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Filipino community devastated By Chris Valli

Blenheim’s Filipino community is devastated and deeply saddened after seven Filipino lives were lost in the head on crash south of Picton Sunday morning. Three generations of the Auckland family, ranging from nine months to 61-years-old were tragically killed in the crash and were returning home to the North Island after attending a loved one’s funeral in Gore. President of the Blenheim Filipino Community Association Rodel Daquioag says they extend their condolences to the bereaved Pukekohe family. Continued on page 2. Police made the decision to show media the dangers of driving and what can happen on our roads. Photo: George Heard/NZ Herald


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Continued from page 1. “Our thoughts and prayers go out for them. As a leader in the Blenheim community I urge everyone to have a presence of mind and to drive with caution especially in these weather conditions. The roads are slippery with black ice. It’s devastating. “I have a family with three children. It is very hard to understand. It’s already done. I pray to God.” Rodel was working for Blue Bridge Ferries at the time of the accident and has been in the role for just over one week. Fellow Filipino Matilde Figuracion, who lives in Wellington, was meant to have travelled on the same ferry as the family involved in the crash. Picton local Beverley Kenny says she is asking to have the speed limit reduced and better lighting between Picton and Tuamarina. “Our young inexperienced teenage

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drivers have to travel that road not long after passing their driving tests for work or school. I myself have to travel on that road at 6am most mornings. I continually face trucks and cars speeding towards Picton to catch the ferry.” Beverly says the road is very dark and in winter the conditions are deadly with ice and water and visibility is extremely poor. “We have all witnessed cars and trucks driving too fast to get to the ferry in Picton or tired drivers leaving the ferry’s heading away. Let’s protect our young drivers and ourselves.” Picton mechanic Jacob Lutherus travels the road every day for work and says he often sees shocking driving, crossing centre lines and dangerous passing manoeuvres and overall poor driving in general. “Whilst speed may be a factor of some accidents, I don’t believe it’s a

factor in the majority. What might work is better driving training and education and more importantly updating road infrastructure, something as simple as a barrier between both lanes.” The crash happened on the same bend where Picton man Gary Kenny died in a head-on collision with a truck in March 2020. Police say the circumstances of the crash are still under investigation. However, Tasman District Commander Inspector Paul Borrell says early indications were the van crossed the centreline before colliding with the truck. Marlborough Area Commander Simon Feltham said both vehicles had been seized for examination. The probe will reveal if either vehicle had a dashcam containing footage of the crash that could reveal what happened. Waka Kotahi said in the last decade

there had been five fatalities and 21 serious injuries on State Highway one between Picton and Blenheim. It was assisting the Serious Crash Unit with its investigation. "We'll also carry out our own review of the crash site as we do in response to all fatal crashes on the state highway network and we'll focus on the potential contribution of any road or roadside factors to the crash and any safety improvements that can be made at this site," a spokesperson said. Meanwhile, police have confirmed one person has died after the van they were driving collided with a truck on State Highway 6. The driver of the truck was critically injured. The crash happened near Kaituna just outside Renwick at 1:40pm on Monday. It is the first serious crash on SH6 between Blenheim and Nelson since the speed limit was lowered in 2020.

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Rate increase announced Marlborough Mayor John Leggett has announced that this year’s proposed rates increase will be 5.39%, to be confirmed at the next council meeting on June 30. He says this year’s rates increase had largely been driven by factors outside their control - inflation, new Government requirements and higher labour and supply chain costs. He said they had supported a “relatively small” number of requests from the public this year. “We have had to tighten our belts.” He said, however, the budget for the coming year maintained their current levels of service with a $83.4m capital expenditure programme of core infrastructure upgrades, the highest level ever.

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Helping hands By Chris Valli

The saying all clouds have a silver lining came to fruition for Blenheim’s Menz Shed recently. Blenheim Menz Shed, one of four in the region, has been running since 2012 providing a handyman’s haven for hobbyists with time on their hands and doing good for the community. Menzshed secretary Brian Tuffey says the Menz Shed receives donations of bikes from a broad cross section of the Marlborough community. However, bicycles which had

been donated and refurbished were stolen recently. Following the break-in they found two good quality bikes had been stolen. Brian says the Menz Shed Chairperson, Dave Oliver posted his disappointment on Facebook. “Harcourts became aware of the situation when they donated $500 toward our security system upgrade. Our committee is now investigating the best security option available based on funds available to us.” Lauren Palatchie from Harcourts Marlborough says it infuriates her that people think they can

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take what isn’t theirs. She says If there’s a way to help, especially a not for profit organisation, then she will. “Luckily I am part of the Harcourts Marlborough that gives huge amounts of ongoing financial support in our community and the Menz Shed have now joined us as part of our community network referral program, called Helping Hands. We are really pleased we could help the Menz Shed along with the Bright Centre.” Brian says usually as a result of upgrading their bike or clearing out their shed they find themselves

with a bike to get rid of. This bike may require refurbishment and they have a dedicated team of guys that take care of this. “We then sell the bikes to fund the Menz Shed’s activities or where appropriate we may indeed donate a bike to a needy individual.” Brian says it is a positive outcome and all clouds indeed do have a silver lining. The Menz Shed would like to acknowledge Harcourts for their generous offer. He says he would also like to thank the members of the public who donated quality bikes to replace the ones stolen.

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Keep calm and carry yarn By Chris Valli

Amazing technicolour knitting: Christine O’Neil, Bev Tinsley, Annette Sowman, Dianne Storey, Colleen Agnew, Margaret Marfell, Sue Maher,Dorothy Grocott and Carol Taylor.

What do you call 90 blankets, 115 sets of hat scarves and gloves and mittens, 56 pairs of slippers, 118 jerseys and 158 hats? A local knitting group who have their strings attached. Carol Taylor from the Redwoodtown Community knitting group says the group of volunteers are part of a wider network of volunteers across the country that knit clothes and blankets for orphans in Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Moldova. Named Operation Cover Up hundreds of community volunteers come together to make a little bit of difference. The Redwoodtown group is no exception. Winter in Eastern Europe can get as low as -25 degrees Celsius and many children and families have little to help them face the harsh cold. “The work we are doing now will be collated with other groups across the country and sent to Auckland to be dispatched to Ukraine. We have people on the ground in the Ukraine that are able to dispatch our knitting to the communities in need,” says Carol. Last year the group knitted over 90 blankets, 115 sets of hat scarves and gloves and mittens, 56 pairs of slippers, 118 jerseys and 158 hats. That is some fair ‘knit one and purl two’. Operation Cover Up sends two huge shipping containers each year bursting with blankets and clothing as well as a few hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, brushes) to those in need in Eastern Europe. A display of the knitting is open to the public on Saturday, June 25 at St Christopher’s Church Hall in Weld Street. Carol says it costs $5 per blanket to send overseas so they are always looking for donations.

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We care just as much as they do By Chris Valli

Six rubbish bags, a couple of tyres and a collection of corrugated iron. All in an hours work for the senior students of Riverlands School and Blenheim South Rotary. The school’s (collective) goal is to develop effective thinkers skilled in communication, numeracy and inquiry, who exhibit the skills and values of constructive citizenship. It was citizenship to the fore last Thursday as students worked alongside the more ‘mature’ students of the Blenheim community and walked the talk about taking care of the environment. Riverlands is an enviroschool, an action-based programme where young people are empowered to design and lead sustainability projects in the school and wider community. The Enviro team encourages both staff, students and parents to treat the planet, the school, each other and themselves with respect and thoughtfulness. The school’s student enviro leaders are Kevin Barnard and Valentina Kopusar. Year 8 student Abbie Cornelius could certainly articulate with confidence what rubbish or plastic does to her own backyard and beyond. “We wanted to make our school around here nice and clean so it’s a better environment. This sort of thing helps us step up as leaders also.” Outgoing president of Blenheim South Rotary Kevin Moseley says the idea was part of their youth portfolio so member Marg Scott got in touch with Dave Parsons, the principal of Riverlands School.

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Dear Ed, So, the general populace of our small town is to be banned from lighting fires in winter, in or outside. Wood Burners are to be replaced (with what?) and we cannot light a brazier to cook on during winter months. Winter is going to be more bleak than usual. But they seem to have omitted the damage to air quality from

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Dear Ed, It is always disheartening when a ‘not for profit’ charitable organisation like the Blenheim Menzshed is the target of thieves. The bicycles stolen had been donated to us and refurbished. Should the thief or thieves feel the inclination to steal from us again or damage our premises, please don’t! Simply ask us and we will give you a bike if your need is that great.

