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Lottie Loves Weet-bix By Chris Valli

As far as nutrition goes, Weet-Bix seems to compare favourably for humans. It seems the animals at Te Paranui Animal Sanctuary tend to agree. 130 boxes of the breakfast stable were donated to the Koromiko homestead from Spring Creek School recently. Spring Creek School Principal Cheryl Alderlieste says she had been following the Te Paranui Facebook page and as someone who is passionate about abandoned, unwanted or abused animals, as a school, donating the cereal was a way of doing something to help. Continued on page 2. A WHOLE LOT OF WEET-BIX: Wild breed Kunekune Lottie, 8, gets stuck into a feed of the breakfast cereal thanks to a donation from Spring Creek School.

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‘Developing nurturing, empathy and care’

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Continued from page 1. The surplus Weet-Bix was left over from the Breakfast in Schools/ KickStart Breakfast program prior to her taking on the role of Principal at the school/kura. KickStart Breakfast was the only national breakfast programme of its kind, and had been delivering Weet-Bix and milk to New Zealand schools since term 1, 2009. The programme was run in more than 1,300 schools nationwide, and served over 180,000 breakfasts each school week. “We shared with whanau last year any that were still within the expiry date but what was left was well over two years past expiry. We were discussing what we could do with them and one of our learning assistants suggested Te Paranui Animal

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Sanctuary. So she took a couple of senior students, loaded up the car and off they went,” she says. Alex Chaves, manager at Te Paranui says the offer was one they couldn’t refuse, saying the animals loved the treat of the whole grain wheat. “I recently brought foster puppies into school for the kids to help look after, bottle feed and socialize and the school did a donation run for food for Marlborough Four Paws at Xmas last year. Caring for animals is an amazing way for students to develop empathy, nurturing, responsibility and caring,” she says. Cheryl says the next steps for the students are to start collecting the inedible fruit from their school orchard, keep leftover kai from lunches, to put into a pig bucket that they will deliver each week to the

sanctuary. “I will take a couple of students at a time so they get to see where the food is going. We are also going to arrange a school trip if we can.” Alex says they can’t wait to host them and learn about animal care,

rescue and plant based eating. In August 2022, the Te Paranui Animal & Farm Sanctuary Trust was founded, a not-for-profit registered charity to rescue farm animals from slaughter and find homes for ex-pet and ex-farm animals.

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‘Let down the whole community’

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NZTA Summer Roadworks Drivers travelling on SH1 in southern Marlborough can expect to see road crews carrying out maintenance over the coming weeks. Road crews will be on the job in Seddon as from last Monday, February 19. Over the next four weeks, they will do drainage, kerb and channel works, road resurfacing, and line marking along the state highway corridor. This work will be carried out during the day, between 7am and 6pm, under stop/go traffic management. Road users can expect traffic delays of up to 10 minutes and must factor this into their travel plans. No works are planned to be carried out in the evenings or at weekends, but reduced temporary speed limits through the site will remain in place. Drivers must obey these speed limits at all times.

Co-location plans end By Chris Valli

The rope has been cut after 10 long years. The project to co-locate Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges and relocate Bohally Intermediate School has ended. Last Friday, all three campuses had a visit from Minister of Education, Erica Stanford, and Secretary for Education, Iona Holsted, to discuss the future of Te Tātoru o Wairau. The cost to deliver the project, Te Tātoru o Wairau, had skyrocketed to more than $400 million. The budget was $170m. The name Te Tātoru o Wairau had been chosen for the project by Te Tauihu iwi Ngāti Rārua, Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāti Kuia, representing a three-plait rope that symbolised the three schools coming together as one construction project. Since the project’s pause in December, the Ministry of Education has been reviewing options to reduce the cost of building a co-located campus for Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges and to relocate Bohally Intermediate School. The Ministry will instead work with the schools to immediately address the priority property needs

of the schools on their existing campuses. Minister Stanford and Secretary Holsted acknowledged that this decision would be disappointing for the community, and thanked everybody for the time and energy they have contributed to the project. Stanford says she had a really productive meeting with the school principals, the board chairs and iwi on Friday. Boys’ College parent Lucy Walter says she was not surprised the co-location had been canned given the blow out of costs. She says she is disappointed at how ‘this has been handled’ from very early on. In September 2017, then Marlborough Chamber of Commerce president Nita van Grinsven said the chamber was pleased the Waterlea Racecourse was being reconsidered as a co-location option. Figures bandied about eight years ago suggested the ministry needed ‘about 15 hectares to build a $63 million campus’ for the new Marlborough Boys’ and Marlborough Girls’ colleges. “I put blame on the racecourse committee right back at the start who had a chance to help out and chose not to. That would have been an incredible site and we’d now have a first rate school,” says Lucy.

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MGC Principal Mary-Jeanne Lynch, MBC Principal Matua John Kendal and Nicky Cameron-Dunn pictured in February 2022. The Ministry of Education says they will now work with the schools to immediately address the ‘priority property needs’ of the schools on their existing campuses.

“The subsequent spending and failure has let down this whole community for at least a generation. I really feel for those who have fought hard up until now and those families who expect more.” Marlborough Girls’ College Chair, Brian Roughan, says they are disappointed that the co-location is no longer going ahead, but will keep working together with the Boys’ College, Bohally and iwi to provide the best outcome for Marlborough students.” Bohally Intermediate Principal Nicky Cameron-Dunn says they will now work with the Ministry from next week onwards to define and confirm the revised scope of work at the school within the next four to six weeks. “While the end of the co-location project is disappointing, we have

made significant progress in improving how we work together across our schools and with iwi to deliver better educational outcomes for the whole community,” says Nikki. “A new campus would have been an amazing asset; however, we’re focusing on continuing to deliver an excellent education for our students into the future. The Board and I are looking forward to getting construction underway quickly on our priority property needs.” Lucy says the only positive is that both colleges and Bohally can actually make plans. “They may actually be able to consolidate and get on with what they need rather than this ridiculous snakes and ladders game they’ve been in.”

Havelock Bingo night Havelock Lions Club is hosting a Bingo night to raise funds to support Amelia and Alice Kingi who have been selected for the Kiwi All-Stars Performance Troupe and will be traveling to The United States in 2025. It’s on February 23rd at 7pm at the Havelock School Hall. Book your tickets at www.trybooking. com/nz/QWG. Take cash - there will be raffles and snacks available.

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Privacy concerns with loyalty card By Chris Valli

The privacy of Marlborough shoppers signed up for Woolworths new loyalty card Everyday Rewards has been questioned. The fine print has revealed the supermarket can record licence plates, capture video and audio of customers and link them to membership numbers. Tucked away under a privacy policy link in the terms and conditions of Everyday Rewards, it states the information gathered from customers includes not only full names, dates of birth and phone numbers but also images or audio recordings, IP address, email and other contact addresses. Woolworths states video footage and audio recordings are used for security, theft prevention and safety purposes only. Other information gathered online and in-store can be used so the supermarket knows “what, how and when you buy from us and your stated or likely preferences”. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has voiced concerns and says part of the Privacy Act required agencies to be “open and transparent about what personal information they collect”.

