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Many groups of friends came to the 2019 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival dressed in matching outfits. From left: Jeremy Dutt, Kirsty Dutt, Olivia Hardaker, Daniel Hooper, Rebecca Martin, Cameron Beal, Emily Dutt, Malcolm Mitchell, Amy Phillips, and Daniel Bell. File photo.


Continued from page 1. “We identify as the heart of wine country, and this is where the recent wine industry started in the 70’s,” she says. “Within a stone’s throw of Renwick is where the original plantings and wine companies began. So many people involved in the industry live in the village and Renwick is the service town for the industry. “The people here will really embrace this festival.” she says, adding that the Brancott Vineyard, which hosted the festival among its historic vines for 33 years, had helped generate the legacy of the event. Development at the vineyard means the site will no longer not be suitable for the festival to take place there in February, “but we couldn’t think of a more appropriate new site than the Renwick Domain, which is in the heart of Marlborough wine country”. Cynthia says the festival is one of the most important events in the Marlborough calendar.

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Restoring pride in Maori names By Chloe Ranford LDR If an English place name was misspelt people would be furious, so why does this rage not translate to misspelled Maori place names? Iwi hope to restore the mana to mangled Marlborough place names, Chloe Ranford reports. When temperatures drop a smokelike mist rises over the Opaoa River, a once vital transport link looping its way through Marlborough. This striking characteristic of the river is thought to have inspired its name Opaoa which translates to smoking, or smokey river. This korero, or story, was lost when settlers misspelt the river ‘Opawa’. It was regained almost 200 years later through the Treaty of Waitangi/ Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlements that included the restoration of the correct names across Marlborough. The same can not be said for Blenheim names Opawa St and Opawa Walk which were named after the river, but remain misspelt. Those are among dozens of incorrect names Te Runanga a Rangitane o Wairau Trust general manager Corey Hebberd showed the Marlborough District Council earlier this year in a bid to restore the mana to “misappropriated” place names. Tohuto, or macrons, were the main spelling issue. They indicated a longer vowel and were missing from various places in Marlborough. Some, like Rangitane Drive in Havelock (correctly spelt Rangitane) were put down in recent decades. “Te reo Maori is a taonga (treasure) which we all have a responsibility to protect ... If we are serious about treating the language with the respect it deserves, then we must work together to resolve these mistakes,” Corey told councillors at long-term

plan hearings on behalf of Rangitane o Wairau.” The runanga said in its submission that, together, the council and Te Tauihu (top of the south) iwi could correct place names throughout Marlborough within 18 months. To ensure place names were not misspelt in the future, the runanga suggested a representative be appointed to the council’s new road naming sub-committee – a sub-committee with the power to name or alter the name of roads. It was created earlier this year after two different developers requested road names that some councillors thought were too “colonial”. Included on the sub-committee were four councillors and council’s iwi representative Richard Hunter. The council supported the proposal during long-term plan deliberations in June and asked the road naming sub-committee to take it up. Sub-committee chair and councillor Nadine Taylor said members still intended to discuss the request, but could only meet when a developer needed new names for their roads. She wasn’t sure when that would next happen. “Then, we will work out what we need to do from a Marlborough perspective ... what is being requested of us, how it should be advanced, and how it should be funded.” Nadine thought spelling places correctly, whether in English or Te reo, was “a basic standard to which we should all aspire”. Massey University senior lecturer Dr Julia de Bres, a sociolinguist, said historically mistakes arose when settlers left out macrons, misheard words, or used the wrong letters. “You can imagine it happening. A settler asks, ‘What is this landmark called?’ and the response is, ‘The Opaoa [River],’ which, to English



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Maori history lecturer Dr Peter Meihana. Photo: Scott Hammond/ Stuff speakers, has a ‘w’ sound. You can kind of understand it, linguistically – it’s people listening to other languages and then interpreting it in their own,” de Bres said. “If the council misspelled an English place name, people would be furious, so the question is: Why does this rage not translate across to words that were misspelled in Maori?” Massey University Maori historian and senior lecturer Dr Peter Meihana, who was mana whenua (Maori who have historical and territorial rights over the area) said landmarks were often named after ancestors or physical attributes through the practice of taunahanaha whenua (the naming of places). “Landmarks are relational. “They speak to other parts of the landscape, and unless those names are spelt and pronounced correctly, you can’t tell that story,” Dr Meihana said. One example was the ancestress Hinekoareare and her lover Whetuao.

When Hinekoareare died she was interred on what was now called Mt Strachan, north of Tuamarina (correctly spelled Tuamarino), while Whetuao was opposite her on Mt Dobson. “The descendants of that marriage guarded the wetland in the Para Swamp there, and their descendants were known as the Ngai Te Heiwi, and their descendants lived out at a place called Ruakanakana. So, when Hinekoareare is called Mt Strachan, that whole story and relationship between the mountains, the wetland, and the people no longer exists.” “Here in the Wairau, we’re quite lucky in that we have a number of place names that have been retained, however, while they have been retained, they’ve also been butchered.” Meihana believed now was the right time for change. “I think if you want to be a true Marlburian, if you want to be from the Wairau, it’s important you do these things,” he said.

Financial help from the Mayoral Relief Fund, set up in early August by Marlborough Mayor John Leggett, continues to be provided across the district with a further $7200 now confirmed for distribution to residents in the Marlborough District Council area who have suffered personal financial or emotional hardship as a result of the July storm event. The latest round of funding went to 10 different households, taking the total distributed to $66,490, with 52 households benefitting.

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Recovered stolen property By Community Constable Russ Smith

Over the last few weeks there have been a large number of burglaries in which tradies have had expensive tools stolen from their work vehicles, and from building sites throughout Blenheim and Marlborough. That’s why, in recent weeks, I have been encouraging everyone, but especially tradespeople with tools in their work vehicles, and tradies working on new builds or renovations, to take extra care in ensuring that their power tools and other valuables are well secured or Blenheim Police executed two search warrants late last week and recovered A good day's work: Blenheim Police load the recovered property taken off-site at the end of the day. a large number of stolen power tools and a variety of other tools and items. into the van. Police executed two search warmainly because they had reported please contact the Blenheim police. rants late last week and recovered a and contents, socket sets, a petrol more. The recovered property is con- burglaries to the police. There is A police investigation is still large number of stolen power tools generator, an outboard motor, chain and a variety of other tools and items. saws (electric and petrol), line servatively estimated as being still a quantity of property that po- being completed in relation to this lice are still working to identifying recovered stolen property, but it is The recovered tools included a trimmers, motor mowers, hedge worth over $20,000. The legitimate owners have back to owners. expected that arrests will be made masonry drill, jig saws, reciprocat- trimmers, an air compressor, tool If you have had tools or other once the police have completed ing saw, electric planer, finishing bags, a signed rugby jersey, several already been identified in relation sander, battery drills, tool boxes fishing rods and reels, and much to a significant number of the items, property stolen in recent months, their enquiries.

Visiting rules at hospitals change The Nelson Marlborough Health Hospital’s visitor policy has been updated to respond to the greater risk posed by the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. Chief Executive Lexie O’Shea said reducing the number of people entering Nelson and Wairau hospitals is key to keeping vulner-

able patients and staff safe during Alert Level 3. “Every time a person comes into our hospital environment they extend the reach of our bubble. While we have infection prevention measures in place, such as mask wearing, screening questions and scanning-in, our

safest measure is to remove as much of the risk as possible.” This means reducing visitor numbers per patient from three to one and this person can have only one visit a day and must be masked and sign in. The policy also requests those attending outpatient appointments

to only bring a support person if required. She says whānau are encouraged to help loved ones become virtual-visitor savvy, with the use of personal devices such as smartphones to connect with family. She says there are exceptions to the visitor policy, for example

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More dangerous pollution days By Chloe Ranford LDR

Blenheim clocked up a record number of dangerous pollution days this winter. Under New Zealand’s air quality laws, councils have to keep track of the coarser PM10 particulate matter and flag when it goes above safe levels. Data from Blenheim’s airshed shows it breached those levels 16 times during winter – a new high. This was despite a new rule being brought in earlier this year which banned braziers over winter, in a bid to up compliance. However, there were no breaches during the three weeks at alert levels three and four. Marlborough District Council environmental scientist Sarah Brand said while the new record high was unfortunate, Blenheim was not alone. Several towns around the country had also recorded a higher than normal number of breaches. The Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website showed Gisborne had 27 breaches so far (up 12 from last year), Napier had six breaches (up four), and Taupo had 17 (up 17). Sarah thought that Blenheim’s breaches might be a reflection of this winter’s meteorological conditions, but would know more once she analysed the data. The Marlborough District Council began keeping a log of air pollution in Blenheim

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Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street.

