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Kiwibank hero homeless By Chris Valli

A Marlborough Kiwibank Local Hero recipient is now homeless and sleeping in her car. Mary Hart, 67, was recognised in November 2019 for the work she did in the Marlborough community for families dealing with Child Youth and Family (CYFS/Oranga Tamariki). She was also involved with PANIC (Positive Answers Needed in Crisis), a support group for those involved with Oranga Tamariki. Their role was to support families who have had children taken and placed into care and who are working within the guidelines and conditions laid down in the Family Group Conference between themselves and the Ministry with the object of regaining the care of their children. Continued on page 2. Mary in happier times at her home.

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Mary had been living with her 40-year-old daughter, in a two bedroom house in Witherlea. The daughter has had an ongoing battle with domestic violence and drug abuse including methamphetamine. After a failed relationship, her daughter says that she went on a downward spiral making some bad choices. She says she still ‘dabbles in ritalin’ and is a poly addict. A poly-addict is when an individual has multiple addictions at once. The daughter has four children - all girls, aged 19, 14, 13 and 10. Two of them are currently in care through the Open Home Foundation, a network of Christian foster families as an alternative for children placed in Department of Social Welfare/WINZ care. Both Mary and her daughter agree that their relationship is strained and has been for a number of years. When spoken to recently by the Sun Newspaper, Mary’s daughter said ‘Mum and me haven’t and didn’t get on.’ However, she added ‘I don’t want her on the streets.’ A home inspection was done by Housing First and her daughter was given a breach of her tenancy notice for smoking in the house. Housing First services are for people who have been homeless for 12 months or more OR four episodes of homelessness over a three year period with mental health and/or addiction issues. “We were then told that I could stay for three weeks and provided there were no domestic events it would again be looked at, we were also told this did not mean that I would be able to stay longer, just

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that it would be looked at again.” Mary says the next time she was told anything from Housing First was when her daughter received two (additional) breach notices, one was again for smoking inside and the other for Mary staying with her. Her daughter was given 14 days to rectify the issues. Her daughter insisted that Mary move out then and there and did not even allow her to go inside to get or change into clothing. “I rang women’s refuge who arranged to meet me at their office and transported me to their safe house. A couple of days previously I had slipped and caught my knee on the curb meaning that I had to be very careful how I walked or my

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Hands of the next generation By Chris Valli

A mix of planting conservation mindedness and a growing appreciation of Te Reo and kaitiaki has been at the fore at Fairhall School recently. Crafted and gifted by parent and sculptor Gerad Verkaaik, a sculpture named kaitiaki sits in pride of place at the entrance to Te Whare Kahikatea. Gerard says the opportunity came from a request from Principal Steve Crockett to present a piece of ‘greenstone’ to gift to the school. “The stone was actually serpentine, of no commercial value but did prompt the idea of using a suitable serpentine river-washed boulder to be the centre of an ecologically themed sculpture for the school’s entrance way.” Gerard says the concept he came up with was a rock which represented the earth in the hands of the next generation, linking it to the strong ‘bi-cultural vibe’ of the predominantly pakeha school. “This is the generation that will have to do the hard yards of making this nation truly bi-cultural, honouring the Treaty and radically changing the culture of resource usage.” When asked what words would go best with the sculpture, a suggestion from one of the children, ‘The Earth is in our Hands’ seemed apt, especially around the principle



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TV presenter turned sheep and beef farmer, Matt Chisholm, has signed on as the inaugural Ambassador for Rural Support Trust. Chisholm has shared openly about his mental health struggles. Through the tour, he will talk about his personal experiences and how he found a way through. Next stop for the Time Out Tour will be the top of the South Island where he will visit Rai Valley, July 8 @ 5:30pm at Miller’s Rest (formerly the Rai Valley Tavern). Fairhall students Ollie Baker, Hannah Kole and George Mason.

of kaitiaki. Stewardship, rather than ownership, is crucial to navigating the future use of our land. The wording is on the sculpture’s steel baseplate. Year 7/8 Teacher Lynne Fitzpatrick says in discussion with the students and staff and advice from school whanau the whakataukī, He kai kei aku ringa - was chosen as it signifies resilience, empowerment, determination and hope.

“It refers to one’s ability to use the skills and resources they have to create success. It’s about being responsible for the resources and capabilities one needs to grow and develop. It also aligns with Whāia te iti kahurangi (one of the Fairhall PRIDE goals).” Gerard says his holistic take on the sculpture is to make it the centre of attention for the next generation as they make their way in a

troubled world and come to grips with how to live bi-culturally and save the planet as well, he says. “Hopefully the art work will inspire students to look beyond the work to the meaning behind the imagery, something he says the community could absorb more through exposure to Maori ways of thinking and expression that the New Zealand curriculum seeks to infuse.”

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At long last! This writer was supposed to join the 100 plus ‘droppers’ on May 28/29 as part of the Graeme Dingle Foundation ‘Drop for Youth Marlborough’ fundraiser where locals were asked to set a target of at least $1000. All funds raised support the work of the Graeme Dingle Foundation in transforming young lives within the Marlborough region. After a five week delay due to being involved with Les Misérables late May and flight maintenance for the Motueka based skydive operator, Saturday turned on a cracker! The blurb on the Abel Tasman skydive site reads; jumping from 9,000 feet, you will enjoy

a 10-minute scenic flight, up to 20 seconds of freefall and then three to five minutes under the parachute. They weren’t wrong. The obligatory health and safety sign off and weigh-in provided some, um entertaining chat (where does one put his insulin pump and do I really weigh that much? Shouldn’t have had the extra pint or pie this week). I found it fascinating when a fellow jumper/tourist conversed with his colleague and inquired, ‘isn’t this place named after the Dutch explorer?’ History and context indeed. Needless to say, I don’t think the voyager had parachuting on his mind when he reached this part of the world in 1642. The crew at Abel Tasman

certainly know their craft and one would expect them to - after all one’s life is literally in their hands. The day was ideal. No wind. Winter sun on your face at its best and the perfect day to leave one’s comfort zone and add to one’s resume of ‘crazy stuff to do’. There was no irony lost when the chute opened that the Tom Petty lyric ‘Free Falling’ came into my head as I was chatting with my mate attached to the chute like we were long lost buddies in the defence force. God he was good. Comforting. Reassurement. Safety. In some ways, the lyrics, ‘I wanna write her name in the sky, I’m gonna free fall out into nothing, gonna leave this world


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for a while’ were indeed apt. Unlike the blurb on their website, I did believe what I saw up there. Everything New Zealand is famous for: crystal blue ocean, snow-capped mountains, beaches, rivers and lush national parks. Many say this is the best drop zone on earth - I’d have to agree (after doing a skydive in Glenorchy with Vertical Descent in 2004). There truly is nothing like a parachute ride. The location was perfect. The Drop for Youth fundraiser raised nearly $140, 000 – over 1500 individual donors and had 104 jumpers sign up. Thanks Graeme Dingle Foundation and Skydive Abel Tasman. ‘Dropper July 2022.’


