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Save the Oaks

By Aimee O’Hagan If $160,000 can’t be raised by the end of March, 70 majestic oak trees lining the entrance to the historic Lake Timara Lodge may be felled. For years the lodge has hosted many events, such as cocktail parties, weddings, and even Garden Marlborough garden parties. Complete with a man-made lake and luscious, green grounds, the property is over 130 years old. According to Grant Baxter from Bayleys Marlborough, the stunning trees lining the entrance to the lodge at the end of Dog Point Road are one of the most important parts of the property. “The oak trees are the first thing that visitors see,” he says. Continued on page 2.

Grant Baxter from Bayleys Marlborough (left); Dog Point Road resident, Anke Sim; Anke’s dog, Toby; and Garden Marlborough president, Tim Crawford, admire the beautiful trees on the avenue leading up to Lake Timara Lodge.


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Moving power lines would save historic trees Continued from page 1. Barry Walters, owner of Lake Timara Lodge, agrees. “The trees are well known and a beautiful addition to the district,” he adds. However, Marlborough Lines operations manager, Warner Nichol, says the trees pose an unacceptable risk to nearby power lines if they are not trimmed regularly. The branches of the trees are now dangerously close to the lines that hang only mere metres above them. Because of this, Warner says the trees have become a serious hazard. “This summer’s branch growth is close to touching the 11,000V power lines, and this poses a fire risk,” he says. Warner says that unless there is an agreement to fund the ongoing trimming of the oak trees by the end of March, “the trees will have to be felled”. Garden Marlborough chairperson, Tim Crawford, says it will be a shame if the oak trees are cut down. “Arborbank, a funding agency for planting trees in Marlborough that was started by Garden Marlborough, has been working for the past 25 years to plant and preserve trees around the province,” Tim says. “So naturally we don’t want to see historic trees like this get the chop. “It’s hard enough as it is to get trees established. We’d like to think there is a better solution for this.” Tim says in his work as a real estate agent he is frequently

ABOVE: Grant Baxter does not want to let go of the beautiful oak trees. LEFT: The branches of the oak trees are dangerously close to touching the power lines above.

showing people around the province, and many are impressed by the settings they see in places such as Timara. “I hope there is some public support for this situation,” he says. Dog Point Road resident, Anke Sim, who walks her dog up the avenue every day, is also sad that the trees may have to go. Chopping the oaks would be “immoral,” she says. And Barry says felling the oaks would not be a solution to the power lines problem.

He says there are 10 to 15 blue gum trees that line the opposite side of the avenue. If the oak trees were chopped down, the power lines would still not be completely safe, as the remaining blue gums are highly likely to fall on the lines at some time in the future. The solution that Barry and Grant are pushing for is to have the power lines put underground. “Over the yea rs, Marlborough Lines has provided the landowners with

opportunities to fund the undergrounding of the lines, but this was never taken up,” Warner says. But despite any previous dismissal of this idea, Barry and his wife, Selina, are keen to try it out now. The money required – $160,000 - is a large amount, but Barry is praying the public will assist if they can. He says he feels as if “nobody is really listening”. By attempting to rally public support, Barry hopes to be able to save the oaks.




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Making a film is no funny business for Nelson writer Justin Eade and Blenheim f ilmmake r Aaron Falvey. They hope to get as much community help for their film, Northspur, to be shot in November.

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Shellfish warning The Ministry for Primary Industries has warned people not to take shellfish in the Pelorus Sound, excluding the upper Kenepuru Sound. The warning extends outwards to a line from Paparoa Point to Culdaff Point. Tests on shellfish samples taken from this region have shown levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins above the safe limit set by the ministry.

Marlborough doing well

Aaron needs your help for feature film By Megan Connolly Lights, camera, action! Local filmmaker Aaron Falvey is making his first feature film and he’s making it a community affair. Titled ‘Northspur’, it’s set in a violent world where a peace-loving man is forced on a desperate journey to find life-saving drugs for his wife, but to get them he must first help an ornery old man defend his cabin against nefarious forces. His new film is written with

Nelson playwright Justin Eade and they want it to be filmed in November, using mostly a Marlborough and Nelson-based crew. “It’s not going to happen without the community,” Aaron says. Aaron is looking for anyone who feels as though they can help out over the shoot, whether that is crew, extras, catering, sponsorship or even transportation and accommodation. “Regardless of who you are you

will find something you’re good at like building sets or have a good eye for detail. There is a skill for everyone in this diverse industry,” Aaron says. The process of making the feature will be a great opportunity for the film community to meet new people and get a wider range of people involved. There are a couple of specific locations that Aaron needs to help bring the project to life. He needs a property with a

clearing in the woods or paddocks with trees surrounding on flat land where a temporary cabin can be built, ideally away from main road traffic and aircraft flight paths. Making a full-length feature film on his home turf has been on Aaron’s bucket list for 30 years so it’s a project that he wants to achieve. There’s just so much to love about the place from the diverse landscape to the sunshine, Aaron says.

Marlborough’s economy remains in good health, according to the latest quarterly economic data recently released by Infometrics. The report shows Marlborough’s economy created around 560 new jobs in the year to March 2018, with growth spread across a range of industries including construction, agriculture, education and hospitality. Tourism expenditure in Marlborough grew by 9 percent in 2018 – more than double that of the national rate. The report attributes increases in visitor spending to the overall growth in consumer spending in the region, which increased by 6 percent in the year.

