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The next time you pass by Blenheim’s war memorial, take a moment to notice the white crosses placed in the garden beds. Each cross bears the name and rank, and sometimes the age, of a Marlborough casualty of war. The crosses have been brought

out of storage, wiped clean and were put in place last Friday by members of the Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) Marlborough branch, with the help of 40 Marlborough Boys’ College students. These and many more can be seen at war memorials throughout Marlborough in the lead up to Anzac Day. Continued on page 2.

RSA Marlborough branch treasurer Rod Shoemark unloads the first cross from the trailer for the Blenheim War Memorial display last Friday. RSA members were assisted by Marlborough Boys’ College students.

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Continued from page 1 They were not displayed last year due to Lockdown so it will be a welcome sight for many, says RSA Marlborough treasurer Rod Shoemark. Rod has been coordinating this project since 2014 when 250 crosses were made by members of the RSA and the Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers. They were painted by inmates at Christchurch Women’s Prison. Since then the number of crosses has risen to 645 to represent the entire Marlborough region. “Originally the crosses were made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1 but council and the RSA decided to keep it going,” Rod says. “It’s a visual reminder of Marlborough’s loss.” In addition to the 645, more have been added to the tally and placed around the region. There are 25 for Canvastown, 10 for Grovetown, 32 for Havelock, 65 for Picton, 35 for Rai Valley, 39 for Renwick, 17 for Seddon, 9 for Spring Creek, 31 for Torea Bay, three for Wairau Valley and 14 for Ward. Some of the crosses have special poppies and messages written on the back of them, done by families of the soldier, Rod says. “Families have come in over the years and placed the poppies on them. “One was written on by the soldier’s granddaughter.”

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Plans for a childcare centre promising to connect children with nature in Blenheim have been scrapped, with the developer blaming council red tape. Land earmarked for the centre has been sold back to the nearby Rose Manor subdivision after developer Chris Thornley said the Marlborough District Council had slowed the project by letting bureaucracy “get in the way of decision-making”, made worse by the coronavirus pandemic. It comes at a time when half of Marlborough’s childcare services have wait lists for children aged between two and four years old. For some the wait can be over six months, according to the Ministry of Education figures from last year. “In the end we decided to pull the pin,” Chris said. The proposed 512 square metre centre would have catered for up to 105 children, and included play rooms, sleep rooms, staff rooms, a reception, and an office, “It was a stunning centre. It was something that was really out there. There were two really passionate people who were going to own the centre there. They’re gutted it’s been pulled,” Chris said. “The sad thing is Blenheim is the loser for it.” Chris had been developing in Marlborough for over a decade, having previously completed two childcare centres and a retirement village, but said it was becoming harder. “I’ve worked with about half of

the councils in the South Island. Marlborough’s council went from being one of the best to deal with to one of the worst. It’s an absolute shame,” he said. He said consent fees and the number of people considered affected by a development had increased since he arrived in Marlborough in the 2000s, meaning developers had to spend more time and money on a project, and consult more people. “The council used to do what it could to help you. That’s turned into basically finding every reason not to, and coming up with fees from thin air. That was the final straw with the preschool.” His team had spent a year researching where a new childcare centre was most needed, and another year on a resource and building consent. A resource consent was approved in 2019 following a hearing, held after a neighbour opposed, but by then the “damage had been done”. Sitting on an empty site had cost Chris money. This was on top of the consent, which he said cost $150,000. “It’s a horrendous amount of money,” he said. “The bureaucracy around the consent was unbelievable.” Figures provided by the council showed fees charged to developers had increased by less than $25,000 in the last seven years, despite land values doubling to almost $300,000. A council spokesman said while the council endeavoured to assist consent applicants, it was required to process resource and building consents in accordance with the Resource Management Act. As a childcare centre was not permitted at the Rose Manor site

The national office of the RSA advises that RSA’s will fly the New Zealand flag at half-mast to mark the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip on the day of his funeral (April 21 in New Zealand) and on the day of his New Zealand memorial service on Wednesday, April 21.

Waka Ama nationals The Waka Ama Long Distance Nationals are to be held in Picton on April 23-24. At the time of going to print, 734 paddlers had registered, with another 200 spaces waiting to be confirmed. The MDC Reserves team and the Harbours office are co-ordinating to help this event come together. ABOVE: Top of the South property developer Chris Thornley has decided to pull the plug on a new childcare centre in north Blenheim. Photo by Chloe Ranford

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RIGHT: An architectural rendering of the now scrapped childcare centre. Supplied by Jerram Tocker Barron

under the region’s management plans, the council required Chris to have a resource consent, which was then notified. The application was placed on hold due to a request for more information, then a nearby neighbour opposed the consent, forcing the council to hold a hearing to find a solution, the spokesman said. The council warned Chris in a letter last month that the project’s building consent was due to expire in May because it had not received confirmation that construction had started. “If you do not intend to proceed with this project, you do not need to do anything,” the council’s building control team said. Rose Manor’s developer DeLuxe

Group Ltd confirmed the land had been let go and would be turned into three house sections. Marlborough Kindergarten Association general manager Corina Naus said while the region had seen low childcare wait times in the past, the current wait time was “reasonably high”. Corina thought part of the increase had been driven by more parents wanting to return to the workforce. “I think it’s just a ‘bubble’ we’re going through,” she said. “It’s difficult for ECEs [early childhood education services] as you need to have one teacher for every ten children ... so you need a certain demand to justify hiring a brand-new teacher.”

With all New Zealand banks stopping the use of cheques over coming months, MDC will no longer accept them from June 18. You can use direct debit, online payment internet banking or bank in person with cash, Eftpos or credit There is also help for residents to learn how to use internet banking. You can visit a customer service officer in the Blenheim council office and they will go through a short online programme with you.

Poppy Day Appeal This year’s Poppy Day street collection will take place this Friday. Please support the collectors by purchasing a poppy and wearing it with pride. All funds raised locally benefit the Marlborough RSA. The poppy reminds us of sacrifices made – both past and present - as they were the first flowers that grew in the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium during World War One and are a symbol of remembrance and hope.

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Duck derby The Life Education Trust’s Five Buck a Duck Derby will take place on Sunday, May 2 at the Taylor River. You can purchase tickets for ducks for $5 from More FM Marlborough, MTF Finance Blenheim, Sweet Creations or Cherubs. Ducks will also be sold on the day by the Henry Street Bridge from 10am – 11.40am. The duck race starts at noon. Support this great fundraising event.

Gary Tyson, Andy Noble and Neil Dixon are Ulysses Club Marlborough branch members. The club is holding its annual charity Rescue Ride on April 24 to raise money for the Nelson/ Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

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The low rumble of a motorcycle rally is almost certain to turn a few heads. For the Marlborough branch of the Ulysses Club this is a good thing as twice a year they hold organised runs to raise money for local charities. There’s the annual Toy Run in December for the Salvation Army, and then there’s the Rescue Ride, or Ambulance Ride as it’s been known in previous years.

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The Rescue Ride is fast approaching and the club is inviting anyone in the community with a registered motorcycle or scooter to join them in riding from Picton to Blenheim on Saturday, April 24 to raise money for the Nelson/Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. Flicking through books and magazines that date back to the inception of the Marlborough Branch of Ulysses, past co-ordinator Kelvin Watson pinpoints the very first time the club held a charity ride in 1989. It was called the Ambulance Ride, raising money for local ambulance services but in recent times has become a Rescue Ride, reflecting the club’s support for a variety of emergency services. This year’s Rescue Ride will be supporting the Nelson/Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. The beauty of this event is that it not only includes Ulysses members, but is also open to the wider community. Anyone with a registered motorcycle or scooter is encouraged to participate. In previous runs there’s been everything from Harley Davidsons through to vintage models. Families, couples and friends have come from all corners of Marlborough to take

part, Kelvin says. After missing out on their Rescue Ride last year due to Lockdown, the Marlborough Ulysses members are looking forward to donning their helmets once again for charity. “We’ve been running this event every year for 32 years, except for last year due to COVID. “We were supporting the St John ambulance service in Picton but because it was cancelled the club decided to just donate $1000,” Kelvin says. “So we are really hoping for a good turnout this year. It’s a lot of fun and at past rides people have really enjoyed themselves,” he says. The Rescue Ride will begin at the Picton Marina Carpark off Waikawa Road. Riders are to meet at 11.30am, then depart at noon. The ride will go through to Blenheim and finish at the Brayshaw Park carpark where there will be a sausage sizzle for $2 each. Rescue Ride badges will be available to purchase for $10 each. Proceeds from the badges and sausage sizzle will go towards the fundraising total. The public is welcome to donate to the cause. Collection buckets will be carried.