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‘Super scary’ crime in our community By Glenise Dreaver

“Normal people don’t know this stuff.” Rob Veale, back in Blenheim where he was born, is a former Police Inspector and government adviser on crime. Now of Wellington, he’s a man on a mission travelling the country educating health and social workers, Police and other community organisations on the realities of section 189A of the Crimes Act. That’s about Family Harm - strangulation and intimate partner violence. “Actually, family violence is a misnomer,” he says, adding that the problem reached beyond the family situation. He’s working not only to increase awareness of how common the crime of strangulation is, and the unrecognised physical and mental damage it does, but to ensure that cases are successfully prosecuted. First of all, he told workshop members, it was crucial to name this behaviour correctly. “There’s no such thing as attempted strangulation. And don’t call it choking either. It’s strangulation, and it’s an attack on the brain.” The 27 representatives of community organisations were warned that serious damage may be initially invisible, but Rob’s graphic diagrams and photos demonstrated how and why

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BBC at Sawmill Studios By Chris Valli

The Marlborough filmmaking industry continues to thrive with a shoot at the weekend for an upcoming comedy. The British Broadcasting Corporal was filmed at Blenheim’s Sawmill Studio in Waters Ave, (former site of Timberlink) and involved a cast and crew of about 20 people from the Top of the South. Director/Producer Justin Eade says the concept came about through various ideas around the British Pathē Newsreel-type voiceover men during World War 2. He says the voiceover was always very posh, upbeat, positive, and over-the-top patriotic. Justin says he came up with the synopsis of what if the guy doing those voiceovers was actually a depressed, cockney alcoholic, defeatist, and living in a run-down bedsit in the East End? “Somehow he’d been co-opted into this job but the juxtaposition between the two could be quite comical. Although it’s comedy, I guess it also makes a serious point or two about misinformation and the ‘fronts’ we all present to the world, when the reality is something different.” Justin says the casting of the two actors came about from previous association in local films Northspur and War Paint. He says after working with so many people from Marlborough during previous filming the relationships have carried over to the BBC. “Having worked with Jaemes Churchward before, and seeing him as a talented actor who just needs more opportunities to show what he can do, I immediately thought of Jaemes for the lead, cockney Bert Withers. And having worked with Geoff Anderson before too, I thought he’d make a good Captain Morley, the Svengali-type figure from the War Office co-opting poor old Bert into

making these voiceover recordings ‘for King and country’. Both Jaemes and Geoff worked hard in rehearsals and I thought they turned in superb performances.” Justin says they shot ‘War Paint’ there with a studio set build, and also came back there for a three month set build for the BBC. He says one of the joys of making this film has been to see how the set came together over three months through Roger’s (Wadham production designer and art director) expertise and also with an art department team of Tracy Bartlett, Francesca Cox, Shane Sutherland, Kenny Holdaway and Geoff Anderson. “They have been beautifully reconstructed in an old timber yard building, a 1940 East London bedsit complete with all sorts of period detail. It’s a real feature piece of the film.” The film was shot by local cinematographer Daniel Wye, assisted by actress and crew member Peata Panoho. “I knew we’d get a really good result in terms of the film’s technicals. Stu McCormick assisted with lighting and between him and Daniel, they did an incredible job. Most of the film will be in black and white, to reflect the period and match in with the B/W newsreel film.” Justin says the film took two days to shoot (July 2 and 3) and will take approximately two months to edit, by local editor Rachael Meiklejohn. It will then be entered into Festivals, including the Top of the South Film Festival, by late August. “It’s a truly ‘Top of the South’ collaboration between Blenheim and Nelson, and it’s always very good to build those ties. The atmosphere was very convivial and collaborative. Everyone was grateful to have a place to come to make movies in a studio environment, thanks to the generosity of Rick Osborne and the work of Screen Marlborough, developing Sawmill Studios.”

ACTION: Actor Jaemes Churchward (as Bert Wihers) and Geoff Anderson (as Captain Morley) awaiting directions during the film shoot of British Broadcasting Corporal at Sawmill Studios at the weekend.

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He kōrero nā te Kaunihera o Wairau Your local news from the Marlborough District Council

Annual Plan adopted and rates set for 2022-23 Council has adopted its 2022-23 Annual Plan and confirmed a rates increase of 5.39 per cent for the coming year. Mayor John Leggett said Council had made good use of its Infrastructure Upgrade and Depreciation Reserves and had allocated $4.3M from its Covid-19 Rates Relief Reserve, which had kept the rates increase down. “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.” “As I said at the beginning of the public consultation process in April, this year’s rates increase is mainly driven by external factors - inflation, new Government requirements and higher labour and supply chain costs.” He thanked the 78 submitters who took the time to participate this year. “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,” Mayor Leggett said. “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 rates increase to a minimum and tightened our belts, supporting a relatively small number of requests brought to us by the public.” Most of the Council’s new initiatives proposed in its consultation document were supported by public submissions and are funded from Reserves, therefore not impacting on rates. In addition Council agreed to support some new requests subject to additional project funding being secured. A number of other requests were referred to committees for further consideration. The new rate came into effect on 1 July.

