his desire to use the fertile ground between the rows of grapes on his land. “Saffron was an ideal crop for the local climate and soil,” he says. Now on a farm 25km from the

original site, Dave continues to grow high quality saffron and has established a sophisticated saffron production facility - the Marlborough Saffron Room. Saffron is one of the most valuable and expensive spices known worldwide, thanks to its colour, flavour and medicinal properties. It’s derived from the Crocus sativus, commonly known as the saffron crocus. Saffron is the threads (stigmas) from the flower which are collected and dried. Around 250,000 flowers are harvested for one kilo of saffron.

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Event popular The Marlborough Primary Health Rainbow Ramble proved popular with all the family with the annual 3km run-walk around the Taylor River Reserve on Sunday morning. Colourful powder and water was splashed over those that took part.

These clowns weren’t clowning around when the Rainbow Ramble passed their station, from left; Debbie Rowlands, Jenni Gane and Deb Healy.

Rainbow Ramblers Meika Haslan, Alise Pettigrew and Brylee Evans, all soaked and powdered. Ramblers got bright yellow powder and water from The PAKnSAVE crew. Top, Mark Elkington, Bede Elkington, Sharlene Jowers, Ella Bartholomew, (Front) Leila Elkington, Lily Bartholomew, Brooklyn Gray, Jarna Gray and Kaiden Gray. Rainbow Ramblers Callum and Gina Mitchell take a breather not far from the finish.

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Wayne and Nicolle are over the moon to announce the safe arrival of their baby boy, Kade Brandon Caldwell (6lb 12oz) on February 28, 2018 at Wairau Hospital. A massive thank you to our amazing midwife Cathy Middleton, Helen Crampton, the theatre team and the great staff from maternity and paediatric ward. Photo provided.

Renee and Jason welcomed their baby girl, Mia Jayne (8lb 2oz) on March 6, 2018 at 5.30am at Wairau Hospital. A big thank you to all the midwives and staff at the maternity ward. Both well.

Dave, Sandra and proud big sisters Mia and Tayla welcome with love Fynn Luis into the world. Toni James and Mandy Stanton, you are amazing. Your Homebirth support has been fantastic. Thank you so much.

Cat and Vaughn are so excited to welcome Jack Vernon Marsh (7lb 9oz) into the world on January 12, 2018 at 3.06pm at Wairau Hospital. Thank you very much to our incredible midwives Jenn Laing and Rhianne Lamb for all your amazing support. Massive thanks to Monique and all the incredible staff in the maternity ward. Photo provided.

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Heart Foundation hosts seminar on Saturday By Bill McElhinney The Heart Foundation is sending a message to Marlborough residents living with atrial fibrillation (AF) – you are not alone. An information session for people living with atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that causes an irregular heart rhythm and greatly increases the risk of stroke, will be held on Saturday at 10.30am in the Nativity Centre, Alfred Street. Heart health advocate Averil West says living with heart disease or recovering from a heart event can be lonely and challenging for many people. “We want to reach out to bring people living with atrial fibrillation and their families together in a warm, supportive environment that allows them to meet, learn and share their experiences,” Averil says. Cardiologist electrophysiologist Dr Daniel Garofalo will discuss the condition, treatments for atrial fibrillation as

Dr Daniel Garofalo will discuss the condition, treatments for atrial fibrillation as well as lifestyle modifications at Saturday’s free seminar.

well as lifestyle modifications. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation and to share experiences of living with the condition. Family and whanau are more than welcome to come along and share with the group. Those wanting to attend are asked to register by contacting Averil on 03 545 7112, or email nz. There is no cost to attend.

