24 April 2024 The Blenheim Sun

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The face of Peter Charles Slape depicts a man who has endured the lows of personal loss and the highs of camaraderie. A face that suggests war is futile with the benefit of hindsight, time and perspective.

Peter’s Scott Street home is adorned with army/war accolades and memorabilia. The 79-year-old did 12 years of service with the New Zealand Army joining in 1966 as part of Compulsory Military Training in what he says, when one’s number came out of the barrel, ‘you had to go’.

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LEST WE FORGET: Peter and Jill Slape. Peter says he learnt to deal with the experiences of war and says it is something ‘you never forget’. “If you don’t it will get you, it did to a lot of my mates who committed suicide for that very reason.”

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time I didn’t want to have a bar of the army, wanted nothing to do with it. I soon decided what I could get out of it. Once I got there I quite enjoyed it.”

In 1962, 1,100 National Servicemen entered the Burnham Military Camp to begin training. Four years on, Peter did his own initial training which lasted three and a half months. Two years further training at Burnham resulted in Peter going overseas to Malaya (further training) and Vietnam before being posted to a territorial unit in Napier, followed by Waiouru.

“A lot of it is still very fresh… it never leaves you,” he reflects.

“The friendships and comradeship was the thing that got me from day one. You learn to deal with it, you never forget. If you don’t it will get you, it did to a lot of my mates who committed suicide for that very reason.”

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Peter says, came about after the trauma of the Vietnam War (also in Laos and Cambodia from November 1, 1955 – fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975). Peter, who fought in Vietnam in 1971, says he also suffered from PTSD.

The Vietnam conflict created enormous political and public debate about New Zealand’s foreign policy and place in the world. From the mid-1960s, an organised anti-Vietnam War movement challenged the whole philosophy underlying the country’s national security policies, and the benefits and consequences of its alliances.

Peter felt the backlash which hit him and his mates hard.

“A lot of jokers were badly affected – the thing that hit us most of all –was when we came home. We knew nothing about the shock we received when we got home and were treated like bloody mercenaries.”

Agent Orange, used by the US Military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, was a further ‘mental health layer’ impacting New Zealand soldiers returning to domestic life. Traces of dioxin, caused major health problems. The chemical herbicide and defoliant was something Peter says the government at the time, ‘turned a blind eye to’.

“It’s the likes of Veterans Affairs who have looked after us very well,” says Peter. “We were disregarded as garbage from a political lens.”

He concedes the Marlborough community has a greater understanding of what transpired for soldiers, through greater awareness in the school curriculum and making a connection for the next generation.

“In the last 20 years it has been more emphasized with younger people and organisations and the increase in attendance at services from those younger people. We’re lucky here in Marlborough with Base Woodbourne. The help and support we get from the Airforce is tremendous. All the airmen cadets were the ones collecting poppies on Friday (appeal day, Friday, April 19).”

Peter retired from the army as a Sergeant (four star instructor) and has a lifelong membership with the

Peter with Mayor Nadine Taylor, ANZAC Service, Seymour Square 2022.

Marlborough RSA. Their current premise, at the Blenheim Bowling Club in Weld Street, is a culture which Peter says is strong with many dedicated people involved.

“They are dedicated to the cause and put a tremendous amount of work into it,” he says. “They are believers and want to see it continued.”

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‘A better quality of life’

Blenheim’s Geri Plant is hopeful. Hopeful for potential funding from Pharmac to make living with Type 1 diabetes just that little bit easier.

Pharmac, the government agency which decides medicines and related products are funded, is proposing to fund a range of devices for New Zealanders with type 1 diabetes.

In January 2023, the Blenheim Sun did a story about Geri, 35, who has insulin-dependent diabetes and was diagnosed as a 16-year-old.

For many of the 18,000 New Zealanders living with type 1 diabetes, having funded access to continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), insulin pumps, and automated insulin delivery (AID) systems would be life changing.

Pharmac has now negotiated provisional agreements with the preferred suppliers of CGMs, insulin pumps, and AID systems.

However, Pharmac is also proposing to stop funding the Medtronic brand of insulin pump used by 2000 people, and instead a different brand: mylife YpsoPump. A petition to reconsider that has nearly 7000 signatures.

For people currently receiving funded access to the MiniMed 770G insulin pump, this proposal would require a change of their insulin pump. There would be a 12-month transition period from 1 July 2024 to ensure that there is sufficient time to support this change and allow people to

consider which of the funded options are right for them.

Geri uses the T slim Dexom insulin pump which is currently not funded. She says she is excited about potential funding for constant glucose monitoring (cgms) from July 1.

“It’s hard that we all can’t have both brands of pump funded and I feel for those people having to change but if it was a choice I would choose funding the CGMs over having both current funded pumps as feel the CGMs would benefit more people in the long run, she says.

Geri believes the reason for not funding Medtronic is that they (Pharmac) obviously didn’t secure a better price for funding for a CGM that links to that brand of pump.

“The CGMs are most effective when they are linked to your pump and I guess they will find the biggest benefits/ changes in health and control and data to those using pumps with a CHGM. It will decrease things like diabetic retinothopy, visits to emergency department with DKA (diabetic ketone acidosis) feet and leg issues and save the health system money in the long term and give diabetics a better quality of life.”

Pharmac pharmaceutical funding manager Adrienne Martin says it would love to be able to fund every medicine for every condition, but it was not possible. She said Pharmac worked with external experts when making these difficult decisions. Martin

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT: Blenheim’s Geri Plant has Type 1 diabetes and currently uses the T slim Dexom insulin pump which is currently not funded. She says she is excited about potential funding for constant glucose monitoring (CGMs) from July 1.

says she was particularly keen to hear from people about the impact of moving from the Medtronic to another funded insulin pump.

“We’re guided by robust evidence and the expertise of clinicians and the healthcare sector, and wider public.”

She said she welcomed all types of feedback to the consultation, including information and personal experiences with different devices, as it would help to inform Pharmac’s final decision.

Consultation closes this Friday, April 26.

Dalton’s Bridge, at the western end of Kaiuma Bay Road just off State Highway 6, is closed to all vehicles over 3.5 tonne.

The bridge’s approach was damaged during the recent flooding.

A structural engineer has inspected the bridge and advised that only lightweight vehicles can use it.

There is a diversion in place using Te Hoiere Road for vehicles over the 3.5 tonne limit.


The MDC plans to trial a Saturday bus between Picton and Blenheim, in part because of Blenheim’s new library.

The Saturday trial period would run for 12 months, with the start date yet to be confirmed.

Deputy Mayor David Croad asked what success would look like in 12 months when the trial was reviewed. The Saturday service was subject to full council approval on May 16.

Renwick Fire Brigade Fundraiser

This Sunday April 28, the Renwick Fire Brigade Sky Tower Challenge Team is hosting a Housie Fundraiser at the Woodbourne Tavern, raising funds for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer.

There will be 40 games and two $500 suppers, loads of raffles and of the course the Woody’s award-winning hospitality.

Eyes down at 1pm.

RSVP to get a seat.

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Picton Quilters’ exhibition

Picton Quilters have been sewing and crafting some lovely bits and pieces for a Market stall of new goods with the proceeds from this all going to the local St John Ambulance.

Included in an upcoming exhibition there is their ‘Nostalgia’ 2023 Club Challenge and a display of Items spokesperson Lynne Marks says some will have forgotten about and possibly some would never even have heard of. “There are merchant stands selling a great variety of sewing paraphernalia and there are two very charming quilts made by our members being raffled, as well as a $100 Grocery Coupon sponsored by Picton Fresh Choice,” says Lynne.

