15 May 2024 The Blenheim Sun

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Blenheim’s 10-year-old Emily Barsandi reckons the best thing about her health condition is that she ‘gets to eat extra ice cream.’ However, her least favourite thing is ‘having to go’ to her colonoscopies.

Emily is one of 10,000 people living with Crohn’s disease in the country. Also known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the disease affects the lining of the digestive tract causing abdominal pain, diarrhoea, weight loss, anaemia and fatigue.

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A BALANCING ACT: Emily Barsandi loves doing gymnastics. The 10-year-old also has Crohn’s disease and says the best thing about it is eating ice cream.

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‘Early detection so kids don’t suffer’

The Year 6 Springlands School student says sometimes she doesn’t like talking about it.

“They decided to put a picture of me up in the staff room,” she says.

“My symptoms aren’t showing up right now which is good. It’s a bowel disease. My bowel can get ulcers and act up and it can hurt.

I don’t really think about it but my Mum does.”

Mum Amanda, also has Crohn’s.

The inheritance pattern of Crohn’s disease is unclear because many genetic and environmental factors are likely to be involved. However, Crohn’s disease tends to cluster in families; about 15 percent of affected people have a first-degree relative, such as a parent or sibling, with the disease.

“The early diagnosis certainly helped,” says Amanda. “For Emily, it’s a lot of discomfort, low energy levels. She doesn’t absorb foods like everyone else and life becomes a little bit harder…she has to show up more. Before she got diagnosed and ate she always wanted to throw up.”

When she was diagnosed markers known as the ‘calprotectin levels’ in a stool sample suggested her intestines were inflamed. Amanda says Emily’s was ‘extremely high’ with her entire small bowel was ulcerated.

The family decided to choose the Crohn’s Disease Exclusion Diet

(CDED), designed to eliminate or reduce exposure to specific foods that may be harmful in Crohn’s disease while increasing foods that may be beneficial to the microbiome (community of microorganisms).

A Gastrointestinal Conditions research project led by Christchurch based Professor Andrew Day has been ‘awarded $400,000 in funding over three years’, since its inception in 2019. Professor Day was appointed as Cure Kids Chair of Paediatric Research in 2017. Andrew - Emily’s consultant - says IBD leads to ‘huge healthcare’ adding they have estimated ‘direct and indirect costs’ of IBD to greater than 25 million per annum. “The research has been around early detection so that kids aren’t suffering,” says Amanda. “It’s prevalent in this country.”

Cure Kids helps local communities with child health research projects. Cure Kids was established by Rotary in 1971 as the Child Health Research Foundation, and since then have invested more than $65 million in New Zealand research which has helped to shape and vastly improve the way children who live with serious diseases and health conditions are diagnosed and treated.

Meanwhile, a black-tie masquerade ball fundraiser event for Cure Kids will take place next month.

Organised by Simon Popham and Kaycee Polkinghorne, the evening includes fabulous food, local wines, a live auction, a special guest speaker, and a good old boogie to local band Eclectic Fix. Simon and Kaycee are running the New York marathon as part of team Cure Kids this November. The Cure Kids Masquerade Ball takes place at the Marlborough

Events Centre on Saturday, June 29. For more information about the ball go to https://www.eventfinda. co.nz/2024/cure-kids-masquerade ball/blenheim, or contact: Simon Popham, 021 277 3948 or simon. popham@briscoegroup.co.nz

# Crohn’s disease is named after American gastroenterologist Burril B. Crohn, who described the disease in 1932.

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Seniors - urgent call for revised driver licensing

Marlborough’s seniors are dreading visiting their doctor for their licence renewal once they reach the age of 75, according to Grey Power New Zealand.

Local and national GP clinics are now utilising a memory/ cognitive test to decide whether or not a driving licence should be renewed.

Grey Power NZ Federation believes ‘many of us have poor memories’ but are still competent and safe drivers.

David Marshall, Acting-President of Grey Power NZ Federation says they have received over 100 survey responses, phone calls, and emails about different member’s experiences from around the country.

“The conclusion is that the hoops to jump to have a licence renewed at different doctors vary enormously around the country,” he says. “While some GPs just check eyesight and general health and then sign off the licence renewal application, others will include a couple of questions about the road code and driving history, while others at the extreme conservative end demand that all patients undergo a cognitive test, and a failure leads to referral for an onroad safety test, or to a specialist or Occupational Therapist with costs reported of $750-$1200.”

David says screening of all patients with a cognitive test creates a significant percentage of false failures, meaning the test does not test driving ability in a predictable manner, with many being forced to undergo testing that is totally unnecessary.

“This is a real concern as there are long waiting lists for many on-road safety assessments, and NZTA have reduced the number of centres offering these tests meaning that seniors often have to travel significant distances and complete the tests feeling stressed about failing as well as driving in an area totally unfamiliar to them. Many respondents reported very reluctantly giving up their licences as the follow up was just too challenging and stressful, but they had not even been offered a restricted licence so that they could maintain social contacts, shop, or travel to the doctor.”

David says t hey see a cognitive test only being utilised where a GP, who should know their patients best, sees signs of dementia, or there has been a recent neurological event such as a stroke.

“In this way only those that the doctor has concerns about are tested, and they know why they are being tested. One of the major complaints with all patients being tested is that the test does not test knowledge of the road code or

Grey Power is calling for a change to elderly driver assessments, claiming the process for assessing driver capability is penalising some of the very people who need their licences the most.

RIGHT: Grey Power

Marlborough President Gayle Chambers

the safety driving history of the patient, so is seen as completely irrelevant. It would also help if all patients were able to access the cognitive test to be utilised by a practice so they can assess their ability to pass in a less stressful situation.”

“We would like to see that the AA Senior Driving Coaching Sessions produce a report that can be taken to the GP as proof of practical driving skills. This enables those seniors who are concerned about potentially being

unable to renew their licence able to have an assessment in their own locality even prior to their Medical Assessment which will be accepted by the GP as a valid evaluation.”

Grey Power Marlborough President Gayle Chambers says from a Marlborough perspective it is ‘very much the same’.

“We have seniors who suffer a great deal of stress knowing that this test is coming up which impacts on how they react to these invasive tests,” she says.

The MBC alumni story in the May 8 issue of the Sun on ex head boy Stephen Hall stated he was head boy in 1982. It should have read 1988.

Correction Kindling Wood

Alzheimers Marlborough has great value bags of kindling wood available again this year. Priced at just $5 per bag, you will be saving money and supporting the important work that Alzheimers Marlborough carries out in our community. The kindling can be picked up from Alzheimers Marlborough, 8 Wither Road, 9am - 3.30pm daily.

If anyone has sacks left over from last year, they would love to get them back. Alzheimers Marlborough, keeping you warm this winter.

Brass Band honoured

The Marlborough District Brass Band was honoured last week to be presented a certificate of achievement in recognition of their recent wins at the Australian National Band Championships.

Mayor Nadine Taylor and several counsellors were present to help celebrate with Rob Randall receiving the award on behalf of the band.

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Stars in Your Eyes

Auditions for Stars in Your Eyes 2024 commence this weekend Sunday 19 May and Tuesday evening 21 May. Contact Liz McKay for info and to book your audition on 021 547 593 or email liz@creativekids.org.nz

Menzshed bike sale

Blenheim Menzshed are holding a bike sale and garage sale on Saturday May 25, 9am - 12pm. Adult bikes from $40, kids bikes from $10. Tools and miscellaneous items also for sale. Cash only. 4 Dillons Points Road.

Final Joseph shows

If you haven’t yet seen Blenheim Musical Theatre’s stunning performance of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat get your tickets now from ASB Theatre Marlborough. Final shows are on until May 18th. Don’t miss out on this extravaganza of colour, sound, and phenomenal local talent.

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Sunday May 19, meet at NPD and Spring Creek Dairy and Takeaways at 9am for a 10am start. Open to all motorcyclists to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s health. The ride lasts just over an hour with a couple of stops and finishing at the Woodbourne Tavern. Go to www.gentlemansride.com to register or donate.

Bohally quiz team off to nationals

Education Minister Erica Stanford says being able to read and write is a fundamental life skill. It seems a group of Bohally Intermediate readers agree.

Penelope Small, Joy Xu, Elke Stafford and Beau Clouston were in Room 3 at Bohally Intermediate last week with a plethora of books on the desk and a buzzer that was causing a fair bit of excitement.

The students are the Top of the South champions after winning the Marlborough Nelson Kids Literacy Quiz in Nelson on May 3. They’re pretty chuffed and so they should be. The KLQ is an annual literature competition for students aged 10-13.

Bohally often enters the event but it’s the first time the intermediate has won the event. Librarian Cathy-Ann Scoon has been at the Mclauchlan Street kura for 21 years and says it’s a wonderful achievement.