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Hunting comp this weekend By Celeste Alexander

Hunters from all over Marlborough are encouraged to get involved with a competition this weekend that supports plans for a new heritage centre for Ward, after the community’s museum was lost to the 2016 earthquake. The earthquake caused damage and losses of businesses and homes in the Flaxbourne area, including the museum which housed artefacts, fossils, equipment and the life stories of those who lived in the area. There were plans for a larger museum but when the Kaikoura Earthquake hit, it then became a reality, says Ward local Sally Peters. Sally has been involved with the history of the area for over 25 years and has helped to preserve the stories and rich history alongside Jack Taylor who started this in the 70s, she says. Sally is also a trustee of the Flaxbourne Heritage Trust of which Jack is Patron. The Flaxbourne Heritage Centre will be built opposite the newly-strengthened town hall, with a village green space in between. “This will be a place that gives people a sense of belonging,” Sally says. The Heritage Centre will feature a cinema and educational room with floor to ceiling screens “to immerse you into our story”, Sally says. There will be other displays including one that looks like a wool shed from the outside, a large Maori gateway, a glimpse into a lighthouse prism, European history, and the story of the coastline lifting in 1855 and 2016. For the Trust’s funding applications to be successful, the community must do its own fundraising to show the district is behind the project, Sally says. This is where the Flaxbourne Hunting Com-

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Bruce Mortom Blenheim My oldest daughter is in Sydney and I haven’t seen her in two years so we will go immediately. We also do a cruise every year so hoping we can do one this year from Sydney to Hawaii.

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Dear Ed OK, so I’m a dinosaur, but I’m used to posting mail. Good ol’ NZ Post (not) goes on making that as difficult as it can. First, they take away our local post office – Redwoodtown - leaving an empty building. The spokeswoman said they were “looking for suitable premises locally”, the sort of crap you would get in any tin-pot dictatorship. The postal facilities set up in our

Countdown actually worked very well, to the advantage of both the supermarket and NZ Post (not), so naturally they’ve done away with that, but at least you could buy stamps there still. No longer; now I have to hop in my car and go elsewhere to buy stamps. “Cut CO2 emissions” Wha? My taxes helped pay the $121m subsidy we gave NZ Post (not) fat cats last year.

I can imagine the sort of pay scale they’re on. At least Big Brother of whatever stripe, big business, anyone with the right set of geeks can read all our thoughts and deeds on the internet – no need to steam open envelopes. Come back Piggy, all is forgiven, the Labnats and the Natlabs have turned into two sides of the same dud coin. Bill Holvey

Taylor River leaving the bed a sterile, desert-like canal. However I noted this week a side tributary to the Taylor River at Munro Street has been sprayed. No doubt by contractors. I have seen native inanga in the creek. What spray was used - perhaps the systemic, broad-spectrum glyphosate-based herbicide originally produced by Monsanto, which Bayer acquired in

2018, perhaps?  Besides for the 100 metre strip, surely a couple of hours work cutting the weed could be done instead of using biologically destructive chemicals? The excellent enlightened aquatic weed management policy applied to the Taylor and Opawa Rivers should be used on all waterways. Tony Orman, Blenheim

River weed Dear Ed. Full marks to the Marlborough District Council for an enlightened environmental policy towards weed management in the Taylor and Opawa rivers, whereby lateral weed is left and the weed harvested from the main flow central strip is turned into compost. This pro-environmental approach is very welcome after the previous policy pushed by bureaucratic engineers, blanket sprayed the

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Long Term Plan adopted for consultation The Council’s Long Term Plan 2021-31 Consultation Document is now open for public consultation. It outlines the Council’s key priorities for the next decade, which affects rates, debt and levels of service for the community. The Consultation Document proposes increased investment in infrastructure and economic development, the environment and in sports and community facilities. It also contains details on a number of proposals including: • Creating a Covid-19 Rates Relief Reserve • Council’s role in housing • Whether to continue with one hour’s free parking in Blenheim and Picton, but with an indicative 50% increase in parking fees after one hour and an average rating impact of $9.33 per rateable property for 2021-2022 • The adoption of a draft Infrastructure Strategy, draft Financial Strategy and an updated Development Contributions Policy.


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To find out more and have your say, read the Consultation Document, which you’ll find on our website at www.marlborough. govt.nz or pick one up from the Council’s offices and libraries in Blenheim and Picton. Consultation closes at 5.00 pm on 10 May, with hearings scheduled for 1 to 3 June. The plan will be adopted by the Council on 30 June and new rates are effective from 1 July.

Marlborough Biodiversity Forum to be held in early May Biodiversity is a term used to describe the variety of life, including plants and animals. Variety will be a feature of the programme at the upcoming Marlborough Biodiversity Forum planned for Sunday 2 May. Speakers for the morning session include the Council’s River Operations Engineer David Aires speaking about ‘what a Wairau River Regional Park would look like’ and Project Manager Heli Wade presenting on the ‘Te Hoiere/Pelorus catchment: Restoration on a landscape scale’. Forest & Bird’s Gillian Dennis will talk about the Te Hoiere/Pelorus Bat Recovery Project.

During the afternoon session, the forum will explore the question of how we can work together as a district, with discussion groups looking at how to control weeds in our natural areas and how best to introduce predator control on a landscape scale. This free event is open to the public and will be held at the Giesen Sports and Events Centre in Renwick. Participants are welcome to attend for the whole day or just the morning or afternoon session. Please register by Friday 23 April by emailing: biodiversitymarlborough@gmail.com

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How many rabbits can you see? Rabbits are causing extensive damage to Taylor River stop banks and adjacent vineyards and numbers need to be controlled

Rabbit K5 calicivirus to be released on Taylor River Reserve The Council is planning to release the rabbit haemorrhagic virus strain RHDV1 K5 in early May along sections of the Taylor River Reserve and at neighbouring vineyard properties. The area includes the floodway reserve between Purkiss Street and south to opposite Turnbull Drive. Rabbits are causing extensive damage to the stop banks along parts of the Taylor River and to adjacent vineyards. Stop banks are essential for maintaining Blenheim’s flood protection defences. The area has high numbers of wild rabbits and conventional control methods such as shooting are difficult to undertake in this area, which is open to the public and popular for recreation. Parks and Open Spaces Officer Robin Dunn said the K5 strain had been successfully used in New Zealand since 2018. It is an important tool to supplement traditional pest control methods to reduce the environmental and agricultural impacts of wild rabbits.

The optimal time for effective release of the virus against wild rabbits is in May. The virus is specific to rabbits and will not harm any other animals eating the bait or through any carcasses that pets may find. “It is one of the only safe tools to use in these high public use areas,” he said. “A vaccine to protect pet and farmed rabbits from RHDV1 K5 is available from local veterinarians. Blenheim’s pet rabbit owners are advised to talk to their vet to ensure their rabbits have the best protection available.” Carrots will be used to convey the virus and pre-feeding of at least two feeds of carrots will take place up to two weeks before the RHDV1 K5 release. Pre-feeding trains the rabbits to eat bait and allows the amount of treated baits required for each site to be estimated, to ensure high bait uptake. The impact of the K5 release will then be monitored. For more information please contact the Council on 03 520 7400.