Lynne says they have had four exhibitions previously including a very successful weekend Parallel 41 Symposium in 2008 based at the Queen Charlotte College in Picton with 228 students to run it.

The Picton Quilters’ Club was officially formed early in 1995 in Picton with six members. They have three of the original members who still belong to the group including Yvonne Roberts, Rosalie Matthews and Carol Hall. There are now thirty one paid up members.

Lynne says they would encourage Sun readers to join them at the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club on Friday, May 3 from 10am – 4pm and Saturday, May 4 from 10am to 3pm.

Entry fee is $5 which includes morning or afternoon tea.

‘Biggest local set I’ve been involved with’

Theatre to the land of Canaan and Egypt is not an easy task. Yet, if anyone can perform such a herculean task, it’s Lloyd Bush and his team of volunteers.

Lloyd is the Set Construction Head of Department for Blenheim Musical Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with opening night, Wednesday, May 8.

“It’s the biggest locally constructed set I have been involved with from scratch in my time with BMT since 2011,” says Lloyd. “The size of the pyramid is 13 metres wide – five and a half metres high and six and a half metres deep.”

Pack into the theatre took place at the weekend which included a 40 foot container and construction of the pyramids made out of plywood. The set construction also features a chariot and jail bars which are to be flown in from the fly system (a rigging system with ropes and pulleys) at the theatre.

Lloyd says preparation for the construction team has consisted of a six week build including after hours and weekends.

“A great deal of acknowledgement has to go to (retired) Rob Peters who drew up the plans for the production. He has done a great job,” says Lloyd. Not to give too much away to Sun readers, other settings for the production include Jacob’s home, the desert, Potiphar’s home and a jail cell.

Joseph is the favourite son of

Jacob as told in the Old Testament’s Book of Genesis. Joseph’s twelve brothers are envious and angered by his favoured status by their father. So much so that they devise a plot to sell him into slavery and convince the father that his special son has died.

While set in early Biblical times, the story of Joseph’s tumultuous and ever-changing

life is still relevant today with its themes of growing up, dealing with jealousy and envy as well as the power of forgiveness. As for why locals should see the production, Lloyd says it’s the classic family narrative and one that would align with people’s own values and moral compass. “It’s a show for families for sure, a great night out,” he says.

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A BIBLICAL CONSTRUCTION: Lloyd Bush says the upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the biggest locally constructed set he has been involved with in 13 years.

Unconventional prescription for success

Local health professionals Dr Sara Simmons and Simon Olliver are taking an unconventional approach to helping youth in Marlborough.

Next month the duo are donning parachutes and plunging from 10,000ft, raising money for local youth charity, Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough as part of “Drop for Youth”.

Both Sara and Simon were born and raised in Marlborough even living across the road from one another when they were ‘tiny people’.

Sara, a GP at Manu Ora Medical Centre, says they know full-well the skills, knowledge, and support provided in childhood can set people up for the best possible chance of success in life.

“At Manu Ora, our kaupapa really aligns with the Graeme Dingle Foundation. I see the value in what they do every day in my mahi. I share the values they promote, and I’m passionate about giving all taiohi (young people) the best opportunities for success however they choose to measure that happiness, health, or self-worth”.

Sara also admits enjoying a bit of

‘controlled thrill-seeking’ making Drop for Youth the perfect way to show her support.

Meanwhile, Simon, a specialist orthodontist at Olliver Orthodontics works with the youth of Marlborough every day and loves seeing them reach their full potential.

“If jumping from a plane helps the Foundation continue their essential work, then up I go,” he says. “Alternatively, if anyone’s ever had a sore braces adjustment and is seeking revenge, here’s their chance to throw me from a plane.”

Both are deeply committed to helping their community.

Along with supporting the Foundation, Simon’s involved in the ‘Wish for a Smile’ charity, providing free treatment to those whose families can’t otherwise afford it. While Sara and the Manu Ora team ‘meet the needs of all our population, reducing inequities in access to primary healthcare and improving health outcomes for our highest need patients in Wairau.’

So, why Drop for Youth? Sara reflects on the importance of ‘the fence at the top of the cliff’ versus the ‘ambulance at the bottom’.

“By helping taiohi develop skills, self-confidence and resilience, we give them the best possible

OPEN UP AND SAY YOUTH: Local health professionals Dr Sara Simmons and Simon Olliver are taking part in the Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough fundraiser Drop for Youth next month.“If jumping from a plane helps the foundation continue their essential work, then up I go,” says Simon.

chance of overcoming challenges they’ll inevitably face in life. At Manu Ora we share a whakataukī translating as ‘adorn the bird with feathers so it can fly and return the mana to us. Let future generations be embraced in good health’. That encapsulates it. We’re helping our young people to ‘fly’ by, fittingly, taking to the skies ourselves.”

Buy your tickets and give the magic of Joseph!

Every dollar raised stays here in Marlborough, helping thousands of young people.

“The Foundation’s enthusiasm and passion for their work is infectious – it must be - I agreed to jump out of a plane for them,” laughs Simon.

To support Sara and Simon visit www.bit.ly/DropForYouth2024

Job cuts

Nine percent of Oranga Tamariki staff are likely to be cut completely, and 565 Ministry of Education jobs are on the chopping block. Oranga Tamariki confirmed last week 447 jobs will be cut, reducing its workforce by nine percent. A few hours later, it was announced a total of 565 jobs at the Ministry of Education would also be cut.

With more than 500 jobs to go at the Ministry of Education, it makes the proposal the biggest single slash to a public service agency so far. A total of 565 positions were set to be axed including nearly 100 regional and frontline roles directly supporting schools.

The Public Service Association says it was a “brutal” and “black day” for public servants and the children and young people they support.

Former pony club demolition

An old pony club in Blenheim will be demolished after attempts to find a new owner for the building were unsuccessful.

Council agreed last October to demolish the building on Blenheim’s Taylor River, unless a new owner could be found, in which case its relocation would have been subsidised.

The Blenheim Pony Club had a licence with the Marlborough District Council to use a section of land on the Taylor River for more than 50 years.

In 2018, after seeking financial assistance from the council, the Marlborough Equestrian Centre moved the pony club to Botham’s Bend next to the Wairau River.

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St Andrew’s Church had a kids market last Wednesday with local children for the school holidays.

for more than one hundred years.

Dear Sir

Re the problems with trucks in Picton and Blenheim.

To me it’s a problem that should have been solved way back, it still can and that’s with a bypass around Blenheim. That way to start with it would take the trucks off Grove Road making it easy for people living in Riversdale to get out into it without big trucks bearing down on them.

Stats NZ estimate New Zealand’s population at end of last year was about 5.3 million. Decades ago, our population growth was slow, e.g. 2 million in the early 1950s, and 3 million in 1973. It took another 30 years to reach 4 million, then only 17 years to 5 million in March, 2020. Labour and Greens Government turned the taps on to full with immigrants flooding in. Meanwhile the health system sagged with over-load and housing and roads creaked under the strain. But despite the restrictions of the Covid era, the floodgates have opened since.

Recent immigration brings in about 120,000 to 130,000 a year. Predictions are

With a bypass you could expand the truck park at Riverlands so trucks could easily stop there, coming or going, and then sit there till it was time for them to be in Picton for their ferry. Also with a bypass it would cut their drive time down to get there, which would mean they wouldn’t need to park long term in Picton at all.

Yours truly M. Whitmee

NZ will have six million by 2030 - another million in just 10 years. It was irresponsible lunacy and it’s still lunacy for the new government to continue the mad rush, especially given the economy’s state.