Q: What do you like about Level 2?

Alison Waltho Havel A bit more freedom - catching up with family. You can travel that bit further and you miss that.

Catherine Donnelly Blenheim Getting back to normality. Being able to visit family in Christchurch.

Damaris Warnick Blenheim Being able to go shopping. Dropping books at the library. And I’m desperate for a clothes rack.

Janine Ready Blenheim Getting back to work! I want to continue supporting my clients.

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Marlborough Community Awards open for applications Do you know a deserving group doing great things in our community? If so now is the time to nominate them for the annual Community Awards. Community Partnerships Advisor, Jodie Griffiths says the Awards are a partnership between Volunteer Marlborough and the Council. “The awards recognise groups making a valuable contribution in our community, and collaborating or partnering with other groups for the same benefit,” Mrs Griffiths said. “Many local organisations across a range of sectors work tirelessly for the greater good of our community. These awards are a chance to recognise their contribution to our region,” she said. Any not-for-profit group or organisation may be nominated or can self-nominate.

The awards recognise past and current achievements, acknowledging the role of volunteers in the governance and delivery of services. The award categories include Arts, Culture and Heritage; Environment and Conservation; Sport and Recreation; Child/Youth Development; and Community Social Services. Nominations close on Friday 1 October and an awards night will be held to formally recognise the award winners. Nominations must be completed online at: grants-and-awards/marlborough-communityawards For further information please email Community Partnerships Advisor, Jodie Griffiths at:

Region flush with toilet upgrades Despite recent challenges thrown up by the weather, upgrades to toilet facilities across Marlborough continue. A number of these renewal and redevelopment projects have been funded out of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF). Council Parks and Open Spaces Officer Grahame Smail says the latest areas to benefit from TIF funding include the Collins Memorial Reserve on State Highway 1, between Picton and Blenheim, and the Okiwi Bay toilet facility and picnic shelter in the western Marlborough Sounds. Work on the Collins Memorial Reserve toilet facility and picnic shelter has already started and is expected to be completed in early November. “The old toilet facility and picnic shelter have now been demolished,” says Grahame. The new toilet facility will feature one men’s and one women’s toilet, a unisex accessible cubicle and a new picnic shelter on the western end. Two portable toilets are on site for the public while the new facilities are built, and the carpark and picnic area is still available, says Grahame. A start on the replacement of the Okiwi Bay toilet facility and picnic shelter has been delayed with the need to relocate an in-ground telephone cable. “The project is ready to go though and is expected to get underway soon which will end a long wait for the delivery of this new facility,” says Grahame. A new public toilet facility for the Rai Valley Township and associated Village Green development is also moving through the consent process with ground works due to get underway in September.

The Council’s review of its representation arrangements for the local elections in 2022 and 2025 is now open for public consultation. The closing date for submissions is 5.00 pm on Friday 22 October. The Council supports Option One, in which all wards comply with the population formula required under the legislation. The main change proposed under Option One is a reduction in the number of Marlborough Sounds’ councillors from three to two. This is because the current three-councillor representation of the Sounds Ward population is much greater than the formula allows under the Local Electoral Act. Option One also includes a recommendation that the Omaka Landing and Rose Manor subdivisions transfer from the Wairau-Awatere Ward to the Blenheim Ward, reflecting their urban character and close proximity to Blenheim. Three other options are also outlined in the Consultation Document, which can be viewed

at: Copies of the Consultation Document are also available at Council offices and libraries. Representation reviews are required every six years under the Local Electoral Act 2001. The Council will consider submissions and then adopt a final proposal, which will be advertised. Almost all elements of the Council’s final proposal are subject to a right of appeal and/or objection to the Local Government Commission. The exception is the decision to establish a Maori ward, which cannot be appealed. Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, public meetings are not planned for this consultation. If you would like the Council to host a videoconference meeting via Zoom before the submission period closes, please contact Mike Porter, Democratic Services Manager. Email election@ or Ph: 03 520 7400 by 5.00 pm on Friday 8 October 2021.

Flooding creates perfect storm for some businesses An artist impression of the new Okiwi Bay toilet facility, the same design and layout for the Collins Memorial Reserve upgrade “We have also been working with the Carluke Domain Committee on a long held aspiration to redevelop the old toilet facilities of the Rai Valley community hall at the Carluke Domain,” says Grahame. This is proposed to include a campercaravan effluent dump station to serve the Rai Valley to Nelson and the Okiwi Bay to French Pass routes. Redevelopment of the Taylor Dam Reserve toilet facility is also on track for completion in October. The Council has received TIF funding to install small permanent public toilet facilities at: • Lake Elterwater • Ferry Road bridge picnic area • Wedge Point, on the Picton to Ngakuta section of the Link Pathway • Renwick Dog Park All of these new facilities are programmed to be completed by March 2022.

Marlborough’s road to recovery info Anyone who needs support as a result of the July storm should contact the Council at: For the status of a road, please visit the Marlborough Emergency Management Official Public Information Map at: RoadToRecoveryMarl before your journey, and stay up to date on the latest roading alerts at: For roading information and queries please contact Marlborough Roads on Ph: 03 520

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8024 or 0800 213 213 between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively you can email the recovery team at: recovery@ For general recovery information go to: For the Mayoral Relief Fund go to: Please follow the Council’s Facebook page, Antenno app, Twitter and the Council website for further information.

The July 17 weather event has created complex challenges for some businesses in Marlborough. Determining just how many have been affected is one of the goals of a ‘flooding economic recovery group’ recently established by the Council. Economic Development Manager Neil Henry said the group had been convened to discuss the impact of the flooding on businesses in the region. “The purpose of the group is to capture the current and future impact of the flooding on businesses. We want to raise awareness of these impacts and provide some ideas on potential solutions to government and other organisations,” he said. “The group will also advocate for these solutions to be funded and implemented as soon as possible. We want practical solutions that can help address the problems.” Businesses, local and central Government representatives and business support organisations are represented on the flooding economic recovery group. Mr Henry said information would be captured from the wider community via a survey and discussions with stakeholders and those affected. “We need as much information as we can gather to build a picture of who is affected, how badly and where help is most needed,” he said. He encouraged any business affected by the July

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17 storm event to complete the survey: PostStormRecovery The Council has also committed immediate funds to help eligible businesses access free or subsidised business support and advice from local business advisors. The subsidy is for up to $500 per business to pay for specialist business advice delivered via the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce and Business Trust Marlborough. Funding is limited so interested businesses should respond as soon as they can. Contact Alistair Schorn at Marlborough Chamber of Commerce alistair@ to access the support or fill in the following business support request form: DGBJFVL For more information please contact Economic Development Manager Neil Henry at: neil.



