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By Chris Valli

Marlborough’s Indian community will be submerged in vibrant colour to celebrate Diwali this weekend.

Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights is a Hindu festival involving feasting and lighting candles and fireworks to symbolise victory of light over darkness. Continued on page 2.

UNIFYING INDIA’S CULTURE: Looking forward to Diwali celebrations at St Mary’s Hall this weekend is from left to right; Sanket Babre, Viral Patel, Roohi Patel, Harsh Patel, Vihana Jiwani-Shah and Amit Jiwani. Photo: Chris Valli.


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Continued from page 1. Diwali 2023 will be celebrated on November 11 this year at the Star of the Sea Parish, St Mary’s Hall, on Saturday from 5pm. This year’s event is the fifth year of celebrating Diwali in Marlborough. For the last two years it has been hosted at Connect Blenheim hall on Beaver Road. Around 100-120 people attended last year’s event. Sanket Babre says Diwali is the single biggest Indian festival that unifies the diverse multi-cultural canvas of India. “It is not only the religious nature of the festival but the social aspect of celebrating with your friends and relatives that adds to the significance of the festival,” he says. Sanket says they are expecting more people, probably between 150-200. He says St Mary’s Hall is a convenient location and can comfortably accommodate the number of people expected. The number of Indians living in the region is around 350 – 400 people and reflects the growing potpourri of multi culture and diversity which is becoming the many faces of Marlborough. Blenheim’s Zaika Indian Restaurant (Redwoodtown) will be catering for this year’s Diwali with a set menu of two authentic Indian curries, rice, dal, naan bread and poppadoms for the ease of managing the event.

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Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil and symbolises in Indian culture the connection between humans and the natural world.

The word Diwali is derived from its Sanskrit name ‘Deepavali’ which means the row of lighted lamps. Diwali exemplifies the new beginnings, the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness .The festival is associated with Lakshmi, the hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and good fortune. Meanwhile, organisers of New Zealand’s first sustainable Diwali festival have big plans to continue to grow the event. The seventh annual Queens-

town Diwali was celebrated at the Queenstown Events Centre last Saturday night, attended by about 1500 people from all over New Zealand, as well as two performers from Melbourne. When planning started for the event about seven months ago, there had not been an environmentally friendly Diwali held in New Zealand. Along with asking people to bring their own water bottles, Queenstown Diwali was waste free, helped by attendees also bringing

along their own doggy bags, while decorations were also plastic free and people were encouraged to use public transport. “Indian culture believes there is a great connection between humans and the natural world,” says Bhartiya Samaj Queenstown Charitable Trust chairman Jeet Suchdev. “We know Diwali is special for our community, so is the environment to our people and people of this land. Diwali is, therefore, a perfect opportunity to give a green message.”

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Record Achievements Port Marlborough By Chris Valli

A recently released Annual Report from Port Marlborough shows sustainable growth and development, including the return of cruise ships injecting money into the Marlborough tourism economy. The port held a continued focus on Health and Safety, with the launch of the inaugural Wellbeing Calendar, underscoring their commitment to the well-being of their team. Every staff member now earns at or above the Living Wage Aotearoa standards, and significant progress was made on People and Culture programmes including the introduction of new policies, and the establishment of a new role - GM People and Culture. The port achieved record revenue, topping $41 million for the first time and resulting in a record EBITDA of $21 million. Marlborough District Council Holdings Ltd, the port’s sole shareholder has received a total distribution of $4.4 million for 2023, the highest in over a decade. Community engagement was enhanced with $133K of sponsorships to the Marlborough community and schools, and through the Port Marlborough Sounds Discovery Fund, supporting primary schools in the province

Port Marlborough CEO Rhys Welbourn. Port Marlborough have had a record breaking 2023 with revenue topping $41 million.

with their outdoor learning in the Sounds. The port’s commitment to Kairangatira / delivering excellence was reinforced through numerous commercial partnerships, including with KiwiRail on the Picton Ferry precinct redevelopment (iReX) project, and with Centreport Wellington Ltd, on the Marlborough Inland Hub Ltd, a new development in Riverlands providing Marlbor-




ough exporters a more direct route to market. The port’s ongoing investment in people, infrastructure, and communities will provide sustainable triple bottom line dividends for the Marlborough region. The team are excited about the journey towards becoming an environmentally restorative port and are sincerely appreciative of the continued support received


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Youth Civic Awards open Know a young person doing wonderful voluntary work in the Marlborough community? If so, now is the time to nominate them for the biennial Marlborough Youth Civic Awards being hosted in December. The awards were started by the Marlborough Youth Council in 2013 to acknowledge and showcase contributions made by young people doing voluntary work in the Marlborough community. The awards are open to Marlborough youth aged 13 to 20. The selection panel will be made up of Mayor Nadine Taylor, and community and youth council representatives. Online nominations are now open and close at 8am Monday 13 November 2023. Nominate by going to: www.marlborough. govt.nz/our-community/grants-and-awards/ youth-civic-awards






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Time to light up Marlborough sky By Chris Valli

Marlborough Lines Lights Over Marlborough is set to light up the Blenheim night sky in ten days’ time. The spectacular event is Whitney Street School’s main annual fundraiser and is organised by the school’s Parent Support Group (PSG). Whitney Street School’s fireworks displays have a long history. The first display was held in front of a small crowd on the Whitney Street School grounds in the 1980s. About 5000 people attended the event at the A&P Showgrounds last year. PSG chair Rebecca Kane says the school community deeply appreciates Marlborough Lines

coming on board as naming sponsor for three years. “We are very grateful for their sponsorship, which helps us continue holding this family friendly event for the whole community.” Marlborough Lines CEO, Tim Cosgrove says they are pleased to sponsor the community’s longest running fireworks display enjoyed by many Marlburians each year. This year money raised from the fireworks event will go towards the creation of an allwheels track on the school grounds. The committee wants to thank the many people and businesses in the community who help make the event possible, through contributing their time,

skills and items behind the scenes, Rebecca says. Tickets will be sold at the gate on entry and prices are: $10 for adults; $40 for a family pass of up to two adults and three children; children under five are free. Regular attendees will note a small increase in the ticket price, which was necessary to meet rising costs associated with the event, Rebecca says. It was the first time ticket prices had been raised in many years. Licensed py rotech nician Michelle Harris is in charge of the fireworks. She spends many hours synchronising the fireworks display to upbeat music ahead of the event. She also takes the time to knock

on doors of homes around the A&P Showgrounds to ensure pet owners know it is going ahead and they have the chance to make plans for their pets. Gates open at 5.30pm and people are encouraged to come along early to make the most of the evening’s offerings. Entertainment includes a children’s zone, a climbing wall, bouncy castles, a chocolate wheel, a mystery-bottle stall and a silent auction featuring donations of goods and services from local businesses. The fireworks display will be held from 6pm to about 9.30pm on Saturday, November 18 at the A&P Showgrounds in Blenheim. Postponement date Sunday, November 19.