“This may require something more proactive than just putting it in deep in their privacy policy,” the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said in a statement. “Woolworths New Zealand needs to be able to explain that the steps they have taken to make sure people know about the collection of information through their loyalty programmes are ‘reasonable in the circumstances’.” Reaction from locals spoken to by the Sun Newspaper last week ranged from ‘surprised, upsetting to part of the world we live in’. Kirsty McGaul is a regular shopper at Woolworths (formerly Countdown) and says she was surprised to hear what information using the loyalty card was storing. She says it’s made her think twice about her own shopping habits. She also says in the world we live in ‘whatever you swipe these days is stored and maintained for all to see’. Another person, who did not want to be named says it was upsetting there was no transparency with the new loyalty card when it came to the ‘processing of information’ and if such information was required, let alone at all? The Office of the Privacy Commissioner said people needed to

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Blenheim’s Kirsty McGaul is a regular shopper at Woolworths (formerly Countdown) and says she was surprised to hear what information by using the loyalty card was storing. She says it’s made her think twice about her own shopping habits.

be able to make informed decisions about whether they want to engage with services which are using their personal information - and that needs to be upfront. The use of CCTV and audio capture came with great responsibility and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said those who operated the recordings needed to be aware of how to manage privacy issues. “We always recommend that agencies minimise the amount of personal information they collect. Any infor-

mation that is collected should also be securely disposed of once it’s no longer needed for the organisation’s purpose,” the office says. One Everyday Rewards customer said she “cut her card in half and put it in the bin” after reading the rights the consumer unwittingly gave to the company by signing up to the card. The customer questioned how the information would be used and said she no longer felt comfortable using the card. However, a Woolworths spokes-

man said the supermarket took customer privacy and data security very seriously and was mindful of its obligations under the Privacy Act. “Our privacy policy is easily accessible from a range of areas: there are privacy pages on both the Woolworths and Everyday Rewards websites, a direct link to the privacy policy upon registration for an Everyday Rewards memberships and the policy is included in the first couple of paragraphs of both the online and EDR T&Cs,” he says.

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‘Gutsy’- Celebrating Tyler By Chris Valli

Blenheim’s Carol Knox is passionate about teaching students to find a love of dance and to feel good about themselves. She’s also passionate about Tyler Barnett who she describes as ‘gutsy, outgoing and crazy as’. “She’s completely nuts and talks to me about the most um let’s say unique things,” she says. The story behind the story is that two weeks ago Carol suggests, ‘we might have been burying her, she got sepsis and called out (in hospital), I’m dying’. Sepsis happens when the immune system has an extreme response to an infection. Tyler, 16, has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, hypermobility type. EDS is a group of inherited disorders that mostly affect the skin, joints and blood vessels. It’s often undiagnosed and its hormone driven Symptoms include overly flexible joints that can sublux – dislocate and relocate back into position (or remain dislocated), and skin that’s translucent, elastic and bruises easily. In some more rare types of EDS, there may be dilation and even rupture of major blood vessels. Treatment helps manage symptoms and monitors for complications. Tyler has also developed gastroparesis and abdominal vascular compression syndrome, meaning Tyler lives daily in agonising pain, bed bound and dependent on a feeding tube.

Tyler and Mum Lorissa will be heading to a pioneering surgeon in Düsseldorf, Germany. On March 5, Tyler has an appointment with another pioneering genius, a German professor by the name of Scholbach, to have doppler Ultrasound and contrast CT imaging done in Leipzig, prior to heading to Dusseldorf to see the surgeon, Professor Doctor Sandemann. Carol says she knew nothing about Tyler’s medical condition when she turned up to her first dance class. ‘She was in the senior class and plonked a chair in the back of the room and sat on the chair. I could see that she wasn’t looking well. As I walked past her I noticed her feet tapping and I noticed she was doing what I was teaching the rest of the class. I thought this is bloody amazing,” says Carol. “I would often ask her how she was and for her to tell me how she was and often would say, I’m brill,” says Carol. “She would dislocate her jaw from laughing or her shoulders, knees, anything and click herself back in and away we’d go,” says Carol. An upcoming fundraising night will see four dance schools, Dance on Grove, Marlborough Academy of Dance and Nelson’s Impact Dance Experience supporting Tyler and bought together through Marlborough Tap Studio. Indeed the reason why there is ‘momentum around Tyler’ for the



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Glider crash One person has died after a glider crashed at Lake Station Airport, near St Arnaud, police say. The aircraft crashed on the runway and the occupant passed away at the scene. “Police have extended their condolences to their family at this difficult time,” a spokesperson said. A scene examination is currently underway, and the Civil Aviation Authority has been advised.

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Carol Knox and Tyler Barnett. Carols says this weekend’s fundraiser at MGC is an opportunity to celebrate Tyler and her family.

fundraiser and a Give a Little Page is unquestionably because Carol has a natural ability to connect, especially with Tyler. Carol says the fundraiser is fundamentally about Tyler and an insight into her ‘human lens’. A gutsy, young, 16-year-old who has hopes and dreams and in order for her to achieve them, the community just has to get behind her. “She calls me Christmas Carol

and Granny C and writes to me about these crazy things. It’s a night to celebrate Tyler and to support her wonderful family.” The fundraising auction and dance night is at Marlborough Girls’ College, this Saturday, February 24 from 6 – 8pm. A Givealittle page has been set up to help towards the operation in Germany. https://givealittle. co.nz/cause/our-tap-dance-queenneeds-life-saving-surgery

If you’re involved with a rural sports club or school sports team, you may be eligible for funding. The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund was established in 2003 and is designed to remove the barrier of cost to participation for those in rural communities, and to encourage rural youth aged 5 - 18 to get involved in local sports, despite their location. Funding is available for rural sports clubs or rural school teams needing financial help for transport to sporting competitions in the Marlborough area. Applications can be made online at http://www.marlborough.govt. nz/.../sport-nz-rural-travel... Applications close 8am on Wednesday, March 13. For further information email natalie.lawler@ marlborough.govt.nz or Ph. 03 520 7400.

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Do you and your partner have ‘a song’?

Heather Gibbs Dunedin Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud – reminds me off our wedding song.

Jon Waring Blenheim Simple answer no. Changes regularly but we married to Shania Twains, From This Moment On.

Katie Handford Picton No but there is a song that brought us together, Heavenly Pop Hit.

Letters to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. A maximum of 150 words please. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even when a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to

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Lauren Young Blenheim Thank You for Loving Me, Bon Jovi, featured at our wedding.

Tracy MacKenzie Picton Wish You Were Here, covered by Pearl Jam and Never Tear Us Apart, Inxs.

Uli McPhail Koromiko This Must be the Place, David Byrne.