New Chinese Consul General visits Marlborough A Chinese delegation visited Marlborough recently, marking the 50th anniversary of China-New Zealand diplomatic ties. The visit was designed to give a general picture on the two countries cooperation and explore future opportunities. New Consul General Madame He Ying, Consul Xu Li and Consul Cai Runyan met with industry leaders including Bob Richards from VinWizard, David Tyney from Viscosity and Aaron Pannell from Marlborough Oysters.

The Chinese group also met with Council officials including Mayor John Leggett and later toured NMIT/Marlborough Research Centre. Council’s Manager of Strategic Planning and Economic Development, Neil Henry described the visit as successful saying Madame He Ying noted Marlborough had plenty to offer including primary products (wine, seafood, forestry, other food) plus technology (wine and aquaculture tech), specialised education and tourism.

New Consul General Madame He Ying with (from left) Gerald Hope (Marlborough Research Centre), Consul Cai Runyan, Mayor John Leggett and Neil Henry

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Free tech talks at the libraries Marlborough District Libraries are running free tech talks to help overcome common challenges you might have with your device or the internet. Upcoming talks will provide you with the basics on your smartphone, computer, apps, internet and online shopping.

The talks run for an hour with time for questions. These courses have limited places so ensure you register to secure your place. Contact the Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) Ph: 03 520 7491 or the Picton Library; Ph: 03 520 7493 to register.

Now’s your chance to see why Lawson’s Dry Hills won the Wine Industry category in the 2021 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards. The company’s field day on Tuesday 19 July between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm, will highlight how improvements in recyclable packaging, solar power, water conservation and carbon reduction are paying off for the business. Lawson’s Dry Hills is one of the few wine companies to achieve the rigorous ISO accreditation for both Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality. Reaching these international standards takes time, money and dedication. Lawson’s Dry Hills doesn’t

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Wednesday July 6, 2022

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I remember an ill-fitting suit, bad hair and an undeniable inability to dance.

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The chocolate fountain and the red carpet walk because it was terrifying. It was very intimidating with almost everyone in Blenheim watching us walk into the formal.

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Passionate about cycling Blenheim cyclist Callum Saunders was recently named in the New Zealand Men’s track sprint team for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Before leaving for Switzerland on July 10 for a pre-games camp for two weeks he caught up with Chris Valli. Callum Saunders liked to explore at a young age and realised the most effective way to do this was by using a bike. He grew up one kilometre from his neighbours and along with best mate Hugo Smith (son of National MP Stuart Smith) quickly found it was a lot easier jumping on bikes and riding to each other’s places than it was pestering their folks for a ride and ultimately faster than walking. Callum has fond memories growing up near Tempello Station where there was an ‘open gate’ policy to go riding and going out beyond their parents’ eye and the constraints of their respective properties. He admits he’s always had a passion and drive for ‘two wheels’ and always had a yearning for the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, which the later he wrote down on paper. “It was the 2006 (Melbourne) Commonwealth Games and I remember watching it on TV, I think I was 11 years old. It wasn’t until my early days at high school that I started to get into the swing of things and win some races.”

“Everything we do in our training as sprinters is full gas.” He says he was lucky growing up in Marlborough where there was a strong contingent of junior riders ably assisted by Chris Ginders, who was recognised by Cycling New Zealand in 2016 with the Champion of Secondary School Sport Award’ from the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council. The award recognised those who have been involved in secondary schools sport for more than 15 years and who have contributed beyond a local level while showing leadership in the secondary school sports sector. Callum says Ginders influence was

instrumental in his own pathway to cycling and the success that has since followed. “Chris’ philosophy was that it had to be driven by us and we had to be the ones that drove it. Good coaches provide athletes with a toolbox but they shouldn’t be the ones holding your hands while they’re using the tools. I’ve always used that analogy. There’s no point doing this sport if you are doing it for somebody else.” He says from a tangible perspective the motivation in cycling is all about the speed which he describes as a unique, special feeling. From a philosophical perspective track cycling provides the growth and challenge of pushing himself internally. “Everything we do in our training as sprinters is full gas, we hardly ever hold anything back. We use a motor bike as a training tool (to follow) to create a draft.” He reflects on one scenario in 2016 in training where a wheel skipped out from under him. “Someone hit the fence on the inside as they were ready to go up on the track. As I was coming at 80 kph and was right in the path of the motorbike.” A self-confessed goal setter, Callum says ‘breaking through the ceiling’ and challenging himself is the intrinsic incentive. Winning the UCI (the governing body) World Cup in late 2019 rates as a personal high when he won the keirin final in Hong Kong. “That was a real thrill for me as someone who was racing at that level for the first time with the calibre of riders involved. I set the goal internally but to reach the final was the dream let alone to win.” So who might potentially be the competition for Marlborough gold and success in Birmingham in late July? “There are some great guys from Canada, Great Britain, Australia and Malaysia. Unfortunately, Malaysian track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang nicknamed the ‘pocket rocketman’ (due to his small stature) won’t be at the starting line in Birmingham. He

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recently had open heart surgery and has medaled in the keirin at the last two Olympics. “At the end of the day, it’s a race and you can’t count yourself out because of variables which you can’t control.” Speaking of variables, is Callum allowed a cheeky pineapple lump or a scoop of Hokey Pokey before competing against the world’s best athletes? “Our protein intake always has to be quite high. Over the course of the week our carbohydrate intake fluctuates also. As sprinters we basically run on carbs. You’ll see some of us racing in the Olympics and eating snakes and lollies between a race which seems counterintuitive but for us it’s fuel and it works.” One of his more memorable times was after Tokyo when he along with mates and his Mum and Dad cycled the Kahurangi 500 trail, a loop that links up the Old Ghost Road, Heaphy and Rameka Tracks. “It was one of those awesome things which took about six days. It was quite cool having these stark, opposite experiences in racing Olympic Games and doing a trip like that. That’s one of the best things I’ve ever done on a bike. The happiness that this vehicle gives me isn’t going to be constricted by my time in high performance sport. I am passionate about making this sport more accessible for all people.” Callum and teammate Sam have started a recruitment company in the Waikato called Podium Recruit. The company provides athletes pathways into roles beyond or after sport with their respective transferable skills such as time management and diligence. He says one of the biggest things he has learned with his networking and resources through cycling, is the assurance of what he wants to do and why he wants to do it. “I’ve got a really clear picture on the sort of things I want to do in life outside and after sport.” There goes that exploration once again.