Post price rising The price of sending a standard letter within New Zealand will increase 10 cents to $1.30 from July 1. New Zealand Post General Manager Mail Matt Geor says NZ Post delivers over 400 million mail items a year, but the number of letters sent continues to drop at a significant rate. “We need to make the price change to help cover the cost of delivering letters and to ensure we can sustain the current postal service for those who are using it,” Matt says. “New Zealand currently has one of the highest rates of decline in the world, as people choose to communicate more online. Only around one percent of mail sent in New Zealand is made up of personal letters, the rest is business mail.”

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Purple poppy lady Marion Nelson hands over a $400 donation to Chantelle Galvin from Marlborough Dog Pawz. Marion and Chantelle are both wearing the headbands and knitted poppies that Marion has been selling to raise money for charitable causes.

Poppy proceeds for Dog Pawz group By Bill McElhinney Marion Nelson’s purple poppy passion has paid off again. The Blenheim woman and one of her friends have made hundreds of the purple poppies, which are worn to remember the millions of animals killed in human wars. An estimated eight million horses and donkeys were killed in World War I alone. Marion was busy before Christmas selling her poppies, which also adorn headbands and hair clips, and running raffles, raising $500. “I sent $100 to a friend in Nelson to put towards caring for animals displaced by the fires over there,” Marion

says. The remaining $400 was given to local dog rescue group Marlborough Dog Pawz. “Marlborough Dog Pawz has helped many four-legged friends get a better start in life.” Chantelle Galvin, who received Marion’s donation, says. “Michelle Madsen and Leslie Hamersley began the group when they saw how many dogs were being rehomed on social media in our community; many looking very uncared for. “They wanted to find a way to help with responsible rehoming and also wanted to stem the number of unwanted litters by offering

assistance with de-sexing.” The group get great support from some local businesses, as well as donations from the public such as food, bedding and kennels, Chantelle says. “But we do spend a lot every month on vet bills and food so we always need more funding, so Marion’s donation is really helpful.” Marion really enjoyed her poppy project last year, and she is already working on assembling 2000 purple poppies to sell this year. “They’re beautifully knitted by my good friend Dot Spital,” Marion says. “It’s a lot of work – even putting the little safety pins on hundreds of poppies, but it’s worth it.”

The new Kmart store at Westwood, on the outskirts of Blenheim, will open early next month.

Hundreds keen to work at Kmart By Bill McElhinney The Kmart management team has been busy sorting through over 500 job applications for the new Blenheim store, which will open on April 4. Kmart Blenheim will have over 70 team members in full time, part time and casual roles, with the recruitment process close to completion. The management team have had a large task of

sorting through submissions after receiving over 500 job applications. Those offered positions have begun training in the lead up to the opening, learning store processes to ensure they are equipped to handle all procedures and deliver good customer service. Blenheim’s first Kmart was expected to open at the end of last year, but that was pushed back to early this year.

The Kmart team have been working with local developer and builder of Westwood, Phil Robinson, director of Outer Limits, whose team are busy putting the finishing touches to the 3400m2 complex. Australian-owned retailers Bunnings and Kmart are both planning to roll out more stores in New Zealand. The two chains are both owned by Australian retail conglomerate Wesfarmers.

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Seddon water treatment plant open day The new Seddon water treatment plant will be officially opened in a couple of weeks, and the $4.4 million facility will be open to the public from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm on Friday 22 March. Work on the new treatment plant began in January 2018 and treated water began flowing last October. Between October and December, the plant operator was tasked with monitoring the new system. Data gathered was passed onto the Drinking Water Assessor who is now the process of assessing the information before he can provide final approval to lift the boil water notice. Councillor Cynthia Brooks says opening the plant to the public is a major milestone for the town and for all of those who have been involved in the project from the beginning. “The finishing line is in sight now and Seddon residents are close to being able to drink straight from the tap.” “We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 22 March.”

Students from sister region Ningxia in China visited Mayor John Leggett recently. They were hosted by local families, whilst studying at Renwick

weather related in Picton for example, air temperature, wind speed and direction, rain fall, and humidity. Information recorded at the Picton weather station can be accessed on Council’s website at: environmental

Review of cemetery fees The Council is considering increasing its cemetery fees and charges and would like to hear from you. The Council manages eight cemeteries across Marlborough at Ward (Flaxbourne), Seddon (Awatere), Omaka, Fairhall, Tua Marina, Picton, Havelock and Rai Valley. Currently the cost split for care of these cemeteries is 70% ratepayerfunded, with users contributing 30% towards the purchase of plots, interments, maintenance and management. The increase proposes the split of costs between ratepayers and users would shift to 50/50 from the current 70/30. The Council would like to know whether you think a 50/50 split is about right or whether there should be a different split. You can find out more about cemeteries, how they are managed, what they cost to operate and about the proposed fee

School, Marlborough Boys’ and Marlborough Girls’ Colleges, and were accompanied by family members and education agent Kiki Chenshu.

Ageing Positively - Margaret Marfell

Launch of Picton’s weather station Councillors, Council staff, the Picton Marlborough Visitor Economy Group and community members came together on Monday to celebrate the official opening of Picton’s new weather station. The weather station uses the latest technology to provide information on all things

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increase at https://www.marlborough.govt. nz/services/cemeteries You can also contact Linda Craighead or Grahame Smail at the Council on 03 520 7400 if you wish to talk with someone about the review. Feedback can be made in writing to: Linda Craighead Reserves Planner Marlborough District Council PO Box 443 Blenheim 7240 or email cemeteryfees@marlborough. There is no set format for providing feedback but we have provided an online feedback form at https://www. The closing date for receiving feedback is 5 April 2019.