Discount payment explained: We were somewhat surprised to read Philip Taylor’s “please explain” request regarding the $75 distribution recently paid by the Marlborough Electric Power Trust (MEPT) to consumers. In the letter, it was claimed that there was a “drastic reduction” from a $240 payment made last year. To clarify, consumers connected to the Marlborough Lines Limited’s (MLL’s) network can receive two payments each

year – one is the recently paid distribution by the MEPT, the other is the discount payment which is made by MLL in late April/May. The discount payment will vary for consumers as it relates to the amount each consumer has paid in distribution lines charges over the preceding year, but an average domestic consumer can expect to receive a $242 discount payment, on top of the $75 distribution. Marlborough Lines.

in the future, you only have to look at SH1 between Picton and Blenheim, it is in a poor state of repair with patches all over the place. If we do not have rail capable ferries then you may as well close the rail network down, no doubt the freight transport owners will champion this move.

The state of Picton at present is diabolical with main access roads closed and uncertainty as to what will happen to the ferry terminal. Yours faithfully James D Howie

Interislander I see that as a result of the Government canning the new ferries and wharves we are going to end up with some second hand cheap clapped out ferries from overseas. I guess they will not be rail capable and the idea of transferring rail to trucks and back to rail will be prohibitively expensive and

will only last a few months. This will end up with all the freight to and from the South Island being on trucks and the rail network redundant. Our roads are not really fit for purpose when it comes to the weight and size of the trucks in use now, and no doubt they will be larger

St John’s pulls ambulances to rein in costs By Chris Valli

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St John is pulling some ambulances off the road to rein in costs when staff go on leave or call in sick. Management advised staff last Friday the service needed to "actively manage recalls" of back-up staff in order to curb expenditure. Hato Hone St John deputy chief executive Dan Ohs, who heads ambulance operations, confirmed the service was having to tighten its belt for the rest of the financial year. Other measures included reducing "non-essential" travel and delaying some plans, which would not make "a tangible difference" to services in the short-term,

Ohs says. However, he insisted this would not compromise urgent care. The Ambulance Association said the "unacceptable" cost-cutting was putting lives at risk. National secretary Mark Quin says he had already been contacted by worried paramedics, saying that ambulances had to be parked up over the weekend because they could not be staffed. "The service is already under significant pressure so this [directive] will only add to it. "Some patients are waiting five or six hours for an ambulance - that's even with normal crewing and resources on the road.


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"If we start dropping resources, that puts on more pressure and raises the risk of people not being able to access an ambulance when they should be." Ohs said they had kept frontline staff and unions informed on recent developments leading to this situation. Meanwhile, Hato Hone St John continued the collective bargaining with the unions representing ambulance staff, he said. "We are committed to constructive dialogue in good faith and hope to reach a settlement that suits all parties." The Ambulance Association's Mark Quin says at bargaining last week, management told the union it had a deficit of $5.5 million for the current financial year.

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Wednesday February 21, 2024

Don’t feed the gulls

Checking the health of our town centres

The Blenheim Business Association and Council are leading the call to encourage people to stop feeding seagulls in the town centre.

A spot check of the health of our town centres is the focus of Council’s ‘Marlborough Town Centre Health Check’, the findings from which were presented at this month’s Economic, Finance and Community committee meeting.

“People should not feed the gulls and take care not to leave food unattended,” said Blenheim Business Association chair, Lynette Rayner. “This will help the situation on the ground and hopefully reduce the attraction of the CBD to the birds in the long term.” “Over the last three years the BBA has contacted all cafés and food premises in the Blenheim CBD requesting better management of waste food. This has improved, with retailers using wheelie bins instead of rubbish bags, for example.”

Every two years since 2011, Council has produced a report on the health of the Blenheim and Picton town centres. Statistics such as the composition of the town centre, state of the environment and the results of a pedestrian survey are all included.

Blenheim’s seagull population has reduced over the past few years, but the public are being encouraged not to feed them or leave food unattended Photo Credit: Dan Burgin

“We’ve since seen a reduction in the gull population as a result of everyone’s efforts so far – we just need to keep the pressure on and try to reduce their numbers further.”

so that both locals and visitors were aware of the issue.

She said the BBA and Council would continue to work together and is considering a ‘Do Not Feed the Gulls’ campaign through media and social media, and signage could be installed

Council and BBA had also met with the Department of Conservation (DOC) because the two species - redbilled and black-billed gulls - are both protected under the Wildlife Act.

The nesting season is August to December for the red-billed gulls and October to February for the black-billed. A number of CBD building owners have systems in place to deter the birds - such as sprinklers, lasers and spikes.

Economic Development manager Neil Henry says there is now a reliable body of evidence that provides a comparative study to identify trends and changes over time. “This is one of the benefits of doing this survey regularly so we can see how our CBDs have changed.” “Since 2011 there has been a noticeable change with a lot more cafés and restaurants and less retail in Blenheim. This shows the changing nature of how people are spending, with more online shopping and leisure activities in town centres,” Mr Henry said. Data for the new study was collected in December from 297 people. Some of the key findings were: Blenheim

Kina removal reaping rewards in Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound Removing kina from sites in Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound has encouraged the recovery of many significant rimurimu and kelp species, the Environment and Planning committee heard recently. Council’s Nautical and Coastal Science team have been working with the University of Auckland who are monitoring experimental sites in the Sound. In a report prepared for the committee, Council’s Senior Coastal Scientist Katie Littlewood says rimurimu and kelp are both critical for ecosystem function and health as they create habitats for numerous marine species and also sequester carbon. “Kina are endemic herbivorous grazers that feed on important rimurimu

and kelp. An area can become overpopulated with kina, leading to kina barrens, which are areas completely cleared of seaweed and kelp due to over grazing,” Katie said. Dallas Lafont from the university research team spoke to the committee about their research. “Seaweed species have been declining for 50 years due to overgrazing by kina, warmer sea temperatures and sedimentation,” Dallas said. “Species that predate on kina, such as large blue cod, snapper and crayfish, are low in number which allows kina to overpopulate and clear areas that were once full of healthy kelp and seaweed species.” Four areas in Tōtaranui were selected

to be part of the project and the extent of recovery and re-establishment of seaweed has been noticeable. “After 18 months of monitoring the four experimental sites we have observed some degree of recovery at all sites. In particular, the return of hundreds of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) at one site,” Dallas said. “While these results are exciting and kina removal is one useful tool to kickstart the recovery, the larger goal is to ultimately make these kelp forests self-sustaining, which will require further measures.” This research has been carried out with support from Te Ātiawa and the Tē Tauihu Iwi Fisheries Forum and has been funded by Sustainable Seas and Port Marlborough.

Spend in the Central Business District: $296.8M ($10M more than in 2022)

Fewer vacancies in Queen Street

Reduction in retail shops from 92 to 84

Increase in vacancies from 20 to 27

Sixty four per cent visit the CBD for cafés and restaurants

Mr Henry said the reduction in retail shops likely showed the impact of online shopping and e-commerce. “This is an international trend. However, the town centre continues to perform well across most measured categories including transport, pedestrian route quality, state of the environment and street vitality.” Picton •

CBD spend: $94.3M ($15M more than in 2022)

Strong return of visitors, both domestic and international

Vacancies similar to 2022 at 7 per cent

Food and entertainment the most common drawcard (23 per cent)

Seventy five per cent visit the CBD for cafés/restaurants

“Overall, Picton CBD is performing well. The state of the environment, street vitality, pedestrian routes and transport options all continue to be maintained at a desirable level. We’ve seen a strong return of international visitors and transaction rates have gone up,” Mr Henry said. Kina removal at an experimental site at Motuara Island has seen excellent results for recovery of kelp species – before (left) and after (right)

The report will be published on Council’s website.


