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Wedding fever By Celeste Alexander St Mary’s Preschool will be buzzing with royal wedding fever this Sunday when it hosts a special occasion for the public to attend to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Because the royal wedding is being aired very late on Saturday evening, the preschool is giving the public the opportunity to go along and watch it from 11am. It’s a gold coin donation to attend and a scone and cup of English tea will be served during the proceedings. Continued on page 2 Jackson Ditfort and Emily Amsler are excited for the royal wedding celebration happening at St Marys Preschool on Sunday.

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Tea, scones and royals Continued from page 1 St Mary’s Preschool fundraising team member Gemma Amsler says the event is supporting the preschool. “We hope families can bring along their children, maybe get dressed up for some fun and enjoy watching the royal wedding with us. “We are a not-for-profit preschool so we’re always looking for opportunities to host events and raise the profile of the preschool. Everyone is welcome, we would love to see you there,” Gemma says. All the children, staff and families of St Mary’s Preschool are excited for the wedding, with some of the children already dressing

up as princes and princesses, including three-year-olds Jackson Ditfort and Emily Amsler. Jackson was a little shy with his role as prince for the day while Emily was proud as punch to be wearing her plastic tiara and party dress. She was even perfecting holding out her pinky finger while drinking from a tea cup. According to Gemma, children are more than welcome as they can play safely in the fenced playground area, or in the case of wet weather they can play indoors. “Bring the kids, it’s a safe environment and have some fun by getting into the theme. “Pull out the dress-ups and join us this Sunday.”

Emily Amsler dresses as a princess and practises with a tea cup for the royal celebrations on Sunday.

Forestry management company prosecuted By Bill McElhinney A forestry management company has been fined and ordered to pay reparations after their actions led to a Waikakaho Valley family being evacuated from their home. American-owned Merrill and Ring has been fined $39,000 and ordered to pay $20,000 in reparations after the flooding of a Marlborough property in November 2016. Merrill and Ring New Zealand Limited, which manages forestry in Marlborough, recently pleaded guilty to two charges laid under the Resource Management Act 1991 in the Blenheim District Court. The company managed a 230 hectare forestry block in the Waikakaho Valley, which they commercially harvested during October 2013 and January 2014. Their resource consent for this operation contained very clear conditions relating to forestry debris in the nearby streambed. However, the company failed to ensure the streambed was left free of logs and other forestry related waste when they had finished harvesting, despite being instructed to remove woody debris by the Marlborough District Council in June 2016. In November 2016, during a period of heavy

rain, the stream running through the forestry block flooded and subsequently burst its banks. The build-up of forestry debris and logs in the streambed from the forestry operation substantially contributed to this. When the stream burst its banks the water was pushed towards a nearby property occupied by a couple and their four young children. The family woke to find large volumes of water, mud, logs and the woody debris rushing past their house. They were evacuated from their property by helicopter and their property suffered significant damage. Marlborough District Council compliance manager Gina Ferguson says she hopes the convictions send a message to others in the forestry industry. “Council does not take the decision to prosecute lightly. However, in circumstances where the offending and culpability are sufficiently serious council has a responsibility to escalate enforcement action,” Gina says. “It is hoped that this prosecution acts as a general deterrent to others in the forestry industry and highlights the importance of managing forestry operations to prevent adverse environmental effects.”

A Waikakaho Valley family were evacuated from their property after it was inundated by large volumes of water, mud, logs and woody debris. A forestry company has been fined in the wake of the incident.

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Advocate for the elderly awarded Civic Honour By Bill McElhinney Blenheim woman Jean Wilson, who has devoted herself to working particularly for the vulnerable and the elderly, has been awarded a Civic Honour. “While these honours are normally awarded just once each term, an exception has been made to recognise Jean, who has recently retired from her public roles,” Marlborough Mayor John Leggett says. Civic Honours are awarded by the Marlborough District Council to recognise exceptional service to the community in the fields of recreation, community, religious or cultural affairs, educational services, youth activities or social welfare. Five awards were made in 2017, but John says he couldn’t let Jean’s remarkable record of service pass unrecognised. Jean moved to Marlborough in 1953 and joined Grey Power in 2001 after her husband, David, died. She became a committee member in 2007, was elected president in 2008 and re-elected in 2009. Since being widowed, Jean has devoted herself to the interests of older people. She has been a volunteer community co-ordinator with the Office of Senior Citizens representing the views of Marlborough’s elderly, and a member of the council’s Older Persons Forum. She was instrumental in establishing schooling at Wairau Hospital for children who were long term patients; she was active in the RSA Women’s Division



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Accident victim named The man who died in a farm accident last Friday has been named as James Willis Shallcrass. The 43-year-old died while felling trees on an Awatere Valley farm. Police say that the death is not being treated as suspicious and has been referred to the coroner.

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Marlborough Mayor John Leggett presented Jean Wilson, centre, with a Civic Award at a special ceremony in the council chambers yesterday. With Jean is her friend Helen North.

and a volunteer with the Salvation Army Family Store, and a longtime member of the Marlborough Quilters and Embroiders’ Guild. People regularly call Jean about problems ranging from ants to bills, and she refers them to community organisations for help. “It’s a bit like being a doctor – people come to you with all sorts of things. “You’ve got to be interested in people, and have their welfare and wellbeing at heart.” Jean, now 86, has regularly attended council, Nelson-Marlborough DHB and PHO meetings

for more than a decade. “Her quiet but constant presence in the council chamber was a reminder to all councillors that they are there to represent the public,” John says. “Sitting through years of council and committee meetings, Jean certainly kept her finger on the issues affecting older people.” Jean was not only generous with her time, she had also donated funds to provide bus shelters on the Blenheim Bus route, John says. A donation by Jean enabled a shelter to be built in Budge Street near the NMIT and backpackers’

accommodation. Jean had earlier donated the shelter built in Hospital Road outside Wairau Hospital. Jean was presented with her Civic Honour at a special function in the council chambers yesterday, and thanked the council members for their service. “This is the happiest council I’ve seen,” Jean says. “There is a real harmony, and it has been a privilege for me to come and be among you.” In 2013 Jean was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to senior citizens and the community.

A series of earthquakes that have been shaking the region from Kaikoura to the Cook Strait since the start of the weekend are most likely all aftershocks from the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, GNS says. The four strongest, all magnitude 4 or higher, have clustered around Seddon. There were over 20,000 aftershocks in the year following the 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, Geonet says. Since that first year, there have been 2552 aftershocks in six months between November 14 last year and May 14 this year. Looking at all the seismic activity in the aftershock area of November’s Kaikoura earthquake, the expected numbers of earthquakes continues to drop, Geonet says.

Art works on display Following the success of an Anzac display, Barry Gainford Eyecare in Market Street is continuing with art related displays in their window. “Following the loss of Detour Gallery, this is a real boost to us local artists,” sculptor Gerard Verkaaik says. A programme of rolling miniexhibitions is being put together for the next 12 months. Various artists will be on show for periods of two weeks each month. The May show features 3D works in wood, stone and glass by wood artist Steve Halton, glass artist Carolyn Pillans and Gerard.

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Driving risky in winter conditions By community constable Russ Smith While we all have some level of understanding that the effects of a serious crash are devastating, unless you have been the victim of a serious crash or you’ve been close to someone seriously injured or killed in a crash, it’s hard to appreciate how terrible it can be. The recent change in the weather has again brought us closer to winter conditions. We’re not used to this and it can mean driving becomes risky when not driving to the conditions. Police don’t want you to be the victim of a devastating crash. Make sure you are properly prepared for the changing weather conditions when you’re driving. You can make yourself and other road users safer by: • Slowing down and driving to the conditions when the weather is poor • Increasing your following distance in the wet • Staying left of the centre-line on the road • Turning your headlights on in dull, overcast or low-light conditions • Making sure your tyres and wiper blades are in good condition The Police really like it when they don’t have to attend serious crashes. Let’s all try our best to drive responsibly so the crash-rate in Marlborough stays low through autumn and winter.

