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$2K for CK research

The Marlborough community has once again proved its value with over $2000 raised for a Cure Kids Quiz night held at the Woodbourne Tavern & Motels recently. Twelve Marlborough businesses supported the event which totalled $2201.89 for Cure Kids, a non-profit organisation.

Organisers Simon Popham and Kaycee Polkinghorne says as parents themselves and those who attended the quiz, ‘love what Cure Kids stands for’ and the great work they do to improve health outcomes for kids.

Cure Kids was established by Rotary in 1971 as the Child Health Research Foundation and have invested more than $65

million in New Zealand research which has helped to shape and vastly improve the way children who live with serious diseases and health conditions are diagnosed and treated. The following business’ supported the event; Blenheim Bunnings Warehouse, TyreLAND Blenheim Ltd, Thai 9 Restaurant, Meaters of Marlborough Ltd, Overflow, BNT, Jaycar Electronics,

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On the back of the success of the quiz night, another charity event, a masquerade ball, is planned for locals on Matariki weekend in late June. Further details to appear in the Blenheim Sun in the upcoming weeks.

TO THE WINNERS THE SPOILS: Team Seresin quiz members, Kem Ou, Domi Engel, Ruby Wadman, Lizzie McMullen, Trish Manuel, Norbert Sehmer and Cameron Vawter.

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Gracie still hopeful

Sometimes good things come to those who wait.

So is the case with eight month-old Gracie, an American Bull Staffy Cross, who happens to be deaf. Gracie appeared in the Sun Newspaper in the February 28 edition and six weeks on, she is still waiting for her furever home.

Foster owner Leonie McDonald says one lady met Gracie and fell in love but her health declined so she said it wasn’t fair to Gracie to take her.

“It was a giant bummer. Another couple of enquiries but no one else even met her. We hear ‘we’d love to take her but’….a lot or ‘oh my goodness, I can’t believe no one else has taken her’ and

‘she looks so happy at your place’.”

Leonie says Gracie has been fixed and is often quiet and independent in her disposition.

“She’s hilarious and her favourite place to sit is the dining room chair,” says Leonie.

Leonie took Gracie in when she was about 10 weeks old, adding the family foster for as long as it takes to get a new home for them.

“She’s not jumpy or easily startled, quick to trust and never snappy. Some puppies we have had from awful beginnings fight for food or are scared to eat but not Gracie, she’s too cool for any of that.”

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Book fair a success

The second annual Alzheimers Marlborough Book Fair was held the weekend before Easter and was another huge success. Well over 2000 books were sold and 115 jigsaw puzzles, raising around $8,000 for Alzheimers Marlborough to contribute to their vital work in the Marlborough community.

There were some books left over but these have

been returned to the community. Catherine Donnelly, Alzheimers Marlborough manager wishes to extend a huge thank you to the community who came out in force to support this event, and also to the team of volunteers who gave up their time to make it happen.

“We will definitely be doing this again”, Catherine says.

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‘A diverse and savvy skillset’ – new CEO for AMW

Blenheim’s Michael Wentworth has been appointed Appellation Marlborough Wine’s Chief Executive Officer.

Michael’s appointment commences on April 15, in what is a new position within the member-led organisation.

With global recognition of Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW) on the rise, the recruitment of a Chief Executive Officer was deemed essential to the organisation’s continued success.

“AMW is the future of Marlborough’s wine industry. Our members are leading wine growers with a long-term commitment to protecting and enhancing our region,” says AMW Chair, John Buchanan. “Our board was unanimous in its decision to seek out an exceptional CEO to support our efforts and drive the organisation forward.”

Michael will be a familiar face to the New Zealand wine industry, and beyond.

He brings a wealth of experience to AMW, with over 20 years of working directly with NZ wineries including sales, marketing, operations and sustainability roles. Michael’s education underpins these credentials, with diplomas in Wine Business and Wine Sensory Analysis as well as a Bachelor of Horticulture (Hons).

“What Appellation Marlborough Wine has achieved in a few

short years is phenomenal,” says Michael. “Their single-minded focus on protecting and enhancing Marlborough’s wine quality is to be admired. I am really looking forward to working alongside many of the region’s flagship wine producers and elevating their collective efforts globally.”

Since its establishment in 2018, AMW has continually refined its architecture. “We have worked inherently to strengthen AMW’s position as the quality mark for Marlborough wine,” says John. “Our membership now exceeds 50 wineries and our certification program incorporates all varieties grown within the region.”

In 2022, AMW introduced the Appellation Marlborough Wine Annual Collection. “It’s a celebration of Sauvignon Blanc,” says John. A blind tasting is undertaken by three impartial judges before a selection of 12 Sauvignon Blancs is made. “The aim is to highlight the quality and distinctive flavour on offer when you choose 100% Marlborough.”

Last year, AMW announced the release of the Wine Map of Marlborough. Created by the Marlborough Wine Map Collective and gifted to AMW and its members for their use, it is the first map of its kind for the Marlborough grape growing region.

“It is a vital resource in understanding the sub regional detail and diversity of Marlborough,” says John. “We are proud to make it available to the wine community via our website.”

“Up until this point, AMW’s growth has been rather organic,” says John. “We’ve made significant in-roads with wine buyers and enthusiasts over the past few years and it is critical that we capitalise on this momentum. As CEO, Michael will be well placed to assist us. He has a diverse and savvy skillset and we are thrilled to welcome him to the team.”


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Working for Nature grants open

The 2024/25 Working for Nature/Mahi mō te Taiao grant scheme opened for online applications on Monday, April 1.

In its fifth year of funding, $120,000 is available for projects from ranging from pest control to restoring wetland areas on public, private or Māori-owned land in Marlborough.

Funding is awarded under three categories: Habitat Marlborough – for restoring native habitats, improving biodiversity and freshwater quality; Protecting Marlborough – for animal and plant pest control and Environmental Advocacy – a new category for initiatives that promote environmental awareness Paper applications will not be accepted. All online applications should be made at: www.marlborough.govt. nz/our-community/grants-and-awards/ working-for-naturemahi-mo-te-taiao

Wairau Diversion camping site reopens

The Wairau Diversion has reopened to the public after dry weather and damage from an accidental fire closed the site in early January.

Council Park and Open Spaces Officer Robert Hutchinson says the very dry weather meant the area had to be closed longer than expected.

“The freedom camping site had extensive damage from an accidental fire in January and was not able to be used as a camping site. The grass has also been extremely dry and posed a risk to other users at the site but we are happy, after a mow, that conditions are now suitable to reopen,” Robert says.

The barrier at the Hinepango Stream will remain in place until flood repair works required due to previous weather events are complete.

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Appellation Marlborough Wine’s new Chief Executive Officer, Michael Wentworth. AMW Chair John Buchanan says the board was unanimous in it’s decision to seek out an exceptional CEO to support their efforts and drive the organisation forward.

Upgraded outpatient department open

Thursday, March 21.

Patients, staff and whānau can now benefit from several new spaces including a procedure room with an accessible bathroom and waiting area, seven clinical consulting rooms, an administration and nurse workspace and a utility room.

The facility now has the capacity to treat patients who previously attended the day stay unit and operating theatre for eye injections and minor urology procedures, freeing up space and resources in those departments.