The 26-year-old was recently named in a 30 strong New Zealand Cycling Team for this 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.

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A fundraiser to support Richmond View student James Dight is on in Blenheim next weekend. Blenheim Musical Theatre has teamed up with James to perform the two act play called Love Letters by A.R Gurney. James, a Year 8 student, will join the New Zealand team, known as the Kiwi All-Stars at the Australasian Musical Theatre Junior Festival in Newcastle, this October. The Junior Festival Australia gives attendees the opportunity to experience the transformative power of musical theatre through watching performances, attending workshops and making connections with other musical theatre groups from across Australia. Other activities include a National Institute Dramatic Art (NIDA) acting workshop. NIDA is a leading Australian centre for education and training in the performing arts and based in Sydney. The two readers for the acclaimed theatre piece are Kim Weatherhead and Peter Meikle who star as Melissa and Andrew respectively. Both bring a wealth of experience in the homage to the age of letter writing/pen pals. Love Letters was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, one of the seven American Pulitzer prizes for letters, drama and music. James says he’s extremely thankful to Peter and Kim along with everybody else behind the scenes for giving up their time to help with the fundraiser. “I learnt so much from Peter during Les Misérables and hope to make him proud.” Peter Meikle, director of recent Blen-

heim Musical Theatre production of Les Misérables says the play needs no lengthy rehearsal and or special set. He says, all it needs is just a commitment from two actors on the night(s) of the performance. “One of the things I really enjoy about ‘Love Letters’ is the absolute theatre craft involved in performing Andy and the skills I have to use in performance. Working with Melissa it is an absolute privilege to bring the words of A.R. Gurney to life and have the opportunity to share these words and thoughts with an audience. It is a rare gift in this very technical age of theatre to pull back and totally rely on the basic tools that an actor has to return to the fundamentals of stagecraft and have the responsibility for the storytelling in the pure, emotional spellbinding way.” Peter says the play will cater for anyone who loves and respects serious theatre, enjoys listening to great storytelling and appreciates a golden age of elegant theatre. “Given that this fundraiser is about sending a young new actor on the start of his journey it is a tribute to the whole of theatrecraft to be able to showcase what performance is about in the outstanding, highly praised piece of true performance based theatre.” James says he is looking forward to meeting lots of directors, seeing the opera house and getting to meet other performers. Love Letters is at Blenheim Musical Theatre, Lakings Road on Saturday, July 16 @ 7:30pm and Sunday, July 17 @ 2pm. Tickets are $25 per person and includes tea/coffee and supper. Tickets are available online: https:/www.trybooking.co.nz/KAA

Acro Dance workshops By Chris Valli

Fancy testing your balance and agility skills these upcoming July holidays? Blenheim’s accredited Acro Dance Instructor Amy Potts will be holding acrobatic workshops over the course of three days on July 14 - 18. The various locations for the sessions include Dance on Grove, Stadium 2000 and the Marlborough Academy of Dance Auckland street rooms. Acro Dance is described as a culmination of dance and acrobatic tricks. Amy says the skills are similar to gymnastics such as cartwheels, handsprings and aerials but are taught in a way that allows the tricks to be seamlessly incorporated into unique choreography. “As tricks become more advanced they focus equally on gravity-defying dance tumbling and unique variations of skills,” Amy says. There are nine workshops on offer, with something to suit everyone from toddlers to beginners to experienced acro dancers, and there is even a session just for teenagers. She says private lessons are also available for anyone wishing to receive focused one-on-one training on a certain skill, or dance technique. Most sessions are one and a half hours long and the cost is $20.00 each for the first two workshops. Any additional sessions are reduced to $15.00 each. Amy says the workshops are available for absolutely anyone Limited spaces are available. Register quickly through the following link https:// forms.gle/mA5VGfjddTiZrv7p8 Contact acrowithamy@gmail.com with any queries.

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Saturday and Sunday. Each entry will go into the draw to win a $250 Resene voucher! There are plenty of other giveaways, competitions and Show prizes to be won! Resident Builder Peter Wolfkamp is speaking at one of the Ask an Expert sessions on Saturday. You can join his interactive session at 12.30 on Saturday; the topic this year is ‘Renovating

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Awaken your senses You don’t only need a project on the go to enjoy a trip to the Marlborough Home and Garden Show this weekend! There will be a wonderful range of artisan foods, beverages, homewares and gifts and more. You won’t want to go home empty handed! Rockaroma is an exciting new exhibitor at the Show this year with their wonderful selection of beautiful clay pebble diffusers that gently scent your home, refresh your air, and awaken your senses. All-natural and handmade in Wānaka. Millie Moo Candles are always popular with their stunning range of candles, reed diffusers and car diffusers. Plenty of treats in store for the foodies at the Show with treats to take home! Cranky Goat is always popular with their incredible range of cheeses that are bound to become your cheeseboard favourites. Cured Premium Salami will be there with their Salami which is all made from natural ingredients and traditional techniques. “There truly is something for everyone at the Show and there is nothing we enjoy more than sharing these wonderful makers and creators with our Show visitors all under one roof” says Marketing Manager Emily Shanley.

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We are all aware once we retire, especially those relying on the pension as their sole income, that we need to tighten the purse strings. Even those with a nest egg do not want to be topping up their pension each fortnight just to get by. Some of our seniors may not realise that Countdown offer 5% discount when you swipe your gold card on a Tuesday. The Warehouse offers the same deal and NPD service station offer good discounts on petrol on a Tuesday. So, if your weekly grocery shop is $100.00 a week you save $5.00 per week or $10.00 a fortnight. I have also recently signed up for membership at Stadium 2000. Being a senior, you are entitled to join on the corporate scheme which is currently $11.10 per week. This can be paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly and entitles you to use any of the facilities at the complex including the pool, the aqua fitness sessions held every week day, the spa, sauna and the gym. Your $5.00 a week savings from other sources goes a long way to pay your membership and it can be a one stop shop for your fitness needs. Hopefully more businesses will come on board with the cheap Tuesday deals that will help the budget stretch further. We will share any information we get through our monthly newsletter. If you know of any other savings out there, ring our office and let them know. Gayle Chambers President.