By Celeste Alexander Did you know that Hospice cares for people in any place they call home? And did you know that Hospice care is free of charge for patients and their families? These are just some of the key messages shared by Hospice Marlborough as it marks Hospice Awareness Week. While there’s been plenty happening at Hospice over the past year, there’s also been two new additions to the team including a new general manager and a new palliative care specialist. Nicki Kitson arrived in Marlborough from the deep south to take on the general manager role last September, bringing with her a wealth of experience in health and Hospice management. “This region is absolutely amazing... I’ve found everyone really welcoming and you can tell that people here genuinely care. “The feedback I get on Hospice services in the community is fantastic and I’m meeting some amazing people through my role,” she says. Dr Beth Morgan has travelled much further than Nicki to join

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Two of the Marlborough Book Festival organisers, Sonia O’Regan and Sophie Preece, with Marlborough Mayor John Leggett. The Book Festival committee, who are all volunteers, were the 2017 Supreme Winners of the Marlborough Trustpower Community Awards. “It’s the vision, initiative and determination of these people that has made the Marlborough Book Festival a highlight on the calendars of book lovers and authors alike,” Trustpower community relations representative Abbie Siely says.

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the team; from the United States in fact! “My journey to get here began in 2004 when I first visited New Zealand. I came four more times with the intent of moving here eventually. “My career in the US was getting more and more narrow in palliative medicine and Hospice so when this opportunity came up, I thought it’s no better time to get out of the States,” she says. Both women agree that their vision for the Hospice is similar with the “same visionary approach”, placing particular focus on working with other health care providers in the community so that patients can stay home where they want to be. “This is a movement that’s been taking place over the past 10 years and is starting to make traction more and more,” Beth says. “The future we face with Hospice care is providing as much support as possible so that the patient can stay home surrounded by family, friends and their life’s memories.” Interesting fact: Hospice Marlborough recorded 1480 hours of volunteer time given

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More prize money up for grabs for community groups this year Marlborough community groups will have the chance to share in a total prize pool of $150,000, up for grabs across 26 regions, in this year’s Trustpower Community Awards. The Trustpower Community Awards celebrate groups big and small, dedicated to everything from health and

wellbeing, to arts and culture, the environment, local heritage, sport, youth development, social services and more. Trustpower Community and Communications Advisor Abbie Siely says Trustpower has increased the prizemoney in response to the needs of volunteer groups, and to cel-

ebrate 25 years of Trustpower Community Awards. “This year, the prizemoney for a Trustpower Community Award will double to $1,000, and Regional Supreme Winners will receive $2,000 – up from $1,500 last year. “We know this will make a real difference for voluntary

groups, but we can only reach them if they enter. “That’s where we need your help,” she says. If you know a group that fits the bill, enter them online at Entries close 31 May.

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Feast Marlborough cooked up a storm

River quality trends paint a positive picture Newly released river water quality trends for Marlborough paint a positive picture. The results from Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) show that for all rivers monitored for water quality in Marlborough over a 10-year period, more sites are improving than deteriorating. This is the same trend seen nationally. Council Environmental Scientist Steffi Henkel said if the trend continues, we could look forward to seeing an improvement in the state of water quality and freshwater ecosystem health in the future. Council regularly monitors water quality at 35 river and stream locations around Marlborough. The results are freely available on the LAWA website - Water quality is affected by many factors - rural and urban land use, erosion and climate. The

LAWA website connects New Zealanders with environmental data, so they can make informed decisions and be meaningfully engaged in solutions. LAWA is a collaboration between Council and New Zealand’s 15 regional and unitary councils, the Cawthron Institute and the Ministry for the Environment.

Students learn about Citizenship Mayor John Leggett and Mayoress Anne Best enjoyed the festivities, with chef Al Brown, Jemma McCowan and Sahra Cliffe from NZ King Salmon. Locals and visitors celebrated our gastronomic delights over the four day extravaganza that is Feast Marlborough. The event, now in its second year, has helped to put Marlborough’s food scene on the map, with thousands turning out for the Bayleys Friday Night Feast street party in central Blenheim, despite the cloudy weather. Dean Heiford, Economic, Community and Support Services Manager says the event was supported through the Council’s commercial events fund. “We want to encourage activities that

showcase Marlborough and provide an economic return, while building up a regional calendar of events. The fact that Feast Marlborough is run parallel to the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon allows us to showcase the region to a big crowd,” Dean says. Feast organiser Chris Shaw acknowledged Council for its continuing support. “None of this would be possible without the vision and foresight of Marlborough District Council – huge cheers to them for helping us make this fantastic event happen.”

Positive Ageing - Don’t be swindled by scammers New versions of old scams are constantly appearing – don’t be taken in. Scammers may make contact by email or phone call or through Facebook, pretending to be from a well-known organisation, bank or government agency. If you feel at all suspicious, follow your instinct. Hang up the phone. Don’t open dubious emails. Don’t be tricked into making a payment or giving financial or personal information. Remember, legitimate banks and businesses don’t ask for passwords and bank account numbers. Never send money to claim a ‘prize’. In one of the latest scams, a glossy

travel brochure in the mail includes a scratchie which tells the recipient that money has been won but the "lucky winner" is asked to send a payment to cover taxes or fees before they can get the prize. The phone call claiming that a computer virus is infecting your home computer is another scam – hang up and never reveal a password or any other personal details. • Report a scam to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Consumer Protection. Phone 0508 638 723, 8.00am – 8.00pm, Monday to Friday, and 9.00am – 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

At the end, the pupils were asked to join in singing the New Zealand national anthem – an important part of the ceremony. Mayor John Leggett said it was great to give the children the opportunity to experience a citizenship ceremony and learn about the process involved in becoming a New Zealand citizen. Council holds around 10 citizenship ceremonies a year, welcoming new citizens to Marlborough.

Funding available to battle pest plants Weedbusters connects volunteers to Council in the battle against the pest plants invading our natural spaces. Weedbusters are members of the community who tackle invasive plant species that have gone wild in our bush, wetlands and coastal areas. Weedbusters can be small neighbourhood groups, schools, trusts

and other organised groups, to individuals who care for their natural environment. To qualify for a Weedbusters grant, register online and become a Weedbuster in your area. Fill out an application form at or, for more information, contact Rob Simons, Senior Biosecurity Officer; Phone (03) 520 7400.

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Notification of Meeting The following meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. Copies of the agenda will be available online and at Council’s Office, 15 Seymour Street. Council Tuesday, 5 June 2018 at 8.30am Council Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 8.30am Council Thursday, 7 June 2018 at 8.30am Council Monday, 11 June 2018 at 9.00am

Young pupils from Springlands School attended a mock citizenship ceremony at Council on Monday, as they wrapped up their learning on what it means to be a New Zealand citizen. Over 100 year 3 and 4 children sat and listened attentively as Mayor John Leggett led Loren Moore from Brazil and Neil Henry from the UK through the ceremony. Both have become New Zealand citizens.

Environment Committee Tuesday, 12 June 2018 at 9.00am Assets & Services Committee Tuesday, 12 June 2018 at 1.30pm Planning, Finance & Community Committee Thursday, 14 June 2018 at 9.00am The time and date may be subject to change, please contact Nicole Chauval, Committee Secretary, Ph: 03 520 7400 for confirmation.