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‘I feel secure – a sense of trust’ A kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, sights and aromas will transform Pollard Park on Saturday, March 9 at the Marlborough Multicultural Festival hosted by the Marlborough Multicultural Centre. Napalian, Kabi Gere spoke to Chris Valli about culture and his place in Marlborough. When one first meets Kabi Gaire, one is greeted with a warm smile and infectious demeanour. It makes one feel acknowledged, present. He’s the first to acknowledge he likes to shoot the breeze. “My last name sounds like Richard Gere,” he laughs. The Bin Inn Blenheim Manager Kabi grew up with Nepalese as his native tongue and learnt English in school. He grew up in the Palpa District, one of the 77 districts of Nepal, a landlocked country in South Asia. Nepal is well known as a multicultural and multi-ethnic country with a majority of Hindus including Kirats and Buddhists. So how would he define culture?

“I’ve always been greeted with love from the people I have met through my travels over 12 years” “The way you grow up and what you value,” he suggests. “Through the experiences I have had from around the world. Practicing those values and traditions in your daily life, that is culture.” “Respect and helping the elderly in Nepal was a big thing. My parents helped me with my study and education. When we are older, we have to pay them back. Whenever I see the elderly my behaviour towards them is to help them.” He believes various cultures in any community provides colour and admits he hasn’t been the subject of ignorance or racism. “I’ve always been greeted with love from the people I have met through my travels over 12 years. They seem to like the way I talk and when you learn some languages, there is love there too. English language is the way I came here.” Kabi, 37, is married and arrived in New Zealand in 2012 with his first port of call being Nelson where he studied IT (networking and cloud computing) at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). After the completion of his qualification he moved to Auckland to study for a business course. An opportunity arose to move to Wanaka to work

at supermarket chain Four Square where he says he met a wonderful boss and ended up managing the store for four years. “I wanted to get to Blenheim with some old mates that were here and I wanted to live in a warmer climate and have been managing Bin Inn for the past four years ever since,” he says. “I have a preference to talk to customers and the people in the store. I like to see lots of new faces; it’s been a good time. This is the perfect place where you can give your service and they’re happy….that makes me happy.” “When you start to recognize people every day whether that is in Wanaka or Blenheim, and you have one on one, you have that personal connection. At Bin Inn we have an environment where we can meet and talk, it’s the same with colleagues. We feel that connection and they are not just a customer.” When asked how he would define the Marlborough community Kabi says it is one of the friendliest in the country. “When you go to town or walking in the neighbourhood, people say hi and you have that eye contact. I feel like I know that person and feel secure, there is a sense of trust.” He says the best part of his job is the daily communication with his customers. As for the multicultural festival at Pollard Park, he is undecided if he can attend as he has work commitments on the Saturday. Either way, it’s fair to assume, Kabi has left a positive impression on Marlborough’s ever-growing multi-cultural community The annual Marlborough Multicultural Festival had grown from 500 people to 5000 people at last year’s event, and this year’s festival was being planned as a major event, to accommodate that growth. The Marlborough Multicultural Festival is from 11am – 3:30pm at Pollard Park.

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Compelling line up of speakers By Chris Valli

The Marlborough Decorative and Fine Arts Society will commence its 2024 programme on March 14 featuring another compelling line-up of expert speakers. Society Chair, Jenny Tyney says the Society is excited after being affected by travel challenges in recent years. “We are so happy to be back to normal and once again able to present these top-quality speakers who will share their specialist knowledge on a wide range of arts-related topics”. “Gathering together to engage with the lecturer and each other is what makes our Society so appealing,” Jenny says. “Our lectures are educational, entertaining and provide a social opportunity for members to share their interest in the arts.” The 2024 programme promises something for everyone, with a captivating range of topics from a mix of UK, Australia and New Zealand speakers. First up is New Zealand architectural writer, John Walsh, who will present a Style Guide to New Zealand Cities, beautifully illustrated with photographs by Patrick Reynolds. UK lecturers include Russian and European specialist Natalia Murray, and highly regarded English art historian Sarah Burles, through to John Frances, who delves into the 20th century evolution of film, art and advertising, and Charlie Waite, one of the world’s leading landscape photographers. From Australia comes Kathleen Olive, whose speciality is the art and culture

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UK lecturer and Russian and European specialist Natalia Murray is an upcoming guest speaker with The Marlborough Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

of Italy and Japan. MDFAS meets on eight scheduled Thursday evenings, 6.15pm, at NMIT lecture theatre, Budge Street. It is an affiliate of The Arts Society in the UK. Founded in 1968, this global organisation brings people together through a shared curiosity of the arts. New members are welcome. Full details of the Society and its scheduled lecturers and topics can be found at www.dfasnz.org.nz/ marlborough

A Blenheim resident has contacted the Sun Newspaper to express her concern about the misuse of disability toilets by able-bodied individuals, at the ASB Theatre recently. The person, who didn’t want to be named, says the misuse inconveniences those with disabilities who rely on the facilities. “I have a history of working with individuals with disabilities and this issue once again came to my attention during a recent visit to the ASB Theatre, where I witnessed a distressing incident that highlights the urgent need for greater awareness and respect for accessibility needs,” the person says. “During the intermission of a show a few weeks ago, I observed a woman in a wheelchair patiently waiting for the accessible cubicle in the women’s bathroom. Unfortunately, the cubicle was engaged, leaving her with no alternative options due to the lack of support handrails and space to accommodate her wheelchair in the other cubicles. After what seemed like an extended period, two physically fit individuals emerged from the cubicle. Their unnecessary occupation of the disability toilet not only inconvenienced the woman in the wheelchair but also displayed a lack of consideration for those with genuine accessibility needs.” The person told the Sun, what struck them as particularly distressing was the derogatory comment made by one of the individuals upon exiting the cubicle. “Instead of acknowledging their misuse of the facility, they chose to make a hurtful remark towards the woman in the wheelchair, who was the only person

present with an obvious disability. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities in accessing basic amenities, and the insensitivity they often encounter from others.” The person added while some individuals may have invisible disabilities that necessitate the use of disability toilets, it is evident that this was not the case in the situation witnessed. “The lack of accountability and empathy displayed by the individuals involved is deeply concerning and underscores the need for increased education and awareness regarding accessibility issues.” “It is essential we prioritize the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities by ensuring that disability toilets are reserved for those who truly need them. I urge all members of our community to exercise empathy, respect, and consideration towards individuals with disabilities, particularly when it comes to accessing essential facilities.”