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Getting the people moving Ricky White, health and fitness manager at Stadium 2000, has become well known in the area as a mentor and supporter of those seeking to improve their health and wellbeing. Here he talks to Sun journalist Glenise Dreaver about his work and what drives him. Ricky White came to his job at Stadium 2000 just before the first Covid lockdown – not an ideal time, but it hasn’t dimmed his enthusiasm for his job. “My big passion is to get people moving,” he says, adding that is one of the Stadium’s visions too. The most recent group he has helped set up has been ProstFit, offering free classes for men who have had treatment for prostate cancer. “That was just before this lockdown.” It has now started again, with three more classes until the end of term break, to be followed by another 10week series starting on October 10. He says the Stadium’s 28 “very different” classes a week, run by himself and his team of 19 Group fitness instructors and seven personal trainers encompass a huge range of ages . “From five to 85!” A number of the groups are aimed at specific populations. “There’s one for those with Parkinson’s, MS and stroke, for example. They blow me away, to see how committed they are. Really die-hard.” There’s also a series for senior citizens to help develop strength, cardio vascular health and balance. Spin classes, circuit classes, a well being series, Tai Chi - with some people coming to those in mobility scooters” says Ricky - Pilates and Yoga. “That’s for all demographics.” One project especially close to his heart is the special needs training, done in conjunction with the Halberg Trust. He admits the planning for their programmes takes a lot of time . “But some of that may be on the couch with a glass of wine as I figure things out,” he says.

“It’s worth it though, to see the joy in people’s faces.” At the moment, Ricky says it’s all about coming out of lockdown, ”getting people back”. While he came to the stadium from a role as a personal trainer, his original background was 11 years as a physical training instructor in the New Zealand Navy. There was a lot of time spent overseas for months at a time. “And I was aboard HMNZS Canterbury for four years.”

“My big passion is to get people moving.” His role was to look after the fitness of sailors and recovery from any injuries, as well as ship morale and competitive activities. He says a lot of his skills come from there. “Leadership. And common sense!” “I organised sports afternoons, internal competitions and events to improve morale, so I got pretty good at it.” He says his Stadium work includes quite a lot of one to one type scenarios, work which he loves, adding that it was amazing to see people overcoming huge health challenges and coming out the other side. His clients come referred from various support groups, with physios and allied health providers also sending people to him, “or they can come in to the Stadium in person to see me, or ask at reception”. You can contact Ricky at

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Rangitane strength in portfilo Rangitane o Wairau has released its annual report for the financial year ending March 2021, with General Manager Corey Hebberd saying that the Group’s results demonstrate the strength of the iwi investment portfolio, despite a year of uncertainty due to COVID-19. The group accounts show a 9.1 percent return on assets during the financial year, with total assets rising from $75.0m last year to $81.8m this year. The group also delivered an operating profit of $590,789, up from $566,352 in the prior year. Corey says “Rangitane have been well positioned to minimise any material commercial impacts of the pandemic and our commercial operation has continued to perform well. We have seen a rebound in listed market investments, strong returns from our property assets and the addition of new income streams from recently acquired assets” “In a year that will be forever remembered as a result of COVID-19, we are particularly proud to see the group continue to grow. “As a result of this, the group elected to repay the COVID-19 wage subsidy – something we consider to be prudent, but more importantly, the right thing to do.”

Within the charitable trust, Corey says that the putea generated has either been reinvested in commercial growth opportunities or used to advance the strategic interests of Rangitane. “Behind the numbers is the huge amount of work that goes into supporting the aspirations of our whanau. “This includes additional support that we provided during COVID-19, as well as educational grants and scholarships for our tauira” “One example of the investment in our people is the distribution of over $33,000 to 357 iwi members to support them with their education pathways. We’ve also been able to fund training for 48 of our rangatahi through an initiative to support the development of the next generation of divers.” Corey says the annual report demonstrates manawaroa (resilience) and kotahitanga (collaboration/oneness), evidenced by all eight Te Tauihu iwi launching Te Kotahi o Te Tauihu Charitable Trust, an initiative focussed on the wellbeing of whanau which provides a platform for co-ordination across many organisations to get better outcomes for whanau.

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“We walk alongside people on their journey,” says Catherine Donnelly, manager of Alzheimer’s Marlborough. They have a staff of seven fulltime staff and two part-timers working out of their purpose-built facility in Wither Road. Catherine says their role first includes getting to know the client and the family and/or care partner and finding out what’s best for their clients. About twenty people a day come in to their five-day a week Wither Road Club day programme. Transport is provided to and from the club, held between 10am and 3.30pm. It gives people with dementia the chance to socialise and participate in many and varied social activities and visits, as well as giving them a nutritious lunch and morning and afternoon tea.

It also means carers can have a much-needed break. It is however, only one of the choices for support that can be made. There is the Monday Cafe Club from 10.30am-2.30pm, and the chance for men to mainstream at the Blenheim MENZ Club on Tuesdays between 10.30am-2.30pm. On the second Wednesday of each month, from 10am-11.30am, the Carers’ Group meets. Supporters can share and gain knowledge in a safe and confidential environment, sharing their issues and concerns. RIGHT: The friendly faces of the Alzheimer’s Marlborough team were fortunately revealed in their pre-Covid unmasked state when our photographer called some time ago. From back left they are Maree Patchett, Janine Ready and manager Catherine Donnelly. Front from left are Alison Waltho and Damaris Warnick.

Community support needed for society’s growing workload By Glenise Dreaver

World Alzheimer’s Day is marked each year on September 21. September is the month when Alzheimer’s Marlborough holds its fundraising functions which provide vital funds for the growing number of clients, caregivers and families who are supported by their work. The month also provides a focus for raising awareness,

with such voluntary activities as the Dementia Friends Group being an important focus. Manager Catherine Donnelly says three of their iconic events, the main sources of funds for the group’s vital work, have had to be cancelled/postponed due to Covid restrictions. She does hope all can be rescheduled rather than cancelled, though at this time of year finding a date which does not clash with other events is,

says Catherine, growing more difficult. A Garden Tour, which was to be held at Greenacres Gardens at Fairhall on September 4 and 5 has already been deferred. “Hopefully just deferred.” The same is t r ue of the $65-a-head antique fair and dinner to be held at the Marlborough Events Centre on October 10 and next week’s $45-a-head High Tea, ‘Cuppa for a Cause’ with a guest speaker, which was

to be held on World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21. Catherine is hoping however, that in the face of such huge uncertainty, donors of services or funds will come forward to help them in their vital work of creating a “Dementia-friendly Marlborough”. Alzheimer’s Marlborough is a registered charity, registration CC25535. The BNZ bank account number is 02 0600 0112284 00.

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Dementia a growing issue for society By Glenise Dreaver

Andrew Wilson, Wairau Hospital’s Alzheimer’s and dementia specialist, says that the growing number of people over the age of 65 means the number of people with age-related dementia is also growing. “And most people by the end of life may have it to some degree, though it may not be particularly problematical” While it’s often related to aging, early-onset dementia – defined as

occurring under the age of 60 - can also occur. There may be a genetic element and some diseases can cause it. “Head injury can also bring a higher risk.” There are he says, some 38 types of dementia. “Alzheimer’s is the most common, with vascular dementia a little less.” By the time clients and caregivers come to him for diagnosis, most often it is just confirmation of what they already know. But a careful initial diagnosis is important because each form of de-

mentia requires different treatment and care. “And planning for what needs to happen at each stage is important.” He adds, however, that many continue their lives comfortably at home. “Others require some care and it is only a small percentage who may be in a dementia unit for a while.” However, he points out that dementia is not just a disorder of the person who has it. “There will be significant changes for primary carers, and hardship and

grief often result.” With insight of dementia being one of the first faculties to go, the client may not however, feel the level of grief felt by those around them. This is where support from such groups as the Alzheimer’s Society of Marlborough is important. Andrew says that the condition affects some 100 people in each 10,000. “That means there are about 400 people in Marlborough with it.” “About 100 are diagnosed in a year.”