“The world record score for the quiz is 97 and these guys got 93,” she says. “The other team finished tenth out of 24 so they did pretty well too. They love reading, you can always say you can read but they do read.”

The school trials for two quiz teams using the question bank from www.kidslitquiz.com to get up to speed with all things literature. Teams of four students are asked to answer 100 questions on children’s literature divided into ten categories such as poetry, authors, titles, settings and characters.

Penelope says there are competitions for sporty kids but not so much for people who just like reading. Beau says the result was a bit of a shock because ‘we (Bohally) are kinda like a small

place and normally Waimea (Intermediate) wins.

“We feel smart because I/we are all large brain individuals,” quips Elke, leaving the group in a fit of hysterics.

Favourite current literature or the team included Theodore Boon by John Grisham, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and ‘basically everything’.

Their next chapter is the New Zealand National Final on Saturday, June 15 at the Na-

tional Library of New Zealand in Wellington. The team says the plan is to get up to speed with popular books such as Hunger Games. So can they take the title?

“Of course we can because we have worked just as hard as anyone else and we deserve it,” says Beau.

The results from the regionals in Nelson were: 1st:Bohally Intermediate, 2nd:Waimea Intermediate, 3rd:Nelson College for Girls Prep.

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Bohally Intermediate students Beau Clouston, Penelope Small, Elke Stafford and Joy Xu are all smiles after taking out the Marlborough Nelson Kids Literacy Quiz in Nelson on May 3. The team heads to Wellington for a shot at the nationals next month.

Sophia recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Music Award 2024

Sisterly love came to the fore last Friday as Blenheim’s Sophia Jones was the recipient of this year’s Queen Elizabeth II Music Award.

Nominated by her older sister Kimberly Mena (née Jones) – co-winner of the QEII Award in 2014 – Sophia, 16, has been recognised for her efforts and achievements in piano, both as a pianist and piano teacher.

Kimberly says Sophia’s success with her music (so far) is due to her focus an commitment to music practice.

“I’ve always been so impressed by how intentional she is during her practice time, using all sorts of techniques than just hoping things improve through mindless repetition,” she says. “For example, working on a tricky section of a piece by starting out with practising just a couple of notes, then gradually adding more, until she can get through the whole section confidently.”

Kimberley says she is already looking at working towards her ATCL exams (both teaching and performance) and is currently saving up for a better piano to help her continue to progress.

Mayor Nadine Taylor congratulated Sophia at Friday’s ceremony at Council Chambers and acknowledged her achievements, saying the accolade was well deserved.

“It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate one of Marlborough’s talented young people,” Mayor Taylor says. “It’s clear that musical talent most definitely runs in the family.”

In November 2023, Sophia sat her Grade 8 Trinity Piano exam and passed with

distinction. The examiner noted that Sophia’s performance was assured and that she transitioned smoothly between the pieces, which varied from classical through to ragtime. The examiner further noted that Sophia had an ability to move confidently between the different styles and she showed a well-developed and convincing level of personal commitment, Mayor Taylor says.

contributions from local councils throughout the region with the grant helping recipients continue musical training. Both councils have the responsibility for administering the award, to assist with continuing music training for the brightest young talent.

Why keep

it secret

Marlborough District Council and Grey Power are hosting a Seminar on May 30th at the Nativity Centre from 10.15am.

This is a free seminar open to anyone who is interested in taking the guesswork and worry out of capturing their arrangements/wishes. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

Te Reo Māori revitalisation

Te Reo Māori revitalisation symposium returns to Wairau with an inspirational line up of speakers.

Te Kaiaotanga o Te Reo will take place at the ASB Theatre in Wairau on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May. Tickets available now via www. tekaiaotangaotereo.co.nz

Hospice Fundraiser

Guthrie Bowron Blenheim are hosting an Upcycling & Wallpaper Workshop tomorrow night, Thursday 16th May, 6pm - 8pm at Guthrie Bowron, 40 Main Street, Blenheim. There will be complimentary drinks and nibbles, and spot prizes. All supplies and materials will be provided.

Tickets are $25, but be quick - space is limited.

Purchase tickets from the Hospice Shop, 70 Cleghorn Street, Redwoodtown. All proceeds go to Hospice Marlborough.

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Sixteen-year-old Sophia Jones from Blenheim is the recipient of this year’s Queen Elizabeth II Music Award. Sophia has been recognised for her efforts and achievements in piano, both as a pianist and piano teacher. The QEII Music Award was established in 1963 following a visit to New Zealand by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is set up with


I haven’t made a submission as I’m visiting Marlborough. Rates increases not only here but across the country have to be questioned surely?

Traffic Management racket to the editor

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

The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold letters from publication. Email them to news@blenheimsun. co.nz or present to our office at 72 High St. Please note that your name and street address MUST be provided with emails.

The plague of traffic cones on roads and streets often gets a chuckle over the coffee cups but really it’s no laughing matter. Currently on the Waihopai Road for example, where minor work is being done on the shoulder - not the roadway - there’s an estimated 500 or so cones just a couple of metres apart between each. Word is the cones are charged out at $16 each, per day. Assume they’re out for 10 days - not an unreasonable assumption given the pace and style of work and multiply 500 cones times $16 times 10 which equals $80,000. It’s a pity that over-expenditure wasn’t channelled into repairing a number of large potholes in the Waihopai road seal. Not infrequently there’ll be cones lining up, even traffic lights operating, with no

work or workers to be seen.

As for my earlier reference to pace and style of work, what’s noticeable is “workers” standing around talking or leaning on trucks or sitting in trucks on their mobile. Sometimes they disguise their idleness by holding a clipboard - presumably to look important - and chatting in groups. Years ago, we used to joke about Ministry of Works chaps leaning on shovels, but today’s “workers” are invariably more afflicted with inertia.

Think about it. These are often private contractors and the firms have to make a profit. So those inefficiencies are being charged out to guess who? You and me, ratepayers or tax payers.

Tony Orman

Home - school relationship

Dear Editor.

Your correspondent, A. Symonds (Sun, 8 May) is spot on with their defence of the teaching profession.

It is many years since my relatively brief teaching career but I well recall that one had only to meet the parent/s of a problem pupil to understand where the problems usually originated.

The fact is that schools which, after all, only have the children for a limited time, have to deal not only with huge variations in children’s preparedness for learning but also with their behaviour. The attitude of many parents today that schools can do anything and everything to correct the lack of a learning home environment and standards of behaviour is misguided and totally unhelpful

Further to my letter of 8th May I have had cause to visit

I am appalled to see the large placards advertising ‘Marlborough Boys’ College 125th’, displayed around the region.

Marlborough Boys’ College opened on the Marlborough College Campus in Feb 1963 when the College became two single sex schools. Previous celebrations for Marlborough College/ Marlborough Boys’ College have been inclusive and were held first in 1925, 1950, 1960, then in 1975 and 2000 celebrating the opening of the Co-Ed School.

This advertised event is clearly designed to celebrate the Boys’ College. Pupils of Marl-

Frankly I think the draft 10 year plan is woefully inadequate and fails to address realities. The mayor and councillors should have told the responsible officers to go back to the drawing board.


borough College who attended the schools mid last century have been excluded from the last celebration they might attend.

Has there been any research, possibly using the book ‘The Gold and the Blue’ written for at the centennial, along with the five ‘Supplement(s) to the Registers 1900 - 2000,’ which contain both written and photographic history of the schools?

Many past pupils of Marlborough College are frustrated to learn of their educational history being rewritten. Perhaps the committee could rectify this situation by advertising that all past pupils are welcome at the celebration.

Margaret Hatton Christchurch

Energy that doesn’t release CO2

Dear Editor

I’m dismayed that our rulers, quoting shortage of electric power, are pushing natural gas extraction for all they are worth.

Tidal energy harvested by turbines makes Scotland the English speaking – sort of – world’s equivalent of an oil-rich state. A little study of this phenomenon via the internet, please no air trips for on-the-ground inspection, would show just what might and should be harvested from the tidal currents round our islands coasts.

Submerged turbogenerators are a power source which never suffers from lack of driving energy;

in an increasingly disturbed society.

It often occurs to me that teaching is the only profession where the professional has to deal with 30 or more clients simultaneously. Imagine if a lawyer or doctor had to do this? But we don’t have to get to a one on one teacher/pupil ratio to transform teaching.

I once taught in a school where the average class was 12. It was wonderful how much

slack-water one region is counter-balanced by incoming or outgoing tide in another.

Our country has had a proud history in leading the world in many fields; OECD figures have been showing for a few years now that we lead in things like the gap between rich and poor, the third greatest among 23 nations of the First World; the numbers of us paying more than 40% of our incomes as rent is similarly disgraceful. Come on, use some brains and initiative for a change.

Yours faithfully B. Holvey

more I could achieve with those children. Politicians take note.