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Heartland Services are here for rural whanau Te Piki Oranga and Waikawa Marae are delighted to offer a new service to whānau living in rural and remote parts of Marlborough – Waikawa, Waitohi / Picton and Tōtaranui / Marlborough Sounds. Te Piki Oranga is a leading provider of health and wellbeing services for Māori whānau in the Top of the South. With Waikawa Marae, the two organisations are now providing Heartland Services – for people in rural and remote regions of Marlborough. Ricky Carr is Pūkenga Kaiwhakahaere (Site Manager) for the Te Piki Oranga services in Wairau. He says that Heartland Services will provide a much-needed presence and support for rural whānau. “We can offer a physical location – a place to get things done in-person – as well as support on the phone or by video-conference,” Mr Carr says. “Living, working and raising a family in rural and remote Marlborough can be challenging enough as it is. With Heartland

Services we can provide access, information, support and specialist health and wellbeing services that will make life a little easier. “Although it is early days we already have many Government and community agencies ready to run regular drop-in sessions and workshops in-person from our High Street hub in Waitohi, Picton,” Mr Carr says. Allanah Burgess is Kaiwhakahaere (Manager) of Waikawa Marae. Ms Burgess says the decision to locate Heartland Services in Waitohi Picton township was made after first considering Waikawa Marae. By being in town, Waikawa Marae kaimahi are able to extend manaakitanga into a central location, she says. “A lot happens on a marae, more than may be appreciated, such as our provision of health and social services like Whānau Ora that enable whānau and wider community members to thrive. “When discussing how to make these essential new services available to whānau

Energy efficiency funding scheme suspended Council’s energy efficiency and clean heating loan scheme will be suspended for any new loans from February 29. Council’s loan scheme was set up in 2010 to assist Marlborough ratepayers to take advantage of government subsidies for insulation and clean heating. It meant ratepayers could take out loans to insulate or heat their homes, to a maximum of $15,000, which was added to their rates. A changing regulatory environment is the impetus for the change, Council’s Chief Financial Officer Geoff Blake says there are now other options available to

ratepayers with the large banks providing top up mortgages for energy efficiency upgrades at a better rate than Council offers,” he says. “The suspension of the scheme will not affect ratepayers who have an existing loan with us - it will only apply to new loans.” The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority had various schemes to provide grants for insulation and heating - the current one is called Warmer Kiwi Homes. For more information go to: www.eeca. govt.nz/co-funding-and-support/products/ warmer-kiwi-homes-programme/

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Ricky Carr is Pūkenga Kaiwhakahaere (Site Manager) for the Te Piki Oranga services in Wairau.

and others who need awhi, we decided in favour of the High Street hub from iwiowned premises. This way we can uphold the tikanga of whakaruruhau to provide a safe, comfortable place as we do on the marae, and that happens to be in a convenient, central location for people. What is Heartland Services? Heartland Services is a Ministry of Social Development initiative, with locations from Northland to Southland. Waikawa Marae and Te Piki Oranga were successful in their cobid to provide the newest Heartland Services hub, from Waitohi / Picton. The main services are: • assistance with technology: email, printing, photocopying, scanning, phones and internet • support with accessing government and community service forms, applications and websites

• a place to meet with government and community service staff, kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) or via videoconferencing Drop-in sessions and health clinics Government and community service staff are available on specific days, including: • Inland revenue (IRD) • Workbridge, for jobseekers and employers • Suicide prevention services • Diabetes support group • Cancer information group • Community Law (kaupapa Māori) • Justice of the Peace • Māori Land Court • Whānau Ora navigators (from Waikawa Marae) • Employment support (for both employers and employees) Appointments are needed for some sessions – see the website for detail: www.tpo.org.nz/heartland

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with the beneficiaries of the day, the good folk at Idea Services and the Awatere Early Learning Centre. Picton Quilters will be the next hosts later in the year.

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Marlburians will have the opportunity to have their say with Fire and Emergency New Zealand opening public consultation on its Fire Plans. A Fire Plan outlines the particular fire risk conditions that exist or are likely to exist for a specific area, the local policies and procedures for the management of these conditions and sets out how Fire and Emergency will use its fire control powers. Each Fire Plan outlines, specific to each local area, things such as what indicators Fire and Emergency NZ will consider when deciding to change to prohibited or restricted fire seasons, or prohibited activities which can be a high risk of causing a wildfire. Fire and Emergency New Zealand Wildfire Specialist Graeme Still says it is important for people in their local areas to have their say as this will directly impact how fire is managed in their area. “We really want to hear from people about what they think of their local Fire Plan,” he says. “Getting this local knowledge is going to be crucial for us as we continue to develop these plans.” The public can have their say on the proposed Fire Plans on their website (con-

Fire and Emergency New Zealand Wildfire Specialist Graeme Still says they want to hear from people about what they think of their local Fire Plan.

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‘Peer support and friendships invaluable’ Marlborough Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Society have been supporting and empowering impacted members and carers across our region for 47 years. Established in 1977 as a charitable trust, the team invite new members to sign up and receive information and support. Marlborough is home to many people, young and old, who live with conditions like Multiple Sclerosis (a degenerative condition that targets nerves). And while Parkinson’s disease is often seen among our older population it is being diagnosed in younger people. Community Suppor t Worker, Brenda Green, is the face of the society and is out connecting people with, or caring for someone with,

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Ferry Terminal Area

It was pretty funny that you wrote in about how no one laughed at your joke at the pub. We had a good laugh at your expense. Oh the irony!

A ferry terminal shed to add to the rental sheds, Edwin fox shed and scruffy Information Centre. Our gateway to the south is appalling just as well the scenery is beautiful! We could have had a beautiful Information Centre Ferry terminal combined where Aquarium used to be and what other town has rental car offices so close to terminal. Wellington doesn’t, neither do airports. They should not be taking up room on the foreshore. A real mess. Well done planners!

Green Party

Public Toilets

Is Chloe Swarbrick the only person in the running for the Greens co-leadership? You would think so the way the media is reporting it. Maybe she’s been secretly appointed already and all others told they need not apply.

What a shallow person you are, when you mentioned the look of the cleaners that clean the public toilets. ALL CLEANERS, do a fabulous job, pity all people don’t respect the areas they use.

Wine Festival

Idiots The idiots that are flying drones in the area where the brave firefighters are trying to save people’s homes, they should have their drones shot out of the sky. Brainless idiots.

What went wrong? People keep asking what went wrong? Simple really. You elected national to govern. The parasitic business model rules again. Welcome to the cash junkie paradise.

I was just wondering how all broken glass was cleaned up after event,so when the kids play their sports in winter, it is safe for them. Maybe there is a meticulous crew that go over acerage like archeologist, OR does a lawn mower go over the same, spreading glass further. You can’t take glass to many events where public safety is involved. Like the now no existence B/B/&BBQ. Maybe festival had plastic this year!!! If not can someone explain Rules for some not all.

River weeds

CBD boring How good would it be to have Market Street pedestrianised with more trees, alfresco dining and buskers? Marlborough is a wine and food destination, our CBD should reflect that. Instead it looks old, stagnant and boring!

