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Marathon mama Story and photo by Annabelle Latz It was as much a journey and challenge for the mind as it was the body, when Darlene Purdie ran the Molesworth Run last weekend. It took the 37 year-old mother of three 10 hours and 37 minutes to cover the 84km off road distance, involving 291 runners, which started at Molesworth Cottage, and finished in the Hanmer Springs Township. Darlene, who works for People First Self Advocacy Group in Blenheim, started running three years ago. She said the support of her three sons and husband Crichton was invaluable. “They were in the car for the whole run, and when I started to struggle, they told me c’mon mum, you are almost there!” Darlene has run the Marlborough Marathon, the Dunedin Marathon, the Christchurch Half Marathon, and the Mt Vernon Traverse. Continued page 2

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Renwick’s ‘lucky shop’ Lucky country. That’s what people will be calling the Renwick dairy after another major prize – this time a winning ticket in the Summer Game Pack. Owner Rata Harper said she was delighted that another big winner bought their ticket at her shop and also because the winner of a Mini Countryman Cooper car, or $53,888 cash, was a woman from Renwick. “She doesn’t want to be named,” said Rata. “She was beside herself, she was so happy.” Only six cars are to be won in the competition. Rata’s grandson Jason Swain sold the winning ticket and Rata said customers considered him lucky. “This lady always gets Jason to buy the ticket from,” she said. In July the Renwick Dairy sold a ticket which took out a division one Lotto prize. Five people shared the winning prize of $1 million but unlike the winner of the Mini car, they were Jason Swain and Rata Harper celebrating their latest big winner at the Renwick Dairy yesterday. not from Renwick.

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Continued from page 1 After each race, she wanted to go further the next time. “I’m not fast, but for me it’s about pushing my body to see what I can do.” The t-shirt she won at the Mt Vernon Challenge last year featured the Molesworth Run, that sowed the seed. “It peaked my curiosity.” Many people doubted her plan to do Molesworth Run

solo. “People were saying I had to do years of training, and that was like a red rag to a bull for me.” “I had to beg with the organisers to do the race.” Darlene trained hard with determination. “I’m a very positive person, I’m very strong.” Her sons kept chanting the words on a painted stone

they were carrying, sent to her for the race by a friend in Christchurch, that stated ‘You are a Wonderful Being.’ Her toenails were hurting by the time she reached Jacks Pass, six kilometres from the end of the race, and she was in tears. She finished outside the cut off time of 10 hours. Darlene was fifth out of seven solo runners.

She still achieved her goal. “I’m not a runner, but I have the mind to do that. It’s about training your brain and telling yourself you can. What’s the point of waiting?” She said the whole race was so friendly, with lots of encouragement. “It was a neat event, it was probably the best event I have done.” See Molesworth results, page 19

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By Chris Tobin Marlborough has not only the best Sauvignon Blanc but it also has the best Guinness pourers around, says Alastair Hawthorne. Mr Hawthorne and his wife Liz, of Picton’s Seumus’s bar took out top honours in the Guinness Pint Master 2012 upper South Island competition in Christchurch on Tuesday evening. They will go on to the national final in Auckland on December 4. Keeping things local, Rachel Crouch and Jacinta Sheridan from Paddy Barry’s in Blenheim held out strong Christchurch opposition to finish runner-up to the Hawthornes. “There were five bars in the competition,” Mr Hawthorne said. “All poured the perfect pints and then came creativity.” I n t h is s e ct ion , M r s Hawthorne’s hot pot pie with

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a Guinness relish served in a shot glass topped with sour cream to look like a mini pint of Guinness caught the judges’ fancy. And being Irish might help too. Northern Ireland-born Mr Hawthorne said he enjoyed a Guinness himself. “It’s mother’s milk.” The Hawthornes have entered the competition in each of the four years it has been held wth one win. In the national final that year they placed third. Asked what their chances were for this year’s national final in Auckland, Mr Hawthrone replied: “We wouldn’t be going if we’re not going to win.” Rachel Crouch and Jacinta Sheridan almost matched Mrs Hawthorne for creativity also. Their entry was a cream Gu i n ness co ck t a i l wit h strawberries and homemade the slogan for Guinness stout is: 'Guinness is good for you.' Champion pourers liz and alastair Hawthorne would agree. Guinness truffles.

Ben makes it all the way to Bluff By Annabelle Latz Ben Walker made it to Bluff. The 25 year-old wanted something to do, while spending a bit of time back home in Blenheim, after working a few months on the Super Yachts in the Mediterranean. So on November 8 he pedalled from Cape Reinga, and 2192 kilometres later, arrived at Bluff yesterday, on his bike called Red. It was in an effort to raise money for Make-AWish foundation, a charity organisation raising money

for children living with life threatening illnesses. His original aim was to raise $5000. “By the end of this week there should be close to $8000,” said Ben yesterday, while resting up at his aunty and uncle’s home in Invercargill. He wanted to send out a huge thanks to everyone who supported his bid to raise money for the charity. He got a flat tyre just 15km from Bluff, but with seven flat tyres along the journey, he was quick at getting back

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The Marlborough Community Foodbank appeal is taking place on Monday, November 26 with collections taking place in Blenheim, Havelock, Renwick and Picton. If wet, the appeal will be postponed until Monday, December 3.

ridinG For Good Cause Motorcylists will be riding through Blenheim on Saturday as part of a White Ribbon project to raise awareness and help end violence towards women. The Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club lead the charge, and will be at the corner of SH1 and SH6 at 1pm.

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on the road. He was grateful for his parents who joined him for the Blenheim to Kaikoura leg, and his mate Reece McCaffery who biked from Kaikoura with him. Ben and Reds Long Ride South is a public event on Facebook, which can be linked into to still make donations.

A police operation, similar to one conducted on the West Coast at the weekend, to collect outstanding fines, is planned for Marlborough. Operation Clean Sweep was a joint operation police, courts and Child, Youth and Family in which police seized 13 cars and cleared about $50,000 in outstanding fines. Tasman police district commander, superintendent Richard Chambers, said similar operations were planned for Nelson Bays and Marlborough before Christmas.

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Former All Black Leon MacDonald and his wife Hayley have purchased Marlborough coffee roasting business, CPR and will officially take ownership at the end of the month. They take over from Blenheim couple Christina Mackay and Bill Musgrove who started the business in 2003.

NZ’s Next toP exPoRts

A series of reports by Coriolis Research for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment suggests that salmon, along with honey and spirits, have potential to be New Zealand’s next big exporting industry. The report looked at which New Zealand export categories could be the next big success story, ranking the top 20. Honey, spirits, and salmon were among the ‘best’ in the 20, with Coriolis estimating the export potential of each product at US$150-200 million, US$300 million, and US$500-700 million respectively.

Clos HeNRi wiNs toP sPot

Marlborough winery Clos Henri has won a spot in the Top 100 and a Blue-Gold award at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2013 for their 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. A Blue-Gold is awarded when, judged alongside food, the wine is in the top 10 per cent of the entries, and the Top 100 wines are the top five per cent of the competition.

Marlborough Mitre 10 Mega general manager Brad Packham (centre) and staff members Kimbalee Newport and Amber Fletcher are celebrating the store's fifth birthday this weekend.