As part of the upgrade, a dedicated new ophthalmology outpatient space with seven clinic rooms including additional testing spaces was also created. This will be used to diagnose and treat patients with eye disorders and diseases across Marlborough.

The development has resulted in a larger area for ophthalmology equipment, allowing a more streamlined service to reduce wait times and improve health outcomes.

Lexie O’Shea, Nelson Marlborough Group Director Operations

Hospital Specialist Services says they are delighted to open the expansion to the outpatient department.

“The upgraded facilities will allow us to continue providing the best care for our community in Marlborough. “Thank you to all staff and the community for their patience and cooperation while the works were underway. We look forward to welcoming patients and whānau to our new outpatient areas,” says Lexie.

Brenda McAlpine, Charge Nurse Manager at Wairau Hospi-

tal says the team is very excited to deliver healthcare from the new space, and she thanks everyone involved for their hard work and dedication throughout the project.

“Maintaining eye care is important, especially as people age. The new dedicated ophthalmology space will allow the community to protect their vision and stay on top of any developing conditions,” Brenda says.

Works to upgrade the building began in July 2023 and were completed by March 2024.

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Works to enhance the outpatient department at Wairau Hospital are now complete. The expansion includes an improved ophthalmology outpatient space with increased rooms and testing facilities. Wairau Hospital officially opened a newly upgraded outpatient department with a blessing at dawn on
Brenda McAlpine (sixth from right standing) Charge Nurse Manager at Wairau Hospital says the dedicated ophthalmology space will allow the community to protect their vision and stay on top of any developing conditions. Also pictured are Health New Zealand colleagues, Scott Construction representatives and Paora Mackie, Senior Advisor Hospital and Specialist Services (fifth from right) who delivered the blessing.

App removes need for paper trucking logs

A new, free phone app for truckers to easily log their driving hours will remove the need for old paper logbooks, still used by an estimated 90 percent of truck drivers in New Zealand.

Log Ninja automatically reminds truck drivers when they’re approaching a mandated rest break and reducing driver stress about compliance. The app also records time on the move and a notification telling the driver when they are due for a break resulting in drivers focusing on driving safely without having to worry about paperwork.

Heagney Bros CEO Mickayla Kerr says some Heagney’s truck drivers use the MyEROAD app and have been for about three years because it electronically links back into the trucks kilometres. Mickayla say she is an advocate of such apps but says there are ‘plenty of apps out there’.

The family owned and operated company has been providing transport solutions to the Marlborough region since 1983 and operates out of a purpose-built facility at Riverlands Industrial Estate with a fleet of over 50 vehicles.

From a fleet management lens, the EROAD app, allows truck drivers to manage geofences (a virtual perimeter for a geographic area) from anywhere using the app while seeing vehicle locations, journeys and estimated arrival times.

Mickayla says the EROAD app is more effective with log books being more accurate.

“The app links directly to our electronic RUC (road user charges) and the GPS tracking of the truck. The problems with apps that don’t link directly to the trucks electronically are that it becomes like a paper log book where you can fudge the system,” she says.

“Apps are certainly the way of the future and where things are going. However, not all of our drivers are on the app, they might be scared or don’t like the technology, or truck drivers worry they might get caught out and are over their hours. There is that old school mentality.”

Log Ninja founder Bodhi Vette says there is a real cost and burden to staying compliant, which is worn by the trucking industry.

“Our market research found that the cost to buy these digital

tools is a barrier for drivers, and there’s still cost and a significant management burden with paper logs,” he says. “If all drivers were using the existing digital logbooks, it would cost the industry approximately $24 million dollars every year. Even those using the approved paper-based version still pay between $10 and $18 for the 50-page triplicate logs, which require physical transfer and storage for a minimum of two years.”

Stop/Go day works planned

Drivers travelling in Marlborough on SH1 near Weld Pass and SH6 near Canvastown can expect short delays as contractors work to repair ruts in the road surface.

From today, April 3 Wednesday to Monday, April 8, short sections of both highways will be under stop/go traffic management between 7am and 6pm to allow contractors to complete this work. No work will be done on Sunday, April 7.

In 2022 there were 51 fatal crashes, 166 serious injury crashes, and 539 minor injury crashes where trucks were involved. Bodhi says those stats need to come down and automating logbooks is an essential step towards safer roads.

Log Ninja is approved by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and can be downloaded free on the App Store and Google Play.

In New Zealand, there are approximately 200,000 commercial drivers. Truckers are mandated by law to take a break every five and a half hours, for a maximum of eleven hours driving each day.

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The repairs are needed to prevent water from ponding on the road. Contractors aim to complete multiple sites each day. However, the time spent at each site and the number of sites completed each day will depend on weather conditions. The better the weather, the quicker the repairs will be completed. Contractors will try to complete this work as quickly as possible to minimise disruption for road users. However, the stop/go works may affect travel times, and drivers can expect short delays of up to five minutes.

Drivers, particularly those with Picton ferry connections, must factor these works into their travel plans and allow extra time for their journeys.

These works are weather-dependent, and timings may change. Updates on the highway’s status can be checked on the NZTA/Waka Kotahi website.

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Heagney Bros CEO Mickayla Kerr (second from right) says some truck drivers have been using the MyEROAD app for about three years because it electronically links back into the trucks kilometres.

Alzheimers Marlborough held their second annual Book Fair recently. The Sun asked

I’m a big fan of National Geographic books. We live in such a fascinating world.

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My current favourite author is J.D Robb or anything royal, especially on Queen Victoria. Bill

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Anything by Nora Roberts. She writes fantastic novels, over 225 of them.

Emma Archer (and Darcy), Blenheim Georgette Heyer. She lived in the early to mid 1900’s and wrote great romance and detective novels, and short stories.

I read National Geographic books. I enjoy learning about the world.

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I couldn’t believe my eyes to read in the Sun Gardening column of March 6 Wally Richard’s statement “that CO2 levels are getting dangerously low which is affecting plant growth ....” The latest atmospheric CO2 measurements from Baring Head near Wellington as reported by Carbon Watch NZ sits at 417.9 parts per million. A year ago it was 414.7 parts per million and 10 years ago 394.8 ppm. The preindustrial level was 280 ppm. CO2 levels are not getting dangerously low. Just the opposite. They are getting dangerously high.

If Wally is to have any credibility he needs to get his facts right and not mislead us.

Martina Cole. She writes gritty British crime novels, a lot of it about the London gangster underworld.

Marlborough Lines Classic Fighters

Marlborough Lines is the new Naming Rights Sponsor of the Omaka Classic Fighters Show.

In an agreement that will see the two organisations working closely together for the next three air shows, this partnership will further increase the profile of Marlborough’s largest multi-day event.

Tim Cosgrove, CEO of Marlborough Lines says they are delighted to support the Classic Fighters Airshow, a nationally significant event which draws numerous visitors to the region and directly benefits the wider Marlborough community.

“This partnership marks a significant commitment to supporting the local community, and providing a platform for aviation enthusiasts and the general public to appreciate the beauty and evolution of aviation. This is an event the whole community can be proud of,” says Tim.

Jane Orphan, CEO of Omaka Aviation

Heritage Centre, says they are excited to welcome Marlborough Lines as the lead sponsor of the Classic Fighters airshow.