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• Buy wood from a reputable supplier • Denser wood such as gum or macrocarpa burns longer, with more heat • Store wood properly; stack it in a covered, dry place with good ventilation • Don’t burn treated or painted timber - it produces toxic gases. Treated timber has a light green tinge and stamps on the wood. Heat pumps and modern, ultra-low emission burners emit less smoke than older, more polluting burners. To assist you in the move to clean home heating, the Council offers an energy efficiency funding service to ratepayers, for an approved home clean heating installation. For more information on this scheme visit: www. marlborough.govt.nz/services/ rates/energy-efficiency/homeclean-heating



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Gold medal honour for Blenheim man On March 7, the Marlborough Area Committee of St John honoured 40 members with long service honours. Blenheim man John White, already a Knight of the Order of St John, talks to Glenise Dreaver about the new Golden Ultra-long-Service Medal, awarded to him for his 60 years’ service. The Queen has newly sanctioned the award, and as she had started her service during World War II she was, fittingly, the first recipient. John has served a decade more than the honour’s starting point of 50 years, and after 60 years is still serving the organisation which is a family tradition. “My grandfather was Otago district superintendent between 1935-37. And he went to England for the organisation’s 50th anniversary.” Sadly his grandfather , also called John, died on that trip. That did not deter John from going to the 100th celebration in 1987 though - it was unfinished business and he vividly remembers the occasion in Hyde Park. His own years of service were, for many years, shared with wife Annette until severe health problems limited her participation. “But it has still been our life,” she says of their shared commitment. That is further demonstrated by a family roll call through the generations. “Two sons. One grandson, Annette’s brother – and numerous other of my relations,” John says. His own most recent award, the Gold Ultra Long Service Award, was presented in a ceremony shared with 40 local volunteers with significant years of service, from five to 60 years, and two with Diplomas in Ambulance Practice. The new Grovetown hall proved a perfect venue for a beautiful and impressive occasion John says. His service started in Timaru, where he served 12 years and he has continued ever since. That’s despite some early harrowing experiences, not least a murder, and tragedy in the wake of the unbelievably foolish game of “chicken” , with five teenagers trying, and desperately failing, to dodge traffic on the road. There were other devastating calls, one to a tiny baby that left him physically ill

afterwards. “The doctor explained that is a phenomenon called “blowback”, a risk of infection that comes along with rescue breathing. “But it’s just what you do,” he says of his unwavering commitment to saving lives and he and Annette recall the old St John Brigade motto “For the faith and for the service of mankind”. That’s no longer used, but the sentiments remain. Although John still drives the shuttle, it’s been some years since he has been hands-on in the ambulance.​ His recent service has focussed more on leadership and advocacy, and also includes administration, fundraising and committee memberships. “But regardless of what area you’re working in, St John remains an essential health service,” he says. He lists possible areas where volunteers can support them. As well as the ambulance role, which requires an application process and commitment to their first aid training courses, volunteers can, for example, help in the opportunity shop, their Caring Caller programme, which involves calling out to isolated people to ensure they are OK and co-ordinating support services if needed, or as shuttle drivers to help people get to medical appointments. There is also the chance to join the Friends of the Emergency Department service at Wairau Hospital. Fellowship remains key for volunteers John says, and service extends right out to a friendship group for older members who may no longer be “hands on”, but who keep looking out for each other. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact St John office administrator Gail Chalmers on 03 578 9707.

Congratulations John on 60 years service. If you would like to volunteer for St John and make a difference in your community please call Gayle on 027 254 1197 or email gayle.chambers@stjohn.org.nz

John White of Blenheim, already a Knight of the Order of St John ( KStJ), has now been awarded the order's Ultra-long Service Medal for his 60 years of ongoing voluntary service to the organisation. INSET: John’s Golden Ultra-long-Service Medal.

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A look back: Noel’s contribution to eyecare For 30 years optometrist Noel Templeton has provided eyecare to the people of Marlborough through his clinics in Picton and Blenheim. It’s a milestone he and his team are very proud of as they not only celebrate the occasion with special offers for their customers, but also take time to reflect on how the business and field of optometry has changed over time. Noel first decided to pursue optometry as a career when he noticed there was a lack of specialists throughout New Zealand.

“I was looking for an occupation and saw there was a practice in Gore which couldn’t sell because New Zealand was lacking optometrists,” he says. Noel moved to Auckland where he completed his qualifications and worked as a partner in a large specialist contact lens practice for 13 years. Wanting to be in the South Island and closer to family, Noel looked for a region with a “diverse economy” and a need for his services. He purchased Peter Mayne’s Picton based


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practice in 1991, renaming it Marlborough Optical, and then soon after opened a second clinic in Blenheim. “Most of my patients were travelling to see me in Picton and there was a strong need in Blenheim,” Noel says. This Blenheim clinic was based on High Street where it started with Peter Mayne’s staff, Heather Peek and Nathan Burton-Shaw. Sharon Newport joined the team and continues to work for Noel to this day. Eventually Noel closed the Picton practice and moved to the local Medical Centre where he operates part-time. In 2016, Noel and his team moved the Blenheim clinic on High Street to a charming villa owned by Noel on George Street. Now five years on Noel Templeton Optometrists continues to deliver an excellent level of eyecare from eye examinations and vision care, through to providing a wide range of prescription and safety eyewear. The friendly team can also help with eyewear accessories, eye drops and solutions, lenses and designer frames.

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Technology changes how we see In a career that has spanned over four decades, Noel Templeton says the ever evolving technology and continued learning is what makes optometry so interesting. “I’ve seen a lot of advancements throughout the years,” Noel says. “Being able to detect early eye degeneration is now possible thanks to the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine.” The OCT does a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina, the light sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. With the OCT, each of the retina’s distinctive layers can be seen, mapped and measured for thickness. These measurements help with diagnosis and provide treatment guidance for glaucoma and retinal diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration and other eye diseases. When listing new technology, Noel also mentions the E-Eye IPL device he purchased in 2015 for the treatment of dry eye. “It’s great equipment,” Noel adds.

The Noel Templeton Optometrists Blenheim team; Di, Di, Sally, Theresa, Helen and Sharon.

“One of the other biggest changes in recent times has been the ability to control the development and progression of myopia.” M yo p i a ( a l s o k n ow n a s short-sightedness) is where the eyeball is too long or powerful, and can worsen over time and lead to higher risks of eye diseases. There’s specially designed con-

tact lenses and eye drops which can help to slow or control the progression. “Our technology here is part of that,” he says. “It’s when optometry moved from just optical to more complete eyecare; that’s changed the whole mode of the practice. “Therapeutic diagnostics and

Repairs and lens fitting in-house Did you know that Noel Templeton Optometrists has its own in-house optical workshop and technician? Located within the Blenheim practice the workshop enables the team to fit and cut lenses to your frames, as well as offering in-house glazing. The greatest benefit of this is that most repair

work to spectacle frames is done on-site. Patients no longer need to go without their glasses for lengthy periods of time while new prescriptive lenses are made up or frames are repaired or modified. On average work takes just a matter of hours. It’s just another great service the team offers.

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Famous jungle tale told through ‘riot of colour’ A lot of time and effort has gone into creating the costumes and masks for The Jungle Book. Photos provided

ABOVE: The ‘naughty’ monkeys add humour to the show. LEFT: Mowgli meets his mother Messua after living in the jungle with the wolves for 11 years.

Baloo, KAA and Bagheera joke: "What do you get when you cross a snake with a pie? A pie...thon!" The monkeys’ joke: “What did the banana say to the ice cream? Wanna split?”

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The famous story of Mowgli by Rudyard Kipling will explode in a riot of colour in the Marlborough Children’s and Youth Theatre production opening next Monday, April 19. The Jungle Book will be held at the Boathouse Theatre and will run through to April 23, 10.30am and 1.30pm daily. There will be an added 6.30pm performance on Wednesday, April 21. In preparation for their time on stage, the children involved have been in dress rehearsals this week. Director Duncan Whiting says the costumes will add the ‘wow’ factor to the show with a focus on the ethnic Indian designs, adding authenticity to the famous story. Wardrobe mistress Sheryl Whiting, with the aid of a group of helpers and members of the Indian community, have scouted the op-shops in Blenheim and Nelson to source the fabric and ready-made colourful dresses, scarves and headgear for all of the two alternating groups of students performing. The performers not only play the roles of villagers, but also the various jungle animals. This is a vital part of the musical’s storyline using elaborate animal masks while retaining their ethnic costumes, Duncan says. “The array of colour on stage will define the different sets of animals such as the very naughty, but funny monkeys who dress in orange trousers with over-the-top loose floral shirts and waistcoats and monkey masks. “They will be led by Ethan Roberts who plays the Banderlog King,” he says. Those who know the famous tale of young Mowgli will remember it was the wolves that raised the child, played by Cashel King. Raksha the mother wolf will be played by Zoe Luffman, the black panther by Jack Fransen, Baloo by Josh Dickens, and the fearsome Shere Khan by Luka Van Rensburgh. Each of these costumes are colourful and complemented with elaborate masks. The use of animal puppets adds another element of interest with KAA the snake being the largest on stage, led by Jed Cornelius. But it is the alternating juniors and intermediate actors who will bring the “riot of colour” in their costumes to life as they help to tell the great story of Mowgli, and how in life it is OK to be different, Duncan says. “The Jungle Book promises to be exciting, colourful, dramatic, funny, thoughtful and a delight for kids of all ages,” he says. “Taking a child to the theatre is something they will remember, talk about, and will stay with them forever.” Tickets are available from Motorworld. See the advertisement below.