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia include the following characteristics: • memory loss. • difficulty concentrating. • finding it hard to carry out familiar daily tasks, such as getting confused over the correct change when shopping, choosing clothes or showering. • struggling to follow a conversation or find the right word. • being confused about time and place. • mood changes

Safety barriers between Blenheim and Nelson By Chloe Ranford LDR

Parts of the highway between Blenheim and Nelson will have safety barriers as part of a $289 million investment in the Top of the South’s transport, which could also see speeds dropped along a notorious stretch of Marlborough road. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has announced it will inject millions into Marlborough over the next three years in a bid to fix roads, reduce deaths and improve public transport. It’s part of the agency’s $24.3 billion programme for the next three years, announced on Tuesday. Median – or safety – barriers were signalled as the next big safety project for State Highway 6 between Blenheim and Nelson, almost a year after its speed limits were slashed from 100kmh to as low as 60kmh. The wire barriers reduce the risk of head on collisions, which were more likely to be fatal, helping the Government reach its goal of having zero road deaths in New Zealand. Waka Kotahi did not disclose where along the highway the barriers would be installed, but funding tables showed the project would take place before next July and cost $249,700. Waka Kotahi also decided it would review speed limits along the twisting road separating Blenheim and

Seddon after the region’s transport committee complained the stretch had been overlooked for funding, again, despite years of appeals. Eighteen fatal crashes had occurred on the road separating the two towns over the last 20 years, including four deaths last year. Ward man Damian Pollock, Seddon men Ross Wallace and Geoffrey Hough, and Blenheim man Lloyd Sydney Yorke died on the road within the space of a month. Waka Kotahi labelled the review an investment “highlight”. Regional transport committee chair Francis Maher agreed, saying that section was “crying out for a speed reduction”. It’s a glaring road that needs to be dealt with, not just because of the fatalities, but because it’s obviously a more nasty road as soon as you come out of Blenheim,” he said. Maher had previously said that vehicles had a “high probability” of plummeting off one part of the road, Weld Pass, in a crash, especially given the road’s tight bends. “There’s no doubt that speed restrictions reduce the likelihood and severity of serious accidents and death.” He also supported Waka Kotahi’s decision to put down wire barriers on SH6, especially at St Leonards Rd, an intersection along the road, where barriers had previously been mooted. “That piece of road is only going to see more traffic in the coming years... but, of course, there’s an ample number of places between here

Marlborough’s regional transport committee chairman Francis Maher at an intersection previously mooted for median barriers. CREDIT: CHLOE RANFORD/LDR

and Nelson to put down those barriers.” Waka Kotahi told the regional transport committee last December that SH6’s passing lanes were being reviewed, although there was no funding available to create changes. Marlborough Mayor John Leggett said he welcomed “any spend” within the region, but especially ones that reduced the number of deaths and serious

injuries on local roads. “The Blenheim to Seddon project has been on books across the top of the south for a number of years and it’s very heartening to see that it’s going foward. But, the devil will be in the detail as to the actual amount that is set aside, and what actually falls out of the speed limit review,” the Major said. “It will also be interesting to see the installation of median

barriers used as a solution on State Highway 6. Obviously it’s worked in other regions and keep traffic flows separated.” Waka Kotahi said of the $289 million investment announced for the top of the south on Tuesday, more than $212 million would go on maintaining local roads and state highways, with $31 million for improvements.

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Sounds businesses resisting reduction in Ward councillors By Glenise Dreaver

Graham Gosling, president of the 50-60-strong Picton Business Group, is critical of the proposal being recommended to voters by the Marlborough District Council that would see the Sounds Ward’s representation on council being reduced from three councillors to two. This has come about as part of the Local Government’s Commission nationwide six-yearly review of local body representation, done to ensure that the number of councillors is fairly aligned with the number of residents in any ward. The proposal would see one Sounds councillor removed to make way for an iwi representative. Graham says the group has no problem

with iwi representation, but doesn’t understand why that has to come from decreasing Sounds representatives. He acknowledges that the ratio of Sounds councillors to population is greater than the commission deems ideal, but points out that residents are spread over a wide geographical area, making any meaningful representation difficult. “Travelling up to Pelorus is a big one for example, and we’d be looking for a better representation, rather than less,” he says. The group feels the council as it stands is already very Blenheim-focussed and a decrease of one councillor in that area would make better sense. “Because Picton is where so much is happening, and there is so much potential for growth here,” he says.

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Barbara Faulls, Sounds Ward councillor who lives in Linkwater, is suggesting that perhaps Marlborough people need, now more than ever, to be engaged and to rethink their options for their MDC representation. The Local Government Commission has, she says, let the MDC know that the geographical challenges of the Sounds, accepted at the last review as a reason to allow three Ward councillors instead of the population-based ratio of two, would be unlikely to succeed this time. She personally favours the Ward system as she believes that residents tend to identify with “their” councillor but points out that the July 17 weather event and consequent damage to the roads has changed a lot about her job. It has hugely increased the sheer amount of time spent driving to get to constituents and even just through to Picton and Blenheim. She’s not the only one affected. With so many rural-based industries, and the number of people who drive in to PIcton to work, the current situation is, she says, difficult.

“It’s said internet and the phone are better ways of communicating,” says Barbara. “They’re not!” Cellphone coverage is by no means comprehensive, despite the new towers. “And during the storm, there was only intermittent power in a lot of areas.” These considerations at a time of climate change, “which is definitely happening in the world” are leaving Sounds people very worried, says Barbara. “That’s why I have concerns about reducing the number of councillors when it comes to equitable representation of those in remote areas.” She’s clear that the issue of iwi representation is not up for debate. “But I do wonder if that representative could actually be from the Blenheim Ward rather than from the Sounds.” Solutions have to be right for the people, she says. Despite her own Ward system preference, she adds that thinking about choosing the option of having councillors at large, not representative of any particular area, might need to be thought about. “Or choosing the option of having urban-based and rural-based councillors could also be considered.”

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Leanne Hayes Director/Owner/ Designer at Vanilla Hayes  Are you a dog or cat person? I love dogs but am 100% a crazy cat lady.  What did you want to be when you grew up? I had my heart set on becoming an architect right up until my final year at Marlborough Girls.  Not quite a hidden talent, but I’m very good at? Keeping other peoples secrets. That, and Pictionary.  If you could donate $1m to any charity who would it be and why? Coeliac New Zealand. 4 out of 5 coeliacs remain undiagnosed and there needs to be more awareness about this life-long disease and the mental and physical effects it has.  My all-time favourite food is? This is a tough one! It’s hard to go past a good homemade burger though.  The shop you can’t walk past is? One selling pistachio gelato.  What song is likely to get you on the dance floor? It’s probably quicker to answer what song would keep me off the dance floor!  Your dream weekend involves? Cocktails, costumes, and a choreographed flash mob.  If you could meet anyone in history who would it be and why? Maybe Steve Jobs. And I’d take the opportunity to get his opinion on the charging port being on the bottom of the Apple Mouse.  Favourite programme or series currently watching? Loving Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, and See, on Apple TV.  What’s one thing on your bucket list? Visit good friends in Kilmarnock and Birmingham.

Conserve moisture: By Wally Richards I can remember years back when the expression ‘water table’ was often used. The meaning from Encyclopedia Britannica is; ‘Water table, also called groundwater table, upper level of an underground surface in which the soil or rocks are permanently saturated with water. The water table separates the groundwater zone that lies below it from the capillary fringe, or zone of aeration, that lies above it. The water table fluctuates, both with the seasons and from year to year because it is affected by climatic variations and by the amount of precipitation used by vegetation. It’s also affected by withdrawing excessive amounts of water from wells or by recharging them artificially.’ Nowadays when it rains for a couple of days and gives the soil a nice soak there is only another one or two days afterwards when the gardens need watering again (spring, summer or autumn). The reason is that there is no water table to retain moderate to moist soil for a reasonable period before you need to water. Obviously the underground water has gone and one can only assume that is caused by wells and irrigation of agriculture land. Climate change is greatly contributing to this problem. Our problem as gardeners is to able to have sufficient water for our gardens during dry times especially when water restrictions are implemented. The extension to that is having sufficient water for our own needs if our taps run dry. Country living folk collect rain water off their roofs and store it in tanks for their day to day use but in dry times their tanks also run dry. Some older houses in towns and cities may still have a tank along the side of their house and in my opinion that is a very wise thing to have for dry times. The next step in gardening is conserving/storing water in the gardens by building up your humus in the soil which can hold 80 to 90 percent of its weight in water. You can increase the humus percentage in your gardens by using natural products such as composts, animal manures, blood and bone