Millions and millions amounting to billions and billions will be needed to restore infrastructure such as housing, transport, health services, hospitals, overloaded sewers, storm waters and other services.

More people mean more demand on resources - and more effluent and environmental degradation.

Yes, that stud and nog method of construction, originated by Americans to make shelter available for settlers in the Wild West, still rules.

The kit sets then even included a keg of nails and were railed out - how primitive - in the 1860s. They were somewhat scoffed at as “balloon houses” but compared to sod cottages they have turned out to be surprisingly resilient.

I imagine that sometime in this century or so Godzone will click on to 3D printing as exemplified in Italy where the residue of a couple of centuries of earth-wall construction goes through the computer guided printer to make new homes. Would go well in beautiful Naseby, where dwellings of such material have survived

The Germans are into 3D construction, and the Americans are demonstrating not just comfortable homes but even a 76-bed barracks, the military seeing the value of whacking up accommodation for their troops in war zones without having to ship timber for frames and cladding. Nice that 3D print construction doesn’t result in skips full of rubbish, either.

If AI, Actual Intelligence, ever gets off the ground here we will surely modernise that cottage industry, home building, though I have to confess that clinging to old fashioned methods has meant that my 3-bed with garage and workspace, a bit upgraded, has got me/us from the $6000 worth in 1967 to a present paper value of $750,000.

What chance do our grandchildren have of home ownership? For shame!

Yours faithfully

Congratulations John Boswell on his new appointment as CEO of MDC.

In response to a recent budgeting meeting Mark Wheeler, the CEO, announced that, he has earmarked $100,000, so as to be able to investigate looking into expanding the council’s current premises, due to the undeniable fact, raised by Dean Heiford, namely that council staff has grown by a whopping 19% in just five years.

That is just full-time employees, there are many more part time employees and of course consultants. Oh, and an increase, I believe, of 22% more vehicles, which would suggest that most of these new employees are at the upper end of the salary scale.

While often it can be good news to bring a successful CEO from one discipline into another, so as to avoid negative pre conceived ideas, the old adage of a new broom sweeps clean.

It might be a great idea to bring in some outside financial accounting consultants to run their expertise over MDC with a view to finding rate payer savings through operational efficiencies. Costs can be budgeted for through the long term plan.

It’s far cheaper to slim down a bloated organization than keep expanding through additional space.

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Celebrating Marlborough’s homefront heroes

An exhibition looking at the lives of Marlborough women during World War 2 opens at the Marlborough Museum on Friday 26 April to coincide with Anzac Day.

Homefront Heroes –Marlborough Women during the Second World War explores topics like rationing, spinning and knitting for soldiers, and voluntary work in the Women’s War Service Auxiliary and will run until 4 August.

Marlborough Museum manager Liz Ward said the exhibition would

also celebrate the Land Girls (women who went to work on farms during the war) and highlight the “manpowering” of women sent by the Government to help fill wartime gaps in essential industries such as clothing manufacturing. The exhibition features a recent addition to the museum’s collection, a wall hanging made by the Clarence Branch of the Women’s Division of the Farmers’ Union. It was made as a fundraiser and is embroidered with the names of local soldiers and families.

“We would love to know more about the people whose names are on the wall hanging. We encourage anyone who has connections to the Clarence area to come and see if any of their families’ names are on the hanging to share that history with us,” Liz said.

She said the war had an enormous impact on women at home while their brothers, husbands and fathers served their country on the other side of the world. “This exhibition celebrates those who were left behind to be our homefront heroes,” Liz said.

Have your say on Long Term Plan

Marlburians can now have their say on Council’s planned expenditure.

Long Term Plan (LTP) 20242034 submissions are now open and close at 5pm on 13 May.

The Marlborough Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 20242027 is also available for public feedback over the same period.

For more information go to: https://links.marlborough.govt. nz/haveyoursay or visit one of Council’s Customer Service Centres.

Seymour Square flower giveaway

Blenheim locals are invited to take some colour home when Council gardeners pull out the annuals in Seymour Square next Monday.

Head along from 8am until 10am on Monday 29 April when gardeners will be on site to help. Amongst the colourful plants seeking new homes are geraniums, salvias, dwarf shasta daisies, rudbeckia and begonias. Please bring your own fork and containers.

Twice each year, gardeners plant thousands of annuals in the flower beds of Seymour Square. With autumn here, the time has come for them to be removed and the garden beds prepared for winter planting. If it rains the event will be postponed to Tuesday 30 April.

Free soil health workshops in May

In partnership with NZ Landcare Trust, Te Hoiere farmers are invited to two interactive sessions in Kaituna and Rai Valley exploring soil health by visual assessments.

Morning tea and lunch are provided for this free workshop, so registration is essential at www.tehoiere.org.nz or by emailing wendy.sullivan@landcare. org.nz.

Kaituna beef and sheep farm

Monday 6 May 2024 10am - 2pm, Hosts: Fred and Nikita Gane, 76 Readers Road

Rai Valley dairy run-off farm

Tuesday 7 May 2024 10am - 2pm, Host: Geoff Shearer, Bryants Road

Topics include:

• What is functional soil?

• Plant/pasture diversity

• Introduction to soil carbon

• Soil and herbage testing

Speakers on the day include Council’s Soil Scientist Matt Oliver and dairy and dry stock farmer Nick Collins. Nick, also a consultant for Agrisea, will share what he’s learnt over the years to build productive and resilient ecosystems. If you’re curious about functional soil and enhancing pasture diversity, join us for one of these free workshops. Thank you to our host farms, without them these events would not be possible. Sponsored by Te Hoiere Project, Agrisea and NZ Landcare Trust.


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Initiated in 2019, Te Hoiere Project is a community-led partnership with iwi, Council, Government and other groups to promote landscape-scale restoration
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A path to safer consumption

In the ongoing dialogue surrounding cannabis use, it’s imperative to highlight the significant role that medically supervised consumption plays in harm reduction. Lisa Gadsby explains to Chris Valli regulated usage under medical guidance offers a promising avenue for mitigating health concerns.

As the perception of the harms of cannabis decreases, new evidence has emerged linking the illicit drug to lung and heart disease. The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ believes the new (American Heart Association) research will challenge the common misconception that cannabis is a harmless recreational drug. Foundation Chief Executive Ms Letitia Harding says people need to know what the risks are so they can make informed decisions about the use of the drug.

“Many Kiwis think smoking cannabis is a way of relaxing, switching off, or helping with pain, but the reality is that it does damage to your lungs and heart,” says Letitia.

According to the latest NZ Health Survey, about eight per cent of 15 to 24-year-olds use cannabis weekly and 24 per cent use it at least monthly.

Professor Bob Hancox, a member of the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board, says the new research should be seen alongside New Zealand research findings that regular cannabis use leads to chronic bronchitis, over-inflated lungs, increased airway resistance and impaired oxygen extraction.

“The findings from the US research underscore the importance of continued research into the impact on respiratory and cardiovascular health and education to address the misconception that it is harmless,” says Bob.

In 2020, New Zealanders voted against the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. The purpose of the proposed bill was to regulate and control the cultivation, manufacture, use, and sale of cannabis in New Zealand, with the intent of reducing harms from cannabis use to individuals, families, whānau, and communities.

However, according to Business Development Manager at the Cannabis Clinic Lisa Gadsby, they ‘frequently encounter clients’ who come to them as heavy cannabis users, seeking a safer approach to consumption.

The Cannabis Clinic has a Nelson based clinic and is New Zealand’s leading medical facility dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals seeking medicinal cannabis treatment.