Mega celebrates five years By Robbie Parkes It has been five years since Marlborough Mitre 10 moved to its current Alabama Rd location and went Mega, and this weekend is all about celebrating. The store is marking the milestone with a range of store-wide deals at the weekend, as well as other activites for all the family. There will be a sausage sizzle, cafe deals, a bouncy castle, face painting, birthday cake, lollies and giveaways for the kids. “It’ll be like a festival,” said

Marlborough Mitre 10 Mega general manager Brad Packham. He said going Mega has certainly been a positive thing for Marlborough. “I think it’s been fantastic, we’re actually measuring customer comments at the moment, and a lot of feedback we’re getting is that it’s their favourite shop in town. “There’s a lot more to offer and the customers see that.” He said they had moved from

a solely trades-focused store to a bigger retail outfit as a result, but that has not impacted on their service and what they provide. “It’s really about what we can do to show the local community we are locally owned.” Brad said the generosity of owners Graeme and Shirley Hawtin throughout the community has helped build that reputation in town for being locally owned and focused. He said there have been a lot

of challenges over the past five years. “It’s been interesting, because we’ve never been open through a good economic period. “We’ve had a fair bit of competition open up which is a challenge too, but saying that, we’re doing pretty well. “It’s good to see a lot of local support.” Brad said staff have been really great with coping with the changes the Mega brand brings in regards to customer service.

Teens launch computing business By Robbie Parkes Three young Marlburians have banded together to start their own computer business - even though they are still at school. David Harrison, 18, Brentin Hunt, 17, and Ben Halba, 16, launched their company, Simple Computers, earlier this year, having researched and gone through the processes of setting up their own business. David and Brentin study via correspondence, while Ben attends Marlborough Boys’ College. Each have dedicated a large amount of time outside of their school work to set up the business, which provides a jack-of-all trades service when it comes to computers. “We build computers, make websites, repair computers, and we also just take odd technical jobs,” said David. teenagers David Harrison, Brentin Hunt, and Ben Halba have launched their own The trio want to build a reputation of computer services business - simple Computers. being trustworthy, and providing a good quality service at affordable price. “I guess we’re just confident in our ing process, and it is exciting to be able to “We will work to achieve that the best abilities.” use a lot of the skills they have learnt in way we can,” said Brentin. David said there have been a few chal- their own time. “The customers that we have had have lenges in the lead-up to starting the busi“And we’ve all enjoyed it immensely.” been really positive,” said David. ness, especially due to their age. Following their completion of school, all They estimate they have about 15 years “We found that a lot of business systems three are planning to work on the business experience between them, having all been don’t allow for people under the age of 18 full-time, but are also looking at certain interested in computers from a young age. to use them, so it has been a difficult road university papers that may help further “If one of us didn’t know something, one to establish certain things. their knowledge and skills. of the others is guaranteed to have that “But we worked past them.” David, Brentin and Ben’s service can be experience,” said David. He said it has been a very valuable learn- found at

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Liddicoat family pleased with Darwin Story and photo by Annabelle Latz When Jamie Liddicoat and Ange Coles headed to Darwin for a working stint in January, they said they would return two years later. They say this may or may not still be the case, as the opportunities have to present themselves first, in the haven they call Marlborough. Jamie’s voice used to be a familiar feature of the morning airwaves, before the former More FM DJ headed to Darwin with his family of five, to pursue a career in banking. Having been with ANZ since January, Jamie said experience in radio has been a significant help to his new job as a home lending specialist. “I get on really well with all my customers, I have a really good rapport.” He said the hours are great, as he is back home by 6pm. “I couldn’t even imagine getting up at 4.30am anymore!” he exclaimed. Jamie, Ange and their four children Talia, 10, Maizee, 5, and twins Couper and Oliver, 3, live in Palmerston, a sub city 20 minutes from Darwin. They said family life for them together over there has been great. “We have so much time with the kids, and as a family, this change has been good.” Jamie catches the bus into Darwin every day for work, and the pair both describe Darwin as a ‘big country town,’ of 119,000 people. They have a good group of friends in Darwin and Palmerston, many being kiwis who have gone over to Darwin for work reasons, most planning to return to New

Zealand at some stage . Many had the plan of Jamie and Ange, to just stay for two years, but most end up staying longer because of money and work opportunities. Jamie and Ange said it was a common theme for New Zealanders to move to Darwin for gas mining and other work opportunities. “There are houses and apartments going up everywhere,” said Ange. “Darwin is a very transient place, a lot of people are here just for a short time,” she added. Compared to New Zealand living, prices vary. They pay $640AUS per week to rent a fairly new four-bedroom house. “You wouldn’t find one for under $550,” said Ange. She said New Zealand has a more supportive health system, in terms of financing young families. She said the education level is better in New Zealand, although Talia is excelling at her school, and is a finalist in a stage school challenge, with a song she wrote herself and played on the guitar, ‘Take My Hand.’ “I had no idea she had even done it, she wrote and recorded it with her dad, it was awesome,” said Ange. Milk, power, and petrol is cheaper in Darwin, comparatively. Despite the expensive living, Jamie and Ange said the move has been positive. “The transition has been easy,” said Jamie. With cyclone season on its way, and pests like spiders and snakes to keep an eye out for, life is never boring. Ange is busier than ever with her music,

The Liddicoat family living it up in Darwin. Jamie and Ange Coles with their four children Maizee, (right) Talia, and twins Oliver and Couper.

and plays at least four evening gigs per week. “People have asked me to play Bic Runga, and I was like ‘yay’ I can do that!” There is a big market for her music. Daily life involves temperatures around high twenties to mid thirties, shorts and t-shirts for school every day, Al Fresco dining each evening, swimming every day, and weekend markets by the beach. “Darwin is a great place, and has opened up a lot of opportunities for our family and has been the adventure we had hoped for, but we certainly miss home, especially our friends and family,” conceded Jamie. “We’ve missed a few big milestones,” said

Ange. A nd favour ite holiday spots like Marlborough Sounds cannot be replaced with Northern Territory living. Jamie and Ange remain open minded about their plans for the future, and will wait to see what opportunities arise. “It’s about finding the right job to come home to, we are not going to pack up and move home, without our family being in a better position. It’ll be for the right reasons when the time comes,” said Jamie. “Darwin is really set to boom in the next 10 to 20 years, it’s quite exciting to be here and watch it begin,” said Ange.

Can you spare a gift this Christmas? The public of Marlborough are being asked to open their hearts and give a gift for some special young children. The Open Home Foundation is again appealing for gifts to be donated which will go to needy children aged from infants to 17 around the region. “Most of the families we work with are quite stretched and many find Christmas is difficult because the pressure is so big,” the Open Home Foundation’s practice manager in Blenheim Anne Wilson said. The Open Home Foundation has 30 foster families in Marlborough and over a year they work with up to 60 to 70 families.

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“We like to give children in long term foster care a gift,” Anne said. “Nearly all of them see their families at some point but they can’t be in their homes for various reasons.” Anne said in the past gifts had been given to the children of the foster parents. “They’re sharing their homes too and it’s just a way of saying to them ‘thank you’,” Anne said. Gifts are also given to other needy families. Good quality toys, games and books would be appreciated, and preferably not secondhand. For teens, both boys and girls,

toiletries were ideal and Anne said nothing should be wrapped. This would help when all the gifts were sorted. Gifts can be dropped into the Blenheim Sun office at 72 High Street, by midday Monday, December 17. The toys will then be sorted and distributed to the various families. The Open Home Foundation is a Christian child and family support service that has been operating for 35 years in Marlborough. RIGHT: Liz Furness, left, and Jennifer Bennett-Burrows getting some early Christmas presents together.