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EDUCATION Picton School celebrates new meeting hub By Glenise Dreaver

On the morning of Thursday April 1, Picton School held a ceremony to mark the opening of Haumaru, a new covered space outside the classrooms. It is to be used for all the children to play and as a meeting hub for both children and adults. Principal Dave Sullivan said the $200,000 project had been funded with support from Marlborough District Council and “considerable” help from Pub Charity. As well as building the new structure, the work

had involved relocating and renewing the established play equipment he said. From the original vision meeting to completion had taken about a year. The 11pm ceremony started with a gathering of parents and those from the community who had helped build and support the project. The school’s kapa haka and Pasifika groups performed and Picton Kindergarten children also came over from their next door site, with teachers and aides, to celebrate. When the Crusaders heard about what was happening, they sent three players as part

of their community outreach programme. Tom Sanders, Braydon Ennor and Manasa Mataere came up for the function, catching an early plane to Blenheim.

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KIWI CAN CHAMPIONS RESPECT  Positive Relationships  Resilience  Respect  Integrity

Kiwi Can is the transformational programme reaching nearly 60% of Marlborough children every week during their years at primary school. This action-packed programme, run by the Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough, teaches important values like resilience, integrity, positive relationships, and respect. Kiwi Can is about transforming young lives forever and enhancing the communities we live in.

Respect Whakaute Means treating people, things and places as important.

Seth Simmons

Age: 7

Grovetown School “Seth is a great role model at Grovetown School. In Kiwi Can he is always actively participating in discussions and has great ideas to contribute about how we can show respect to our school, community and environment. When out in the playground we have seen Seth demonstrate respect for his school peers by including others in play and looking out for the new students, ensuring they are taken care of.”

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Havelock School “Darcy is a star student who is always showing respect in and out of the classroom. Darcy demonstrates respect in all aspects of school – for example he is regularly seen including and encouraging peers (both in the class and out in the playground). He shows respect in Kiwi Can, for example, by always putting his hand up to speak, and listening carefully to others’ ideas. He always follows instructions and always has a positive outlook on everything he does.”

Age: 6

Age: 11

Linkwater School “Issac is a wonderful role model for respect. He shows respect for our school, our community and our environment. Issac is a great school leader and the epitome of an effective and respectful ‘big brother’ in tuakana-teina relationships. We feel that he has certainly earned this award and we are very proud of this Linkwater Lifelong Learner.”

Mackenzie Kissane

Age: 8

Blenheim School “Peletisala is a warm and considerate role model in our class who epitomises respect. He is considerate to all members of Koru and the wider school environment, speaking out for those who are too shy to, ensuring other people’s voices are heard during learning and caring for others when they are distressed. His genuine respect for our community and school is heart-warming.”

Mayfield School “Mackenzie really deserves this award. She is always respectful to the staff and her peers at Mayfield School. She always thinks of others before herself and supports and cares for our younger students during playtime and lunchtime. She has a positive approach to everything and does all this in a humble way without expecting anything in return or any recognition. She is such a great citizen and contributor to Pohutukawa class.”

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Age: 7

Canvastown School “Leah is extremely inclusive with all her classmates and demonstrates exactly how to show respect to her school, community and environment. She spreads positivity throughout the classroom and gives everything a go. In lessons Leah takes her time and ensures whatever she does is done in a detailed, creative and unique way – one example being her recent ‘positive community’ drawings.”

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Age: 6

Rai Valley School “Scarlett is a bright and enthusiastic role model for all her peers at Rai Valley School. She participates and contributes to every aspect of the Kiwi Can lessons and does so in an enthusiastic and positive way. When performing our recent role play skits on how we can spread kindness in the community Scarlett was extremely inclusive, passionate and confident, and demonstrated clear understanding of respect.”

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Respect / Whakaute All around Marlborough, children have been learning about respect in the Kiwi Can programme this term. This concept of respect is explained to children as: “treating people, things and places as important”. In 2021 Kiwi Can respect lessons have been focussed on three modules: • respect for our school; • respect for our community; and • respect for our environment. Depending on the age of the children, these lessons take different forms, but all involve active learning and reflection! Junior students have been learning what Ruby Senior

it means to show respect for our schools, communities and environment - and practicing putting that into action - so we all know why and how we need to “do our part”. Older students have been reflecting on values (especially school values) and considering how to uphold them, as well as practicing being proud representatives and good citizens. They have been increasing their understanding about their responsibility in the wellbeing of their community and environment and identifying ways in which they can have a positive impact. Together we’ve also been learning more about what it means to be a part of an online community, and thinking about how to keep safe.   Age: 9

Recognising respect Each of the Kiwi Can Schools has nominated a “Kiwi Can Champion” – a student who has come to their notice, exemplifying respect in some way. These children are role modelling values we want to encourage and see more of in our community. Our challenge is to think about how we can all include these values in our everyday lives and make them a topic of conversation around our dinner tables and in the workplaces everywhere in Marlborough!

Daniel Hussey

Age: 10

Rapaura School “Ruby demonstrates respect and positive relationships towards herself, her peers and the environment. Ruby always makes sure other children (younger and older) are okay and will go the extra mile to help out where needed, through selfless acts of kindness. Ruby shows tremendous respect to everyone around her, and her behaviour reflects this through her well-mannered and polite approach.”

Spring Creek School “Daniel is a very respectful student at Spring Creek School. He demonstrates respect in how he manages himself in the classroom, his respectful attitude towards others (both peers and adults), having respect for his uniform, his tools for learning, and for our school environment.  Daniel is one of our enviro-school leaders, a Year 6 leader, and is a positive, respectful role model in our school.”

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Age: 7

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“Silivenusi is brand new to Redwoodtown School, however, right from the start he has been a role model for his class. In and out of Kiwi Can we see Silivenusi caring for others and lending a helping hand to those in need. He always shows respect with ‘full-body listening’ and using his ‘quiet hand’ when he wants to share, and in respectfully following instructions. There have been many times we have seen him actively include other students and set a good example for the rest of the class to follow.”

“Our term’s topic of respect is something Hannah knows all about and shows at all times. We frequently see Hannah including other students from our Tua Marina community in what she is up to at playtimes. Hannah has showed during Kiwi Can classes that she has a great understanding of how she can help care for her school and classroom - an example of this is the way she helps to tidy up the classroom at the end of the day, without having to be asked. Hannah is very deserving of the Kiwi Can Champion award for respect - whakamihi!”

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Age: 10

Age: 9

Renwick School “Lachie demonstrates high levels of respect in everything he does. He thoroughly applies himself in Kiwi Can and contributes strongly to class discussions. He listens with the utmost respect and follows all instructions given to him - showing he is fully engaged in classes. During activities Lachie models respectful behavior by encouraging and supporting his classmates and helping others to better understand the task at hand.”

Wairau Valley School “Hudson is a leading role model for respect at Wairau Valley School. From attentive listening, to helping his peers during lunch breaks, he exhibits respect and pride through everything he does. He really understood how we can play our part in the community and actively tries to make a positive impact wherever he goes. We are lucky to have Hudson as a respectful and contributing member of the Wairau Valley community. “

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Edward Taylor

Age: 7

Riverlands School “Richie is a positive role model for his classmates and all other Riverlands School tamariki. Out in the playground, Richie is always kind and caring. In class, Richie is someone who is thoughtful of others. He always displays respect by showing full body listening, and following instructions. Richie is a great leader for his class and always leads by example.”

Awanui Doonan

Age: 5

Seddon School “Awanui is a delightful young student who leads from the front. She is kind, caring, and helpful and demonstrates respect across all aspects of school. She is always positively contributing to class discussions and ensures she listens respectfully using her full body language to show she is fully engaged. She is thoughtful of others and respects the people around her. “

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Age: 7

Ward School “At Ward School, students are taught to stay on “TRACK”. Edward is fantastic at applying himself to these “TRACK” values and combines them with the Kiwi Can values brilliantly. His attitude and respect around learning and aiding his peers is beyond words. He is also incredibly aware of how to respect the environment and how he can make a difference.”

Earlina Lee

Age: 8

Whitney Street School “Earlina is a deserving recipient of this term’s award for a large number of reasons. Earlina accepts everybody for who they are and shows respect to her peers and her teachers at all times - always with a fantastic sense of humour. Earlina is extremely helpful and always cheerful and friendly. She supports her fellow classmates by cheering them on during games and offering quiet reassurance when she notices that somebody may be struggling. Earlina makes our class and our school a better place to be in - we are so lucky to have her.”