“They have been stalwart supporters from our very first air show back in 2001 and previously sponsored the Marlborough Lines Twilight Extreme, one of the most popular family entertainment highlights of our three-day event. Marlborough Lines has stepped up to take over the principal sponsor role, which is vital to enabling us to continue delivering a stunning event.”

Preparations for the 2025 show are underway, with a sensational line-up of aircraft and attractions planned for Marlborough Lines Classic Fighters 2025. Marlborough Lines Classic Fighters is held every alternate Easter with the air show the primary fundraising event for the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum. The next show is 18th-20th April 2025, and tickets are available now at www. classicfighters.co.nz

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New chief executive for Council

Council has appointed a new chief executive after an extensive national advertising campaign and thorough recruitment process.

John Boswell will join the Council on 1 August.

Mayor Nadine Taylor said she was very pleased to welcome John to Council.

“John joins us after a very successful military career, reaching the position of Major General and Chief of Army, the most senior officer in the New Zealand Army. He wants to continue to serve the public in a positive values-based organisation after his impressive career in the Army.”

“John impressed us straight away with his vision, strategic thinking, leadership skills and extensive experience of running a large, complex, people-focused organisation. He also has a good knowledge of Marlborough’s issues and opportunities and how local government works.”

“He brings a collaborative and empathetic leadership style as well as strong communication

skills which I know will work well for Council and the Marlborough community. John and his wife will be moving to Marlborough, a place they have explored as visitors, and love.”

John’s previous roles include Director of Army Training, Chief Staff Officer Operational Plans and Head of Strategy Management. He holds master’s degrees in Management, Defence Studies and Philosophy.

Mayor Taylor said 46 applications were received from around New Zealand.

“We had an extraordinarily high calibre of candidatesCouncil has a great reputation and Marlborough, as we all know, is beautiful, has fantastic public facilities and is just a great place to live. All councillors were involved in the recruitment and appointment process.”

“My sincere thanks to Mark Wheeler who is retiring. Mark has been an outstanding chief executive since 2015, and before that was deputy chief executive and assets and services manager from 1998.”

Estuary gets clean bill of health

Whangarae Estuary is a great example of a Marlborough river mouth in good health, Council’s Environment and Planning Committee has heard.

Senior Coastal Scientist Katie Littlewood said a report showed the Croiselles Harbour estuary, one of many in the province being observed, benefitted from its remoteness.

“The limited human pressure and lack of development in this catchment make it one of the most natural estuaries in Marlborough,” she said. “Being a regenerating native catchment means there are not a lot of land use effects

compared to many of our other estuaries.”

The Marlborough coastal marine environment includes more than 60 estuaries and intertidal areas which are biodiversity hotspots providing habitat and nursery grounds for many species, with numerous ecosystem functions.

The 125-hectare estuary is dominated by regenerating native forest, has well flushed tidal flats with prolific shellfish beds and seagrass.

“Estuaries are an important biogenic habitat providing a nursery ground for juvenile fish

Picton foreshore looking smart

Picton’s foreshore has been described as a “marvellous asset” by users.

Council staff received feedback from people who took family members to play there and commented on what a lovely child-friendly area it was.

All picnic tables, benches and whanau seats on the foreshore reserve have just been repainted, along with the children’s playground pirate ship. Repairs and improvements were also made on the water play equipment which should be back up and running soon after being turned off during the summer water restrictions.

Working for Nature/Mahi mō te Taiao grants open

The 2024/25 Working for Nature/Mahi mō te Taiao grant scheme is now open for online applications.

Now in its fifth year, $120,000 is available for projects ranging from pest control to restoring wetlands on public, private or Māori-owned land in Marlborough.

Funding is awarded under three categories:

• Habitat Marlborough - for restoring native habitats, improving biodiversity and freshwater quality

• Protecting Marlborough - for animal and plant pest control

• Environmental Advocacy - a new category for initiatives

that promote environmental awareness

The scheme provides the opportunity for groups and individuals to protect and enhance the environment. The maximum cap on a Habitat Marlborough project is $10,000; Protecting Marlborough is $15,000 and Environmental Advocacy is $2,000.

species,” Katie said. “Monitoring is critical as they are an interface between the land and sea and are strongly impacted by land use practices.”

Whangarae Estuary is an important reference to compare with other estuaries that are impacted by human activities.

“Estuary and intertidal monitoring includes broad and fine scale mapping and seagrass and sediment monitoring which gives Council robust information about the changing state of each estuary,” she said. “This report shows everything here is tracking quite beautifully.”

Arborists have trimmed and lifted the large Phoenix palms, elms and other specimen trees across the reserve and have worked on the three large notable trees at the cruise ship shuttle bus

Community groups or community trusts operating multi-year projects are invited to apply for multi-year funding through the grant, up to the designated category maximum per year.

To be eligible, the trust or group must have a proven history of successfully undertaking environmentally beneficial biodiversity projects.

passenger waiting area.

New colour lighting has also been installed in the Pohutukawa tree near the museum and memorial steps.

More information can be found on Council’s website - online applications can be made at: www.marlborough.govt.nz/ourcommunity/grants-and-awards/ working-for-naturemahi-mo-te-taiao

Please note paper applications will not be accepted. Applications close at 5pm on 30 April, with all applicants notified of outcomes by July 2024.

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New Council Chief Executive John Boswell Native bush surrounding Whangarae Estuary helps keep it natural and in good health. Photo credit: Salt Ecology Picton foreshore and the pirate ship – a “marvellous asset”

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‘Discovering a calling – I want to fly’

Marlborough Boys’ College Year 13 student and prefect Jonty Gifford is ‘deeply passionate’ about inspiring the next generation of leaders and aviators. He tells Chris Valli about his passion.

Amidst a family deeply entrenched in the fabric of aviation, the journey commenced for Jonty Gifford. A tale intertwined with the hum of engines echoing through the corridors of his upbringing and the unyielding allure of the sky, promising boundless adventure and destiny.

In the midst of this familial legacy, where his uncle steered a helicopter company in Australia and his father maneuvered through the clouds as a crop dusting pilot, aviation Jonty says, is more than an occupation, it’s ‘our heritage, our passion’.

One pivotal day stands out in his life, a day painted with the hues of possibility.

After the school bell tolled, his mother spirited him away to his father’s workplace. A realm fragrant with the scent of aviation fuel and the potential of flight. As his father concluded a spraying job, he executed a mesmerizing flyby overhead, an act that ignited a flame within his youthful heart, and being five-yearsold, Jonty says it was ecstatic.

Then, as if scripted by fate, came the invitation that would alter what he believes is his trajectory in life indefinitely, his father’s proposal to take flight aboard a Piper Cherokee, Dad and son.

Nervous yet exhilarated, Jonty embarked upon the aircraft, the steady thrum of the engine a prelude to anticipation. As they ascended into the skies, a weight lifted from Jonty’s shoulders, replaced by a profound sense of liberation and purpose. Surrounded by the vast expanse of blue, he discovered his calling, he knew he wanted to fly. Yet, it wasn’t until his enrolment in the 27 Squadron Air Force Cadets that his ambition found its true north.