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Kinda makes me wonder are we drug testing government employees having once lived on the wildside of life my sources included a ex traffic cop a off duty policeman and we even had the work n income end of yr party at my house one time that wasnt the bbq smoken anyway it will be interesting to see wot feed bak to this

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I love playing sports it is a passion 4 me a the games i love playing are rugby league basketball and wuld love 2 play different kinds of sport like shotputting and other sports that are awesome and fun 2 play around i am also a team player who loves playing with otha people and wuld like 2 c all otha people play sport 2 ande become a world champion that is 1 of my dreams that it wuld b a reality 2 conquer From Your resident sports fan

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Simple life u go on about wat has jesus done 4 us? Nt alot stil gt wars on religon nt al of us go by a book that ment 2b the word of god kep it 4 sunday

Having moved to Blenheim recently we went to register our dogs and on recieving only s plastic tag for our money i asked about dog parks here to take your dog to and was told there were none. Hello how many dogs in Blenheim? where is all the money going... Other parks are there for people why not at least 1 for our canine companions somwhere to run free and meet and play. Comon council sort it out and stop takeing our money and giving nothing back.

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congrats to the whitney st school 4 putng on anutha awesum fireworks display. my kids had a great time as usual. always a fun, famly friendly event. peace

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Wairau jet boats

Dear Ed, A recent letter writer said he was annoyed at jet boats on the lower Wairau River by Baldick’s Bend. I am too! One jet boat ruins recreation for many others such as fishermen, whitebaiters and rowers. Rowers are no trouble. But a jet

boat hooning along is a blast out of hell. Who let them in there? Is there not a law stating that within 50 metres of the shore line they must travel slow? Maybe I will take my camera down next time and photograph the idiots. Another angry fisherman

Dirty, noisy jet boaters Dear Ed, Like a recent correspondent I have had my fishing ruined by jet boats on the lower Wairau. Jet boaters have the Sounds to get their speed kicks. Not only do they ruin the peacefulness for others on the river, the boats dirty the river and the

bow waves wash creates damage to the banks, apart from swamping anyone at the water’s edge. The council should not allow it. I assume they have a say.? Or is it the harbour master or Maritime NZ? Anyway, it should be stopped. Ken Kahawai

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Dear Ed, Re Cappy Hoghan’s “Front fog lights.” Sorry but he is wrong. Modern European cars do have

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Penny for the guy Dear Ed, Having attended the Whitney Street School firework display on Saturday, I was reminded of Guy Fawkes night when I was a young boy, in England. We kids would canvas the local neighborhood, asking for anything burnable that was likely to be thrown out. Between us, we would build a lovely big bonfire on a bit of spare ground. We also cadged old jackets and trousers, cobbled them together and stuffed them with straw, made a head with a face mask, and paraded him round, asking ‘penny for the guy’.

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5 minutes with: Geoff Pybus Cafe home


What is your favourite food? Anything my wife cooks.

What makes you smile?

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What’s your pet hate?

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Your favoured holiday destination? Holiday? Small business owners don’t get holidays haha. What’s your favourite music? Good house and glitch music. What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? My own employees have banned me from writing the signs at the cafe cos my handwriting is so bad!

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Who would you invite to dinner? Reggie Watts, Thom Yorke and Stephen Hawking. What’s next on your wish list? To have more children.

A saying you like to live by? My mum always said, have a good bed and good shoes, cos when you’re not in your bed you’re in your shoes, and when you’re not in your shoes you’re in your bed!

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The Blenheim Highland Band and the RNZAF Band will feature in the Picton Christmas Parade and Concert next month. “We’re delighted to welcome them back,” the parade and concert co-ordinator Beryl Bowers said. The parade will leave from the police station, top end of High Street, at 2pm on Saturday, December 1. “The entries for the parade have bene filling fast and the committee has also received several new floats from the business sector and volunatry groups which is very exciting,” Mrs Bowers said. Decorated bikes and scooters would also be in the parade. Prizes will be awarded for artistic ability and will be presented on the foreshore. Entertainment will be provided by Queen Charlotte College kapa haka and the Picton School Choir. Strike a Chord will be singing Christmas songs from around the world.

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from Christchurch who moved to Blenheim after the earthquakes. Being a bit socially isolated, Roy spends some time chatting with her and just spending some quality time. As well as helping Totara Day Service clients in getting to and from the program, Roy can also be found volunteering at the Marlborough Hospice. Volunteer Marlborough is pleased to recognise this extraordinary volunteer for all his work in the community. Thank you Roy!

Is commercial sector ready for recycling? The Marlborough District Council wants to gauge the level of interest in recycling within the commercial sector. The council’s solid waste manager Alec McNeil says there’s a high uptake of the kerbside recycling service by residential ratepayers in Blenheim and Picton but he’s not sure of the level of interest amongst commercial ratepayers in something similar. It was important to assess the extent of likely support before taking the idea too

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Eastern States Speedway

Horticultural Society Summer Show

Conservation Kids

The Tyre General War of Wings sprintcar spectacular, also featuring stockcars, saloons, youth ministocks, productions, Marlborough Sidecare open champs. Gates open at 6pm, racing starts at 7pm. Adults $15, Families $30, Kids 5-12 $3, under 5 Free, mem/pen/stu $10.

Dharma Bums Club Presents

Adam McGrath spinning that wonderful vinyl recoding of Hope and Wire. A writer and singer, a player and storyteller. It’s a homecoming not to be missed. 7pm for dbc sign up and hang out, show starts at 8pm.

Woman’s Duathlon 2012

Clubs of Marlborough and Avanti Plus Duathlon, 5.30pm, $20 entry. fitness@clubsofmarlborough. or 578 1059.

Sit and Be Fit with Sue

Free general exercise for the not so mobile while sitting down! 1pm Monday and Friday afternoons at 131 Budge Street, plenty of parking. Phone Sue: 578 0469

The Muslim Association of Marlborough Inc

Friday (Jummah) prayers every week between 12pm – 2pm, upstairs meeting room at Marlborough Community Centre, 25 Alfred St, Blenheim. (Space for ladies also). For details contact: Br Zayd 027 644 979 or Br Fouad 021 0253 1275.

The Edwin Fox Maritime Centre, Picton

Open everyday from 9am Great wet weather day activity and child friendly. Come check out the amazing history and facts. Kids under 5 free!

Sit and Be Fit with Jeanette.

Free exercise for all ages at Crossroads, 2 Redwood Street. At 10am Phone 578 5395.


Intermediate age youth group, 3.30pm-5pm, Picton Baptist Church, 293 Waikawa Rd, Picton. Text Bronwyn 021 046 2434.

Tango Lessons

Improvers, 7pm, Basics 8.30pm. Nurses Hall, Blenheim. Monica: 572 2667.

Pastel Painting

Marlborough Art Society, 10am till 3pm, Prue: 578 8888.