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Marlborough winners By Chris Valli

Three of Graeme Dingle Marlborough’s finest have been recognised for their dedication at the Graeme Dingle Foundation’s Annual Excellence Awards held in Auckland last Thursday night. The Graeme Dingle Foundation is a youth development charity with a longstanding history, providing support for over 350,000 young people since 1995 with their vision to make New Zealand the best place in the world to be young. Marlborough Girls’ College student Sophie Ridley-Scott received the ‘Outstanding Contribution as a Peer Mentor’ Award in the Foundation’s Stars programme. Fellow MGC student Chloe Jones received the ‘Outstanding Achievement of a Career Navigator Participant’ Award while former board chair Nicki Stretch was awarded the ‘National Outstanding Volunteer’ Award. The National Excellence Awards, now in its 23rd year, serves to recognise the impressive successes and resilience of New Zealand’s young generation who, through the Foundations programmes, have overcome obstacles and achieved what they never thought possible. The Stars programme is known for supporting all year nine students at MGC helping them to make a positive transition into high school. The programme also provides an important leadership opportunity for the year 12 and 13 students, like

CELEBRATING SUCCESS: Sophie Ridley-Scott, Nicki Stretch and Chloe Jones with their awards from the Graeme Dingle Foundation’s Annual Excellence Awards held in Auckland last week.

Sophie, as Peer Mentors to the year nines through peer group work: developing small group management skills, communication, goal setting skills and resiliency. “One of the most important lessons I’ve taken away from the Stars programme is the importance of stepping outside of my comfort zone. It’s easy to stick with what I know and what feels safe, but real growth begins when I start pushing

myself beyond my boundaries,” says Sophie. Chloe spoke at the awards and has now successfully secured employment in a career path she didn’t expect to enjoy prior to participating in the Career Navigator Toroa programme which develops knowledge of workplace expectations and exposure to industry. “The Foundation has taught me so much about the real world including

how I should stand my ground in employment. During this course my confidence grew around people making it so much easier to be able to encourage others to do their best,” says Chloe. Meanwhile, Nicki says receiving her award was very special, and quite humbling saying as volunteers, they do things to hopefully make the world a little better. Graeme Dingle Foundation CEO

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Jo Malcolm Black highlighted the significance of the awards given for students and staff alike. “This event is extremely important for our young people. It shows them the overwhelming support networks they have from their family, schools, businesspeople, and our teams which truly is something to celebrate as they’re encouraged to keep chasing their goals and pave a positive life trajectory,” she says.

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Beautification of our district Driving and or walking around Blenheim CBD and the Renwick Village or in the suburbs of both, you get this feeling no one cares about the looks and cleanliness of our streets, footpaths, rivers and Council owned assets that are not being used but are just deteriorating. I’m talking about the bus stops and bus shelters in Renwick. The Taylor River and its banks? Doesn’t the council have a weed eater? This is an attraction of the town and looks like a disused section. Come on mow the grass, weed eat the banks, clear the WEED from the river. Think about the Avon River in Christchurch - this is a beautiful place to walk, ponder and enjoy, not so the Taylor

River. Footpath berms shocking, some grass along the fronts of sections is a metre high. We understand some people rent and some people just don’t care about the grass along their boundaries out to the road curb, but legally it’s not theirs it is the council’s. Does the council or its paid contractors not own a gutter sweeper and a road sweeper? The gutters are a disgrace, full of shingle, weeds, grass, rubbish and this is all over the District. Come on MDC, we rate payers deserve a clean and tidy place to live in. Derek Bowman Renwick



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Well done Chris I was pleasantly surprised to see the Blenheim Sun Newspaper journalist Chris Valli turn up and speak at the recent funeral at Cloudy Bay of Eldred Boyce, who passed away recently. I understand Chris was asked to say a few words after the wonderful story he did on Eldred back in August which was on the front page. He spoke from the heart and reflected

on the character that Eldred was and the positive attitude she displayed throughout her life. Not many would do what he did and I’d like to acknowledge the way he conducted himself. He is a credit to your organisation. J Warner Renwick

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Have your say on new freshwater policy

New Harakeke Hubs to connect the community

Do you have a view on what we need to do to look after our rivers, streams and wetlands? How to have enough water of good quality to support natural ecosystems and thriving communities? What about improving water storage to ensure there’s enough for vineyards and stock?

Young and old are invited to join together for the launch of the Harakeke Hubs concept in Marlborough next week. Council’s Community Partnerships Support Natalie Lawler says the new Harakeke Hubs are all about community connectedness – getting out, meeting new people, having a chat over a cuppa, and finding out more about the many services and interest groups in the Marlborough community, and how to access them.

From whitebaiters to high-country farmers, Council wants to hear from individuals, community groups, businesses and iwi about what you want for the long-term future of rivers, streams and wetlands.

Fish like the Bluegill Bully are a sign of a healthy stream

We all rely on safe and plentiful freshwater but achieving this depends on looking after and sharing this precious resource.

down the visions and environmental outcomes for freshwater,” Council’s Strategic Planner Sarah Pearson said.

That’s at the heart of the Government’s 2020 Essential Freshwater Package and the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, which Council is now working to implement. Council is holding a second round of public consultation to help draft changes to the Marlborough Environment Plan on how we manage freshwater. There were more than 200 responses to the first round of consultation earlier in the year, which helped shape proposals to divide the region into six Freshwater Management Units (FMUs). Public feedback also helped create a list of values – what we need freshwater for – including ecosystem health, drinking water, mahinga kai/food, swimming and recreation, landscape and natural character, irrigation and food and beverage production.

“The top priority in the legislation is to protect the health and wellbeing of our rivers, streams and wetlands,” Sarah said. “That feeds down to the next priorities of providing for the health needs of people such as drinking water and then water for irrigation and stock.” “The rules and policy in the Marlborough Environment Plan to manage freshwater will be based on community and iwi feedback, so please have your say,” Sarah said. For more information and to fill out an online survey go to: www.marlborough. govt.nz/environment/freshwatermanagement

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Come to one of the public drop-in sessions to see the latest proposals and provide your comments and suggestions. Submissions close on 15 December. Contact: freshwater.surveys@marlborough. govt.nz




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A Marlborough community led project, in conjunction with Council’s Positive Ageing and Welcoming Communities programmes, the new hubs will also involve Marlborough Youth Trust, Volunteer Marlborough, Marlborough CAB, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, and a variety of local organisations who support the concept. “Everyone is welcome – this is an intergenerational concept,” Natalie said. “Studies have shown that connecting people to groups and organisations can help with overall health and improve loneliness and isolation. Living better and feeling better starts with one simple step: connecting,” she said. “We know there are people who are lonely in our community and this project aims to help them make connections and get support to access the Marlborough Community Directory, a one-stop shop for local services, community groups and organisations’ information, including health care and support services.” Each hub will be hosted by at least one trained, community-minded volunteer Hub Host and will be held in libraries, cafes, community rooms, youth centres and rural community hubs. Host and signposter training will be

undertaken by Volunteer Marlborough. “Harakeke Signposters are people in our community who direct people to the hubs and give information about the Marlborough Community Directory. Whether you’re at the supermarket, at work, out for a walk, or with family and friends, you can help spread the word,” Natalie said. “Being a Signposter or Hub Host is a great way to give back to the community and help people connect and help others feel a sense of community involvement, participation and inclusion in our community.” Join a Harakeke Hub during launch week at any of the venues and times below: Pelorus Community Lounge (behind Havelock Takeaways, Main Road) Tuesday 14 November 3 - 4.30pm Te Kahu o Waipuna Blenheim Library Wednesday 15 November 4 - 5.30pm Waitohi Whare Matauranga Picton Library (part of the Company Cafe) Thursday 16 November 10.30am - 12pm Crossroads 2 Redwood Street, Blenheim Thursday 16 November 10 - 11.30am For more information go to www.marlborough. govt.nz/our-community/harakeke

Online applications open for Marlborough Youth Civic Awards Do you know a young person doing wonderful voluntary work in the Marlborough community? If so, now is the time to nominate them for the biennial Marlborough Youth Civic Awards, which are hosted in December. The awards were started by the Marlborough Youth Council in 2013 to acknowledge and showcase contributions made by young people doing voluntary work in the Marlborough community. Swimming, drinking, irrigation – comments are sought on all aspects of Marlborough’s freshwater management

The awards are open to Marlborough youth aged 13 to 20.