All clouds however have a silver lining and the Menzshed would like to acknowledge Harcourts Real Estate who has made a donation to us of $500 to upgrade our security system. Thanks also to the members of the public who donated quality bikes to replace the ones stolen. This support was very much appreciated Brian Tuffey

Diesel Landcruiser 4WD jump starts Kia Electric Car the exhausts of the powerful jet engines on full power as the pilots take off from the airport. AirNZ have three flights a day that I know of. There are also Air Force jets taking off at our airport and dotting the sky almost all day. And us poor peasants are responsible for the poor air quality? Pull the other leg!

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On Saturday the 18th I went to Fairhall Cemetery, to pay respect to my late wife, there were a lot of people out there doing the same as I was. On leaving I drove around the bottom end of the carpark to see empty beer cans and bottles lying on the park-up area, in the same area the scum of this town have chosen to do donuts and wheelies on the grass area. I hope that you are proud of yourselves, as I am sure your parents and grandparents would be ashamed of your behaviour and disrespect for people’s loved ones. G.E. Carter

Dear Ed, Whether it is a medical emergency or a mechanical fault, or anything in between, let’s hope the NZTA doesn’t rush to take their usual course of action by reducing yet another highway speed limit. Colliding with a truck at 80kph is no different than colliding with one at 100kph, fatal. Reducing speed limits generally leads to more accidents not less, as inattentiveness/ tiredness increases with extra time spent on any given journey. New Zealand’s speed limit is less than all of the other European countries, including Australia that we compare our road toll to. A not so insignificant amount of $2.4m was spent erecting side crash barriers, where the only downside of running off the road was a watery ending. How more sensible it would have been to have erected the barriers in the centre of the road, where they could have been far more beneficial. It is time for the NZTA to step up. Chris Davies Past traffic signal engineer

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Council decisions on Annual Plan 2022-23 Council confirmed its funding priorities for its Annual Plan 2022-2023 last week, after considering 78 submissions from the public. Deputy Mayor Nadine Taylor, who chaired the meeting and hearings said after careful consideration the Council had managed to keep this year’s proposed rates increase to 5.39 per cent, which would be confirmed at the Council meeting on 30 June. “As noted by Mayor John Leggett at the beginning of our public consultation process, this year’s proposed rates increase is driven by external factors outside our control - inflation, new Government requirements and higher labour and supply chain costs, which are impacting on all councils.” “Our budget for the coming year maintains current levels of service with a $83.4M capital expenditure programme focused on delivering core infrastructure, our highest ever level.” “It was pleasing to receive requests from such passionate members of the Marlborough community. While each request is important to the submitter, Council has to take a helicopter view of needs and benefits across the region,” Deputy Mayor Taylor said. “It’s always challenging to manage the community’s desire for increased levels of service and project funding whilst also keeping a lid on rates increases, a task that is much more difficult in the current financial environment.” “Council is very conscious of the impacts of Covid-19 and general cost increases on people’s pockets. We have sought to keep this year’s rate increase to a minimum and tightened our belts, supporting a relatively small number of initiatives,” Deputy Mayor Taylor said. Councillors supported funding for the following projects (GST exclusive): • $30,000 to Destination Marlborough for a one-off grant to support offshore travel trade promotion, with Tourism New Zealand • $2,748 to Business Trust Marlborough to cover its CPI increase • $5,000 increase in annual funding to the Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards • $3,000 annual grant to the Spring Creek Residents and Ratepayers Association for hall maintenance • $6,500 increase to the Flaxbourne Settlers Association operating grant • $20,000 one-off grant to the Marlborough Community Vehicle

Trust to assist with increased Blenheim to Nelson health transfer operating costs • $4,000 annual increase to the Picton Historical Society to account for CPI increase • $13,000 for one year, subject to further review next year, to the Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough for the Career Navigator programme • $1,000 annual increase to the Blenheim Community Patrol to assist with increased community patrol operating costs • $1,540 annual increase to the Okiwi Bay Ratepayers Association to assist with reserve maintenance In addition councillors agreed to support some requests, subject to additional project funding being secured, including: • $31,689 one-off funding to the Marlborough Heritage Trust to cover one-third of the maintenance work cost on the Edwin Fox subject to the Trust securing two-thirds lotteries grant funding • $100,000 to Picton Dawn Chorus for traps and other equipment. Councillors encouraged Picton Dawn Chorus to discuss with DOC options to change their Jobs for Nature funding criteria to enable the partial purchase of traps and equipment • Up to $250,000 to the Flaxbourne Heritage Trust to complete the construction of the proposed heritage centre, but subject to all other necessary funding being raised by the Trust and confirming their costings A number of other requests were referred to Council committees for further consideration, including a request from Rangitane o Wairau for $110,000 for feasibility work for a proposed Cultural Heritage Centre - Nga Wairau o Ruatere, which received strong support from councillors. A number of building maintenance requests from the Flaxbourne Settlers Association totalling $9,739 were referred to the Small Townships Programme Sub-Committee. The other new initiatives the Council proposed in its consultation were largely supported by public submissions and are set out below. The majority will be funded from Reserves and so will not impact on rates. • $831,400 over four years for upgrades and improvements for community facilities and playgrounds

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in Blenheim, Picton, Renwick and Havelock • $70,000 of funding to cover operational costs at Lansdowne Sportshub • One off $100,000 operating grant to the Marlborough Heritage Trust in 2022-23; the Trust manages and operates the Marlborough Museum and archives at Brayshaw Heritage Park, and the Edwin Fox • $250,000 for amenity upgrades in Marlborough’s smaller towns through the Small Townships Programme • $125,000 to implement the Government’s new National Policy Statement (NPS) on Freshwater Management for three years • $50,000 for building capacity and capability to implement the NPS on Freshwater Management - Te Mana o te Wai - for three years • $150,000 to support potential rezoning variations for housing and other developments to the Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan • Increase in staff remuneration budgets to remain competitive in the challenging employment market ($562,000), and additional personnel in Emergency Management, Human Resources and Rivers to meet increased workloads - $150,000 A $100,000 proposal to lift Picton Foreshore and Shelly Beach maintenance to premier park status was supported by councillors but the expenditure withdrawn until landscape design is completed and costed. The landscape work will be carried out by Council’s Gardening Team, which designs and maintains Council’s premier parks at Seymour Square and Pollard Park. “This is an economical way for Council to take this project forward, using in-house resources,” Deputy Mayor Taylor said. Rates for the coming year will be set at the Council meeting on Thursday 30 June and come into effect on 1 July.

Council’s Blenheim office will be closed from 5.00 pm on Thursday 23 June and reopen on Monday 27 June at 8.00 am. Please note that the Blenheim Customer Service Centre is also closed on Wednesdays between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm. Opening times for transfer stations, the Resource Recovery Centre, Greenwaste Acceptance Facility, composting and the landfill on Matariki are: Transfer stations Blenheim Friday 24 June - 8.00 am to 4.30 pm Picton Friday 24 June - 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Havelock Friday 24 June - 8.00 am to 2.00 pm Rai Valley Friday 24 June - 9.00 am to 12 noon Seddon and Wairau Valley transfer stations will be closed on Friday June. Resource Recovery Centre and Greenwaste Acceptance Facility Friday 24 June - 8.00 am to 4.30 pm Landfill Friday 24 June - closed. Kerbside rubbish bag and recycling collections Rubbish bags and recycling crates normally collected on Fridays will be collected on Thursday 23 June. Please make sure your bag and crate is out on the kerb by 7.30 am. Marlborough District Libraries Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) and Picton Library and Service Centre will be closed on Friday 24 June. Bus services Bus services will not operate on Matariki. Weekend services will operate on Saturday 25 and normal weekday services resume on Monday 27 June.