Margaret Marfell lives by the motto of helping people, placing great emphasis on the importance of friends. With this in mind it comes as no surprise that Margaret has been involved in local community charities for all of her married life. In 1957 Margaret joined Plunket and became a member of the committee catering for various events in Seddon. Today, at almost 90 years of age Margaret is still actively involved with Plunket. Margaret has also been a member of the Beaver Town Lions group for the past 25 years. During that time she has held a range of roles including the position of president. In recognition of her service and commitment Margaret was awarded the Lloyd Morgan fellowship in Lions – a very prestigious award.

Those who know Margaret will tell you she is always the first to put her hand up to take part in any charity work; helping people is something that comes naturally to her.

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. A new Seddon water treatment plant is under construction and will supply treated water to the NZ Drinking Water Standard. For further information contact our Customer Service Centre Ph: 03 520 7400.

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Here we go again


A previous District Council closed off Market Street at Adam’s Square to the detriment of surrounding businesses. Surely it is more important to have easy access to the CBD for all businesses, locals and tourists instead of a play/green area for a few. Is history going to repeat itself?

The Sun Vehicles for sale If you’re advertising your vehicle for sale along Redwood Street would you please refrain from parking opposite Nikau Drive. It obstructs traffic when vehicles are making a right-hand turn into Nikau Drive off Redwood St, banking up traffic behind, even more so if there’s someone also parked there looking at your vehicle.

Need speed bumps Girling Ave speed bumps are needed asap! We have had numerous crashes, drunk drivers and burn outs in the street and its getting worse. Please council can you get speed bumps installed asap.

Re: Not their love I agree wholeheartedly with this person, I too do not like being called love or dear when being served. I find the practice demeaning and have several times asked not to be addressed in this manner.

Politicians gaff

Armchair critics

Let there be karma

Go Jacob! These armchair critics using their almanacs as they watch are no answer for journalistic licence. A goal is scored, a hero is made for one millisecond, BUT a shot in any sport missed, a human’s named a fool, forever shamed. Keep it up, the readers still view your comments.

Double standard? Since you are no longer allowed to park a car or van etc with a for sale sign on it on Redwood Street by Horton Park, why are commercial vehicles with advertising on them still allowed to park there!!!

Now is the time to

When many asked about properties on television. They don’t own property for capital gains tax, if it is in a trust. To my accountant I go. Lips let slip, eh Stu.

Taken aback to see Marlborough on top with animal cruelty here but please let there be karma for the little horse in Dunedin.

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The next door cafe at Redwoodtown first visit to find it is an Indian restaurant. Real surprise as the name did not suggest this. However it was really good and thanks for having the air con on. So many restaurants are hot and stuffy. We’ll be back!

A moment of thoughtlessness To pour buckets and buckets of rotting compost onto a garden surface in the hot sun and leave uncovered for days on end, is disgusting to say the least. The entire neighbourhood has been subjected to the stench of this thoughtless action and the flies attracted to this mess are about in swarms. Please use a bit of common sense, or pray there isn’t a wind change.

Don’t walk up it This is crazy. Can people not read the signs at wither hills, the park is closed. Don’t walk up it!

Apartments needed!

Well the half Easter egg is like an oversized pineapple lump but not as nice. Bring back the original egg, sack the think tank.

Warehouse Stationary move at the end of March so leaving all those buildings empty at the end of High Street and Wyman St. How about developing the land with a two/ three floor block of well appointed apartments? Let’s get away from only building 3/4 bedroom houses and diversify the housing stock. Good idea?

Garbage bags

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Oversized pineapple lump

Buying plastic bags to get rid of garbage. Just go back to what our mothers used to do. Wrap everything in newspaper, then into garbage bin. You know we aren’t short of “junk mail” paper so that’s a solution too. Takes a bit of getting used to, just like taking bags to supermarket’s. It works without costing you a $.


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Good on you Ben In response to Ben (Marlborough Express, Feb 4) its about time us men took a stand and said enough. We have so many write ups on women getting beaten up and the men just take it because there is nowhere to go for them and they’re scared of what their work mates will say!! Well written and good on Ben for coming forward. Come on men, step up and lets make it known.

I just want to thank you for this paper. It is the most important thing that comes into my letterbox. It’s so up to date and gives me all the news I need and want.

Where is it going? Can someone tell me what all the water tankers are doing going up and down Maxwell Road / New Renwick Road ...if carting water, where is it going? Thanks.

A fantastic trip Congratulations to all involved in the running of the Marlborough Flyer! What a fantastic trip, and many thanks to the lovely gentleman in The Ned carriage, your cheery attitude and guitar singalong was the icing on the cake!

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Great service After hours Marlborough District Council. I had to contact them on Sunday and found the girl who answered my call to be extremely friendly and very helpful, she was able to answer my query within seconds, great service from a department that so regularly gets huge criticism from the public 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.

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Recycling left behind What’s going on with this outfit? I put recycling out and the bin may be full so put extra beside it and its left behind!!!! Come on if it’s there grab it. It’s costing us rate payers for you to get this. If you don’t want it then it’s going in rubbish bags.