You can nominate a deserving young person in a number of categories: community service/spirit, sport and recreation, art, heritage and culture, environment, leadership and mentoring. The awards selection panel is made up of Mayor Nadine Taylor and community and youth council representatives. Online nominations are now open and close at 8am on Monday 13 November 2023. Nominate a young Marlburian by going to: www.marlborough.govt.nz/our-community/ grants-and-awards/youth-civic-awards


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“Doing what I love …with purpose” At the age of 17 Steph Benseman started her first company. Ten years on, she’s dedicated her career to supporting and growing startups across the country. Born and bred in Marlborough, Steph - who was this year named in Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia - spoke to the New Zealand Herald as part of The Great New Zealand Road Trip. The 27-year-old, who is a principal and head of community at Icehouse Ventures, created a young enterprise business while studying at Marlborough Girls’ College. “I was nagging my teachers to let me do it … I’d played shops when I was a kid, I was like ‘I can do this’ and so I got my friends together, convinced them to do it, and then we launched a clothing label made out of recyclable fabrics.” At the end of the school year, as the group of girls went their different ways, the company wrapped up, but the experience was enough to inspire Steph to get into entrepreneurship. With goals at the time of ending up in New York, she left Blenheim thinking she wouldn’t return. Steph moved to Wellington, where she decided if she wanted to be a fashion entrepreneur, she needed to learn how to run a business and studied commerce at Victoria University. “From there I got more involved in the young enterprise scheme and ended up working for them and supporting others and I just got so far into helping others start their businesses.” After about seven years in Wellington, Steph and her partner returned to Blenheim. “Covid hit and we were finding we were going back to Blenheim a lot for all our hobbies and the good weather and so we were like, ‘Oh we’ll just give this a go’ and ended up loving it and basing ourselves just to be closer to the water and all

the fun things that we enjoy doing.” After working in the youth enterprise space running programmes for startups, she decided she wanted to be on the other end of the table handing out funding. She then started her current role at Icehouse Ventures, where she works with the 300 startup teams in the company’s portfolio.

“It’s not just about creating something for the sake of it.” “A big part of that is discovering epic companies to back, so I’m always looking for founders to invest in and another big part of my role is once we’ve invested in someone, what are we doing to support the growth of their company. It’s my job to make sure they’re connected to all the right people, they have all the right resources to succeed in what they’re doing.” When it comes to trying to find the right company to back, Steph says the main focus is on people who are “creating an unimaginable future”. “You’re looking for someone who is incredibly passionate and wants to make the world a better place but they’ve got some form of skill and some validation that their solution is the right one to do that. “I always say it’s really easy to be optimistic in my job because there’s so many bad things happening around the world and it can really get to you, but I’m hanging around the people who are actually doing something about those problems

and that’s just excessively inspiring all the time.” Earlier this year, Steph was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia: Finance and Venture Capital list. She says the recognition opened up more opportunities. “It’s so funny when it happened, the public perspective of that changed a lot … I was like I’ve always been doing that work, like that’s just been so core to my job and just like my whole purpose and it’s just nice to be recognised for it.” Living in Blenheim provides plenty of out-of-office bonuses for Steph with a family bach about a 30-minute drive away in Waikawa providing time for fishing, diving, and other water sports. “I’m really lucky to work in a place that is really flexible … I can have my switch-off, calm-down time in Blenheim and just focus but I still work in such an aspirational space.” She’s still able to take a direct flight from Blenheim to Auckland once every couple of weeks and is able to beat her colleagues into the office. “Being in Blenheim actually helps me be more connected to the other regions so I can go to Christchurch a lot, and Wellington too … It’s a lot more central than people make it out to be which I’ve really loved.” Steph is also working on the launch of her own outerwear clothing label, Benny. She says she’s still referring to lessons from her business as a 17-year-old. Her main advice for young entrepreneurs is to think hard about what it is they want to do, and the bigger purpose. “It’s not just about creating something for the sake of it. It’s like ‘What’s the real big purpose here’

Blenheim’s Steph Benseman says starting a Young Enterprise business at Marlborough Girls’ College as a 17-year-old inspired her to get into entrepreneurship.

… I think people don’t understand what they’re actually capable of achieving and what impact their business could have on the world so I really like to encourage people to just think big first but then to take it back and just start. “It’s always really inspiring once you actually do start what comes out of that and I think people underestimate what could come out of it when you

do just give it a go.” Asked what the future holds, Steph readily admits there’s no five-year plan. “It was just more about just doing something with purpose and just finding that freedom and doing what I love doing and doing it from the places that I love.” Story Sam Sherwood, with permission from the New Zealand Herald.

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Exercise is beneficial Why should cancer survivors exercise? If you are being treated for cancer, or recovering, you may have thought it was important to rest, but research shows that tailored exercise benefits most people with cancer before, during and after treatment. Being active can help manage some of the common side effects of treatment, speed up recovery and improve quality of life. Research suggests exercise may help lower the chances of cancer returning in some people by as much as 50-60%.

Already exercising - what else can you do? If you already walk, cycle, swim or are active with golf or gardening etc – that’s great – don’t stop. There are some side-effects of Prostate Cancer treatment that can be alleviated or even resolved completely through targeted exercise. If you have your own exercise routine right now, consider talking to a professional or joining a ProstFIT group to see if you can achieve improved results by ensuring you are exercising in a way that will specifically help you.

What is Prost-FIT? The Prostate Cancer Foundation Prost-FIT programme is a nationwide network of exercise classes for men to help them before, during and after prostate cancer treatment. It has been designed in partnership with Exercise as Medicine NZ, a charitable trust that specialises in exercise for people with long-term conditions, like Prostate Cancer. Prost-FIT classes are built around the aspects of training that research has shown are beneficial for men with Prostate Cancer. They include pelvic floor strengthening exercises, cardiovascular fit-

ness and strength training routines. The programme also combats fatigue, facilitates mental well-being, provides social support and is, most importantly, fun! All the Prost-FIT trainers are trained to guide men living with prostate cancer so that they exercise safely and achieve great results. They will tailor your training plan to your specific circumstances. In some instances, they will recommend that your general practitioner (GP) or medical specialists are informed about your exercise plan. How much does it cost? One free class per participant, per

week for 40 weeks per year, are available. Additional classes over and above this will incur a participation fee. How to find out more about ProstFIT To find out more, or are interested in coming along to a trial class, contact either Murray Eyles on marlborough@prostate.org.nz or 027 608 5667, or Phil Taylor on tiger90phil@ gmail.com or 021 935 644. Prost-FIT classes are held in Blenheim on Mondays at 6.00pm and Wednesdays at 10.30am at Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 on Kinross Street.

