1 May 2024 The Blenheim Sun

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You know you want to aye? To be on stage busting out a line to your favourite old school rock gem.

Well, here’s the opportunity with a call for those keen to audition in under three weeks for Stars in Your Eyes Blenheim, to be staged at the ASB Theatre in August.

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Blair McLean was the winner as Kenny Rogers in last year’s Stars in Your Eyes. Georgy Walton as Amy Winehouse (runner-up) and Shelly Durkin-Zintil (third) as Chrissie Hinde from The Pretenders. Auditions are on May 19 and 21. To register email: liz@creativekids.org.nz Or text 021 547 593.

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Connecting community

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Past winners have included Kenny Rogers (Blair McLean), 4 Non Blondes/Linda Perry (Kylie Fleur) and Lady Ga Ga (Lieke Tegels) who not only left their own comfort zones but represented their respective chosen charities with their moment in the spotlight.

Stars has previously been run every two years (2019, 2021, 2023). The reasoning behind back to back shows was firstly, the ASB are supportive of the community

fundraising aspect and were keen to ‘go again’ on an annual basis and to see if there was traction for an annual show.

Secondly, the Creative Kids Trust was under a government contract which was due to expire in December 2024, leaving the Trust in a position to raise an additional $130,000 a year, outside what they had previously been working with.

Organiser Liz Mckay says traditionally the event has grown

and raised $50,000 across the two charities (Fulton Foundation and Creative Kids) including the winners charities who receive funds.

The event was originally organised by the Spring Creek Lions, facilitated by Robyn Simmons in the Convention Centre.

“It’s about connecting community across multiple layers and providing opportunities for people to shine and showcase the charities they represent,” she says.

“Primarily, we would love to see Stars joining from all walks of life, stepping outside of their comfort zone and the opportunity for themselves to shine and connect with the community.”

Auditions are 19 May and the evening of 21 May at the Auckland Street studio in Blenheim with the show at the ASB Theatre on Saturday 24 August.

To register email: liz@creativekids.org.nz Or text 021 547 593.

Sisters call on Marlburians to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Breast cancer is the most common cancer for Kiwi women, with around 120 diagnosed in the Te Whatu Ora Nelson Marlborough area every year.

As a result, Two Raw Sisters have teamed up with Breast Cancer Foundation NZ to urge Marlborough locals to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast this May.

The best-selling cookbook authors and sisters, Margo and Rosa Flanagan from Christchurch, are using their passion for tasty and nutritious food to inspire Kiwis to tuck in for a good cause.

“We often have the mind-set that ‘it will never happen to me’ but breast cancer is a lot more common than we think,” says Margo. “For us, hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast is more than sitting round a table with a bunch of women eating delicious

food. Without the funds raised, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ can’t continue their amazing job of breast cancer education and helping those affected by the illness.”

For Rosa, the role of diet in breast cancer prevention and recovery matches the sisters’ food philosophy: “We love making and sharing recipes that make you feel great. We want to make it easy for individuals to love food and experience the positive impact good food has on our overall well-being.”

Pink Ribbon Breakfast is Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s largest annual fundraiser, where tens of thousands of Kiwis host special events throughout May in their homes, workplaces and communities. The money raised goes towards the charity’s life-saving work in education, research, advocacy and patient support. Registrations are now open at pinkribbonbreakfast. co.nz.

“Pink Ribbon Breakfast is the ultimate show of support for the 3,500 Kiwi women diagnosed with breast cancer every year,” says Ah-Leen Rayner, chief executive of the Foundation.

“Hosting is easier than ever before, thanks to a new website that supports people to register, plan and track their fundraising goals. As a charity that doesn’t receive any government funding, it’s only thanks to the generosity of New Zealanders that allows us to do whatever it takes to stop women dying from breast cancer.”

To help inspire Marlburians to get involved this May, Two Raw Sisters are offering Pink Ribbon Breakfast Club members a limited-time free subscription to their app and sharing a number of their delectable recipes. If Sun readers would like to host a breakfast details are at www.bcf.org. nz/event/pinkribbonbreakfast

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Caring for Veterans

The poppies may have gone away for another year says Janice Marshall, however support in every sense of the word is ongoing for ex-military personnel and their families who need and require assistance via the recently formed “Veterans’ Hub”.

Janice is ex WRNZAF and is the Marlborough Coordinator for the Blenheim Veterans’ Hub, a group of veterans ‘supporting veterans’.

The Blenheim Veterans’ Hub is an extension of the Christchurch based Canterbury Veterans’ Hub which has been operating very successfully for three years and is open to all veterans/ ex-military personnel, spouses, partners and families and is a non-membership based organisation.

Janice says the Veterans Hub does not replace the RSA activity as they work alongside the RSA and signpost for assistance with all Government Departments and in particular, Veterans’ Affairs.

The Veterans’ Hub meets for a ‘coffee

and chat’ at Sowmans Funeral Lounge on the third Thursday of the month from 10am to 12 noon. At each monthly meeting, Janice updates on matters and topics from Veterans’ Affairs and Karyn Delves (Security Alert) updates on other Government entitlements.

Over the next 12 months, the Blenheim Hub will grow to outreach Picton and Nelson and the general Tasman areas.

Janice says that preparatory work is being completed for a visit by Veterans’ Affairs in the spring of this year. Veterans’ Affairs will hold face to face meetings with veterans to advance their filed claims and give advice on pending claims. The face to face meetings have been conducted three times this year in Christchurch and have been highly successful with 28 veterans given support.

Janice says the group looks forward to developing the Marlborough/Tasman Veterans’ Hubs over the next six months whilst developing strong relationships with Veterans’ Affairs and other Government departments to deliver an advocacy service second to none.

Janice Marshall, an ex WRNZAF is the Marlborough Coordinator for the Blenheim Veterans’ Hub, a group of veterans ‘supporting veterans’. The Hub meets for a ‘coffee and chat’ at Sowmans Funeral Lounge on the third Thursday of the month from 10am to 12 noon

Thank you from Alzheimers

The Alzheimers Foundation dinner and auction held recently at the Bamboo Garden Restaurant was a great success raising over $6,000.00 to support the work of Alzheimers Marlborough.

The organisers would like to thank the following people for their support:

Restaurant managers Amy and

Nithin, auctioneer Kurt Lindsay, and guest speaker Paul Eden.

Promotional support was provided by the Blenheim Sun, TSM, local radio, and Michael Chapman-Oliver.

Auction items were generously donated by: Marlborough Helicopters, Cathy Robinson, Sharon Stevens, Allan Jonassen, Chris

Pepper, Corey Broughton Jewellers, Brian Baxter, Clip Joint Hairdressers, Liz Anderson, Columbus Coffee, Cindy Morrison, Garden Marlborough, Richard Sampey of Framers on Queen, Bob Herbert, Connie Rayne. The Alzheimers Foundation would also like to extend a big thank you to all those who bought tickets and auction items.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

All funds raised remain right here in Marlborough and go towards assisting Alzheimers Marlborough with its work in our community meeting the increasing demand for the services they provide to support local people affected by dementia, and their families.