Day light robbery What a joke. Picton petrol $2.02, Blenheim suckers pay $2.13. What the hells going on. Day light robbery, again!

The big picture Re. Market St close down. Do you think it might be a good idea to start thinking about the disabled people in this town. You close off a street with the majority of shops in it to foot traffic only. But there are people that can’t walk that far. My wife has a disability and can’t walk that far so she will now shop elsewhere and those businesses will lose out. Think about the big picture MDC.

You’re a legend Oops she’s done it again. Congratulations Yvonne Watson. Masters in Wanganui recently 10 km race first woman home in her age group, 2nd overall, 5km race 1st woman home in her age group, 3rd woman home overall. More golds coming back to Marlborough. You’re a legend Yvonne.

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Beavertown Blenheim Lions Have your raise cash for new Seddon hub say on blue By Megan Connolly Thanks to hundreds of sandwiches eaten at a tennis tournament held over the Christmas and New Year period, catered by the Beavertown Blenheim Lions, $1000 was donated to ‘Shaking Change for Good’ on Friday. All of the funds being collected by Shaking Change for Good are going straight towards the new Awatere Early Childhood Education Hub (ECE Hub) which will be located in Seddon. It will provide a home for Awatere Flaxbourne Plunket, Awatere Playcentre and the Awatere Early Learning Centre. “This will create a huge opportunity for our children,” Shaking Change for Good organiser Olivia Doonan, says. They hope to be able to raise the $1.8 million needed for the new hub. “If every person in New Zealand just gave two 20 cent pieces, we’d reach our goal,” Olivia says. Unfortunately, the original Plunket rooms that stood for 50 years were not salvageable after the earthquake that struck Seddon in 2013. L o ng- t i m e Be ave r t ow n Blenheim Lions member, Margaret Marfell, remembers the rooms fondly and had spent many hours there over the years putting together sandwiches, as

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Awanui Doonan and mum Olivia from Shaking Change for Good received a cheque from Margaret Marfell from the Beavertown Blenheim Lions for the new Awatere Early Childhood Education hub to be built in Seddon.

she has done recently. Margaret and others raised funds for the original building by catering for weddings and shovelling manure into bags and selling it.

At 90 years old, Margaret is a life member of Seddon Plunket and has been for over 50 years. She continues to raise money with the Beavertown Blenheim Lions, still serving the public.

If you want to help or donate contact Olivia at ecehub@ or head to, and keep an eye out for upcoming community events.

By Bill McElhinney There’s still time to have your say on proposed changes to the blue cod fishing regulations. Fisheries New Zealand is over halfway through the consultation period on the proposed changes and consultation will run until 5pm on March 26. The proposed changes are one outcome of the National Blue Cod Strategy which was announced by the Fisheries Minister, Stuart Nash, in December. Inshore Fisheries manager, Steve Halley, says that with just under a month left of the consultation, it’s important that anyone with an interest in this fishery has a say on the proposed changes. “Blue cod is the most popular recreational finfish species in the South Island, and the third most popular in New Zealand. “Potential options we are seeking feedback on include changes to recreational fishing regulations to: lower daily bag limits in the South Island, introduce a two-day accumulation limit, require blue cod to be landed in a measurable state, and standardise the Minimum Legal Size of landed blue cod to 33cm nationwide. “We are also seeking feedback on introducing a minimum cod pot mesh size of 54mm for both recreational and commercial fishers. For more information and to have your say visit

Rollos Locksmiths rolls into town Rollos Locksmiths are rolling into Blenheim. Rollos Locksmiths have been servicing the Marlborough region for quite some time but now they will have a mobile locksmith based in town full time. As of March 1, you can give Grant Eagar from the friendly Blenheim team a call no matter your problem. The Rollos company have been providing residents and businesses in the Nelson and Tasman region for around 45 years and are very excited to be expanding their business full time into Blenheim. Rollos installs all types of door locks, deadbolts, security locks, window safety stays and patio bolts on both residential and commercial buildings. The new team will have all the specialist equipment that is used in installation work which gives the builder one less thing to worry about on commercial jobs. While they will have a mobile group here in Blenheim, their retail premises is located on 14


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Bridge Street, Nelson but we will soon be relocating next door to a bigger shop. The shop caters for all your lock needs as well as key rings, padlocks, key boxes and many other lock items. “Everything we can do in Nelson we will be able to do in Blenheim,” the Rollos team says. But don’t stress if you are locked out or having car key troubles.