Niki scooting across the Alps to raise cancer fighting funds By Bill McElhinney “I’m always up for a challenge,” says 62-year-old Spring Creek woman Niki Collins. And Niki’s next challenge is this weekend, when she sets off to ride her little yellow 50cc scooter over the Southern Alps. The TranzAlpine Scooter Safari is a charity event involving 250 scooters riding 250kms Coast-to-Coast over the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Hokitika to raise funds for the NZ Cancer Society. It’s not an event for the faint hearted - it is designed to be the coldest, longest, hardest, most gruelling and uncomfortable test of endurance on a city scooter. Niki’s friends gave her the scooter and husband Trevor, an engineer, gave it an overhaul and a bright paint job. Niki, who grows grapes on their Spring Creek property, hasn’t had much time to practise on her scooter, so Saturday’s day-long trek will be a challenge. “But I love a challenge,” says Niki. “I’ve been paragliding on the Swiss Alps, so this shouldn’t be scary. I’m Niki Collins is excited about riding her 50cc scooter in the TranzAlpine Scooter Safari. excited about it!” Trevor, who used to run Spring Creek plants I propagated,” Niki says. treatment of all types of cancer, as Engineering, is going along as the “I’ve raised $1022 but I’m aiming to well as providing health promotion and support crew. raise at least $2000. education programmes to reduce cancer Niki got involved with the Cancer “The Cancer Society is not funded risk, awareness campaigns and support Society fundraising after her mother by the government and relies solely on and information services for people died of cancer. She also nursed a close the good will and generosity of New affected by cancer. friend who died of cancer. Zealanders like us.” If you would like to support Niki’s “I’ve done some fundraising already The money raised goes towards vital effort, she has an online page – see by selling jams and pickles I made and scientific research into the causes and

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Vehicle display best ever for Hospice By Bill McElhinney The sun shone on a sparkling display of vehicles of at the Hospice Vehicle Display at the Waterlea Racecourse on Sunday. “It was our best ever turnout,” organiser Pat Pascoe, from the Classic Motoring Society, says. “We had 450 exhibitors from the Nelson-Marlbor-

ough region, including 61 Jaguars,” Pat says. Plus a large contingent of Fords, Ford Mustangs, Holdens, Zephers, Porsches, vintage cars, trucks and tractors. “And we had a great turnout; around 4000 people came through the gates,” “It was an amazing

crowd and $8,200 was raised,” Hospice Marlborough fundraising and events coordinator Sandy Inwood says. “ We a re ext remely grateful for all the support we’ve had from both the sponsors and the public. “We’ll be back next year – we’ve already got March 10, 2019, booked!”

Pauline Fudge was keen to buy this 1965 Red Mustang at the Hospice vehicle display on Sunday.

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Wolseley NZ club

The New Zealand Wolseley Car Club held it’s national rally in Marlborough last week, touring the province. On Friday they spent time at the Omaka Classic Cars. Organisers told the Sun members were from North of Auckland to Invercargill and a small contingent from Victoria, Australia took part this year. The Wolseley’s were a popular vehicle for the NZ Police during the late 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s

St Mary’s School Gala

Visiting Omaka Classic Cars on Friday were Matthew Hey with his 1967 Wolseley 1100 and Les and Margaret Nell with their 1936 Wolseley 25.

School gala another success. A sunny Saturday saw a good crowd turn out for the annual St Mary’s School Gala.

Lex and Mary Agnew enjoyed the whitebait Candy floss queens: Fiona Marquardt, Annie Thompson and sandwiches at St Mary’s Gala. Jacinda Thompson at St Mary’s Gala.

Aiona Kula, right, gets some freshly picked apples and corn from Isabella Lee and Regan Bedford at St Mary’s Gala.

Taylor River clean-up

The Marlborough Freshwater Anglers club were joined by members of the public on Saturday to clean up the Taylor River. Volunteers managed to collect plenty of rubbish from the river, mostly beer cans and RTD cans.

Peter Blois, Caitlyn Watts and dad Paul in the Taylor River clean up on Saturday.

Niamh Attridge, Katelin Livingstone and Caitlyn Watts with some of the Chelsea Mandeno helps Robin Blackmore in the Taylor River rubbish from the Taylor River clean up. clean up with the Marlborough Freshwater Anglers Club.

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Varicose Vein Symptoms – And how to treat them! If you think that troublesome varicose veins are always visible, it’s time to think again, because the symptoms associated with venous disease can, in fact, manifest themselves in many ways. While it’s true that varicose veins can present as bulging, blue coloured ropey cords running beneath the surface of your skin, they are not always visible, as they can be located deeper in the leg. These hidden incompetent veins can cause just as many health issues as visible bulging varicose veins. We asked Dr David Orsbourn of enhanceskin to elaborate on some of the common symptoms associated with the disease. He said, “Your legs may feel achy, heavy or tired. Or you may feel a burning or throbbing sensation in your legs.” He continues, “If your legs consistently feel uncomfortable when you are sitting or standing for periods of time, and you feel a sense of relief when you elevate your legs, you may be suffering from varicose veins that are not visible.” David also talked about restless legs syndrome, saying, “If your legs are crampy or tingly, particularly at night, check in with me, as these symptoms can often be attributed to Venous incompetence.” If you have visible varicose veins but no longer feel the pain associated with these,