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Trolley goes pink for charity By Celeste Alexander Judges Angela Bowers and Courtney Ieremia with winning director and NSSP direct entry student, QCC's Taya Flame-Sparrow.

Shakespeare festival win for MGC It was Marlborough Girls’ College that took the honours at the regional Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival held in their school hall on Saturday. Their 15-minute excerpt from Romeo and Juliet will go on to the secondary schools national festival, planned for Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Thursday- Monday June 3-7 in Wellington. A win there would mean most of the group would go on to the SGCNZ NSSP Festival held in the September/October holiday each year. During that week, 24 of the 48 students, are chosen to form a national SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company. They would then need to raise funds to travel to the Globe in London and Stratford Upon Avon for two and a half weeks in July the following year. On Saturday evening, the judges chose QCC student Taya Flame-Sparrow as the region’s direct entry to the NSSP week. The winning MCG choice of Act 1, Scene 5, where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time at a masquerade ball, was given a modern twist. Rather than coming from rival families,

it is as a trans girl that Romeo is not acceptable to the Capulets - and they use incorrect pronouns (he/him) throughout. As well as the University of Otago-sponsored regional competition, there were a number of associated competitions held, including costuming, best characterisation, and most promising actor. This latter title was won by Tamara Livingstone from MGC. Two prizes sponsored by First National Marlborough included the Most Promising Actor, won by MGC’s Temiah Cyster and the Best Characterisation, won by QCC’s Natasha Burgess. The other two awards were Best Costume – won by QCC student Taya Flame-Sparrow for Portia from The Merchant of Venice and Best Connection with the Audience won by MGC student Lu van Asch. There were four student directors – two from MGC and two from QCC who were acknowledged for their efforts. Only two other college teams entered this year – both from Queen Charlotte College who presented excerpts from Twelfth Night (15 minutes) and Merchant of Venice (five minutes).

Blenheim Countdown staff joke that they’ve never had a bright pink trolley before and they’re hoping it will attract plenty of attention – for charity. The trolley, decorated with pink flowers, was set up by local charity Pink Packets, a not-for-profit organisation that collects donations of sanitary items and distributes them to those who need them in the community. It’s all part of Pink Packet’s aim to eliminate ‘period poverty’. This is the first time that Blenheim Countdown has participated. Last year the Redwoodtown store set up a collection point, however after two weeks the Lockdown hit. This didn’t deter shoppers though who continued to pay for sanitary goods at the checkout and drop them into the collection, Pink Packets member Milinda Higgins says. “We took away seven banana boxes of donations. This was during a time of high stress when people were worried about their jobs, but they still gave, which was amazing.” Those donations went to the Marlborough Community Food Bank, Care Packages Marlborough, Te Piki Oranga and other drop off points around the community. “The food bank will be receiving more again this time as they have a huge need,” Milinda says. This time, the Blenheim store put its hand up to have a collection and is encouraging their shoppers to support the cause. “This is the first time we’ve had it in store,” staff member Leigh McKenzie says. “It’s

Leigh McKenzie of Countdown Blenheim (centre) is pictured with Pink Packet ladies Milinda Higgins and Amber Goedhart.

something that’s needed in the community.” Milinda adds that instore there are also period underwear and menstrual cups for sale. “These are an amazing way to end the cycle of period poverty,” she says. “The feedback we’ve had from youth using the underwear has been really positive.” The Pink Packets pink trolley will be located near the checkout area.



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 Are you a dog or cat person? Can I be both? My family and clients know that if there’s a dog or a cat it’s over. I’m definitely petting them!

 Name your favorite and least favorite foods. I love food so I’m going to struggle to pick a favourite, but least favourite is an easy one - coriander by a mile!

 If you could donate $1m to any charity who would it be and why? Ooh, hard one - I’ve always told myself that if I won Lotto I’d make a sizeable donation to charity. For me, I’d keep it as local as possible; Hospice Marlborough. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t (in one shape or form) been ‘brushed’ by the lovely and caring people at Hospice.

 Name one thing you wish you could buy right now. A plane ticket and have a holiday!

 Where did you grow up and was it a good place to be? I’m Blenheim born and raised, and as a young person to stay within the province probably speaks volumes for how I think it is here. Personally I think Marlborough is a great place to live, the opportunity to grow here is huge - and having the Wither Hills and the Sounds 30 minutes away from each other isn’t terrible either. We’re very lucky to live here.  What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been? I’ve been very fortunate to have travelled around all of New Zealand, so as a whole - I say Aotearoa.

 If you could meet anyone in history who would it be and why? Ansel Adams, hands down. Photography is based on two things, light and composition - this man had it down in spades. So the opportunity to meet him would be life changing.  Favourite programme currently watching? Currently not really watching anything, boring right?

A very interesting phone call last week from a South Island Farmer has pressed my excited button. The call was about a product that his company has manufactured and used to great advantage on farmland pasture and home gardens. I get approached every so often with products that people would like me to promote and with many they are just another ‘metoo’ product similar to what is already established in the home garden market. The first part of our conversation was along those lines and then he mentioned an aspect which was very important and in particular this time of the year. Microlife is a highly concentrated blend of selected living soil microorganisms. It helps create high yielding disease suppressive soils supportive of plant root development and natural nitrogen fixation. Beneficial soil organisms contribute to plant production by suppressing disease, developing soil structure / depth / softness, improving nutrient utilisation (N,P,K,S,B,Mo etc), increasing the effective rooting area of the plant, decomposing organic matter to release humic acid/humates and exuding substances (sugars, proteins, hormones, enzymes) to promote plant production.  The right types of organisms create that special X factor in

soil. Microlife helps restore the balance of beneficial organisms in your soil and does not introduce foreign organisms. During our conversation I was told that paddocks that have been treated with Microlife were found to have greatly reduced numbers of grass grubs and those that were found were inactive and in the process of dying. Now I am excited as in the past there have been some attempts to control grass grubs with bacteria that affects their health and kills them. Like a bacteria disease that affects grass grubs. There have been preparations made for this, but tricky to use with a short shelf life and not easy for the home gardener to use. So here is a product that is not only going to be very beneficial to your soil and gardens but also to your lawn in helping control those nasty grass grubs. Also you will know that grass grubs are often found in vegetable gardens and flower gardens when working the soil. They feed on roots of plants and bulbs and cause damage often not recognised. Here is the magic to fix both lawns and gardens and this time of the year is ideal to use as the grubs are near the surface in the autumn after the soil has moisten up with the autumn rains. So if you have problems with grass grubs now is the time to use

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 How do you prioritise your health and well-being? When I’m not working I love my golf and sailing. Being self-employed it’s really important to set aside time for yourself - even if it’s for half an hour to catch up with family or friends.  What’s one thing on your bucket list? Definitely Iceland, when I can work my life and diary to where I can take some considerable time off I’ll be gone for a few months!

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The Sun How silly A sub committee for a renaming process of streets? Who cares what names those streets are? I’m an Asian immigrant here and have never checked street names when moving house. Why such a fuss about English street names when half of you speak English and 10% if not more are originally British. Talk about wasting time and money for nothing.

Re: Knew it would happen I presume you are referring to the motels in Springlands that have been turned into emergency housing for solo mums. Your disparaging remark about the untidiness was unkind and uncalled for. I suggest you walk 100 kilometres in a solo mum’s shoes and see if you can keep everything tidy. Think again before you criticise those less fortunate than yourself.

Follow the rules

Nothing said about them, what does the council have to say about the matter like to know their view.

Had to take shuttle van to the airport. On route we went through 3 roundabouts. Indicators not used once by driver. Professional driver, not.

5 minutes with Perhaps Brenda Munro featured in ‘5 Minutes With’ could print her lasagne recipe please. I’m looking for a good recipe. Thank you.

Supermarket prices Has anyone else noticed the high price of apples, packhouse rejects are usually processed but we are sold them $4.49kg for bruised stem punched fruit is not on. Get real supermarkets how about improving the quality or reducing prices for the rubbish you expect us to buy.

Snail pace Thanks to the bright spark who now has vehicles travelling 80kms on Old Renwick Road. Thanks for nothing!

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50kms now on Old Renwick Road. How many have been caught out going the old 70kms.

Thank you Sun news for the lovely coverage of St John in the Wilderness, Koromiko 150th Birthday Easter Service. Thank you too for your Óne on One’article on long time resident Dorothy Gillett. Well done reporter Glenise Dreaver. From Robina

I’m interested to know the reason our defence force isn’t being used as WINZ security guards instead of paying a private company.