“Many of our clients opt to transition to alternative consumption methods”

“Through personalised treatment plans by our specialised medical professionals, we’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of harm reduction strategies,” says Lisa. “Many of our clients opt to transition to alternative consumption methods, such as tinctures administered sublingually’’ adds Dr. Waseem Alzaher, co-founder of the Cannabis Clinic. “This method eliminates the need for inhalation, thereby reducing potential respiratory risks associated with smoking.’’

Sublingually refers to a method of administering medication or substances by placing them under the tongue. When a substance is administered sublingually, it is absorbed directly through the mucous membranes under the tongue and into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. Other clients use their cannabis flower to make tea, for oral consumption.

Cannabis Clinic Business Development Manager Lisa Gadsby says they ‘frequently encounter clients’ who come to them as heavy cannabis users, seeking a safer approach to consumption. Meanwhile, Dr. Waseem Alzaher, co-founder of the Cannabis Clinic says many of their clients opt to transition to alternative consumption methods.

‘’For those who prefer inhalation methods, we recommend medically approved vaporising devices.’’ Dr. Alzaher continues. ‘’These devices operate by heating the cannabis flower to a precise temperature to extract the active ingredients without combustion, ensuring a cleaner inhalation experience.’’

‘’It’s important to recognise that inhalation methods remain the most effective option for certain conditions due to their rapid absorption rate.’’ explains Dr. Alzaher. “Inhalation provides a direct pathway for medicinal compounds to enter the bloodstream facilitating a faster response.’’ Vaping cannabis with a medically approved device offers several benefits compared to smoking it.

“First and foremost, vaping eliminates the combustion pro-

cess, which produces harmful toxins and carcinogens found in smoke. This means that vaping is generally considered safer for lung health. Additionally, vaping allows for more precise temperature control, resulting in a smoother and more consistent vapor that preserves the flavour and potency of the cannabis. Furthermore, vaping typically requires less cannabis than smoking to achieve the desired effects, making it a more efficient consumption method,” says Dr Alzaher.

Under New Zealand law, the use of medically approved vaporizing devices is legal, offering a regulated alternative for inhalation. Nubu Pharmaceuticals serves as the reputable supplier of these devices, further ensuring quality and safety standards.

“Regulation through the Cannabis Clinic enables us to tailor

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“Ultimately, our focus is on harm reduction and individualised care, empowering clients to make informed decisions for their health,’ concludes Lisa. “Through medically supervised cannabis use, we strive to optimise therapeutic benefits while minimising potential risks, ensuring a safer and more effective approach to consumption.’’

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A tour for the ages

When one poses the question are you old enough, to an audience one has to reflect on the bigger picture before such a response.

Age, time, life – it all goes by sometimes far too quickly. Sometimes in music, songs evoke a time and place, a memory.

And so was the case for legendary rock band Dragon, who performed at Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre on Saturday night to celebrate their 50th anniversary tour which began in Invercargill on April 12 and a grand finale at the Auckland Town Hall on Friday, April 26.

Dragon were joined by well-travelled pub band Hello Sailor and had most punters clapping and on their pins 45

minutes into the set to songs Blue Lady and Gutter Black, the song which took on a new lease of life as the opening theme for TV's Outrageous Fortune.

Seeing original members Harry Lyon and Rick Ball at the helm, was a privilege and wonderful to see the pair continuing the late Dave McArtney (2013) and Graham Brazier’s (2015) vision and legacy.

Dragon formed in Auckland in January 1972 with a line-up that featured Todd Hunter on bass guitar, guitarist Ray Goodwin, drummer Neil Reynolds and singer/pianist Graeme Collins with their first major gig, an appearance at the Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in early January 1973. By 1974 several personnel changes had occurred, with Todd Hunter's younger brother Marc Hunter joining on vocals and Neil Storey on drums.

Two subsequent band splits

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In November 1997, Marc Hunter was diagnosed with throat cancer and died in July 1998. 2006 the band reformed with Todd (bass), Mark Williams (vocals, guitar), Canadian Bruce Reid (guitar) and Pete Drummond on drums.

Nelson’s gain was certainly Marlburians loss. A short trip over the Whangamoas for those who grew up on the New Zealand cum Australian rock band was enough to wet the back catalogue appetite. It was delicious to hear the classics live – and not a Spotify playlist. April Sun in Cuba, Are you Old Enough, Still in Love With You, and the show stopper Rain which had the Nelson crowd, albeit not exactly packed, and appreciate the impact of the songs from one’s youth.

69-years-young front man Mark Williams, known for his 1990 release Show No Mercy, has been the constant for the band since for 18 years. What a trip down memory lane it was when he bought out 1990 hit Show No Mercy and the 1975 number one Yesterday Was Just the Beginning of My Life. Age of Reason (performed by John

ARE YOU OLD ENOUGH? Dragon 50th anniversary tour members; Lead vocalist Mark Williams, drums and backing vocals Pete Drummond, bass/backing vocals Todd Hunter and guitarist Bruce Reid. The band played at Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre on Saturday night with special guests Hello Sailor.

Farnham and written by Todd Hunter and Johanna Pigott) was a delight and when Williams hit the chorus, the penny dropped and a connection was made for Dragon fans. Williams’ energy and enthusiasm was infectious and a credit to the Dargaville born musician and his longevity in the music industry. In 2010, Williams was inducted into the ROCKONZ Hall of Fame.

So am I old enough?

Old enough to realise Dragon were/are something special with their music that left an undeniable

impression on a Dunedin native who grew up with summers and one’s development with a great deal to thank Dragon for.

Ten years in the jailer's eye

And I'm thinkin' 'bout my baby

Looking at my life go by

Falling in the streets, I'm broken

And I'm laughing at the poor man talking to the blind man

See the lady in the street car lights

Colour a la Toulouse

Television and the red, red wine

So won't you tell me, won't you tell me the truth?


Convenors Yvonne Rigby, Margaret Weston and Raelene Rainbird say the Picton Flower Ladies would like to thank the following Picton businesses for their very generous donations towards their recent celebration luncheon at Furneaux Lodge: Seaview Home, Picton Hardware, The Choice Gallery, Picton Sport, Ken and Lyn Parker, Mari Brandish, AJ Sunley - Spotlight, Rob Burns McKay Shipping, Four Square Supermarket, Picton Glass, and our St John ambulance drivers.

Special thanks to Cougar Lines for taking them there.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

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 Are you a dog or cat person?

A dog person. We’ve recently added a border collie puppy to our family, called Roxy, and she has become the quintessential “millennial child”.

 My friends would say I am… Far away. A lot of my friends are overseas but my Boom Town mates would say I’m adventurous and a big fan of a good yarn.

 The best advice I ever received was?

“When you enter a room be the thermostat, you set the temperature.”

 What would you buy if money was no object?

A farm in the Kenepuru or Pelorus Sound to live my days hosting facilitation resorts with a menagerie of animals around, growing my own veges and living a little more simply.

 Local coffee haunt?

When I’m working in the office, a fav is; ‘It’s All Good Brew’ and when we’re out in Renwick on a Wednesday seeing Kirstie at ‘The Coffee Shack’ is a must-do.

 Favourite takeaway?

Sakim Sushi all day, every day (not really my mortgage could never allow that, but a girl can dream).

 The shop you can’t walk past is...?

Te Whare Pukapuka o Waitohi – The Picton Bookshop is my favourite shop, I can’t go in without spending money on books and having a mega yarn with Megan, Rachel or Autumn.

 What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received?

The gift of life from my Mum, Deb. No, in all honesty I feel like every gift someone gives has come from a place of care and kindness so to be thought of by others in any gift (big or small) makes me feel grateful.