“Each person possesses the potential to excel, defy convention, and reach unparalleled heights”

Beyond the exhilaration of flight lay a deeper aspiration, to serve his country, to soar the skies as a pilot for meaningful impact. Amidst the fellowship of fellow cadets and the environment of military discipline, Jonty unearthed a path leading him to aspire to become a pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, a journey surrounded with a profound sense of

honor, duty, and service.

He concedes amidst his journey in aviation, milestones have marked his path, testifying to his dedication and proficiency in the skies.

Winning the Sounds Air Flying Scholarship stands as a testament to his commitment and aptitude, a moment of triumph he believes that fuelled his passion and desire to fly even more.

Moreover, being honoured as the most outstanding cadet for two consecutive years in his initial years within the 27 Squadron Air Force Cadets underscores not only his proficiency but also his steadfast dedication to service and excellence.

He says these accolades, earned through perseverance and unwavering determination, serve as

stepping stones in his quest to serve his country and community from the vantage point of the cockpit.

Reflecting on his family’s indelible mark on aviation, an uncle steering helicopters and a father navigating crop-dusting missions, the attraction of flight is becoming a guiding beacon. Each passing aircraft, a reminder of the life-long calling amidst the clouds.

Following that momentous day, his gaze turned heavenward, each aircraft serving as a harbinger of the future he envisioned. He says joining the 27 Squadron Air Force Cadets ‘crystallized his resolve’ and purpose.

As the Year 13 student contemplates his future, the allure of helicopter flying holds a particular


“The ability to engage in search and rescue missions, to lend aid in times of crisis, speaks to a personal calling, a desire to make a tangible difference in the lives of those in need. It is this aspect of helicopter piloting that draws me,” he says.

“In my role as a prefect at Marlborough Boys’ College, I am deeply passionate about inspiring the next generation of leaders and aviators. Each person possesses the potential to excel, defy convention, and reach unparalleled heights. Through their passions, they unearth their purpose, laying the foundation for a future filled with promise and possibility. If you set your heart on achieving a dream, nothing will stop you.”

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Iconic Whittaker’s treat to be discontinued

While Marlburians indulged in all things chocolate over the long Easter weekend, news that company Whittaker’s will be discontinuing Toffee Milks have left chocolate fans ‘heartbroken’.

Considered one of the three classics of the Whittaker brand alongside Peanut Slabs and K Bars, Whittaker’s informed fans that the Toffee Milk bars will no longer be produced.

Over the past few years, Kiwis have looked far and wide trying to get their hands on some despite limited supply, but now their quest for their favourite toffee bar is set to be over forever.

In a statement to hungry treat lovers, Whittaker’s says it was a ‘difficult decision’ but highlighted that other products were outperforming the classic Toffee Milks.

“Unfortunately, production constraints have meant we’ve been unable to consistently make Toffee Milks for some time now, as the popularity of some of our chocolate block variants compete with Toffee Milk production, and we can’t see that changing any time soon,” a Whittaker’s spokesperson says.

“So, we think it’s the right thing to do to call it, and confirm that we are ceasing production of these. We’re proud to make all of our chocolate at our one factory in Porirua, but this does mean there are limitations on the number of different products we can make at once and this has resulted in the difficult decision we have had to make regarding Toffee Milks. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to Whittaker’s Chocolate, and we recognise this is disappointing for those who love Toffee Milks.”

Whittaker’s Toffee Milks are being discontinued with the company saying other products are outcompeting the Kiwi classic.

The Toffee Milk, which is made with hard caramel toffee sticks covered in creamy milk chocolate, was first made by Whittaker’s in the 1930s.

Founder J.H. Whittaker described the treat as “timeless”.

Pat McFarlane of Springlands says it’s sad to see a childhood classic no longer available and says he remembers buying them for 20c each and was a highlight on the weekly visit to the corner dairy.

For those desperate to get their hands on a Toffee Milk one last time, you’re in luck.

Pik n Mix Lollies NZ announced on March 19 they have one of the last orders available of the classic Kiwi treat.

“We were able to source a very limited supply which we don’t expect to last long,” Pik n Mix Lollies General Manager Robynne Watson says. “Toffee Milks are one of the items we’re most frequently asked about.”

“It’s unfortunate as they hold a special place in the hearts of many. Nearly everyone has a childhood memory of visiting the dairy for lollies, and these were always a must-have.”

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From the President’s Desk

I received the Aged Care Commissioner’s report on Aged Care Health and thought I would share some abridged excerpts from that report with you.

Gayle Chambers, President.

“There is no single definition of ‘older people’, although 65 years and above is the age threshold often used for measuring health, disability, and other data on older people. However, academic research and government policies on the wellbeing of older people (eg, the Better Later Life Strategy by the Office for Seniors increasingly cover people aged 50 years and older. Many factors influence experiences of ageing, including life expectancy rates, health and disability inequities, people doing (paid and unpaid) work later in life, declining home ownership, socio-economic status, cultural conceptions of ageing, and gender and sexuality.

“Critically, there is a lack of dedicated strategy and planning for the health needs of an ageing population. Older people are high users of the health and disability system and, while we have many strategies relevant to ageing well, we are not seeing a clearly coordinated strategy and action plan to manage the health and disability needs of what will be around 20% of the population within the next decade. Innovative models of care need to be considered to meet the changing needs of people as they age.

“The subsidy for hearing aids has not been increased for many years, and cost may be a barrier for some older people, including those from communities with rising rates of dementia. The New Zealand hearing aid subsidy should be increased to cover the cost of hearing aids, assessment and fitting, and the hearing aid funding scheme should be extended to cover the cost of fitting and assessing hearing aids.

“I have been concerned by the number of complaints I receive from older people and their family about the capacity and

capability of home care and community services to meet their needs. These complaints highlight the detrimental physical and psychological impacts on older people and their family.

“While managing complaints about the quality of health and disability services accessed by older people is integral to my work, the role of the Aged Care Commissioner is broader than complaints. A significant part of my role is to amplify the voices of older people and their family about their experiences of care and to advocate for better services and drive quality improvement.

“Any focus on workforce in the aged-care funding and service models review and in future Te Whatu Ora | Health NZ workforce plans should have a focus on actions that contribute to a sustainable aged-care workforce, including a focus on the training and retention of aged-care nurses, healthcare assistants (HCAs), geriatricians and psycho-geriatricians/psychiatrists, and cultural advisors specialising in the health of older people.

“Home and Community Support Services (HCSS) has a significant role to play in keeping people well in their communities for longer and in reducing demand on Age Related Care (ARC) and emergency and specialist services. It is important that the government and Te Whatu Ora |


National Federation vice-president, David Marshall, is delighted to announce that Harrisons are providing all Grey Power members access to discounts on their carpets, floorings, curtains, blinds and solar panels.

Harrisons are offering all Grey Power members 20% off carpet and hard flooring, 30% off curtains and blinds, and 20% off solar panels. You can get Flybuys with every purchase. If special offers are available, you will always receive the lowest price as a Grey Power customer.

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Contact Harrisons on 0800 103 001 - say that you are a Grey Power member to receive your discount. Their website is https://www.harrisons.nz/ More specifics on the offers are available on our website.