FIT FOR LIFE: A Prost-FIT class, post workout. Front row: Phil Taylor, Liam Warren (Stadium 2000 class instructor), Murray Eyles (Marlborough Prostate Cancer Support Group and Prost-FIT coordinator), and Rowan Belcher. Back row: Kevin Prendergast, Gerald Ballagh, Garry O’Brien, Jim Campbell, Phil Jeffs, Jock Struthers and Tony Allison.

Summerset Blenheim is excited to announce our first release of homes are selling off plans now.* Once complete, the village will offer a range of modern, high-quality living options including villas and cottages and once certified, a care centre offering rest home and hospital-level care. We will also have a wide range of resortstyle facilities to take advantage of the Blenheim climate including an outdoor swimming pool, all-purpose bowling green, and welcoming Divine Cafe. All safe and secure within a fully gated village community. If you sign a sales application for one of our stage one homes before 31 December 2023, you’ll pay no weekly fees for one year. Plus, if you settle before 28 June 2024, you’ll also receive $10,000 cash back to spend how you wish.# Love the live you choose

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10 Wednesday November 8, 2023

Martella Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

40 Years of Service In the heart of our community, the Martella family has been ensuring our homes are cosy and our chillers cool for an impressive four decades. Martella Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, a name synonymous with quality and innovative solutions, began with Allan and Sally Martella, and it remains a family affair with Craig and Steph Martella proudly upholding the legacy. From modest beginnings in a home shed to becoming Marlborough’s respected refrigeration and air conditioning specialists with 20 employees. Their committed team, some members serving for over 15 years, has played a vital role in building lasting partnerships. Over the years, Martella has evolved from leather notebooks to cutting-edge computers, adapted to changing refrigerants, and embraced the shift from predominantly mechanical to electronic systems and controls. Their journey has been marked by dedication and resilience, guided by a commitment to delivering top-tier service. They consistently go above and beyond to ensure customer satisfaction, which is why Martella has forged lasting partnerships with renowned brands, including their impressive 30-year dealership with Daikin NZ. Martella’s enduring relation-

ships with local businesses and homeowners are a testament to their unwavering commitment to quality work. Many loyal customers have been with them for decades, drawn not just by loyalty but by Martella’s consistent delivery on their promises. The business has faced its share of challenges, from weathering economic storms to navigating the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Allan Martella emphasizes that such challenges are part of the journey, and they have had to think creatively to ensure their survival and success. Beyond business, Martella is an integral part of the community, actively supporting local organisations like Outward Bound, Rainbow Ski Field, Queen Charlotte Yacht Club, Gateway students, and apprenticeship programs. This commitment to community involvement underscores their connection to the region and desire to give back to the people who have supported them for so long. Craig Martella expresses their gratitude, saying, “We are immensely proud to be part of the successful and thriving community in our special place, Te Tau Ihu, Top of the South. Thank you to all the local people who have continued to

Sally and Allan, Craig and Steph Martella.

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forward to serving their loyal customers, making a difference in the community, and remaining the trusted name in heating and cooling solutions. Here’s to the next 40 years! PBA.


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Wednesday November 8, 2023


Outstanding local soloists at Cathedral Brass Marlborough District Brass returns to Nativity Church next weekend to perform two concerts in their popular Cathedral Brass series. “It is several years since we last ran a Cathedral Brass concert but they are always popular,” says band spokesman Brian Nicholas, “and the programme has been chosen to maximise the particular acoustics of the Church.” Performing with the band will be classically trained tenor vocalist and cornetist David Moseley. David began playing cornet at eight years old following in his father Graham and Uncle Kevin’s footsteps. At one time, David’s full family played for the local band with mum Christine, and siblings Steven and Letitia on various instruments. David currently plays with one of New Zealand’s top brass bands, Woolston Brass, and whilst living in Christchurch has developed his passion for opera singing, often with his brother Steven who recently won a scholarship to study at University of

Leeds and sing with England’s Opera North. David began singing whilst at Marlborough Boys’ College, and began seriously studying singing about four years ago under the tuition of professional voice tutor and Artistic Director of Toi Toi Opera, Margot Button. David lists among his singing highlights the one-on-one training sessions with renowned NZ Tenors Simon O’Neill and Patrick Power, performing Macbeth with NZ Opera in 2022, and Carmina Burana with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra earlier this year. David will perform two well-known numbers at the concert; the beautiful Bring Him Home from Les Miserable, and Un’aura Amorosa from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. Local percussionist Aimee Moore will also be featured playing the Marimba. Aimee began playing percussion in 2002 after watching her grandfather, cornetist Dave Beaumont, play in a band concert. “I was mesmerised by the percussionists,” says

Aimee. “I always wanted to play drums.” When Dave asked if Aimee would like to come along to a band rehearsal and have a go at playing percussion she was hooked. Aimee says she has played a little bit of marimba in the past with the band, but only began properly learning it as a solo instrument in June 2022 after the band purchased its own brand new marimba. “It’s something I have always wanted to learn to play for a long time, as I love the rich sound it produces. It’s a very difficult instrument to play, due to its size and commonly requiring two mallets in each hand.” Nativity Church’s acoustics will reverberate a very beautiful sound from the marimba

as Aimee presents ‘Ghost Garden’ by Adam Hopper, played unaccompanied and using four mallets. Other items to expect range from the toe tapping march ‘Glorious Victory’ to the soul music of ‘I Left my Heart in San Francisco’ and the always popular Neil Diamond hit ‘Sweet Caroline’. This will be a fun concert showcasing a wide range of music with something for everyone. Funds raised from the concert will help the band head off to Adelaide in March to compete at the 2024 Australian National Band Championships. Cathedral Brass tickets are on sale at the ASB Theatre ticket office or on line at www.asbtheatre.com.

Cathedral Brass 2023 Nativity Church Alfred Street, Blenheim

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12 Wednesday November 8, 2023

Taste to Savour By Chris Valli

The word savour means to taste good food and drink. Fitting then, there will be plenty of Marlborough’s finest produce and eateries at the Ray White Savour in the Park later this month. After last year’s inaugural event, Pure Events Marlborough is once again bringing the event to Marlborough on Saturday, November 25. Pure Events Manager Katrina Lange says the 2022 event brought 38% of attendees from outside the region equating to approximately 500 people. Most (according to Pure Events on site survey) stayed two plus days spending on average $400 per day per person. Katrina says this year’s Savour is about keeping the recipe very similar. “There’s a few different options on the food stalls including the likes of Picton Food Cartel and Fancy Cow and adding a Fruzo frozen cocktails and bubbles to the drinks menu,” says Katrina. “We’ve even brought back by popular demand Automatic 80’s – literally everyone on leaving or social media comments stated they