Tai Chi

Today and Mondays. 10am, 11.30am and 1pm. Liz 027 748 6666.

Tunes for Tots

Preschool music sessions. Morning tea. 9.30am and 10.30am. Nativity Church Hall. $2 Family. 578 3909.

St Christopher’s Hall. Redwoodtown, Blenheim 9am-4.30pm. Inquiries/Entries phone 578 2690

Outward Bound Alumni Half-Marathon

Calling all past students to lace up their running shoes and head back down to Torea Bay, Anakiwa for the Outward Bound Alumni Half-Marathon. $95.00 or 0800 OUTWARD (688 927)

Messiah by Handel

7.30pm Saturday 24th, 2pm Sunday 25th at Nativity Church. $15 admission, children free. Soloists: Sue Densen, Ruth Reid, Alexander Wilson, Steve Austin. Helen Rimmer, and Bill Buck, accompanied by the Pettman Academy and conducted by Carl Browning. Members from choirs of Golden Bay, Motueka and Nelson will be joining the local Marlborough Singers in the chorus work. Janet: 578 6959

Marlborough Kennel Association

Open Shows, Aerodrome Road, Omaka. 10am2pm both Saturday and Sunday. Public welcome, free entry, refreshments available. Enquiries to 578 5311.

Christmas Market Day

Wairau Valley Church car park 1pm-3pm. 5722 888.

Bat Day! Bring the kids down to learn heaps about these special creatures and have loads of fun doing it! Highlights of the afternoon include an awesome slideshow, educational craft activities, competitions and fun Bat games. 10am-11.30am for ages 4-7 or 2pm-3.30pm for ages 8-13. Gold coin entry, Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours Office, The Waterfront, Picton. 0800 WILDLIFE or 021 101 0818.

Pony Club Grounds, New Renwick Rd. 10am every 2nd Sunday of the month. Grant 578 2100 Michelle 572 8984.

Kaikoura Cycling Club

Weekly from the Kaikoura West End car park. 9.00am.

People’s Sunday Market

Every Sunday, Noel Leeming carpark (Seymour St) 10am-1pm. Cherries, strawberries, whitebait, eggs, handcrafts, jewelry, jams, chutney, veg plants, perennials, olive oil, books, bric-a-brac.

Marlborough Farmers Market

Celtic Craft Market

Rail Sail

Mini Putt & Merry-Go-Round

Model Aero Club

Redwood Market


Vintage Farm Machinery

10am till 3pm, Open every day. Brayshaw Vintage Farm, Guided tours available, Doris 579 4357.

Picton Museum

10am till 4pm daily, 9 London Quay. 573 8283.

Pelorus Gallery

70 Main Rd, Havelock, open daily 10.30am till 4.30pm, 574 2128.


26 Arthur Baker Place, off New Renwick Rd, Brayshaw Heritage Park. Daily 10am till 4pm.

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Get ready for the weekend with our list of what’s on!

Picton Foreshore 10am-4pm – Miniature trains and yachts. ARA Wairau Valley 9am. Murray 578 9199 or Tony 577 9776. 10am 65A Weld Street – Phone John 577 9789.

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Friday: the ty re sp ri ntc ar sp ec General War of Wings stockcars, sa ta cu la r, also fe atu ri n g lo productions, m ons, youth ministock s, ar champs. Gates lborough Sidecare open open at 6pm.

Mary 5728762.

Buddhism for Modern Life 10am, 573 5379.

Blenheim Bonsai

2pm-4pm, 7 Hale Street. Dave 577 8679.

Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers

Brayshaw Park, open workshop 1-4pm, Every 1st Sunday of the month. Wooden toys for sale. Malcolm: 578 8809.

Marlborough Rock and Mineral Club

mary , Sunday - Call tramping Club 5728762.

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Summer time garden colour

Marlborough District Council apprentice gardener Heremaia Pedersen and gardener Julie Murphy prepare the gardens at Seymour Square for summer.

Replanting in Seymour Square Paula Aires and her daughter Destiny, 9, take some flowers home for their garden, from Seymour Square.

Bring out the roses The Marlborough Horticultural Society Summer Show is on tomorrow, Saturday November 24. Held at St Christophers Hall, Redwoodtown, there will be a range of cut flowers, roses, fruit and vegetables and house plants. Audrey Chambers, a committee member, said it is a long standing event, with a plant sales table and

raffles, where enthusiasts of all ages can ask questions and learn more. “There will be lots of plants, but predominantly roses. It is a great opportunity to view roses, and see what varieties you would like.” The show will happen from 9am4.30pm. For more information, or to place an entry, phone Audrey on 578 1145.

Story and photos by Annabelle Latz Summer is certainly on its way, and the local public gardens are telling us about it. Marlborough District Council gardeners are busy getting their hands dirty, with replanting taking place in the Seymour Square and Pollard Park gardens, and at the Picton foreshore. On Wednesday at Seymour Square the Iceland Poppies and Myosotis Bluesylvia (Forget Me Nots) were being pulled out. Over the next two weeks, the garden beds will be

replanted with Geraniums and Alyssums, bringing new colour for summer. Paula and her family moved to Blenheim just over a year ago from Christchurch. They love coming to Seymour Square, and Paula said it is where her own grandmother used to spend some of her own early days. They were taking some of the unused flowers home from the garden beds at Seymour Square. “We are just developing our garden, so this is wonderful,” she said.



Growing great climbers

Twin sisters Janette Simmons (left) and Shirley Hawtin are joint patronesses for the Marlborough Horticultural Society.

Children in the garden send us your photos Send in your photo of your child (or grandchild) enjoying time in the garden. Include their name and age. Email your photo to: We’ll publish these on our Gardening page as space permits.

Takeaway herbs

If you are heading away on a summer holiday, plant up a portable herb garden. Take it with you to the beach or the bach and you will always have f resh herbs on hand to add that

special flavour to your summer BBQ’s. Or sow a tray of rocket, mesclun or other fast greens for fresh salads. This can make a great DIY Christmas gift too!

It’s all about location for these plants. • Climbers need something to climb so we often choose a wall or building. • A climber does need room for its roots to roam and feed, so it’s a good idea to give them space and keep them as far away from the house and wall foundations as you can. • Buildings and fences often have a rain shadow, where the soil can then be too dry. • To train a climber up a wall, plant it 30-40cm out from the base. • If growing climbers up other plants, site them away from the host’s root zones to avoid competition. • Always work in plenty of organic matter and a sprinkle of fertiliser to ensure a good start. • Clematis or sweet peas generally need a frame.

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Big things happening at Vortex Marine & Outdoors

The past three years has seen Vortex Marine & Outdoors in Dodson St, commonly referred to as the powerboat and outboard repair specialists undergo a huge transformation. In 2009 Pete and Diana incorporated an outdoors section that was introduced to cover a basic range of fishing and hunting goods that complimented boat owners for last minute shopping. Customers could have their boats serviced or repaired, pick up the

likes of hooks, bait, or net and be on their way into the sounds without the need to have multiple stops. However the outdoors side of the business has grown so fast that on its own now demands fulltime attention. Pete says we made a mistake in advertising the new outdoors section when we did in 2009. People came to see the new shop offering a hunting and fishing section and we did not have enough at the time to offer in variety.