I enjoyed my teaching but I wouldn’t want to work in the profession today. I can only respect those who do.

Yours sincerely, David Tranter Gore

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Reduced services at Marlborough District Libraries

Due to a planned system outage Marlborough District Libraries - Blenheim and Picton will be offering limited services tomorrow, Thursday 16 May.

Affecting many libraries across the country, the Kōtui Library Management System server is undergoing maintenance, which means from 8pm on Wednesday 15 to early Friday morning access to library systems is limited.

For the customer, this means a library card must be presented to borrow a book from the one counter in each library set up to manage this. The

library app, and other digital resources that require library sign in, will be unavailable including catalogue searches.

“Although our key library services are limited, our physical libraries have chosen to remain open in order to accommodate all the other services our libraries offer,”

Libraries’ Manager Glenn Webster said. “For example, the APNK computer and WIFI will still be available and those groups with bookings in our meeting rooms will be honoured including our regular Thursday events like the JP Service in Blenheim and

Company Café in Picton.”

Borrowers are asked to limit their returns if possible. Due dates, holds and membership dates will automatically extend, so no extra fines or expiries will be incurred.

Marlborough Art Gallery and CBD Café in the library at Te Kahu o Waipuna will not be affected by the outage. Council’s services and enquiries at Picton Library and Service Centre also remain unaffected.

For more information on the outage go to: www. marlboroughlibraries.govt.nz

New dam safety regulations in force

Do you have a dam on your property and if so, does it meet safety regulations?

The new Building (Dam Safety) Regulations 2022 came into force on Monday, 13 May 2024 impacting dams of a certain height and volume threshold. All dams will need a potential impact classification (PIC) to assess what impact dam failure could have on the community, historical or cultural places, critical or major infrastructure and the natural environment.

The regulations have been made to increase dam resilience and safety to protect people, property and the environment, Council’s Building Control Group Manager Dhyanom Gala said. The regulations also provide a nationally consistent risk-based approach to dam safety.

“The Government has recently made a change to the thresholds to reduce the number of dams that need to be classified,” Mr Gala said. It was important that specialist engineering resources were focussed on dams that represented the greatest risk to people and property downstream, and that owners of classifiable dams could meet their obligations under the regulations, he said.

Under the revised regulation, dams only need to classified if they are four or more metres in height and store 20,000 or more cubic metres. Regulations

Does your dam meet new regulations?

no longer apply to dams less than four metres high, regardless of their storage volume.

Implementation timeframes for submitting documentation are not changing.

The regulations came into force on 13 May 2024 and dam owners must provide their dam’s potential impact classification certificate to their regional authority by 13 August 2024.

Information and resources are available on Council’s website or MBIE’s building performance website and include a detailed guidance document and resources to help dam owners calculate the height and volume of their dam, to see if it is impacted by the regulations. For more information visit www. marlborough.govt.nz/services/ building-services/dam-safety or email damsafety@marlborough. govt.nz

New bus shelters for Havelock

You won’t get wet if you’re waiting for a bus in Havelock thanks to the efforts of Council’s Small Townships Programme and the local Lions Club.

Two bus shelters - one to link with the north-bound intercity bus service and the other to service the school bus service – have been installed on the town’s Main Road.

The community had long held the vision for shelters to be installed Marlborough Sounds Ward Councillor Barbara Faulls said.

“It is very satisfying to see them in place and in use, particularly with the cooler weather upon us,” she said. “The financial

contribution from the Havelock Lions alongside feedback from the Havelock business community has been invaluable.” The project was championed by the Lions Club who provided some funds for the project –starting back in 2018 when they held a book sale which raised $5500.

Secretary Ian Cameron said there had been much positive feedback about the bus shelters.

“We are delighted that all those Havelock people who supported our book sales and made donations to provide locals and tourists with a bus shelter can now see we have this facility,” he said.

New citizens welcomed

Twenty-four people from a number of countries have become Marlborough citizens.

The new citizens – from countries including the United Kingdom, Fiji, Germany, South Africa, Tonga, United States of America and Philippines - were welcomed at a special ceremony in Council Chambers.

Mayor Nadine Taylor told the group the day was an important milestone in their new lives as citizens of this province and country. In future they would all

enjoy the rights and freedoms of native-born New Zealanders.

“Your decision to apply for citizenship was no doubt made after very careful consideration and is a commitment to your future,” she said. “It is not a rejection of your past but in future your first loyalty will be to New Zealand.”

Following the Mayor’s opening address and the presentation of certificates, Council’s waiata group performed for the new citizens and their friends and families.

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Mayor Nadine Taylor with Marlborough’s newest citizens One of two new bus shelters in Havelock

Jackie Clarke is renowned for her maverick entertainment style, whether it’s treading the boards in musicals, sitting in judgement on NZ Idol, making music with her friends or MCing glittering events. She spoke to Chris Valli about returning to Marlborough in August to MC the charity fundraiser, Stars in Your Eyes Blenheim.

Jackie Clarke has been captivating audiences for over 35 years and was recognised with an MNZM for services to the industry on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018. Back in the mid-80s Jackie co-founded kiwiana trio When The Cat’s Been Spayed, going on to release two albums (Down at the Hall, Glamour Puss) and touring the country for ten years. Since 2005 she’s lent her powerhouse vocals to The Lady Killers with Tina Cross and Suzanne Lynch (Black is Black). She was part of the alt-country trio The Darlings (The Cicada Sessions) and has been a soprano with the Jubilation gospel choir for 20 years (Shout and Never Get Tired).

Individually she has toured with artists such as Dave Dobbyn, Annie Crummer and The Netherworld Dancing Toys, and performed/recorded with artists such as Greg Johnson, Mika, Don McGlashan, Midge Marsden and Jan Hellriegel. Her stage career includes starring in large-scale productions of Joseph, Mamma Mia, Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, Mum’s the Word, and Once. Fair to say, when we caught up she was somewhat jaded. Jackie is about to embark on her opening night show, My Brilliant Divorce tomorrow night, at The Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna, Auckland.

The two hour one woman comedy marathon she says is hugely challenging. The 11 show season takes the audience through the ups and downs of her husband running off with another, younger woman.

“I’m so tired at the end of each

rehearsal day, I can hardly move. But it’s coming together nicely and immensely satisfying. It’s almost like stand-up comedy - just me on stage using a lot of physical comedy,” she suggests.

Speaking of being on stage, when asked how Marlborough talent compared to the likes of the metropolitan cities she insists great talent can come from anywhere.

“The only advantage a big city may offer is access to professional support or development and more live music on offer to add inspiration to the pot.

Ninety percent of ’talent’ is hard work and perseverance so I think there’s as much of that in Marlborough as anywhere else.”

“Art reflects life back to us and we need to see ourselves in it”

She has hosted Stars in Your Eyes Blenheim ‘maybe five or six times since 2013. “They’re so much fun I keep coming back for more,” she insists.

So does she have the chance to mingle with performers back stage, after the event?

“I kinda keep my distance before the show because I am one of the judges and I want to maintain professional space,” she says. “Also I like to really engage with and see the performer

for the first time once they’re in full flight during the show. Afterwards everyone is in on a full adrenaline high and ready to party but I usually have another gig to think about so I head home like a Nana - loud bars are the enemies of singers,” she says.

Jackie believes participation in the arts is essentially a mental health/well-being tool and says everyone needs the opportunity to let rip in some form.

“Expressing yourself leads to happiness. Live performance is a communal activity so it allows you to feel seen and appreciated and you are able to make people happy - there’s nothing better than that. Also people need to see themselves represented in

the performing arts - it’s very reassuring to see a performance and relate to it personally - I feel like that too.”

“Art reflects life back to us and we need to see ourselves in it. Honestly, everyone should have a creative outlet whether it’s belting out songs in the shower or throwing paint on a canvas or topiary. Do something that expresses yourself.”

Her own stand out moment on stage she says would probably be doing her first one-woman play Shirley Valentine a few years ago.

“It was something I wasn’t sure I could even do but I just went for it, worked really hard and it was a bit of a personal triumph.”

and see the performer for the first time once they’re in full flight during the show.

Jackie says previous visits to Marlborough are usually a quick visit but says she is always taken out for lunch ‘somewhere super nice’ and a wee glass of vino is involved. “As long as I get to feast my eyes on those beautiful hills, I’m happy,” she says.

And if she was to audition –who would she go as?

“Probably Kate Bush - I do a mean Wuthering Heights,” she laughs.

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That’s why he’s lined up 87 Marlburians to take part in Drop for Youth and raise funds for the Foundation’s youth development programmes.

“Our programmes have been shown, by research partners like the University of Auckland, to have fantastic long-term, downstream impacts. So our programmes are a proactive, long game but with incredible long-term pay-off too,” says Kelvin.