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Wednesday June 22, 2022

Pathway from despair to giving back From aspiring juvenile delinquent, through 25 years as a Royal Naval rating and Marine Commando, and a second successful career in business, Peter Leach talks to Glenise Dreaver about his pathway to managing a local charity. For the new manager of Picton’s charitable Papatuanuku Independency Trust, it’s been quite a journey from the mean streets of industrial Middlesbrough in the Northeast of England, living in the in the late 70’s of Thatcher era, with 82 per cent unemployment, within the area, meant his future looked bleak. For a sports-loving and adventurous young man, the results were predictable and adventurous but in the wrong direction. I was hanging out with the “wrong crowd”, headed for Trouble with a capital ‘T’, he fortunately had what he calls a “light bulb moment”, realising how badly his anti-social behaviour affected innocent people. So, aged 17, Peter joined the Royal Navy, leaving the trouble behind him. His career began following his basic training in communications, as the Falklands War began. Both sailors and Marine Commandos were aboard his first naval ship and saw action as a raw 17-year-old, a time when most young men are still dreaming about the world they live in, The Falklands saw him embark on 25 years of active service in the Navy and Marine Commandos, seeing active service in theatres of conflict such as “Afghanistan. Iraq. Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo, Northern Ireland, some of which was with the UN Peacekeeping Force.” Retiring from the military, his first job was as CEO of Scottish drug and alcohol rehabilitation project in the East End of Glasgow, which ,he says, soon, revealed “chaotic’” organisation, that led to compromising results. Pete struggled with this initially, coming from a disciplined and regimented background, until , While sounding off to a friend, an alternative was suggested, that made him reflect on his expectations and those of the people around him. Pete realised he had to change because the world wouldn’t. A friend informed Pete that an Organisation called LOCOG ( London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) “They’re recruiting professional ex-military, police and fire service personnel for organising the 2012 London Olympics.” “So I joined the commercial fundrais-

ing team. Heading the team that raised over 220 million Pounds for the Olympic games 2012. The Olympics over, and taking a family in the USA, Florida holiday with his kids, he decided to try out New Zealand, as his next adventure. Whilst vising New Zealand in January 2013, and after being offered a job with Palmerston north City Council. Pete decided to go touring the South Island. Where his introduction to New Zealand wildlife was soon to become evident.

“I had $6 in my pocket, half a tank of petrol and no phone coverage.” A friend in Timaru offered the loan of a camper van, so Peter went sightseeing, Quietly. He’d had enough of adventure. ”I’d already done the parachuting, climbing, things like that.” I just wanted to relax for a few weeks. Despite that, he soon made Global and national headlines. On February 2, 2013. On a hot, scorching day, whilst driving through Arthurs Pass, pulling into a layby, he got out to enjoy the view, and have a drink of water, he made the error of leaving the van door open to air , the drivers cabin. “Another Canadian Tourist then informed Pete a kea had just flown into the cabin and flew out carrying something in its beak.” Pete Initially thought it was a melting chocolate chip cookie he had for a snack, but as he was preparing to leave, he realised his wallet with its $1300 in cash was gone. “I asked the Canadian tourist if the kea could have been carrying a brown wallet. The guy said: ‘Absolutely, that’s what it looked like.’. “I was left with about $26 in my pocket, half a tank of petrol and no phone coverage.” I had no more money and still had 7 days left before flying back

to UK to start my move back to New Zealand. Half a lifetime in the world’s most challenging environments hadn’t prepared Pete for this. He continued to head towards Christchurch, always monitoring his phone coverage, when He had driven far enough to get coverage and he rang his friend, who asked: “Where are you?” “I haven’t a clue, somewhere on Arthurs Pass heading towards Christchurch, ! Pete replied, his friend then advised him to “Just keep going and we’ll drive out to meet you,” he replied. His friend was kind and gracious enough to loan him the cost of a flight ticket back to wellington, and some cash to see him through the next few days before his return to the UK The worlds media heard of is Kiwi adventure, and the story and photo saw Pete achieve his ten minutes of fame. Several UK Magazines including women’s magazines then requested he tell his story. Which he happily did and his adventure then turned into a business venture, “So I made about $15,000, as well as getting insurance.” Ironically Petes job with Palmerston North City Council was to raise funds for New Zealand’s endangered species, including kea, a community facility called “Wildbase Recovery” facility that was for rehabilitating native endangered kiwi wildlife“ Though if I could have got my hands on that particular kea…” Pete from then on was shoulder-tapped for almost all his successive roles, mostly in local councils and charity organisations, projects. H has so far raised over $15million dollars in his 7 years in New Zealand. Pete described himself as a man with high integrity and solid moral values. “I need to feel that the organisation I work for has values aligned with mine.” He found this after his interview and a visit to “Papatuanuku Independency trust”, with its warm friendly environment, and after a welcome from the clients, staff and trustees, and the loving culture pervading the place , he decided,

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Papatuanuku Independency Trust, where he is hoping to bring his skills as an experienced CEO and Fundraiser to grow the trust, to a place where people are proud to be associated with, and also break down barriers that people with disabilities face. “I just bloody love the place,” he has told wife Jackie as he fired off his letter of acceptance. Shoulder-tapped for almost all his successive roles, mostly in local councils and charity organisations, most fundraising for particular projects. “Though I call it friendsraising,” he says, adding it’s about networking and making connections with people who can help. Results notwithstanding, not all jobs have ended happily. “I need to feel that the organisation I work for has values aligned with mine.” Sometimes, between promises and words, there can be gaps in an organisation’s culture, he says. For a sports lover, the now-embattled rugby sector job seemed ideal,

but gaps were soon revealed in an open secret. “Blatant racism, sexism and bullying.” Other organisations, both local body and charitable, have, he says, revealed a lack of moral compass and sometimes chaotic organisation – and whenever he’s found that, he’s quickly moved on. There have also been huge successes on which Peter’s nationwide reputation as a fundraiser supremo rests. In retirement, wanting a quiet little job, he was told about the Papatuanuku Independency Trust, providing a family environment for ten clients, all with some disability. So he visited. That’s despite another job offer with much more money. “A lot more!” But after his day visit to “Papa”, with its warm welcome from the clients, staff and trustees, and the loving culture pervading the place, he decided. “I just bloody love the place,” he told wife Jackie as he fired off his letter of acceptance.

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Wednesday June 22, 2022


Loyalty to the Renwick Community By Chris Valli

The name Betty Boyce and the Renwick Community Memorial Hall went together like peaches and cream. Betty Boyce, nee Monson, 94, died recently at her flat in Renwick. The Renwick stalwart lived in the community for 60 years. In 2020, the then 92 year old was honoured with an unveiling of a plaque in the hall’s kitchen, known affectionately as ‘The Betty Boyce Kitchen.’ When Renwick Hall was built she became the self-confessed caretaker of the hall and it soon became her second home. Chairman of the Renwick Community Memorial Hall Murray Newman says Betty was often in the ‘thick of it’ when it came to fundraising for the hall and worked tirelessly. Murray says the Patsy Rigger cabarets with the Lorado Country Band were great nights with Betty dancing around between the couples sprinkling talcum powder with a big grin on her face. He added the hall key was always in Betty’s letterbox. “Betty was a hardworking, humorous person. A true inspiration and her loyalty to the community she lived in was incredible.” Born in Blenheim in 1927, Betty was the youngest of five children.

bottoms up: Betty with her two grandsons Samuel and Harrison Boyce.

She grew up in Howick Road where she helped her parents on their land, milking cows. Betty attended Redwoodtown School and was a competent hockey player. She married Lewis ‘Lou’ Boyce in 1950 and lived with Lou’s parents until they bought an old army barracks (known as the Delta) which cost them 800 pounds ($1600). Only son Stephen Boyce says

Betty was a hard worker and often struggled to be still. She worked in orchards, a local grocery store and did housekeeping for many locals, was a great supporter of his growing up and often was on the rugby sideline shouting loudly. Stephen says Betty’s active community focus saw her volunteering to help with the Returned Services Association and fundraising for Renwick Hall. Stephen says she often drove her friends

Energy efficient passive housing By Chris Valli Fairfield Construction is Marlborough’s leading company in building energy-efficient and passive houses. Their mission is to build healthier and warmer homes by offering sustainable and environmentally friendly products and building methods. Fairfield Construction is a family owned and operated building company based in Blenheim. So what exactly is passive housing? Passive housing was established in Germany by the PassivHaus Institute in 1996. The term passive house was one of the pioneering concepts for building low-energy houses and is still the benchmark of energy-efficient housing to this date. Passive House design focuses on making the best use of sunshine, shading, and ventilation- rather than active heating and cooling systems such as air conditioning and centralised heating. Combined with high levels of insulation, airtightness and thermally efficient windows, this makes it possible for a passive home to use approximately 90% less energy than a typical home. So what would the initial costs be to build a passive house?