So Vortex Marine & Outdoors has stayed out of the advertising spotlight until they could confidently say they have a complete Outdoors shop. “That time is now” Pete says Vortex Marine & Outdoors has increased stock levels and now boast a full Hunting, Fishing, Diving, Camping and Tramping section as well as the usual full range of marine accessories. From the road you dont realise how big the shop is until you come

in. Pete & Diana have halved the warehouse they are situated in and now have a completely seperate outdoors shop for hunting and fishing goods, as well as the loft which has all the camping, clothing and tramping gear. It has been a hard road the past three years Pete says. Not only have we had to sell personal assets such as the business boat to purchase stock, we have also been battling our main competitor in Blenheim that behaves like a

spoilt brat. These guys want all the shiny toys to themselves and not share so they can keep the retail prices high. We dont have the buying power of these large companies but we still manage to keep our prices lower. That says an awful lot” Pete says. One thing that you are guaranteed in our outdoors section is a smile, a chat, better pricing, and good old friendly service that the big boys seem to have forgotten about a long time ago.

Friendly service - lower prices

At Vortex Marine & Outdoors, we pride ourselves on giving personal friendly service, lower prices, and quality products. Any profit we do make is immediately returned into the business for our customers. When something is asked for that isn’t in stock we make sure we get the product in so the next time the customer visits it is on the shelf. Vortex Marine & Outdoors recently travelled to the Sika Show in Taupo as exhibitors with the Jahti Jakt clothing and accessories range from Finland they are the NZ agents for. Pete says it was evident at the show that NZers now want quality and are walking past the cheap knockoffs that some shops are peddling.

Pete now stocks Kiwi Camping gear.

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Main focus being the best repairer

Pete & Diana both agree that just as important, Vortex Marine & Outdoors main focus is still on being the best outboard repair specialists and marine chandlery shop. We invest a lot of time and money each year travelling to mechanic and electronics diagnostics courses in Auckland and Australia and undergo intense training to keeping up with technology. We have all the up to date electronic disgnostic and servicing computer software for, Mercury, Mercruiser, Yamaha, Suzuki, ETEC but not Honda. Our mechanical section is one of the best Pete says. We work extremely hard on keeping our customers boats in top working condition through diligent servicing. When things do go wrong we search the country for the best price on parts. Being in a hurry is no problem either. Being the top Promt Parts supplier in Marlborough we have 99% of engine parts here the next day including Saturday mornings at very good prices.

Made in NZ, USA and Europe products were by far the most popular. It was good to see visitors to the show ignoring all the imitations and searching out quality. Just a small selection of the quality brands and products you can trust and find at Vortex Marine & Outdoors include, Hornady and Winchester ammunition, Irish setter hunting boots, a full range of Birchwood Casey and Hoppes gun care products. Kiwi Camping, Kovea tramping stoves and gas refills, Back Country Cuizine, Tackleman and Bite fishing range. Apollo dive and of course the World Famous Jahti Jakt outdoor clothing range.

Where to from here for Vortex Marine & Outdoors is the next question ? “Spread the word, we are only going to get bigger” Pete says. We have big plans underway and the engineers are building the new racks as this goes to print. At the Sika Show we met with importers and have secured great new products. Pretty much what you want in any of the top brands we can now get at the same or lower prices than our competitors. Two of our biggest movers has been our reloading ammu-

Pete with their large fishing range, including reels and tackle gear.

nition section along with our fresh water, fly and spinning section. We are learning all the time about both these very technical pastimes. In particular the freshwater angling is something we are concentrating on. A new fly house is on order and a great range of flies and nymphs will be arriving with it. Pete is in charge of the fresh water section and you will now find him out on the rivers most evenings this summer learning how to fly fish under the guidance of his patient tutor.

Quality gear at large reductions - just in time for xmas Something special to mark the coming out of the closet so to speak, Vortex Marine & Outdoors have a special deal for those that have suffered through and read right to the bottom of this page. We are clearing out of the Forrest Angling and Tramping suit made by Jahti Jakt in Finland. This set is water

repellant and has been specially treated to shed water. The qualities are unbound on this set which has been designed with the fresh water guys in mind and would make an awesome xmas pressie. Currently being worn and receiving a great review by our local fishing guru

Mr Tony Orman pictured below, you wont find any better value for money than this. The set includes shorts, fishing vest, trousers and jacket. Normal retail was $299.00. A hot seller at the Sika Show Vortex Marine & Outdoors are now offering

the Forest Fishing & Tramping set for a crazy $99.00 only while stocks last. Finally Pete would like to mention Marlborough Rugby Referees to avoid a fine from the social committee. “ Ur not getting my $2 fellas!!!! We are Open Mon – Fri 8-5.30 Sat 9 – 1pm (summer months) 03 5785720.



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Hard graft pays off Story and photo by Annabelle Latz The evolvement of the Saint Clair Family Estate has been a pleasure to be part of, for its senior winemaker Hamish Clark. His long term commitment and dedication was honoured last week, when he was awarded New Zealand Winemaker of the Year, recognised by Winestate magazine. He wanted to acknowledge the hard work of the whole team and owners Neal and Judy Ibbotson. Hamish joined Marlborough Valley Cellars in 2001; a joint venture between the Ibbotson family, Kim and Erica Crawford, and Murray and Daphne Brown. “Being surrounded by this number of influential winemakers provided a wealth of experience and styles to learn from.”

With one vintage of cellar handing before he went travelling, Hamish signed up for another in 2001 when he returned to his Marlborough home. In the mean time, Hamish had a science degree from Otago University, and experience in Forensics in the UK under his belt. This time around, Hamish was a lab technician. With no formal winemaking training to his name, he became a book worm. “I was told the best thing I could do was invest in text books, and come back with any questions. I used initiative and hard graft.” Hamish became more involved with winemaking, while still running the lab in 2002, and moving out of the lab and into red wine winemaking. “The potential for promotion back

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in those days was huge – it was sink or swim”. “I could just feel the wine industry was about to explode.” Hamish was appointed the Senior Winemaker of the newly opened Saint Clair winery and the joint venture in 2006, when ‘Marlborough Valley Cellars’ wound up. “Every day is different, there are challenges all the time, and it’s dynamic. That’s what keeps the passion.” The Saint Clair Pioneer Block 16 Awatere Pinot Noir 2010 and Saint Clair Pioneer Block 9 Big John Riesling 2011 were judged as a top five finalist in its award category. Hamish Clark, Senior Winemaker at Saint Clair Family Estate, was last week awarded New Zealand Wine Maker of the Year at the Winestate Magazine Awards.

Superior with sustainability By Annabelle Latz Yealands Estate can call itself the most sustainable business in the world, of its size. This week it was awarded the leading ‘Sustainable Medium Business’ at the Inter nationa l G reen Awards, in London. “I’ve got a big smile on my face, it doesn’t get much better than this,” said Peter Yealands this week. The Seddon-based winery was the only New Zealand organisation, and only winery, globally recognised by the leading sustain-

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ability awards. “We are a little wee Marlborough company, and we are the best in the world.” Peter noted it would not be sustainable of him to fly to London to collect the prize, but alongside his team at

Yealands they watched online as a representative took the honours. Peter said it has been the aim of the winery, since it opened in August 2008, that it would win this award. “It’s happened a lot faster than I thought it would.” Peter said it was the inner drive of the whole team to be sustainable, which creates the success, and this drive will continue. “It’s a bit like a man’s house that is never finished. We will continue to strive for excellence. We are a long way

from finished, we have more initiatives on the way.” He will reassess their runner-up position in the Drinks Business Sustainability Awards last year, and see what improvements can be made. “It’s actually an enormous achievement, it will take a while to sink in.” The Most Sustainable Medium Business category is open to medium enterprises around the world, with total revenues between $10 million and $100 million.