A duo from the wine industry exemplifies the community’s support for this long-term investment in youth and the region’s future.

Katie Bruce, Marketing Assistant at Saint Clair Family Estate is one of the ‘Daring Droppers’ taking part. Katie is a Marlborough girl herself and went through Springlands School, Bohally Intermediate, and Marlborough Girls’ College.

“We didn’t have programmes like Kiwi Can and Stars when I went through but I wish they did. It’s so cool the work that the Foundation is doing with our local young people, and inspiring when you see the longterm impact,” says Katie. “We’ve long helped

support the Foundation’s ‘Future of Work’ conference – and this year we thought we’d up the ante and throw me out of a plane too.”

Jess Taane at WineWorks couldn’t agree more.

“I’m supporting Drop for Youth to show my kids their mum is pretty awesome while supporting them and other Marlborough children at the same time. I first heard about the Foundation from my kids coming home and talking about the cool things they did in Kiwi Can and Stars Teina. It’s often the highlight of their week”.

“Then when I came to work at WineWorks it’s something I was exposed to even more, as WineWorks are a long-term sponsor, and often host worksite for the Foundation’s young people in the Career Navigator programme.”

“I think it’s important to have as much support as possible for our youth to give them the best start in life, and the Graeme Dingle Foundation is a huge help in that. As they say it takes a village.”

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A philosophy of care

Servicing the Community

For over two decades, Hospice Marlborough has been a pillar of compassionate palliative care across the Marlborough region with a service provision covering Blenheim, Wairau Valley, Renwick, Havelock, Rai Valley and Canvastown to Picton, the Marlborough Sounds, Seddon and Ward, to those in need, without charge.

Focusing on delivering personalised palliative care services to individuals irrespective of age, confronting life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and neurological disorders such as Motor Neurone (MND) and Dementia, the team at Hospice Marlborough are dedicated to offering comprehensive and professional wrap-around care services.

Their model of care concentrates not only on physical symptoms, but also the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families (whānau) from diagnosis through to end-of-life and into bereavement. The skilled team of Hospice Marlborough ensures personalised care is accessible right across Marlborough, including in homes, aged-care facilities, hospitals, and the purpose-built inpatient hospice unit on Hospital Road in Blenheim.

In fact, outside of the four recently refurbished patient rooms at Hospice, much of their service provision is completed in the community.

“Hospice comes to you, wherever you are 24/7. Our goal is to ensure individuals receive care in a setting that

promotes comfort and tranquillity, ideally in a place they choose” says Helen Reriti, Clinical Director.

“Being at home not only allows for the inclusion of extended family and beloved pets but also fosters a sense of familiarity and relaxation, thereby alleviating stress.

Additionally, we can provide further support that meets their emotional and cultural needs.

“Home care also empowers individuals to preserve a sense of autonomy and dignity by retaining control over their daily schedules and surroundings.”

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This week is Hospice Awareness Week and Hospice New Zealand is launching a campaign to help raise awareness about the value of hospice care.

Hospice New Zealand Chief Executive, Wayne Naylor says there continues to be misunderstanding and a lack of awareness in our communities of what hospice care includes, where it happens, and the benefits of receiving care early.

“Around a third of the people who die in New Zealand receive hospice care, but many people continue to miss out on the palliative care hospices provide.”

“Last year around 90 percent of people who died (34,000) had a foreseeable death from a known illness where palliative care could have been of benefit. They miss out because of access issues caused by funding and workforce challenges that mean hospices are unable to reach everyone in need,

as well as the fear and misunderstanding of what hospice care is and who can benefit.”

Having seen the profound impact of palliative care through personal experiences with loved ones, Leigh Somerville, Marketing, Events & Engagement Lead at Hospice Marlborough, brings heartfelt dedication to her role, driven by a desire to support Hospice Marlborough in helping others in their journey.

“There are some misconceptions around the term ‘hospice’, which is often linked to solely end-of-life care. This can potentially deter individuals from seeking support until the final moments” Leigh says.

“The focus of hospice lies in symptom management and enhancing quality of life, prioritising comfort, and dignity. Early conversations about hospice care can dispel these misconceptions and fears, fostering informed decision making and

ultimately enhance end-of-life quality for all.”

Hospice Marlborough Chief Executive Carole Crawford said she hoped this annual campaign would motivate more Marlburians to support hospice.

“Whether through donations, our hospice shops, volunteering, or supporting our fundraising events, it’s the generosity of the community that enables Hospice Marlborough to continue its vital work, free of charge” explains Carole.

Despite receiving partial funding of just over 50 percent from Te Whatu Ora (Health New Zealand), the organisation relies heavily on community contributions to bridge an annual funding gap of $850,000.

“We certainly couldn’t continue to deliver the care we do, without our community and we are incredibly appreciative of their support.”

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During Hospice Awareness Week, Hospice Marlborough will be holding their very first open day, tomorrow, Thursday, May 16 from 12noon – 2:30pm.

An invitation for the community to visit their facility, meet some of the hospice team and learn first-hand about the vital services they provide, locals can also find out if volunteering is a fit for them with information on the types of roles available.

Also on the day, the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) will have their BBQ and barista coffee trailers on site providing lunch options for the day. With the support of RRT, 100 percent

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Leigh Somerville says she would love to see as many people come along on the day and encourages people to find out more about the palliative care work our local hospice does for our community. Educating and informing people is key, after all. “Hospice isn’t a scary place and dying is a natural part of life.”

“Our role is a very important role,” Somerville explains. “Ensuring people can die with dignity, in peace and that we optimise the quality of life right until the very end.”

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As a community, we pride ourselves on being resilient yet we all know that’s not always the case.

Of course, we all go through tough times, this writer included. In many ways though it’s the struggles we go through which actually shape us as people.

This Friday, May 17, is Pink Shirt Day, an initiative to speak up/korero mai and encourage conversations around bullying. Bullying. The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or online.

If there is one person in Marlborough who can walk the talk when it comes to bullying, it’s mental health advocate and youth worker, Lee Tepuia. In September 2022, Lee opened up about his own korero in what he says, exposed his own vulnerability. The impetus to tell his story was to convey the changes in his own life, for good and bad.

“I really opened up,” he says. “I get anxious and having that story come out about my own childhood. I still get people messaging me about that story, a lot of men through their own mental health. It’s hard to leave behind at times.”

Lee admitted to having a troubled upbringing growing up in Blenheim. The son of a gang associate, he was sexually abused by a family friend as a child and ultimately left for Australia in

search of a better life in 2005.

Lee says he is beginning to see a change, albeit slowly, in the bullying landscape through kids coming through his doors at his gym, Box on Boxing in Redwoodtown. He says, the question he often asks them, is why are they coming to him and the gym?

“It’s because I’m getting bullied and I don’t have confidence. Someone is picking on me They think boxing is going to stop them help the bullying but what it does do is build their confidence and try to understand what it means to stand up and be counted.”

“When we visit schools and go to assemblies we out people on the spot and go, who is the bully? No one puts their hand up and you see heads go down or look awkward. But when we ask, who has been bullied, bullies put their hand up.”

“There’s always going to be bullying. Our kids won’t talk to teachers but they will talk to people like us who understand them and have gone through some tough times on the other side,” he says. “We go to Bohally (Intermediate) and had kids swarm us and talk to us about stuff. It’s one of our biggest issues here in Blenheim, we can make changes…it’s not just at school bro, it’s in our work place as well.”

Marlborough Youth Trust’s Maxine Sweeney says in recent years both Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ College have been proactive, raising awareness through activities such as painting finger nails to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Maxine says reducing the stigma around bullying and

wearing pink is paramount in not only the korero but greater understanding.

“Our kids/youth look at Lee and what they see is what they’ve been around and know. For Lee to be having an open conversation about the taboo topics like LGBTQIA, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual identities,” says Maxine. “Lee’s presence, the staunch tattoo-faced ex biker is the complete opposite, he’s a big softie who cares and cries.”

Maxine, who was raised and grew up in South Auckland, believes Blenheim as a community, that there are some who ‘hide behind conservativeness’.

“People tend to judge on what they see on the outside. It’s what they have on the inside that counts. These kids have amazing talents regardless of who they are. They will get mad or not talk when you question them on behaviour or reflecting on what they could have done better. We are here to listen to them and hearing their thoughts and not telling them.”

“It’s about letting them own it (behaviour). Articulating their feelings on how things are for them. The best we can do is offering them time, our time. Kids have to build the relationship with someone they can trust and the adult needs to be there in the moment.”

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What is Pink Shirt Day?

Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and inclusiveness. It’s about creating a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion or cultural background.