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Friday 8 Mobility Scooter Record Attempt: Come on Marlborough lets set a record for the most mobility scooters in one place. Registration from 11am with final count at 12pm. Spot prizes on the day. The Forum, CBD. International Women’s Day Breakfast: A breakfast for the community to commemorate International Women’s Day, with guest speaker Grainne Moss, Chief Executive, Oranga TamarikiMimistry for Children. 6.45am-9am. $35. Marlborough Convention Centre, 42A Alfred Street. Elements - Re Thinking Molesworth: Reflecting the grand scale of the Molesworth’s vast landscape, striking colours and stark beauty. Don’t miss this exhibition of new artworks by award winning landscape artist Joanna Dudson-Scott. 11am-3pm. Dudson-Scott Art Gallery, 1494 State Highway 6, Renwick. International Women’s Day Luncheon: A shared lunch at the Multicultural Centre. 12pm-2pm. 21 Henry Street. Annual Skin Awareness Clinic: With New Zealand having one of the highest incidence rates of skin cancers including melanoma, take the opportunity to have your skin checked by local doctors and visiting specialists. 3pm-7pm. Entry is by donation. Union Parish Church, 40 Broadway, Picton. Sundown Sports Series: A fun packed event including sports, social games, youth talks and free food. Suitable for year 9-13 youth. 7pm-10pm. Blenheim Indoors Sport Centre, 50 Battys Road. Transport available $2, please contact the Marlborough Youth Trust 0275222245 or 035793143 or Queen And Bee Gees Tribute Show: With the recent release of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, there is no better time to catch these two classic acts combined for a one night show. Featuring Paul Madsen and Band. 8pm. $25, R18. Clubs Of Marlborough, 42 Alfred Street. The Gallery Havelock: If you’re in the area drop by and check out all the artwork from Marlborough’s amazing artists. On show Marlborough Artist Exhibition, featuring twenty four Marlborough artists. On until March 31. Open 10am4pm, seven days a week. The Gallery Havelock, 60 Main Road, Havelock. The Diversion Gallery: Open Wednesday to Saturday, 125pm. 10 London Quay, Picton. 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: On at present an inspirational exhibition of Steampunk. Including Steampunk portraits, models and a Steampunk selfie booth. On until April. Open 10am–4pm daily. Brayshaw Heritage Park, 26 Arthur Baker Place.

It’s time to patrol our beaches and clean up all the rubbish. Join the Beach Clean Up at Rarangi Beach from 10am tomorrow.

Saturday 9 St Mary’s Gala: Lots of excitement and fun for everyone. With trailer rides, Bouncy Castles, chocolate wheel, cake stall, plants and preserves plus a silent auction to name a few. 10am-2pm. St Mary’s School, 3 Stephenson Street. Marlborough Seaweek – Rarangi Beach Clean Up: Join keen locals in cleaning up Rarangi Beach.10am-12pm. Please wear solid footwear, and bring gardening gloves, sunscreen, and water. Meet at Rarangi Community Centre, 252 Rarangi Beach Road, Rarangi. Kaipupu Point Cruise and Walk: Enjoy two hours on Kaipupu Point. Take a self-guided walk, enjoy a picnic and explore this beautiful island. Adults $11 and children $6. Two departure options 11.30am or 1.15pm. Today and Sunday, departing from Beachcomber Cruises, corner of London Quay and, Wellington St, Picton. Whitehaven Wines Outdoors Movie Night: Relax and enjoy a special outdoor movie evening, featuring ‘Hunt For The WilderPeople’. Gates open at 6pm with movie starting at approximately 8pm. Bring a low chair, bean bag and or sleeping bag. Adults $15, Children under 14 years $10, under 5 years free. The Vines Village at 193 Rapaura Road.

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Sounds of Summer At The Cove: Join singer/songwriter and slide guitarist Steve Mitchell at Punga Cove Resort for an engaging blend of soul, acoustic blues and classic 60’s pop. From 1pm, with free entry. Punga Cove Resort Endeavour Inlet, Marlborough Sounds. Chess: Every Saturday at Joocy Loocy Café, 35 Queen Street, 10am-1pm. Also Wednesdays at Clubs of Marlborough, Bridge room, 6.30pm-8pm. Please bring your own board and pieces. Millennium Public Art Gallery: Exhibitions on show ‘A History of the Birds of New Zealand’, on until March 16. Also ‘Far Too Close’ a solo exhibition of work by Jason McCormick, on until March 17. Millennium Public Art Gallery, corner of Alfred and Seymour Streets. Koha appreciated. EcoWorld: EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Picton Foreshore. Saturday & Sunday 9.30am-5.30pm. 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. Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery: Exhibition on show ‘Jarod Udy’s Marlborough Landscapes. Stunning

landscape photography by local Jarod Udy is not to be missed. On until March 10. Opening hours 10.30am4.30pm daily. Marlborough Arts Society, 204 High Street, Blenheim. Gravel Grind Ride: Open to all, on every Saturday. 3pm, Bikefit Marlborough, 24 Market Street. Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale: Every Saturday 8am–12.30pm at the Railway Station car park, Grove Road. Vintage Farm Machinery: 10am-3pm, open every day. Brayshaw Park guided tours available, on Sunday Thomas the tractor 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.

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gold coin donation. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Waterlea Racecourse, McLauchlan Street. Marlborough Seaweek – Picton Foreshore Clean Up: Come on down and help clean up the beautiful Picton Foreshore. 10am12pm. Please wear solid footwear, bring gardening gloves, sunscreen, and water. Meet at the playground, Picton Foreshore. Picton Summer Concert: With fantastic stage entertainment including Wellington Band ‘Cover Story’, children’s activities and food refreshments on offer. A perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon. A free family friendly and alcohol-free event. 2pm-4pm. Picton Foreshore. Ulysses Club Ride: Lunch ride to Riverside Café in Nelson. 11am departure from the south end of the Blenheim Railway Station. Also Thursday Group rides. Meet at Brayshaw Park carpark, 11am. Members and visitors welcome. Marlborough Seaweek – Snorkel Long Island: A great opportunity to snorkel at Long Island and the sailing ship wreck in East Bay. 9am-3pm. Age 11-18 yrs. Limit 12. Bring own lunch, togs/towel, and warm clothes. $30, includes snorkel gear and boat costs. To book contact Waikawa Dive Centre at waikawadive@ or phone 5735939. 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. Blenheim Croquet Club: Come along and have a go. Every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. 1pm. Parker Street, Pollard Park. Marlborough Vintage Car Club Museum: A variety of unique and rare vehicles, motor bikes and paraphernalia on display. Every Sunday, 1pm. Brayshaw Heritage Park, 26 Arthur Baker Place. The Edwin Fox Ship: Take the opportunity to visit the Edwin Fox Ship and Visitor Centre, and discover this gem of international history. Visitor Centre open daily from 9am. Dunbar Wharf, Picton Foreshore. Picton Rail & Sail: Open (subject to weather) Sundays, public holidays & everyday during school holidays. Picton Foreshore. Model Aero Club: ARA Wairau Valley 9am. Phone Murray 578 9199. Petanque: 10am Sunday and 1pm Wednesday, 65A Weld Street.