it could be because your brain is sick of registering the ache or heaviness in your legs, so it turns off the transmitters that would normally do this. However, that doesn’t mean the potentially dangerous skin changes associated with your venous disease stop too! All of the painful and visible symptoms associated with your varicose veins can be alleviated with the treatments offered by enhanceskin at the Churchill Trust Private Hospital in Blenheim. These include; • Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS) which uses specialised ultrasound equipment to guide injections of sclerosant to permanently close the vein. This procedure is virtually painless, so requires no anaesthesia. • Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), the gold standard varicose vein treatment, again, requires no general anaesthesia or hospital stay. You walk in and walk out (wearing compression stockings for two weeks), are able to drive home afterwards, and can be back at work the next day. • The newest treatment on offer is Venaseal, a medical glue that closes off varicose veins. If this treatment is the right solution for you, there is no need to wear stockings and air travel is allowed at any point after treatment.

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Healthline, Pharmacists, GP or GP Practice Nurse, and Urgent After Hours GP offer professional health advice. If you arrive at Wairau Hospital’s Emergency Department with a non-urgent health concern you may be referred to your GP.

enhanceskin has Affiliated Provider status with Southern Cross for varicose vein treatment; and can accept payment through many other health insurance providers. If you have no health insurance in place, they can also offer patients the convenience of using Q-Card (12 months’ interest free) to pay for varicose vein treatments. Treatment costs always include your follow

up appointments for twelve months. To help clients gain even more clarity around the presence of varicose veins, and their treatment, enhanceskin offers a free, no obligation, doctor’s vein assessment and scan. Simply call 03 548 8216 to book an appointment with Dr David Orsbourn here in Blenheim.

The Skin Clinic Marlborough is equipped with high resolution digital mapping technology allowing early detection of melanomas and other skin cancers. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can result in a complete cure from skin cancer. The clinic provides a comprehensive range of treatment options and is now approved by Southern Cross as an affiliated provider. Make an appointment today to have you and your family’s skin checked. Ph: 578 1665 28 Alfred Street, Blenheim


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Urgent Care Centre: Wairau Hospital Grounds. Entry off Hospital Rd, Blenheim 8am-8pm daily. Phone (03) 520 6377. 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 021 555 061. 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 Wairau Hospital: Hospital Visiting Hours: Daily 11.30am-7.30pm, children under 12 may visit parents only. Maternity Ward: 10am-noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward. Marlborough Family Budgeting: Free confidential budgeting advice. Monday-Friday 10am-3pm. Phone 578 2006. Marlborough Lupus Support: For more information phone Katrina 572 4333 or 021 502 451. Picton Doctor: Phone weekend doctor 520 3222 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.

GOULTER, Percy Charles (“Boy”): On March 11 2018 at Ashwood Park Retirement Village. Aged 92 years. Dearly loved husband of Margaret, much-loved father of Ian and Julie, Paul and Karen, Margaret and John, Rick, and David. Husband of Elaine (deceased). Loved and respected stepfather of Sharon, Vanessa and Robin. Adored “Pop” to his 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandies. Messages to 3 Karere Place, Springlands, Blenheim 7201. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Maxwell Road at 11am on Thursday March 15, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. Respectfully cared for by GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

Blenheim Healing Rooms Open 1st & 3rd Saturdays every month. 11.00am-1pm. Salvation Army HQ, Henry St, Blenheim. Sign out. Free Christian healing prayer available to anyone. Phone 578 9704.

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.

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 in at 68 Seymour Street.

Older Person Seminar Fourth Thursday of the month St Christopher’s Hall, 10am. Morning tea, lunch provided, coin donation towards food, Guest Speakers. Wendy 5794446 leave number or 021 113 0160.

‘You Are Not Alone’ Depression Support Group Every Wednesday 10-11.30am, Bread of Life 14B Stephenson St. Everyone welcome. Questions? contact Barb 027 737 2403/578 1355 Extn 10.

Remember your lost loved one on their anniversary. The deadline is Monday 5.00pm. Please contact the Sun for further details.