Fairfield Construction’s director Mark Thomson says it’s difficult to put a figure on it as like all buildings it comes down to design. “The build costs are generally higher than a comparative house of similar size. However it isn’t a fair comparison, the Passive House will use a fraction of the energy of a conventional building, meaning cheaper to live in, it will require less maintenance due to reduced internal moisture and resale price will be higher. Plus you get a guaranteed healthy home for your family.” One of the features of passive housing is a thermal free bridge design. A thermal bridge free design is one of Passive House’s five pillars. Mark says a thermal bridge is a weak point in a building’s thermal envelope that acts as a highway for heat transfer in or out. He says it could be an uninsulated concrete slab, structural steel in the exterior walls or as simple as pipe penetrations. Designing these out is essential to building an energy efficient home. Fai r f ield Con st r uct ion’s co-owner Katja says more and more people are becoming aware of energy efficient design and building. “Some people may also confuse passive solar with passive house,

for example building to the sun. Passive House is much more involved however and takes into account airtightness, heating demand, frequency of overheating and humidity. Once you understand the principles of Passive House design and how it can benefit you and your family you will never want to build anything else.” Mark says there are an increasing number of professionals nationally with experience in Passive House which is great. “As yet however, our office is the only certified building in Marlborough to Passive House Standards and the first commercial building in the South Island for that matter. We are excited to be currently working with several clients to help achieve their own Passive House in Marlborough and we’re always happy to take the time to help explain how it can work for everyone.” If you would like to see what a passive house looks like, get in touch with Mark and Katja. Call us, email us or visit us… Email: info@fairfieldconstruction.co.nz Phone: 03 577 5161 Visit Us: 87 Middle Renwick Road, Springlands, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand

to places they needed to go and enjoyed having lots of laughs with them. Betty was affectionately known for her love and passion for cats and she would often end up with stray cats living with her in Uxbridge Street and feeding the felines around the corner. Stephen says his father never knew a thing. One of Stephen’s lasting memories was her old school, transparent honesty.

He can recall when he would pop around for lunch, she would say, ‘look at the fat guts in ya - you have been eating too much and drinking too much beer.’ The irony wasn’t lost on Stephen when his mother told him there was a packet of mint slices in the pantry and to take them with him. Betty is survived by son Stephen, daughter in law Liarne and her two grandsons Samuel and Harrison Boyce.

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Wednesday June 22, 2022



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Everyday landscapers locally owned and operated. Marlborough Turf Professionals pride themselves on the exceptional level of service their team provides across the Marlborough region. The business was incorporated in 1992 by Steve Hayes and is now locally owned by Steve and his business partner Brent Crouch. “I have known Steve for a number of years. I used to walk to Marlborough Boys’ College down Weld Street and Steve would be doing his thing with the district council (parks and reserve) to do the maintenance at Oliver Park. Over the years the company has grown from a lawn and turf management business to a complete outdoor service provider. Currently, the Batty’s Road business has a staff of 14 reflecting the growth of the business and industry. “We range from soft landscaping to light construction. It’s quite a big field that we do,” says Brent. The business he says has evolved over thirty years partly due to the bigger contractors and construction companies taking on bigger projects, it’s allowed Marlborough Turf Professionals to show their point of difference and do work for locals by locals. Brent says their active approach to what they do sometimes means they don’t get the opportunity to reflect on a job well done and or look back on the process. “We have so many jobs. We bought the boys phones to take pictures of the jobs we have been involved with.” Jobs have varied from the Wairau Hospital Maternity Unit to hydro

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Inspiring communities and future generations with knowledge and understanding about our universe and Tātai Arorangi

Getting children excited about space EDUCATION. The trust approached schools in the region and had overwhelming support from teachers from primary to secondary. “We talked to some schools and worked with them on what they would want to achieve. The excitement of the kids is what it’s all about. No child in Marlborough should ever have to pay to come to the observatory. Schools will go in for free.” The remit of the trust is - ‘inspiring communities and future generations with knowledge and understanding about our universe and tatai arorangi (Maori astronomy). Lee says there is an opportunity for local Maori and respective Iwi to tell their own narratives about what their kuia (grandmother) told them growing up. Lee says they are working with local schools to create and refine a ‘Learning outside the Classroom’ experience. The observatory will cover many areas of the curriculum including earth space science, Te Reo, Geography, Digital Technology and Digital Art. “What we want to do is blend the European with the Maori stories of the sky. One such collaboration is a (free) joint Matariki event in Rarangi on Thursday (June 23). We will provide some telescopes. We are happy to engage with anyone when it comes to astronomy. “Most of the time when kids look at the stars they want to look at Saturn and its rings, that’s the party piece. People are also intrigued to look at the moon through a telescope. You will be able to turn up with your cell phone and take your own photos from some of our telescopes.” Lee says their Unistellar eVscope telescopes will have WIFI connectivity which visitors can use to capture a long exposure photograph direct to their cell phone. SPONSORSHIP Lee says Cloudy Bay has come on board as the observatory’s corporate sponsor. The Jackson’s Road vineyard will be running outreach tours in collaboration with the observatory. “As they have the cellar door out there and with guests staying over the plan is to have

our astro tour guides working alongside the guests. A lot of their visitors come from the big cities and haven’t seen the dark skies so it gives us an opportunity to do a presentation and take some telescopes out for them to use.” Leigh says he’d like to acknowledge the Mazda Foundation (first donated telescope), the Pelorus Trust, Redwood Trust (classroom/container fit out), Pub Charity Trust (equipment) and Marlborough Lines anAir Rescue for their wonderful, ongoing support, along with the many other local businesses and individuals who have given their time, expertise and materials to the project. TOURISM and the COMMUNITY Lee says the observatory will be comparable with the Tekapo’s Cowan Observatory which does astronomy tours via the Dark Sky Project connecting manuhiri (visitors) to the night sky and igniting a passion for dark sky preservation. “We haven’t finalised funding’s yet in terms of what to charge adults. But will fund community projects such as taking through the school groups for free as part of our charitable trust. We aim to have four telescopes available for school or community groups who visit. The moon is always exciting and at the moment the main thing to look at is a variety of nebula (a cloud constellation) such as the tarantula nebula (a large star nursery situated in the large magellanic cloud). LOCATION Lee says the location of the observatory is ‘off Dog Point Road’ in the Omaka Valley. A crater observatory will provide a low-cost model for blocking out light pollution from the horizon as well as providing shelter from wind. He says the concept has an extremely low environmental footprint with containers used for the storage of equipment and a ‘hands on classroom’. “If kids are doing a school trip to see us, the kids would get picked up from the school by bus and taken out to the observatory and then taken back. For the tourists, we will pick them up from the railway station and other locations and take them out.”

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Karim Valencia Broadbridge Director at TvA Limited  Are you a dog or cat person? These days I’m probably more of a cat person.  Three words to describe yourself? Loyal, stubborn, generous.  What did you want to be when you grew up? A party planner.  One thing we’d be surprised to know about you? I love to belt out a tune in the car with the radio extra loud and pretend to be a fabulous singer… but I can’t even get the words right most of the time.  Have you met anyone famous? My husband and I got a photo with Holly Madison once in Vegas – he was pretty impressed at the time.  My favourite food to cook or eat is...? Pasta according to my son.  The shop you can’t walk past is...? Dresscode by Jackie Halliday – she’s a gem.  What’s your favourite game of sport to watch? AFL if I get the chance otherwise netball or rugby.  Your dream weekend involves....? A sleep in, a successful shopping trip, delicious food and a catch up with friends.  Favourite programme or series currently watching? This is Us.  What’s one thing on your bucket list? Get back overseas.

gardening this week Deterrent: cats and gardens By Wally Richards The word ‘deterrent’ is not a word that is used much in gardening but it is a means to prevent something that you do not want to happen from actually happening. For instance, you don’t want cats digging up seedlings or having their toilets in your gardens. Many years ago when I was wearing a younger man’s shoes I learnt that cats do not like the smell of naphthalene which was told to me by a older gardener. I found a company in New Zealand that imported tons of naphthalene for the tanning industry so it was easy to obtain a 25 kilo bag of the crystals and make it available for gardeners to use. Back then moth balls were also available and most types of moth balls were naphthalene in a ball shape. Time passed and the tanning industry changed their methods of tanning hides and so my NZ supplier stopped importing naphthalene. I soon found an Australian company that was importing naphthalene from Belgium. This meant bringing a pallet every year across the ditch to met the demand. Over the many years I have found that naphthalene is about 90% effective as a cat deterrent, with only the occasional cat not being affected. Then one day a couple of years ago there was a news item that some children were putting moth balls (naphthalene) into their mouths thinking any thing round must be a lolly. This cause quite a commotion and the government stepped in and banned the sale of moth balls along with naphthalene. I was notified by one of my retail outlets that moth balls/ naphthalene were banned. So I contacted EPA and had a wee chat with them about my product naphthalene flakes sold as Cat Repellent. Firstly they said they were not aware of my product and as cats are not insects it put a different light on the situation. Fortunately they came back within a few days saying that I could sell naphthalene crystals as cat repellent but I had to put it in a child proof container and use the label information that they required.