National Youth Week starts on 19 May with the theme "Ahakoa te aha, kei a koe te tikanga: Be who you want to be." Young people contribute positively to our community in many ways, including through the Marlborough Youth

Council, whose website provides information on health, support, careers, driving and legal issues, and upcoming events like Pink Shirt Day. Check it out at

Boil water notice - Awatere and Seddon Water from Council’s reticulation system in Seddon and the Awatere should be boiled. It does not currently meet the NZ Drinking Water Standard and may contain bacteria or protozoa that are harmful to human health. Treated water is available at the public tap on the corner of Marama Road and Foster Street.

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Long time coming In what year will it be when I don’t see the headline - Boil water notice for Awatere and Seddon?

Mystery stones Thanks to those that paint the little stones. Grandkids love going for walks to discover a colourful stone.

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Now that the evenings are drawing in and vehicles are travelling with their lights on it is quite obvious that from the number that dazzle oncoming drivers that the standard of height setting leaves a lot to be desired. Not only that, there are also vehicles with left hand drive dipping headlights and heaps of illegal fog/driving lights on at the same time as the dipped headlights. So come on those that check them for WOF’s how about making sure they actually comply with the regulations so everyone can see better and travel safer.

Why wouldn’t you veer slightly to your left to give the oncoming car room to go round the cyclist? Common sense and common courtesy.

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Weather station Excited for the weather station in Waitohi Domain. Would love additional tech so we can log on and check it out.

Police not to blame Another police chase, another death. DO NOT blame the police. Put the blame where it belongs - on the driver of the car that didn’t stop. If he/she had stopped no chase, no death.

Looks like we have double standards in Marlborough. Noticed red patrol car today approx 10.30am at top of Weld Pass on phone while driving.

Maxine Sweeney (Seddon Youth Group Community Leader) in the 5 Minutes with. I’ve never met you but I’d like to go to Auschwitz to pay my respects to the thousands murdered there too. You sound like a beautiful person.

I would like to thank the organizers, volunteers, spectators, and most importantly, the Scottish band for helping me get through the latter stage of the run. Well done to all. We welcome your texts on 027 242 5266. Limit to 70 words please. Name supplied please. We reserve the right to publish at our discretion. Please note the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Sun management.

Need seating There needs to be seats built along pathway by carparks at Lansdowne Park. In the evening netball girls are sitting on cold concrete waiting to be picked up. Can’t be good for them!


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To Unnecessary Criticism I am ex military and I think you may have missed the point here. Many a man who broke during WW1 was executed by Firing Squad for cowardice. Battle fatigue and other terms had yet to see the light of day. I was thinking of the families of those poor men who met that fate and stand by my original statement. It is the mayor’s duty to get these things right and if he can’t handle his schedule, then perhaps a career change may be required.

Site for new post office Redwoodtown old supermarket building just been modernised plenty of parking now, meters, bus stop at front door, now toilets, handy huge subdivisions.

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Re road safety If you are going to quote the road code you might want to read it first. The use of headlights rule states you must turn them on between 30 mins after sunset to 30 mins before sunrise or if you can not see a person clearly 100 metres away.

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I too go along with that person. I myself love cats, but the SPCA is a way out of town for those without transport. The SPCA have a shop on Grove Rd. Check your receipt Why can they not have some kittens and cats at If u shop at a supermarket check ur receipts. the SPCA shop? They are the worst for double scanning items. Happens to me every week.

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Thank you Lions Thank u Lions for all the wood u chop and give 2 people who need it. Thank u 4 all the hard work.

Not covered by Act A recent texter may have confused Forest and Bird with another organisation. The Royal Forest and Bird Society is a notfor-profit group, it is not covered by an Act of Parliament. Readers can be assured that Forest and Bird speaks for the environment and does not perpetuate the spread of exotic and noxious animals. F&B members are active in habitat and species recovery, predator control, revegetation projects, public education and the preservation of natural landscapes. Membership is open to all.

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Large non local truck drivers on Kent Street in Picton all need 2 get glasses. There is a pedestrian crossing and a speed limit!

Not looking promising to win the most sunshine hours next time. When is it coming back!

I can understand how the person(s) feel about our hard earned cash when the workers stood around near the Henry Street bridge. My sister and I saw the same sort of thing when workmen were working on the roads (men leaning on shovels.) We were on our way to a supermarket and the men were still there when we returned.

Petrol prices Is anyone else concerned with the continual creep up with the petrol prices? Within a week it has gone from $2.22 to $2.25 and the week before that had a jump also. They are talking about a national rise in petrol prices in the budget, hasn’t it happened enough! One way to help the environment people can’t afford to use cars so less polution. Shame about more unemployed though who can’t afford to get to work.

Bread of Life Thank you for your article regarding Bread of Life, Oscar programme, and Sheets ‘n’ Things. This clears up the concern a number of folks have aired as to what and where their past contributions may be welcomed. Sorry Bread of Life but I couldn’t follow the article in last Fridays Sun. What is being axed? Sheets and Things is a huge help to people in need but I think it needs a higher profile.

Rates People in town pay more for rates than rural people but I am still not sure what rural peoples rates are spent on. We don’t get rubbish collection, street lights, recycling, footpaths or decent roads to drive on. I would still rather live out of town but would like to know what my rates are spent on.

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Chris Steadman “I am baffled, but I haven’t touched a drop of alcohol since I saw you” – Margaret –(Quit Alcohol) “After years of useless dieting, I have lost 7 kgs in the last 7 weeks since I first saw you, and it has been so easy” – Anne (Weight loss through Virtual Gastric Banding) “At last I can sleep, listening to your voice when I go to sleep. Thank you, Chris” Bill (Insomnia) “I haven’t felt so relaxed for years, and I now know how to control panic attacks, although I haven’t had any since I saw you” (Anxiety and panic attacks ) Judy “I can’t believe how awesome it has been. After two sessions, I have not needed, wanted or desired a cigarette – and I am talking as a lifelong ex-smoker” (Quit

smoking) Tim “When I open my pantry now, biscuits and muesli bars, and any other sweet stuff, hold the same attraction as soap powder – Helen (Sugar addiction) These are some of the comments made by Chris’s clients, who have come to her hypnotherapy and electro-pressure clinic up the Redwood Pass Road. Chris is so happy that she has helped so many local people now overcome their bad habits and addictions, in such an easy and painless manner. “I am not a magician” she laughs, “but my methods can sometimes seem magical!” To make an appointment, just give her a call, or send her a text or email. She will get back to you as soon as she had a minute in her busy day.

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Dogs put their best paw forward By Megan Connolly Blenheim will welcome over 400 dogs over the weekend for the Marlborough Kennel Association dog show. The event will run for three shows over Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May at the Kennel Club grounds on Aerodrome Road Omaka, with both days starting at 8.30am. The event is free entry for

spectators. “It’s basically a beauty competition of dog sports,” president of Marlborough Kennel Association Lavina Diamanti says. Contestants and dogs will come from all over New Zealand to compete for the title of the top in their breed and Best in Show. “It’s the crème de la crème of the dogs,” Lavina says. With three judges coming from

the USA and three coming from Australia, dogs will be split into groups based on breed then the best of the groups will compete for Best in Show. “We’re very lucky here in Marlborough to run a great show and attract people from all over the country. We’ve got a great committee, everyone works really hard,” Lavina says Lavina Diamanti with her Shetland Sheepdog, Dalton whose showname is Specialist Grand Champion Shelton Troubador.