Visit our Federation website to keep up to date as we gradually add additional information and resources; https://www.greypower.co.nz/

Aged Care Commissioner reports:

Just recently, the Aged Care Commissioner, Carolyn Cooper, released her first report titled ‘Amplifying the voices of older people across Aotearoa New Zealand.’ This report encapsulates many Grey Power policy issues which we advocate for and it provides areas of great interest. Grey Power had fought hard for an aged care commissioner who was finally appointed on March 14, 2022.

https://www.hdc.org.nz/ourwork/aged-care-commissioner/ amplifying-the-voices-of-older-people-in-aotearoa-new-zealand/

Jan Pentecost, Grey Power Federation President, congratulated the Commissioner on her report and recommends reading it as it calls for action to improve access to health and disability care for older people.

AGM Abbeyfield Marlborough

Friday 17 May at 11am. This will be held in the Community Room at 19 Alfred Street.

Younger people are sought to come onto the committee.

Those interested are most welcome.

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The following is a scam received by email showing how dishonest use is made of the internet to steal our money. This example is not how the United Nations would do business. It should be unbelievable. (Beware: spam alert!)


Attn: Scam Victims

This is to inform all scam victims that the United Nation (UN) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating scam victims with the sum of $450,000USD each. If you have been scammed in the past or currently, kindly contact our agent Mr. Timothy Clark.

Name: Mr. Timothy Clark

Email: timothyclark101@mail.com


Stéphane Dujarric

Spokeman United Nation”

Note what points to it being dishonest.

The email address does not look like it comes from the United Nations.

There are spelling and grammar errors eg ‘United Nation’, not ‘United Nations’, ‘Spokeman’ not ‘Spokesman’, ‘Fund’ not ‘Funds’.

Not all scams are so easily detected. It is argued that such poorly written scams are designed to be easily detected by the alert among us, so that the perpetrators will not have their time wasted during the scamming process.

Many scams are far more ‘presentable’ and credible, and the increase in the quality of scamming by the use of Artificial Intelligence makes detection harder.

We must be on our guard against the new fraudulent techniques and misinformation of what were once

known as con-men, also known as spammers, ‘influencers’, scammers, snake-oil salesmen and fraudsters.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Resist any demands to act immediately - take the time to verify the issue rather than panicking and just doing what is asked of you.

Be sceptical of any great deals or opportunities - if it’s too good to be true, it probably is (cheap lotto tickets, prize wins, etc).

Install virus protection software on your devices.

Enjoy online dating, but insist on meeting in real life early - cut off contact if they make excuses.

Never click on links that you don’t

know where they come from, or that you don’t know where they go.

Never send money to anyone you don’t know in person, or give away personal details to anyone you don’t know.

Remember that the IRD, banks, service providers, and other companies will never ask for your passwords or personal details over the phone, text, or email. If in doubt, ask a trusted friend or family member for a second opinion.

Try sites such as these. https:// www.aura.com/learn/senior-citizen-scams or https://www.nzseniors.co.nz/life-insurance/discover/ fraud-scam-protection


This was held in March, attended by 25 members. The following were re-elected to their committee roles. President Gayle Chambers, Vice President Annie Percy, Secretary Graeme Faulkner, Treasurer Murray South. Committee: Alan Washington, Tania Cowie, Robyn Blackburn, Stan Beavon. The post of Publicity Officer is vacant as Brian McNamara announced his retirement from Grey Power after many years of service. The guest speaker was Helen Greenall who spoke about her time in Saudi Arabia working within the hospital system there for 23 years.

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• Office opening hours are 9am - 1pm, Monday to Friday. We have had a few members turning up in the afternoons to pay their subs, unaware of the afternoon closing.

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• Thank you to all who came to the two seminars and the AGM. It was lovely to see you.

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Picton incline

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Trust Marl Roads to wait until the week before Easter to start fixing the incline coming into Picton. Well done!!

Wither Hills

Hehe agreed, ol’ Winnie is a law unto himself. I have been watching him on you tube and he never fails to entertain.

I think he’s on the right track. He has the country’s best interests at heart, and is tireless in his fight to make our nation better.

Re: Courtesy

You may be a courteous and respectful cyclist but there are many who aren’t. Just like there are many drivers who aren’t respectful and courteous to cyclists.

You seem to generalise a bit and it sounds like you think all drivers are the same. We’re not. And yes, we do want to get from A to B as fast as possible, that’s the whole point of taking the car and not riding a bike.

Picton water

I read how water meters could solve Picton’s water shortage. We haven’t had water shortages for 20 years.

The one we had in December was because the dam emptied for some reason unexplained. We have enough rain here which is why we have beautiful bush. Water meters mean money for council.

Yes! The farm park is open again. We are so lucky to have this right on our doorstep.


The Post Office CEO thinks the mail should be delivered by courier vans. He should find a new job.

Who wants van driving along footpaths delivering mail?!

Some progress

Winston - like him or loathe him. At least he is making some progress that others couldn’t.

Child abuse

Another despicable case of child abuse in the news. Known to Oranga as usual. Why no intervention?

It’s got to be stopped NZ!

Kids are precious. Sadly, often the wrong people become parents.

Brass Band

All the best to our Marlborough District Brass Band for their trip to Adelaide this weekend. There are several local legends in our band. I know you’ll do us proud.

A shame

Real shame re the post office situation. Not just in Blenheim either. Another thing showing NZ is not in a good way.


I don’t frequent Herb + Olive personally but agree there are many cafes with great service and importantly a SMILE. One or two could take note tho.

Re: Phone Ban

I agree, except banning under 18 year olds from having phones won’t work. That horse has bolted.

But we should definitely be regulating when and where they can be used.

These devices are a very slippery slope indeed, and so much of our current social ills can be traced back to the introduction of these and social media.

Yes the youth are a bit entitled these days but because of social media I believe they have a harder row to hoe than any other generation. They have to be so resilient and grow up way too quickly.

I wouldn’t be a teenager these days for all the money in the world.


NZX (NZ Stock Exchange) Chief Executive Mark Peterson said New Zealand was seen as a well-governed nation with low corruption, which made it attractive for investors (RNZ 25 March). This shameful coalition is doing it’s very best to slaughter the golden goose by introducing corruption via fast track legislation and it’s already significant record of appalling government.

Our council

I see a lot of texts on this page at different times knocking the council for all sorts of things.

If you take a look around the country at some of the other councils and how they operate, we are pretty lucky here in Marlborough to have one of the most functional and effective councils in NZ.

Sure, they get things wrong sometimes, but they’re human just like the rest of us.

Am I happy about the rates increase?

No, I’m not, but I understand that it’s largely driven by inflation and very much out of their control.

Some of the increases around the country are hideous compared to ours.

So let’s focus on what we have, not what we don’t have, or think we should have. Practice gratitude. It will change your life!

Happy dog

Gorgeous front page Sun March 27. Vibrant and cute for Easter. That’s one happy doggie!


Little things

The little things yeah who leaves the cap off the toothpaste? Toilet set lid up? Toilet roll on backwards? Empty biscuit packet in the drawer?

The list could go on.

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Farmers say no to increasing fees

Cash-strapped farmers have rejected a move by Beef + Lamb New Zealand to increase its directors fees by a total of $73,500.

About 120 people attended the organisation’s annual meeting in Nelson last month and about 12% of farmers voted on the remits and resolutions put forward.

It was proposed the director fees pool for farmer directors, industry directors and the independent director be increased to $475,000 a year from $401,500.