I told them that I was happy with that and so we found a child proof container that would hold 400 grams of naphthalene tampered down. So gardeners all over were able to deter cats and not have digested cat food in their gardens. Next my Australian supplier informed me that because of regulations in Australia and a weak demand for naphthalene they were not importing any more. All good things come to an end and as I got down to my last couple of 25 kilo bags I went looking for a new supply. China was the first place as there is a lot of manufactured naphthalene there but being a Dangerous Goods they were only willing to sell a container load which would be about 10 to 20 tons. Enough to last me many years and a lot of money tied up in stock. I purchased 250 kilos through my Indian contact and had him arrange to send it to NZ in my next container of Neem Granules and Powder. Seems simple enough but not so as now days shipping lines do not want to come to NZ or Australia. Why? Apparently it is too expensive now because our ‘without common sense’ government makes them sit off shore for weeks before they can come in and disembark their cargoes. That means they are sitting on their thumbs using up fuel and having to pay the crew while on the beck and call of our authorities. So no matter how hard we tried, no ship could be found to bring

the naphthalene with our Neem Granules in our own container. (any excuse not to come to NZ). We were running out of Neem Granules and powder so we elected to bring the granules and leave the naphthalene behind. My man in India found a German ship and our container was on the way minus our naphthalene. Ok how to get 250kilos of a DG to New Zealand? Aircraft were hungry for money so at a cost of just on $7000 we flew my 250 kilos in. That made it an expensive product so a few changes had to be made. To offset the cost for gardeners I included instructions on how to get the most value and longer use out of the reduced amount. Naphthalene if applied to a dry area will slowly evaporate over several weeks, months even, but if rained on or watered over its gone straight away. So I have included instructions on how to take a common two litre plastic milk bottle and cut away part of the base to make a nice rain proof place to put a small amount of the naphthalene flakes in to deter cats. You can simply use one or more of the milk containers to protect gardens, sheds, doors, porches etc from cat urine marking and toilet use. Another new normal. Naphthalene can be used in other ways as a deterrent for other things which I can explain in a future article. As usual ...there are bits about other things if you email me .


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19 - 25 JUNE 2022

Rowan Ingpen Heartfelt thanks to all of you who volunteered your time, energy and skills to the hospice during the year. We need you. Your help makes a difference to people living with terminal illness and supports their friends and families.

By Darren Crawford, FENZ.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers. The gift of your time and skills is invaluable. For more information on how you can volunteer email us at admin@marlbrefuge.com

THANK YOU to all our wonderful Volunteers Want to help make a difference? Join our Carer Relief Programme and be part of a team of very special people who assist and support elderly people in our community. Contact Age Concern to see how you can get involved

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Thanks to all our volunteers. Nelson Marlborough Management want to thank all of our Brigades members, families and employers of volunteers for their dedication, professionalism and support they provide throughout the year.

I met Rowan at the pub he owns in Renwick, the Woodbourne Tavern. On the bar leaner is his firefighting tunic which has a tag hanging from it saying ‘World’s Best Dad’. “My young children are proud of me, they get really excited when the pager goes,” Rowan says. “They race to open the door and stand outside to wave as the fire truck races down the main street.” His kids also love the interaction with the other families and children associated with the brigade. “The firefighting is only one component, the most important part is the family side, if you get crook the lawns get mowed, everything gets sorted for you.”. The ‘lightbulb’ moment that influenced Rowan to join the Renwick Volunteer Fire Brigade was when he attended an honours evening where a member received a 25 year service medal. "The whole station performed a Haka, it nearly brought me to tears,” he says. "I knew immediately it was something I wanted to do so I joined what was then the Fire Service in 2012. “I hardly miss a call because of the support of my staff and family. The time commitment really doesn’t matter because you just make it work, it becomes part of your life.” Rowan says the business side of being a Volunteer Firefighter, such as training, community education and the other skills you learn are real value adds-ons to his life. “I often laugh when I am doing daily tasks like tying loads onto trailers or working around the house or talking with people because I am reminded of how much I have learned. "I seem to be able to do things better and safer because of the training and experience learned from being a firefighter. "The skills I have learned from the role have really helped shape and extend me, the progression and leadership training have made me more self-aware.” Rowan’s most challenging call was at about 5am one freezing cold morning when the

Renwick Volunteer Firefighter Rowen Ingpen behind the bar of his family business, the Woodbourne Tavern.

Renwick Brigade responded to a house fire. They were sure a baby and young family was in the house so searched fearlessly in the heat and smoke. “I remember to this day finding the cot, my heart sank as I ran my hands along the rails of the cot. "Thankfully the children had been staying elsewhere that night, it was very challenging because I was in the same boat, I too had a young family and our baby was a similar age.” Darren Crawford is Nelson and Marlborough’s Senior Advisor Community Readiness and Recovery for Fire and Emergency NZ. He says the personal growth developed from becoming a volunteer for FENZ can be substantial. “It is like a big family that supports and helps each other without hesitation. FENZ provides top quality training which prepares you well for the role and can be a real advantage in everyday career progression. "The job can be a challenging but extremely rewarding opportunity. Not only do you get real chances to save lives, but you can help the community better understand the risks and work with people to prevent tragedies from occurring.” FENZ Volunteer Fire Brigades have many support roles communities can help with, that don’t require attending emergencies. To learn more, check out www.fireandemergency.nz.

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Wednesday June 22, 2022



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How you can get involved Age Concern New Zealand is lucky enough to have a team of wonderful volunteers who help with one-off projects and ongoing work. Whether they work off-site or in the office, volunteers are very much part of our family – our relationships continue after they’ve moved on to other opportunities. Volunteers often help us with administration and event management, and are also involved in governance and writing blogs. However, if you have skills or experience in other areas and are interested in helping Age Concern to promote dignity, wellbeing, equity and respect for older people, we may have projects you can assist with. Either way, we would love to hear from you. Volunteers can look at the work we do from a fresh viewpoint, which makes their contribution especially valuable. We aim to be an inclusive organisation and involve a diverse range of people who add value and depth to our work. We also recognise the benefits of


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Thank you to all our volunteers for their your support for our organisation. volunteering for our volunteers. We acknowledge our team members’ individual needs, and, where possible, provide volunteers with experiences and opportunities to help them gain skills they require.

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Wednesday June 22, 2022

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Wednesday June 22, 2022

txt talk with The Sun Ferry noise

SH 6

I’m not against the ferries just the noise in the middle of the night when fans/engines going for hours. Guess you don’t live near town centre or have trouble sleeping. Lucky you.

Can someone tell me who is going to pay to fix the mess the council contractors made of SH6 just outside Havelock towards Blenheim. They resurfaced at the start of the year. The usual way, spray tar, then dump gravel on it and expect the motorists to drive it in. Here is a tip! Heavy rollers! That will push the gravel deep into the tar. After the rain all the gravel is coming off, making the road very uneven as well as damaging vehicles. My car gets hit several times a week, new windscreen needed!! Get someone else next time to do a proper job.

Jitney bus

Re Whinging

Why does Blenheim call it the Blenheim Bus? Correct name for Blenheim Bus is Blenheim jitney Bus. As Blenheim Bus has Routes same as a jitney bus. Jitney Bus, small motor vehicle, such as a bus or van, that transports passengers on a route for a small fare.

Whilst misinformation, disinformation, lies and deception may be politics, it’s great to see people still have freedom of speech, thought, ideas, actions and more, through the independent ‘Sun’. So glad you are still free to read that which you also subconsciously ponder; until the ‘snap’ re-election in October. Then it’s hate speech law in the fullest interpretation. Then, will you, actually speak? Such a shame!

History? Please can someone explain how and when this amazing Matariki became a significant celebration! Who thought this one up? Please supply the relevant history!!!