Big rainbow trout released in Argyle after lake desilting By Bill McElhinney Volunteers were on hand to rescue stranded trout as TrustPower recently carried out desilting of the Lake Argyle hydro scheme. The lake and canals were dewatered for silt removal, and most of the lake and canals were drained for the operation. However, Fish and Game staff and volunteers were on hand to make sure stranded trout were saved. Three hundred and thirty one trout were salvaged from the lake and lower canal including 302 large trout. A number of eels were also rescued, Fish and Game officer Jacob Lucas says. “Many of the remaining trout in the lake managed to make it to the remaining deeper waters where they survived the

few weeks until the lake was refilled,” Jacob says. “Last week we released 153 large rainbow trout into the lake with a few in the lower canal below the dam. “Some of the trout were magnificent,” Jacob says, “with some in the 4.5kg (10 pound) range, and many around 3kgs. “This has been carried out to restore some fish numbers in the lake, and also promote the still great fishing opportunities at a time of year when trout are in excellent condition and the weather is still very settled.” The lake is now clear and in great condition for fishing, Jacob says. “However before heading up there anglers should consult Branch River flows on the MDC website as when this floods the lake

becomes dirty. “Trustpower funded this release for the benefit of anglers as mitigation for effects caused by the desilting operation,” Jacob says. “We will also be carrying out another release to beat the winter blues, just in time for the July school holidays. Some of the fish by then are going to be massive!” Anglers take note though: the winter fishing is only available in the Argyle Pond and the lower canals to the Wairau confluence. The upper headrace upstream of the powerlines is closed until October 1 to give the lake fish a chance to spawn. “If you don’t have a fishing licence, Day and Winter Fishing licences are available now and are excellent value” Jacob says.

NMIT student David Stephens releases one of 150 large rainbow trout placed in Lake Argyle after the lake was filled again after desilting.

NIGHT CLOSURES PLANNED FOR SH1 SOUTH OF KAIKŌURA On Monday 28 May, State Highway 1 (SH1) south of Kaikōura will close overnight for essential work. Tresca Forrester, Network Operations Manager for the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance, says that this short closure is needed to carry out work that can’t be completed safely while the road is open. ‘A temporary wall of 40 shipping containers and concrete blocks was established at three locations south of Kaikōura, near Paratitahi Tunnels, in the early stages of the recovery, to protect road users from rockfall. Crews have been working on widening the southbound tunnel at this location. To enable us to complete the northbound tunnel, the containers need to be removed, then we can complete widening work.’ The highway, between Peketa and SH1/Leader Road intersection, will close at 10pm on Monday 28 May and reopen on Tuesday 29 May at 6.30am. A series of HIAB trucks with cranes will move the containers with 16 expected to be removed in one night. ‘We’re pleased that our tunnel resilience work in this area is progressing which takes us another step closer to completing work. But the full rebuild of the highway is still underway which means that essential work will, at times, require road closures as safety for road users is our top priority.’

MORE NIGHT CLOSURES TO COME Further night closures are being planned for late June to remove the final containers and 200-300 concrete blocks that have also been serving as rockfall protectors. Closure dates will be publicised as soon as they are confirmed to give as much notice as possible to drivers and the community. People can stay up-to-date on real-time travel information through or by calling 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) and allowing plenty of time for their trip. We recommend checking at least two hours before travel through Kaikōura and at key points on the route.


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Mayor welcomes input on council’s long term plan By Bill McElhinney “Marlburians are a passionate bunch - over 100 people want to speak to us in person about the council’s long term plan,” Mayor John Leggett says. The Marlborough District Council has received nearly 300 submissions on its 2018-28 Long Term Plan Consultation Document, ‘Investing in Marlborough’.

The plan outlines Marlborough’s key priorities and sets out the council’s proposed major projects and services over the next 10 years, and the impact on rates and debt levels. John welcomes the public input. “I’m pleased that so many people and groups have taken the time to tell us what they think.” The public will get their chance to have a say at the hearings, which

will be held from June 5 to June 7. “The submissions cover a range of subjects. It’s pleasing to see plenty of support for the new projects we put up in the consultation document,” John says. “We need the public’s input to bring new projects or initiatives to our attention and to help us fine tune our plans. “Some submitters have requested

funding for their own proposals, so the council will have to carefully weigh up where its priorities lie. It’s never an easy task, we have to make hard choices.” “As always we have to balance the aspirations of our community with the available funding. “No doubt there will be a robust discussion around the council table at our deliberations on June 11.”

The draft 10-year budget proposes average annual rate increases of between 2.30 percent and 5.33 percent. The increase in total rates for the 2018-19 year is 4.81 percent. Council reviews its priorities annually before setting rates - in previous years this has resulted in rates increases lower than those forecast in the long term plan.

Artist to teach the skill of portrait making By Celeste Alexander The age old portrait genre is full of potential, so much so that artists can use a varity of techniques and tools to create anything from traditional to contemporary. This is something local artist and teacher Sudhir Duppati will be sharing during his workshop titled ‘Portrait’, as part of the Marlborough Art Society’s 2018 winter workshops. The workshop will be held in the Marlborough Yealands Estate Gallery Studio on August 4-5 and is open to people with or without the skills to approach portrait making. “It also allows people to build the confidence to approach portraiture,” he says.

During the two-day workshop, Sudhir will be talking about portraits in terms of it not just being a self-portrait, but of anyone. “I’ll encourage people to bring in a photograph and they can work from that. It can even be someone close to you,” he says. Sudhir will discuss techniques like stenciling, collaging, overlapping, using transparent layers and spray painting. “Effectively we will be using tools which would be not so traditional,” he says. Sudhir ran summer workshops through the MAS last year and says they were very successful. “Last year was great! Some of the people went on to create works and sold them, so they were quite happy with what they got

Local artist Sudhir Duppati is hosting a portrait workshop in August.

from the workshops,” he says. To find out more information about the “Portrait” workshop or to register your in-

terest, contact Helen Ballinger by emailing or phone 021 0267 8711.

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Nat gears up for next big challenge By Bill McElhinney Anakiwa kayak and mountain bike guide Natalie Price is looking forward to her next big challenge – the World Champs Ironman in South Africa in September. Nat recently won the first round of the Marlborough duathlon series held on the Wither Hills and also won the Waikawa Tri Series over the summer. She also successfully completed the 202km magnum section of the Forrest Graperide last month. Nat is now just weeks out from racing in the Cairns Ironman next month, part of her in preparation for the September world champs. Her other main goal is to qualify for the Ironman world championships in Kona, Hawaii, in the next few years. In the meantime, apart from training, she has been busy fundraising for the trip to South Africa. She has held a couple of quiz nights in Linkwater and Havelock and is holding another in Blenheim in Biddy Kate’s bar next Wednesday night at 7pm. “It’s a good way to celebrate getting through “Hump Day” (Wednesday),” Nat says. “Biddy Kate’s have very kindly put up the winning prize of $150 bar tab and there will also be a raffle with some great prizes donated by Thomas’s Marlborough,

Juan Pilapil, Henry Shaw and Jack Bugler were out washing windscreens with Z employee Jack Summers last Saturday at Z Redwood as part of the Good in the Hood initiative.

Anakiwa kayak and mountain bike guide Natalie Price has been training hard for the World Champs Ironman in South Africa in September. Photo Mark Grammar.

New World, BikeFit Marlborough, Saint Clair Family Estate and more. “There’s also a silent auction for a one night stay and return water transport to Lochmara Lodge for two people and a race entry to the Saint Clair Vineyard half

marathon for 2019. “Grab your friends and come and have some fun,” Nat says. Maximum of six to a team.” To register, email sprat_ or mobile 0220895592.