 Where is your happy holiday place?

It would have to be anywhere on the West Coast. There’s something about the Coast that feels like home. Outside of Aotearoa it would be Södertalje in Sweden, which I have a special affinity to with lots of juicy, lovely memories.

 Favourite programme or series currently watching?

I love watching Elina Osbourne (a hiking videographer) who makes epic thru-hiking videos. Her Te Araroa series made me fall in love with our country and has inspired me to answer the next question like this...

 What’s one thing on your bucket list?

Complete the Te Araroa trail. Being in the bush is my happy place and the challenging aspect of the hike really appeals.

Spring bulbs... chill to have good flowers:

Many gardeners will have their thoughts on planting spring bulbs as the garden shops are brimming with great selections of most types at this time.

The desire to have a range of spring flowering bulbs coming into their own in early to mid spring is not only a great sight but they also represent the beginning of a new growing season.

Many spring bulbs require a chilling of about 4 degrees Celsius for about 2 months to obtain the best blooms.

For instance: Tulips need 14 weeks of chilling; Hyacinths need 12 weeks of chilling; Crocus need 4 weeks of chilling; Snowdrops and Scilla need 6 weeks of chilling; Grape Hyacinths need 12 weeks of chilling.

This is why those living in colder climates such as the lower South Island will, with no effort on their behalf, have the very best displays.

If you live in a warmer climate where there are no hard frosts you may need to place your spring bulbs in the fridge for a few weeks prior to planting.

Planting should be done before the first hard frost in cooler areas and after the bulbs have done their time in the fridge in warmer areas.

The chilling is what the bulbs need to produce the flower spike.

I sometimes have the complaint from gardeners in warmer areas that their bulbs grew and produced foliage but did not flower; non-chilling was the problem.

Spring bulbs can be planted in a sunny, open ground situation or in containers. The size of the container will depend on the type of bulb and the number of them you wish to plant.

Bulbs prefer full sun, a rich, well-draining soil to which compost or other organic matter has been added.

The soil should be cultivated and loosened to a depth of at least 6 to 8 inches. Either dig a trench for a bed planting, or individual holes for individual bulbs or small clusters. Plant the bulbs by placing them into position.

Never push or force the bulb into the soil.

Check the bulb package to determine the spacing and planting depth for your type of bulb.

As a general rule of thumb, bulbs should be planted twice as deep as they are high.

Larger daffodil bulbs should be planted at a depth three times their height.

The larger the bulbs are, the more space they will need between them.

Cover the bulbs lightly with soil and then sprinkle a good bulb food on top of the soil, not in the hole.

Fertiliser in the hole may burn tender, young roots. Water thoroughly, and then keep the soil moist to allow the roots to form more quickly.

If you prefer to use a more natural food then a small amount of BioPhos and sheep manure pellets can be used.

This natural food can be worked into

the soil below where the bulbs are to be planted.

Nice big fat bulbs will have all the energy they need to produce both foliage and flower, so in a sense they do not require any additional food to preform.

The addition of food is used to restore the energy of the bulb after it has preformed along with ample sunlight on the foliage.

The foliage is the collector of energy from the sun and this is why the foliage should never be cut or removed after flowering, instead it is left to do its job until it naturally dies off.

Failure to allow this will likely mean that the bulb will not preform again next season.

Summer temperatures along with warm to hot soil can cook bulbs and they will be lost forever.

This is why we should lift most bulbs after they have become dormant and before the soil temperatures rise too much.

Exceptions to this are bulbs that can be naturalised; these include Crocus, Iris Reticulata, Grape Hyacinth, Daffodils and Bluebells can be grown right in the lawn.

Choose an area where the grass can be left unmowed until the foliage has matured. Hillsides and the perimeter of wooded areas are also excellent areas for naturalising.

Freesias can also be left in garden plots to multiply and flower each spring.

Generally, the earliest flowers which open will be the Crocus and Snowdrops followed by Daffodils and Tulips.

Before the spring bulb season is over, the Dutch Iris and Spanish Bluebells will grace your garden.

Within each of these groups, and all of the other spring bloomers, you will find a multitude of hybrids which bloom at different times, early, mid, and late spring. Use these hybrids to spread out the bloom time for each group, and you can enjoy each species for a much longer time.

When your spring bulbs actually flower will depend a lot on the season, and if by chance it turns out to be a warmish winter then without the chilling you may not have any flowers at all, just foliage.

Daffodils and other spring bulbs that are naturalised should be lifted every few years when dormant to break up the clumps.

When you do this you will end up with masses of bulbs of various sizes from mature large flowering ones down to bulblets.

The larger ones can be replanted in the autumn and the others either placed in a nursery bed or discarded.

If you are growing any spring bulbs in containers then these should be lifted when the foliage has died back because they will need fresh mix when replanted in the autumn and being in containers they could cook in the summer.

To force bulbs to flower in pots indoors the following (from the Internet) should

be applied.

The pot should be filled one-half to three-quarters full with potting mix and then moistened.

Gently press the bulbs into the soil with the broad base down, and the nose pointed up.

They should be arranged as close together as possible without touching each other or the pot.

Face the flat side of tulip bulbs toward the outside of the pot.

Barely cover the bulbs with additional potting mix and water gently until the soil is thoroughly moistened. Add a little more soil if settling has exposed the bulb.

Now the pot must be placed in a dark, cool area for 12 weeks or longer.

The temperature must remain below 48 degrees F. but above freezing (35-40 degrees is recommended).

While total darkness is best, if you are chilling the bulbs in the refrigerator, don’t worry about the light coming on when you open the door.

Once the roots begin growing out of the drainage holes in the pots or the shoots start to grow (about twelve weeks), give the bulbs a gradual transition to warm.

Don’t expose them to warm temperatures too soon or the blooms will emerge too fast and will fail before they ever open.

Start them out in the coolest spot of your home and gradually move them to warmer areas. This will make the flowers last much longer.

Don’t expose pale or white foliage to full sun until it has ‘greened’ up in a few days.

Rotate the pots one-quarter turn every few days to keep the foliage and stems upright. Keep the soil moist, but never soggy.

Once the bulbs have finished flowering, remove the spent flowers and stems but continue to keep watering and providing light for the foliage.

The bulbs can be planted outside when the weather permits just as with any perennial.

Do not remove the foliage until it has turned yellow. Unfortunately, forcing takes a lot out of a bulb so it may not bloom again for many seasons.

The bulbs should never be forced a second time, always start with “new” bulbs.

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St Andrew’s Kids Market proved very popular.
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Wairau ED

On advice from my Doctor I attended the ED at Wairau. They hooked me up to the machine that goes beep. What a great service. Lovely people and dedicated, thank you! I enjoyed my stay.

Good to see

Was disappointed to see the lack of respect for the staff of Pollard Park at the light show. Yes it was busy but that was to be expected. What wasn’t expected was the people walking over the gardens and worse still toileting in them. There were plenty of loo’s provided. But guess you aren’t the ones that have to clean up.

Spot on

The Sun Correspondents Chris Valli/John Maffey & Chris Davies are totally correct with their assertions that the MDC proposed rates rise of just on 14.5% (in total) is not only irresponsible, but also somewhat thoughtless. Given last year’s GST adjusted rates rise of just under 10% & ongoing inadequate adjustments to the Superannuitants’ rates rebate, many, many homeowners are struggling to pay this unavoidable burden.

Common sense should apply with the MDC adopting a long overdue policy of living within it’s and Raterpayers means. Yes, keep rates rises to within the current (GST adjusted) Cost Of Living increase rate...4.8%.