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FOLIO - Youth Art Exhibition

The Folio Youth Art exhibition is an initiative of the Marlborough Youth Council and is a partnership between the Marlborough Art Gallery, Marlborough Colleges and Council. It is a major presentation of NCEA folio artwork by Marlborough students created throughout the year.

FOLIO runs from Saturday 20 April to Sunday 9 June. For times and more details go to: http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/.../folio2024-youth.../blenheim


A correction to the story on Melissa Galloway and her horse Joey/Windermere J’Obei W in last week’s edition (March 24). Melissa rides dressage grand prix and not show jumping as written. We apologise for the error.

Correction - Picton Flower Ladies

In our story on 24th April, ‘Thank you from the Picton Flower Ladies’, Margaret Frisken’s surname was listed incorrectly as Weston. We apologise for the mistake.

Spring Creek residents’ meeting

Spring Creek residents are invited to an update from Council’s Rivers and Drainage Engineering Team about the proposed Peninsula Road stop bank repair and upgrade project. The meeting is at the Spring Creek Community Hall, tomorrow May 2 at 7.30pm.

Andy White, Council Rivers and Drainage Engineering Manager, will explain the background, current situation, proposed project programme and progress to date and will cover the current flood risk and how Council and the community can mitigate it over the duration of the project, and beyond. For further information email rivers@ marlborough.govt.nz

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Honouring Family

Jono Poswillo from the Blenheim Rural Fire Brigade at the Renwick RSA Anzac Service last Thursday. Pictured with Jono is his sister Charlotte who wore family medals and read a poem at the ceremony representing Renwick School. The medals were their Great Grandfather’s Aston Greathead, WWII and their ‘Great’ Uncles, Alfred Wyatt , WWI. Both served in the NZ Army.

Renwick Returned and Services Association (RSA) lost 26 people in the Great War, and another 12 in World War II.

Ensemble charms audiences

Music enthusiasts in Marlborough were treated to an enchanting performance last week by the acclaimed Amber String Quartet.

Hailed as China’s premier chamber musicians, the concert, titled “Art of Collaboration,” beautifully showcased the harmonious fusion of musical talents.

Delighting audiences with a diverse repertoire, the quartet performed renowned works including Mozart’s “String Quartet No.19 ‘Dissonance’,” Mendelssohn’s “String Quartet No.6 in F minor, op. 80,” and the captivating “Chinese Folk Song Suite” by composer Wenjing Guo.

Additionally, on Thursday 25, they performed a special composition by YiCheng Yang, one of the quartet’s members, in commemoration of Anzac Day. Both evenings saw packed venues filled with enthusiastic attendees fully immersed in the music, expressing their admiration through multiple standing ovations. The word they used to express their experience was ‘amazing’.

Mayor Nadine Taylor warmly welcomed the Amber Quartet on behalf of the people of Marlbor-

Front row from left: Liya Zhu, Clarissa Anran Lehmann, Anqi Hong, Cindy She.

Second row from the left: Jade Tian, Joy Xu, Fangran Shen, Kaiyi Liu, Ivy Liu

Last row from the left: Mia Tisi-Baña, Vincent Meng, Yuhang Lin, Zidi Hong, Ryan Zhou, Shenglin Wei.

ough, recognising their visit as a highlight of the ongoing celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership between New Zealand and China.

Mayor Taylor emphasized the enriching impact of such cultural exchanges on the community.

The organisers, including the China Culture Centre Wellington and the New Zealand Chinese Association Marlborough Branch,

expressed immense satisfaction with the Amber String Quartet’s outstanding performance, extending gratitude to the dedicated volunteers whose efforts ensured the success of the event.

Adding a memorable touch to the occasion, local Chinese musicians and children came together to perform a Maori song, creating lasting memories for both the Amber Quartet and the audience.

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‘How could I say no?’

Blenheim Baristas Mike Healy, Barb Vesela, and Mike Boyd might work for competing businesses on paper but in reality, what unites them is far greater than anything that might divide them.

All three will be putting aside their barista aprons and strapping on a parachute to take part in Drop for Youth Marlborough 2024 in a little over three weeks.

Drop for Youth is a key fundraiser for local youth charity, Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough and all funds raised will support the work of the Foundation in transforming young lives within the Marlborough region.

Mike Healy, from 23 Grove Road Coffee House, is a born and bred Marlburian who is supporting the cause to ensure all children and young people in Marlborough get the chance to reach their full potential.

“We’re big fans of the Graeme Dingle Foundation and love the way they provide the tools and strategies to help young people cope with the challenges in their lives as well as connecting them with mentors or role models to guide them,” Mike says. “I’ve seen the benefit first-hand through my own children’s experience in Kiwi Can. How could I say no?!”

Meanwhile Barb from Hakuna Matata Café agrees.

“I’m a mum of two kids my-

self now and I got to see my stepchildren benefit from Kiwi Can hugely. I would absolutely love the opportunity for my two little ones too and this depends on Marlborough businesses and community, as the Foundation relies almost exclusively on us for funding.”

“I’m definitely not confident to drop out of the sky like this, but I believe that being a young

person that doesn’t have a great start in life is way more difficult,” she explains. “Helping our young people on the path to success from an early age is so vital both for them as individuals, and us as a community.”

As for Mike Boyd from It’s All Good Brew, he has been involved with the Foundation’s ‘Toroa Career Navigator’ programme. Toroa works with local

15–25-year-olds, not in work or training but keen to be.

Mike says they’ve been delighted to be one of many local businesses that rally around these young people to help them find their next steps.

“We’ve hosted worksite visits for them, so they can come in and discover more about the hospitality industry and we just love sharing our passion for

coffee and hospitality with them all. As a young person in business myself, I was happy to trade in my caffeine fix for an adrenaline one, for the day all for a good cause.”

The trio are joined by 82 other Marlburians heading to Motueka for Drop for Youth on Saturday 25th May.

To support the “Daring Droppers”, visit www.bit.ly/DropForYouth2024.

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Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street.

What have been some of the key learnings in the production for you?

To trust the process and to have confidence in my ability.

Despite us coming from a lot of different backgrounds, when we have a common goal then we can pull together and deliver something amazing.

That no matter how long you’ve been doing something, there is always more to learn. Layers upon layers - be like a sponge.

Everyone has a story. When we all weave all of these stories together, you get a Technicolor Dreamcoat – and it is spectacular.

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Easter colouring competition winners

Maia-Rose, aged 7, won the 4-8 year category with her entry, and Lena Bailey, who is overseas at the moment, won the 9-12 year category. Thank you to everyone who entered - the standard of entries was very high. We will have another colouring-in competition again soon.

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Art of collaboration

Dear Chris.