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5 Micro-greens are bigger than sprouts, but smaller than baby salad leaves.

GARDENING THIS WEEK Food for plants and health for you: By Wally Richards During the week I had a very interesting conversation with Cassandra Watson, a reader from Wanaka. She explained the great health and healing advantages of ‘micro-greens.’ Most will be familiar with sprouts, which are types of seeds that you consu me when t hey sprout. The vitality of the just germinated seeds is very good for obtaining minerals and nutrition values. Micro-greens are bigger than sprouts, but smaller than baby salad leaves. To make sprouts you can use one of several devices designed for this purpose, or you can use a tray or jar to sprout the seeds in. It is best to use distilled water or non-chlorinated water to soak the seeds in with a small amount of Magic Botanic Liquid (MBL) added to the water for all the minerals this natural product has. I would suggest about 5 mls of MBL per litre of water. Because sprouts are going to be used soon after they have sprouted, there is no need to apply any plant food to the water.

You can grow sprouts on a window sill and they can be eaten as they are, used in sandwiches, salads or sprinkled over food to decorate a meal. Micro-greens are the next level, where the sprouts are grown on to the first true leaf stage then harvested for eating. Cassandra said that a tray with water crystals was a good way to germinate and grow the seedlings. The dry water crystals are covered with water to which you have added 10mls of MBL to per litre of water. As you are growing onto a plant stage, some good plant food is needed. My suggestion here is a total food as used in hydro-flow and hydroponics systems. Because you are growing them to the first true leaf stage, they are going to need some good, bright light. A northern facing windowsill would be adequate but if you have a glasshouse, green house or conser vator y that would be even better, as the light is coming from overhead.

Micro-greens are a great way to obtain some really healthy greens even if you do not have a garden or time to do gardening. They are quick to grow from seed and a few containers started a few days apart and re-seeded after harvesting can give you a daily supply of super healthy greens. Young plants such as micro-greens have great energy and power which helps the body heal itself. Up to about 100 years ago most medicines were plants or from plants, and looking back over thousands of years the history of different races/ cultures shows that herbs and plants were frequently used for health and healing. It was explained to me once that a number of pharmaceutical medications are based on extracts from plants. These plants have properties that are known from the past to be good for certain health conditions. The active ingredient is found and then it is reproduced chemically and prescribed for that medical condition. It is important for our

health to have a reasonable amount of really nutritious food in our diet and a simple way to get this is to have sprouts and micro-greens. You don’t have to be a great gardener to produce these two healthy foods and even young children can be shown how to grow them. Try it. It could be a way of getting them to eat their greens, as they have grown them! Another topic: the soil in glasshouses may contain pathogens which will affect next seasons crop of tomatoes or whatever. Some gardeners will dig out the soil and replace it with fresh soil, which is a lot of work, but if you need the exercise then go for it. The easy way is to use Terracin as a soil drench, mixing it with non-chlorinated water because it has live beneficial microbes in it. You don’t want to kill the goodies. Then a couple of weeks later apply Mycorrcin as a soil drench and the job is done. This can be done while crops are in the ground or when soil is bare. Problems, ring me at 0800 466464



Graham Orphan Chairman: Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow.  If you could donate $1m to any charity who would you choose and why? Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, because so many fantastic Marlborough people have been working for years to complete this vision. It has come a long way, but that money would get us closer to achieving the master-plan to make this the best facility of its type in the southern hemisphere, something that everyone in Marlborough can be proud of.  When you have a bad day, what do you do to feel better? Close the door, close my eyes, and disappear into some carefully chosen music. A nice wine to accompany helps!  What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been? Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy  If you could only eat 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be? Hard to narrow that down, so

I’ll cheat shamelessly and say Asian, Italian and Western!  What thing do you really wish you could buy right now? More time!  What is the best or worst purchase you’ve ever made? Best - almost any travel through European countries. Worst - a Fokker Triplane aircraft project out of St. Louis, USA that looked great in the photos but on closer examination after arrival, much of it needed to be thrown away and replaced. It was expensive enough before paying lots of money to ship it across the planet, only to throw it away!  Favourite programme currently watching? Not much time for TV these days. Too many more interesting things to do!  What’s your favourite kind of dessert? Would have to be affogato with Frangelico. It’s fantastic, but not for everyday!