Spearmint Green Jacket.

Woman Cyclist, wearing this Jacket, Taylor River, 11am Sunday 14th, cyclist riding fast on footpath, rung slight bell when she was upon us missing the dog by an inch and myself. We had not enough time to get off the footpath, and you were so disrespectful and careless.

Next time give your posterior a bump, use your mountain bike to go on the grass for a few metres, or you will cause an accident to both humans and dogs.

How deliberating for us. You frightening us was bad enough. Can you afford the potential vet bills you would face. We don’t deserve to be harmed by your arrogance.


So Peninsular Road in Spring Creek has been compromised by earthquakes and recent floods. The last flood being almost 12 months ago and the council has done nothing to repair it! Great work.


It’s really good to see the bootmarket growing again. Me and the family go down there just about every Saturday and get a sausage and bread, which are yummy by the way. They have a busker too which is cool and all, But at least play some different songs once in a while, not the same stuff week in week out.


I sometimes wonder what all the Anzacs gave their lives for. Surely not for the Western ‘values’ as currently on display in Gaza. Poor souls, they’d be cursing in their graves.

Load of rubbish

Recyclables still being put in general rubbish truck ie if they bother to pick it up at all. Three weeks now recycling bin has not been emptied.

If there are wrong items in the bin, then surely a sticker could be put on the bin so householder knows in the future not to put it in.

Recycling be damned, all going into general rubbish from now on.

Stolen Rose

If the person that stole the rose off the white cross in Seymour Square is capable of reading this, then I hope the spirit of the young man killed in action haunts you every day of your life. You are a despicable low life.

Flight costs

We wonder why people are going overseas for holidays when you can fly to Fiji return cheaper than the cost flying from Auckland to Wellington return at $900 it’s just a rip off by our own airline.

Universal right

New Zealand’s universal right to vote was hard fought for.

Our democratic system should not be altered to give in to the continual demands of some.

Re the MTB park

It’s a farm with the mountain bikes allowed to use it. Only good thing is you lot staying off the Taylor River tracks, going too fast past anybody.

Purple poppies

With ANZAC day approaching may I take this opportunity to remind you all to wear your purple poppies. Many horses lost their lives, some dying slow painful deaths. We will remember them.

Near miss

To the blue car that was near the ASB Theater round 10.15 Wednesday you didn’t slow down nearly hitting the red car that was turning l hope the driver of the red car got your number plate and reports you.

Going the extra mile

A thank you shout out to Cortado Restaurant in Picton. Jo and her team went the extra mile and made our special night out one we’ll really remember. Great place, well done.

Tony’s Trash

What’s happen to Tony’s Trash it’s been 3weeks and still have a full bin. Have tried to get hold of them, but no reply. Not good for business


Where has democracy gone. Why do we have appointments to council. I wonder why nobody votes in local body elections.


If you earn $100 and the government taxes you 33% that means you are left with $67.00 You then buy $67 worth of fuel and in doing so pay a 48% fuel tax, (fuel tax $32.16 plus gst $6.70) This means that the government just got $71.86 tax from your hard earned $100.00. Let that sink in.


It’s amazing how Air New Zealand can instantly debit your credit card for a flight, but it takes them up to 8 weeks to make a refund for a cancelled flight.

Talk of the week

The Woody

Thank you to the Woody for always having something happening in our community. This tavern is a real asset to our locals where fun, friendship and food are tops.

Puzzle page

Really enjoying the Puzzle Page. To all the businesses involved Thank you.

MDC Customer Service

With all the complaining about the council, I’d like to commend the friendly people in the customer service team. Was in there getting rubbish bags and witnessed a middle aged man baby having a tantrum at something beyond their control, the way he spoke to them was beyond belief, but they maintained calm friendly professionalism. Have also had good friendly service on the phone. Well done MDC customer staff!

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Oranga Tamariki

So OT is losing jobs but have they really been protecting our vulnerable children in society? So many cases of neglect OT have known about of little ones in danger but still they couldn’t save them. We need something better than what we have to protect our children. Not to mention better parenting! It’s incredibly sad.

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A remarkable ensemble

China has remarkable achievements in mathematics, medical science and astronomy to name a few. Chamber Music should also be added to those accomplishments with Marlburians having the unique opportunity to see first-hand a ‘remarkable music infusion’. The Amber Quartet, who represents the highest standard of China Chamber Music (a form of classical music composed for a small group of instruments) has had concert appearances internationally, leaving footsteps in concert halls throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, and China.

Founded in 2005, Amber Quartet has created history of Chinese chamber music multiple times. Among the accomplishments have been the first Chinese chamber ensemble winning the highest award in an international chamber music competition, and the first and only Chinese inheritor of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet.

Ning Fangliang is an outstanding violinist and chamber player in China and is widely

active on the international stage. As the founder and first violin of Amber Quartet, Ning reportedly achieved a historic breakthrough in Chinese classical music.

President of New Zealand Chinese Association Nelson/Marlborough Xue Mei says they are very excited to host the event with the support from Marlborough Library.

“To be able to invite highly accomplished musicians from China to visit our beautiful Marlborough region and share their talents of music with us, it is great significance to us,” she says. “Marburians can enjoy the classic international music they perform and have a taste of classical Chinese music as well.”

Xue says the publicity in China ‘will show case our beautiful Marlborough and New Zealand’.

The music performed will include; Pokarekare Ana, Mozart: String Quartet No.19 in C K465 Dissonance, Guo wenjing: for string quartet, 2023 and Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.6 in F minor.

The quartet performs at St Andrew’s Church tomorrow night from 7 – 8:30pm. Door sales will be available and Sun readers are advised to bring cash.

Guidelines to improve attendance

The old adage of ‘it’s only a sniff’ takes on a complex definition with the government publishing new guidelines for when families should keep sick children home from school.

The revised guidelines were part of a government push to improve school attendance and that ‘going to school every day was important for all school-aged children’.

The guidance for Marlborough whanau/ families going into Term 2 says ‘children could go to class if they had symptoms including a mild cough, headache or runny nose’ but appeared well and had not had a fever or required medication to reduce a fever in the past 24 hours.

However, they should stay home if they tested positive for Covid-19 or had symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhoea or head lice.

The guidelines, on the Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora website, says children should return to class as soon as they were well enough, even if they could not manage a full day at school.

“If your child cannot manage full days to begin with, discuss a transition plan with their school,” the guidance says. “In general, a doctor’s certificate or clearance should not have to be provided for your child to go back to their school after being unwell.”

In term four last year, 5.1 percent of class time was lost to illnesses, slightly down from the same term in 2022 but higher

than the figure of 3.2 percent for term four in 2019.

Principals’ Federation president Leanne Otene says it was good to have clear guidance from health professionals but indicated the guidance might not have much impact on school attendance.

She says schools might have one or two pupils who were kept home when they should really be at school, but in her experience the bigger problem was children sent to class despite being seriously ill because both parents were working and there was nobody at home to look after them.

“Sometimes we’ve got young people at school that are really, really unwell and shouldn’t be there because mum or dad as their caregiver is unable to care for them,” Otene says. “We have more sick children at school than we should have and transmitting nits or scabies or even a bad flu, I mean it just goes through a classroom so quickly and then you’ve got staff down and you’ve got more children away.”

Deciding whether to keep children home was up to parents and the guidance would help them with that decision, Otene says.

Anxiety was included in the guidance, which suggested schools work with families to support children to attend class as much as possible.

Otene says treating anxiety was beyond the capability of school teachers and schools needed a lot more help working with children who suffered from anxiety.