Be patient Drivers, please show some patience if someone is trying to back into their driveway. Is it really that much of a hardship to slow down and wait a few seconds. Getting angry won’t do your blood pressure any good.

Fair enough Good on that policeman for shoving that smart mouth teenager, they don’t show what they were saying before hand. We used to get a clip around the ear and told to go home now days everything is so PC.

What’s up with MBC? Opted into government scheme yet still charge for use of materials, camps and compulsory courses. Now expect every student to take a day off lessons and earn $40 that gets paid to the school. Seems a bit money hungry considering the government have made education more affordable. Other schools aren’t charging, why are you MBC?

Many thanks We at the Blenheim Depression Group would like to take the opportunity to say many thanks to the people who bought tickets in the raffle. Also, congrats to the winners. We meet up every Wednesday at the Baptist Church High Street. Do come along and we have a professional to help.

We have income tax on wages, capital gains tax on savings, bright line tax on investments, gst on rates, food medical care, road tax on petrol, potty tax on accommodation and now thinking of bedroom tax for single dwellers in large homes, getting the hopeless off the streets, saving and freeing up motels for icing coronal tourists. But none on drugs! Irresponsible govt. cash sprees, now lets recount that landslide!

Re: Compulsory insurance I’d prefer to keep insurance optional. Prices will sky rocket if car insurance was mandatory. What I want is some extra money when I’m not at fault because replacing my written off car is time consuming and expensive. Yes, landlords too should be required to have compulsory home insurance! Tenants are loaded with a lot of expense they cannot afford because of inconsiderate greed of home owners.

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Confused Posted a letter to Hamilton two days ago at Springlands, sender address on back and today it’s delivered back to me! So I’ll post it again I guess.

Containment and care The world says ‘containment and care’, whilst we had to wait until 4pm yesterday to hear if its ‘welcome and share’ the vaccine beating virus variants for the ski season. Why these new 4pm releases you ask, easy, it’s knock off time, media all to submit questions for tomorrow!

Take it from me, the roundabouts if used correctly will prove quicker. As an ex traffic officer, Christchurch central, roundabouts beat traffic lights hands down. Manchester St, Friday nights, reduced to a one way system, still required traffic control at each crossroad. There would not be an issue if the correct decision had been taken over a bypass to ease the load on Grove Road/Main Street. The short sighted idiots who decided we didn’t need one are the ones who need to answer the questions.

Pay out appreciated Does anyone know what happened to the third party payments from Marlborough Electric Power Trust? We received nearly $500 which we were thankful for last year as it helped very much and to go to zero is a bit sad because it offset the expensive Marlborough power.

Re: New one lane bridge That stupid speed bump in Beaver Road is now congesting traffic like a one lane bridge. Annoyed Mum.

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Barlow: Nicole and Simon are delighted to announce the safe arrival of a daughter, Olivia, on April 4, 2021 at 3.47am at Wairau Hospital. 7lb 8oz. Thanks to the team at Wairau.

Washbourne: Katie and Adam are happy to announce the arrival of a son, Neyxson, on April 5, 2021 at Wairau Hospital at 7.45am. 8lb. A brother for Jade, Alexi, Alex and Georgia. Special thanks to our midwife Amy North.

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EVENT: Shakespeare Festival

The regional Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival was held in the MGC hall on Saturday evening. Only two local schools competed. Marlborough Girls’ College had a team in the 15-minute section while Queen Charlotte College entered two teams, one in the 15-minute and one in the five-minute section. MGC won with an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet.

Three of the cast from Queen Charlotte College's production of Twelfth Night, from left: Natasha Burgess as Sir Andrew. Ella Watts as Sir Toby. Tom Clerke as Fool.

Shalom Del'Monte-Aberhart, organiser and EmCee of the regional secondary school Sheila Winn Shakespeare festival


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MGC’s elated winning cast of Act 1, Sene v, from Romeo and Juliet. From left: Tamara Livingstone (student director), Lu van Asch, Jessie Gatjens, Temiah Cyster, Angel Temple, Hayley Gush, Lee Mason (student director), Imogen James.

EVENT: Picton School celebrates

On Thursday April 1, Picton School and supporters celebrated the opening of Haumaru, a place where children can play and work sheltered from the weather and which will provide a meeting hub for both children and adults. The 11pm ceremony started with a gathering of parents and those from the community who had helped build and support the project. The school’s kapa haka and Paskifika groups performed and three members of the Crusaders team also attended to celebrate and to work on ball Three special guests flew up from Christchurch for Thursday’s opening of Picton skills with the children, as part of School’s covered outdoor area. From left, these Crusaders team members were their outreach programme. Tom Sanders, Braydon Ennor and Manasa Mataere.

What’s a Grand Opening without a BBQ? Making sure those 200 sausages kept going were, from back left, school administrator Judith McManaway and assistant project manager Dan Miller. Front from left are Ada Farmer, Lorraine Donaldson-Smith and Peter Chisolm.

EVENT: Pottery exhibition

The Marlborough Community Potters recently held an exhibition at the Marlborough Events Centre which was well attended. Members of the community including Mayor John Leggett supported the event and enjoyed viewing the 130 pieces of pottery being exhibited by club members.

Club president Sue Bulfield-Johnston and tutor Sara Scott.

Fran Maguire, guest judge Tatyanna Meharry and Susan Hocquard-Lindstrom. Tatyanna was “super impressed” with the exhibition entries and was judging the Best in Show award and Merit awards.

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URGENT services Urgent Care Centre: Wairau Hospital Grounds. Entry off Hospital Rd, Blenheim, 8am-8pm daily. Phone (03) 520 6377. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am - 5pm. Closed Christmas Day. Ph 578 2271. Community Care Pharmacy: Within the Blenheim Warehouse, open 7 days 9am8pm. Only closed Christmas Day. Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543354, 24hr helpline. Women’s Refuge and Sexual Violence Support Centre Marlborough: Crisis line number phone 0800 refuge or 03 5779939. Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846) Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 AA WORKS - 0800 229 6757. Citizens Advice Bureau: Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am 4pm. Phone 578 4272. Wairau Hospital: Hospital Visiting Hours: Daily 11.30am-7.30pm, children under 12 may visit parents only. Maternity Ward: 10am-noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward. Picton: Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non-urgent 579 4870. Chemist: Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 8.30-5.30pm, Sat 9-2pm. Medical Centre Pharmacy, Ph 928 4265, Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm

In Memoriam

Death notices CROUCH, Jessie James: On Thursday April 8, 2021, suddenly at his home. Dearly loved partner of Simone, loved Dad of Ariana and Miley. Loved son of Maria and the late Peter. Loved by his brothers Jeremy and Michael, and sisters Nicky, Debbie, Michelle, Katrina and Ellaina. Will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Aged 25 years. Messages may be sent to 26 Lucas Street, Blenheim 7201. A farewell service for Jessie will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Maxwell Road, at 11am on Wednesday April 21, followed by interment at Fairhall Cemetery.

BOVEY, Richard John: On Sunday April 4, 2021, peacefully at his home with loved ones. Aged 54 years. Loved eldest son of Ray and the late Sue. Loved brother and best mate of Rob and Tim. Dearly loved and cherished father of Rikki, Corey and Baylee. Loving partner of Kay. Missed by Beth, Sasha, Kynan, Felicity, Faith, Beth, Jamie, Briar and Corbs. Messages may be sent to c/- PO Box 295, Blenheim 7240. In lieu of flowers a donation to SPCA Marlborough would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to PO Box 115 Renwick 7243. A celebration of Richard’s life was held at his home in the Onamalutu Valley, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium.

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McClatchy-Fisher: Karen Lee On 10 April 2021 at the Marlborough Hospice, surrounded by her loving family. Dearly loved and adored wife of Ewan and a much loved mother of Cody and Jordan. Treasured Nan-Nan of Ellie. Messages to 83 Te Hora Pa Road Havelock RD1 7178 or www. cloudybayfunerals.co.nz In lieu of flowers a donation to the Marlborough Hospice c/- PO Box 411 Blenheim 7240 would be appreciated or made at the service. Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Wairau Hospital and Marlborough Hospice for their loving care of Karen. A celebration of Karen’s life will be held a the Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, 15 Boyce Street Blenheim on Thursday 15 April at 1.30pm followed by private cremation.

Community notices Te Rerenga o Te Ra Kapa Haka Housie Fundraiser 1pm Saturday 17th April, Clubs of Marlborough. 40 Games and 2 Supers, Raffles.