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information out to others. Some information is also shared by email. The latest quarterly Grey Power Magazine has been posted out. If you have not received your copy, please check with us that we have your current address on file, ph 578 4950. Brian McNamara Publicity Officer

The Discount Book Our 2022 discount book lists 75 businesses which offer discounts to our members. Please support them. Each month we will highlight some of them in this newsletter. They’re a good reason to join Grey Power Marlborough. Conditions may apply. • G eoffrey T. Sowman funeral directors ph 03 578 4719 available 24 hours. 10% discount on full funeral professional fee. Corner Hutcheson and Parker Streets. Web site www.sowmans.co.nz email sowmans@funerals.co.nz • Health 2000 73 Queen St ph 03 579 3586 10% off natural health needs • Home and Grounds Maintenance ph Sean 027 577 7891 5% discount on labour for maintenance and handyman services. • Home Maintenance Blenheim phone Henning on 021 2088 882 ah 03 577 8732 for free quote on maintenance jobs around the home by experienced handymen. • Interislander ph 0800 878 898 for group rates on travel for GP members. See booklet for booking details. • Jack’s Tyres ph 03 578 1255, 9 Main Street Blenheim additional discounts for members up to 15% with free fitting and balancing. • James Picture Framing Services ph/fax 03 577 5091 88 Howick Road Blenheim or john@jamespfs.co.nz for picture, conservation, museum framing. 10% on custom framing to members.

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Eldercare events At St Christopher’s Church hall, 92 Weld Street, Redwoodtown, Blenheim. • Steady as you go (SAYGO). Gentle exercise and balance class for seniors. Every Tuesday 10.30am to 12.30pm at St Christopher’s Church Hall. • Keep U Moving gentle walking exercise for seniors. Every Thursday (except 4th Thursday of the month) 10.30am to 12.30pm.

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• Stay for cuppa and chat afterwards. Cost $2. At St Christopher’s Church Hall, 92 Weld St, Redwoodtown, Blenheim. • On the fourth Thursday the Older Persons Seminar is held from 10am to 1pm. Interesting speakers, jokes, games, chat, morning tea and light lunch provided. Cost $5. All volunteers are masked and those attending are encouraged to do so. Social distancing of one metre is practised. Contact Diana Brooks Eldercare coordinator on 021 2694 198 or email diana@ stchristophers.co.nz for more information or phone Parish Office on 03 578 0139.

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Zoe Tate, who turned 16 years of age yesterday Tuesday July 5, is showing her star qualities at Riding for the Disabled.

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A Marlborough College student in their Learning Unit, she was born with Wolf Hirschhorn syndrome. “That affects everything. Her growth, her speech, her brain development, and she’s been a very, very slow developer,” said her father Brian. “She only has some ability to verbalise, but she understands everything said to her,” he explained. Because of the effect on her growth, she is “just a wee dot of a girl”. Despite this, as the syndrome goes, she is a “very, very mild case,” Brian added. “She’s not wheelchair-bound, and as parents we are very, very lucky.” They are a family with equestrian sports in their blood, with her great grandfather having been a trainer, her grandfather a racehorse jockey and her mother, Rosa, also a rider. And from Zoe’s very first experience with horses at age 10, she just “went wild” said Brian. “She loved it.” He adds that Marlborough Riding for the Disabled has been “just

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Proposed changes for pig farmers SAFE is urging kiwis who want to see the caging of pigs banned to make their thoughts known on the draft code of welfare for pigs.

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Federated Farmers says a proposed new stock control bylaw from Tasman District Council will be impossible for farmers to comply with. Nelson provincial president Stephen Todd says the proposal for farmers to hold sheep 50 metres back from a road while they are shifting stock, until all cars have driven past, could end up being an unworkable joke. “Farmers are going to think this is crazy. By the time the sheep get to the road, more cars could have come past, meaning the sheep have to be moved 50 metres away from the road again before they can cross. It could take all day to shift a mob and cause everyone, especially the sheep, a lot of stress. “We’re talking about mainly remote rural roads, paid for mainly by rates on farm properties. Farmers need to use these roads.” Stephen says he is also worried about the suggestion the new bylaw has a ‘no-poo’ requirement when shifting stock which is




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Matt Chisholm Rural Support Tour TV presenter turned sheep and beef farmer Matt Chisholm has signed on as the inaugural Ambassador for Rural Support Trust. The Rural Support Trust is a not-for-profit network of 14 regional trusts which provide free and confidential assistance to rural people facing challenges around health and wellbeing, financial pressures, animal welfare (including Mycoplasma Bovis), employment matters and adverse events. Matt kicked off his ambassadorship role with a nationwide tour talking to rural communities on the topic of mental wellness and resilience. Chisholm has shared openly about his mental health struggles. Through the tour, he will talk about his personal experiences and how he found a way through. Chisholm started the Time Out Tour in Southland and Stewart Island earlier last month and he’s travelling up the country to visit rural communities at the beginning of July. Next stop for the Time Out Tour will be the top of the South Island where he will visit Golden Bay, Tapawera and Rai Valley. Key to getting Matt into the role has been Taranaki Rural Support Trust Chairman and long-time family friend Mike Green. “Matt told his story in public for the first time at an event the Trust hosted in New Plymouth in 2020, shortly after the screening of his documentary, Man Enough. “Matt’s role as our Ambassador is about remaining mentally resilient through tough times. We’ve partnered with him because we feel strongly he has an important message to share with rural people, to give hope that there is a way through whatever difficulties individuals and families may be facing,” Green said. Matt’s battles are documented in Imposter, a book he published last year, and documentaries Like a Man and Man Enough, both supported by the Mental Health Foundation. Speaking of his Ambassadorship role, Matt says, “I like the good work the Rural Support Trust does – largely behind the scenes. I want people to understand how the Trust can help them in their communities, so more people can access their services when they need it most.” Matt said his key message to anyone struggling with such pressure was to ask for help. “Instead of having conversations with yourself