garden lime, dolomite, gypsum, mulches and drenching the soils with a combination of Mycorrcin and Magic Botanic Liquid every three months. You can increase the microbial soil life by applying beneficial microbes such as is supplied in Micro Life or Bio Marinus Liquid Fish Fertiliser. These two products each have a number of microbes which in concentrate form, diluted with non chlorinated water and applied to moist soil as a drench. If you take this one step further you can greatly increase the populations by placing say 100mls of both into a two third full bucket of non chlorinated water. Add a couple of tablespoons of molasses and stir into the murky mix. The microbes will multiply using the molasses as food. Each day fill a cup and pour back into the bucket a few times to increase the oxygen content in the water and to agitate the brew. Then after a week or so you can take say a cup full and add to two litres of non chlorinated water and water it into moist soil where you are growing your plants. You can speed up the growth of the microbes by either sitting your bucket on a heat pad or placing an aquarium heater into the bucket and an air stone connected to an air pump to bubble the mix. Now you have your own brew kit for beneficial microbes. Every week or so add more non chlorinated water with a bit of molasses added balancing out what you take from the bucket for the garden. Once a month add more of the Micro Life and Bio Marinus Liquid Fish Fertiliser. You need to avoid chemicals including man-made fertilisers, herbicides and the chlorine in tap water as they kill the soil life you need to promote. A housing and filter to remove the chlorine. Simply snaps on an outside tap and gives you about 16000 litres of chlorine free water for your garden and personal use. Mulches of organic material such as herbicide free grass clippings, newspaper and compost will assist in water retention. Spaying the foliage of plants with

Vaporgard will reduce the plants need for water by about 30 percent and also give the plant more energy. Monthly sprinklings of potash also helps plants to handle drought conditions better. Mulches will help prevent surface soil from drying out causing surface tension where water cannot penetrate. A very big benefit of building up humus percentages in your soil is carbon-sequestering which means, the plants collecting carbon and then stored in the humus. According to a recent study by the Rodale Institute, if regenerative agriculture were practiced globally, 100 percent of current, annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions would be sequestered. That’s a compelling statistic, backed up by Rodale’s Farming Systems Trial (FST), the longest-running test comparing organic and conventional cropping systems. Conventional cropping and farming has removed the humus from soils through their use of chemical fertilisers and sprays, making for inert soils, devoid of soil life with grass and crops force grown by chemical fertilisers. Agriculture/farming in the last 60 odd years has contributed greatly to the carbon problem through the way the industry has used the land in NZ and else where in the world releasing trillions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Simply put, recent data from farming systems and pasture trials show that we could sequester more than 100 percent of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive management practices.’


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txt talk with The Sun Can’t live without takeaways? Two weeks without takeaways and people go crazy for it. Not a real hardship surely.

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Masks To all the reporters etc who remove their mask while speaking on TVNZ1, a big thank you from all us deaf people as I need to see your face, thanks.

Lost skills in lockdown Waiting for a New World shopper last Wednesday I noticed about 25 cars lined up at Mackers. All bar three of these vehicles were piloted by ladies. Does that mean Blenheim ladies are losing the ability to use the kitchen?

So old Winnie had the wrong idea when it came to race. But he was a man of his time. We now know better and are trying to do better, be better. So let’s stop denigrating figures of the past, just because we live in a more enlightened time.

Why no internet Are you aware of a major landline and internet outage? There is and we’re one of the victims.

Changing times No need to go Conflicted NZ Herald reports ‘Climate Change Minister James Shaw will attend climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland in person this November!’ This human travels more than any other MP and does not know how to use zoom! Do as I say and not as I do greenie. Koru Club too? Free hemp shopping bag if anyone can see the problem!

In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act. I hope students are learning George Orwell. Very valid in today’s world.

Great workers Just want to say a big shout out to the two boys up the dump who were really helpful thanks for working through Covid and the kerbside boys, thank you for the job you do, great to have such a service during the lockdown.

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Noticed when on a walk that a policeman in my area had visitors and children over to play during lockdown. Not a good look. Aren’t they supposed to be enforcing the rules not breaking them.

Common sense please and say a big no to racism! While not a fan of the Act Party’s Leader or his parties cavalier attitude to gun controls. He is right on the issue of giving preferential Covid vaccinations based purely on race. It is abhorrent, totally racist and therefore unacceptable in NZ. The vaccination programme should give preferential treatment to those in the medical, border control, police and forces personnel and their families. Thereafter it should be aged based equally across all NZ citizens regardless of ethnicity. Preferential treatment based purely on race/skin colour is wrong on all levels.

Interesting world News has a segment on loved ones not being able to go into the funeral parlour to say their goodbyes. Next story a group who saved a Llama who didn’t appear to be from the same bubble?

Give them a break! Poor old Mike! Poor old Mike Hosking ay! Whining about lack of supply when he goes to get groceries, and this is only after a couple of weeks lockdown. Why would a person of such supreme intellect, would not have seen this pandemic coming four or five years ago and filled up his wine cellar with all the essential of life then.

Can we give a shout out to the guys up at the dump working all the way through lockdown doing the icky job of dealing with our rubbish, not to mention dealing with some selfish humans who think rules don’t apply to them, masks guys! It’s not a big ask to wear them, be kind, respect others jobs.

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Paralympics Exceptionally poor coverage on the Duke channel of our Kiwis in action at the Paralympics. They were never on them at the right time. Missed all the good stuff.

Our Paralympics did so well! Shame it didn’t get the same coverage as the Olympics then more people would have watched how amazingly talented are our fellow New Zealanders.

Send them home A shocking incident at Lyn Mall in Auckland on September 3. But almost as shocking is the fact that those in power were aware exactly how volatile he was and failed to deport him to his homeland years ago.

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The Picton Aquarium What a wonderful attraction it has been for locals and visitors for many years. Sadly, it’s present site is now not available as its lease has expired. Surely the lease should have been looked at by the lessee well before it expired and discussions then held with Port Marlborough in an attempt to find a new and suitable site for the complex. By the way, is the owner of the Aquarium the same person who some few years ago proposed that the town’s beloved Mini Golf green should be removed to make way for a spa pool on that site? Fortunately the good people of Picton firmly rejected that idea!

Re: A big thank you! To the person who found my hand bag hanging on the trolley at Countdown and handed it in, you made my day. Thank you!

Great staff I was shopping at New World on the Tuesday before the lockdown and just wanted to say how amazing all the staff were in the chaos. Thanks to all of you.

Relay weird We learn to prepare healthier, less expensive meals while in lockdown. but as soon as the shackles are eased it’s off to join the queues for the high fat, high cholesterol fix at the takeaway franchises.


Pull over slow drivers OK you don’t have to go back to work but some of us do. You’re welcome to drive at 70kms in a 100k zone to fill in your day but please pull out of the way and let the traffic pass. A couple of months ago a person was driving at 70kms with at least 20 vehicles behind him. A cop went the other way and I thought he would turn around and pull the driver over but no! So its ok to cause an accident by driving too slow and impatient drivers risk overtaking?

Falling trees could be fatal When Marl Roads have finished sorting the roads after the recent floods it would be good if they could go around and take down trees that weigh tons holding on for dear life by their roots waiting for the next lot of rain and wind to crash down across the road. So many near misses lately in Marlborough, the odds are not good for one to actually land on a car soon.

VIP shoppers A big shout out to the very hard work the workers at the supermarket do for the online shoppers. I think those of us that do it that way every week for years should get a VIP ticket so we can get our usual slot during lockdowns. As those that clog the system stop doing it after lockdown. Just a thought.

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Blown away by bad smell By Chloe Ranford

A toastie cafe in Picton is putting a new fan in after neighbours complained about smelling toasted sandwiches all day. Toastie Picton put its upstairs neighbours’ noses out of joint after strong “food smells” wafted up onto their waterfront balconies and into their homes. The stench was allegedly so strong that residents were unable to open their doors or windows between 7.30am and 4.30pm. Even in lockdown, when the cafe was closed, they got a “lingering smell of burnt butter”. A corporation representing the residents of the luxury Oxley Rock apartments told the Marlborough District Council it had received “several complaints” from owners about the smells. Emails seen by a Local Democracy reporter showed, after the complaint, the council visited several apartments and agreed a strong odour could be smelt from the balconies.