That represented a fee increase for the chairperson from $76,220 to $90,000 and, for each director, from $38,110 to $45,000. The pool available for additional director duties would have increased from $20,000.

In October last year, the B+LNZ board announced it was re-establishing a director independent remuneration committee to provide independent consideration of market conditions and benchmarking.

In a report before the meeting, committee chairman Murray Donald says it considered it was necessary to ensure director fees remained competitive with other similar entities to attract and retain suitably skilled levy payers to governance roles. It considered the objective was to move fees up to the lower end of the upper quartile of generally accepted benchmarks.

After the annual meeting, B+LNZ chairwoman Kate Acland says the resolution on director fees was not supported. Farmer support was required for the proposal to proceed so the fees would not be increased this year.

“We respect this result. We recognise it’s extremely tough on the farm at the moment and believe this has been reflected in the voting outcome. However, the fact remains that B+LNZ’s director fees are well below industry benchmarks.

“While the result shows there are some farmers who would be comfortable with this being addressed now, that’s not the case for the majority so we’ll pick this up again when the time is right,” Mrs Acland says.

She was “hugely disappointed” with the low voter turnout, saying while it was an incredibly busy time on farm and farmers were facing significant challenges, it was important they had their say on the running of their levy-funded organisation.

Two farmer proposals were supported and passed, one was narrowly supported and the other two farmer proposals were not supported.

Resolutions supported included one from Neil Henderson, stating that B+LNZ acknowledged New Zealand ruminants were not causing significant global warming and that it worked very actively and widely “to dispel the myth” that livestock were causing significant global warming requiring the need for emissions reductions.

Mrs Acland says the board would discuss the results and the feedback received at the annual meeting at its next board meeting early next month.

The board’s current positions “largely align” with the remits that were supported but it would consider whether further action was required.

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Angus breeders host touring group

Angus breeders from throughout New Zealand and Australia toured the South last month, visiting farms in Angus NZ’s southern ward.

About 70 people took part in the annual tour which visits different regions most years.

Angus NZ president Mike Smith says southern ward members were proud to be able to showcase their animals.

“It’s not every day we get people coming

from the North Island to look around our studs.

“It’s a real privilege for us and an honour to have them here.”

It was an opportunity to chat about the common challenges the breeders faced.

“It’s a great way of sharing knowledge and bringing people together.”

The tour started with an annual meeting followed by a dinner and awards night in Queenstown and was a mixture of socialising, educational opportunities and networking, he said.

Angus was the most prominent breed in the beef industry.

“Part of our challenge is to keep it at the top of its game and keep promoting it and keep developing and keep improving,” Mr Smith says.

“We’re here for the betterment of the beef industry.”

The results of improving the breed would be far-reaching, he says.

“Angus bulls are used over Hereford cows, they’re used over Limousin cows and in the dairy sector.

“The more we can better Angus it’s better

“It’s a pretty cool opportunity to show your stud and a good opportunity for other stud breeders to see your breeding programme.”

The last time the tour came south was 15 years ago.

Farmer confidence continues upward surge

New Zealand farmer sentiment continues to surge higher, rising strongly for the second consecutive quarter, the first Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey of 2024 has found. While farmer confidence does remain low overall – with more farmers expecting the performance of the broader agri economy to worsen in the coming year than those expecting it to improve – it is now markedly higher than in September last year when it slumped to its lowest reading in the survey’s 20-year history.

The latest survey — completed in early March - found farmer confidence in the agri economy was up to a net reading of -16 per cent from -47 per cent previously. The survey found 38 per cent of farmers were

expecting conditions in the broader agricultural economy to worsen over the next 12 months (down from 58 per cent last quarter) with 22 per cent expecting conditions to improve (from 11 per cent previously). The remaining 39 per cent expected conditions to stay the same (29 per cent previously).

Rabobank CEO Todd Charteris says it was pleasing to see farmer confidence continuing to move in the right direction.

“Confidence is still well back on where we’d like to see it, but it is encouraging to see overall sentiment improving.”

Among farmers with an optimistic outlook, Todd says government policy was the major factor cited for holding this view (nominated by 28 per cent).

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Local firm ByrneBuilt Engineering Limited has been building a piece of vineyard equipment that solves several problems at once. Their new spreader unit enables vineyards to manage their harvest waste in a sustainable way.

Grape marc is a liquid and solid waste byproduct consisting of grape skins, pips, stems, etc. As the number of vines in Marlborough has increased, so too has the amount of grape marc which all needs to be managed and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way, and within the rules.

ByrneBuilt’s spreader takes care if this in a very effective and efficient way.

It is designed to be towed behind a tractor and has an adjustable hydraulic gate at the back which allows the operator to regular the amount of marc being deposited back onto the vineyard between the rows.

“Essentially, it allows the vineyards to return organic matter back to the soil it was grown in,” ByrneBuilt founder Adrian Byrne says. “The grape marc can be loaded straight in the top and taken away to be spread between the vines.”

ByrneBuilt Engineering has sold several of these spreader units into the Marlborough market with orders coming in for more. They have the added advantage of being multi-purpose - they can also be used to spread fertilizer, mulch, and other material with the appropriate

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attachments at different times of the grape growing year.

ByrneBuilt Engineering Limited was established almost 30 years ago. They have specialised in a broad range heavy fabrication and repair here and overseas. Here in Marlborough, where they settled to 20 years ago in Renwick, their range of work has broadened to include all manner of farming and viticulture equipment repair.

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to the soil. With the addition of the appropriate attachments it can also be used to spread fertilizer, mulch, and other materials at different times of the viticulture season.

They can help with everything from general engineering and fabrication right though to finding bespoke solutions to some of the unique problems that can crop up with viticulture and other equipment. They also specialise in on-site welding and earthmoving repairs, and have a hydraulic hose service.

“We’re often called upon to solve problems with equipment,” Adrian says, “and we’ve become quite skilled at refurbishing existing

equipment that may otherwise have been replaced, and this keeps us busy during the quieter winter months.”

ByrneBuilt are also the Australasian importer and distributor for BRAUN Mashinenbau, a German manufacture of state of the art viticulture machinery.

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Loyal and honest.

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Stay curious, keep learning.

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Dodge Viper.

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Mexican – Little Amigos in Redwoodtown.

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A photo set given to me by my Maid of Honour.

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Te Anau (Fiordland).

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Grace and Frankie.

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Travel to Ireland and Scotland and learn more about our family history.

‘Reimbursement comes too late’

A funding boost to help thousands of cancer patients who travel long distances for treatment has been applauded by the Cancer Society, but it is questioning if it's enough to make a difference.

The government has announced an $18m increase for the National Travel Assistance scheme, which helps cover costs for people travelling to get medical treatment.

Rates for mileage will rise from 28c to 34c a kilometre, accommodation from $100 to $140 a night and people staying with friends or family from $25 to $35 a night.

Those rates have not increased since 2009, according to the Health Minister.

The Cancer Society chief executive Rachael Hart says she wanted to know how officials worked out the new figures.

"We're keen to understand both the rationale behind those rates and whether they actually will provide enough assistance to support those needing to get to life saving medical treatment. It's really important that there's no one falling through the gap because of the rates."