Tell the fine wine story Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Being surrounded by Marlborough’s wine industry is the best way for Kat Wiggins to tell its story to the world. She is the first British winner of the Wine Marlborough /NZ-UK Link Foundation/John Avery Scholarship. Kat is here for three weeks, visiting vineyards and spending time with various people within the industry. She hopes to fit in a bit of boating and cheesemaking too, and admits she will keep her eye out for a couple of stray hobbits. “I’m a Lord of the Rings geek,” said the 32 yearold marketing manager with Lay and Wheeler, a British fine wine merchant, part of Majestic Wine. Juggling her sales job with her first year of studies in a Master of Wine programme, Kat said the successful sale of fine wine involves understanding the story behind the bottle. Kat has come here with no preconceived ideas of any wineries. “I have come here with a blank sheet. I’m going to go and taste, and I haven’t looked up any reviews.” “It will be interesting to get a real view of the industry that I won’t get back in the UK.” It was a decade ago, doing tastings for wine she would be pouring at a Cambridge University ball, and listening to an Irishman speaking with passion about wine, that sparked her interest.

Kat Wiggins is visiting Marlborough's wine region for three weeks, learning the stories behind the wineries, and what they have to offer her buyers. Marcus PIckens, general manager Wine Marlborough, visited the UK earlier this year.

“I remember leaving there and thinking, that would be a really cool job.” Since then, Kat has had a decade of involvement in wine sales. Marcus Pickens, general manager for Wine Marlborough, was the inaugural recipient of the scholarship, and headed to Britain for three weeks last year. He said the best way to market Marlborough’s wine across the world, was to bring the world here. “It’s great, it’s one of the really tangible things we can do to show what we are doing here,” said Marcus. Follow Kat’s trip on

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Lots of frosts for late spring By Annabelle Latz Predictions for the 2013 harvest are sounding positive at the moment, with talk of plenty of fruit and plenty of demand for it. Philip Gregan, New Zealand Wine Growers chief executive officer, said with cooler temperatures still looming, the industry is still very much at risk, and harvest conditions will depend on flowering. “We will expect firming of the prices compared to last year, on the base of where the supply and demand balance is at.”

The 2012 harvest saw an average price of $1364/tonne in Marlborough. “There is a lot of anecdotal noise.” The risk of spring frosts has to pass before any true predictions can be made. “It’s a bit too early for us to speculate.” The severity of the frosts has not been the threat this spring for grape growers, as much as the frequency of them. This year, the number of frost events have been similar in terms of numbers of days, to other years. “But this year there have been more frosts during October and November than normal,” said Howard Staines, forecaster for Metris Limited. The “There has been colder air masses than normal,” Second beST for he said. Merino judging Coupled with cooler sea temperatures around New Marlborough A&P Show winZealand, temperatures ner of the Merino Junior Judging have been one to two deCompetition, Alice Satterthwaite, grees cooler than normal. finished in second place at the National competition at the Canterbury A&P Show last Friday. Living at Muller Station, and at boarding school in Christchurch, 15 year-old Alice said at Marlborough A&P Show that she hopes to make a career with the merino industry. She took home $200 for her efforts.




wool growerS roAdSHow A series of roadshows for strong wool growers, run by Wools of New Zealand, are taking place across New Zealand this month. There will be one in Renwick today, at 4pm, at Renwick Events Centre, 4 Uxbridge St. For any questions, ring Mark Shadbolt, 027 432 506 or visit www.

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There will be 32 projects competing in the Marlborough Environment Awards. Categories include three entries in Winegrowing, two in Farming, four in Forestry, nine in Landscape and Habitat Enhancement, six in the Business Innovation, and eight in the Community Innovation and Sustainable Living. Judging now takes place, and the awards dinner will be on March 1, 2013.

dAiry induSTry AwArdS Entries for the 2013 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are open, including the categories Sharemilker/ Equity Farmer of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year. Entries close December 20. To find out more, visit www.

Grape growers have described this spring as one they have treated with caution, using a mix of methods to protect their crops, including helicopters, water, and wind machines. ‘It’s been a challenge this season, we’ve had more late frosts in Marlborough, ” said Stuart Dudley, Marlborough regional viticulturalist for Villa Maria. Flowering could happen slightly later at this stage, given the cooler temperatures. Mike Croad, viticulturalist for Berakah Vineyard Management, said at this stage flowering is potentially one and a half weeks behind, due to lower soil temperatures. But this could change very quickly. “As quick as it can slow down, it can pick up as well.” He said a later flowering is not necessarily a bad thing, as it means fruit gets more exposure to later summer temperatures. With just a few days of traditionally warmer spring temperatures soon, flowering could be back to its normal dates.

Big throw daniel McKeown, 9, of riverlands School, lets fly in the discus competing in the M arlb orough Primary Schools' Athletics championships at Athletic Park in blenheim yesterday. More than 400 athletes took part in the championships.

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Sam Teeling and Hayden Marfell are gearing up for this Sunday's Seddon Shield competition

Softball clash should be intense

By Robbie Parkes Marlborough have their eyes set on reclaiming top softball honors from their Nelson rivals this weekend at the annual Seddon Shield bout. Last year, Nelson took home the trophy, and the Marlborough senior men’s squad are gearing up for a hard-fought match at Nelson’s Saxton Field on Sunday. Senior men’s players Sam Teeling and Hayden Marfell are looking forward to the game. Sam said the competition is usually quite intense, with a few standout players on the Nelson side. “There’s a bit of rivalry between us and Nelson,” said Hayden. Assistant coach Darren Aldridge said there’s a good number of up-andcomers and experienced players in this year’s squad. One notable name stepping up to the plate for Marlborough again is Kurt Schollum, who was recently called into the New Zealand Black Sox as an injury replacement, having made his debut for the national squad last year. The action takes place this Sunday, November 25, in Nelson, with games

starting from 9.30 am. Under 13, 15, 17, and 19 teams are set to play throughout the day, and the senior men’s match is scheduled to begin at 3.30 pm. Marlborough representative teams for Sunday’s Seddon Shield competition: Under 17s: Nick DeBoo, Drew Roberts, Nick Kelly, Tyler Bird, Nixon Kim, Carter MacDonald, Tyler Aldridge, Justyn Collins, Cairo Adams Walsh, Denham Wisdom, Braden Jenison, Kyle Fern, coach Jason Bird/ Greame Deboo. Under 19s: Kurt Schollum, Nathan Lovell, Braden O’Donnell, Jessie Kitto, Jerome Leonard, Bryce Foster, Nick Kelly, Tyler Bird, Nick DeBoo, Drew Roberts, Denham Wisdom, Justyn Collins, Cairo Adams Walsh, coach Greame De Boo/Jason Bird. Senior Men’s: Ryan Schollum, Sam Teeling, Kyle Marfell, Nick Kelly, Barney Parnell, Marshall Rawai, Johny Joesph, Darren Aldridge, Nick Deboo, Nathan Lovell, Tyler Bird, Hayden Marfell, Kurt Schollum, Amon McGreggor, coach Steve Gill, manager Di Tulloch.