We would like to express thank you for your article; which was published and attracted a lot of audiences.

I would like to inform you that the musical night was successfully held with almost 250 attendees and the hall was fully seated. Much appreciated for your kind support.

Enny Leong Event Manager

NZ Chinese Association Marlborough Branch

Dear Editor,

In reply to Chris Davies we are all appalled at the latest rate increase.

No matter what we say or write, our concerns are ignored. If anyone is prepared to review MDC records they will find that annual rates have on average been double the rate of inflation each year for the past 30 years.

Sadly, elected councillors during that period have largely been impotent in serving the rate-

Definitely been working on improving vocal technique, which when you haven’t sung for a while it’s like any instrument and muscle, you have to keep practicing.

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payers but have been complicit in its support of a staff of 90 plus in the 1980s growing to around 300 now.

It would appear nationally that councils have failed to be fiscally responsible in maintaining and improving core services and have instead followed a path of wasteful spending, grandiose projects, and empire building.

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Whale Trail milestone at Wairau Affray site

Of the many precious cultural sites The Whale Trail passes through, Te Ārai o Wairau or the Wairau Affray is one of the most significant.

The Wairau Affray took place just three years after the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/ the Treaty of Waitangi and signalled the beginnings of Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa, the New Zealand Land Wars.

Just before dawn, i te atapō, on Sunday 24 March, was a significant moment when mana whenua Kahu Ropata, a kaumatua for Te Runanaga o Toa Rangatira, led a blessing at Tua Marino/ Tua Marina to mark another milestone in The Whale Trail’s construction.

Marlborough Kaikōura

Trails Trust Chair Luke van Velthoven, staff from The Whale Trail and Ngati Toa whānau, visiting from Wellington for a Wananga Reo at Wairau Pā, attended

The Whale Trail marked a significant milestone recently with the blessing of a newly completed section at the Wairau Affray site

and walked the new trail which was blessed to ensure the cultural and physical safety of those who use it in future.

Following the blessing and kai, attendees took the opportunity to learn more about this significant site and walked north along the trail to look at the next exciting section as it makes its way towards Waitohi/Picton.

Whale Trail Project Lead

Nigel Muir said trail users would get the opportunity to experience and learn about some of Marlborough and Kaikōura’s precious areas, such as Te Ārai o Wairau/the Wairau Affray.

“We’re delighted with the progress of this exciting community project,” Nigel said. “It’s another major step in the construction of The Whale Trail as it connects communities along the East Coast of the South Island.”

Marlborough is encouraged to ‘go pink’ for a week in the lead up to the Mental Health Foundation’s Pink Shirt Day on Friday 17 May.

Pink Shirt Day aims to reduce bullying by celebrating diversity in all its forms and supporting workplaces, communities and schools to be safe, supportive, welcoming and inclusive.

Council’s Community Partnerships Advisor Jodie Griffiths said ‘Paint the Town Pink’ was created to amplify the anti-bullying message promoted by Pink Shirt Day.

“We want to turn Te Tauihu and Te Tai Poutini – the top of the south and the West Coast – pink for a week to encourage more courageous conversations in our community about bullying,” Mrs Griffiths said. “We can work together to stop bullying, celebrate diversity and promote kindness and inclusiveness.”

From 13 to 19 May community groups and businesses can adopt any number of ‘pink’ initiatives including painting shop windows,

Rainbow Run radiates colour Paint Marlborough pink for a week

The Freshchoice Picton Rainbow Run brought a dash of colour to the town for the day recently. Nearly 500 people attended, which was a chance to walk or run with family and friends, get a bit messy and have fun while being doused with rainbow colours like those pictured.

Council’s Project Coordinator - Lansdowne Hub and Port Marlborough Pavilion Regan Russell said it was great the Rainbow Run had become a popular event, attracting families to come out and spend time together while getting active.

“It’s a great fun atmosphere on the day and all funds raised go back into the pavilion so we can support our programmes and events throughout the year,” Regan said.

See someone being bullied? Be an Upstander, not a bystander. Call it out. Stand with them. Get help.

wearing pink, making and sharing pink food and running competitions on who has the best outfit. Council has pink chalk to give away to participating businessescontact Jodie on jodie.griffiths@marlborough.govt.nz

For more information and resources go to: www.pinkshirtday.org.nz

Funding workshops for not-for-profit and community groups

Attention not-for-profit and community groups.

If you want to learn about funding in Marlborough, what is available and how to go about getting it, then head along to a series of workshops next week in Havelock, Blenheim and Seddon.

The workshops include short presentations on some of the funds available in Marlborough.

The meetings are in Havelock on Monday 6 May from 1pm to 3pm; Blenheim on Monday 6 May from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, and Seddon on Tuesday 7 May from 10am to midday.

The workshops will help you to get your

application ‘pitch’ right and show how to align with the funder’s priorities, and tell your story about the project’s success.

Following the presentations there will be a mini workshop on finances for community groups delivered by Community Capacity Accounting. Funders will also be available to answer questions and set up times to meet for more complex funding requests.

Refreshments will be available.

Please register for which workshop you wish to attend at: https://bit.ly/3vMeix7.

For further information email: natalie. lawler@marlborough.govt.nz or jodie. griffiths@marlborough.govt.nz

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Making maths count one on one

The mathematics education research community have shared growing concerns with the statements from the Education Minister of the need for ‘structured mathematics to raise student achievement’. Sun Journalist and former teacher Chris Valli takes up the story with some of Marlborough’s key educators.

The teaching and learning of maths has been a debate in recent months, depending one’s cultural, pedagogical, political lens.

Education Minister Erica Stanford says she ‘wants more evidence’ about what works in schools and ‘detailed data’ about how well children are performing.

Aotearoa Educators Collective supports education through leaders who ‘share a common interest in promoting progressive ideals in schooling’.

The group includes academics, principals and teachers with the collective addressing concerns recently believing ‘it is unclear what the Minister recently meant by structured mathematics’ as the term comes from one body of research in relation to literacy rather than mathematics.

“If structured mathematics means teaching mathematics in a coherent, comprehensive way that covers the mathematics curriculum and serves Māori and Pacific students by supporting them to learn mathematics while also maintaining a strong positive cultural identity and sense of well-being, then we already have many educators and schools across Aotearoa that are achieving this and who we can learn from,” says Jodie Hunter, Aotearoa Educators Collective spokesperson.

Jodie says research in maths education for years highlights that a one-size-fits-all approach has failed and is discriminatory for Maori and Pasifika students ‘who are currently under-served in our education system.’

“Succeeding in mathematics encompasses a wide range of aspects including developing procedural fluency and conceptual knowledge, learning to use mathematical practic-

es such as explaining and justifying mathematical ideas, having a positive disposition towards mathematics, and seeing how mathematics connects to both home and community life outside of school.”