were the best.” Speaking of music, the headline act, the Ladykillers will feature legendry Kiwi songstresses Annie Crummer, Tina Cross and Suzanne Lynch. Kicking off the festival will be local band Bigspin. Drummer Thornton Church says Hamish (guitarist) sent him a message on Instagram after looking for a local drummer to start a band with and not having much luck. “I’d wanted a band doing covers for years but never thought someone else in the area would be keen, we were extremely fortunate to find a bunch of guys all super talented and super keen to play,” he says. Most of the band used to get around on a skateboard or BMX back in the day, says Thornton, so a skateboard move as a band name seemed apt, especially when combined with their musical interests. “I suppose we’re also trying to put a spin on what your conventional covers band is too,” he adds. “If you’re around 25-35 and remember the music channel C4, that’s pretty much our

wheelhouse. Pop punk, rock, radio hits from the time and even a bit of the EMO stuff here and there. Stuff like Green Day, Blink-182, Third Eye Blind and even some cheeky Kelly Clarkson in there.” Savour will be held at Churchill Glade in Pollard Park under the trees where there is a feast for the tastebuds, from seafood to low and slow BBQ brisket, pulled pork and vegetarian options. Other food items on the day include traditional Italian pizza or pasta, Asian street food and gourmet burgers. Thornton says Bigspin is looking forward to a hot sunny day, and playing the tracks they all love performing. “We started this band to play what us and (hopefully) lots of other people reminisce on from the 90s and 2000s, to change the face of covers bands and bring them forward into the new generation.” Visit www.savourmarlborough. co.nz or Eventfinda https://www. eventfinda.co.nz/2023/savour-in-thepark/blenheim to book your tickets.

Back row: Callum Taylor (Guitar), Katrina Lange, Pure Events Marlborough, Matt Stevens (Bass) and Racheal Kenyon, Pure Events Assistant. Front Row: Dallas Church (vocals) Thornton Church (Drums). Absent : Hamdog McKenzie (guitar).

Art Trail thanks The recent 2nd an nual Alzheimers Foundation Marlborough Art Trail was deemed a great success, this year raising $13,000 to support the work of the local Alzheimers Society. Alongside the ticket sales, raffle ticket sales, art sales commissions, sales tables and donations also contributed to our final total. Without the support of our participating artists and exhibitors none of this would have been possible and we would like to thank them so very much. So many people contributed to the event and we would like to thank them most sincerely. Included were: • Craigs Investments, Prisma Print, Imagine Signs and Mike Newman. • Promoting the Art Trail were the Blenheim Sun, the Marlborough Weekly, local radio stations, the Marlborough Express and the Marlborough District Council. Also helping with promotion were the Nelson I-Site and Museum and the Suter Art Gallery. • Our window displays were done by J E Thomas’s, Mitchell Sports, Bikes and Beyond, Cresswells Shoes, Lynfords Furnishing Centre and Floor Pride.

• All the businesses who allowed us space to display our posters and flyers. • ASB Theatre for the display screens used by some of the artists to show their work. • The Marlborough Art Gallery, I-Site Marlborough who helped sell the trail tickets. • The Marlborough Art Society, Joanna Dudson Scott for the generous use of their galleries for participating artists. • A very special thanks also go to all our wonderful volunteers who helped with raffle sales prior to and during the weekend, our helpers who shifted furniture and Mayor Nadine Taylor who opened our Art Trail at the Exhibitors Evening and spoke so supportively of our work. And last but not least, our thanks go to all of the generous members of our community who supported us by buying the Trail tickets, raffle tickets and the Devonshire teas at the Alzheimers Centre, or who made kind donations. We hope you all enjoyed the weekend and look forward to seeing you again next year. Already we have had enquiries from new artists interested in taking part next year so there will be new exhibitions to look forward to.

Alzheimers Foundation Marlborough members and Art Trail organisers Helen Knapp, Viv Broughton, and Helen Hannay say they are ‘blown away’ by the support from local artists, businesses, and the public and are extending a heart-felt ‘thank you’ to all who were involved in the event.




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14 Wednesday November 8, 2023

The race that stops a nation

Joseph auditions – ‘igniting passion of performing’ By Chris Valli

Locals dressed up in anticipation for the Melbourne Cup yesterday afternoon at The Good Home Marlborough. The winner No 3.Without A Fight, 2nd (6) Soulcombe and third (14) Sheraz From left to right; Bex Bell, Bernadette Brookelands, Angela Mead, Linda Fletcher-Firks, Krista Coningham, Anna Clapcoff, Toni Gillan, Kate David, Skye Huriata, Jody Batters, Hannah Price and Belinda Clark. Photo: Chris Valli

Auditions for Blenheim Musical Theatre’s 2024 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be held at Elim Church next weekend (Nov 17 – 19). Director Sam Baxter says pre-audition workshops were held on November 4 and 5 so potential cast members were prepared for their upcoming audition. “It lets them get an insight to what is expected, and also a chance to meet some of the creative team and see how we work,” says Sam. “Helping people develop their singing, dance and dramatic abilities and their understanding of performance.” Sam says they have had a good response so far. “We will be looking for 32 children to be part of the on stage cast which will be split into two alternating groups, along with up to another 20 as booth singers (also split). We are looking at an onstage cast of about 50 people.” Sam says Joseph has been a favourite of hers for nearly 30 years where she played the Narrator when she was at school. “It has stuck with me ever since - I still remember most of the show. So I really wanted to offer that opportunity to other young people, to ignite that passion for performing in a fun, colourful show where

they can work with some talented adults and grow as performers,” she says. “It’s a wonderful show that appeals to many and it has a bit of everything, it has a great story, it has different genres of music, high energy dance numbers, and emotional moments to contrast the bright happy scenes.” Sam says the story resonates with so many of us because it reminds us that we all have a dream to chase, a passion to pursue. “Just like Joseph, we may encounter setbacks and challenges along the way, but we must hold onto our dreams and never stop believing in ourselves. It is also fully sung so as a singer myself it appeals to me in that way too.” Sam says no orchestra is confirmed yet as they are still communicating with a potential musical director. Dance auditions will take place at the St Andrew’s Hall at 5 Henry Street. Blenheim Musical Theatre’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat creative team is; Production Manager - Louise Kingi, Director - Samantha Baxter, Choreographer - Vanessa Bryant, Vocal Director - Stefanie Anderson. The Musical Director is to be confirmed. The show runs from May 8 to May 18 with two shows on Saturday 11th where they are hoping to have an understudy cast perform for the Matinee show.

Children strike a pose while learning part of a dance routine during the Joseph workshop held last weekend. From left; Maddie Munden, Jane Levett, Kate Anderson, Amelia Kingi, Mackenzie Wyngaard, Peyton Carmody and Alice Kingi.