Pink Shirt Day is the day Aotearoa comes together to take a stand against bullying. The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHFNZ) has run the campaign since 2012, inspiring tangata to Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two

students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new Year 10 student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink. These students bought dozens of pink shirts and distributed them to their classmates to wear the next day. The word got out online and hundreds of students showed up in pink, some from head-totoe, to stand together against bullying. It has been celebrated in Aotearoa since 2009.

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

While all people can be the target of bullying, some groups or individuals experience more

Paint the Town Pink

Paint the Town Pink is an initiative set up for some constructive conversations around bullying. Each year we celebrate Pink Shirt Day and stretching this out to a week will be the start of some positive change. There is struggle in our community around mental health, and bullying is the main reason or part of the reason why people

are struggling. Paint the Town Pink was conceived to amplify the messages celebrated on Pink Shirt Day. We want to turn Te Tai Ihu and Te tau Poutini (top of the south and West Coast) Pink for a week to encourage more courageous conversations in our community around bullying and we can work together to stop bullying, celebrate di-

bullying than others. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and other sexuality and gender diverse identities - also known as rainbow communities - experience higher

levels of bullying. Pink Shirt Day started because people wanted to stop homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, and this remains a strong focus of Pink Shirt Day in Aotearoa.

versity and promote kindness and inclusiveness.

It’s about creating a place where we all feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion or cultural background.

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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

This Sunday 19th May classic and vintage style motorcycle riders from all over the world will unite to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s health.

Founded in Sydney, Australia, by Mark Hawwa, it was inspired by a photo of TV Show Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic motorcycle and wearing his finest suit.

Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way of connecting niche motorcycle enthusiasts and communities while raising funds to support the men in our lives. Here in Marlborough the 2024 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride kicks off from the NPD Truck Stop and Spring Creek Dairy and


Ride organiser Paul Knight says participants are urged to meet there from 9am for a 10am start. “We’ll do a 360 loop of the Spring Creek roundabout, then on to Blenheim for a Tiki Tour of the main streets,”

Paul says.

“After a 30 minute regroup at Fidelio Café at the Railway Station we’ll head to Renwick with a short stop at The Runway Café in Woodbourne.”

Then it’s on to the Woodbourne Tavern in Renwick where the riding part of the day officially ends.

Some sponsors have generously donated prizes, and these will be raffled off at The Woody, so be sure to take some cash.

“We’re aiming to get to the Woody by about 11.15am,” Paul says. “The whole ride is 30km.”

“We’re happy for all riders to participate, regardless of the pedigree of your motorcycle,” Paul adds. “All we ask is please, no patches.”

Riders will need to register so go to www.gentlemansride.com and click on ‘register’. You’ll need to agree to some terms and conditions, fill out the form, then select Blenheim in the ‘Choose City’ field.

You can also donate via the website.

If you have any questions or would like to help out on the day, please contact Paul Knight on 021-772-175.

Discovering Chinese Culture

An initiative to bridge cultural gaps and foster a deeper understanding of Chinese heritage among the Marlborough community is on offer next week. On May 21 (3.30pm) and May 22 (in the morning), two captivating lectures on Chinese culture will take place at the Blenheim Technology Centre and the Marlborough Library Te Kahu o Waipuna.

Renowned Professor Dehong Meng, Ph.D. in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, has taught Chinese language programs at prestigious institutions such as Dartmouth College, the University of Delaware, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of London, and the University of Rome, and will enlighten locals with his insights into “China Within the Characters”.

Whether you’re an enthusiast, a learner, or simply curious about the rich tapestry of Chinese culture, mark your calendars for this enriching event.

Come join us as we embark on a journey to explore the essence of China, right here in our own backyard.

The event promises more than just lectures. It’s an immersive experience into Chinese tradition and artistry. Attendees will have

the opportunity to engage in a tea tasting session, witness mesmerizing calligraphy displays, and indulge in the serene beauty of ancient Chinese music with an Erhu performance (a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, also known as the Chinese violin).

If Sun readers would like to find out more contact Xuemei Zhang on 0211800768, or email nelson@nzchinese.org.nz.

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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Marlborough organiser Paul Knight and his Moto Guzzi classic motorcycle as he prepares for this Sunday’s ride. Renowned Chinese Professor Dehong Meng.

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Permanent Jewellery

Permanent Jewellery is clasp-less jewellery, that is welded together by a quick, painless spark and it is one of the hottest trends happening all around the world! Although it is called "permanent" you can remove it with jewellery snips

whenever you want.

Permanent jewellery offers a unique and enduring way to wear adornments. They eliminate the need for constant removal and reattachment, like normal bracelet and anklets do.


Does it hurt?

We use a machine designed specifically for welding jewellery. The spark that is



generated during this process is NOT of high temperature and will not hurt you.

be removed?

The chains applied during this process are thin and durable enough to last but not thick enough to cause harm to you in the event that it becomes caught on

an object. If the jewellery needs to be removed for any reason, such as a MRI it can be removed with jewellery snips and re-welded at a later date.

How do I care for my Permanent Jewellery?

You can clean you welded jewellery with warm water, a gentle toothbrush and dish soap. Jewellery polishing cloths

also work great to get them polished up and back to their super shiny selves!

Does it last forever?

Generally, you can expect anywhere from 1-5 years depending on the type of metal you choose. We ensure the integrity of our weld before your appointment is complete. However, things happen! Although our pieces are designed to be permanent, that unfortunately does not

mean they’re unbreakable. If your welded jewellery is removed, stretches, or comes off for any reason, keep the chain and book a “re-weld” appointment. If the chain breaks on the weld, we will fix it for free. Otherwise, there is a $20 fee.

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5 minutes with...

Jo Patchett

Receptionist/ Administrator at Ashwood Park Retirement Village

 Are you a dog or cat person?

Although I do like cats, we are definitely a hound household.

 My friends would say I am…

A giving, thoughtful and kind person - well at least I hope that is what they would say.

 The best advice I ever received was?

If you are complaining about something, but not prepared to do anything about it….stop complaining.

 What would you buy if money was no object? Time. I never have enough to do what I want to experience in this lifetime. Otherwise, with unlimited money I would buy all the latest equipment and employ as many specialists, surgeons and staff for our Wairau Hospital so our locals can be cared for locally.

 Local coffee haunt?

Being a gumboot tea drinker, anywhere locally with a good friend is awesome.

 Favourite takeaway?

Chinese from the Golden Won Ton – best sweet & sour pork!

 The shop you can’t walk past is...? Cinnamon House – beautiful homewares, my house is just too small to fit them all in…

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

Gosh I have had so many…. My favourite was a hand-picked bunch of wildflowers gathered by my husband and placed on my pillow, one week after Valentine’s Day, just to let me know that he was thinking of me (so sweet).

 Where is your happy holiday place? Visiting family.

 Favourite programme or series currently watching? For light entertainment….re-runs of ‘Monk’.

 What’s one thing on your bucket list?

To travel to the UK and Europe again.

Winter clean up time: By Wally Richards

In the house we do spring cleaning but in the garden we are best to do a winter clean up.

There are many aspects of a ‘winter clean up’ and over the next month or so when the weather is sunny and later in the day when it warms up a bit it’s good to get out and get things ship shape and tidy.

I will go through the things to do and with what products to use in your clean up.

The cold of winter knocks back most insect pests from breeding and the ones from last season are huddled down for the winter to emerge (if they survive) and re-infest your plants.

Unfortunately too many can survive and when the weather warms up they come out and start breeding.

Some years we are lucky we have a couple of weeks early in spring of nice warm weather and out they come. Then if we have a cold snap they are bowled out and we don’t see a build up till December/ January making for just about a pest free spring going into summer.

There are two ways to knock them back in winter and in many cases both can be applied.

Spraying Wallys Super Neem Tree oil at 5 mils per litre of warm water and add half a mil of Wallys Super Pyrethrum to each litre of the spray. Put container into a jug of hot water for 15 mins before using as this is real Neem Oil and it goes solid in cold temperatures.

A pipette is supplied with the pyrethrum to measure 1ml, half a ml, etc.

Spray under and over any plants you had pest problems with during the season and only spray later in the afternoon when the sun is lower on the horizon, likely about 3 to 4 pm.

That is to ensure that the oil and sunlight will not effect the foliage and for the pyrethrum to be active till the next day. Under the plants and shrubs such as Rhododendrons (for silvery leaves caused by thrips), sprinkle Wallys Neem Tree Powder.

It’s a must to sprinkle under your citrus trees to clean up borer and all insects in the canopy including white fly. Why the powder instead of Wallys Neem Tree Granules?

The reason is, the powder which is a smaller particle size will break down quicker in winter and release the active ingredients that will help control the pests in the foliage.

Root Mealy Bug is another pest which is often found in house plant containers as well as outdoor containers and in the garden.

These critters thrive in the soil feeding on the roots of plants, sucking the goodness out of them, and the white sticky adults inhabit the stems and foliage of the plant upstairs, coming up from the young in the root zone.