Yes, I know the weeds in the Taylor river are there to protect some fish species but have you ever caught anything there? It’s now bank to bank by the High St bridge and looks disgusting by Raupo. I think we a being conned. Perhaps the weed cutter is broken again?

Re public toilet

The old track

A toilet is only as clean as the last person who used it. As for the state of the people who clean them don’t judge a book by its cover. They deserve a medal for the mess they have to clean up.

The books were in good shape, projects were affordable and infrastructure upgrades across the motu were underway. Now it seems that stopping ALL of these projects is how we get ‘back on track’. It seems that the track we were straying from was crumbling schools, over-crowded prisons, everyone smoking and burning fossil fuels, a nightmarish race war, environmental destruction, prioritising mining interests, unsafe freight connections over the Cook Strait and universally blaming the last government. I like the old track better.

Ferry Access With the temporary ferry terminal looking at staying, how are people with disabilities and wheel chair bound going to climb stairs . Recently went on ferry and after a long walk from terminal to ferry had to climb the steep stairs to get to gangway. Buggered after it and then had to use on way back . Perhaps a bus like Blue Bridge for the elderly etc.

Love Funny reading article in Marlb Express Valentine’s Day claiming there’s no blue print to love. Ah yes there is try 1 Corinthians 13-Bible.

No more sugar Why does everyone need to give my kids lollies? The hardware store, sports games, school, not to mention the haul they get at birthday parties. Sugar is poison! Our bodies don’t need it! Our society is hooked and the health consequences are detrimental. If you want to give the kids something, how about some fruit or a nice compliment?

Small town gossip Are rumour mills more prevalent in smaller towns around New Zealand than the larger populated ones. Having lived in both, I would say they are , conversations in Blenheim’s bars and social clubs frequently start with ‘’Did You Hear About...”, especially amongst the regulars. It’s sad really.

Poor Planning So heading from Fairhall into town, Bells Road is closed for the new roundabout. Who decided to seal New Renwick Road in Burleigh at this time? Red traffic lights with seven minutes between green light phase, traffic backed up. Very poor and inconsiderate planning. By the look of what is being done you will be back doing it again soon I’d say, looks like a bad patch job (again).

Reviews? Marlborough Roads fooled us all into these lowered speed limits, stating they’d be reviewed in June 2023. Well six months on, they have failed to conduct what they said they would. Add that to the shambolic processes conducted re Railway station car wash.

Where else? Where else in the country will you find fresh roses in a Public Toilet? A huge shout out to Havelock Community, what a surprise! Need to visit their awesome Op Shop across the road, the volunteers are amazing!

Talk of the week Very happy Big thanks for the great work done at our rural property by BP Computers. The internet set up is incredible and the customer service is amazing. Very Happy

Re: Stadium Pool Wow. Some people are so quick to criticise. The Stadium is suffering from the same problem as a lot of other local businesses. They are short staffed. They need a minimum number of people on duty for safety reasons. If they can’t meet that minimum number then they have to close. Simple as that. Stop your whining.

Support workers When are support workers going to get paid for working weekends/ after hours, where would these people be if we didn’t look after them? Time to match wages with inflation. 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.

Breathe and de-stress To those demanding fiery and angry retribution and hard responses to ‘namby-pambyism’, I say ‘those without sin, cast the first stone. Your anger is tiresome and counter-productive and you seem astonishingly open to the beguiling appeal of hate-centred propaganda. Breathe, de-stress and get on with your life and stop wasting your energy getting worked up about things that have no impact on you.

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Independent Living Advisor with Security Alert Medical Alarms  Are you a dog or cat person? Both - though I don’t cope well with ‘presents’ that cats bring in. I love ‘Max’, the Border Collie we adopted a bit over a year ago. Can’t imagine not having him around now.  The best advice I ever received was? My dad had plenty of good advice to share but this really stuck with me - “When the Great Scorer comes along to mark against your name, He marks not if you won or lost, but how you played the game”. Very old fashioned way of saying “Being right, or winning matters less than doing right and trying”.  What would you buy if money was no object? After immediate needs of my family were met I would be looking at supporting projects that empower people to live their best lives. There are so many worthy causes to choose from!  Local coffee haunt? Biddy Kate’s - great coffee and the team are good for a laugh and chat.  Favourite takeaway? I love Thai but the family favourite takeaway would be pizza.  The shop you can’t walk past is...? The Hospice Shop in Redwoodtown. The book section is amazing and it supports a cause close to my heart.  Where is your happy holiday place? Near water, nature, family and friends - not too fussed where.  Favourite programme or series currently watching? My daughter and I are enjoying Manifest currently.  What’s one thing on your bucket list? Bucket List wishes imply a failure if you don’t get to them, so I don’t want a list like that - just in case. But, I’d love to take a long time to travel to lots of places, maybe in a campervan.

gardening this week Combating garden plant diseases: By Wally Richards Gardeners can spend a lot of time and money combating diseases in their gardens. Many of the conventional chemical sprays can be likened to many of the medications put out by the pharmacy industry in so much as they give temporary relief without curing the cause. In fact it is my strong belief that many of the chemical sprays we use on our gardens cause more problems than they cure, as they can kill off the beneficial microbes and fungi, leaving our plants more vulnerable to disease attacks. It’s a bit like the antibiotics we take; they weaken our immune system leaving us more vulnerable to other health issues. When it comes to microbes/bacteria, good or bad, many have very short life spans, some as short as 6 hours, this means that they can build up resistance to chemical sprays in a several generations. Some have over 4000 generations in 6 weeks. In the garden we tend to find that these traditional chemical sprays lose their effectiveness, including their ability to control the diseases they are meant to prevent. Instead they end up harming the beneficial microbes that are essential to the health of the plants. Nature has developed what we call plant diseases, I call them ‘Natures Cleaners’ as a means to remove the weak and unhealthy plants, starting the conversion to composting of them, back into food for other healthier plants. Thus we can say that diseases in our plants are a sign that there is a basic problem and the disease is only the cleaner, at the beginning of a composting cycle. We need to find out what problem the plant has and if possible remedy it so the plant will grow healthy. It could be one of many things such as inadequate or too much moisture, sun light, soil condition, the use of chemicals both fertiliser and sprays including herbicides, chlorinated tap water, lack of nutrients and elements. Similarly with our own health we need to tackle the cause not the symptoms. Annual plants only have a short life; they grow, mature and produce seeds then die. Once they mature and seed we expect diseases such as powdery mildew to attack them. Deciduous plants such as roses, will at seasons end, be attacked to clean up the old foliage which is of no further use to the rose. A perennial tree or plant that becomes diseased tells us the plant has an underlining health problem which we need to address. The first step is to ensure that our gardens have a healthy soil-food-web, teeming with microbes, beneficial fungi and worms. We know that common fertilisers (general purpose, Rose, Nitrophoska etc) harm the soil life where natural foods such as manures, organic matter, calcium etc strengthen the soil life. We also know that chemical sprays and chemical herbicides such as Glyphosate, harm the soil life too.