Silverlakes I was hoping that the Silverlakes deal with NZ rugby would allow the board to stop pandering to the government. Unfortunately not. As a great man once said- go woke go broke!

Carnage So sad about the multi fatality crash on Sunday. So when are our council going to admit that the much more concentrated traffic that the planned larger ferries will bring to this stretch of the highway will cause more of this carnage?

NZ post NZ post what a rip off. Just a joke..Paid xtra for small package to aussie door to door by courier was told 2 to 4 days..It left nz 1 wk later, still hasn’t arrived at destination. Service not gd enough when u pay xtra for it..Get it together NZ post.

I am also confused Work and income - Te Hiranga Tangata The important or significant people... What is the translation for ‘Working to get people working?’

Super Saturday! What a Super Saturday! The Blues get their butt kicked at Eden Park and this corrupt government has its butt kicked at Tauranga, there is still some hope for our dear country.

Re ice gritting

For those with keen eyes, the monarchs are overwintering in the conifers at the back of the hospital .

Who is going to pay for damages to cars that slip on ice??? Marlborough roads or Fulton Hogan??? The signs are out but no grit applied. And yes you are getting paid for signs out. If you cannot apply it get someone who will. Stop spending money on new utes and engineers to push pens.

Killer beez

Three waters

Monarch butterflies

The killer beez should be encouraged to ride without helmets as a human head and water melons do very similar things when they hit the road at anything more than 5km.

Why is our powers that be gutless to make a stand they should be protecting rate payers assets.

Hospital loss of jobs Spark sport Stuff you spark sport hope you get plenty of flak from the cricket ferturnity who cannot watch the black caps in uk also cannot get coverage on radio don’t think you care about sport its all about money so hope the money burns your pocket. Bring back Sky.

Phone free riding I think it is important for cyclists to not use phones when riding.

Society values With lawyers advertising; ‘just because you did it doesn’t, mean you’re guilty’. Judges determining that children under 25 incapable of accepting responsibility. The law is weak, penalties are simply meek, and authorities describing rising crimes as ‘disturbing or unacceptable’. Licences must go to 18 and voting to 20, even after the $350 bonus for the rumoured upcoming October snap election. Time to restore society values, not pay for vassalage!

It’s very sad that the restructuring of the IPU means that two very experienced and knowledgeable RNs have been made redundant. My heart goes out to them as they have worked hard to keep the place going and to provide staff morale in difficult times. Not sure how management think it’s OK to do this and put an article in a newspaper to justify what they have done. Don’t believe what you have read. Let’s make our managers redundant and have more nurses on the floor under the new health system.

Please clarify Kindly advise, is the 30 Km speed limit in the Blenheim CBD optional? If optional that explains why the majority of cars rapidly catch me up in this zone and then become magnetized to my rear bumper. Kindly clarify.

Lights on I drive with my lights on to and from Picton. I feel safer. The road has been made as safe as it can be but you are not safe from the other road users and it is the road users. Its safer from Blenheim to Christchurch.

Talk of the week Thank you To Joy @ ‘McDonalds’ - Thank you so much for opening the door for us when I was on my way out. I don’t know how people with a disability get in through the doors on their own let alone myself trying to hold the door open while trying to push a wheelchair through at the same time. You really made our day : )

Good reporting Great to see The Sun reporting on the 3 Waters protest the next day. Interesting that the Marlborough Express hasn’t reported anything. One must wonder if it’s because of the media bailout millions that Stuff has received.

Tragic So very sad to learn of the tragic road accident near Picton Sunday morn. Yes not enough sleep/rest before driving we assume but we all make wrong decisions sometimes. Rest In Peace to this family We welcome your texts on 027 242 5266. Limit to 70 words please. We reserve the right to publish at our discretion. Please note the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Sun management.

Irony Re: get a life txt talk 15-6. A text sent in whining about people whining. Perhaps Alanis Morissette could learn a thing or two about irony from you.

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Wednesday June 22, 2022

Kaupapa promoting elder abuse By Chris Valli

A kaupapa (idea or principles) to promote elderly abuse in the community was met with curiosity and success last week at the Clubs of Marlborough. Te Hauora o Ngāti Rārua, a Kaupapa Māori service delivering health and social services in the Wairau region met with Blenheim locals as part of Elder Abuse Week (June 15 - 22). The organisation currently holds a contract with the Ministry of Social Development to deliver an Elder Abuse Response service to the community. Te Hauora o Ngāti Rārua also holds contracts with the Ministry of Health, Marlborough PHO and Te Putahitanga Commissioning Agency to provide a range of Health and Social services to whānau. Māori Women’s Welfare League

Chairperson Gemma McKinney says Elder Abuse marginalises people who are already marginalised and consistent statistical connections between Elder Abuse and lower levels of Health and Wellbeing including higher levels of depression and loneliness is being reported as a result. She says Covid isolation requirements over the past three years have also impacted on the wellbeing of the elderly, particularly those already experiencing some form of neglect or abuse. Gemma says reports of Elderly Abuse need to be handled with care and sensitivity. “To avoid the elderly experiencing feelings of guilt, shame/whakama, betrayal, fear of repercussions and further isolation that could lead to lowered self-esteem and self-worth and greater vulnerability to being further abused.”

ELDER ABUSE KAUPAPA: Gemma McKinney (Chairperson - Blenheim Branch Maori Womens Welfare League) Erana Maxwell (Maori Wardens) Stacey-Lee Johnson (Administrator -Te Hauora o Ngati Rarua) Ripeka Houkamau (Pou Oranga/Manager - Te Hauora o Ngati Rarua).

Gemma says the amount of people who openly shared stories about elder abuse they had either experienced or heard about was overwhelming so she wasn’t surprised that interest in the promotion was successful. Māori Warden Erana Maxwell

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Pooches wanted for therapy By Chris Valli

Does your fur-baby have what it takes to be a St John Therapy pet? If you think they do and you live in Nelson or Marlborough then this could be their chance to shine. St John is currently looking to recruit volunteers and their pooches to join the programme, which is coming to the Tasman region soon. Pam Hall, St John Community Care Manager, says the popular community service programme offers the opportunity for volunteers to enhance the lives of others by sharing their animal companions with those who reside in rest homes, private and public hospitals, rehabilitation units, healthcare facilities, or attend local schools. “We are currently looking for volunteers and their canine friends to be part of the new Therapy Pets teams in Nelson, Marlborough, Greymouth and Hokitika. “We’re looking for dogs and owners that have a friendly, calm, and gentle temperament and are good with both the very young and the elderly. All pets will be evaluated by a qualified animal assessor to ensure they have a suitable temperament and training.” The Therapy Pets programme was first introduced into New Zealand in 1988 by Bob Kerridge (SPCA) and his late wife Iris, after being impressed with a similar programme operating in San Francisco. Ms Hall says the most common feedback from existing St John Therapy Pet volunteers is that they love seeing the joy their pet brings to the people they visit. “We hear a lot of stories from residents at the rest homes visited by our volunteers and pets, talking about how much they enjoyed the experience for days and weeks afterwards.” Ms Hall says that regular affection from a visiting animal can make a significant differ-

Angus, a St John Therapy pet in North Canterbury.

ence in the physical and emotional health of the residents. “Animals don’t judge or criticise, and they treat everyone equally. They aren’t shocked by human ailments, frailties, disabilities, or confusion. They can reduce the stress and fears associated with illness or old age and they offer unconditional love and friendship. “The time commitment for this role is one hour per week. Therapy Pets also includes the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) programme, which is based in schools,” Ms Hall says. “For children, close physical contact with a dog helps to reduce stress. It shifts the child’s focus from the people in the room to the animal. The child can then experience learning as fun, informal and less intimidating because they are reading to a non-judgmental, unconditionally devoted listener,” Ms Hall says. If you are interested and have the perfect pooch, please apply online at join.stjohn.org. nz and search for job #50670.