Philip Kotze, Head of Faculty Mathematics at MBC says ‘structured mathematics’ at the college has three aspects: Class instruction and teaching, differentiation into groups within each class to deliver the curriculum at the right curriculum level to the students and homework being set on a weekly basis. The class sizes at a junior level are between 28 – 32 (Year 9/10) and senior, between 26-31.

“It’s also crucial to adapt teaching methods to students’ diverse needs to maximize the benefits of any educational approach”

Junior programs at MBC consist of a unit called Māori Canals, working with local iwi, Rangitane, to get an understanding of how iwi worked the channels pre-colonisation eg measurement, (canals and waterways, volume of water in canals).

Dr Peter Meihana, historian, Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō and Ngāi Tahu, helped put the unit together and presented it to the students.

“We are also trialing an Astro Biology unit; students look at the Maths involved in getting a small colony to Mars. They look at the Biology and science of keeping them up there, using persuasive writing to convince governments why to or

why not repopulate another planet, and looking at the cultural aspect of a new colony, leadership, and dynamics within the group,” he says.

At a senior level, achievement standards have a direct correlation to outside learning, Measurement (used in construction and building), Statistics (solving everyday problems through investigating), Calculus (looking at physics propulsion and momentum).

Te Ao Māori Leader of Learning, Dr Delyn Day says understanding mathematical concepts and principles through mātauranga Māori (Maori knowledge) is essential for understanding many aspects of mātauranga Māori, for example, how Māori built waka and navigated using stars, sun, and moon, tides and currents.

Another example is maramataka Māori, which requires an understanding of angles and elliptics, and time. Mātauranga Māori she says leads to a greater understanding of mathematical principles.

“There are many examples in mātauranga Māori that help stu-

dents understand and be able to apply mathematical understandings to real-world contexts,” she says.

“To assume that math can be taught without context is to misunderstand what knowledge is—all knowledge is contextual, and the mistake that math is somehow an exemption or a “pure” science is largely predicated (based on) the origins of mathematical terminology and concepts in languages other than English, where the metaphorical and philosophical underpinnings of mathematics have become lost to many but the experts.”

Physics and Director of Innovative Learning at MBC, Dr Michael Harvey, believes there seems to be a drive in the present government to focus on the science of learning, not as ‘science based’ as the name suggests.

“Structured mathematics refers to a systematic approach to teaching mathematical concepts and has been a subject of interest in educational research,” says Michael.

“Structured mathematics inter-

ventions, particularly in primary education, have shown to improve teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching, which in turn can lead to better student outcomes,” says Michael. “Studies suggest that structured approaches can assist students in developing stronger proportional reasoning skills, a fundamental aspect of mathematics,” he says.

From a political bias he says there is a concern that mathematics education, including structured approaches, can be influenced by political perspectives, potentially aligning with capitalist ideologies and contributing to societal inequalities.

Michael believes while structured mathematics has the potential to improve educational outcomes, it is important to remain vigilant to ensure it does not inadvertently reinforce biases or limit creative thinking.

“It’s also crucial to adapt teaching methods to students’ diverse needs to maximize the benefits of any educational approach,” he says.

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Senior Pastor Tom Hatch’s very first venture into Musical Theatre was as a 12 year old. The show was Joseph where he played the role of Pharaoh.

Fast forward 46 years later, Tom (58) and wife Suzanne will be sharing the on-stage dynamic in Blenheim Musical Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with opening night next Wednesday, May 8. The couple were part of the ensemble in BMT’s production of Les Miserables in 2022. However, Tom says to be selected and cast in this show is humbling and thrilling together.

The production is Suzanne’s sixth BMT show and has worked under five different directors. She says each one brings their own strengths to the role so she feels like she is constantly growing and learning.

“I’m also very aware that on one side of me I’ll have someone who’s been in this forever so I’m gleaning from them, whilst on the other I have newbies who I can encourage and share tips with,” says Suzanne. Suzanne plays Reuben’s wife and is also sister-in-law to Joseph. She admits the two relationships are conflicting at times.

“Out of loyalty to my husband, I celebrate Joseph’s demise; however

I am also struck with admiration for the bold and handsome young brother. Can I be sad and elated at the same time?”

Tom is relishing the opportunity of bringing a character from a famous Bible story to life on the stage. Even though Tom says he has been singing in front of people since he was a child he concedes he is still learning.

“The Director (Sam Baxter) and Vocal Director (Con O’Brien) have been amazing. Patient, gracious and encouraging. And talking about patient….Vanessa Bryant (Choreographer) oh my goodness. I really do feel like I am an old-dog learning new tricks.

Tom’s principle character is Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn and the oldest brother. He says the casting of the brothers is brilliant.

“We actually cover the ages really well so when you see us all on stage we actually could be family. Even backstage we carry on like brothers. There is a fair amount of good banter between us all and even as the oldest brother.”

Fellow cast member Mark Jeffries, who plays Potiphar, richest man in Egypt, agrees, especially spending time with his own daughter on stage.

“There’s long hours involved but the commitment delivers a brilliant final product. And of course, being on stage with my daughter, Cosette,

has added a brilliant dimension for me too.”

Director Sam Baxter says the ASB Theatre has provided the opportunity to use newer technology, larger set designs and flying elements.

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“Sound engineering and lighting design have been really interesting

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From the President’s Desk

In April, I found myself in a situation of having no way to get to Wairau hospital and back from an eye injection appointment. My husband was in Nelson and I did not like to rely on friends. What to do? I then remembered the St John Health Shuttle, left a phone message - you have to give them 24 hours’ notice - of when I needed to be at the appointment, and when I would be returning home. I got a message soon after to say that I was all booked in. That night I also got a phone call to tell me exactly what time I would be collected.

Two shuttle volunteers came to pick me up. One was the driver and the other to assist me if I needed help in and out of the vehicle. They were both so welcoming. They dropped me off to my appointment in plenty of time and I gave them an approximate time of when I would be finished. Appointment concluded, I met the team outside the front entrance of the hospital and they took me home. They advised that sometimes there is a bit of a wait if someone else is due around the same time to take home. Being a volunteer service with payment by donation, I gave $20 as I thought a taxi would have been over double that price.

I will use this service again if I have a need; it was door to door with very empathetic volunteers that made me feel safe.

New Committee member needed.

Brian McNamara has resigned after sixteen years on the Grey Power Marlborough Committee. As president and publicity officer, Brian focused on providing relevant and up to date information for our senior cohort, and will be missed by the committee for his personality, editing

Grey Power seminars

Grey Power Marlborough held two well-attended seminars in March. Speakers, including from Ministry of Social Development, Community Law, Stadium 2000, and Civil Defence Emergency Services, all offered great information to those present who went away feeling they had gained worthwhile knowledge from attending. We are holding another Seminar Session on 30th May at 10.15am in the Nativity Church hall. Broadly, the topic will be ‘planning for the future’.