ROSS Gledhill 15-4-2017. Missing your smile, your voice, your sense of humour, your kindness and your way of making everything better. Much loved husband, father, uncle, and grandfather. Wanted to Buy Stamp collections, coin collections, old toys, etc. Cash paid ph 021 138 8949 TOOLS modern or vintage. Any type, engineering, gardening, building. Any quantity from shed lots to box lots. Cash paid. ph 027-323-3314 WANTED TO BUY- Old tobacco tins, NZ postcards, military items, garden tools, woodworking tools, records from the 1970’s/80’s, old petrol station related items, fountain pens, crystal decanters/whisky & wine glasses, NZ history books, gold jewellery, antique bottles, Tonka, Fun Ho & tin toys, white Crown Lynn vases & swans & all collectables. Collector of NZ / Maori & whaling related artifacts. All of the above are popular & fetching good money at the moment. Free quotes we travel. Rarity, condition & collectability = more $$$. Just Browsing 26 Battys Rd (03)5775402.

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STRIK, Flora Nora Adriana: Born in Jakarta. In loving memory of a much loved wife and gracious mother, passed away 56 long years ago 13-4-64. Remembered always by her loving husband Wilhelmus (Bill) Visser and family.

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‘Housing a growing community’ Making the best possible use of Government’s housing initiatives and incentives, what Council and community can do to best house our growing population.

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We have a part-time position in our office for 8 hours per week.

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Marlborough District Library. Every Wednesday 1pm – 3pm till June 2. If you need help with your family history research, come along and speak to a member of the Blenheim Family History Group. With lots of experience and a passion for tracking down ancestors, a member of the Blenheim Family History Group will be able to answer your questions and provide hints and tips.

Thursday 15 April

Forest & Bird Monthly Talk and AGM:

River of hope – the Ashley-Rakahuri river care story, A history of the award-winning work of the Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group plus a photo essay of the birds living, breeding and visiting the river and estuary. Blenheim School Hall, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Meeting of Blenheim Senior Citizens:

2pm at 172 High St. Raffles, afternoon tea. Musical entertainment from the Castaways. Bring a friend or come and make new friends. For further information contact Sharon 5785311.

Saturday 17 April 2:00-3:00pm, Crossroads - 2 Redwood Street. Sharing abundance from our gardens: Fruit, vegetables, preserves, relishes, jams, herbs, eggs, flowers, seedlings, baking. Giving generously and mindfully taking. Further details 027 372 2897.

Havelock Lions Market:

Last outdoor market for the season at Linkwater Market 9:30am -12:30pm. A variety of stalls including preserves, farm produce, jewellery, clothing, knitwear, crafts, books, whitebait patties and bacon butties. Sites still available $5. Phone Ian 574 2558. Dagmar Respectful Parenting Open Day: 10am – 11am. Learn about the upcoming autumn courses and playgroups. RSVP to contact@dagmar.nz

Sunday 18 April

Marlborough Kennel Assn- Double Ribbon Parade:

Monday 19 April

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Free public lecture:

The COVID-19 pandemic: lessons learned and planning for the next time at 6pm. Via livestream from the Arthur Wickes building at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim or via virtual attendance (Zoom) at https://nmdhb.zoom. us/j/84229976876. Speakers: Associate Professor Tony Walls (keynote speaker): Infectious Diseases, University of Otago:  COVID-19 vaccine development and the NZ COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy. Dr Richard Everts - Infectious Disease Specialist and Medical Microbiologist, NMH: Ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses, now and in the future. Dr Alex Browne, Emergency and Intensive Care Physician, NMH: Rationalising care in Nelson/Marlborough and decision tools in the outbreak earlier last year. Register:  https://events.otago.ac.nz/2021-nelson-community-health-lecture-1

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Older Persons Seminar:

Thursday 22nd April. St Christopher’s Church Hall 92 Weld Street from 10am to 1pm. Interesting speakers, jokes, games & chat. Morning tea & a light lunch provided. Cost $5. Contact Diana Brooks Eldercare Coordinator on 0212694198 or email diana@stchristophers.co.nz for more information.

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Thurs 15th Apr. 11am. Retreads Group Sun 18th Apr. 1pm Social Ride, Kekerangu Wed 21st Apr. 7pm Committee Meeting. Tim Thurs 22nd Apr. 11am. Retreads Group. Sun 25th Apr. 11am Pelorus Bridge for Lunch Thurs 29th Apr. 11am. Retreads Group Thursday rides depart Brayshaw Park. Sunday rides depart Railway Station Carpark. All rides are weather dependent.

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Golf Results Women Interclub - April 11 Played at Wairau Valley in fine weather. Wairau Valley v Kaikoura  Mel Hampton 8.5 - Chrissie Mackie 9.5 Yvonne Wallace 8.5 - Lyn Batchelor 9.5 Alison Graham 8.5 - Jill Carpenter 9.5 Robin Lacey 10 - Jenny Davies  8 Total: Wairau Valley 35.5 – Kaikoura 36.5 Rarangi v Blenheim 

Aroha Minhinnick 8.5 - Sanga Grupp 9.5 Bridget Quaife 10 - Judith Batty 8 Anne Newman 10 - Rachael Bell 8 Frances Price 10 - Marion Flynn 8 Total: Rarangi 38.5 - 33.5 Marlborough v Picton  Pru Jensen  8.5 - Helen McIsaac  9.5 Kaye Eggers11 - Lyn Stone 7 Cherry Wilson 7.5 - Kaye Keys 10.5 Mary Skilton 9.5 - Sue Hutchinson 8.5 Total: Marlborough 36.5 – Picton 35.5

Awatere Golf Club April 3, Stableford: Women (Castlebreigh Goblet) Dawn Marfell 33, Margaret Hastings 32. Men: (Kekerengu Pot): Steve Marfell 40, Gerald Johnson 39, Shane Waters 37, Warren Westenra 36, Eddie Davies 36, Gary Wright 36. April 7, LGU: Margaret Hastings 62,

Margaret Roberts 72, Wendy Avery 73, Sue Murray 74. April 10: In spite of the rain, Men, Medal: Brian Fastier Net 63, Tony Jordan Net 66, Warren Westenra Net 67. Women played a Par Aggregate, 1st Sue Murray -1, Margaret Hastings -3.

Marlborough Golf Club April 6, Women’s 9 Hole Net Medal: Suzanne Clifford 38, Shirley White 38. April 7, Women’s Net Medal Div.1: Hilary Scandrett 65, Pru Jensen 70. Div.2: Gloria Rodgers 68, Denise Pickering 75. Div.3: Heather Stenhouse 67, Kath Elley 69, Elaine Porter

72, Susan Barnett 74, Pam Pullar 75. April 8, Men’s Stableford Div.1: Tony Yardley 39, Mike Collins 38, Malcolm McKenzie 37, Andrew Petherbridge 37, Paul Roughan 36. Div.2: Hugh Bay 44, George Mitchinson 44, Brian Burgess 42, Bruce Palmer 39, Gary Duke 39, David Fairlie 36. 

Picton Golf Club March 27, Bisque Par: Don Jamison +7, Paul Towers +7, Ron Peters +5, Hamish McNeil, Rich Avery, Rich McLean +4. April 3: Len Barlow 69, Ron Jones 70, Paul Towers 72, Ian Molloy 73, Henry Evans 73, Jock Mannington, Trev Gullery 74. April 6, national teams and McGregor Putting - Overall Net: Margaret Frisken 97-30-67 on C/b. 0-25- Jo Prescott 71, Helen McIsaac 74, Mary Butler 75. 26-30 Sue Hutchinson 68,

Ellie Gillies 71, Kaye Keys 73. 31+ - Cushla Brosnahan 67, Joyce McClelland 70, Judy Jones 78. McGregor Putting – Kaye Keys 28. April 8: Ant Booker 44, Paul Towers, Leigh S/Smith 37, Ron Peters 36, Trev Gullery 35, Mark Ivamy, Jock Mannington 34. April 9, 9 Hole Par: Mary Butler, Kaye Keys +1; Lynette Pawson sq; Joyce McClelland -1; Margaret Frisken -3.

Marlborough Veterans Golf Association Results of Tournament played at Rarangi Golf Club on April 12. Individual: Dennis Wye (Rarangi)36, 2. Murray Ingram (Rarangi) 36, 3 Dave Holdawy (Rarangi) 35, 4 Norm Fowke (Marlborough) 34, 5 Trevor McGarry (Marlborough) 34, 6 Hans

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Bloomburg (Rarangi) 34. Team: 1st Rarangi#1: John Jones, Tony Nicol, Murray Ingram, Hans Bloomburg (103points). 2nd Marlborough #2 : 99 Points. 3rd Equal Wairau Valley#1 , 97 Points. Rarangi #2, 97 Points.