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Water Treatment Plant Operator Ko wai mātou | About us Te Kaunihera ā-rohe o Wairau (Marlborough District Council) is a dynamic, progressive organisation which prides itself on the professionalism it brings to managing a wide range of functions. Our vision is that over the next decade, Marlborough will become a globally connected district of progressive, high-value enterprise, known for its quality lifestyle, desirable location and natural environment. Marlborough is unique for many reasons. The region offers an array of outdoor pursuits in a distinctive and picturesque landscape. With one fifth of the New Zealand coastline in the Marlborough Sounds, the land and sea offer unlimited accessibility for sport and leisure. Ko ngā kōrero mā tēnei tūrangi | About the role Our Assets and Services Department is responsible for delivering the key services of roading, river control, drainage, water, sewerage, stormwater, waste management and emergency management. The Department accounts for approximately 70% of Council’s annual operating expenditure plus significant major capital projects. We are looking for a Water Treatment Plant Operator to join the Operations and Maintenance Team at Council. The purpose of this role is to assist in the maintenance and day-to-day operations of Marlborough’s numerous water treatment plants to ensure that the regions drinking water meets the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand. Ko ngā pūmanawa ōu | About you This role would suit someone that has a good understanding of water treatment system plant operating systems or has a background in general water engineering. Ideally you will have a National Certificate in Drinking Water Treatment (preferred but not essential). Or you will have the aptitude and desire to work towards such a qualification in the future. You will be a team player, self-motivated, and performance driven. Our ideal candidate will also be able to demonstrate: • Good communication skills. • The ability to work with and give direction to contractors. • Mechanical engineering & maintenance skills/experience. • The ability to be on a 24hr call-out roster. • Commitment towards high standards of customer service. Ko ngā āhuatanga pai | What we offer • A workplace that supports flexibility, health and wellbeing. • An environment where input, initiative and innovation are encouraged. • A fantastic learning environment and support for continuing education. • A competitive remuneration and benefits package (including life and income protection insurance, health insurance, enhanced leave and superannuation, and relocation support where applicable). If you’re ready to progress your career with Te Kaunihera ā-rohe o Wairau - tono mai | apply now! Applications close 5.00 pm on 3 July 2022. Applications should be made online via the careers page www.marlborough.govt.nz/your-council/careers/current-vacancies where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact Mike Davies (Treatment Operations Supervisor) on mike.davies@marlborough.govt.nz.

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CAMERON: Hugh Edward Barton. Loved son of the late Isobel and Ian Cameron. Loved brother of John and Andrew(deceased). There has been a private celebration of Hugh’s life. LESLIE, Edna Jean (Jean): On Wednesday June 15, 2022, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village, Blenheim. In her 105th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Arnold. Treasured mother and mother-in-law of Albyn and Barbara, Paul and Suzanne, Marion and Tony Tripe, and Mary and Trev Skilton. Adored Nana of all her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandson. Loved sister of the late Mary and Kathleen. Grateful thanks to Ashwood Park staff for their loving care and support to Jean over the last four years. Messages may be sent to 878 Old Renwick Road, RD 2, Blenheim 7272. A funeral service for Jean was held at St. Ninians Presbyterian Church, on Tuesday June 21, followed by private interment at Fairhall RSA Cemetery. Go with our love to your Lord. Respectfully cared for by GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ Tel 03 578 4719

SULLIVAN, Wayne Edward: Passed away peacefully at Hospice Marlborough, with family at his side, on Monday June 20, 2022. Aged 75 years. Dearly loved husband of Beatrice, and dearly loved mate and stepdad of Shane. Loved brother and brother-in-law of Leigh and Ricki, and Garry. Messages may be sent to the Sullivan Family, c/- P O Box 110, Blenheim 7240. A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, Blenheim at 11am on Thursday June 23, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. Wayne’s service will be livestreamed and may be viewed via www.oneroomstreaming.com/login; Event ID: sowmans; Password: NMAF75

EDGAR, Marion Levens (née Stoakes): On Thursday June 16, 2022, at Wairau Hospital. Aged 87 years. Beloved wife of Brian, cherished Mum of Shane and Margareta, Jock and Anita, and Bronwyn. Dearly loved Grandma of Oskar, Felix, James and Adam. Messages may be sent to 26 Hilton Place, Blenheim 7201. A memorial service to celebrate Marion’s life will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 2.00pm on Monday June 27.

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The Marlborough RSA’s Burleigh Olive Grove wish to extend sincere thanks to those who assisted with our annual harvest. In particular Alapa Viticultural Services, Meaters of Marlborough, Pernod Ricard and all our members and friends who helped on the day.

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Emergency Management Officer - Administration Support Ko wai mātou | About us Te Kaunihera ā-rohe o Wairau (Marlborough District Council) is a dynamic, progressive organisation which prides itself on the professionalism it brings to managing a wide range of functions including providing for Civil Defence Emergency Management. Council’s vision is that over the next decade, Marlborough will become a globally connected district of progressive, high-value enterprise, known for its quality lifestyle, desirable location and natural environment. Marlborough is unique for many reasons. The region offers an array of outdoor pursuits in a distinctive and picturesque landscape. With one fifth of the New Zealand coastline in the Marlborough Sounds, the land and sea offer unlimited accessibility for sport and leisure. Ko ngā kōrero mā tēnei tūrangi | About the role Marlborough Emergency Management invites you to join a small team in an Emergency Management Officer role. You will report directly to the Group Manager and be responsible for providing administration and project management support which will contribute directly to the Group Office readiness function. As well as standard administration tasks, the mahi will also include maintaining training data bases, scheduling, building and equipment tests, public interaction, minute taking, records management and support to the Controller/Group Manager during an emergency event. Ko ngā pūmanawa ōu | About you Whilst experience working in administration and/or project support is preferred, it is not essential if you are self-motivated and have a capacity for personal development. You will be a team player who has an inclusive work style and the ability to build effective working relationships. You will get satisfaction from the role through contributing to the success of the whole team as we endeavour to improve the resilience of the Marlborough District to emergency events. You will be someone who has: • a willingness to learn new skills. • an aptitude to make things easy for others. • personal integrity, self-motivation, sound judgement and attention to detail. • an ability to work under pressure (e.g. during an emergency). • a desire to improve through monthly reviews. Ko ngā āhuatanga pai | What we offer • A workplace that supports flexibility, health and wellbeing. • An environment where input, initiative and innovation are encouraged. • A fantastic learning environment and support for continuing education. A competitive remuneration and benefits package (including life and income protection insurance, health insurance, enhanced leave and superannuation, and relocation support where applicable). If you’re ready to progress your career with Te Kaunihera ā-rohe o Wairau - tono mai | apply now! Applications close 5.00pm on 30 June 2022. Applications should be made online via the careers page www.marlborough.govt.nz/your-council/careers/current-vacancies where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact Brian Paton (Marlborough Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Manager) on brian.paton@marlborough.govt.nz

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Callum – no greater incentive By Chris Valli

Blenheim cyclist Callum Saunders believes there is no greater incentive to be given all the resources he ever needs to see what he can get out of his body and what he can get out of himself mentally to perform. The 26-year-old was recently named in a 30 strong New Zealand Cycling Team for next month’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The cycling team comprising track, road and mountain biking, is the second biggest of the New Zealand sports to be represented at the games. Callum is in the men’s track sprint team including the experienced sprinter Sam Webster of Auckland who will be attending his fourth Commonwealth Games. So what is it about sprint cycling which motivates him? “It’s quite a thrill going 70 - 80 kilometres an hour with guys going elbow to elbow with you inside a shed. It’s a pretty special feeling. Setting lofty goals and challenging yourself to push past them is what it’s all about.” On July 10 he will leave for Switzerland and join the track team pre-games camp for two weeks. The track riders are in Europe and the USA on respective road campaigns. Callum says the time in Switzerland will ultimately finalise selections for individual events in Birmingham including the keirin, the match and team sprint and one kilometre time trial, raced over four successive days. “It will be about dialling ourselves in. Accommodation is at the velodrome so we will be closed in to getting the most out of ourselves and everything will be about performance. It’s always a balancing act. You want to be happy and fulfilled as an individual. My hobbies (photography) refresh me and give me a purpose outside the sport.” The 2020 Marlborough Sportsman of the Year, Callum says he is lucky to travel the world and train with some of the greatest athletes in the world. His belief and confidence in the sport has come with time and success. None more so than being ranked in the world’s top 20 keirin riders in late 2019 where he produced a superb display of speed and tactics by outsprinting Rio Olympic Gold

Callum Saunders and Japans Yuta Wakimoto congratulate one another after progressing through the first round of the Keirin at the Olympic Games.

medalist Jason Kenny (Great Britain) and Keirin World Champion Matthijs Buchli (Netherlands). “We have a very clear, transparent idea of how we are going with relation to others. Internally, I’ve had to push and believe in myself and have the confidence to perform. I’ve always had it but I tend to put pressure on myself. “At the end of the day we are seeking out the best possible performance we can yield, winning is the best you can do. There are some great guys from Canada, Great Britain and Malaysia. There’s always growth beyond the gold. Looking back to how I started the sport, it was about getting out on my bike with mates. I have a real deep passion for cycling and to learn about it and I’ve been really lucky.” The Birmingham Commonwealth Games start Thursday, July 28 and finish Monday, August 8. The track sprint team is; Female: Ellesse Andrews, Olivia King, and Rebecca Petch. Male: Sam Dakin, Bradley Knipe, Callum Saunders, Sam Webster.