We also hosted a Prostate Cancer Awareness evening with seventy men and women attending. Thanks to Murray Eyles from the Marlborough Prostate Cancer Support Group for arranging these speakers from all over New Zealand who gave a very down to earth overview of men and their prostate journey. It was good to see so many women there who would be supporting men through this diagnosis.

Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) allow a person to make choices for another when they are deemed to lack the capacity to make rational decisions. Ask around for the best deal.


Benefits of an EPA The Winter Energy Payment

The Winter Energy payment, made from 1 May to 1 October 2024, helps people keep their homes and families warmer and healthier over winter. The payment is made automatically to those eligible with their other benefit and pension payments.

Couples and people with dependent children will get $31.82 a week and single people will get $20.46 a week. Someone getting a Foster Care Allowance may receive a higher rate. Contact the Ministry.

This year, clients paid weekly

Not having a power of attorney can mean upsetting consequences such as a longer hospital stay. Older people have waited up to five weeks in hospital beds due to not having the legal representation to be discharged; or have difficulty moving easily into a residential care home from hospital.

got a part Winter Energy Payment during the week of 6 May. The first full Winter Energy Payment comes in the week of 13 May. Similarly, NZ Super and Veteran’s Pension senior clients get a part payment on Tuesday 7 May. The full amount comes in their next one on Tuesday 21 May.

Couples getting NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension can switch the payment to their partner’s account by calling the Ministry’s Seniors line on 0800 552 002. While overseas, seniors get the payment up to 28 days. If away

If a family member suddenly loses capacity, an application for a welfare guardian goes through the Family Court. This legal process can be time-consuming, meaning hospital patients continuing to pay rent or electricity bills, because no one has the power to end living arrangement agreements for them.

longer, contact the Ministry to avoid paying back overpayments. Clients redirecting their benefit for power costs can increase this amount over winter by getting in touch with the Ministry.

People can choose not to get the Winter Energy Payment, or start getting it again after stopping previously. Fill out the ‘Stop or Restart Winter Energy Payment’ online form, or call the Ministry.

Learn more on the Work and Income site www.workandincome. govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/ winter-energy-payment.html

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Flu and cold season are back

Flu viruses and the common cold can be just as life-threatening in our senior cohort as COVID. Medical professionals suggest the following when getting those initial symptoms of the 'lurgy'.

If you have flu/cold type symptoms, take a COVID (RATS) test; whether positive or negative, the initial

treatment is to stay warm, stay home, rest, drink plenty of water, take Paracetamol to minimise discomfort. If symptoms persist, or get worse, consult your GP medical practice for what to do next.

Above all, do not wait too long before seeking advice if you are feeling very unwell.

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The impact on seniors from Council Rates increase

From July 1 Marlborough homeowners’ rates increase by 12.5%. Though the council has explained why this rate rise is necessary, it will still impact hugely on seniors.

In the 2018 census, 10458 people, 22% of our population, were aged 65 or over; this will have grown since. Many people

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fixed incomes struggle already with the current cost of living. Due to this rates increase, seniors who rent will probably face a rent increase.

Senior home-owners can apply for a rates rebate, if they qualify, as can those living in a retirement village. Community Services card holders

St Christopher’s and Nativity churches are combining to offer a men’s breakfast which they hope to make a regular event, either combined or separate.

The Nativity Church eldercare coordinator, Bianca Shepherd, invites Grey Power men as well to come together

certainly should apply. If your funds are limited, it is worth applying - you may get a reduction.

Council employees are happy to go through the application process with you and are very understanding that it is difficult to ask for help to ease your financial burden.

on the 18th May for a morning of fellowship, food, and a guest speaker. Saturday 18 May, Faith Food Fellowship at 9am at St Christopher’s Lounge in Redwoodtown.

Cost is $10. Register at info@nativity.org.nz or office@stchristophers. co.nz

• Thanks to all members who have paid their subscriptions already!

• It is never too late to pay your subscription, or to join. It just means that you cannot access the discounts and membership benefits until you are a financial member. Pay online or come into the office, open from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday.

• If you have not received or have misplaced an invoice, contact the office. We will email or send out a new one.

• If you find the Farmers car park very busy, try the Clubs of Marlborough car park just across the road. Walk into the building from Alfred Street by Citizens Advice Bureau and Age Concern. Our office is along the corridor.

• Please let us know when changing contact information such as addresses, or if you switch from a landline to a new mobile phone number. It helps speed things up.

• Since we send out extra information via email, give us your email address if this interests you.

• We also use Facebook to pass on relevant information from other groups. Look up Grey Power Marlborough.

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Last week’s changes to unworkable and expensive regulations mark the end of the war on farming, says Federated Farmers freshwater spokesperson Colin Hurst.

“These impractical rules have been a complete nightmare since the day they were introduced and farmers will be pleased to see the back of them,” Hurst says. “They were rushed through before the 2020 election by overzealous regulators with a complete disregard for those who would actually need to implement them behind the farm gate.

“Farmers are always looking to improve environmental outcomes on their properties and to care for the land, but regulation needs to be practical, pragmatic and affordable.

“These rules failed on all three counts. They were completely disconnected from the reality of farming, devoid of all commonsense, and heaped on a tonne of unnecessary costs for farmers.”

Hurst says farming rules were so poorly thought through they

had to be amended eight times in just three years, and even then they remained totally unworkable and confusing for farmers.

“The constant chopping and changing has been incredibly confusing and has completely undermined farmers’ confidence to invest in their businesses,” Hurst says. “The previous Government should have listened when farmers told them a onesize-fits-all approach was never going to work. It’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.”

Winter grazing rules would

have required over 10,000 farmers around the country to get a resource consent just to feed a winter crop to their stock.

“Even if farmers had complied, the councils wouldn’t have had the capacity to process that number of consents.”

Hurst is also deeply critical of flawed stock exclusion rules that currently require extensive sheep and beef properties to fence their waterways by July 2025.

“Fencing streams on extensive properties with low stocking rates has the potential to cost farmers hundreds of thousands of dollars, for very little environmental gain,” Hurst says.

“It makes no sense to have a blanket rule requiring fences on these vast properties with difficult terrain and a very low stocking rate.

“The previous Government had two attempts at mapping out where sheep and beef farmers needed to fence streams, and they still couldn’t get it right.

“Fences don’t go up overnight, so the reality is that those farmers

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“Farmers are New Zealand’s leading conservationists. I can’t think of any group of people who are doing more to protect and enhance our countries biodiversity.

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Federated Farmers strongly believe that winter grazing, stock exclusion and on-farm biodiversity can be better managed through the upcoming rollout of farm plans.

“Farm plans allow farmers and rural communities to tailor their environmental improvement actions to match their specific local needs,” Hurst says.

“This will always lead to much better outcomes, and more community buy-in, than impractical and expensive one-size-fits-all rules driven out of Wellington.”

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 Are you a dog or cat person?

Definitely a dog person - even our cat acts like a dog.

 My friends would say I am… Never far from a bubbles glass.