Hart says her charity must be included in working out who gets subsidised travel for medical treatment.

"For many people the reimbursement comes too late. If you're away for six weeks of treatment and paying

MORE THAN JUST SUPPORT: Marlborough’s Breast Cancer Support Group. Cancer Society chief executive Rachael Hart says the reimbursement comes too late. “If you’re away for six weeks of treatment and paying for accommodation every night, that’s a lot of money,” she says. for accommodation every night, that's a lot of money. You're out of pocket even if you can be reimbursed.

"So some of those things like prepayments, that's really important. Making sure that the scheme is actually advertised and that the eligibility criteria is correct to reach those most in need."

Ronald McDonald House Charities chief executive Wayne Howett agreed, saying there were still kinks to be worked out.

"The cost of travel and accommodation is a barrier to people and if we can get into a solution that allows those people to have that prepaid for them in the system that's robust around that then surely that's a win."

But he said the boost was long overdue.

"Is it where it needs to be? Possibly

not. But this is a fantastic first step and the whole idea behind the scheme is not to cover these costs completely. It's an aid to supporting families who need it and when they need it most."

The Cancer Society and Ronald McDonald House Charities have been campaigning for improvements to the scheme for years.

Both Hart and Howett expect their charities to be consulted as the government rolled out the changes from Monday, April 1

#The Sun contacted the Cancer Society Marlborough for comment.

However, the Society currently doesn’t have a Centre Manager - one is currently being advertised which closed on Sunday, March 31. No reply was received before Easter editorial deadlines were bought forward.

‘Bringing together the best cycling short films’

The Big Bike Film Night will once again be celebrating cycling in all its glorious shapes and forms, returning to Blenheim tomorrow (Thursday, April 4).

This year’s programme is proclaimed as a ‘feast of short films devised and designed for the two –wheel devotee’.

The much anticipated film festival brings a love of cycling, presenting an array of international and New Zea-

land movies selected by Taupo based Curator/Film Pedlar Brett Cotter.

“Each year I set out with just one goal – to bring together the best cycling short films from around the world for our audiences, celebrating the fun, the adventure and inspiration that bikes enable,” says Brett. The 2024 collection contains 10 films which Brett says are diverse and varied. The programme contains a strong contingent of Kiwi films, including a world premiere, alongside an assortment of international films.

“The power of storytelling is at the forefront of what we offer and the belief that the human bicycle can improve our health, inspire and uplift people with where it can take us; connecting communities with stories that captivate us and importantly, inspiring us to get out and ride,” says Brett.

The Big Bike Film Night screens at the Marlborough Events Centre tomorrow night at 6:30pm. For more information and to buy tickets www. bigbikefilmnight.nz

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A fun family/dog event was held in Picton last fortnight called ‘ traffic Light bandana’. the bandanas were coloured to indicate the nature of dog’s temperament with a morning walk around town to ‘show them off’. there was a surprise opportunity for 16 participants to have their pet dogs assessed by Dogs NZ, complete with certification and ribbon, courtesy of the Nelson District Kennel Association guest judge - not currently available in Marlborough. Photos: Nicole Harris

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Cure Kids Quiz night at the Woodbourne tavern & Motels, Friday, March 22. Quizmaster Mike kept the audience engaged throughout the evening with $2201.89 raised for Cure Kids.

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CCC – A Midnight special

You know something is happening in Blenheim’s CBD when local restaurants are full and one needs the foresight to book a burger and fries in advance.

So was the scenario on Wednesday, March 20 with a ‘nearly full’ ASB Theatre where a good many of Marlborough’s Baby Boomer and Generation X turned out to get their CCR on.

Credence Clearwater Collective, a five piece Australian concept band (including a saxophonist) hails from Perth and certainly captured the hearts of the region’s music lovers. Their electrifying performances and impeccable musicianship paid tribute to the legendary rock band CCR that left an indelible mark on music history. Indeed, their dedication to recreating the CCR experience has earned them a loyal following and critical acclaim.

To be fair, as someone born in the Xennial Generation (1975 - 1985), the back catalogue which was bought out was not too familiar - to the chagrin of my partner - yet the aid of an audio visual presentation throughout the show got some of the region’s silver foxes howling (should that be bleating) at an image of two dogs by you guessed it, the moon (Bad Moon Rising).

Lead singer Ryan, who said

it ‘was a privilege to play the music’, channelled the spirit of John Fogerty with vocals and guitar playing that inferred a connection with their lyrics and narrative accordingly. Ex Baby Animals (Australian rock band 1989 – 1996) drummer Frank Celenza laid the ground work on the drums.

Signature sounds such as Fortunate Son and Proud Mary, got the odd local to their feet, including an improv Happy Birthday song to a local lass named Jessie, seeing Ryan dabble in the vocal of Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield.

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All in for Arts

The arts make people feel better. When a person sees a movie or a play, or reads a passage in a book, or hears a piece of music and connects it to their own experience, it makes them feel less alone.

I read with interest, musician Shayne Carter’s comments recently saying art is a ‘life-saving necessity’, rather than a frivolous sideline, in a speech delivered as part of a nationwide series, an Art For All event organised by The Arts Foundation and Creative New Zealand.

Best known for his involvement in bands Straitjacket Fits and Dimmer, Carter is also an award-winning writer.

“I think that art has always been completely undervalued in this country, and often seen as this frivolous sideline while people get on with the real stuff like making sure you can have a cigarette and dealing with gang patches.

Indeed, this writer agrees with Carter, Art involves contemplation and stopping for a moment and properly taking stock. His comment that ‘you

can’t put a monetary value on poetry and beauty, or connection, or empathy, is another reason why art is undervalued.

Yet, is it undervalued in Marlborough? Have a look at the tangible results in what we do across the arts here in singing, acting, dancing, and music. We push above our weight and beyond.

We have the likes of The Fulton Foundation Marlborough, a charitable trust whose mission is to enhance the Marlborough Performing Arts. The support is through grants to assist education, performances and productions within the region. Creative Kids is another, supporting vulnerable children to grow.

Meanwhile, the Marlborough District Council has a Creative Communities Scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to ‘support and encourage local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities’ within their specific geographical area, as well as for defined communities of interest.

One off festivals such as Marlborough’s Christmas in the Park received $7000, while

vival, commonly known as CCR was an American rock band formed in El Cerrito, California. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother, rhythm guitarist Tom Foggerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford.

The members played together from 1959, first as the Blue Velvets and later as the Golliwogs, before settling on Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1967.

The band’s most prolific and successful period between 1969 and 1971 produced fourteen consecutive Top 10 singles and

five consecutive Top 10 albums in the United States – two of which, Green River (1969) and Cosmo’s Factory (1970) reached number one. The band performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival and was the first major act signed to appear there.

The Collective’s South Island Tour consisted of sold out shows in Christchurch and Invercargill. A local fan told this writer on the way out that the CCC experience were ‘awesome’ and ‘give more to the already great Creedence songs’ adding, ‘if it’s possible to improve on CCR these guys do it. A fortunate son indeed.

the Picton Maritime Festival Trust received $2,180. Such funding is paramount in not only this region but throughout the country.