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Hole in one, score a Spark! By Bill McElhinney Some lucky golfer may drive away in a brand new $20,00 Holden Spark in the Allan Scott Family Wines Marlborough Womens Golf Tournament next week. More than 180 women golfers from 42 clubs around New Zealand will be testing their skills on the Fairhall course when the 20th Allan Scott tournament begins on Monday. Jared Morris from Wadsco Motorworld has put the car up for the first player lucky enough to score a hole in one on the par 3 number five hole on Tuesday. The popular tournament is held over three days, starting with an 18 hole stableford on Monday. On Tuesday there is an 18 hole 4BBB followed by an anniversary dinner that evening hosted by the Scott family, with matching wine and food showcasing Allan Scott Wines. On Wednesday there is the 18 hole gross and nett championship round. Each day ends with prize giving.

Jared Morris with the $20,000 Holden Spark some lucky golfer could win next week, and hopeful Fairhall golfers Jean Dowling, Viv Bond, Di Lofthouse and Marion Tripe.

Playcentre makes safe playground By Megan Connolly Blenheim Playcentre has been raising money for new Safe Fall to be installed in their playground at Whitney Street Hall on Sunday morning as part of their Village Sale. “It was a great turn out. We had lots of people come through in the morning,” organiser Rebecca Toms says. There were plenty of activities for children to enjoy like jumpA good number of golfers turned out at Faihall to support a fundraising tournament for Alzheimers Marlborough.

Keen golfers help out Alzheimers Marlborough Alzheimers Marlborough were thrilled to have fine weather and 70 keen golfers at Faihall to support their recent fundraising golf tournament. The generous support of the players, the Marlborough Golf Club committee and volunteers, along with the sponsorship and prizes donated by businesses, organisations and individuals raised just over $12,000. “In February 2009 we opened the Alzheimers Centre in Wither Road and it’s great to celebrate the 10th anniversary with this news,” Alzheimers Marlborough Trust committee member, Helen Knapp, says. “The recent fundraising events have helped us build up our finances to secure the future of the Alzheimers Marlborough support services. “We would also like to thank the people who supported the documentary on Celia Lashlie’s life’s work, at which we raised over $1800. “If it screens in Blenheim again we encourage people to take the opportunity to see this thought provoking documentary,” Helen says. “We’d like to thank our major sponsor, Waterlea and Maxwell Lifecare, and thanks to the sponsors of holes at the golf tournament: Bethsaida Retirement Village, Endeavour Homes, Cloudy Bay Funerals, Harcourts Marlborough Real Estate, Indevin

Ltd, Craigs Investment Partners, Michael Fitzpatrick Applianceplus, Callahan Martella Electrical, Wallace Diack C.A. Ltd, Mainland Residential Homes, Blenheim South Rotary. “And thanks to the sponsors of prizes: Ashwood Park Retirement Village, Auto City Electric, Barry Gainford Eyecare, Basis, Blenheim ITM, Burkhart Fisheries, B V Gourmet, Caltex Main Street, Chantilly Café, Corey Broughton Jewellers, Countdown Blenheim, Countdown Redwoodtown, Countdown Springlands, Cresswells Shoes, Cuddon Ltd, David James Tree Services, Farmlands, Ken Ham’s Music Works, Les Rogers, Lyree Broughton, Lynfords Furniture Blenheim, Makana Confections, Marlborough Marine Farming, Marlborough Tour Company, Marlborough UFS Dispensary, McKendry Motors, McRaes Fashions, Mitchell Sports, Mitre 10 MEGA, Poswillos Pharmacy, Queen Street Service Station, Renwick Meat Market, Renwick Supervalue, Repco Blenheim, Resene Paint Shop, Saint Clair Family Wines, Subway, Super Liquor/Lion Breweries, Wairau Pharmacy, Watery Mouth Café, Westmeat Blenheim, Westpac Bank, Wine Works Riverlands, Woodbourne Tavern & Restaurant, Z Redwood - Service Station.”

ing castles and pony rides while the adults took a look inside at all the second hand goodies. “We got some great feedback from people who wanted to book their own site and sell their own things next time,” Rebecca says. The Playcentre was raising money to help pay for Soft Fall which is being installed below the playgrounds at the Blenheim Playcentre this week.

Holding the Village sale allowed them to raise just over $800 to go towards the Soft Fall. Alongside the successful Village Sale, this week has been Playcentre Awareness Week so to celebrate all Playcentres will be gathering at Picton Foreshore tomorrow from 10am to 1pm for some messy play with paint, bubbles, gloop, slime and play dough. All welcome.

Hana Sluiter, Jorgia Wood, Loni Sluiter and Alex Toms with Tanner Blowers in front.

Holden helped mum, Jenn Wright, fundraise by selling second hand goods. Organiser Rebecca Toms and Taryn Nicolle.

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SPORTS TALK With Jacob Page

Wagner the wonder we can all relate to There’s something about Neil Wagner which is so relatable to all of us Saturday cricket hacks. The first-change Black Cap seamer has fashioned a brilliant test match career using heart, grit and aggression as his main attributes. He has taken 158 wickets in 40 tests at an average of 28.9 since debuting in 2012. When the South African-born

quick burst into the New Zealand scene, he was eyed as an express speedster who one day would offer some real zip to the bowling ranks. What he has turned into is one of the most enjoyable bowlers to watch. Wagner hustles in, pitches the ball short most of the time and let’s out sounds of excitement every time he bowls.

He acts like he thinks every ball was close to taking a wicket. He plays the game with an energy which resembles any Saturday club cricketer living out their sporting dreams at a neighbourhood park around New Zealand. He bowls long spells, bends his back and often out-thinks his opponents with balls of a short-pitch nature.