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sports talk With Jacob Page

Baz giveth the golden era and Baz taketh away It seems fitting that the man who started this golden era of New Zealand cricket should be one of the main architects in its demise last week. Brendon McCullum’s appointment as England test coach has paid hefty dividends just three weeks in and has left the Black Caps in a cricketing abyss. England’s five wicket win, where they chased down 299 in 50 overs on the final day had McCullum’s fingerprints all over it and the Black

Caps had little answer in the final session of play. Where the Black Caps go from here on seems filled with uncertainty. Rumours are rife that Kane Williamson will stand down as captain in the coming weeks which means heir-apparent Tom Latham is set for the top job - but is he the right man? I’d argue he gets the role by default, running unopposed like an old school Tim Shadbolt mayoral campaign in Invercargill but the reality is, Latham’s batting against

top sides and away from home has to be a worry. Plus his tactics as captain have contributed to this latest English defeat and an awful test loss at home to Bangladesh and a drawn series against South Africa. England spoke of their intent to win the latest test after day four, there was no hiding it, there was no ambush, yet Latham, coach Gary Stead and co had no plan B or C to call upon. I’m still firmly of the belief Devon Conway is an opener. He has the technique and runs

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which prove that and should partner Latham at the top. Can Will Young bat at No 4? Perhaps but that, along with the all rounder and slow bowling option continues to be a worry for New Zealand. The worst part of all this is that this isn’t an amazing England team, they’re just a team playing with newfound self-belief. The loss felt like the official end of this golden run of cricket we’ve had since 2015.

Hampered by their own poor selections (Neil Wagner where are you?) and an inability to adapt has seen the Black Caps slip quietly back into mediocrity over the past six months. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the era we just had and knew it had to come to an end but not to this England team, not being blown off the park on the final day of a test. England appear to be on the way up, meanwhile the Black Caps look dazed and confused from their rapid descent.

Marlborough Golf Club

Awatere Golf Club Wednesday 15th June - Par Agg. - 1st Carol Loe -3, 2nd Margaret Hastings -4. Saturday 18th – The Local Butcher’s Men’s 27 Hole Tournament – Best Gross, Blair Bavin 111, Best Nett, Tony Jordan 103.5. Division 1 (below 10) 1st Tony Nichol 107.5, 2nd John Billingsley 108.5, 3rd Shane Waters 109.5, 4th Jerome January 114.5.

Division 2 (10 to 17) 1st Mark Milne 106.5 on c/b from Grant Sinclair 106.5, 3rd Jason Kennedy 107, 4th Jason Randall 108.5, 5th Steve Marfell 110.5. Division 3 (above 17) 1st Steve Hitchman 105.5, 2nd Ben Lissaman 108.5, 3rd Warren Westenra 112.5. Nearest pin 9/18 was Grant Sinclair, 2/11 was David Price.

Wairau Valley Golf Club Results for Saturday 18th June: Medal/LGU:Ladies: Yvonne Wallace 73, Leanne Young 73, Alison Graham 77, Maureen McKenzie 77. Men: Sam Rutherford 65, Colin

Baker 68, Mike Collins 70, Bill Linklater 71, Owen Farrell 71, John McLauchlan 71, Pete Bishell 71, Mike McKenzie 73, Bevan Boon 74, John Blacklow 75, Pete Jerram 75. Two’s: Colin Baker






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14 June, women’s 9 hole stableford: Rebecca Harvey 18, Bev Lindsay 18, Suzanne Clifford 18, Leana Gargiulo 18. 15 June, women’s Hidden Hole stableford Div.1:Angela Beard 21. Div.2:Sue Lissaman 21, Debra Nicholls 21. Div.3:Helen Lissaman 25, Heather Stenhouse 23. 16 Ju ne, men’s st ableford Div.1:David Lightfoot 39, Peter Gurr 37, John Muir 37, Paul Eden 37, Kevin Price 36, Dave Knappstein 35, Rick May 35, Jock Glennie 35, Malcolm Pettigrew 35. Div.2:John Rodgers 34, Dave Wiley 32, Richard Anderson 32, Charlie Leith 32, Rex Scoble 31, Brian Burgess 31.

18 June, women’s net meda l D i v.1:Ti n a M a r fe l l 83. Div.2:Kirsty Hardie Boys 83. Div.3:Elaine Porter 78. Men’s net medal Div.1:Wesley Green 65, Phil Morton 74, Mark Watson 76, Allan Parker 76. Div.2:John Muir 74, Kevin Price 74, Jon Nicol 74, Dave Knappstein 77. Div.3:Ian Newport 75, George Mitchinson 77, Brian Chippendale 78, Graeme Barsanti 78, Jock Glennie 78. 19 June, Club Championships. Women’s Silver I:Aroha Minhinnick bt Emily Stenhouse. Silver II:Lynda Shanks bt Angela Beard. Bronze I:Jean Dowling bt Marion Tripe. Bronze II: Judy

Dwyer bt Mary Skilton. Bronze III: Helen Lissaman bt Pam Pullar. Flight Silver I:June Maslin bt Sophie Van Velthooven. Flight Silver II:Amelia Storey bt Lucy Jefferis. Flight Bronze I:Pru Jensen bt Frances Handforth. Flight Bronze III:Elaine Porter bt Christine Armstrong. Men’s Champion Senior:Richard Barnes bt Yuicho Ando. Intermediate A:Mike MacLeod bt Euan MacKellar. Intermediate B:Lance Nuttall bt Peter Diack. Junior A: Ben Lissaman bt Gregg King. Junior B:Jeff Clarke bt Mike Ponder.

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Wednesday June 22, 2022


It's all about ideas.

8-10 JULY


Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 Fri, Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4 Adult $5, Gold Card Friday $2.50, Under 16 Free

It's all about ideas at the Marlborough Home & Garden Show! Wonderful range of exhibitors showcasing builders, spas, landscaping, plants, kitchens, solar solutions, home maintenance, soft furnishings, art, artisan foods and more Enjoy a day out with friends & check out everything you need for your next project Save with Show only specials, check out new innovative products & get expert advice Take a break from the shopping with good food & great coffee Enter to WIN a Metal Furniture set valued at $2,200 thanks to Pure by the Barrelman and a $250 Resene Voucher! Family fun with Resene Paint-a-Pot (kids) & Paint-a-Home (adults) Sat & Sun 11am-2pm

'Ask an Expert' Get expert advice on your next project at home with the free daily 'Ask an Expert' sessions


10.30am Fri, Sat & Sun

Tree-care, the Cutting Edge David James, David James Tree Services & Landscapes

11.30am Fri, Sat & Sun

Paint Like a Professional Resene Colour Specialist, Resene

12.30pm Sat only

Renovate for Performance Resident Builder, Peter Wolfkamp

12.30pm Fri & Sun only

MG Plug-in Hybrids & Electric Vehicles Brock Kaahu, Dayman's

1.30pm Fri, Sat & Sun

Heating & Cooling Solutions for your Home - Craig Martella & Matt Flight, Martella Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

2.30pm Fri, Sat & Sun

Grid Tied Solar Energy Solutions with Micro Inverters Chris Goodyer, Goodyer Solar

The Marlborough Home & Garden Show is a must for anyone with a building or renovating project on the horizon. Visitors are encouraged to bring along their plans, ideas & get advice and answers from a wide range of experts all under one roof.

Pure By the Barrelman is a small family run business who creates bespoke & unique products recycled from Oak Wine Barrels & other locally sourced materials supporting values around sustainability & zero waste.

There is something for everyone at the Show! Featuring builders, spas, landscaping, plants, kitchens, solar solutions, home maintenance, soft furnishings, art, artisan foods and more

"Well organised, easy to navigate, interesting stalls with lovely informative folk." "Just the best Show yet." "There was such a wide variety of displays and the teaching slots were very good." "So many stalls with people to answer our questions, they were all very helpful."

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