The Community Noticeboard is for non-profit organisations For $10.00 + GST you can publish up to 25 words. No AGMS, sporting notices or special meetings. Community Notices must be pre-paid. Call into our office at 72 High Street, Blenheim.

72 High Street, Blenheim, email or phone 577 7868.

INKSTER, Peter R (Townsend), Captain, Ret. Safe Air: Passed away unexpectedly at Aberleigh Rest Home on Sunday March 11 2018. In his 8 1st year. Father and father-in-law of Dean, Brett and Helen, Glenn Scott, and grandfather of Rosie and Emmerson. Messages may be sent to 50 Wildberry Street, Woolston, Christchurch 8023. No flowers please. Special thanks to staff at Aberleigh Rest Home for their unwavering care of Peter, and also thanks to staff of the former Lakewood Rest Home. “Pete the pilot” is on his final flight and a farewell for him will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 3pm on Thursday March 15, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. Respectfully cared for by GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 KILWORTH, Donald Leslie George: On Saturday March 10 2018, peacefully with Colleen at his side. Dearly loved husband and best friend of Colleen. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Michael, Ally, Caralyn and Royden, Philippa and Ross and Sarah and David. Much-loved brother of Brian and brother in law of Fay, Robyn, Ian, Peter and David. Treasured grandad of Nathan, Danielle, Ben, Sophie, Olivia, Laura, Nicholas, Gaby, Alex, Millie and Gracie. A family celebration of Don’s life has been held. Respectfully cared for by GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 O’NEIL, Terence Leslie: On Sunday March 11 2018, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village. Aged 70 years. Loved father and father-in-law of Mark and Dee, Tania and Mark. Loved grandad to all his grandchildren. A private cremation has been held. Respectfully cared for by GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

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business for sale

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Two Strong Men & A Truck

Blenheim Gymnastics Club

D RY Firewood and kindling. Be in for the winter. Ill health forces sale. Phone 5777214 evenings.

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FLATMATES Wanted. Fully furnished home in Redwoodtown. Single room $180 per week, double $200 per week. Includes power and wifi. Inquires to Raquel 0273247360. ACCOMMODATION o r r o o m fo r fo urfive weeks, over the grape harvest. From approximately mid March. Phone or text 0276938185.

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public notice

April 23, 2018 December 17, 2017

2018 Trustee Elections

May 13, 2018 January 21, 2018

Voting is now underway for three trustee positions on the board of the Marlborough Electric Power Trust. Retiring Trustees Ian Martella and Clive Ballet have been nominated for a further term. Nominations have also been received from Cathie Bell, Andrew Nation, Domenic Romano and Nigel Taylor. A postal ballot is to be held with ballot papers being circulated to consumers named on the consumer roll and identified as connected to Marlborough Lines Ltd network as at 22nd January 2018. The consumer roll is available for inspection at the offices of Blenheim Accounting, 36 Maxwell Rd, Blenheim. Please bring your ICP number details if you wish to check your inclusion on the roll. Please ensure your vote counts by mailing your vote paper early or delivering to Blenheim Accounting 36 Maxwell Rd Blenheim before 12 noon on 26th March 2018. BJ Munro Returning Officer

May 23 & 24, 2018 February 11, 2018

May 30, 2018 March 17, 2018

June 2, 2018 April 20 – May 5, 2018

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August 17, 2018

November 8 & 9, 2018

23 & 24 May, 2018

May 30th, 2018

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Mature Person required 10hrs per week Fri 12pm-6pm | Sat 8am-12pm Must be honest and reliable, suit semi retired. Phone 572 9640 for appt

Blenheim Join Our Team! We’re looking for Real Estate sales professionals to join our successful teams. Our focus is on growth in all areas, residential, lifestyle and rural, and as one of New Zealand’s Top 20 companies with a vast database of over 66,000 shareholders, we are poised to achieve this. Essential skills and attributes for this role include: • Excellent communication and negotiation skills self-motivated and a confident self-starter. Able to work hard and to a high standard under pressure. • Approach every customer and every new challenge with a positive attitude. • Please note these positions are commission based only and you will need to hold a Real Estate salespersons licence. For further information contact Linda Fogarty Canterbury Regional Manager 027 294 4818 |

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Housie 7.00pm Clubs main Hall Quiz 7.15pm Main Bar

Sunday 18th March, 11am – 3pm June 20, 2018

Thursday Members Draw $5000.00


Nov 8 & 9, 2018

Members Draw $4300.00

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This Saturday! Purchase from ASB Theatre Marlborough,

Members Draw $3200.00

Book online atfees Service apply.