When you are transplanting container plants you will notice white streaks on the sides of the container. That’s Root Mealy Bugs.

With plants in the garden or in outdoor containers sprinkle Wallys Neem Tree Powder.

With indoor plants in containers the powder will form moulds which are unsightly and a bit smelly so with indoor pot plants add a little Wally Super Neem Tree Oil to the water when you give them a drink.

You should also be going easy with watering in winter as plants will suffer with wet feet and maybe die.

Each time you water the house plants add the Neem Oil to the water for the next month or so. For adult Mealy Bugs on the foliage, spray with Wallys Super Pyrethrum at 1mil to a litre of water.

Use a trigger sprayer and what spray left over you don’t use, leave in sprayer and put in a dark cupboard for next time. In the dark the pyrethrum will keep ok.

If you have spiders on the ceiling or under the eaves mix Wallys Super Pyrethrum at 2.5 mils per each litre of water (25mils to 10 litres of water) and lightly mist ceilings inside and spray under eaves outside.

It will be active for a few months where it is out of direct sunlight affecting any pest that comes in contact with the residue.

Last week we talked about Wallys Moss & Liverwort control for cleaning up mosses, slimes, lichen and liverworts around the home so if you have not done so now is a good time.

Potassium permanganate, also known as Condys Crystals is a favorite one of mine for cleaning up fungus diseases on any plants such as roses, fruit trees, etc.

You simply place a quarter teaspoon (supplied in container) into a litre of water and spray the canopy all over and the soil underneath.

It destroys disease spores which means they are not there in spring to establish on your roses, vegetables etc. Great to help with control of most rusts, black spot and other fungus diseases.

Those lucky gardeners with glasshouses or tunnel houses also have a few things to clean up.

If you have tomato plants near finished for the season in the glasshouse and have had white fly problems then leave the plants in the house and burn sulphur powder in there.

The reason to leave them in is because if you take them outside you are taking the pests outside to hide on the outside plants till next spring - they will come back into the glasshouse when you plant up your tomatoes.

I found that the sulphur smoke/fumes will kill some plants and some varieties of tomatoes and some types can survive.

Place about two or three tablespoons of sulphur powder onto hearth shovel, spade or steel plate and light with a strong flame. A lighter or match won’t work to get it started.

If you dont have a flame thrower type then either wet a little of the powder with methylated spirits or use a fire starter. Once it gets burning it is difficult to put out. Then get out smartly and close the door.

Leave it closed down till the next day then open to ventilate.

Later in the spring I will explain how I grew tomatoes in one of my glasshouses and had no white fly invade it.

If you have chili or capsicum plants growing in containers in the glasshouse take them out before you burn the sulphur and in a shed or under a car port, then spray them under and over with the Neem Oil and pyrethrum combination mentioned before.

If you have any tree stumps you want to remove then use Wallys Stump Rotter. Follow the instructions and after 6 months or a year dependent on the type of wood the stump should break up nicely by hand.

Leaf fall from your deciduous trees is a valuable product when you convert it to leaf mould which is great to add to your potting mixes you make or even used as a seed raising mix on its own.

Collect up the leaves and spread them over a part of your back lawn and then with a rotary lawn mower run over them with the catcher on to collect the cut up leaves and the grass clippings.

Take a black plastic rubbish bag and put in a couple handfuls of material and spray that with Mycorrcin which speeds up the break down of the leaves.

Add another couple of handfuls and spray, keeping doing this and pressing down till the bag is full but can be tied off. When full and well compressed tie off firmly and then with a small screw driver or a 10cm nail punch lots of small holes all over the bag and the throw into a spot which gets a good amount of sunlight. Every week or two lift the bag, give it a shake and place back with another side showing.

After a period of time you will have a part bag of rich leaf mould for use.

Seeing most of the potting mixes these days are rubbish you can enhance them greatly by half and half, or even one third potting mix and two thirds leaf mould.

If you don’t have any fallen leaves in your place collect them from trees growing in the front verge or ask neighbours who are not gardeners if you can collect theirs.

Likely they would be very happy to get rid of them even if they think you are a bit weird.

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Last Wednesday night saw the opening of blenheim Musical theatre’s production of Joseph and the technicolor Dreamcoat at the ASb theatre. Amid the glitz and glamour, locals turned out in droves to witness this spectacle of sound, colour, and extraordinary local talent. the show runs until May 18. Get your tickets now from ASb theatre Marlborough. PHOTOS SUPPLIED.

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To the neanderthals who damaged our mailbox in Muller Road recently. I have two things to say to you. 1. Have you heard of karma? 2. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits.

Needs to change

What on earth is wrong with this once idyllic country…. the extraordinary growth of serious crime where frequent (often daily) murders, shootings, stabbings and ram raids that now seem our normality, barely warrant acknowledgment on the page 3 snippets!

I remember when the Crewe murders - so out of the ordinary in New Zealand life - took media headlines for a fortnight or more. No longer. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a week without another homicide, aggravated burglary or assault where Life for All of us could proceed unimpeded and without that unnecessarily enforced grief.

The ‘soft’ approach of the last few years has not discouraged such offending and somehow - and I have some rather draconian remedies - something needs to change, and it starts at the home.

Free speech

‘Free speech’ is a weird bird.

In Parliament, all sorts of strong rhetoric may be deemed acceptable. Online, in a national publication, comments querying the need for actual govt. processes, can get one curtly suspended.

Yet we get dubbed ‘apathetic’ if we don’t get involved. It’s tricky!

Nice to have

The bypass for Blenheim is a “nice to have”, but an expensive option. Land to be bought, consents, NZTA to put it into their budget and so on. A cheaper way to keep traffic moving is to install traffic lights at the Nelson/Grove roundabout. This would give all approaches a better chance of movement, and could revert to normal give way during quiet times. Cost could be under $100,000.00, money well spent. Last estimate for bypass was $250,000.00


Electric cars…..electric aeroplanes…..electric Cook Strait ferries…..oh well, dreams are free. Just wake me when there’s enough power to charge my electric toothbrush.

Re: Bagging Government

Yes, Labour did get us through a pandemic with admiration from the rest of the world, but they also stuffed up just about everything else and accumulated more and more debt. The new coalition is cutting services and projects because there is no money. Worse than that, we’re in more debt than we’ve ever been. So pull your red head out of the sand and look at the facts. This coalition needs to have at least two terms. That would be fair.

Takeaway Listings

The Yellow Pages lists only one takeaway outlet in the whole of Marlborough. Maybe the others can’t afford a listing. Or they are doing fine without one. So YPs are not much use anymore.

Taylor River

I too walk and ride the walkway on the river and have no problem giving walkers a wide birth and a smile when on the bike. Think about it people, it ain’t hard . Do you want parents with prams, wheel chairs, and moblilty scooters to get out of your way? Lol Keep complaining people and the council will have speed limits and roundabouts on the Taylor River walkway by spring.

Re: Fine pies and mobile:

I think the people eating the pies are healthier in mind and body than the people who obsess about food or worry about what other people are eating.

No money

In response to Bagging the Government. Labour’s constant waste and wrong doing are the very reason why NZ is in the position we now find ourselves and don’t blame the present leadership for canning the ferry fiasco. Do some research and you might just learn that Labour scuttled IRex but didn’t announce it because they knew the votes it would loose and put simply the country cannot afford to do it , some people just don’t understand what No Money actually means!

Hard work

Wealthy people in NZ are also huge employers, job creators, and pay significant taxes to care for the less able and those who just can’t be bothered working. We need to keep these people in our country or things would be in dire straits.

Hard work pays.

Health NZ

Yes, I am a champion of free speech and if you want to continue referring to Health NZ as Te Whatu Ora, then be my guest. I for one, won’t be.


What are the vineyards spraying? I and many people I know have had a stuffy nose, persistent sore throat and niggly cough for weeks. It’s not COVID or the flu...


To the person who doesn’t like tailgaters: maybe if people drove to the speed limit then they wouldn’t be tailgated? Go figure...

Re: Tailgaters

Tailgaters or road hogs! Everyone needs to be more courteous. Use your rear vision mirror and take a good hard look at yourself!

Fixed daily charges

In less than two years, a low-user’s daily fixed charges for electricity have quadrupled from 30c (Jul 2022) to 120c (Apr 2024) per day excl. GST.

Each month we now pay around $41 for fixed charges, up from around $10 two years ago. They are nearly half my power bill.

No explanation let alone justification for this preposterous increase has ever been provided to consumers.

Presumably the network and retailers need the extra revenue to give their staff exorbitant wage increases and bonuses.

Blow on the pie

In response to ‘Fine pies and mobiles’. Pretty sure it’s nationwide knowledge that the number one rule for eating a hot pie is “You must always blow on the pie” lol.