 The best advice I ever received was? Buy a house when you’re young. I didn’t, but I should have.

 What would you buy if money was no object? Airfares.

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I only really drink coffee at home but Hakuna Matata is my go to café.

 Favourite takeaway?

JJs burgers on a Friday night if I can.

 The shop you can’t walk past is...? Bamboo Tiger is pretty hard to walk past.

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

I do remember my friend Lauren had flowers delivered. The timing was amazing. That and my engagement ring which is pretty hard to top.

 Where is your happy holiday place? Africa. Malawi was so special.

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I’ve just finished Baby Reindeer. What a ride.

 What’s one thing on your bucket list?

To have more lunches at Saint Clair with my Grandma.

gardening this week

Garlic: By Wally Richards

Many years ago you could put a few cloves into friable, free draining, fertile soil with their points upwards and their bums down, some time around about the shortest day, and six months later harvest nice big fat bulbs with new fresh plump cloves inside.

Then about 7 odd years ago Puccinia Porri appeared which is the dreaded garlic rust.

Since then gardeners and commercial growers have been battling to grow decent garlic bulbs.

Last season I planted a lot of garlic types that I had purchased from a supplier into a raised garden and used the silicon cell strengthening products to try and prevent the rust by fortifying the plants with silica.

The previous season I had used the cell strengthening products and that worked in preventing the rust but because of too many hazy or cloudy days and too little direct sunlight, the bulbs were only about half the size they should have been.

Last seasons crop got the rust and the bulbs were small. They had the silica treatment as they grew.

In another raised garden I planted some cloves from my previous successful crop and I did not treat them with the silicon cell strengthening products.

These plants never showed any sign of rust on them.

I also planted some of my own with the purchased ones and they got the rust along side of the purchased ones.

Thus I have determined that the rust is not only a air borne disease but can be carried on the bulbs and cloves.

That meant that the purchased bulbs in the first raised garden along with my cloves which had been rust free the year before all had rust.

Where these raised gardens are is behind my warehouse which is in a commercial area and thus no gardens anywhere nearby growing plants or garlic.

Well I have learnt two possible things, one is there is a very good likelihood of garlic spores being on bulbs you buy and the silicon cell strengthening products can help but is not foolproof.

The previous season which I grew in a different raised garden garlic and used the silicon cell strengthening products I had no rust.

It was from that season that I had some cloves to plant last season.

The year before that with no special treatment on the purchased bulbs I had rust and a very poor crop of small bulbs.

That was why when I used the silicon cell strengthening products the following season and had no rust I thought it was that treatment that did the trick.

Its a learning curve and gardeners worth their salt will not give up easily and keep battling till an answer is found.

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Conclusions: Rust spores can be carried on the incoming bulbs and lay dormant in the soil where garlic was grown previously. Likely it would take 2-3 years for those spores to suppressed naturally.

So for the garlic bulbs I have purchased this year I made up a solution of potassium permanganate at about a tea spoon full into a litre of water and soaked the cloves in that, having removed them from the bulbs.

If you are buying bulbs from a supplier or ones from the Supermarket then when you separate the cloves, only choose the biggest, fattest ones to plant, and soak them in the potassium permanganate solution.

The smaller cloves take to the kitchen for use in cooking.

Another problem would be for those that do not have a lot of growing area and have to plant into gardens that have had garlic in the past.

To kill any spores in such gardens take a teaspoon of potassium permanganate and a table spoon of Wallys Ocean Solids - dissolve 1L of hot water and when nicely dissolved add to another 9L of water and drench the area you are going to plant your garlic in.

Then prepare the area with a good sprinkling of animal manure or sheep manure pellets plus blood and bone.

Sprinkle Wallys Calcium & Health and Wallys BioPhos over the manures and then cover with purchased compost.

Make up another batch of potassium permanganate and Ocean Solids and drench the area again.

In my case I placed two sack fulls of horse manure which was teeming with earth worms over the existing soil of a raised garden that is on asphalt.

Then a good sprinkling of Wallys Calcium & Health and Wallys BioPhos before covering with purchased compost.

Into this I pressed my fat cloves planting about 80mm apart.

A little more compost over the area to ensure that the cloves are covered and then over the garden plastic netting to stop the birds worm hunting and digging up the planted cloves.

I have planted yesterday which is about two months early so that I can obtain a good start.

My plan during the growing season is to spray the foliage once a month with the new Wallys Copper Nutrient but also have made up in a trigger spray bottle of Wallys Magic Botanic Liquid (MBL) - I will spray the foliage about once a week as it grows. On its own, in a trigger spray bottle it keeps, so leave the sprayer near where the garlic is growing.

Later on when there are good size tops on the plants and before any sign of rust I am going to spray the foliage with Wallys Vaporgard.

This will do two things - by having a film over the foliage there is no leaf surface for rust to establish on so that should prevent rust damage.

Secondly Vaporgard acts as a sunscreen against UV which means that the plant can really photosynthesise and the foliage will turn a much richer green.

Plants use the energy of the sun to change water and carbon dioxide into a sugar called glucose.

Glucose is used by plants for energy and to make other substances like cellulose and starch. Cellulose is used in building cell walls.

Its the glucose that builds big fat bulbs in the last couple of months prior to harvest. As the foliage will keep growing the Vaporgard film will stretch a little bit then bare foliage will appear and new leaves will not have a protective coating. So dependent on growth of foliage a spray of Vaporgard every two to four weeks will be applied to keep a coating over the leaves as much as possible.

When applying the back up sprays of Vaporgard, add to the spray Wallys Copper Nutrient at the lessor rate and also the MBL.

If you want to spray the copper and MBL without the Vaporgard then you need to add a little Raingard to the spray so the two films (Vaporgard and Raingard) will emerge and the products will pass though to the leaves.

Otherwise they would not get through to the foliage and will sit on the Vaporgard film to wash off in rain or watering.

Ok, a bit of work and spraying to follow the program but if it all works out one can take pride in producing home grown, big garlic bulbs, where others try and fail.

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How many words of three or more letters, including plurals, can you make from the six letters, using each only once? No words beginning with a capital are allowed. There’s at least one six-letter word.

Each number represents a different letter of the alphabet. Write the given letters into all squares with matching numbers. Now work out which letters are represented by the other numbers.


1. Damned (6)

5. Provide evidence (6)

10. Face to face (Fr) (3,1,3)

11. Vivid red (7)

12. Halo around the sun (6)

15. Simple, easily achieved (6)

16. Act of betrayal (7)


2. Boost (7)

3. Learned person (6)

4. Shallow food container (4)

5. Part of foot (4)

6. Traditional headdress (6)

7. Alcoholic drinks (7)

8. Expels (6)

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Repair the pipe

Yellow pages

Received yellow pages the other day, straight from the mail box into the rubbish bin. Advertising dollars well spent! Time to wake up and stop wasting resources.