The council told Toastie Picton of the complaints and noted its team was “very receptive and keen to correct the issues”. Toastie Picton manager Taylor Hamilton said the business reached out to extraction unit providers after realising it did not have the facilities to keep up with the “unexpected” demand for toasties, causing a “toastie smell” to develop. “We thought we’d just be a cool coffee shop that did a few toastie sandwiches, but toasties are what everyone wants.” It decided to remain closed when the South Island moved to Alert level 2 earlier this month, so a large extraction hood could be put above the cooking area, drawing out the smells. “We understood the smell was a concern and we wanted to get that sorted... We didn’t want to open again knowing that was an issue. We’re looking forward to going back to usual.” Taylor was unsure when the business would reopen, but said it had continued to pay the wages of their five staff. The Diversion Gallery director

Toastie Picton managers Daniel and Taylor Hamilton have been blown away by the “unexpected” demand for their toasties. Now they have to blow the smell away. Photo: Brya Ingram

Barbara Speedy, who worked at a neighbouring shop, said it was clear Toastie Picton had encountered “teething issues” and was working to fix them. “They’ve had a very active little business there, with people coming from all over Marlborough to see it. “I’ve never seen so many young people coming into the heart of

town,” she said. Emails showed the council had checked out Toastie Picton’s new extraction unit and would keep its ear (and nose) to the ground once the unit was installed. It would dish out enforcement action if the “offensive” toastie odour persisted. A council spokesman said the

council was asked to look at Toastie Picton’s operations after some concerns were raised. “We are working with the business owners who are receptive to resolving any issues that might exist, and we commend them for the approach they are taking,” the spokesman said.

Marlborough’s Waste Disposal Levy will focus on four Rs The four Rs – reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling – will be the focus of spending for the Marlborough District Council’s Waste Disposal Levy in 2021/22. The council’s assets and services committee last week approved the spending allocation put forward by solid waste manager Alec McNeil which outlined a series of waste disposal initiatives. The waste disposal levy is set by Central Government and is applied

to all waste entering the Bluegums landfill site in Blenheim. In 2021/22 $330,000 is expected to be returned to the council. “This must be spent on initiatives to promote or achieve waste minimisation which are in accordance with our current Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2021-27 (WMMP),” said Mr McNeil. “The intent of the levy is ultimately to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and the income generated

has to be targeted for this,” he said. “We will split ours into 20 percent for reduction projects, 15 percent on reuse projects, half on recovery projects, and recycling projects will get 15%,” said Mr McNeil. Specifically, this will include the following: Reduction – recruitment of a fixed term waste reduction facilitator for an initial 12 months to work across the business and community sector. This role will be specifically targeted

at illegal dumping and littering reduction at source; Reuse – providing support to the Repurposing of the unwanted household Ggoods project; Recovery – continued support for the Resource Recovery Centre. The funding allocation of $165,000 will be used to pay down capex investment associated with the centre; Recycling – development of tender documents for the contract renewal of the kerbside collection and other re-

cycling collection systems, including information around alternative collection methods, across the district. The Waste Disposal Levy increased from $10 to $20 (GST exclusive) per tonne in July 2021. Further increases have been signalled from Government which are anticipated to result in the levy increasing to $60 per tonne by 2024. The programme of waste disposal initiatives set down is subject to approval by the full Council.

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EVENT: Springlands Lifestyle Village

On Friday Springlands Lifestyle Village took advantage of the beautiful sunshine and served lunch in the courtyard. It was such a beautiful day.Residents had fish and chips followed by ice cream in a cone! Some even indulged in a nice glass of sauvignon blanc! Staff entertained the Residents with their version of the Macarena!

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SEARLES Leslie Ernest (Les) 22.8.17 = 1935-2017. In loving memory. To my dearest, it’s been four long years. I loved you yesterday, I love you today and I will love you tomorrow. I miss you. A light has gone out in my tent. Loss leaves a heartache that nobody can heal and love leaves a memory that no one can steal. Your loving wife Barb and your four boys and their families.

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

Death notices HILLS: Mary (nee Weld) 91 years. Service at Fairhall Cemetery Blenheim. Friday, September 17 at 1.30pm. ELLIS: Marie Kathleen Rebecca (nee Knight). Passed away peacefully September 4, 2021 at Woodfall Rest Home. Dearly loved sister to Shirley and the late Allen Walding, David (late) and Liz Knight and the late Sharon Knight. Dearly loved by all her nieces and nephews. Farewell Mrs Bouquet. RIP Marie. TE KAWA, George (‘Boss George’): On Tuesday September 7, 2021, peacefully at Nelson Hospital. In his 73rd year. Much loved husband of the late Matricia. Dearly loved father of Priscilla, Georgeena, and son-in-law Anaru Mullen. Grandfather/ Koro of Royce (late), Aaron, Marlon, Georgie, Tayla-May, Maniah and Geeana. Koronui of Taliyah, Harmony, Kyden (late), Mia, Dallas, Lorenzo (late), Malachi (late) and Ollie. Messages may be sent to 78 Budge Street, Blenheim 7201. George’s tangihanga will be held at midday on Saturday September 11, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. Due to Covid Level 2 restrictions limited attendance is by invitation only, however you are welcome to view George’s farewell online at https:// php?k=1631174377135825 Respectfully cared for by GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

NICHOLLS, Ian Jack Arthur: Passed away peacefully at Wairau Hospital with loving wife Felisa at his side, on Thursday September 9, 2021. Aged 84 years. Muchloved father of Lee-Anne, Andrew, Tracey, and Greg and partners. Grandfather of nine grandchildren. Beloved brother of Dawn, Dallas, Paula and Peter, and a loved uncle of his nieces and nephews. A private family service has been held.

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CARTER, Daphne May: On Friday September 10, 2021, peacefully at Ashwood Park Retirement Village, Blenheim. Aged 90 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Laurence, loved mother and mother-in-law of Chris, Les and Ngaire (Brisbane); grandmother and great grandmother to her many grandchildren. Sister of Dorothy (deceased), George (deceased) Thelma, Janette and Brent. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Alzheimer’s Marlborough, c/- 8 Wither Road, Blenheim 7201, or BNZ a/c 02-0600-0112284-00 Ref CARTER. In accordance with Daphne’s wishes, a private cremation service has been held.

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Community notices Te Rerenga o Te Ra Kapa Haka Housie Fundraiser 1pm Saturday 18th September, Clubs of Marlborough. 40 Games and 2 Supers, Raffles.

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HARRISON, Mark Richard: On Sunday September 12, 2021 at Hospice Marlborough after a short struggle. Loved husband of Carolyn, father of Jemma, and “Grampy” of Zak. Special thanks to the staff at Hospice Marlborough. Messages may be sent to the Harrison Family, c/- P O Box 110, Blenheim 7240. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Blind Foundation would be appreciated and may be made to BNZ bank account 020192-0028330-008 Ref HARRISON. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, Mark will be farewelled privately.

Open 1st & 3rd Saturdays every month. 11am-12.30pm. NEW VENUE: Connect, corner of High Street and Beaver Road, Blenheim. Sign out. Free & confidential healing prayer available to anyone. Phone 578 9704.

Marlborough Community Housie Back on September 16. Running under level 2 protocols. 6.45pm start. Blenheim Bowling Club, Weld Street.

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WHITING, Duncan MNZOM 1990 Commemoration medal. Marlborough Living Treasure. Sheryl, Johnathon, Mathew, Nicholas and families would like to thank everyone for the flowers, cards and amazing food that we have been given before and after Duncan died. Your love and care have given us all strength. Please accept this as a personal thank you.

STEEL: Ross. Passed away August 31, 2021 aged 79 years at Beachfront Rest Home Auckland. Loved husband of the late Cheryl Steel. Brother and brother inlaw to the late John and Lorraine Steel, Louise Dwen, the late Marie and Tom Fettes, Elizabeth and the late David Knight, Monica Westerholm and the late Michael Muter (Australia). Dearly loved by his nieces and nephews. Will be sadly missed.