Often the simple aspect of total avoidance of man made chemicals will over a few seasons result in far healthier plants and soil. We can speed up the process with applications of calcium, compost, blood and bone and other minerals. Also ensuring there is adequate moisture that is free of chlorine (chlorine in tap water harms microbes). It is easy to gauge the health of your soils by the number of worms present when the soil is moist. No worms, very poor soil, lots of worms, high health soil. There never is a need to feed your plants, there is only a need to feed the soil and Nature will do the rest. This is contrary to conventional growing where one feeds the plants, while killing the soil life. Worms when they move through the soil create a slime that is rich in nitrogen, beneficial fungi that are attached to the roots of plants collect this nitrogen and feed it to the plants in exchange for carbohydrates (sugars). Beneficial fungi not only extend the plants root collection area, they also help prevent harmful fungi and nematodes from attacking the roots. The microbes in the soil convert organic matter into food that the plants can use. For thousands of years this system has worked perfectly and it was only with the introduction of super phosphate and harmful chemicals, that man changed the natural order of things. Then diseases started attacking what appeared to be healthy plants. I had a plum tree that developed brown rot in the fruit a few years back along with gum excluding from some branches and die back. Not wanting to use a chemical to try to control the problem I simply applied Ocean Solids and Unlocking your Soil to ensure the tree was getting all the minerals it required to be healthy. The following season I enjoyed a large crop of big plums, only noticed a couple of plums with the brown rot instead of most of them. No more die back or gum problems and very few bladder plums which the tree also had as a problem. That is without any spraying of copper or any other attention. What has also likely

helped is that we had ample rain for much of the time. Having placed water filters to remove the chlorine from my tap water is likely to have assisted as well, when there has been a need to water. I have written before about the applications of Ocean Solids and Unlocking to gardens which ensure that each plant obtains every element that they may need to be healthy. I have seen good results. It may take a few seasons in some cases but far better and cheaper than the conventional control sprays. Silver leaf disease is a major problem in stone fruit trees and roses in some areas. If the disease is not too far advanced, one can cut out affected branches and spray the tree or rose with Perkfection at 7ml per litre for the first application, thereafter monthly, at 4mils per litre till mid autumn. Start again in the spring when the first foliage appears. Perkfection builds up the plant’s immune system and assists it to overcome the disease. That is as long as the tree or rose has not gone beyond the point of no return. Apply also the Ocean Solids and Unlocking your soil once a year. Mycorrcin and Magic Botanic Liquid are also two products that can be drenched into the soil and sprayed over the foliage of plants. They feed the microbes and beneficial fungi that are in the soil or on the plants, also improving the health of the roots and foliage. Magic Botanic Liquid (MBL) will change your garden into a great garden with weekly sprays over the foliage of food crops and preferred plants such as roses. The new Copper Nutrient is best for downy mildew, blights, brown rot, leaf curl in stone fruit, bacterial diseases and citrus diseases. Baking soda at the rate of a heaped table spoon per litre of warm water with 1ml of Raingard added for each litre is an excellent control for powdery mildew and black spot which can attack even the healthiest of plants prone to the disease, in weather conditions which favour the disease. As the health of your soil and plants improves there should be less need for these sprays.

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Wednesday February 21, 2024

Tradies Golf Day

Held at the blenheim Golf Club on Friday. the day was about giving thanks to tradies who had supported Guthrie bowron owner bruce Abbott. Money raised from the fundraiser totalled $2130 for Hospice Marlborough.

Guthrie Bowron Blenheim Owner Bruce Abbott presents the $2130 raised to Leigh Somerville of Hospice Marlborough.

CLOSEST PUTT: Amy from Creating Homes in 2nd by putt off, Mike Rodger from Bits and Bobs in 1st place, presented by Guthrie Bowron Blenheim owner Bruce Abbott.

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THUMBS UP FOR TRADIES: Kelli White from Dulux Trade and Dave Pitman from David Pitman Decorating enjoyed the day.

CRICKET BAT SIGNED BY NZ BLACK CAPS: Murray Gray from Dulux NZ, bat winner Riley Luke co-owner of Zorite 2024 Ltd, Leigh Somerville from Hospice Marlborough, Guthrie Bowron Blenheim owner Bruce Abbott, and GM Dulux New Zealand Tony Leard.

WAGNER SPRAY GUN: Guthrie Bowron Blenheim owner Bruce Abbott presents the prize to Brad Clarke of Clarkies Marlborough, Leigh Somerville from Hospice Marlborough.


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LONGEST DRIVE: GM Dulux New Zealand Tony Leard, Winner Scott Hogg from Coastal Painting, and Guthrie Bowron Blenheim owner Bruce Abbott.

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Key Responsibilities: • Staff Management: Lead a team, manage rosters, and provide ongoing staff training. • Front of House Operations: Oversee day-to-day operations, ensuring a seamless experience for visitors during wine tastings. • Compliance: Ensure compliance with food safety and hygiene standards, prioritising staff health and safety. • Inventory and Merchandising: Oversee ordering of food and merchandise, ensuring effective merchandising of products. • Stock Management: Efficiently manage stock levels, conduct regular inventory checks, and coordinate restocking activities. • Financial Oversight: Reconcile daily monies and takings, maintaining accurate financial records. • Marketing Support: Contribute to the creation of marketing materials to enhance the overall wine-tasting experience. • Reporting: Provide basic reports to senior management.

tractors throughout the Marlborough VintageandHarvesters operates a modernDistrict. fleet of harvesters We are looking for experienced harvester and tractor and tractors throughout the Marlborough drivers. You will need a minimum of a class 1District. driver’s We are for tractor driving and a wheels endorsement for lookinglicence for experienced harvester and tractor drivers. You harvester driving. of a class 1 driver’s licence for tractor will need a minimum We anticipate work will commence approximately middriving March and aandwheels harvester finishingendorsement mid-April. Driversfor must be availabledriving. for extended hours and weekends. We anticipate work will commence approximately midPlease phone the office on 578 5300, March and text finishing mid-April. must be available Jason Tripe on 027 Drivers 043 427 12421 email admin@jtcvit.co.nz for 12 hour shiftsorand weekends. www.vintageharvesters.co.nz Please phone the office on 578 5300 and leave a message or email admin@jtcvit.co.nz Check out our website www.vintageharvesters.co.nz or to see what we get up to during harvesters click on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u97NGyMJcyU