Blenheim Toyota CEO Scott McDermott holds up the inaugural corporate Duck Derby trophy won by the company, presented by Life Education Trust Marlborough chairman James Ryan and fundraising co-ordinator Charlotte Hoy. Blenheim Toyota purchased five corporate ducks, contributing $500 towards the overall amount of $5000 that was raised at the MoreFm Duck Derby held on May 6. One of their ducks crossed the finish line first, winning the team a morning tea shout courtesy of the Marlborough Convention Centre. Scott says it was never about the morning tea shout, but rather their ongoing support of the Trust. The event was such a sell-out success that organisers are planning on expanding it for next year. Photo by Celeste Alexander.

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5 minutes with:


Sheenagh Barron Volunteer for the ASB Theatre and tutor for English Language Partners


My ideal day is spent...

Kayaking in the Sounds with dolphins swimming around me. One of my best holidays was... Touring Sri Lanka’s archaeological sites with the man who was to become my husband. One thing on my bucket list is... Visiting Japan for skiing, visiting historic temples and cities, and staying in a traditional Japanese Ryokan.


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Write a novel.

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Watching Big Bang Theory at 7pm sometimes makes me late for meetings.


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this week with Wally Richards

Garlic planting and problems

Two seasons ago most gardener’s garlic crops were ruined by a rust. The technical rust’s name is Puccinia allii. It’s a fungal disease of plants in the Allium family, which include leeks, garlic and onions, among others. The disease initially infects the foliar tissue and can result in stunted bulb formation if the plants are heavily infested. Preventing puccinia allii rust can enhance your garlic crop significantly. The problem arose in 2016 spring/ summer and was not isolated, but spread out like the myrtle rust, affecting the whole country (just about) in a few weeks. Firstly, let’s look at what the experts say about growing and harvesting garlic. From : When to plant and harvest: In theory you plant on the shortest day of the year (around June 20 in New Zealand). In reality any time from mid-May to mid-July is good for planting. Where to plant: A sunny sheltered spot seems to be ideal. Garlic loves frosts so no

covers are required. How to prepare the soil: Just dig it up well and if you have some compost, blood and bone and dolomite lime, dig some in. How to plant: Plant with about 10cm between seeds and 15cm between rows. Plant each seed with the pointy end facing up, deep enough that the top of the seed is about 2.5cm below the soil’s surface. Mulching: After planting and before any weeds spring up, put a good layer of mulch on. Garlic loves mulch. Mowed leaves are ideal. Chip mulch, pea straw or even grass clippings are good too. Make a mulch layer about 5 to 10cm thick. Weeding: Keep the area between the garlic bulbs free of weeds. Harvesting: Many people harvest on the longest day of the year (around December 20). We recommend harvesting after the leaves start to go yellow, but while there are at least six green leaves on the plant, which often happens around mid-January. Storing: Leave the leaves on, because during the drying process the goodness from

the leaves goes in to the bulb, increasing its size and making it even more nutritious. Clean off the dirt from the bulb and dry it for a few days lying on a dry surface in a dry area, then store it by hanging in a dry place out of the sunlight. Tying clumps of five or ten together by the leaves and hanging under a carport or shed roof works well. Planting 10cm apart and in rows 15cm apart allows good circulation of air around the leaves and it is moisture on the leaves that allows the rust spores to set up shop and ruin the crop. Water in the morning not in the late afternoon so that water on the foliage can dry during the day. If you plant in a row then you can make a furrow beside the row and into this you pour your water in the morning. It’s an old trick and one many either don’t know about or have forgotten. Now what to do about the rust? If you had the rust problem last season on garlic, leeks and onions, then you have the spores

Plant garlic with about 10cm between seeds and 15cm between rows. Plant each seed with the pointy end facing up.

waiting to happen again. You could sterilise the area with potassium permanganate to kill the spores by dissolving three quarters of a teaspoon with three dessert spoons of salt into a litre of hot water to dissolve. Add this to a further nine litres of cold water and use about 1-2 litres of the mix per square metre. Once you have a show of foliage then you can spray with a quarter of a teaspoon of potassium permanganate per litre of water with one mil of Raingard added. The idea here is to protect the foliage from spores which the potassium permanganate should neutralise, as it is an oxidising agent. Problems ring me at 0800 466464.


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Ulysses Club Ride: Ride down to Kekerengu for lunch then Ward for an ice cream. 11am departure from the south end of the Blenheim Railway Station.

Pink Shirt Day & Youth Night Market: With free entertainment, challenges, food, prizes and so much more. 5-9pm, the Forum corner of High Street and Market Street.

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.

Tempo: New Zealand Music Night, with performers performing music by kiwi artist’s or an item that has a New Zealand theme. Door entry $3, family $10. 7pm, Wesley Centre, 3 Henry Street.

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 along and have a go, all ages and skill levels welcome.

The Gallery Havelock: Rebekah Codlin new artwork “Human” on exhibit. Rebekah works in oil on canvas, graphite and watercolour to produce contemporary realist portraiture. On until June 8, open 10am-4pm, seven days a week. The Gallery Havelock, 60 Main Road, Havelock.

Picton Rail & Sail: Open (subject to weather) Sundays, public holidays & everyday during school holidays. Picton Foreshore.

The Diversion Gallery: Exhibition on show ‘The Cutting Edge’. This is woodcut with edge and edginess, the earliest form of printmaking in the hands of two masterful exponents, Barry Cleavin and Josh Bashford. On until June 3. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 12-5pm. 10 London Quay, Picton. Marlborough Golf Club: Half price green-fees after 4pm every day. 74 Paynters Road. Heritage and Whaling Museum: A collection of 2000 items of Maori, whaling, maritime, heritage and textile displays. 10am-4pm daily, 9 London Quay, Picton. Marlborough Museum: Open 10am–4pm daily. Brayshaw Heritage Park, 26 Arthur Baker Place.

Saturday 19 Team Kiwi Racing Real Deal 80 Day Nationwide Tour: See the cars, talk to the team and have a go on the race simulator. With product specials, promotions and giveaways. 8am-2pm. Bearings & Accessories forecourt, 8 Nelson Street. Marlborough Kennel Association Champion Shows: Tails will be wagging this weekend with a variety of breeds on show. Today and Sunday starting at 8.30am, with free entry for spectators. Marlborough Kennel Club grounds, Aerodrome Road, Omaka. Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery: 2018 Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards. On until June 10. Opening hours 10.30am-4.30pm daily. Marlborough Arts Society, 204 High Street, Blenheim. EcoWorld: EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Picton Foreshore. Saturday & Sunday 9.30am-5.30pm.

Marlborough Golf Club – Community Golf: Sunday afternoon play 18 holes $15 or 9 holes $10. Must be a Marlborough resident. 74 Paynters Road. Model Aero Club: ARA Wairau Valley 9am. Phone Murray 578 9199.

The Panoho family will be performing as special guests at Tempo on Friday. From left Andrew, Henare, Charlotte, Peata, Ana, Solomon and Iona Panoho. Redwood Market: 8.30am-12pm, Redwood Tavern car park. Plants, produce, cards, jewellery, flowers and hand crafts. Round’A’Mini Golf Picton: Picton Foreshore, 9am Saturday and Sunday. Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale: Every Saturday 8am–12.30pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Road. Vintage Farm Machinery: 10am3pm, open every day. Brayshaw Park guided tours available, on Sunday Thomas Tank Engine rides are available. Blenheim Menz Shed: 4 Dillons Point Road. Open 9am-12pm Saturday and 1-4pm on Monday and Thursday. Picton Men’s Shed: “Where men can do what men do best” 9am-12pm and Wednesday 9am-4pm. 2 Market St. Picton. 5km Taylor River Fun Run: Free timed 5km run along the Taylor River, meet at the Amphitheatre, corner of High and Symons Streets, 8am every Saturday. Brooklyn Croquet Club: Whitehead Park off Brooklyn Drive. Play days are Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm. Come and have a go.