1st Draw $800.00* *Unless struck prior

Tuesday 20th March

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St Patricks Day Party – games, specials and loads of fun! Music by Route 66 Saturday night Club Bar 7pm

CluB OPen Day

Sunday 25th March 2018, 12-3pm new Members offers, tours, sporting activities and more. Come and check out what the Club has to offer! “at the heart of your community”

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Wednesday March 14, 2018

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Designer and Digital Services Officer

Deputy Reserves Ranger Permanent part-time

Our digital team needs a talented graphic designer.

Are you skilled at using digital tools to create a broad range of graphics and documents? Do you enjoy a job that needs a variety of skills?

This is a busy role that requires a team player who can work to deadlines and communicate well with a wide range of people. While your primary focus will be on designing a variety of graphics and documents, you will also find yourself updating content on our website and other channels, and assisting the team in creating and maintaining our digital services. If you: • Have proven design experience and preferably a design qualification or equivalent industry experience • Have experience with Adobe design products • Have a clear understanding of how design contributes to user experience and reader comprehension • Are self-motivated and proactive • Have a desire to be multi skilled with the ability to publish content on digital channels. Then this could be the job for you. Please submit a sample of work along with your application. Applications close at 5.00pm on 30 March 2018. Applications should be made online via the careers page vacancies where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact

This role is responsible for back up for our Reserves Ranger undertaking duties throughout the Marlborough district. The role has a large education component as well as the need for enforcement at times.

Do you want to work part time and utilise your considerable people management skills and work in the outdoors taking care of Marlborough’s open spaces

You will have a background in roles that require a large component of working with people from all walks of life, be prepared to do some physical work of the not always pleasant nature, patrolling freedom camping for the district and ensuring Marlborough’s parks and reserves are being used as intended. If you love dealing with people, are passionate about Marlborough and our environment then this role might be for you. Currently the days of work are Tuesday and Wednesday but this may alter in the future. Applications close at 12.00 pm on Friday 16 March 2018. Applications should be made online via the careers page where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact

Senior Vineyard Operator - Awatere • Join a booming industry with career progression opportunities • Kim Crawford, Nobilo and Selaks ─ be part of our story in the vineyards • Bonus scheme, superannuation, and travel allowance

Health and Safety Coordinator

Constellation Brands New Zealand is the #1 exporter of wine to the US, with our brands Kim Crawford and Nobilo driving category growth across the Pacific. Our people and brands set us apart from the competition!

Constellation Brands New Zealand is the country’s #1 exporter of wine to North America, with our brands Kim Crawford and Nobilo driving category growth across the Pacific. Here at home and in Australia, our innovation continues to hit store shelves with Crafters Union, Selaks Taste Collection and more. Our people and brands are what set us apart from the competition, to carry out our vision of ’elevating life with every glass raised.’

About The Role Reporting to a Block Manager, this role is in our Awatere Hills Vineyard where the journey of our award-winning wines begins. In addition to daily vineyard tasks, you would have a leadership role as this position assumes the lead when the Block Manager is away. This could include running meetings, gathering time sheets and being a buddy to new staff.

About The Role We are looking for a dynamic and motivated Health and Safety professional who wants to make a difference in the Viticulture industry. Constellation Brands has gone a long way over the last 5 years, but we are not complacent and want to keep up the momentum. Reporting to the National Health and Safety Manager, the role will support, coordinate and implement the health and safety strategy within Constellation Brands, New Zealand. The role will require the individual to work across the organisation on matters of health and safety compliance.

Key Responsibilities • Championing a safety culture, ensuring proper PPE, incident reporting • Supervision of seasonal workers • All aspects of growing (mulching, spraying, trimming, plucking, etc) optimising quality in conjunction with the Block Manager • Harvest operations

Key Responsibilities • Working with managers and their staff to continue growing our Safety Culture • Coordinate and deliver training as well as assessing training needs • Coaching managers through Health and safety audits to close gaps • Ensure all necessary compliance and monitoring are carried out • Manage our contractor’s compliance • Administer the health and safety management system

About You • Leadership qualities, previous supervisory experience preferred • Knowledge and understanding of vineyard management • Seasonal work (harvest, spraying, frost fighting, etc) may require flexibility of hours, shift work or overtime (overtime paid at higher rates) • A current driver’s licence Our benefits include a bonus scheme, Safe Ride Home Programme, eligibility for Family Member Scholarships, wellness programme, and more. We offer a team environment with viticulture often collaborating with winemakers to bring out the best in quality for our consumers. To apply by 30 March, visit under careers, or email for a confidential chat.