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I came home from Nelson on Sunday morning to discover my cat and good mate, Quinn had died after being hit by a car. Pulling up into the driveway/garage, I noticed a green towel on the back lawn and thought nothing of it. The shock I felt when I realised it was Quinn, left me numb. A sense of yuckiness, what/how/when? It was good fortune my neighbour found her on the road and wrapped the towel around her and placed her on the back lawn. Good fortune because you often hear of cats who get hit and end up in various locations and not being returned or that sense of closure. I lost a golden Labrador, Sam, as a 16-year-old and at the time, was one of the toughest things to experience. Yet, this one was/is harder for various reasons. Whether it being winter and the prospect of having a feline friend to snuggle on a cold Redwoodtown night or the routines that come with a cat or any domesticated pet for that matter. Ironically, I read last week and did a story around Pet Therapy and the role that the SPCA provides in building human-animal


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gardening this week Disease control: By Wally Richards One of the products that we have that is excellent for preventing and the control of a number of plant diseases is Perkfection. We named it Perkfection for Roses as the commercial product is called Perk Supa. Gardeners have found it a boon in prevention of diseases such as black spot and rust on roses during the season. Perkfection along with Magic Botanic Liquid make a great combination for plant health. Silverleaf disease in stone fruit and roses has been arrested if you notice the disease early and spray Perkfection once a month during the growing season, starting again in the spring when the plants start to leaf up. Buxus disease is a curse for people growing Buxus hedges but a bi-monthly spray will keep the hedge looking great. I remember a gardener that had a Buxus hedge that had got so bad there were hardly any leaves left. He used Perkfection and after about 6 months the hedge was back to it full glory. There is a product out there for Buxus disease which as far as I am aware is a mild solution of the chemical in Perkfection. Apparently from feedback I have heard that it does help Buxus recovery but not as quickly and as effectively as our one does. Downy mildew or dry berry will be cured with Perkfection. During wet times when water sensitive plants start to have root rot then sprays of Perfection will speed up recovery as long as the plant has not gone beyond the point of no return. So what is Perkfection then? The active ingredient of Perkfection is ‘Phosphite ion’ or Phosphonic Acid. (Potassium ions are also present). The safety when handling Perkfection can be described by the following; formulations of neutral salts, which do not contain wetting agents, would have very little, if any at all, absorption through the skin. Only people with extreme allergy problems would show any sensitivity. Being neutral salts it has no corrosive effect and only causes irritation to people with very sensitive skin. If spray drift entered the eyes then the irritation would be similar to that experienced with a salt solution. Corrosive damage will not occur. This all means that Perkfection is safe to han-

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Who’s bright - not - idea was to lay down silty mud onto the top of the parking area behind the recycling depo? Now a quogmire. Not a lot of thought put into this. Get some gravel down so excess water can drain away.

There were just as many bad drivers in Victorian times as today, the difference being the horses had more brains than the drivers, you don’t get that with cars.


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What a fantastic celebration! Thursday we climbed up to Rotary Lookout with Springlands School at 6.30am and enjoyed waiata with the tamariki and afterwards Kai at the school. Friday we watched Prime TV and learned so many interesting and positive things about Matariki. A very poignant comment that was made really struck me “ Our culture and language was colonialised out of us”. This is a shame that we have to bear. However it should be addressed and owned by the UK crown and furthermore arrogant and biased immigrants (especially from UK) should take the time to learn more about Māori culture and accept their part in what has happened in the past. After all they have chosen to live here so become a real New Zealander and don’t think of themselves as superior. We are not their colonials they are the interloper. Kia kaha Kiwis!!! Pakeha kiwi

What a cool idea at Dolce having pizza making classes for our young ones during the school holidays. Great initiative so well done to this restaurant owner. Hope you get good support.

Highway crashes Once upon a time there was a choice to make. Keep the ferry terminal in Picton or move it to Clifford Bay. Common sense pointed to Clifford Bay: shorter and safer trip for ferry, trains, trucks and cars. Less fuel consumption, less congestion through Picton and Blenheim, less disturbance in the Sounds, etc. But common sense did not prevail and the ferries stayed in Picton.

Stolen wood Wondering why folk think they are entitled to help themselves to fire wood from the Lions fixture?? Lions work very hard to supply firewood, all cut by themselves for charity, and put wood in the Firewood fixture for folk to purchase at a very reasonable price, just to have some or all stolen??

National Party true colours Who would have thought so many of the Nat’s would be supporting the loony US Supreme Court ruling against abortion, perhaps they’re not really a political party at all, something else in disguise? They could set our rights back 50years. Better be ready ladies, “Be sweet, pray & obey”, now where have I heard that before ? I know Gloriavale!!

Recent article of local Iwi looking at a Cutural Centre in Blenheim to be built and a place to house artefacts. (Great) I see they are asking for approx $100,000 from the MBC for a feasibility study for this. Should we rate payers be funding this. (No) Rate payers are about to pay approx 5 plus % extra very soon on our rates. Iwi need to look at past Government settlements for this. (MDC and we rate payers are not a bank)

UN posting? Our new PM. Attends CHOGUM. Meets and greets our fellow alliance country leaders and ministers. The ex, now only foreign affairs and trade, does a Spanish tour, a fancy dinner, business ‘e’ deals, plus a ‘chat for cash’ at a military based organisation; whilst we have less and less troops/ships and aircraft-except uber air force one! The new faces of politics, with UN posting soon perhaps?

Re reduce speed About licences now. I think that what youth have to go through to get their licence is more than thorough. 6 months with learner up to restricted then 9 + months if you have done defensive driving more if you haven’t. Then you get to sit your full licence. I learnt to drive from scratch and got my full licence all in a week. Kids today are 99% better drivers. Take a look around and watch some of the older drivers seriously lacking in skills.

Both ways Christopher Luxon’s statement that he will not change abortion laws in NZ under his watch then going on to say he is Pro Life is taking a bob each way or sitting on the fence. He can’t have it both ways. This is typical National party politics. Say one thing. Mean another. If you can’t trust them on this, you can’t trust them on anything. Politics is such a dirty game.