Sunday 20 Water Force Tramp The Ned: Get your walking shoes on and tramp The Ned. Moderate to above average fitness required and appropriate clothing and footwear essential. Registration and start from 8:30-9:45am at the Taylor Pass Road entrance to Tempello. Adults $15, school age children $10, family $30. A community fundraiser for Fairhall School. Postponement date Sunday 27 May. Marlborough Riding For The Disabled Open Day: New date due to being postponed last week. Come along and spend a day at Marlborough Riding for the Disabled. With a petting zoo, pony rides, cart rides, sausage sizzle, coffee cart, raffles and much more. 10am-3pm. 6 Taylor Pass Road. St Mary’s Preschool Royal Wedding: Did someone say wedding? Celebrate and watch the Royal Wedding in style with a scone and cup of English tea. 11am start, gold coin donation, fundraiser for St Mary’s Preschool. St Mary’s Preschool, 41 Maxwell Road. Rainbow Ski Area Snow Gear Sale: Get yourself ready for the up-coming ski and boarding season. Stock up on top quality second hand and ex-rental skis, snowboards, boots, clothing and accessories (chains, roof racks). 11am-2pm. Eftpos, credit card

and cash or cheque payment available. Bohally Intermediate School, McLauchlan Street. Wilson Dixon What A Country: Country music legend Wilson Dixon’s melodic philosophies on life. 7.30–8.40pm, $32-$38. ASB Theatre Marlborough, 2 Hutcheson Street. Millennium Public Art Gallery: Exhibitions on show ‘Arbitrary Dreams’ a solo exhibition of paintings by Meredith Marsone and ‘Folio Marlborough Youth Art 2018’ On until June 17. Corner of Seymour Street and Alfred Street, koha appreciated. Chess: Joocy Loocy Café, 4 John Street, 10am-1pm. Please bring your own board and pieces. Marlborough Gliding Club: Sunday’s 10am onwards (weather permitting). Everyone welcome, instructor’s available. Omaka Airfield, Aerodrome Road. The Edwin Fox Ship: Visitor Centre open daily from 9am. Explore the decks and depths of the Edwin Fox Ship. Dunbar Wharf, Picton Foreshore. Marlborough Farmers’ Market: Grab yourself a delicious brunch, and fresh produce with lots on offer. Every Sunday, 9am-noon. A&P Showgrounds corner of Maxwell and Alabama Road.

Petanque: 10am Sunday and 1pm Wednesday, 65A Weld Street. Kapa haka: Every Sunday at Tuamarina Hall. 1-3pm. All welcome.

Upcoming Events Mwangaza Children’s Choir Light Up Tour 2018: Tuesday May 22. Don’t miss the dynamic Mwangaza Children’s choir from Uganda, in their Light Up tour. With their vibrant costumes and big smiles, these talented youngsters are sure to light up the stage and your heart. 7-9pm, St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 5 Henry Street. The Renwick Winter Film Festival: A showcase of documentary films celebrating ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Thursday May 24, “North East Corner”, “OPO and Pelorus Jack” and “The Kaikoura UFOs”. 7pm start, just $10 including supper. Renwick Church Hall, 54 High Street, Renwick. Hospice Golf: 18 hole Ladies Foursomes, 10am  start, Friday May 25, $10. Blenheim Golf Club, Pollard Park. 

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Peter Ray Homes is one of Marlborough’s more productive housing companies. We undertake a range of residential building contracts on flat and hill sites offering a different scenic view and style of build every day. We are seeking to appoint a Site/Project Manager with: - Hands-on experience in construction - LBP registered - preferable - Organised and able to work to deadlines - The ability to manage and maintain building sites throughout Marlborough Key role requirements: - Meet and maintain health and safety objectives - Liaise with clients as required - Ensure our high standards of construction finish are met - Maintain records through relevant IT programs - Attend frequent management update meetings - Manage and maintain relationships with all site tradespeople - Willingness to undertake minor handyman jobs We offer - A friendly work environment - Competitive salary (negotiable on experience) - Ongoing training and development - Vehicle, mobile phone, computer If you think this is the job for you Please apply to Donna Lee Applications close 31 May 2018.

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Welder/Engineer Taylor Pass Honey Co is one of the largest vertically integrated honey operations in the South Island. Our multi award-winning honey is harvested by our devoted beekeepers, extracted and packed in our state-of-the-art processing facilities and is sold throughout New Zealand, Asia and around the world. We now have positions available in the following roles. We have an exciting opportunity for someone that enjoys administration and working with numbers but also thrives on providing great face-to-face customer service. With our domestic sales continuing to grow, Taylor Pass Honey Co is now looking to appoint a full-time Retail Administrator to support our office and retail store.

Key responsibilities include:

• Invoicing and packing domestic honey orders • Overseeing monthly stocktakes for our onsite honey shop • Setting up new items in our accounting and POS software • Sole charge responsibility of the retail store for a minimum of three hours/day • Assisting with tour groups and conducting honey tastings • Picking up catering, town runs, daily lock-up, cleaning the very important coffee machine and other support services to ensure the smooth running of the office and shop

Send applications to: Applications close: 31 May 2018

Field Administration Assistant

We are seeking an Administration Assistant for our field department based at 829 Taylor Pass Road. The successful applicant will be well organised, meticulous and have the ability to get on with a wide variety of people. Your sense of humour and easy going nature will enable you to fit perfectly into this team. As this department is growing you will need to be flexible, forward thinking and above all be an excellent problem solver.

Key responsibilities include:

• Data inputting and managing a large database • Liaising with staff and external customers • Manage stock supplies • Taking ownership of key company processes

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The role includes on and off site servicing and repair of earthmoving machinery, road transport equipment and quarry staff. Daily tasks include building digger and loader buckets, hard facing rippers, service and repair of light and heavy machinery. The successful candidate must be able to fit in well with our small workshop team, be able to cope with a wide variety of daily tasks and be able to have a good time. The successful candidate will need to have the following: • Mig and stick welding (NZQ Standards) • Communicate and work in a team or independently • Current driver's license (Class 2 and Wheels Tracks & Rollers preferred) • Work flexible hours • Have problem solving skills and an ability to use your initiative • Must pass a pre-employment Drug & Alcohol Test • Have NZ Residency or a valid NZ Work Visa Apply to: The Manager Simcox Construction Ltd 14 Taylor Pass Road Blenheim Or email View our website

We are hiring Civil Construction and Earthworks Staff We need more skilled civil construction and earthworks staff to join our busy team at Simcox Construction in Marlborough. Our team is busy with subdivision civil construction infrastructure work, earthworks and vineyard development. Are you physically fit, have a can-do attitude and want to work in a team environment? We are looking for: • Civil construction staff • Earthmoving operators • Drivers The successful candidate will need to have the following: • Communicate and work in a team or independently • Current driver’s license (Class 2 and Wheels Tracks & Rollers preferred) • Work flexible hours • Must pass a pre-employment Drug & Alcohol Test • Have NZ Residency or a valid NZ Work Visa Apply to: The Manager Simcox Construction Ltd 14 Taylor Pass Road Blenheim Or email View our website


Building Compliance Officer Marlborough District Council is a progressive unitary authority - offering varied, challenging and rewarding work to staff based in Blenheim, at the heart of our renowned lifestyle region.

The purpose of this role is to provide high quality technical advice and fulfil statutory obligations and policies in the monitoring, compliance, investigation and enforcement of the Building Act.