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Wednesday November 8, 2023 15

World Diabetes Day November 14

Access to Diabetes Care Sun Journalist Chris Valli has had insulin-dependent diabetes for 31 years after being diagnosed as a 16-year-old. He spoke with Blenheim’s Stacey Horton about her own diagnosis and living with diabetes. Did you have too much sugar? What is a pancreas? How does insulin work? What’s an insulin pump? All fair questions when it comes to greater knowledge and understanding of diabetes and the various ‘types’ associated with the disease. Next Tuesday, November 14 is World Diabetes Day. The theme this November is ‘Access to Diabetes Care’ with millions around the world, not having ‘access’ to diabetes care. November 14 is the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. Effectively, people with diabetes require ongoing care and support to manage their condition and avoid complications. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas which helps the body use sugar for energy. If your pancreas doesn’t work, it may not make or release the insulin needed to control blood sugars, resulting in diabetes. Blenheim’s Stacey Horton, 29, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2009 at 14 years old. Stacey says before her diagnosis she had lost weight, was tired all the time and drinking copious amounts of water. The morning of her diagnosis, she woke up and says she couldn’t breathe properly and

felt sick. Her Mum rushed her to hospital and discovered she had a blood sugar of 48mmols resulting in being diagnosed. A normal blood sugar level is 4 - 8mmols. Stacey’s medication involves taking two insulins. One is long acting while the other is short acting. “Long acting is once a day and short acting I have with meals and throughout the day when needed,” she says. “I inject the insulin into my tummy area and check my blood sugars with a finger prick up to eight times a day.” The Mum with two children says she ‘just has to get on with it’ and do what she needs to do to have good control of her blood sugars and to stay healthy. “The places I have worked at have been really good with it and supportive,” she says. “I would definitely use the CGM (constant glucose monitoring) if it was funded. I did trial it for 14 days and it was life changing made every day so much easier.” Diabetes New Zealand is calling on Pharmac to fund the “life-changing” device which can measure diabetics’ blood sugar levels instantly. New Zealanders living with diabetes can now measure their blood sugar levels through a new CGM system. For example, the Freestyle Libre 2 is a small wearable sensor that attaches to the back of the wearer’s arm or leg and shares glucose data to a smartphone app. Diabetes New Zealand chief


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executive Heather Verry says the fact that diabetics don’t have to prick their fingers every few hours, gives people the opportunity to better manage their diabetes. Verry says the system was publicly funded in Australia and the UK, but unfortunately the new system was not funded by Pharmac, she says. The Blenheim Lions are running a free family friendly event on Sunday, November 19 to help raise awareness of diabetes. The public are invited to join,


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16 Wednesday November 8, 2023

Summer Dining Queen Charlotte Tavern

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The days are getting longer and the evenings warmer... Here’s a sneak peak of some of the new menu items this summer. ~ Jerk Chicken Bowl ~

Hunter’s Cellar Door is located within the original farmhouse on our Rapaura Road Winery site; you can discover the genuine spirit of Hunter’s Wines. Join us for a memorable wine tasting experience, take a stroll through our native garden, or find a tranquil spot in the Cellar Door garden for a glass of wine or light lunch.

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Re: Weather

Noticed a few whitebaiting Tuesday when season closed 30 October I.e Monday. Where were DOC? Asleep at the wheel?

El Niño is here I hope everyone is enjoying the hot dry spring that it has brought with it?

Sculptures The shepherd and his sheep sculpture outside Thomas’s is amazing. I just wonder where the large hand holding the coin (that was at the other end of Market Street) has gone. Hopefully, it will return to central Blenheim as no doubt we paid for it as part of our rates and it needs to be viewed.

Too many Apparently NZ will have 123 MPs after Port Waikato by election! I thought 120 MPs were too many? List MPs mostly waste of space. Cut it to 100!

Wayne To Be Honoured After I heard the news of Mr Wayne Barnes retirement , a friend of mine working in South Africa told me that Cape Town the capital city of South Africa are looking at honouring Mr Barnes with the Freedom of the City for his dedication towards rugby refereeing . With Mr Barnes last match as a referee being the Rugby World cup final, he can look back on this with pride in his retirement years.

Pettiness? After so many grizzles about Maori name of the building the Library was in, I decided to see for myself why visitors wouldn’t know what it was. First thing I saw at the door was the word LIBRARY. Why is it so hard for some people? Or is it just pettiness?

Absolutely furious Sunday morning went up to farmers market to get cheese, eggs, fruit, veg. Usual gate closed, went around the corner, parked on road, unloaded carrier bag etc. Went in through the side gate...$10 please. Explained that I was only going to buy from farmers market but again was told $10. WTF..... poor youngish guy on the gate is going to have hundreds of unhappy, disgruntled peeps. Bad show farmers market/AnP peeps. Definitely won’t be ever coming back again.

Cost of living Quite a few basic items I buy most weeks have doubled in price in the last 12 - 18 months. Unbelievable. And this is all stuff that is made or grown here in NZ. I would hazard a guess that once inflation eases back to acceptable levels, these prices will remain high.

Traffic challenge I note Stuart Smith has said with the new ferries, traffic will be a challenge through Blenheim. The question is, as our MP what is he going to do about it. So now, it’s time for Smith and his government to step up, find a solution and fix the issue. I won’t hold my breath.

Fireworks Funny how we associate kids letting of fireworks as soon as they go on sale, but I’m sure the adult misfits that let off these skyrockets at 9.45pm at night have about as many brains as a louse, but then as a neighbor says they’re probably unemployed and been drinking, the quicker home sales are banned the better.

Food for thought PR is essential There are some great people at Animal Control, but I have had dealings with at least 2 field and training staff who have no idea how to converse with the public. Training some of these people in PR is essential to a co-operative public

Fried chicken NPD petrol station, Redwoodtown has fried chicken 100% nicer than kentucky fried dried up chicken n old chips.

Not that either of the two major supermarket owners would front up with the information, but it would be interesting (probably astounding) to know how much extra ‘personal’ shoppers pay in increased food prices to cover the wages of the extra Personnel who are employed to service online shoppers. Probably a bit like the horrendous ‘hidden’ tap ‘n go card costs we ALL pay as these are, no doubt, passed on to all of us too. And, incidentally, aren’t these ‘cost pass on actions to non-users’ a serious breach of NZ’s Fair Trading Act?

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A beautiful spot, in bush with a serene river walk. A magic day trip from Blenheim. Families, tourists, travellers. What on earth is the matter with DOC. Use common sense for ordinary tax paying people. Open it back up now, save the rubbish left by those bringing in food. Or is it the 6 month slow delay in pointing signpost from MDC man! Holidays are starting before DOC go on holiday!

Now, with over 120 ‘MP’s in limbo and still no government. Taking into account leave owed, parliamentary pensions due, new pay pound and back pay being negotiated right now. Vote recounts and a bi-election, we have a financial crisis which will burden us long before we even start to repair damage to the economy. The public can wait-yeah right!. Sort it with a new FPP election!

Time to ban sales of fireworks to the public. They’re just a nuisance. Mostly noise while one is trying to sleep and very little visual spectacle these days. They’re so cheaply made now there is no real ‘bang’ for buck. And not to mention the effect they have on households pets. Public displays only. Whatever the day is supposed to represent it bears little relevance to us here in New Zealand anyway.

Delivery boy Go you Tate! Great to see kids still understanding the concept of earning a dollar. You’ll go places young man. Well done.

Great event The good ol’ Woody does it again! Went to the Speedshear in the weekend with some mates and the place was absolutely heaving. So many people, but such a well organised, well run event. If you haven’t been out to the Woody recently, you’re missing out.

Slippery slide 7 week till Christmas. Boy, hasn’t that come round quickly. We’re on the slippery slide down to the end of the year now. I look forward more to Boxing Day myself. 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.

Baby Ru I am gobsmacked at how the Police and the media buy into this PC rubbish of referring to baby Ru’s family as ‘whanau’. This family has totally failed this poor little man and do not deserve the dignity of being referred to as ‘whanau’. They are anything but and shame on them.