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Thank you

Grateful thanks to the people who came to my aid when I fell flat on my face in Cleghorn Street, by the shops, on Friday 10th May. I’m okay now. Rates increase will mean my children will have to drop a sport and other things they were able to have, having to cut so much out. How can this carry on, it’s hurting people.

Increases are hurting

Re: Taylor River walk way

As a cyclist, l use my bell as a warning to Not To Change where you are walking, just alerting you are going to be passed. Leaping off course sometimes causes more problems. Why should pedestrians walk in the MUD! Dogs on long lines are unpredictable. DO NOT MOVE FOR THEM! They do not like muddy shoes. Bike tyres are for mud!

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Amazing Race –supporting local youth

As part of Youth Week celebrations in Blenheim, May 20 – 26, Marlborough’s youth have the opportunity to test their navigational skills in The Amazing Race.

Sarah McAlister, who is the Youth Mentor Coordinator for Presbyterian Support Upper South Island, says the event was run before, three years ago.

“We had great feedback from the youth saying they loved the challenge.

“This year teams will need to find and assemble a puzzle within the time frame available. 11am -1pm,” she says.

Sarah says just like the TV show

The Amazing Race, teams (two – four people) will need to solve riddles to find locations scatted throughout the CBD.

At these locations they will need to complete tasks to receive their team puzzle pieces, before moving on to their next location.

“There are a total of six locations all involving multiple people including our whole youth team

at family works, some volunteers and management.

“The logistics have been a lot of work to pull together with so many people from across multiple locations, agencies and business,” she says “Everyone is so supportive of our local youth.

“It really rekindles that faith in humanity during such tough times for so many of our youth and families.”

As for the locations, the only hint Sarah gave is they are places Marlborough youth ‘know, use or would be useful to know.’

Sarah says the team will be providing food at the end of the race with some great prizes up for grabs.

The Amazing Race is on Saturday, May 25 and starts and finishes at Family Works, 22 Alfred Street.

Registrations have been extended to May 22.

Spaces are limited.

Sun readers who are keen to enter a team can text Elle on 0273880299 or email ellep@ psusi.org.nz

Sarah McAlister, Youth Mentor Coordinator for Presbyterian Support Upper South Island, says the people involved in organising the Amazing Race rekindles faith in humanity during tough times for many of Marlborough’s youth and whanau.

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Situations Vacant

Class 4 Driver/Rear Mounted Hiab Operator

We are looking for a reliable Class 4 Driver/Rear Mounted Hiab Operator to join our small team. The position involves the transport and delivery of supplies using our 6.3-metre long modern truck, with 6 tonne cartage capacity; and rear mounted Hiab crane with 5 tonne lifting capacity.

Although we are seeking a full time driver, the position has the potential to be job share or part time for the right candidate.

We are looking for someone who has:

· A current full, clean Class 4 NZ Drivers Licence

· Qualifications and experience in operating a HIAB

· Forklift F endorsement

· Strong Health & Safety focus

· Ability to pass a drug & alcohol test

· Be physically fit as manual handling is sometimes required Apply now by emailing us at accounts@grouphire.co.nz for an application form, and email it back to us with your CV or supporting documents attached, or drop it into our office at 89 Seymour Street, Blenheim. Applications close Friday 24th May 2024

Assistant Caretaker

40 hours per week, Permanent, Full Time, Hours 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

We are seeking a motivated, organised, experienced assistant caretaker to join our Property Team. This is a permanent, full time role (40 hours per week), over 52 weeks. The role also includes the requirement to be on call every alternate weekend and alternate public holidays for emergency callouts. Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to start as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be someone who is able to build excellent working relationships with a wide range of people, has strong problem-solving skills, is able to identify and implement property and facility maintenance service improvements, is able to quickly learn new skills or procedures, is adaptable and flexible, and has strong situational awareness.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

• Ensuring the security of the school, including locking and unlocking buildings and liaison with the security patrol as required

• Maintenance of the school buildings, property and grounds

• Liaising and monitoring onsite contractors

• Assistance with the completion of Health & Safety requirements

• Assistance with the set up and breakdown of activities around the campus

The following experience and attributes would be considered an advantage:

• Demonstrated experience in grounds keeping and building maintenance work, ideally in a school environment

Highly developed organisational skills with the ability to meet deadlines

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Strong team player with the ability to work autonomously

Experienced in working with Health and safety requirements and chemical

Ability to lift heavy weights and proper use of lifting techniques

Via our school website: Marlborough Girls’ College / Our School / Vacancies

Sending your CV and cover letter to vacancy@mgc.school.nz. All applicants will be sent an application form to be completed and returned.

Closing date for applications: 8.00 am, Wednesday 22 May 2024

Enquiries to Deirdre Bennett, Executive Assistant at vacancy@mgcs.chool.nz

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2021 START OF YEAR PROGRAMME Welcome back to new and returning students Wednesday 27 – Thursday 28 January New Enrolments to Deanery 10.00am–12.00noon Timetable changes with Deans for Senior Students 9.00am–2.00pm Book online via: www.sobs.co.nz. This will open on 20 January for bookings. Monday 1 – Tuesday 2 February All Day STARS Mentors Training Thursday 4 February Year 9 and New Students Pōwhiri 9.00am – 10.00am Parents, whānau and students welcomed to Marlborough Girls’ College. Meet at the front of the hall by the flagpole. All Year 9 students (with device/pen/paper), Manutaki and STARS Mentors in school all day. School buses run from this date. Friday 5 February 8.45am–3.15pm ALL students in school. Students to report to Level Assemblies Year 9 – To Whānau Classes Year 10 – Hall Year 11 – New Gym Year 12 – Old Gym Year 13 – Old Library All levels will have their Whānau Classes posted on the Parent Portal (a link from the MGC Website) in last week of January. Monday 8 February Waitangi Day Observed HOLIDAY UNIFORM SHOP HOURS Monday 25 January 12noon–6.00pm Tuesday 26 to Wednesday 27 January 10.00am–2.00pm Thursday 28 January 12.00pm–6.00pm Friday 29 January 10.00am–2.00pm Monday 1 to Friday 5 February 10.00am–2.00pm As at 17 February Uniform Shop will be open every Monday/Wednesday/Friday
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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.


Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non-urgent 579 4870.

Chemist: Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 8.30-5.30pm, Sat 9-2pm. Medical Centre Pharmacy, Ph 928 4265, Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm

Death notices

ARNOLD-JOHNSON: Elizabeth Ann (Beth). On May 10, 2024, Beth passed away in her 84th year, peacefully, at Maxwell Care Home. Beth was a much-loved wife of Ian. A loved mother and mother-in law of Alistair and Judy, Warren and Kim, Nicholas, and Tony and Sonya. A loved grandmother and great grandmother. Messages to c/- PO Box 9 Blenheim 7240, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services and www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz. Our grateful thanks to aged care staff at Wairau Hospital and staff at Maxwell Care Home. A service for Beth will be held at Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, 15 Boyce Street, Springlands, Blenheim on Wednesday, 15 May at 2pm. For those that can’t attend, the service will be livestreamed and can be viewed on the Cloudy Bay Funeral Services website.

POWELL, Richard Claude (Dick): On Friday May 10, 2024, peacefully at Aberleigh Village, Blenheim. Aged 84 years. Beloved husband of Isobel, dearly loved Dad of Rochelle and Lawrence, Mitchell and Julia, Martyn and Judy, Terri and Al, and Tracey. Adored grandfather and great grandfather of Kyle, Wendie and Corbyn, Travis, CJ, Sian, Natasha, and Courtney. Messages may be sent to 93A Scott Street, Blenheim 7201. A private cremation has been held.

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BARRATT, Rachel Pollock (née Maddock), W.R.A.F. 2812684, L.A.C.W. Fighter Plotter, Fighter Command: Passed away on Sunday May 12, 2024, at Seaview Home, Picton. Aged 92 years. Dearly loved wife of Bill and dearly loved mother of Karen, Richard (deceased), and Susan; loved by Bill’s family. A loved grandmother and great grandmother. Messages may be sent to 52 Inkerman Street, Renwick 7204. In accordance with Rachel’s wishes, a private cremation has taken place.

LANCASTER, Colin Stewart “Stu”: Passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 7, 2024. Aged 91 years. Much loved father and father-in-law of Murray and Kathryn, Chris and Emma, Brent and Debbie. Loved grandad of Amy, Hannah, JoBeth, Amanda, Shaye, Stewart, Rakai and Brooke. Loved great-grandad of Jack, Reid, Finn, Ben, Beau, Peter and Kate. The family would like to thank the staff of Ashwood Park Retirement Village for the care shown to Stu and his family. Condolence messages may be sent to domettgarage@amuri.net. Stu will be remembered at a private memorial service, date to be confirmed.