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This is a key role within the Building Compliance department, which is focused on ensuring the safety of the public through compliance with various legislative and planning requirements. This role will actively monitor and evaluate compliance with the Building Act and other related regulatory requirements by undertaking inspections and investigative processes. Formal training in a building related discipline is desirable to fulfil this position; you will also need to have a sound knowledge of the Building Act 2004 and the New Zealand Building Code (which now includes requirements for residential swimming pools). It is essential that you have the ability to interact with the public and other Building Department team members. Applications close at 5.00 pm on 4 June 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

Intermediate Accountant About the business Leslie & O'Donnell Ltd is an accounting firm with a friendly, focused and professional team dedicated to getting alongside clients as a strategic business partner. We pride ourselves in over 20 years of getting to know our clients and their businesses. We strive to create a family-friendly culture focused on team and client satisfaction. People are the most important part of our business. About the role We're looking for someone who can hit the ground running. The role would include a good balance of compliance and advisory work. Day-to-day client assistance with GST, monthly and annual reporting along with new technology implementation and support.

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Skills and experience A passion for offering great customer service. Two years minimum accounting experience. Xero knowledge is a big plus. We are looking for people who embrace technology, are confident educating clients and share our excitement about the future of the role of the accountant. Please email CV and covering letter to Closing date Friday 25 May We are closing at 5pm on the


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Event Marketing & Ticketing Co-ordinator We have a vacancy and are wanting to recruit an Event Marketing & Ticketing Co-ordinator. Experience would be advantageous, however a ‘can-do anything’ attitude and a passion to provide the highest quality service will be winning qualities. This “hands-on” operational role will report to the Event Manager. You will be responsible for running our Box Office, co-ordinating the set-up of events with our Ticketing provider, assisting our clients promote those events through our channels and managing our Front of House Volunteers. This is a multi-faceted role that gives the right person the opportunity to make this position their own. Key Responsibilities: • Event Marketing • Ticketing Provider Liaison • Front of House Volunteer Rostering • Database/Membership Management • Across Counter Sales and Receptionist Duties • Perform duty management shifts from time to time For more information visit our website: To submit your application, please email your Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter explaining why you are best suited for this position, to: The General Manager Andrew Scott ASB Theatre Marlborough By 3pm, 25th May 2018.

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Book online All enquiries and at bookings please Purchase fromcontact ASB Theatre Marlborough, Aman from 10th May 2 Hutcheson Street, Blenheim. on 0275242282 or

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Gourmet Paradise Country Music Awards Raffle Results Drawn 13th May 2018 1st Prize Fiona Fenwick 2nd Prize Linda Brydon Grateful thanks to all who supported the fundraiser raffle

10 – 17 October 2018

at the Yealands Estate Gallery, 204 High St, Blenheim

exhibition of artwork to celebrate the healing expression of creativity CH-7838750AA

An Blenheim Country Visit for more information Music and Club to Inc join our theatre club.

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Births This Week Hiller, Niah Kahlia: May 1, 2018 Perrett, Jonty Vaughan: May 1, 2018

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Death Notices CAMERON, Phyllis Margaret (Phyl) (nee Tetley): May 12, 2018 CRAWFORD, Olive (Georgina): May 10, 2018 FLETCHER,Ray Blythe: (26th Battalion). May 2, 2018 GIBSON, John Staton (Jack): May 13, 2018 GRIEVE, Vivienne Margaret: May 10, 2018

READ, Helen (nee Wilson): May 11, 2018 SHALLCRASS, James Willis: May 11, 2018

DOOLE, Alice: Passed away with grace and speed at home on Tuesday May 15, 2018, aged 90 years. Mother, grandmother, teacher, gardener, scrabble fiend and generous soul. Much loved and admired by her late husband Gordon; children Kerry, Jenny, Alistair and Bev; and granddaughters Luisa, Sina, Tully and Hannah. Our deep gratitude to family friend Jeanette Collins. Messages may be sent to 22 Miro Street, RD3 Blenheim 7273. At Alice’s request a private cremation was held today. We will have a gathering to remember Alice at a later time. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.

TITO, Lynton Dobson: May 11, 2018 WHITT, S. John: May 12, 2018

House Removals

SALES L AApril R GE Sale, 23, 2018 Sunday 20th May, 9am. 92A Maxwell Road, back section.

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March 17, 2018

BELL, Desmond Joseph (DJ): On May 17 2018, Desmond passed away, peacefully at his home. Desmond was in his 89th year. Beloved father and father-in-law of Tim, Simon, Phillip and Pam Bell, Linda and Rob Watson, Jenny and Stephen Folster, Sandra Bell and Nycki O’Neal. Much-loved Grandad to Jody, David and Belinda; Sophie and Abigail; Thomas, Hannah and Oliver; Jordan and Kendall; Brentin and Lawson; and great grandchildren. Messages may be sent to 51 David Street, Blenheim 7201. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be sent to P O Box 411, Blenheim 7240. A private funeral service for Desmond will be held. Respectfully cared for by GEOFFREY T SOWMAN NZ : FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719 BOYD, Ainslie Altona (Pipi): Reg NZ7544 RNZ Navy, WWI, K Force, Vietnam: Passed away, peacefully, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village, on Tuesday May 15, 2018. Aged 90 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Jocelyn, loved father of Tui, Terance, John, Scott and Glenn, and their families. A loved grandfather and great grandfather. A funeral service for Pipi will be held at the Clubs of Marlborough, Alfred Street, at 1pm on Thursday May 24, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. Respectfully cared for by GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

NIEUWENHUIJZE, Johannes (Hans): May 5, 2018

Lawn Care Professional

February 11, 2018

GREEN, Pam: 19/05/2017. This day 12 months ago you left us. We all miss you. Rex, Phillip, Julie, Tim, Tina and Declan.

HURLEY, Neil Malcolm: May 12, 2018

December 12, 2017

FLAMING January 21,Firewood. 2018 Old Man Pine 3m $200, 6m $380. Free delivery. Phone 0274452613.

death notices

Marlborough Vintage and Farm Machinery Society Inc

Something for Everyone SINGLE Pony float $300. Gig 9for donkey December & 10, 2017 $200. Dog trailer $300. Isuzu Bighorn rego on hold, of fers. Phone 5757770 for viewing.

in memoriam

There will be a special meeting for anyone interested in participating at CARE Marlborough, 26 Percy St, Blenheim 1.30pm on Thursday May 24th. Invitation and guidelines for entries

Closing date for entries is Monday September 24th. Contact Carla Jelena at CARE We are looking for or original artworks that Marlborough reflect the themefor of more “Wellbeing”. details of entry and upcoming Art workshops. They can be made from any media, must be easy to transport, exhibit 03 578 0302 | and comply with Gallery conditions. They must be the work of the person submitting. All entries will be considered, and the final pieces selected by CARE Marlborough.


Bride 2018

of the year Friday 29th June

Entries Now Open We invite all brides married or residing in Marlborough between 29th September 2017 and 18th June 2018 to enter the Bride of the Year Show held at the ASB Theatre. Application forms are available at the Sun Newspaper and the ASB Theatre. All enquiries please email Entries close 20th June 2018 Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Marlborough Group NZ Riding for the Disabled and Child Cancer Foundation.