Call-out to women sailors Women sailors, experienced and novice, will be descending on Waikawa Boating Club for the annual Women’s Regatta in September this year. There has been an open invitation to women around New Zealand and Australia for the event and accommodation in Waikawa and Picton is already being booked up. Event organiser Juliet Abbott says there’s already a lot of excitement. “There are at least 60 Auckland-based women planning to be here,” she says. While anyone can bring their own boat, the yachts are mostly provided by members of the Waikawa Boating Club. Some long-time racers in the event have a permanent booking on a particular boat and the owners keep that in their calendars. The owner of Sirrah, David Paul, says; “I’ve got regular skipper Wendy Walker from Christchurch and she’ll pull a crew together. I used to go on the boat with them until they became better at sailing it than I am. Wendy ended up sacking me.” Sometimes, the owner has to be on a boat for insurance or technical reasons, and in some cases that is a male.

All roads will be leading to Waikawa Boating Club on the weekend of September 18 and 19 when women sailors from all over the country arrive for the regatta. Photo: Karmyn Ingram

Waikawa Boating Club development officer David Hancock says: “The rules of the event have in the past been 50 percent of the crew could be male with a female at the helm. That male ratio has, however, been reduced to 30 percent in 2021. “The vision is that we will have 100 percent female crews in the near future. “As soon as we can get enough sailors ready and boats that can accommodate a totally female crew, we’ll be there.” The programme starts on the Friday afternoon with a cruise

out to a bay in Queen Charlotte Sound for drinks and a BBQ and a general get-together. Saturday night is particularly popular with dinner and a guest speaker, generally an inspirational woman sailor. Racing starts on Saturday with two longer-distance races up and down Queen Charlotte Sound. On Sunday there are two shorter races before everyone heads home. Information on joining the event can be found on the Waikawa Boating Club website www.waikawaboatingclub. co.nz.

Indoor bowls tournament results Results from the Mid-Week Indoor Bowls tournament held on Tuesday, April 6: 1st Joy McKenzie, Larry Hoole and Rueben Walker three wins, 26 points. Runners-up, Brian Booker and Stan Paul two wins, 17 points. This event is held on the first Tuesday of the month at 1 pm at the Simcox Stadium. All welcome. The Marlborough Open Pairs tournament was held on April 10. Jonathan Martin is still showing some good form after winning five straight games of singles at interclub recently.

He teamed up with Melva Smith to win the open pairs competition with five more straight wins. Runners-up: Brian Booker and Debbie Wearing close behind with four wins and a half. The Marlborough Closed Fours championship was then played on April 11 with the Clubs of Marlborough team of Lois Randall, Bruce Scott, Graeme Smitheram and Allison Rouse winning the Welch Trophy also with five straight wins. Runners-up were the Rapaura team of Ian Henson, Julian Adams, Ron Boddy and Daniel

Henson with four wins. A great win for Lois Randall’s team with Lois being a North Island Rep player new to Marlborough. Marlborough Association up-coming events April 17: An open 2 - 4 - 2 tournament at Simcox Stadium April 18: The closed Triples tournament for the MUFFS Trophy. Entries to the events secretary by April 15. This will be followed by the Clubs of Marlborough Monthly tournament on April 20 at the COM. Entries to Glen Hurcomb.

Results Women’s Pennants held at Marlborough Golf Club, April 12 Marlborough 7 v Picton 5, Rarangi 9 v Kaikoura 3, Blenheim 8 v Awatere 4.

Standing to date – Blenheim 19, Rarangi 15, Awatere 12, Picton 11, Marlborough 8, Kaikoura 7.

Cuddon Cycling Marlborough Saturday, April 17 at 1.30pm, Vickerman St (outside David James Tree Services), Open Grade 40km Handicap, Junior U1716km Handicap. Please assemble at 1pm. Open Grade $5.  April 19 from 3.30pm to 5.00pm, Track Cycling at Athletic Park. Track bikes

available for newcomers (just bring your helmet and runners). Ideal age 11 to adult. All welcome. For further info contact Warren 021663910 or Graham 0278212379. Also see website www.cyclingmarlborough. org.nz for more information.

The Clubs of Marlborough Closed Fours Championship team: Alison Rouse, Bruce Scott, Lois Randall and Graeme Smitheram. Photo provided

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sports talk With Jacob Page

Reynolds from Bunny to Warrior? Adam Reynolds could be an answer to the Warriors halves woes. The South Sydney Rabbitoh has insisted he is willing to leave New South Wales for his next contract and he would be an excellent fit for the Warriors. The Kiwi franchises embarrassing loss to Manly on Friday night was typified by their inability to kick effectively on the last tackle.

The Warriors really haven’t replaced Shaun Johnson in the two seasons he has been gone and while finding a like-for-like was never going to be easy, the current crop of halves simply will not cut-it over a long NRL season. Reynolds will be 31 years old next season but there’s a strong chance the Warriors could get two to three years out of him.

Reynolds is a respected player having played 211 NRL games since debuting with the Bunnies in 2012. It would be a short-term fix but one the Warriors look like they desperately need with the impending departure of captain Roger Tuivasa Sheck at the end of the season. The Warriors have had success with younger halves in the past like James Maloney, Chad Townsend

and Lance Hohaia who were all early on in their careers when they were in New Zealand but the prospect of an experienced halfback has to be a juicy one. Oh if only Ivan Cleary was still coaching the Warriors, maybe then Nathan would be a Kiwi cult-hero by now. The team will need a boost of experience next year and Reynolds’

desire to explore his options should get the bean counters at Mt Smart out of their chairs and looking at their collective abacuses. Losses like the one to Manly simply are not acceptable to a fan base which has been starved of success for almost three decades. Adam Reynolds must be a target, Warriors brass must try to bring this proven winner to Auckland.

‘Wildcard’ Brendon takes on rally champs By Celeste Alexander

The Cordeaux-Renwick was Marlborough's only competitive marching team this season. The team recently competed at the New Zealand Championship and was only 12 points away from a top placing. Photo provided

Skill and dedication see marching team reach nationals With only 12 points between them and the third placed team, the Cordeaux-Renwick competitive marching team put on an impressive display and almost walked away with a top placing at the recent New Zealand Championship in Dunedin. This was a great feat for Marlborough’s only competitive marching team this season, made up of experienced marchers and new members alike. The team began training for the season back in July last year.  NZ Champs wasn’t originally on the team’s fixture list, but after

seeing the vast improvement of the team when they hit the field at the South Island Championships in Dunedin in December, their team management decided to offer the team the chance to compete at the NZ Champs. In their build up the team competed locally and at Canterbury competitions.  Last month the team travelled to Dunedin again for the New Zealand Marching Champs.  The team set their goals to push hard for a placing in the Plate March (B Grade), says coach Anita Ireland. “They came so close to achiev-

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ing their goal with just 12 points between them and the third-placed team. “Their team management were so proud of this young team. They gave their all in trainings leading up to the Champs and did everything asked of them,” Anita says. The team and management are now looking forward to a short break before they start training for the new season.   This coming season they are keen to field an U12 and U16 team, so if anyone is interested in joining email theirelandclan@gmail.com


Local rally car driver Brendon Wadsworth has been described by New Zealand Rally Championship promoters as a “bit of a wildcard” in his class and “worth keeping an eye on”, as he heads into this weekend’s Otago event. A total of 50 competitors will take on the fast roads of Rally Otago this Saturday and Sunday for the NZRC. Brendon’s purpose-built Ford Fiesta R2 rally car will be car number 34 for those watching the live-streaming. Brendon is one of seven entrants confirmed in the FIA Group N 2WD category and the only Marlborough driver. He hit the road yesterday afternoon after spending time sorting mechanical issues which occurred during the Westland Rally last

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month. With some new parts and slight changes to the exterior Brendon says he’s feeling confident as he heads into the weekend’s racing. “We want to finish first obviously,” he says. “But most importantly we have the goal to finish.” On Saturday morning the first car gets away at 7am from Dunedin’s Octagon in the city’s centre. Over the weekend there will be two 40km stages which Brendon says are “long, busy and tiring”. “I had some good advice from Richard Bateman; to set into a groove and don’t push too hard. “I’m better off to be a little slower into the corner and fast out of it. It’ll be a case of steady-as-you-go,” he says. To watch the livestreaming visit the NZRC Facebook page.

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