Rugby champs

Step up please MDC and do the right (community spirit) thing. Simply fix and pay for the repair of the broken water pipe at Bradshaw Heritage Park.

After all, the cost involved is a drop in the ocean compared to the tens (hundreds?) of thousands of Ratepayers dollars that are continually wasted with shoddy ‘repair efforts’ on Blenheim’s rollercoaster style road surfaces.

Spearmint green jacket

I feel the same about a few of the cyclists riding the Taylor River paths. Some use it like a race track. If you didn’t hear them coming and step out in their path, they wouldn’t have time to stop and would either hit you or come a gutser themselves. I feel the worst thing the council did was open it to cycles that never used it before the paths were put in. They are on mountain bikes of some kind, so they should be able to move off the path to pass. Cycles aren’t allowed on any other foot paths. They are always the ones that wreck it for others.

Appalling customer service

Recently visited a newly relocated Jeweler in town centre... 3 staff 0 customers in store... young girl who I spoke to gave me the impression I was interrupting her cleaning. Every question I asked I got a negative response..ie we only service items and brands purchased here. (I had purchased the item there) then we can only replace if we have in stock... there have been lots of orders so probably have to order in... At this point I am feeling decidedly unwelcome... little did this assistant know that I had over $600 I also wanted to spend.

Appalling customer service..I will not be returning.

Water leak

Re the hassle over the water leak at Brayshaw Park, maybe the council need to bring another unelected advisor on board to deal with it, plenty of money in rates bucket to pay for it.

Crusaders have always been renowned for having a great first five eight, he’s the man that steers the team round the field and at the moment they are lacking in that department, like other franchises if you want the best you have to pay for the best even if it means going off shore.

Clean it up


In the afternoon of Monday 15th April, on needing to go to a toilet, what greeted me? A Big pile of poop.

This being on the floor between the toilet bowl and wall, with a small pile in front. Much time was spent placing neat layers of toilet paper around and on top of this poop.

A child’s unfortunate mistake maybe! Please, who ever covered this poop, think of others, how about going a step further? Disposing of it into the toilet and also cleaning up the floor. This I did, rather than leaving it for someone else to deal with.


Two cyclists speeding on Taylor River path, carrying two toddlers on front, slow down!! How stupid, you could kill your babies, there were dogs running free, could have caused a nasty accident! Absolute stupidity, maybe there should be a speed restriction as too many cyclists speeding, this is not a race track!!

Same old

The pattern continues. Labour get in and spend recklessly at the detriment of NZ.

Then voters see sense again and vote in National who then have to set about pulling the reins in, tightening belts to get the country back on track. All the while taking the flak for the terrible state of things. Which Labour caused.

It’s not rocket science. Got

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Tree surgeon

Well I am upset, disappointed and a bit angry that as I drove down Adams Lane on Anzac morning there was a tree surgeon removing a tree from a property Now come on please show a bit of respect for the day, it’s history and it’s relevance.

Honesty box

To the maggot who cut out and stole the honesty box from the apple stall on Murray’s Road on the left before Rapaura Road, thanks alot was enjoying those fresh juicy apples but you obviously needed the money more than the owners, there are words for people like you.

Power costs

One of the biggest power companies in New Zealand 51% owned by government, you put your prices up when you changed your name. Prices went up to 90c last year, now your putting them up to $1.30 . You’d think you’d give hard working New Zealanders a break, the wages aren’t going up!

Anzac Day

I had family members who fought in wars, eg my Grandfather was at Gallipoli and my daughter was in Afghanistan. Any recognition by our government? don’t think so! My daughter and her partner, who were both in the NZ Airforce, live in Australia and they attend dawn service every year. If they wear their medals they are served food and drinks all day, free. What do service people get here??

Health NZ

For some reason the media still seem to be referring to our national health agency as Te Whatu Ora. Come on media... refer to them as Health New Zealand and let’s drive some accountability by using a name which is at the core of what they do. It’s not 2015 anymore... this PC rubbish should be long gone.


Spring Creek flood bank repair needs to be made a priority by our local council. This would be disastrous for our community if the bank was to fail, so many people would be displaced.

Talk of the week


I recently spent a couple of nights at the Wairau Hospital. From the St John’s crew to the Emergency Department and the ward staff, everyone was so warm, caring, helpful and professional. A big thank you Wairau Hospital. We are lucky to have you.

SO well done young lad for what you are doing in your spare time in helping organisations. Most of us are looking to “Feather our own nest” (excuse the pun). I am so proud of you, don’t even know you, just shows there is still “youngies” who have caring for others. You will “Fly High” in your life.

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‘New era of eye care’ in Blenheim

Blenheim residents can expect greater support with their vision requirements after Southern Eye Specialists recently acquired Graeme French Ophthalmology.

Southern Eye General Manager Simon Templeton says they were looking to expand Southern Eye, and this was the obvious opportunity to take.

“Southern Eye Specialists has been supplying Blenheim residents with additional tertiary services for thirty years now, and many locals are used to travelling down to Christchurch for surgery and procedures,” says Simon. “We aim to add equipment and extra expertise into Blenheim, ensuring locals there have greater access to all subspecialties of ophthalmology,” he says. “We’re really happy to be working with the Marlborough community. It’s a win-win for all.” Dr French has a long-standing reputation in the region and will be continuing under the new Southern Eye banner.

“I’ve been the sole ophthalmologist for Blenheim for some time and have been working here since 1995,” says Dr French. “In that time, I’ve forged some wonderful connections with

the local community, and it’s great to now help usher in this new era of eyecare.”

“The sharing of resources between the two practices will certainly help optimise care.” he says. “I think when we have subspecialist clinics starting in Blenheim, we’ll also see more people arriving from the Nelson and Kaikoura areas for treatment.”

The ophthalmologist sees the greater scope of services available to patients as a major advantage for the region. It is an idea whose time has come, according to one Christchurch ophthalmologist.

“This is a natural extension of a close association we’ve had with Graeme over the last three decades,” says Southern Eye’s Dr Jim Borthwick. “He (Dr French) has provided a fantastic service in that time. We’ve come to know him well, both in our professional associations and in our personal relationships too.”

“We’ve had a strong association with the town and this move strengthens that bond.”

Dr Borthwick is looking forward to travelling up to ‘a beautiful part of New Zealand’, with the Christchurch team planning for additional clinics in Blenheim in the near future.

Southern Eye Blenheim is at 31 Hutcheson Street. Ph 03 578 8949

Research Centre announces new CEO

The Marlborough Research Centre (MRC) has a new Chief Executive, John Patterson, effective July 1, 2024.

Patterson, an Associate of MRC, emerged as the top candidate following a rigorous selection process that drew considerable interest.

Having worked closely with outgoing Chief Executive Gerald Hope for the past eight years, John brings a wealth of experience in research programme development and project management.

His collaborative efforts with Gerald have notably contributed to the completion of key initiatives, including the construction of the New Zealand Wine Centre and the recently finished Experimental Future Vineyard (EFV), set to be formally opened later this year.