Bride of the Year Blenheim

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Friday May 18, 2018



sports talk With Jacob Page

Aussies will be vulnerable for Boxing Day test The Black Caps being given a Boxing Day test against Australia in 2019 couldn’t have come at a better time. New Zealand, while not at their 2015 peak, are likely to be very competitive against an Aussie side bogged down in turmoil of their own creation when they play in the glamour match for the first time in 32 years. New Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has a few issues to juggle. Not only does he have to keep on field performance high and the

winning culture the Aussie public expects, but he also has to breed a better on-field culture. Doing all those things while getting used to his own role and assisting new captain Tim Payne won’t be easy. The Australians were easily cast aside by South Africa in their last test series and with Steve Smith, David Warner and to a lesser extent Cameron Bancroft all unavailable for the foreseeable future, these are shaky times indeed. Aussie’s best pace bowler Mitchell Starc is also battling injury


issues. New Zealand is reliant on captain Kane Williamson and veteran Ross Taylor to score the runs and Trent Boult and Tim Southee to take the wickets. A series win over England should give the group plenty of confidence. The team has areas of improvement it needs to address but also the players who can make those improvements. Tom Latham has shown glimpses of being a quality year opener, Henry Nicholls scored a big ton in

the Eden Park win over England and Ish Sodhi is becoming more consistent with the difficult art of leg spin. If the team can get an all rounder like Corey Anderson or Jimmy Neesham, then all of a sudden depth would be created. Day one of a Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the event of the year. It’s a chance for the Black Caps to earn international respect and come 2019 they should be in a prime position to upset the form guide.


Veterans golf results Results of a tournament played at Picton Golf Club on Monday. Individual: 1, Tony Nicol (Rarangi) 39; 2. Ross Inder (Marlborough) 37; 3. Brian Chippindale (Marlborough) 36; 4. Ian Johnson (Picton) 35; 5. Allan Johnston (Wairau Valley), Mike McConnell (Blenheim) and Jon Nicol (Marlborough) 34. Team: 1st, Picton #2 / Marlborough #5: John Saxon, Grant Aikman, Ross Inder and Brian Chippindale; 2nd Rarangi #1; 3rd Picton #1. The next tournament is on Monday, May 28, at the Rarangi Golf Club.

Artistic roller sports Table tennis open results skates into town By Megan Connolly Blenheim will host the 2018 Southern Area Artistic Roller Sports Championships for Christchurch and Nelson at Stadium 2000 on May 19. The competition goes from 10am till 3pm with free entry for spectators. Skaters will participate in three disciplines, figure skating, dancing, and free skating which includes more of the jumping. Dave Winterburn has been skating for around 37 years, starting his roller skating experience at Rollerland in Christchurch, and is the president there. Since relocating to Blenheim, Dave has been offering his skills by coaching and teaching lessons with the Blenheim Roller Club. “It’s dancing on wheels. You can do it anywhere,” Dave says. Dave’s 11 year old daughter Hannah is very interested in skating and will compete in all the disciplines, showing that there is a small but keen interest in artistic roller sports in Blenheim. “Our aim is to show Blenheim has good facilities to host bigger events for roller sports in the future,” Dave says. The winners will head to the nationals in July that will be held in Wanganui.

Hannah Winterburn performing in the 2017 Nationals Artistic Roller Sports in Rotorua, dancing in the Juvenile Solo Dance.

Last year’s beaten finalist, Nathan Watson, went one better this year when he took out the open singles title at the Marlborough table tennis open. Players from Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury and Southland travelled to the two day tournament. Nathan beat Daniel Astle of Nelson in the final by 11-6, 11-7, 12-10,5-11, 11-8. The left hander was all concentration from the start, serving intelligently and following up with some blistering drives to all parts of the table. Nathan reached the final with a four set win over Canterbury pen-grip player Jay Zhu while Daniel played one of the matches of the day in the other semi against Canterbury’s David Walle. Astle took it 11-6,11-7, 12-10, 5-11, 11-8. The section play was full of interest with Nathan having to use all the angles of the table to beat Mimi Walle of Canterbury in a five set match. Locals Alex Kennedy and Jacqui Wood also qualified

for post section play. Jacqui and David were competing in the open section due to lack of entries in the women’s section. Alex gave Nathan his hardest match in post section play, just going down 11-9, 13-11, 4-11,7-11,11-5,8-11, 11-5 in a quick hitting match. In Sunday’s junior competition, David Walle won the under-18 boys title win a three set win over Alex Kennedy. Vanessa Wood-Lin , who is a member of the national under-15 training squad, won the equivalent girls’ event from Hannah Smit. Results of finals that involved Marlborough players were:

Women’s doubles : Walle/ Megan Stratford (M) beat Jacqui Wood (M) /Marion Wood (M) 11-6-11-4, 11-8. Mixed doubles: Walle/ Walle beat Astle/ Marion Wood (M) 11-6,11-6, 15-13. 2nd grade womens doubles : Wood-Lin/ Hannah Smit (M) bt Glenda Ferguson(N) /Marion Wood 11-8, 11-6,8-11, 3-11, 11-7. 2nd grade mixed: Walle/ Ferguson beat Rob Honour (M)/ Stratford 11-5-11-4-11-9. 2nd grade mens plate: Zac Cow-

drey (M ) beat Josh Sim (M) 11-8,11-4,12-14, 11-3 Over-40 mixed doubles: Astle/ Walle beat Warren Haszard (M) / Marion Wood 3-0. Over-40 mens p-late: Phil Osborne (N) beat Jason Kennedy (M) 11-9, 11-9, 11-4. Over-50 open doubles: Mark Nalder (N)/ Malcolm Wong (W) beat Derek Partridge (C )/ Haszard 14-12, 12-14, 11-5, 11-8. Over-50 mens plate: Haszard beat Gary Basher (N) 9-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-9. Under-21 men: Walle beat Watson 3-11, 18-16, 11-8, 11-5. Under-21 mens doubles: Watson/Kennedy beat Walle/ Nathan Geraghty (S) 11-4, 6-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8. Under-18 boys doubles: Walle/ Bright Asiamah (M) beat Kennedy/ Osborne 7-11, 11-8, 11-6-11-8. Under-18 mixed doubles: Kennedy/ Wood-Lin beat Walle/ Stacey Williams(M) 8-11,6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-3. Under-15 doubles: Osborne/ Wood-Lin beat Tayerle/ Alec Dodson (M) 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9. Under-13 boys doubles: Ritchie/ Joseph Ruwhiu (M) beat Ryan Clark (M) and Luka Van Rensburg (M) 11-6, 11-8, 11-4. Under-15 plate: Peyton Ritchie beat Joshua Pigott (N) 11-6, 11-9, 13-11. Under-13 boys plate: Tama Cresswell (M) beat Blake Hebberd (M) 3-0.

Jennian Homes Mothers’ Day Fun Run prizes awarded in spite of rain Although the Jennian Homes Mothers’ Day Fun Run, held to promote awareness and support for the New Zealand Heart Foundation was cancelled due to bad weather, Melissa Biggs from Jennian Homes and Tash Knox from More FM drew the prizes live on air this week. Kerri Jamieson was the winner of the major prize, a ladies bicycle and helmet generously donated by Cycle World. Other prizes awarded were donated by

Noel Leeming, Taylor Brooke Beauty and Stadium 2000 Aquatic Centre. Jennian Homes extends a big thank you to the major sponsors of the event, Imagine Signs, Carters, Bays Joinery, Aotea Electric, Al’s Plastering, Pak’n Save, Noel Leeming, Leslie & O’Donnell, and Cycle World. And a big thank you to Tanysha at TT’s Coffee Cart and Huia from Huia’s Holistic Health who were going to be there on the day.

Paul O’Donnell from Leslie + O’Donnell and Cycle World, left, and Melissa Biggs from Jennian Homes, right, present Kerri Jamieson with the ladies bicycle and helmet, the major prize in the Jennian Homes Mothers Day Fun Run.


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