About You • Passionate about the health and safety field • Dynamic and motivated to make a difference • Excited by the Viticulture industry • Attention to detail and good time management • Adaptable, flexible and supportive across a diverse team • Tech savvy and confident in your ability to use Microsoft Office, especially Excel • You will enjoy executing strategy and working in a culture of continuous improvement Our benefits include an Employee Stock Purchase Plan, bonus incentives, wine allowance, Safe Ride Home Programme, Wellness Programme, paid parental leave and more. We offer a team and community environment with a wellness committee, Corporate Social Responsibility committee, children's Christmas party, annual Roast Day lunch, and much more throughout the year.To apply by 30 March 2018, visit under careers. Or, for a confidential chat, email or call 09 412 6666.


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Deliverers McLauchlan Street Deliverers wanted for the Springlands area. Permanent deliverers wanted in the McLauchlan Street, Mowat Street, and Fulton Street area.

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We are looking for a competent and experienced administrator who is super organised to manage all aspects of administration for our organisation. The position will offer: • A varied positon within a friendly office environment working alongside other sporting codes. • A flexible part time position of approximately 20 hours per week. Key Responsibilities: • Communication and information distribution. • General administrative duties and managing database. • Finance administration, invoicing and payment of accounts, payroll and processing of PAYE and GST in conjunction with the Accountant. • Processing funding applications. • Update Website and social media pages. The successful applicant will demonstrate: • Strong communication skills, written and oral. • Good computer skills, knowledge of Microsoftoffice, Xero (preferable) and an aptitude for learning new programs. • Good planning, organisational and task prioritisation skills while ensuring everyone is kept up to date. • Good attention to detail. If interested please send CV along with covering letter to by the closing date of 23th March 2018.




We are seeking a motivated and reliable cleaner/housekeeper withareanavailable efficient Permanent & casual shifts andfor friendly manner and excellent enthusiastic and committed cleaning skills health care assistants. This is a rostered position 8am - 12 Experience is preferred, butfrom full training 4 days on 2 days off will be offered to suitable applicants. Please call at reception for an Please call at reception for an application form or email application form or email

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Right: Blenheim firefighter Nigel Jackson and Ray Ruffel competing in the team relay, during the 2018 UFBA South Island Firefighter Combat Challenge on Saturday.

Below: From left; Ella Parish, pink dress, Sophie Parish,green dress and Aysha Hadfield red dress... at the start of the Rainbow Ramble on Sunday.

Notice of ANNuAl GeNerAl MeetiNG 2018 Notice is hereby given that the 2018 Annual General Meeting of Marlborough underwater Hockey club inc will be held as follows:


Monday 23rd April 2018


Boardroom (upstairs), Stadium 2000 Kinross Street, Blenheim


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Registration of Attendance Apologies Minutes of 2017 Annual General Meeting Annual Reports of the Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer 5. Statement of Accounts 6. Election of Officers/Committee members 7. Motions of which notice has been given 8. General Business

Above: Rainbow Ramble Nate Washer second boy to finish, gets sprayed by Debbie Rowlands.

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Ocean event next challenge inbriefThe Sun for masters swimmers Summer runners

By Bill McElhinney Blenheim masters swimmers are training for the Nelson leg of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series at the end of this month. The Interislander Big Tahuna takes place on Tahunanui Beach in Nelson, and will take swimmers on a 3km course around the iconic Fifeshire Rock. Other distances on offer include the Step it Up 1km, Give it a Go 500m and OceanKids 200m for 7-12 year olds. “We train either at the Stadium 2000 pool, or in the sea at Picton or Waikawa,” masters swimmer Pete Colbert says. “Ocean swimmers wear

wetsuits, and the challenging part is learning to cope with the wind and the choppy conditions. “The wind can make it difficult and a choppy sea means you can usually only breathe from one side as you swim.” Pete, Jodie Lovell, Phil Jeffs and John Scobie all plan to compete in the event, and Pete, Phil and Jodie have had success with various placing in previous ocean swims. The New Zealand Ocean Swim Series has grown over the years to seven events, held at some of the country’s most unique beaches and waterfronts. The series aims to promote fitness and health