John is well known to the region having previously lived in Marlborough for 20 years working with Council, Iwi and community organisations on a variety of initiatives. John is very committed to further development of the new complex situated at the Budge Street Campus alongside NMIT.

“Key to the future success of MRC and its partners will be identifying and imple-

menting smarter technologies based around a well-funded and effective science-based cluster. This is the objective of recent major investment consolidated under the New Zealand Wine Centre,” he says.

The New Zealand Wine Centre provides an integrated research, business, and education hub, unique to New Zealand.

It has attracted attention from international researchers and technology organizations and firms. Over the past six years, MRC and Bragato Research Institute have collectively invested $20 million on-site, signalling a joint commitment for innovative technology and support for the primary production sectors in Marlborough.

Bernie Rowe, Chairman of the board of Trustees of MRC, emphasises that the core mission of the organisation has remained unwavering since its inception forty years ago, to collaborate closely with the primary production sector and cultivate respected and effective science and research capability.

“The potential to further link into international research organisations through the EFV is exciting and I am confident that John will build on that relationship. The objective is to enhance outcomes for regional business, increase exports, and improve returns for producers and manufacturers,” Rowe says.

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ACKROYD, Florence Marjory (nee McIntosh): Passed away on Friday, April 26, 2024. Aged 100 years. Loved wife of the late Eric. Cherished Mother and Mother-inlaw of Judith and Kathleen, Paul and Anne. Loved Nana to Brent and Cassandra, Marie and Nathan, and Nana Marjory to her great grandchildren Georgia and Ollie, Ethan and Tommy. Special thanks to Cathy, Gay, Lynn and all of Marjory’s friends for their love and support, and staff at Seaview Rest Home for their care. A service for Marjory was held at Sowman’s Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheon and Parker Streets, Blenheim at 11.00am on Monday, April 29. The service was livestreamed and details may be accessed via our website www.sowmans.co.nz/upcoming-funerals Messages may be sent to the Ackroyd family at judithackroydnz@gmail.com

CULVERWELL, Leonard Charles (Len):

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024 peacefully at Aberleigh Village, Blenheim. Loved and adored husband of Heidi. Loved Dad and friend of Alan (deceased) and Derryn, Ray and Frank, Derryn (Dino) and Kevin, Mark and Tania, Ian and Annie, Nichola, and Neill. Adored Grandad to all his grand and two great grandchildren. Messages may be sent to the Culverwell Family, c/- PO Box 110, Blenheim 7240. A service for Len was held at Sowman’s Mayfeild Chapel, Cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, yesterday Tuesday, April 30.

ROBinsOn, Barry Michael 1937 - 2024. Passed away peacefully on 7th April 2024. Loved husband of Coralie and loved Father and Father-in-law of Sally and Simon and Mark. Plus loved Brother of Ewen and Murray. A Funeral has been held at Waikato Rowing Club, Lake Karapiro.

WiLsOn, Charlie George born 22 April 2024 peacefully sleeping. A bundle of pure perfection. Much loved son of Josh & Tori. Loved forever and always and never forgotten xx

BOnDi’s AnD JOAnnA’s families would like to acknowledge the community support they have received since tragically losing their precious beloved daughters. There are too many names to recall and thank individually so this is a big “thank you from the bottom of our hearts” to all who contributed to their farewell, sent flowers and messages, provided baking, visited, showed your support in whatever way you did. A special thank you to Sowman’s Funerals for planning and executing their farewell, Port Marlborough Ltd (where both girls were employed), Carol Taylor (celebrant), and the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club. We are forever grateful.

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‘That’s racing… honour to be selected’

Blenheim’s William Exton had his eyes on pole position but unfortunately things didn’t go to plan.

William recently competed in the Toyota 86 Championship, a six-round event which takes place throughout New Zealand’s best race circuits.

The Toyota 86 championship shared the stage with SuperCars, New Zealand’s premier motor racing championship the Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship and included the New Zealand Grand Prix weekend.

Going into Taupo and after completing five rounds, he was in second place of the driver’s championship. However, his engine blew up on the Friday first practice followed by his clutch in the final race.

“Unfortunately not the way we would have liked to end the season but that’s racing,” he says.

On the positive side, William got selected for the Kaizen award,

judged by on track performances and how the rider represents the Toyota Brand off track.

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The definition of kaizen –change for the better - is what William says he is striving for in his racing career both on and off the track.

“It’s an honour to be selected and I can’t thank Toyota enough for the opportunity to drive a Supra Gt4 Evo in Germany,”

Finz up for CEO Steve

A former Nelson College student is the Tasman Rugby Union’s new chief executive.

Steve Mitchell has a decade of experience in provincial rugby and an intimate knowledge of the wider rugby scene, having served as CEO of Southland Rugby since April 2020.

Steve expressed his excitement about returning to Tasman and the opportunity to lead the organisation into its next chapter.

“It was always the intention to head back to Tasman when the time was right. My wife and I


are extremely pleased for the opportunity to return to our family roots, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead Tasman Rugby into a new era with a renewed focus on Community

Rugby. The time in Southland has been extremely beneficial for my personal development and I look forward to bringing those learnings to the new role in Tasman. Tasman is my home and I have always been a proud and loyal supporter of Tasman Rugby,” he says.

The new role for Steve is effective from June 10.

The appointment marks a homecoming for Steve, as the former Nelson College student and life member of Rangers Rugby Club has played a pivotal role in Tasman Rugby Union’s short history, serving as Operations Manager from April

says William. “I can’t thank the whole Race Lab team enough the all the effort, time and hard work they have put into me this year. Excited for what’s next to come.”

20th April 2024: Club Captain vs President: Chris Young 65, Colin Baker 67, Bevan Boon 68, Tim Latter 68, Leanne Young 69, Glen Griffiths 69, Simon Heath 69, Sam Rutherford 70, Rob Chee 71, Sharon Giles 72, Dave McFarlane 72, Grant Hagen 72, Drew Ellis 72. President won. Two’s: Colin Baker, Simon Heath, Leanne Young Saturday 27th April 2024: Medal/LGU: Bevan Roughan 63, Robbie Lacey 67 (c/b), Alison Graham 67, Steve Shallcrass 67, Mel Hampton 69, John McLauchlan 71, Bill Lacey 72, Sharon Giles 72. Two’s: Rex McGarry, Bevan Roughan.

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Baz Henare, Chairman of the Tasman Rugby Union board, says they are thrilled to welcome Steve back.

“His passion for the game combined with his proven leadership abilities, make him the perfect fit to lead our organization forward. We look forward to working closely with Steve to achieve our collective goals and continue to strengthen Tasman Rugby Union’s position within the rugby community,” says Baz.

Baz says the Board would like to express their sincere thanks


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“Kahu can now focus fully on his role as Community Rugby Manager, and we know Steve’s appointment will help us make strides in this priority space,” he says.

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