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I still see a lot of drivers who don’t understand how to indicate at roundabouts. Some of them would be better not indicating at all. They flick their left indicator on well back from the roundabout and then sail on straight through and out the other side with indicator still on! An accident waiting to happen. Go back and have another look at the rules.

Earthquakes I note a few earthquakes rumbling the country. A 5.5 near Milford this morn. Could another big one be on its way? A timely reminder to have those kits on the ready. You’d be glad you did, if and when it happens.

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Picton crash l also think of the truck drivers and the services that have to clean up the carnage as result of these accidents. My husband used to be a tow truck driver in Auckland and the things he saw you would not believe. In the end he had to give it up and just go truck driving Please give a thought for everyone else involved.

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Kia ora, welcome to Cancer Society Marlborough Volunteers time to shine The beginning of the Māori New Year, signalled by the rising of the Matariki star cluster, is a timely occasion to celebrate National Volunteer Week. At the Cancer Society, volunteers play a key role in delivering our wider support and services to people with cancer and their whānau. Matariki provided the opportunity to honour the collective energies and mana of our Cancer Society volunteers in Marlborough. This is a time for our volunteers to shine - to recognise and celebrate the generous people they are and the time, skills, passion, and energy they bring to our service. Ngā mihi nui - we couldn’t do our work without you!

ApprentIce Beekeeper Taylor Pass Honey has a position available for an Apprentice Beekeeper to join their local team. If you: • Are self-motivated to learn • Enjoy working in the outdoors • Are physically fit (can lift 20Kg) • Can work extended hours over the busy season • Honest and diligent • Hold a minimum of a restricted driver’s licence This role could be for you. We offer on the job training as well as the opportunity to learn through the Apiculture NZ Apprentice Programme gaining Unit Standards as you learn. At Taylor Pass Honey, our commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion means we strive to create an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply to any of our vacant positions. Email careers@taylorpasshoney.co.nz for an application form. Applications close 15th July 2022

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Death notices STAGG: Alan Russell. Passed away 22.06.22 in Christchurch.Loved youngest son of Mert and Alice Stagg (dec), brother of Mavis, Douglas and Jennifer (all dec).A loving father and husband.Respected uncle to his nieces and nephews. A special uncle and godfather to Wendy. Rest peacefully with our love. DEAN, Douglas Eric: Died on Monday July 4, 2022 at Aberleigh Village, surrounded by love. Aged 86 years. Deeply loved husband of Shirley, much treasured father and father-in-law of Mark and June, Andrea and Maurice, Kate and Darren. Special fun-loving and respected Grandad to Teresa, Charlotte, Alice, Miriam, Ben, Daniel, Tim and Josh and their partners. Loved Great Doug to his six and a half great grandchildren. Brother and brother-in-law to Bob (deceased) and Patricia, Arthur (deceased) and Erica. Messages may be sent to 55 Parker Street, Blenheim 7201. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Alzheimers Marlborough would be appreciated and may be made at the service or to a/c 02-0600-0112284-00 Ref. DEAN. A funeral service will be held at the Church of the Nativity, Alfred Street, Blenheim at 11am on Saturday July 9, followed by private cremation at the Sowman Crematorium.

COLLEY: David Gordon (Dave). On Thursday 30 June 2022, surrounded by love, in his 92yr. Deeply loved and cherished husband of Margaret for 70 years, Much adored Dad and father-in-law of Brian and Dianne (Aust), Sandie and Peter, Peter and Marilyn (Aust), Moira and Dennis (Aust), Gail and Nigel, Michelle and Jeffrey, and Andrew and Sarah (Aust). Much loved and special Grandad to all his grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild. ‘To the world you were a husband and a father to our family you were the world.’ With special thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses and staff at Wairau Hospital for the compassion and care shown to David and his family. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice Marlborough or St Johns would be appreciated. At David’s request a private family funeral will be held. It may be viewed on www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz and a public remembrance gathering will be advised at a later date.

Roberts: David Basil (Dave): Passed away peacefully on Monday 4th July 2022 surrounded by family. Beloved husband of Maureen and treasured father and father-inlaw of Mark and Audrey, Paul, Gary and Kristen, and David and Liz. Treasured Grandad of Stephen, Lisa and Rebekah, Karl, Liam, Katie and Arna, Chanelle, Luke, Mitchell and Brodie. Treasured great grandad of his 10 great grandchildren. Much loved brother of Victor (dec), Lenny (dec), Michael (dec) and Chris (UK). Much loved and treasured friend of Jacqui. Messages for the family can be sent to 11A Lybster Street, Blenheim 7201 or www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz The family would like to thank Aberleigh Resthome for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Alzheimers Marlborough ( Acc. No. 02 0600 0112284 00 Ref: Roberts) would be appreciated or may be made at the service. A funeral service for Dave will be held at the Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, 15 Boyce Street, Blenheim on Saturday 9th July at 10am, followed by a private cremation. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed on the Cloudy Bay Funeral Services website.


CLARK: Lynette Dawn (Lyne) On Saturday 2 July 2022, passed away at Wairau Hospital, aged 80 years.Dearly loved wife of Rod and previously the late Ron Brown. Loved mother of Grant and Daryl and their families.Messages to 3 Peninsula Road Spring Creek 7202 or www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz.At Lyne’s request cremation has taken place, with a Memorial Service to be celebrated at St Luke’s Church, Spring Creek, on Friday 8 July at 1.00pm. CLOUDY BAY FUNERAL SERVICES BLENHEIM F.D.A.N.Z.

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Awatere Golf Club Wednesday 29th June - Women LGU - 1st Maureen Burrow 76, 2nd Sue Murray 77.

Saturday 2nd July - Stableford - 1st Brett Solly 40, 2nd Eddie Davis 38, 3rd Jason Kennedy 35, 4th Rachael Westenra

34, 5th Shane Waters 34. Nearest pin, 2/11 Lyell Marfell, 9/18 Steve Hitchman.