Other ‘geographical locations’ who received Round One funding included Northpark Productions Theatre Company Central Otago Man $1,700; REAP Marlborough Digital Life Story Telling $1,500; George Waterhouse P luto Dance Project $2,000; Marlborough District Brass Band Pre Contest Concert $1,000 and Marlborough Girls’ College Music Therapy $1,440.

Being involved with the arts was something this writer stumbled upon after moving to Marlborough as a teacher 11 years ago. The arts gave me an escape, validation, in a world where teaching lost its ‘human connection’ and ability to slow things down, to connect, for the right reasons.

Indeed, sometimes all a person needs is a chance. Carter’s comment that self-expression can literally save lives is apt, I saw it with New Zealand playwright and actor Rob Moraka who in July 2009 was struggling with his mental health and attempted ‘suicide

by cop’, an experience which he survived. He used this as the basis for a play, Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet, which he toured around community venues throughout the country for three years, 2017–2020. I was lucky to witness the voice, the validation, the ‘life saving’ necessity.

One of the greatest things about the arts is performing as a group, because there are fewer deeper or more magical ways to connect with other humans.

I’ve acted and worked alongside ‘the cream of Marlborough’s best’ from Spencer Kingi (Phantom, Les Miserables) to Michael Cox, Kerie Smith, Geoff Anderson, Robert Tucker, Duncan Whiting, Pam Logan, Bridget McNamara to name a few. There are some good buggers out there who have day jobs, and often the real acting or challenge. Grateful.

Creating is about what you put in and, perhaps more importantly, what you leave out. Carter is bang on, when you create an artwork, you genuinely feel connected to a higher universal order.

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Credence Clearwater Collective Lead singer Ryan (pictured right) channelled the spirit of John Fogerty with vocals and guitar playing that inferred a deep connection with their lyrics and narrative.

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Community Care Pharmacy: Within the Blenheim Warehouse, open 7 days 9am8pm. Only closed Christmas Day.

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Death notices

WILLIAMS, Susan Mary ‘Sue’ (née Wentworth): Passed away suddenly at her home on Thursday March 21, 2024. Aged 65 years. Dearly loved wife of Christopher (Chris), much-loved mother of Yvette and Michael Wentworth-Smith, and mother-in-law of Allan and Kirsty, and grandmother of Briana, Scout, Riley and Ashton (all of Timaru). Loved stepmother, grandmother, sister-in-law, aunty and friend. Messages may be sent to 61A Colemans Road, Blenheim 7201. A private cremation has been held.

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Long Term Plan proposal agreed

Ratepayers will have the opportunity to have their say on Council’s planned expenditure in its ten year plan, which proposes an average rates increase of 12.65 per cent for the 2024/25 financial year.

Mayor Nadine Taylor said it costs about $180 million a year to run Marlborough and consultation was critical. “We need everyone’s input into shaping Marlborough’s future and how we get there together,” she said.

Councils around the country were facing double digit increases but Marlborough’s was at the lower end of the scale.

“We’re not alone in facing increased costs due to factors outside our control, such as damaging storms, inflation, contract price increases and the lasting effects of the Covid pandemic,” Mayor Taylor says.

“However, we’re not proposing to cut services and we’re continuing to invest in core infrastructure because we don’t want to see Marlborough going backwards.”


The Long Term Plan 2024/2034 budget sees new investment in the region’s infrastructure, repairs to Marlborough Sounds roads, provides increases in some levels of service and removes


the Council’s Covid rates subsidy.

At last week’s budget meeting councillors approved a number of recommendations to go to public consultation.

Key infrastructure projects include continuing work on the water supply in Awatere, Seddon, Blenheim, Havelock, Picton, Renwick, Riverlands and Wairau Valley, including upgrading pipelines, pump stations and wells to ensure they meet current needs. Drinking water improvements will continue with chlorination to be introduced in Blenheim and a new water treatment plant in Havelock, to ensure water meets national standards.

A new reservoir is planned for Dashwood, new wells are proposed north of Blenheim to increase resilience and supply capacity, and work is ongoing with Picton’s water supply, dams and reservoirs.

There will also be investment in sewage treatment plants and pump stations in Blenheim, Riverlands, Picton and Renwick, plus new a sewage treatment plant for Havelock and a major upgrade for Seddon’s plant.

Roading is the biggest item of Council expenditure at around 20 per cent, including

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maintenance, renewals and improvements to roads, footpaths, bridges and drainage. The plan proposes increasing this funding by $27.5M over the next three years.

Other key projects include some of the following;

Marlborough Sounds Roading Funding Recovery - $234m for repairs, improvements and increased marine access, with $106m funded by ratepayers over 25 years. Council proposes to pay for repairs to flood damaged roads in the Sounds via a 70/30 split (Marlborough ratepayers paying 70 per cent and Soundsbased ratepayers 30 per cent).

Spring Creek - $8.7m for design, repair and upgrade of the stop banks adjacent to Peninsula Road to ensure the safety of the township and transport links during a flood (debt funded).

Emergency Events Reserve - replenished to its previously agreed level, at an additional $500k per year over 10 years (rates funded from 2026-27).

Sun readers can have their say by making a submission from April 4 to May 6. There will be public meetings and hearings where further information will be made available.

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Cloudy Bay Funerals

College water polo teams finished third

Marlborough’s colleges finished a credible, respective third at the South Island Secondary Schools Water Polo Championships held in Christchurch March 21-24.

The annual event is open to all secondary school teams throughout the country and took place at Jellie Park and the Taiora QEII Recreation and Sport Centre in New Brighton.

The Marlborough Boys’ team claimed bronze in their play-off with St Andrew’s College and a penalty shootout after STAC got a last second goal in the final quarter.

The game went the way of MBC winning 12-11 with Queen Charlotte College keeper Fynn Russell making two vital saves and scoring the winning goal.

Meanwhile, Marlborough Girls’ won bronze over Merivale’s Rangi Ruru finishing 7-5. MGC were recognised with the Bayleys Altogether Better Award, a $200 travel voucher given to the squad for their unbeatable team work, unbreakable spirit, and unrelenting drive to succeed. The squad were at all the MBC Marlborough games and provided vocal support and were super respectful poolside and

overall had great unity, teamwork and dedication.

MBC coach Patrick Mulcahy says the squad had some close games, extending the margin of victory in the final quarter. He says St Bede’s

and Christchurch Boys’ High School were strong with Year 13s boosting their squads.

“The most important qualities of a water polo player are coachability, positive communication and team

work,” says Patrick. “This year’s team has four seniors (Year 12) and a strong group of Year 11 and 10s. We will have the same team next year and will be gunning for gold.”

Results: Girls - First, St Margaret's

Senior A; Second, Villa Maria A; Third, Marlborough Girls’ College. Boys - First, St Bede’s College

Senior A; Second, Christchurch Boys’ A; Third, Marlborough Boys’ College.

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SUCCESS BREEDS SMILES: The MBC water polo team finished third at the South Island Secondary Water Polo Championships in Christchurch recently. Front row; Coach Patrick Mulcahy, Leon Edsall, Liam McIntyre, Scott Keay, Jacob McLeish, Finn McNabb, William McCullam, manager Yolande McIntyre. Back row; Fynn Russell (QCC), Stian Kuun (Richmond View), George Adams, Hugo Edsall, William Atkinson, Jamie Harrsion and assistant coach Alastair Keay.
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