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“Nine years ago my (late) husband Daniel from all was working as a contract builder, carrying years. areas and stages of life over the From new parents trying to make out work on a mixture of residential and a more commercial projects. I was pregnant with owners family-oriented home, property based overseas to retirees looking our first child and we were discussing what for comfort/future proofed homes as well as we wanted our future to look like when commercial clients needing to either create we were approached by the Smith & Sons new or improve their existing workspaces. franchise,” says Jess. So what is their point of difference? “We spent a couple of months investi“We are really proud of our design and gating the core values of the brand, and build process, it is distinctly different from meeting the people who were already part the traditional of the team. It became very clear to us that undertaking route many people take when the bigger projects,” she says. we were well aligned and so we made the “As we complete so many projects we decision to sign up in September 2014.” have a really good idea of a budget for a The building team consists of Jess, James start. We then take our clients through Hill, (General Manager), James Brunel our first stage where we take a ‘feasibil(Project Manager) and Kelsey Edwards, ity study’ (Office Manager). Jess says each person second approach before moving to the works seamlessly with the others to create unknownstage where we iron out every a great environment and make life as easy massive that we can find, which makes a difference to our clients experience as possible for their clients. throughout “We carry out work on a huge range difference the project. This is a point of in the industry that again, we of projects from new builds, large scale are Project Manager James Brunel. extremely proud of.” extensions or full internal and external Jess says the best thing about what they renovations, through to new kitchens/ do is changing people’s homes for the better bathrooms or insurance repairs. Whether and creating a place that is more suited to the work requires council consent, resource their lifestyle, which they actively want to consent or is a simple remove and replace, spend time in. it is something our extremely experienced “In a fast paced world being able to help team can help with.” people find Smith & Sons have worked with people rewarding.”a place of peace? That’s beyond


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20-minute red cards on the way for grassroots rugby By Chris Valli

NZ Rugby has announced they will trial a 20-minute red card replacement across all grades for the next two seasons. In a move supported by the 26 Provincial Unions, including Tasman, the innovation will apply to all levels of the community game including club and school grades. A player who has received a red card replaced after 20 minutes by another player. If a player receives a second yellow card which equates to an automatic red card,

after a further 20 minutes, the red carded player can be replaced. NZR General Manager Community Rugby Steve Lancaster says the decision was part of an ongoing commitment to positive player experiences at the grassroots. "This is the first community trial for this innovation anywhere in the world and we're proud that New Zealand continues to lead in finding ways to create a safer game that our participants love to play," Lancaster said. "We believe that this innovation suitably deals with the offending

player, whilst also preserving the competition and experience for teams, coaches, spectators and referees." The innovation is on the back of gradual changes to community rugby aimed at player safety and opening up play. Last year saw reduced tackle heights to below the sternum, a move that was met with positive feedback at club level, while restrictions on halfback positioning and how far senior club teams can push in scrums have also been introduced.

In a move supported by the 26 Provincial Unions, including Tasman, NZ Rugby has announced a trial 20-minute red card replacement across all grades for the next two seasons. Pictured is Mako players David Havili, Ethan Blackaddder and Quinten Strange.

Pedal-powered cat In a high-altitude boating event known for quirky craft, there’s a unique entry this year that could steal the show. The New Zealand Antique and Classic Boat Show has been held at St Arnaud in the Nelson Lakes National Park since 1999 and draws an impressive line-up of classic racing boats, restored clinkers and veteran sailing craft. Christchurch businessman Malcolm King’s pedal-powered catamaran is built with storage for camping gear and, he reckons, is an easier way to travel on the water. “I was kayaking on Lake Rotoiti with my sister and I told her I’d rather be biking,” King says. “The pedal boat does about 8km and we’re planning some trips on the Sounds – I reckon we could do Cook Strait on a good day.” King says the handcrafted ‘bike’ frames were designed and made locally and mounted on two Carlson design ‘stitch and glue’ hulls, with the boat powered by two prop units imported from the USA. Organiser Pete Rainey says it’s a mix that makes the boat show a top favorite on the boating and events calendar. “We started with 25 boats back in 1999 and this year we expect about 120 with entries from off-shore as well as historically significant local craft,” he says. “Over 25 years we’ve seen a shift from humble backyard dinghies to the likes of a 1964 Riva power-boat once owned by former first lady Jackie Kennedy.” Rainey says in the age of AI there’s a real appreciation for the backyard craftsmanship

and ingenuity evident in both new builds and restorations. The boat show has a reputation as a fun event, typified by the Seagull dinghy race with its ‘Le Mans’ start, where boaties run down the foreshore to start their notoriously temperamental two-stroke motors. This year’s boat show runs to the successful formula of on-land boat and memorabilia displays both mornings, followed by the sail-past and activities on the lake in the afternoons. There are races for all types of craft from jet boats to rowing skiffs, and a swimming race for the hardy. Judging will take place on the Saturday, ahead of an evening awards ceremony at the St Arnaud Alpine Lodge. At stake is the Jens Hansen Trophy where the judges are after good looks as well as sound construction and history. There are other awards for best new restoration, best steamboat, best jet-propelled craft and best themed display, as well as prizes for race winners. All boats will be checked for noxious aquatic weeds and oil leaks before entering the water, and boaties are reminded to help stop the spread of freshwater pests didymo, landavia and the latest biodiversity threat, freshwater gold clams. The Antique and Classic Boat Show, on March 2 and 3 benefits communities right across Te Tauihu, attracting visitors from out of the region and showcasing Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park. There are no pre-sales, tickets valid for both days, $20 at the gate. More info www.nzclassicboats.com

Former Marlborough Boys’ College First XV player Cooper Roberts got some much needed game time coming off the bench for the Crusaders in their pre-season game against the Highlanders in Methven on Saturday. The Crusaders, who made widespread changes from their win last week against Bristol, were kept scoreless in the opening half. Winger Jona Nareki helped the Highlanders finish the half strong, scoring right before the break to lead 22-0 at halftime. Halfback Folau Fakatava scored early in the second, but the Crusaders hit back through Jack Gray to trail 29-7. Oliver Haig and Nathan Hastie scored, and Antonio Shalfoon for the Crusaders, to round out the win. The Highlanders made it three from three in their preseason winning 41-14. Pictured is Centre Toby Bell and Utility Back Cooper Roberts.

Golf Results Picton Golf Club Sat 10 Feb: S/F Phil Hawke 38, Iain Berrie 38, David Thomas 38; Hirman Taylor 37, Jerome January 37;Trevor Gullery 36,Vicki Eastgate 36; Nick Wright34, Brian Carver 34.

Thu 15 Feb: S/F Ian Johnson 37, Leigh McGlynn37; Paul Towers 36, Trevor Gullery 36, Grant Aikman 36, Gary Aldridge 36; Aaron Wilson35.

Wairau Valley Golf Club Waitangi Day Ambrose Tournament: Mixed: Tamati Hawea & Melissa Love 61, Meg Lyons & Jake Nurse 62.5, Pete Bishell & Amy Grant 63.5, Grant & Marion Flynn 64.5. Ladies: Mel Hampton & Sharon Giles 69.5. Men: Rex McGarry & Bill Linklater 65.75, Alex Herd & Jim Findlay 66.5, Ben Webster & Sam

Hickmott 68.75. Sat 17 Feb: Town vs Country: Mel Hampton 43, Maureen McKenzie 42, Pete Jerram 40, Glen Griffiths 40, Rob Chee 38, Brian Roughan 37, Leanne Young 36, Colin Baker 36, Bill Lacey 36, Steve Shallcrass 36 Country won.

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