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Start date Monday 18 October, 2021, or by negotiation We are seeking an enthusiastic and positive person, preferably with nursing or health care experience, who has an understanding of supporting young primary age children with individual health needs. The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to build strong relationships and possess a relational approach that is strength-based and solution focused. This permanent position is part time during the school term only, (9 am to 3pm). The position will be approximately 25 hours per week. Applications close midday, Thursday Sept 23. Please apply by submitting a covering letter, CV and contact details of two referees to

JOURNALIST - PART TIME We have a position available for an experienced Journalist at The Blenheim Sun. Our weekly community newspaper is the market leader here in Blenheim, established in 2002. Our local office is based in the Blenheim CBD We’re looking for a professional with enthusiasm, passion, and a good work ethic who can write well to meet deadlines and be able to take a good photograph as required. Alternatively phone Les for a confidential chat on 021360008


We are in need of an optical assistant, no optics knowledge required. We are looking for confident, well-presented people who love to help customers, pay attention to detail and can work on their own initiative as well as part of a large team. Full training will be given to successful candidates. From learning pre-screening to advising patients of fashionable and function eye-wear. Part time / Full time positions. This role will include working weekends. Contact us: Please send them to: Or drop them off at: 79 Market St 7201

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NOTICE OF AGM The annual general meeting of the Royal NZ Naval Association (Marlborough) Branch Inc is to be held in the: RSA Lounge, Clubs of Marlborough 11am, Sunday, October 24, 2021. Agenda: Minutes of previous AGM – Annual reports, Annual Accounts for year ending August 31, 2021 – General Business – Election of officers. Nomination forms available from Secretary phone 579 5073 T Grant, Secretary

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30 September 2021 Marlborough House 21 Henry St, Blenheim Business: Presentation of Annual Reports & Election of Officers Time: 5.30pm Committee nominations to be received by 5pm Friday 24th September Enquiries: Phone - 03 579 6410 or Email:

The board has determined that there are 3 places in New Entrants, 1 in year 5 and 1 in year 6 available for out-of-zone students next year (2022). No spaces available in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone, which will also determine if there are further places for 2022 in the second ballot. Next year there will be 2 enrolment periods. The first enrolment period runs from 31st January 2022 to 14th April 2022. For students seeking enrolment within the first enrolment period, the deadline for receipt of applications for out-of-zone places is 15th October 2021. Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend enrolling their child at any time during the next year should notify the school by 15th October 2021 to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Applications are to be made in writing to: Witherlea School Board of Trustees Witherlea School 214 Weld Street BLENHEIM 7201 Or by email to: If the number of out-of-zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out-of-zone places is required, it will be held on 30th October 2021. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held. Details relating to the second enrolment period are as follows. Length of enrolment period: from 2nd May 2022 to 1st July 2022. Deadline for receipt of applications: 8th April 2022 Date of ballot: 22nd April 2022

FAIRHALL SCHOOL The board invites applications from parents who wish to enrol their sons and daughters at Fairhall School for the start of the 2022 school year. Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office or on our school’s website The deadline for receipt of applications for out-ofzone places is Thursday 30 September 2021. Parents of students who live within the home zone should also apply by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. The board has determined that there are 2 places in Year 1, 2 places in Year 2, 4 places in Years 3 and 4 and 4 in Years 5 and 6 available for outof-zone students commencing 2022. There are No spaces available in Year 7 and 8. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone. If the number of out-of-zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot is required it will be held on Friday 1 October, 2021. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three days of the ballot being held. Steve Crockett Principal Fairhall School

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Age Concern Marlborough Inc. Annual General Meeting 2021 Postponed until 7 October 2021 at the Marlborough Community Centre Seminar room (Room 10) 25 Alfred Street Commencing at 10.30am All members, supporters and other interested persons are cordially invited to attend

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Beauty Business For Sale name and equipment Long established Beauty Salon is selling the respected name, equipment, advertising board and a set of personalised car number plates. All must be sold as one lot. Equipment is substantial but includes: Epilation machine, electrical massage machine, sun tan equipment, nail spray gun, steamer, hot bamboo massage sticks, couch, portable courch and retail sales items plus many other items too numberous to mention. Business is closed due to the sudden death of the therapist. Offers. Phone 579 2299

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MARLBOROUGH GRAPE GROWERS SOUGHT TO PARTNER WITH LOCAL WINERY te Pā Family Vineyards is seeking SWNZ accredited grape growers to work with from this year to meet growing international and national demand. We’re looking for growers of: • Pinot Noir • Pinot Noir for Rosé • Pinot Gris • Chardonnay • Sauvignon Blanc. If you would like to work with a fast-growing New Zealand-owned local wine company, with award-winning wine brands, please get in touch with te Pā General Manager Kelvin Deaker at or Chief Winemaker Sam Bennett on or call the office at 035705192 to discuss this further.

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MDC challenge to figures on Three Waters MDC staff have sent an in-depth report examining the Government’s Three Waters reform proposals and what they mean for Marlborough to the full council meeting tomorrow, Thursday September 16. The report includes staff analysis of the Government’s projected savings and the claimed benefits of transferring Marlborough’s three waters infrastructure into one or more new water service entities. Mayor John Leggett said the council’s own analysis is revealing. “The Government’s numbers are based on high growth projections and efficiency gains happening in Marlborough over the next thirty years. “But when you recast the numbers with what in my view are more realistic growth and efficiency gains, the benefits in favour of transferring our Three Waters infrastructure and services are less convincing. “If councillors support staff’s recommendations I will be asking the Government to allow us more time to do further work to quantify the net benefit of their proposals. “And, like other mayors, I’d like the Three Waters’ reforms to be carried out in conjunction with the Future of Local Government review that is also under way.” He says no decision is required from council at this stage. “We can reserve our position on whether we opt -in or opt out of the process at this point. “ He says, however, that not only do they want greater clarity on what the governance arrangements of the proposed entities will be, they want a decision on our southern border. “The Government’s current proposal splits our district into two new water entities and that means, if the proposals were to go ahead, Seddon residents would face higher water bills than Blenheim residents.” He says the staff analysis shows there is a net financial benefit in opting in. “In other words, most Marlburians would be likely to pay less for their water in 30 years’ time, under the current information we have available to us. “However, we have to weigh that up against the possibility that Marlborough will have a greatly reduced level of control over Three Waters capital expenditure and the prioritisation of the spend in our region.” “The question that lies at the heart of

Mayor John Leggett: MDC analysis “revealing.”

these proposals is – ‘Is this a price worth paying?’ “Judging by the public feedback myself and councillors are currently receiving every day by phone and email, the answer to that question is a resounding ‘no’, ” says the Mayor. “Losing control of an asset base that Marlburians have laboriously and carefully built up over many generations is a very hard pill to swallow for people here.” “But let’s wait for the discussion around the table tomorrow and hear all councillors’ views on the recommendations I have made in the report.” “It’s important that the public understands that, contrary to a popular misconception out there, no decision is required of Council to opt-in or opt-out at the moment. “However we do plan to seek further public feedback over the coming weeks through a special email address: 3waters@ and we’re planning to run videoconference webinars by Zoom.” “I would encourage people to read the Council report and all the other information on our website at www.marlborough. and then email us at the address above and let us know what you think.” “Please put your name down for a webinar if you want to get into the detail and hear more of the council’s view – it is a very complex set of issues.”