Marlborough Masters Swimmers Phil Jeffs, left, John Scobie, Jodie Lovell and Peter Colbert are training for the Nelson leg of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series.

through ocean swimming. The events offer a range of achievable distances on the day – presenting opportunities for almost all ages and abilities to take part,

The exception is the Harbour Crossing, which is a 2.9km swim across Auckland’s Harbour. The organisers say New Zealand has some of the most beautiful beach and

waterfronts in the world. They are encouraging people to enter prior to March 16, as that is when early bird entry prices finish, so they’ll get the best possible price.

Thursday is the closing night for the Marlborough Harriers Club summer runners. Join us at The Harrier Club Garage, Churchward Park, for a run then prize giving and barbecue. Everyone is welcome. On Saturday there is an open day for runners, walkers and those that just want to get out into the fresh air. Meet at the Taylor Dam, at the car park at the back of the dam. Bring the family. Harrier Season Open Membership for the Marlborough harrier season is now open. Register online and please remember to read the instructions first to ensure the smooth data entry you are asked for. Any questions please phone Les McKay 035778307 or 021463922.

Stunning Sounds views are one of the attractions at the Nopera Bay Golf Club.

Sun shines on Sounds golf classic The weatherman forecast dark clouds and damp days for the 2018 Bayleys Nopera Bay golf classic, but instead there were blue skies and sunshine for the March 3 and 4 event. Nopera Bay is tucked away under the steep ridge that makes the north shore of Kenepuru sound a spectacular setting. Players ca me f rom Christchurch, Dunedin and even Hamilton to play in the tournament blowing the field out to over 50, probably the biggest field ever assembled since the days of the Godsiff pioneers! On the first day there were a few rounds of note, none more so than club champion Phil Radford hitting an eagle down the eighteenth on the way to equalling his course record

of 67. Paul Middlemiss from Hamilton posted an impressive 69 and surprise package Will Gerard posted 73. On nett, Graeme Bickley raised a few eyebrows with his 54 whilst locals Andrew King, Mike Richards and Mike Watson all broke 60. In the pink corner the Ladies were having a battle royal with Ala Ward from Awatere hitting 80 to place her two clear of Pat Simpson from Westport and Tania Appelman from Motueka. The nett was even closer with Nopera’s own Lynley Sowman leading a group of six players separated by four shots. On Sunday the ladies competition went right down to the wire but Lynley and Ala held on to win the nett and gross overall titles from Allison Oldham and

Pat Simpson respectively. The men’s finale was no less tense with Phil holding off the ever-improving Andrew King by a solitary shot, and Terry Sowman’s second day charge falling just short. Paul Middlemiss took out the gross with another solid round and former champion Gary Oldham from Golden Downs, snuck in as runner up. Organisers say the great weekend would not have been possible without the help of the various local businesses that so generously help not just Nopera Bay Golf Club but the many sports clubs throughout the Marlborough and Tasman region, and on behalf of all those clubs they say a very big thank you.

The 10s doubles finalists. From left, winners Lilly Walkenhorst and Jemimah O’Donnell, Anna Eradus and Pippa Clarke.

Some win more than once at junior tennis champs A number of players achieved multiple victories in the Marlborough Junior Residential Tennis Championships held recently at the Forrest Winery Marlborough Tennis Centre. A total of 38 local juniors took part in the event across the various age groups. Ella Williams beat Amber Lyons 7-5 6-3 to win the 18s girls singles, then went on to win the 16s girls singles before combining with Amber to win the 18s girls doubles. Other multiple winners were Dan Clarke who won the 10s boys singles and teamed up with Ryo Kimura to

with the 10s boys doubles; Lucca Wiseman, who took out the 12s singles and then won the 12s boys doubles with Joseph Sandford-Jury; and Jay Geris who claimed the 14s boys singles and paired with brother Luca to win the 14s boys doubles. Other age group winners were Oliver Clarke in the 8s boys, Isabel Flowerday in the 10s girls singles, Jemimah O’Donnell and Lilly Walkenhorst in the 10s girls doubles, Lily Parkinson in the 12s girls singles, and Rosie Bowers and Poppy Eradus in the 12s girls doubles.