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Marlborough Cricket Association General Manager  Are you a dog or cat person? Cat, unfortunately my wife is allergic to pet hairs!  My friends would say I am… Obsessed with sport.  The best advice I ever received was? You never stop learning.  What would you buy if money was no object? A new pavilion for Marlborough Cricket!  Local coffee haunt? Ritual and Herb & Olive are my main current haunts.  Favourite takeaway? Fish and Chips plus mushy peas if I can find them.  The shop you can’t walk past is...? Mitchell Sports – support local!  What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received? Hand made cards from my children although not sure about the recent Fathers Day one.  Where is your happy holiday place? Fiji, Lochmara Lodge for a local option.  Favourite programme or series currently watching? Grand Designs.  What’s one thing on your bucket list? Climb Mt Tappy with my daughter Hannah.

gardening this week Mycorrcin getting a far better garden: By Wally Richards I was asked a very interesting question a while back which went like this, ‘How come my parents and grandparents had such bountiful gardens? Everything thrived and I never saw any great problems with pests and diseases, but on the other hand I have to use fertilisers and sprays just to maintain a mediocre garden. What’s gone wrong? Well the answer as I see it was the difference in gardening. In days gone by people did not buy fertilisers and plant foods, instead they made their own compost and most people had their own chickens that were given all the kitchen scraps. This was recycled into manure by the chickens and when the runs were mucked out this goodness went into the compost or directly into the soil. The micro-organisms and beneficial fungi in the soil would be found in abundance along with lots of worms of course. Then people started using chemical fertilisers and these destroy the beneficial soil life. Also watering your gardens with chlorinated water kills the soil life and gets rid of the worms. This means plants don’t feed as well, valuable nutrients are lost as there is not the metabolisms there to make them soluble for the plants. The plants are not so healthy and they then get attacked by pests and diseases. The answer is to reverse the spiral and there is a product called Wallys Mycorrcin, an organic product which promotes beneficial microbes to assist in the composting of organic matter into humus. It stimulates Mycorrhizal fungi which act as an extension to the plants roots assisting in the collection of nutrients and moisture. Mycorrhizal fungi can increase the root zone of a plant by up to 800% collecting nutrients and moisture. Mycorrhizal fungi collects and delivers to the roots of plants which the plant thanks by giving back some carbohydrates. A perfect relationship in a happy healthy garden. Mycorrcin Improves calcium uptake, stimulates the growth of feeder roots and microbes responsible for mineralisation, improving Calcium

availability and uptake. It inhibits soil pathogens, containing defense proteins such as bacteriocin like substances which inhibit soil pathogens. It promotes balanced growth of both roots and canopy. It aids plants in increased growth rates, heavier crop yields, warmer soil, reduced disease problems, revitalizes soils and microbe activity that have become poorly due to chemical fertilisers and sprays. It’s a must for preferred plants such as roses, annuals, vegetables, fruit and lawns as well as other ornamentals. Soil drench applied before planting, 1ml per litre of water of non chlorinated water over a square metre. Sprayed at 5ml per litre over existing plants and on the soil around the plant, ideally every 14 days. Available in a 250ml, 500ml bottle and 1 litre containers. Ideal to add to Magic Botanic Liquid to spray regularly over preferred plants and food crops. By using Wallys Mycorrcin we stimulate the beneficial organisms and they convert the available food into soluble forms for the plants. You use less food and get better results. Here are a few examples: Root mass of a grape vine cutting 800% bigger than the control plant from just dipping in Mycorrcin for a few minuets before planting. Roses that were treated during the

summer were in full bloom with lots of new buds, lush healthy foliage, no sign of disease and for the first time ever fragrance from the flowers was noticed. Other roses on the same property, in a better location, were not treated and at the time of this report, end of March in Auckland, these ones had finished flowering and looked a mess from black spot. The manufacturer of Mycorrcin took his wife to see a planting of 18 month old olive trees in a trial area that were treated with the product. The wife told her husband off, because their 10 year old olive tree at home was not a patch on these big healthy trial plants. You can increase the yield of your strawberry plants by 200 to 400 plus percent with a weekly spray of Mycorrcin. Do you want a really terrific garden? The answer lays in the soil and Mycorrcin. Use on your container plants too because they will really benefit from it. If you have fallen leaves rake them up and spread them over the soil in bare gardens or under trees and shrubs and spray them with Mycorrcin, it breaks them down in about 4 months. Use in the compost heap for better compost, faster. This product is going to help change your garden into a great garden and save you money in sprays and fertilisers.

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A & P Show

The Marlborough A & P show celebrated their 150 years at the weekend with warm weather and an enthusiastic crowd. Chris Valli was there to take in the action.

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Trick or Treat

‘Trick or Treat for Halloween’ event at the Renwick Fire Station last Tuesday night. The call for locals to join the volunteer fire brigade in dressing up hit the mark with 691 people turning up.

Cousins, Ava and Rosie Patchett enjoy quality time.

Marlborough Academy of Dance (MAD) students Violet Keown and Hannah Blick prepare for the grand parade after lunch.

Any last minute lollies?

Getting up high on the Chair-O-Plane. Shodee, Aria and Sharni Bak seek shelter from the Marlborough sun at the show.

Locals enjoying Trick or Treat for Halloween.

Onlookers taking in the action of the grand parade.

THE POWER OF CANDY FLOSS: Roddy Watson, Millie Booker and Remy Watson enjoying the treats of the A & P show.

Kirstie Paulin keeping locals happy with quality coffee.


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We are looking for 2x enthusiastic Permanent Full Time Catering Assistants to work at our site at NZDF Woodbourne in Blenheim.

Freeman Roofing Blenheim is looking for a new Branch Manager to take the reins and lead our team and the business to higher heights.

From 30hrs a week, rostered across a 7 day week Roster on weekends rotation,with flexibility to suit your lifestyle. Our amazing Kitchen Team is in also un need of 2x Full-Time Chef rostered across a 7 day week rotating roster. A rewarding Job/Career serving our Defence Force personnel with Sociable hours including down time over Xmas and New Year. Please contact Ronnie Asciutto on – veronicaasciutto@yahoo.co.nz or call 0210489945 anytime before 5pm.

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The role is a dynamic mix of people management, manufacturing and production planning, sales, and general business administration. Experience in leading teams, manufacturing and sales will be a definite advantage. We are hoping the candidate can start as soon as they are available so that there is a cross over period to learn the ropes, meet the team and our customer base with the current manager before he takes his next career step. Throughout your time with Freeman Roofing, you will enjoy the support and guidance of our Senior Leadership Team and the wider Group Support Team to upskill and learn how to be successful in the role.

To apply, or find out more, go to roofing.co.nz/careers. Or email a copy of you CV and covering letter to jobs@freemanroofing.co.nz Applications close 20 November 2023.


Public Notices

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The Annual General Meeting of the Blenheim Golf Club is to be held on Monday 27th November at 7pm at the clubhouse. Visitors are welcome.


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You will need to be reliable, have a great work ethic and work well in a team. The position is a permanent full-time role with competitive renumeration, and benefits including a work ute, laptop and cellphone. Applicants need to have existing work rights to work New Zealand, will need to pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test and a criminal conviction check.