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Chance to take up dragon boating

The Marlborough Dragon Boating Club: End of season regatta, at the South Island Championships 2021, at Lake Hood, Ashburton. By Glenise Dreaver

A relatively little-known dragon boating club is looking for new local members. The ‘Simply the Breast’ women’s team of rowers drawn from local breast cancer survivors is well known and will continue. The Marlborough District Dragon Boat Club however, has a crew of both men and women and they are actively recruiting more

members. President Jim Luff took up the sport in Christchurch and after shifting to Marlborough, his enthusiasm kept him travelling down for training and events there. But his passion for the sport saw him set up a local club three years ago, calling for interested locals and, he says, it’s worked well. “We’ve got about 22 members.” However, with the need for 20 crew and a

Golf Results Marlborough Golf Club September 8: Women’s stableford: Denise Pickering 28, Lucy Jefferis 27, Lizzie Turnbull 26. September: Men’s stableford Div.1:Robin Whiting 36, Malcolm Pettigrew 33, Chris Henry 32, John Muir 30, Ken Steel 30, Div.2:Michael Dwyer 33, Malcolm McKenzie 32, John Davis 30, Ian Newport 29, Werner Pluss 29, Rex Scoble 29. September 11: Women’s stableford: Lizzie Turnbull 35, Denise Pickering 32, Jacqueline McHaffie 26. Men’s sta-

bleford Div.1:Stephen Harvey 36, Wesley Green 35, Kerry Fyfe 35, Tracy Goss 34, Lance Nuttall 33, Bruce Snowden 33, Tom Turner 33. Div.2:Mark Mason 34, Scott Allen 33, Glenn Kirkwood 33, Gary Duke 32, Peter Diack 32, John Muir 32. Div.3:Hans Blohm 36, Hugh Bay 36, Jeff Clarke 35, Alastair Boyle 32, Mike Dwyer 32, Joshua Abrahams 32, Greg King 32, Ian Newport 32, Graeme Parker 32.

”It’s a very good team sport,” says Jim. The boat is provided by South Island Dragon Boating, like all competition boats provided because they have to be standardised. Jim says they are looking at fundraising to raise the $12,000 needed to get their own for practising and non-representative events. If you are interested, you can contact Jim at

Blenheim Golf Club September 9: Stableford 9 Holes Stableford Ian Hatcher 15 Arnold Newman 15 Roy Lilley 15 Leo McKendry 13 Phil Starkey 39 Bob Tapp 34 Trent Davies 32 Tom Bainbridge 32 Doug Shaw 32 Blue Arthur 31 Murray Ingram 30 Colin Pitkethly 29 Steve Anderson 29. September

11: American Stableford John Delany 59 Desz Campbell 54 Jim Findlay 52 Brian Yarrall 52 Grant Flynn 52 Lord James Brunel 51 Trent Davies 51 Brent Baker 51 Clive Drummond 50 Bob Tapp 50 Blue Arthur 50 Rodd Agnew 50.

Awatere Golf Club Wednesday, September 8: Ladies played LGU : 1st Sue Murray 76, 2nd Margaret Hastings 77, 3rd Jane Hall 78. Saturday, September 11: Stableford: Maureen Burrow 75/35, Mary Anne Reinke 77/33, Rachael Westenra 79/31. Men:

Gary Wright 66/41, Tony Jordan 68/38, Richard Ronaki 69/37, Keith Doonan 70/39. Mike Van Dijk 71/35, Barry Hyndman 71/35. Nearest to pin on 9/18 Maureen Burrow, on 2/11 Jordan Judge. Twos – Jordan Judge.

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Wairau Valley Golf Club Saturday, September 11: Medal/LGU/ Putts: Ladies: Leanne Young 70, Mel Hampton 72, Jan Rutherford 72, Robyn Pupich 72, Elaine Brown 74, Maureen McKenzie 75 Men: Pete Jerram 70, John

full-time drummer, “We need a drummer!” They are actively recruiting more. The season runs between October to March, but they’ve been doing the occasional winter paddle “to keep our bodies in shape,” says Jim. The first event they will take a team to on is in Akaroa on September 27 with a couple of other events, including the regionals, to be held in Christchurch before the nationals on Lake Karapiro in March.

McLauchlan 70, Richard Bruce 71, Bill Lacey 71, Colin Baker 71, Roger Restall 71, Mike Collins 75, Ash Ticehurst 75 Putts: Pete Jerram 25, John McLauchlan 25 Twos: Mike Collins.

Saturday, September 4: Wayne Pratt 38, Jock Mannington 37, Ian Johnson 36, Chris Kennington 35, Jeff Pasoe, Mike McGuire, 34, PhilHawke , Mark Ivamy, 32. Thursday, September 9: Mark Ivamy 38, Gary Aldridge 36, Hyram Taylor 33,

Aaron Wilson, Jeff Pascoe, John Saxon, 31, Nick Wright 30. Friday, September 10: 9Hole Stableford- Dido Harper 21, Ellie Gillies 16, Penny Edwards, Tom Alexander, 13.

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sports talk With Jacob Page

Banged by Bangladesh - no problem There are a few positives from the Black Caps’ twenty20 defeat in Bangladesh. The tour has been devalued by the vastly under-strength Kiwi team which was sent over but I am willing to be a glass-half-full kind of guy about it. Yes, the batting has been rubbish, Colin de Grandhomme in particular, but the pitches have not been well suited to twenty20 cricket.

Targets have been chased down well below a run-a-ball and it has deterred from the overall spectacle. Ajaz Patel has proven himself to be worth a go as a front-line spinner for the Black Caps and that includes in unfavourable conditions. Names for the future like Rachin Ravindra, Will Young, Ben Sears and Finn Allen have had a taste of

touring cricket. While it has not been successful in terms of results, blooding the next generation of national cricketers is time well spent. It seems clear, Gary Stead and his team have made the T20 format their least important of the three. As a purist, I endorse the thinking. I also do not see Kane Williamson’s team or any New Zealand

side, contending for any global trophies in sub-continent conditions. Some Kiwi fans want the team to play better in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh but the reality is the small player pool generated by New Zealand never sees spin-friendly pitches on home soil. Therefore, they never face big turners of the ball and therefore we have always struggled away from seamer-friendly or flat pitches.

MBC trio make Crusaders age-group camp A trio of Marlborough Boys’ College rugby players are set to assemble in Christchurch next month for the 2021 edition of the Junior Crusaders Camp. Cooper Roberts, Jake Pacey and Will Mackenzie have been named as part of the 60-strong squad. In total, 11 secondary schools within the Crusaders region will be represented. The squad will be led by Crusaders Forwards Coach, Jason Ryan, who says it is a privilege to be able to connect with emerging talent and provide them with an opportunity to grow within the Crusaders environment. “I’m extremely honoured to be Head Coach of the Junior Crusaders and really looking forward to connecting with these young men and working with the entire management group during this exciting and unique week we have lined up,” Ryan said. At the conclusion of the camp, a 26-strong squad will be named to play the Highlanders Under 18 side on Friday, October 15 in Timaru. Planning for the camp, which runs from Monday October 11 to Wednesday, October 13, is underway and this year promises to provide attendees with a comprehensive rugby experience. Players will not only gain key insights into a high performance environment - including goal setting, nutrition, fitness and mental skills - but, more specially, they’ll learn what it means to be a Crusader, with a focus on connection and enjoyment.

Cricket fans are in the midst of the golden era of cricket and losing a meaningless T20 series against Bangladesh does not change that. I give the team no chance of winning the T20 World Cup in India in the coming months and deep down I think coach Gary Stead and co realise their focus is best served in the two longer formats while this glorious core of players remains intact.


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Cuddon Cycling Marl Saturday, September 18: 1.30pmFairhall Hall - Open Grade- Anderson Rosebowl 40km Handicap, Junior U17 -Keighley Cup. 18km Handicap. Please assemble 1pm. Open Grade $5. Monday,September 20: 3.45pm Junior road training and coaching - Meet at cnr of Rowberrys Road and Dillons Point Road. All welcome. For further info contact Warren 021663910 or Graham 0278212379. Also see website w w w. for more information.

Classic Golf tournament ‘The Classic’ golf tournament to be held up at the Wairau Valley Golf club will go ahead as planned on Friday, September 24 as long as we are at Covid level 1. An alternative date of Friday, November 19 has been set if Covid-level is 1 not reached for the September date.

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TALENT: Marlborough Boys’ College rugby players Cooper Roberts, Jake Pacey and Will Mackenzie have been named in the Crusaders under-18 development camp which will be held next month.

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