Vector Free Marlborough (VFM) wishes to advise the public of its intention to aerially apply the toxin Sodium fluoroacetate (1080) to the Mt Alexander – Clarence Reserve North area for the purpose of controlling possums. The Mt Alexander – Clarence Reserve North operation is being carried out on behalf of OSPRI as part of its TBfree New Zealand programme, which aims to eradicate bovine tuberculosis from wildlife vectors that pose a risk to farmed cattle and deer

Description of Area

The operational area is comprised of two distinct blocks, Mt Alexander and Clarence Reserve North, which share a common boundary along George Spur.

The permission area for the Mt Alexander block takes in land within the Puhi Puhi valley on the west and eastern sides of Puhi Puhi Road and to the east of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. It takes in Mt Alexander with the northern boundary running parallel to the Clarence River and the eastern boundary is bounded by SH1 and the Kaikoura coast.

The permission area for the Clarence Reserve North block abuts into the Mt Alexander operation along George Spur and takes in the Seaward Kaikoura Range in the southern portion of the block. The Clarence River runs parallel along the eastern boundary and then through the northern portion of the block and wrapping along the western boundary. To the north of the block is Sawtooth Range.

The permission area for the 2024 Mt Alexander – Clarence Reserve North operation takes in approximately 22,800 hectares of privately and publicly owned land, administered by various agencies including the Department of Conservation, Land Information New Zealand and local authorities. A detailed map may be obtained from VFM as per the contact details below.

Commencement Date

Subject to favourable weather, control is planned to commence from 01 May 2024, with the aerial application of non-toxic, cereal pre-feed pellets. This will be followed approximately 7-10 days later by the aerial application of bait containing biodegradable sodium fluoroacetate (1080).

All work is weather dependent, and commencement may be later than indicated. In the event of an extended delay, further notices will be placed to advise the public.

Bait Description

Aerial control using 1080:

• Pre-feed - Non-toxic cereal-based pellet, approximately 16 mm long, cinnamon-lured, and non-dyed (sandy coloured).

• Toxic bait - Cereal-based pellet, approximately 16 mm long, cinnamon-lured, and dyed green with a toxic loading of 0.15% Sodium fluoroacetate (1080).

The aerial operation will use helicopters equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) hardware and calibrated buckets to ensure accurate placement.


The pesticide is poisonous to humans and domestic animals. The public are reminded of the danger that toxic baits and possum carcasses pose, particularly to children and dogs.


• Children must be kept under strict supervision in the control area

• Dogs must be kept under strict control at all times and not have access to, or be taken into, the control area, as they are particularly susceptible to harm from contact with toxic baits and poisoned carcasses. The risk that poisoned carcasses pose to dogs may extend downstream of the control area.

• Toxin warning signs will be installed at main public entry points and the public are reminded that it is an offence to remove this warning signage. Please follow the instructions on the signs.

• Game animals should not be sold or taken for eating from within or adjacent to this area until it is declared clear of pesticides.

If you suspect poisoning

Contact your local hospital, or dial 111 National Poisons Centre 0800 POISON


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President of New Zealand Chinese Association Nelson/Marlborough Xue Mei says the publicity with the quartet performing ‘will show case our beautiful Marlborough’. From left; Fangliang Ning, Yajing Su, Wang Qi and Yichen Yang.

Urgent services

Urgent Care Centre: Wairau Hospital Grounds. Entry off Hospital Rd, Blenheim, 8am-8pm daily. Phone (03) 520 6377. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 578 0797.

After Hours Chemists: Springlands

Pharmacy: Monday - Friday 8.30am6pm. Saturday 9m - 5pm. Sunday 10am - 4pm. We will be closed on the following days: Anzac Day 25 April, Kings Birthday 3 June, Matariki 28 June

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

Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543354, 24hr helpline.

Women’s Refuge and Sexual Violence Support Centre Marlborough: Crisis line number phone 0800 refuge or 03 5779939.

Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846)

Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 AA WORKS - 0800 229 6757.

Citizens Advice Bureau: Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am4pm. Phone 578 4272.

Wairau Hospital: Hospital Visiting Hours: Daily 2.30pm - 8pm, children under 12 may visit parents only.

Maternity Ward: 10am-noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am-8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward.

WILLS, Jason Robert. ( Willzy ) Tragically on 14th April 2024, aged 40. Loved partner of Sara. Dearly much loved son of Sandra McManaway and Robert Wills. Much loved brother of Haylee Riccardo ( Ricky ) Special Grandson of Astrid and the late Rex McManaway. Funny uncle. Loved nephew of Maxine and Murray, Glenda and Bill, Bryan. Good mate of many. Private service was held at Geoffrey T Sowman funeral Home Blenheim. Sandra extends a special thank you to Lyndsay McManaway Funeral Director, for the personal care of Jason. Love and support from all involved.

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Death notices

FOWLER, Doreen: Passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday April 18, 2024 at Bethsaida Retirement Village, Blenheim. Aged 97 years. Dearly loved wife of Alistair (deceased), and mother of Neil (deceased), and Heather and Ian Cooper. A much loved grandma and great grandma. Messages may be sent to the Fowler Family at 53 Inkerman Street, Renwick 7204. A special thanks to the staff of Bethsaida for their wonderful care of our mother over the past five years. A funeral service for Doreen has been held.

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HERRON: Archibald Dougal (Dougal). Passed away peacefully April 18, 2024, at the age of 78, surrounded by love at Hospice Marlborough. Dearly loved and cherished husband of Rosalie for 55 years. Loved dad and fatherin-law to Bruce, Craig and Carey-Anne, Kylie and Terry, Amanda and Hoa. Adored and very loved Poppa to Lily. Dougal will be remembered as a loyal and caring friend who was always keen to lend a helping hand. Dougal will be forever in our hearts. Messages to c/- PO Box 9 Blenheim 7240 and www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the angels at Hospice Marlborough. In keeping with Dougal’s wishes a cremation has taken place and a private family celebration of his life will be held.

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WALLACE, Audrey Jean (Lewis, née Anderson). Passed away peacefully, aged 88 years on Friday 19 April 2024 at Springlands Lifestyle Village, Blenheim. Dearly loved wife of Bruce, and the late John. Loved Mum to Murray, Craig, Cathryn and the late Michael. Loved Mother-in-law to Jan and John. Much loved Gran and Nana of Greg, Tracey, Chloe, Thomas, Joshua, Shyla, Willow and Great-Grandmother to Frankie, Leo and Luci. Loved Aunt to the Lewis and Wallace families. Messages to c/PO Box 9 Blenheim 7240 or www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz Audrey will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace. A private service will be held on Friday 26 April with close family members.

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STEWART, Dale Susan: Passed away on Sunday April 14, 2024 at Bethsaida Retirement Village. Aged 76 years. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Michelle, and Diana and Mike. Treasured and very proud grandmother of Renae, Madeline and Baxter. Special thanks to the amazing staff at Bethsaida for their wonderful care. Messages may be sent to Dale’s family at 21 Ashwood Drive, Blenheim, 7201. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Cancer Society Marlborough would be appreciated and may be made to a/c 06-0601-0044826-00, Ref. STEWART. A private family service for Dale has been held.

Death Notices Death Notices for April 2024 for April 2024

WILLIAMS, Susan Mary ‘Sue’ (née Wentworth), March 21, 2024

McMANAWAY, Colin Patrick, March 31, 2024

ROBINSON, Shirley Ann (née Badman), April 01, 2024

KILMARTIN, Tony Rodger (‘Kills’), April 3, 2024

HUNTER, Keith Fredrick April 8, 2024

FORMAN, Robert H (Bob) April 9, 2024

BEAc H, Joanna Lois, April 09, 2024

FURNESS: Valerie Bernadette. Passed away on January 28th, 2024 in Orange, California. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Maxwell Road on Saturday 27 April at 11.00am.