Picton Golf Club Saturday 25th June – Hiram Taylor 71; Jeff Pascoe, Mike Ivamy, Ant Booker, Jock Mannington, 72; Trevor Gullery 74. Thursday 30th June – Iain Berry 38;

Jerome January, Jeff Pascoe, 37; Graham Couldrey, Gary Aldridge, 35; Dave Bunt, Hyram Taylor, Jock Mannington, 34.

Friday 9 Hole – Scrambled Eggs – Judy Jones 22; Joyce McClelland 20, Odette Roper 20.

Men: Mike McKenzie 64, Bevan Boon 71, Rex McGarry 71, Sam Rutherford 74, Mike Collins 74, Chris Young 74, Tim Latter 76,

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Monthly Mug Gross:Jane Anderson-Bay 89. Net:Julie Nicolle 78. Net medal Div.2:Frances Handforth 86. Div.3:Elaine Porter 84. Men’s Monthly Mug Gross:Wesley Green 80. Net:Dylan Rigby 70. Net medal senior:Mike MacLeod 77, Pete Marfell 78,

Allan Parker 79. Intermediate:Toby Jeffery 71, Andrew Stowell 72, David Lighfoot 72, Dave Knappstein 74. Junior:Jeff Clarke 71, Greg King 74, Colin Marsden 76.

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David Dyer 18 Bob Tapp 17 Clarry Neame 17 Les Boniface 15 Stuart Parker 15 Mike McConnell 15 Mike Guillemot 15 Ladies Colleen McLeod 18 Margaret Hamilton 16 Wendy Avery 15 Jan Peglar 15 Yvonne Hore 15 June 29th 9 Holes Joy Brehaut 16 18 Hole Medal Sa-Nga Grupp 92-19-73 June 30th 18 Hole Combined Stableford Nigel Smith +Ross Agnew 64 John Cootes +Stuart Parker 63 Graeme Daines + Derek Bowman 63 Mike Gardiner + Morgan Bowe 62 9 Holes George Addis 20 Brian Brown 16 July 2nd Monthly Medal Graeme Daines 69 Ryan Windleburn 70 Luke Yarrall 71 Jim Findlay 71 Brian Yarrall 73 Mike McConnell 74 Roy Lilley 74 Tere Poa 74 John Delany 74 Trent Davies 75 Don Lamond 75 Stuart McLagan 75 NTP Fairweathers 9/18 Graeme Daines Sowmans 3/12 Murray Belk LGU Medal Sue Thaler 99-25-74 Jane Ingram 96-21-75.

Wairau Valley Golf Club Results for Saturday 2nd July 2022: Medal/LGU: Ladies: Jan Rutherford 76, Robyn Pupich 78, Maureen McKenzie 79.

Marlborough Golf Club 30 June, Men’s Stableford Div.1:Ian Newport 36, Peter Gurr 34, Malcolm McKenzie 31, William Harrison 31, Dave McGuckin 31. Div.2:John Davis 36, Colin Marsden 33, Rex Scoble 31, Brian Burgess 31, Brian Brohm 30. 2 July, women’s

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sports talk With Jacob Page

Sport is an extra for many families in 2022 The barriers for Joe and Jill Average to play sport go far beyond cost in 2022. I say this as a group called Affordable Sports for Greater Wellington look to pressure Wellington City Council to drop fees to make playing grassroots sports more accessible however, in my view, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The group has been pulled together by five major codes: Wellington Hockey, Capital Football, Capital Basketball, Cricket Wellington, and Wellington Rugby, as well as College Sport Wellington.

Group Chair Lisa Jones said councils are making it too expensive to play sport because of the unfair fees to provide and maintain fields, turfs and indoor facilities. “The rise of the cost of living now makes these fees a real threat to participation in sport. Councils say sport is good for residents’ wellbeing but do nothing to keep fees from going up, it’s now time for us to do something about it.” The Wellington region has the most expensive fees in New Zealand for sports, clubs and schools to use Council grounds. Councils charge fees for use of fields in

competitions, and fees to clubs for training, and for facilities such as changing rooms,” she says. While all that is perfectly logical and is one of the barriers to sport, I think the lifestyle of families no longer make sport as viable during the week. Parents often work two jobs and it’s a commitment to get kids to practices and games. Gone are the days where kids can walk to their trainings and home again, many are unlikely to see public transport as a timely way of getting to these events on time either.

So that leaves time-poor parents having to shuttle kids all around the place. Then comes the realisation that the child won’t be the next All Black, Black Cap or Olympian, their interest level drops and the social pressures of having a boyfriend or girlfriend, alcohol and passing NCEA increase. My partner and I discussed that if we had a child we’d try to steer them clear of high contact sports like rugby because the risk of serious injury is greater than say basketball, tennis or squash. As a couple of cricket tragics,

Underwater Hockey success Marlborough finished well in the recent Annual Underwater Hockey South Island Championships with Marlborough Muscles achieving 3rd in the B grade event,

combined Marlborough Stingrays senior team (MGC/ MBC) coming 2nd in the C grade event, and Junior MGC girls gaining 4th in novice school grade event.


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Whitehead Bowling Club Wednesday June 29th – Mixed triples – 1st Kelvin Chapman, Carol Foster, Francie Bradley; 2nd Trish Downs, Bev Newell, Judy Hopgood; 3rd Kevin Wratt, Andrew Bishell, Margaret RoBerts. Saturday July 2nd – Mixed triples – 1st Bill Miller, Euan Hubbard, Al Humphreys; 2nd Kelvin Chapman, Alisa Waters, Maria Carey; 3rd Noelene Bryant, Tony Troon, Joe Flood.

RIGHT: The combined Marlborough Stingrays senior team (MGC/MBC) front: Jasmine Boreham Wright, Samantha Walding, Chloe Vervaart 2nd Row: Zach Mitchell, Liam Williamson, Harry Musgrove back: Coach, Richard Price.






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watching your child play for up to eight hours on a Saturday is a huge time commitment and the traditional Saturday model of sport, where parents are out the door at 8am and on chilly sidelines, is outdated. I’d much rather see my potential child of the future play midweek basketball at night, indoors and get it over and done with so our weekends would be free. Priorities change once you’re just playing sport for the fun and fitness of it and as the economic reality starts to bite, social sport in 2022 may be seen as a luxury for many.

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