Blenheim and Picton golf results Blenheim Golf Club results. Thurs. March 1, stableford: Murray Ingram 39; Paddy Couchman 38; Dez Campbell 37; Gordon Lang 37; Gary Hildyard 37; Wayne Waldin 36; Alby Atkinson 36; Theo Russell 36; Murray Belk 35; Paddy Norton 35; Morgan Bowe 35; Ted Collier 34. Nine hole stableford: George Addis 18, Tom Pickett 18, Ian Hatcher 17, Brian Lawless 17. Fri.March 2, 9 hole twilight: Ian Hatcher 19; Dan Crawford 18; Paddy Couchman 18; Warren Ingram 17;

Steve Roberts 17. Sat. March 3, medal men: Ryan Windleburn 62; Warren Ingram 67; John Anderson 69; Phil Starkey 70; Hay Montgomery 70; Brent Baker 71; Dez Campbell 71; Paddy Norton 72; Ian Clark 72. Ladies: 1st Jane Ingram, 2nd Judith Batty. Sun. March 4, Blenheim 1000 Open Tournament, gross winner 1st: Dale Rutledge 65; 2nd Chas Craig 71; 3rd Graeme Daines 72 on c/b. Nett winner: Ryan Windleburn 61; 2nd Duncan Bint 63; Dale Rutledge

64. Group one nett: Mark Milne 65; Buck Asplet 65; Graeme Daines 66 on c/b. Group two nett: Paddy Couchman 67; Gary Duke 67; Craig McIsaac 68. Group three nett: Clive Aitchison 65; Kyle Stuart 65; Kent Morgan 66 on c/b. Blind pairs: Ryan Windleburn and Kent Morgan 127; Gary Duke and Duncan Bint 130; Paddy Couchman and Clive Aitchison 132; Luke Yarrall and Dale Rutledge 134; Mike McConnell and Buck Asplet 135. McKendrys Ford hole In one was not won (but very

close). Upcoming events: Sat 10th, Mens Single Par. Ladies stableford, all competitions and shootout start. Mon. 12th: 9 hole stableford open. Wed. 14th: Medal. Thur.15th Medal. Sat 17th: multiple stableford. St Patricks Day. Wear something green. Sun. 18th: 1st round Seager’s Cup - mixed stableford. Rest of field stableford. Picton Golf Club results. Tuesday March 2, women’s 1st LGU: Overall winner, Maria McCo-

nway nett 71. 0-26.3 Jenny Hart 74; Joan Gabara 75. 26.4 – 33.5 Cushla Brosnahan 74 c/b; Margaret Frisken 74; 33.6 – 40.4 Lin Stone 80 c/b; Joyce McClelland 80. Thursday March 8, men’s stableford: Jeff Pascoe 35; Trevor Gullery 34; Ron Jones 34; Allan Wilson 32; Graham Couldrey 31; Colin Pitheithley 31. Friday, 9 hole stableford: Helen McIsaac 17; Mary Butler 15; Denise Finch 14; Joan Gabara 14; Judy Jones 14; Carol Mills 14pts.


The Sun

Wednesday March 14, 2018

Firefighters in toughest two minutes in sport The 2018 UFBA South Island Fire fighters Combat Challenge was held on Saturday at Horton Park. Fire fighters from most parts of the South Island competed. The Combat Challenge is like a Firefighter Iron Man and is the most physically demanding of challenges. It’s earned the reputation of being ‘the toughest two minutes in sport’.

Wearing full bunker gear and breathing from a BA set, competitors race against each other and the clock in a series of tasks across the course. The five tasks are: • Climbing a 6 storey tower carrying a length of 70mm 19kg flaked hose • Hoisting a 70mm hose coil 6 storeys

• Chopping using a 4kg shot hammer to drive a beam 1.5 metres • Extending a charged length of 45mm hose to knock down a disc • Dragging a life sized dummy a distance of 30.5m The competition is a test of skill and fitness and simulates the physical demands of real life firefighting to the public.

Blenheim Firefighter Luke Ireton passes the baton to Ray Ruffel in the team relay on Saturday. Photo Lilly Ellis.

Kathy Watson on the water for Seddon Fire brigade.

Blenheim Firefighter Ray Ruffel on the hammer during the team relay. Photo Lilly Ellis.

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