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STUART-FORBES, Sir William Daniel: Passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 17, 2024 with family nearby, after a long and courageous battle. Loved by his wife Jan (deceased) and his children Ken and Cindy, Cathy and Willie, Jane and Tom, Daniel and Sonja and Sonny and William Huia (both deceased). Loved by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Messages may be sent to the Stuart-Forbes Family, c/- P.O. Box 110, Blenheim 7240. A service to remember Sir William’s life was held at Sowman’s Mayfield Chapel on Mon

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WOOD, Bryan William, April 9, 2024

FAIRWEATHER, Joanne (formerly Kilsby), April 11, 2024

HEDGES, Bernard Sydney (Bernie), April 13, 2024

STEWART, Dale Susan, April 14, 2024

WILLS, Jason Robert, April 14, 2024

STUART-FORBES, Sir William Daniel, April 17, 2024

FOWLER, Doreen, April 18, 2024

Gilbert Haymes and Associates have been surveying in Blenheim for over 100 years and have a wide range of work in a diverse work area that extends from Kaikoura to the Marlborough Sounds. We are seeking a full-time Planner to join our team in Blenheim as the business looks to expand with a growing workload.

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‘Counting my blessings’

Tuamarina’s finest equine rider Melissa Galloway and horse Joey have danced their way to 10th place in the FEI Dressage World Cup final in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the weekend.

Affectionately known as Windermere J’Obei W, Joey and Melissa joined fifteen of the world’s best who progressed through to the Grand Prix Freestyle where they scored 73.807%. The Grand Prix courses are technical and complex with tighter turns and combinations with unusual distances in between jumps.

Melissa spoke to the Sun Newspaper after the final and says it was ‘very unique’as it’s the first time it has ever been hell outside of Europe or America.

The 31-year-old is only the second NZ dressage rider to ever compete at a World Cup final and is the highest ever placed NZ rider in a world championship and final.

Currently ranked 33rd in the world, Melissa moved to Europe at the end of 2021 to seek stronger competition, qualify for world championships and develop a greater networking and skillset for both horse and rider. Melissa is currently based in the


“To think we just finished 10th in our world cup final is unreal,” she says. Photos: Hippo Foto Media – Dirk Caremans Netherlands at one of the largest horse breeding barns in Europe called Van Olst Horses.

“I am fully emerged in an elite training environment 24/7. I also have much greater access to competitions and am competing against the best horses and riders in the world which raises the standards dramatically. The downside is definitely being away from family

and friends back at home,” she says. All the Kiwi eyes were on Melissa who just two days earlier placed 11th in the Grand Prix to earn a place in the freestyle.

“I am just counting my blessings that I am here with a sound, healthy, happy horse who always gives his all for me every single day. It makes me incredibly emotional when I think of what Joey has done for me

Kayaking for cancer

When Hannah Higginson discovered her grandmother had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer she felt that she needed to do something to help.

She hoped to raise $500 for the Cancer Society in Marlborough through a challenging kayak adventure in the Queen Charlotte Sounds but the donor response in New Zealand, and abroad, has far exceeded her expectations.

“It’s been amazing,” she says. “People have been so incredibly generous. So far we have raised $1,955 and the donations are still rolling in. It was such a great trip. We saw Blue Penguins, seals, shags and even a swarm of jellyfish.”

Hannah, who lives in the Marlborough Sounds attends board-

ing school at Scots College in Wellington. She was accompanied by intrepid friends, Max Campbell, Amelia Taylor and Lachlan (Locky) Stinson, all from Wellington. Their kayak trip from Anakiwa to and from Blumine Island Scenic Reserve, totalled more than 100 kilometres over four days.

While Marlborough has relatively low levels of breast cancer, it has one of the highest levels of prostate cancer in New Zealand.

“Cancer is a tragic disease. Anything that we can do to help, has to be worth a try,” says Hannah.

“I really want to thank my fabulous friends for their support. I also really want to thank Aaron and Cait from Sea Kayak Adventures at Anakiwa. It’s their equipment and expertise that made this fundraiser possible. They’re really cool people.

“They helped me learn about route and food planning, as well as weather, sea and wind conditions. We stayed in tents every night at various locations including one night on Blumine Island, which was very special. Cait, an experienced guide, came with us on our trip to make sure that we kept safe, as none of us are experienced kayakers. We learnt so much and we all want to do another trip”.

Hannah would like to thank all the generous donors who want to make a difference to the Cancer Society in Marlborough. If you want to make a difference too and would like to make a donation, you can do this by accessing: https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/kayaking-until-i-raise-moneyfor-cancer#!

The page is open for donations until the end of April.

and continues to do so. I just love him to bits and to think we just finished 10th in our world cup final is unreal,” says Melissa.

Melissa and Joey, 13, competed at their first ever World Equestrian Games in 2022 and has had Joey since he was one and a half years old. Melissa has qualified for the Paris Olympics in July but is still waiting until they announce the

official selected combination.

“We have a very special and unique relationship as in Europe very few people have had their horse for the entire career,” she says. The plan was to head back to their base in Holland where Joey will have a rest before they start gearing up for the outdoor season with a few shows in mind before all going well with selection for Paris.

The ducks are back

It’s Blenheim’s most exciting, albeit solitary duck race, raising funds for Life Education Trust Marlborough. This year 700 ducks have a new race track through Pollard Park on Sunday, May 5.

Ducks are $5 each with the race starting at 12:10pm. All proceeds go towards Life Education, a charity that supports tamariki and rangatahi to grow up happy and healthy, making positive choices.

Life Education’s Tasha Knox says once purchased, if your duck places first you can win $500 cash thanks to Eva and the team at MTF Finance Blenheim. Second place is a $500 Interislander travel voucher while third place is a $100 Quench Restaurant voucher. Tasha says when purchasing a plastic duck, people will be given a ticket number which corresponds to their duck number. “We collect every duck at the end of the race, ready to use again the next year,” says Tasha.

Also on the day is ‘The Corporate Duck Super Race’ where local businesses compete against each other to win a morning tea shout from Sweet Creations. Decoy ducks are used for this race and heaps of fun to watch. If your business would like to purchase a duck for the corporate race please email Tasha at admin.marlborough@ lifeedtrust.org.nz

Harold, Mr Whippy, Hazbeanz Mobile Espresso and a fundraising BBQ for the Marlborough Redcross Disaster Welfare Support Team will be there too. Life Education Marlborough will be set up near the playground at Pollard Park from 10.30am on the Sunday where any unsold ducks will be available. Purchasing your duck early will avoid disappointment.

Harold, Mr Whippy, Hazbeanz Mobile Espresso and a fundraising BBQ for the Marlborough Redcross Disaster Welfare Support Team will be there too. More info: admin.marlborough@lifeedtrust.org.nz or keep an eye on their Facebook page.

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DUCKTASTIC: Life Education Marlborough’s fundraiser FIVE BUCK A DUCK DERBY will see 700 plastic ducks racing through a new track at Pollard Park on Sunday, May 5. Melissa Galloway and Windermere J’Obei W taking the stage at their first Grand Prix FEI World Cup Final in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Melissa says she loves Joey to bits. FUNRAISING FOR GRANDMOTHER: Left to right; Amelia Taylor, Max Campbell, Hannah Higginson and Lachlan Stinson.
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