SLOANE: Brendan David (Danny) 1968 - 2024. On May 7th at his home in Christchurch, our beloved Danny passed away in his sleep after a long and bravely fought battle against the effects of injuries sustained in an accident 36 years ago. He was the muchloved younger son of Ursula and Brendan Sloane, dearly loved brother and brother-inlaw of Colleen and Lloyd Cundy (Wellington), John and Bridget Sloane (Wellington) and Suzette Sloane (Wanaka). Loved uncle of Daniel and Amanda, Harrison and Declan. Loved by Becky and Jason. Cherished by Marlene over many years. Danny was a loved nephew and cousin to many. A life lived with humour, courage and determination. He will be sadly missed. Many thanks to the medical staff at Village Health Christchurch. Messages to 31 A Nelson Street, Blenheim 7201 and www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz. A private family service has been held.

SCAMMELL: Cyril Angus. Passed away peacefully at Bethsaida Retirement Village on Monday, May 6, in his 90th year. Dearly loved husband of Verna. Much loved father of Julie and Ricki and their respective partners. Loved Pop of his many grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. Much loved stepdad of Tony, Christopher, Joanne, Craig, Lisa and their partners. Messages to c/- PO Box 9, Blenheim 7240 and www.cloudybayfunerals.co.nz. Thank you to the wonderful caring staff at Bethsaida Retirement Village. At Cyril’s request, a private cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service was held at the Blenheim Golf Club on Tuesday 14 May.

VAN DE VENTER: Chris. Passed away 8 May 2024 at the age of 75, after a long battle with illness. He leaves behind his wife of 35 years, three sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Special thanks to the staff at Cuddons for the many happy years he spent there and to his cycling group which gave him much joy. In keeping with Chris’ wishes, a cremation has taken place, and a private family celebration of his life will be held. Many thanks to the team at Hospice Marlborough and all the health professionals for their care during Chris’ journey. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice Marlborough.

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Golf Results Higher honours

Marlborough Girls’ College Year 12 student Jemimah O’Donnell (back row second from right) was selected in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Football Team who competed recently in Australia. The U16 team played five games in Melbourne; four against Melbourne academy teams and one against a women’s team from Afghanistan.

FENZ –‘need more career firefighters’

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has put the call out to the public, including Marlburians, for ‘compassionate and energetic team players’ to become career firefighters.

In a media statement recently, Fire and Emergency Deputy National Commander, Steph Rotarangi says they are looking for dedicated individuals from all walks of life to join their team

“As a career firefighter, you will make a real difference in other people’s lives and the wider community, protecting and preserving lives, property, and the environment,” he says. “Every day our firefighters help their communities prepare for emergencies and respond to incidents when the call is made.

“We will train you to respond to all kinds of emergencies including fires, motor vehicle incidents and medical emergencies” Steph says.

There are always opportunities to progress through the ranks or branch out into one of the many career pathways available, Steph says.

“As part of our drive to recruit more career firefighters, Fire and Emergency’s latest video campaign aims to provide answers to questions most

Fire and Emergency Deputy National Commander, Steph Rotarangi says they are looking for dedicated individuals from all walks of life to join their team.

frequently asked by those thinking about applying,” Steph says.

“Our campaign provides answers to questions ranging from the application and testing process, to specifics of the

role, to career development opportunities,” Steph says.

To learn more or apply to be a career firefighter today, Sun readers can go to www.fireandemergency.nz/join.

Picton Golf Club

Sat 4 May Nett- Jeff Pascoe 70, Jock Mannington 70, Brian Carver 70; Bill Catrell 71, Jelle Keizer 71; Ricky Ashworth 72, Trevor Gullery 72,Wayne Pratt 72, Tim McCaffrey 73, Lin Stone 73, Phil Hawke 73.

Tues 7 May Nett- Overall Winner Maria McConway 70; Pauline Pottinger 71, Anita McCaffrey 71; Mary Butler 72 ; Denise Finch 73; Margaret Frisken 74; Ricky Ashworth 75; Lin Stone 76, Jenny Hart 76; Ellie Gillies 77. Thurs 9 May S/F- Ant Booker 35;Ian Johnson 34; Iain Berrie 32, Gary Aldridge 32, Murray Selwyn 32, Hirman Taylor 32; Jeff Pascoe 31. Fri 10 May 9H S/F-Liz Taylor 21; Lynette Pearce 19; Kaye Keys 18; Helen McIsaac 17.

Blenheim Golf Club

May 6: 9 Holes Stableford Jenny Evans 19 Sue Duckworth 18 Trees Rewi 18 Elaine Brown 17 Yvonne Hore 17 Maureen McKenzie 16 Jenny Adams 16 Jan Pegler 16Ian Hatcher 22 Levi Mano 20 Brain Brown 19 Leo Hawkins 19 Don March 19 David Dyer 18 Glen Hurcomb 18 Arnold Newman 17 Don Lamond 17 David Horrell 17 Leo McKendry 116 Mike McConnell 16

May 8: Medal Net Barbara Looker 72 Helen Neame 73 Odette Roper 74 Jenny Adams 75. 9 holes Ann Walker 33 Yvonne Hore 33.

May 9: Net Medal Clive Drummond 67 Guido Bertogg 68 Doug Shaw 69 Tere Poa 69 Desz Campbell 71 Stuart Parker 71 Ezra Khaki 72 Don March 73 Graeme Parker 73 Colin Pitkethley 74 9 Stableford Glen Hurcomb 18 Ian Hatcher 18 Allen Knight 18. May 11: Par Terry Duff 4 Tere Poa 2 Luke Yarrall 1 Ros Agnew -1 Ji Findlay -1 Anthony Toa -1 Graeme Parker -1 Andre Tewhiu -1 NTP Fairweathers 9/18 Mike McCDonald Sowmans 3/12 Don March Ladies Net Medal 77 Rachael Bell 77Judith Batty.

Wairau Valley Golf Club

Sat 4th May: Medal/LGU: Sharon Giles 68, Steve Shallcrass 70, Sam Rutherford 72, Tim Latter 72, Maureen McKenzie 73, Bill Linklater 73, Robin Lacey 73, Chris Young 73, Brian Roughan 73, Grant Hagen 73. Twos: Robin Lacey. Sat 11th May: Stableford: Roger Meyer 40, Robin lacey 39, Maureen McKenzie 37, John McLauchlan 36, Mike Collins 35, Robyn Pupich 33, Rex McGarry 33, Bill Linklater 33, Richard Bruce 32, Bevan Boon 32. Twos: Richard Bruce.

ERO report added worry to education sector

An ERO (Education Review Office) report published on Monday saying 60 percent of principals interviewed believing their new teachers were not ready is an added worry to an education system that is already under strain.

‘Not ready?’ Really? Ironically, a report had to be done – a midyear one if you will.

Managing classroom behaviour has to be a focus for graduating teachers in 2024 as the education landscape and subsequent behaviours is, without question, taking its toll on teachers.

One third of teachers inter-

viewed said they were not able to manage classroom behaviour when they started in the role and a third of new primary school teachers said they were unprepared to teach science.

To be fair, the lack of science pedagogy has been a concern at a primary level for years and a reason why STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) has been incorporated into the curriculum in recent years.

The report found graduates from some universities felt better prepared than others, as did those from courses that involved more time in the classroom.

The Education Review Office says too many new teachers feel poorly prepared for their

jobs. It called for an exit exam for graduating teachers, higher entry standards, and a push to attract the most academically able students. It also recommended the Teaching Council review the effectiveness of different teaching courses.

This writer graduated Otago University College of Education with a Bachelor of Education (Primary). The most effective training was on practical placement across various age levels – Years 1 – 8, cultures, behaviours and rich conversations with associates and colleagues who had ‘done their time’ at the whiteboard.

Sure the theory was invaluable, goes without saying. Yet, the relationships, formed in the classroom, asking student(s) how

their weekend was, getting their name correct (and spelt correct) and giving one’s time, went a long way to ‘learning outcomes’ and achievement objectives.

Giving new teachers time when they start to observe other teachers is important. Yet so is the ‘doing’ and getting stuck in with a lesson plan that needs to be adaptable, flexible and going with the ‘teachable moments’ when Billy asks that golden question out of the blue.

The report said half of the new primary teachers it surveyed were on fixed-term contracts in their first year of work. This writer was on a fixed term contract after graduating and leaves, a what do I do now scenario going into Term 4?

Fixed term contracts are an underlying issue – new graduates need consistency within the school community to develop their relationships and longevity within the community context for at least 24 months.

‘Greater stability’ and working towards full registration is paramount.

As is support – not just in the education sector but for all work places. To be told, you are doing a good job, feedback which is task specific and a sense of worth, acknowledgment. Value.

The numbers leaving teaching suggest that isn’t happening. A review from the government’s external education evaluation agency (ERO) makes for very poor reading indeed.

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