He’s the perfect bowler for the modern test-match game. In 2019 batsmen do not show the patience needed to duck, sway and avoid short-pitch bowling. There’s a need to hook, pull and fend at short balls and most importantly a desire to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Once the batsmen take on Wagner, it’s just a matter of time before his

short-ball barrage reaps its rewards. Once Wagner gets one wicket he’s like a seagull after their first hot chip - he becomes motivated to get more wickets and the harder it is to get the ball out of his hand. He has formed the best threepronged bowling attack in our history with Trent Boult and Tim Southee and he deserves all the plaudits he gets.


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The victorious Wairau team, winners of this season’s SBS Bank senior grade cricket competition.

Wairau senior cricket winners Wairau are the winners of this season’s SBS Bank senior grade cricket competition, following a tense six run win over Celtic last weekend. Harrison Boyce was named man of the match for his two wickets for 12 runs from four overs as Wairau defended what seemed a below

par score of 114 with some tight bowling and fielding. In TPL action there was a vital win for the Marlborough Labour Hire Falcons over the Dolphins to keep their semi-final hopes alive. The Falcons scored 187 batting first, Matthew Stretch top scoring with 36, while Harrison Boyce

contributed a vital 34 from 40 balls. Dolphins fell 35 runs short despite 57 from Prabodha Arthavidu. The top five teams with two rounds remaining are the Dolphins on 41pts, Stoke (28), Falcons (27pts), ACOB (25) and WTTU (17). Falcons have the bye this week-

end with Dolphins hosting Nelson College at Horton Park, while Stoke Nayland take on ACOB in the crunch game of the round. On Sunday the Marlborough senior rep side travel to Nelson to challenge for the Newman Shield, hoping to finish their season on a high note.

Two well placed in Taupo Ironman Marlborough competitors Phil Binnie and Martyn Birch both had great races in the NZ Ironman at Taupo last weekend. Both were placed well in their respective age groups, Martyn ssays. There was a field of over 1300 athletes, and over half of the competitors came from overseas. The day started with great conditions for the Lake Taupo swim,but the wind did build for the cycle ride.

The temperatures stayed at a good level, not too hot or too cold for the run, and the wind was not an issue on the sheltered run course along the lake, Martyn says. Phil finished the race in under 12 hours, recording 11hrs.56 min, the 7th Kiwi in his age group and 8th overall in his age group. Phil swam the 3.8km in 1hr:05min then rode the 180km in 6hr:06min and rounded this off with a 4hr:35min

marathon. Meanwhile Martyn, coming back to Ironman after a 26 year hiatus, proved that he hasn’t lost much form over that time, finishing 3rd Kiwi in his age group, which was the same overall age group placing he had all those years ago. Martyn swam the 3.8km in 58min, cycled the 180km in 5hr 48min and rounded this off with a great 3hr 56min marathon.

Marlborough Golf results Results from recent matches played at the Marlborough Golf Club. February 26, women’s 9 hole greensomes net: Andrews + Dobbs 34; Savage + Boyle 34. February 27, women’s Avril Watson stableford, Div.1: Belinda Sprot; Julie Nicolle 36. Div.2: Helen Lissaman 40; Marie Grant 37. Div.3: Anne Preston 45; Jean Dowling 43; Jackie McGarry 40; Claire Houliston 39; Elaine Porter 36; Debra Nicholls 36. February 28, men’s stableford, Div.1:

Malcolm Pettigrew 38; Geoffrey Sprot 37; Jon Nicol 37; Ken Steel 37; Hugh Bay 36; Arthur Dovey 35; Terry Shagin 35; Terry Loomis 35. Div.2: Tony Armstrong 40; Warren Houliston 39; Paul Ham 38; Peter Gurr 37; Jeff Clarke 37; Brian Burgess 36; Robin Taylor 36; Paul Eden 35; Robin Whiting 35; Tim Rutledge 35; Richard Anderson 35. March 2, women’s LGU net medal, Div.1: Julie Nicolle 69; June Maslin 73. Div.2:

Frances Handforth 72; Marion Tripe 76; Cherry Wilson 77. Div.3: Anne Preston 69; Jackie McGarry 73. Div.4: Elaine Porter 64. Men’s monthly mug net. Div.1: Kerry Fyfe 71; Denis Tocker 71; William Harrison 72; Andrew Stowell 72; Terry Shagin 72; John Buzan 72; Paul Silke 74; Terry Loomis 75; Hugh Bay 75. Div.2: Ravi Johl 69; Brent Flintoft 70; Alan Yemm 72; Ian Newport 73; Glenn Kirkwood 73; Trevor McGarry 74; Alan Thiel 75; John O’Brien 75; Robin Taylor 75.

Cuddon Cycling Marlborough meets tonight at Athletic Park at 5.30pm for track training and coaching for all riders. Come and try this exciting sport. Suitable for age 10 upwards. Plenty of track bikes available for newcomers. All riders most welcome. On Saturday meet at 1.30pm at Forrest Estate Winery, Renwick, for the open grade 56km hcp to top of Mahakipawa Hill and return (Pelorus Cup). Junior grade 20km hcp (Pelorus Cup). Open $5, Junior $3. All riders welcome. Please assemble at 1pm. On Monday met at Athletic Park for track cycling. Warm - up an d s e tup f rom 5.30pm, racing from 6pm. Club Champs- open 1000m TT. Other open and junior events. Track bikes available. Suitable for age 10 upwards. All riders welcome. See website www. for more information or phone Graham 03 5789921.

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