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Para Swamp ‘disgrace, blot on landscape’ By Chris Tobin The reclamation of Para Swamp wetland alongside the BlenheimPicton highway near Koromiko is a disgrace and eyesaw, says Blenheim man Peter Chapman who travels the route every day but Fish and Game NZ is calling for patience. Mr Chapman said the hundreds of visitors off the cruiseship Voyager of the Seas last weekend must have been unimpressed with what he called “a blot on the landscape” and “a wasteland”. He felt it had been exacerbated by a sign Fish and Game had erected in the area which stated: ‘100% Pure, Let’s Keep It That Way.’ “100 % Pure is the property of NZ Tourism and I’m unsure if they know and agreed to the use their signage is being put to,” Mr Chapman said. He believed using the slogan



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against a backdrop of destruction at Para Swamp undermined the strong brand imagery Tourism New Zealand was trying to build globally. Fish and Game Marlborough field officer Vaughan Lynn said many willows had been poisoned in the wetland which would take 10 years to break down and rot away. “It does look a wasteland and ugly but it will look like that until the willows trees fall over. Eventually it’ll look really good. “We’ve poisoned half the willow trees in the wetland and had a 95 percent success rate. We’ve only killed willows, not natives and we’re getting some regrowth.” Mr Lynn said it could be 20 years before the wetland was fully restored. “In the 1960s there were no willows in the swamp and they just invaded during the last 30

Blenheim man Peter chapman says the Para swamp reclamation is a poor advertisement for Marlborough and that a sign near it saying 100% Pure, is inappropriate.

years. We’re trying to fix the wetland. You’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelette and at the end of the day we’re doing a good job restoring biodiversity.” He could not comment on the 100% billboard

which had been erected approximately two years ago by the NZ Forest and Game council in Wellington. Fish and Game manages 80% of Para Swamp and is developing it to improve game bird hunting there.

Garden of discovery Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Be sure not to hurry your way through Joyce and Ian Cattermole’s garden on 213a Scott St, which is open to the public on Sunday. It is a fundraiser for Simply the Breast Dragon Boat Team Marlborough, heading to Rotorua next April for the Dragon Boating Nationals. “I’ve been really wanting to

do something for Simply the Breast for a couple of years,” said Joyce, which is a support group for any women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Joyce’s advice to anyone coming along on Sunday, between 10am and 4pm, was to take their time. The garden features a banana tree, taro, statues symbolising special people and cultures, cacti, roses, vegetables and

herbs, special seating areas, and plenty of colourful plants. Coralie Holdaway is chairperson for the group, and is very thankful for the tour on Sunday. Coralie encourages any women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to join Simply the Breast, and can ring her on 5788 064. A donation entry of $5 is requested for the garden tour on Sunday.

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Wednesday, November 21 At 2.35am a 31-year-old unemployed male was arrested in Tua Marina after being caught by Police driving a stolen car from an address in Tua Marina. This was the second vehicle the male had stolen during the night the first being from Nikau Drive. Both vehicles stolen by the 31-year-old were left unlocked with the keys in the ignition. He has been charged with unlawfully takes a motor vehicle x 2, driving whilst forbidden and possession of instruments for car conversion. He was held in custody to appear in the Blenheim District Court on Thursday. At 4.40pm a 43-year-old sickness beneficiary was arrested for disorderly behaviour and breaching his bail after acting in a disorderly manner outside the WINZ building in Alfred St. He was held in custody to appear in the Blenheim District Court on Thursday. At the same incident a 37-year-old unemployed female was also arrested for disorderly behaviour but was later released with a precharge warning. Incidents and accidents: At 5.45am this morning Police were called to the rail crossing near the intersection of State Highway One and Vickerman St where a ute a collided with a train. The driver of the ute suffered no injuries as a result of the collision and Police are investigating the cause of the accident. At 9.25pm a silver Ford Laser failed to give way at the intersection of Battys Rd and Lakings Rd and hitting a white Nissan homey van. The driver of the ford laser fled the scene but later returned to be processed for drink driving.


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Trainee Line Mechanic Marlborough Lines Contracting is a progressive electrical contracting business providing high quality services to the Marlborough region. We have a vacancy for a Trainee Line Mechanic to assist with the construction and maintenance of overhead power lines and underground cables throughout the Marlborough area.

Cellar hand - Permanent Saint Clair Family Estate is a producer of premium, award winning wines, located in Marlborough, New Zealand. We are currently seeking experienced applicants for a permanent position in our winery cellar team. Reporting in the first instance to the Cellar Foreman, cellar hands are responsible for carrying out all cellar duties and other general winery work. Supervision of casual staff during the harvest period is an important part of the job. Sound communication skills and a firm grasp of the English language are a requirement. This position requires a motivated individual with a strong work ethic, who is a keen team player. Applicants will have at least one year’s fulltime experience working in a medium to large winery cellar, as well as two vintages in a supervisory position. Experience with RDV, earth filter and bag presses is essential. Forklift licence and experience is also a prerequisite. Applications close 30th November 2012 Please send your application and CV to or to the postal address below. Cellar Hand Position Saint Clair Family Estate, PO Box 970, Blenheim 7240

The successful applicant will be trained to National Certificate level as a Registered Line Mechanic. If you would like to have a career in the electrical distribution industry, wish to obtain a recognised industry qualification and be part of a professional motivated team, then we would like to receive your application. A job description and application form is available at our Alfred Street office or Taylor Pass Depot reception desk. Alternatively you can email us at or download them from our website Completed applications should be returned to:

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BOWN, Olive Jean: On November 21, 2012. Much loved sister and sister-in-law of Carol and Dennis Parkes, Val and Phil Hassall, Richard Wilson, and Bruce Wilson. Loved aunty of Brendon and Daniel. Now at peace. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719

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of the late Dan, cherished mother and mother-in-law of Terence and Sue, Bryan and Daph, and Carol Richards. Loved Nana and Great Nana to all her grandchildren. A special thank you to all the staff at both Waterlea and Redwood for their care of Dorothy. A service will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets at 2pm Monday November 26, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719

MOLONY, Dorothy May: Passed away, peacefully, at Redwood Lifestyle Care and Village on November 22, 2012. In her 91st year. Loved wife

WELLS, Mary: On November 18, 2012 peacefully, surrounded by her family at “Kainga”, Kenepuru Sound. Aged 72 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Colin, much loved mother and mother-in-law of Sherryl and Mike Holmes, Chris and Judy, Gina, and Dee and Marcus Foster. Treasured “Mary” of her grandchildren Conor and Tessa; Kelly and Caleb, and Dylan; Holly; and Cagan and Taryn. Messages to “Kainga”, RD 2, Picton 7282. At Mary’s request, a private family service has been held. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719