Wednesday November 8, 2023

Spraying Notification Ernslaw One Ltd wishes to advise the public that ground based weed spraying with herbicides will be undertaken on some of our forest boundaries in the Waihopai Valley during November & December. In January/February aerial pre plant spraying will be undertaken with herbicides by Marlborough Helicopters in our Sweet Stream and Renwick forests.

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Armistice Day Service War Memorial Clock Tower Seymour Square 11am Saturday 11th November 2023


Work will only be undertaken during favorable weather conditions by suitably qualified personnel in accordance with the code of practice for the management of agricultural chemicals.

Community Law Marlborough will be running it’s Picton clinic this Friday by appointment only.

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COUNTRY GARDEN TOUR of gardens in the Rapaura area Plant Stall, Cake stall and Refreshments available Programmes $25 Cash please from: Devon Nursery, Islington Gardens, Selmes Garden Trust, Roselands Pets and Plants and Renwick FreshChoice

- Tickets on sale NOW! Kindly sponsored by Independent Tyre Services

Residents/Users of Taylor Pass Saturday 11th November 2023 The Marlborough Car Club are using the Taylor Pass from Beneagle Station south over the summit for a distance of 10km for their annual Fairweather’s Taylor Pass Rallysprint. The road closure for this event is from 7am to 6pm. If access is required over this portion of Road, there could be a delay of at least 1 hour. Sharyn Cameron Organiser Phone: 027 572 8393

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URGENT services Urgent Care Centre: Wairau Hospital Grounds. Entry off Hospital Rd, Blenheim, 8am-8pm daily. Phone (03) 520 6377. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 578 0797. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy: Monday - Friday 8.30am 6pm. Saturday 9m - 5pm. Sunday 10am 4pm. Public Holidays 10am - 4pm. Closed Christmas Day. ph 578 2271 Community Care Pharmacy: Within the Blenheim Warehouse, open 7 days 9am8pm. Only closed Christmas Day. Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543354, 24hr helpline. Women’s Refuge and Sexual Violence Support Centre Marlborough: Crisis line number phone 0800 refuge or 03 5779939. Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846) Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 AA WORKS - 0800 229 6757. Citizens Advice Bureau: Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am 4pm. Phone 578 4272. Wairau Hospital: Hospital Visiting Hours: Daily 2.30pm - 8pm, children under 12 may visit parents only. Maternity Ward: 10am-noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward. Picton: Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non-urgent 579 4870. Chemist: Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 8.30-5.30pm, Sat 9-2pm. Medical Centre Pharmacy, Ph 928 4265, Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm

Death notices COOPER: Graham Jeffery. On 2 November 2023, passed away peacefully at Wairau Hospital. A private cremation has been held.

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JOHNSTONE: William George (Bill). On Thursday 26th October 2023, aged 85 years. As was Bill’s wishes, a private service has been held. To view full notice please visit our website.

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FARROW, Edward George (Ned) 25/05/1946 – 30/10/2023. Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Messages may be sent to the Farrow Family, c/- PO Box 110 Blenheim 7240. In accordance with Ned’s wishes a private cremation has been held. T: 03 578 4719 E: sowmans@funerals.co.nz W: www.sowmans.co.nz

HIGGINS, Graham David: Passed away at his home in Blenheim on Saturday, November 4, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. Aged 78 years. Loved husband of the late Sarah and much loved father and fatherin-law of Jenny and Holroyd, Jacky, Craig (Dominique and Mikhail), Tim, Corey and Kirsty, Lee and Nazan, and Jolene. Loved and adored Pop of all his treasured grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Messages may be sent to 28 Hutcheson Street, Blenheim 7201. A farewell service for Graham will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Maxwell Road, Blenheim at 10.30am on Saturday, November 11. T: 03 578 4719 E: sowmans@funerals.co.nz W: www.sowmans.co.nz

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JOLLY: Peter Gordon (Pete). On 31 October 2023, passed away at Bethsaida Rest Home, Blenheim, aged 76 years. A Funeral Service for Pete will be held at the Aviation Heritage Centre, Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim on Thursday 9 November at 2.00pm followed by private cremation. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed on the Cloudy Bay Funeral Services website. To view full notice please visit our website.

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KAIN: Ross William. After a brave and valiant battle, Ross passed away at Christchurch Hospital surrounded by family, on the 2nd of November 2023. Aged 66 years. At Ross’s request a private Memorial Service will be held. To view full notice please visit our website.

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NICHOLAS: Peter John (Pete). On Saturday 4 November 2023, peacefully at Hospice Marlborough, surrounded by family, aged 77 years. A celebration of Peter’s 77 years will be held at the Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funerals, 15 Boyce St, Blenheim on Wednesday 8 November at 11am, followed by private cremation. To view full notice please visit our website.

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Rapaura Community Church A short closing service will be held on SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER outside the Church at 2pm. (Chairs will be available for those unable to stand). If you or your family had connections to this Community Church you are warmly invited to share in this service and take the opportunity to have a quick last look and walk through the building. We will then go across to the Rapaura Hall to acknowledge those that have been involved with this Church for many years. A time of remembering, reminiscing and catching up. Afternoon tea will be served.

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WILSON, Jean, QSM: Passed away peacefully after a short illness, on Thursday August 29, 2023. Agetd 91 years. A memorial service in celebration of Jean’s life will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 10.30am on Saturday November 11. Messages may be sent to the Wilson Family, c/- P O Box 110, Blenheim 7240.

For Sale 2x Briford 8x5 shuttles, 2022 as new, purchased $9400 will sell for $6500 each. View at 45 David Street. tel 0211469645 Trek Bike 4 sale, ideal Christmas present. $50. Phone 0277692028

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In Memoriam

RIDDER, Philip Marc 28/02/80 - 07/11/22 A special person, a special face, someone we loved and can’t replace. Was never selfish, always kind, these are the memories left behind. Love always, Mum, Dad and Simon.

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The Sun

Wednesday November 8, 2023

Place IRT NZ Trotting Cup Tuesday 14th November 2023 your bet TAB, Bar meals, gaming machines, beer garden overlooking Taylor River Akuta in the hands of Mark Purdon will be this years favourite for the IRT NZ Trotting Cup.

The IRT NZ Trotting Cup next Tuesday has attracted a talented field, with probably six really good chances of taking out this years two mile race. This years field is headed by the Mark Purdon owned and trained Akuta. Mark shares in the ownership with Cullen Breeding Ltd (estate of the late Ian Dobson, Christian Cullen fame). Already the winner of an Auckland Cup, Taylor Mile and two Derbys and advanced enough to finish fourth in the

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New Zealand Cup last season, Akuta is very good but is now attempting to break through to champion status. This years field doesn’t have the depth of previous Cups, but it does have the Aussie influence with Swayzee. Last Sunday Swayzee led and won a A$50,000 free-for-all at Menangle like he owned the place, rating a brutal 1:52.3 for the 2400m mobile and superstar young driver Cam Hart says he could have gone a lot faster. Last week the Kevin Chap-

man-trained Somebeachsomewhere four-year-old Beach Ball was ranked 18th and three places away from the Cup field, but he is now up to 15th (and into the Cup field) after beating fellow Cup runners Macandrew Aviator, American Me and Republican Party at Addington last Friday. The first four to finish could be Akuta, Swayzee, Old Town Road and Republican Party. The race starts at 5pm on Tuesday 14th November.

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