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BULL, Eleanor Kate (6lb 12oz): 8 November, 2012 DAVIDSON, Braxton Alex (7lb 13oz): 13 November, 2012 EAST, Mason Paul Peter (9lbs 4oz): 15 November, 2012 HARRIS, Max Warren (8lb 15oz): 11 November, 2012 NICHOLSON-GOODALL, Harlen Patrick (7lb 2oz): 18 October, 2012 RENDLE, Chloe Isabel (7lb 8oz): 18 November, 2012

Death Notices BERRY, William Henry (Bill): 14 November, 2012 CARTER, Rodney Gerard: 12 November, 2012 COLLINS, Kelvin James (Kelvee): 18 November, 2012 GILLAM, Betty Helen: 20 November, 2012 LESTER, Margaret Agnes: 19 November, 2012 McCORMICK, Ethel: 13 November, 2012 RENO, Leona Marie Wairemana (nee Holder): 15 November, 2012 WOODHEAD, Kenneth Charles (Ken): 14 November, 2012



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BOWN, Olive Jean: On November 21, 2012 peacefully, at Wairau Hospital. Aged 59 years. Dearly loved wife of Barry, much loved mother and mother-in-law of Melissa (deceased) and Joe, Robyn, and Michael and Melanie. Loved Nana of Lauchlan; Sara, Kayla, Bradley and Diego; and Delila. Now at rest after a long illness. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be sent to PO Box 411, Blenheim 7240. At Olive’s request, a private cremation has been held. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719

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in Counties Manukau and was to appear in the Manukau District Court yesterday morning. Police thanked the Tongan community for their help during the search for Fuapau.


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South ISland volleyball champS

The Volleyball New Zealand South Island Secondary School Junior Championships will be played at Stadium 2000 from November 27 to 29. Games run from 8.30am until 7.30pm. The beach championships will be held at Lansdowne Park on Friday November 30.

black capS take another loSS The Black Caps suffered a 10-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in the opening test of their series in Galle on Monday. The New Zealand cricketers lost their last nine wickets for 83 runs. The team have lost their last five tests and have little time before the second and final test in Colombo on Sunday.

JunIor tennIS competItIon

The South Island Primary and Intermediate School tennis finals begin early next week, hosted by the Forrest Winery Marlborough Tennis Centre on Parker Street. The competition runs over November 26 and 27.

moleSworth reSultS Winning men’s team: Kim Hogarth, Nigel Burgess, Nick Carter and Dave Ayre; 5:45:02. Winning women’s team: Maher family: Hannah, Meg, Jess and Amy; 7:23:55. Mixed title: Jess Barnes, Jonno Leach, Robbie Barnes and Nick Pope; 6:33:54. Vet men’s team: Nigel Cox, Dave Collie, Nigel Anderson and Paul Crossley; 6:03:38. Vet wome’s team: Yvonne West, Yvonne Shaw, Odette Llewellin and Fran Kerse; 8:00:15. Men’s solo: Brent Harris; 7:36:49. Vet men’s solo: Wayne Baxter; 8:13:22. Vet solo women’s: Shannon-Leigh Litt, 8:48:04. Fastest women’s pair, 42km each: Jess Hishon and Julie Forrester,; 8:39:32. Fastest men’s pair, 42km each; Gareth Smith and Jim Jones; 8:48:25. Vet Womens Crown: Sue Ollerenshaw and Rachelle Kirkbridge; 9:47:57.


Friday November 23, 2012


sports talk

Weeping among league oldtimers

Plent y of r ugby leag ue traditionalists are crying into their beers over a new rule banning the shoulder charge. Listening to old ‘leaguies’ on sport talkback radio I almost brought the hanky out myself. They were saying that the shoulder charge was one of the defining acts of the sport, and to drop it would be tantamount to ripping out rugby league’s soul. Sonny Bill Williams tweeted or twittered (whatever it is) on Twitter too: “This is league, not tiddlywinks,” he wrote. In spite of all the protestations from Sonny Bill and others, however, there’s a strong lobby

within league who want to see the charge gone forever. The Australian Rugby League Council made a study of the whole subject and decided that with players getting bigger and stronger, shoulder charges were becoming too dangerous. Another salient point is that shoulder charges can look brutal. For the future of rugby league and its marketability, then, perhaps the league chiefs decided it was time to throw it out. On Wednesday night Shane Cameron failed in his bid to become the first New Zealand born professional boxer to win a world championship since 1890 when he lost to Australian, Danny

Green. That champion from ancient times was a featherweight from Auck land, ‘Tor pedo’ Billy Murphy. When Billy did the business there was only one world champion for each weight division and that was it. But these days professional boxing is an alphabet nightmare. You’ve got the WBC, the WBA the IBF and the IBO, all with their own champions. There are world boxing champions everywhere you look! If you’re at the NZ Golf Open in Christchurch at the weekend, it’ll be a case of Aussies everywhere you look too. A total of 93 overseas golfers teed

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off at Clearwater yesterday in what is the country’s most important golf championship and according to reports, 91 of them were from the other side of the ditch. Finally, the All Blacks face Wales in Cardiff on Sunday (NZT) and although the Welsh are coming off losses to Argentina and Samoa, I wouldn’t read much into that. They could be tougher than what some people are predicting.

Sprintcars converge for ‘War of Wings’ Story by Darrell Bate Motorsport followers are in for a real treat this weekend as a field of fifteen plus Sprintcars converge on Blenheim’s Eastern States Speedway this evening and Nelson Speedway tomorrow night for two rounds of the Tyre General “War of Wings” South Island Sprintcar Series. Last weekend saw a large crowd assemble at Mag and Turbo Ruapuna Speedway in Christchurch as the first round of the series was kicked off with Nelson’s Greg Teece collecting the most points going ahead into this weekend’s double banger. With $60,000 of prize money available, entries have flooded in, twenty two last weekend with at least fifteen starters confirmed. Sprintcars are the most followed and respected of all classes run on the dirt ovals around the world with many famous motorsport

TONIGHT 23rd November Gates open at 6pm RACING STARTS AT 7PM

identities making their claim to fame in the aptly named “Outlaws” class. The horsepower engines in a lightweight chassis make their power to weight ratio very popular to spectators, normally drawing in large crowds. Among the field of competitors, Canterbury has a large contingent with racers: Allan Chapman; Matt Honeywell; Caleb Brooks; Ray Baughan; Barry Lowe; Greg Clemence; and Nathan Astle are confirmed. Cromwell’s Jason Scott; Andy Erskine; Mark Evans; and Daniel Anderson will compete whilst Nelson trio: Greg Teece; Brett Sullivan; and Kris Gerard will also race. Sole North Islander, Brian Menefy from Palmerston North is also trying his luck against his southern peers. Easter n States Speedway

christchurch’s nathan astle 10c on his campaign in the first round held last weekend at ruapuna Speedway in christchurch. photo by tJ palmer-mainland.

President, Stu Coutts is also hopeful that the Saloon class will provide exciting racing, with interest shown by many Nor th Island ca rs visiting before embarking on their DHL Speedweek Series. The series will take racers around the South Island next week before returning to Blenheim for the final round next Sunday.

Along with these two high profile meetings, Eastern States will also host round one of the ELF Super Cup, Super Saloon Series on Friday December 14. The club has offered a discounted entry in the form of a “Horsepower Superpass” to anyone attending all three meetings. Racing will start at 7pm (Friday) this evening.

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