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A charity run involving 60 Minis convoying the length of New Zealand, inspired by the 1981 film, Goodbye Pork Pie, will have a local couple taking part – and they couldn’t be more excited! The film features two young men who set out on a thou-

sand mile escapade from one end of New Zealand to the other in a yellow, stolen Mini. The Silky Hogg team of Heidi Silk and Roger Hogg are taking part in the seventh biennual charity run, taking on the epic road trip in Heidi’s daughter’s 1979 Mini, from March 26 – April 1. Continued on page 2.

Heidi Silk and Roger Hogg are gearing up to embark on a true Kiwi road trip, the Pork Pie Charity Run. They will be one of 60 Mini drivers convoying from Paihia to Invercargill next month.

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Couple set for Pork Pie Charity Run Continued from page 1. With some sound-proofing, good ear plugs, and investigation into how much they can pack into the Mini, Heidi and Roger are almost set for their big adventure. The 2021 Pork Pie Charity Run is a journey from Paihia to Invercargill, completed over six nights and seven days. It’s all in the name of a good cause. This year’s run will be raising funds for KidsCan. Each of the 60 teams must pledge $1000, and are encouraged to collect donations. Around $3m has been raised over the last six Pork Pie Charity Runs, and so far as a collective, this year’s teams have already raised $60,000. The idea of sitting in a Mini driving over 2,500km might give some readers a sore back thinking about it but with a few tweaks to improve comfort, Heidi and Roger aren’t too worried. “The Mini is in great nick,” Heidi says. “It’s only done 82,000km from new and is in mint condition. “This event has given us a good excuse to replace bits and bobs on it so with extra layers of seat covers and some sound proofing to make it a bit quieter we will be fine,” she laughs. “It’s a shame the seats don’t recline,” Roger jokes. “Plus I already have our osteopath booked for a body realignment when we get back,” Heidi adds. In preparation for the journey Heidi and Roger have plans in place to carry extra fuel and are practising how to pack as much as they can. “We’ve taken it on a dummy run to The Store at Kekerengu and worked

Heidi Silk is "beyond excited" to embark on the charity run.

out that it uses the same kilometres per litre as my CX5 which was surprising,” Heidi laughs. “We can get 280km out of a tank, and the tank holds 20 litres, so we will be carrying fuel cans with us. “It’s the packing that will be interesting,” she says. While many of the drivers will be transporting their Minis to Auckland and flying up for the start of the charity run, Heidi and Roger have a family event to be at in Wellington just prior, meaning they will meet the convoy at the first stop in Taupo. “It’s my daughter’s graduation ceremony,” Heidi says.

Daughter, Bianca, was originally planning on taking the trip with Heidi before plans changed. “She’s a newly graduated nurse and couldn’t get leave to come along so I roped Roger into coming on this adventure with me,” Heidi smiles. The public may see the little white Mini covered in sponsorship stickers driving about Marlborough in the lead up to the charity run. Each of the stickers represents a business which has sponsored Heidi and Roger. “We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the businesses,” they say. “Also to Bruce at Sign Images who

has put a lot of time and effort into getting the stickers right and looking good on the car. “Geoff Noad has been very supportive by getting the car ready for the journey, and supplying us with spares and tools.” Heidi and Roger have also sponsored the trip through their own businesses, Silk Finish Beauty Salon and Roger Hogg Builders Ltd. Privately they have raised around $700 in donations to date. The public can support the couple by making an online donation to: https:// porkpie2021.gofundraise.co.nz/page/ Heidi-99726560

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Rugby stalwart farewelled The Marlborough community has farewelled rugby stalwart, Arthur Pacey, who passed away last Wednesday, February 17, aged 96. ‘Uncle Arthur’ as many affectionately knew him, was given an honourable send off at the Awarua Park sports ground in Spring Creek last Saturday, and laid to rest beside his beloved wife Pena. Arthur was involved with the Moutere Rugby Club for many years as a player, committee member and coach. He later played Golden Oldies rugby and had been a member of Picton Rowing Club and

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Waitohi Rugby Club. He voluntarily looked after the Spring Creek rugby grounds. He was chair of the Spring Creek School Committee and caretaker of the Spring Creek School pool. He looked after the Otamawaho urupa grounds for Ngati Toarangatira, Ngati Rarua and Rangitane at his own cost, and helped to build Parerarua Centre at Wairau Pa and the Wairau Pa Marae kitchen extension. For this, Arthur was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in the 2017 New Year Honours list.

Arthur Pacey was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 2017 for services to rugby and the community. Arthur is pictured with Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House.

Boy’s weekend – in tartan By Celeste Alexander

It’s not every day Blenheim plays host to a group of men wearing red tartan suits, but for this university hall reunion group last Friday was just another one of their twice-yearly catchups. The men were in the same hall in 1993 when studying at Canterbury University and get together in different locations throughout the country twice a year. Twenty-three members of the group from as far as Northland and Invercargill decided to meet in Marlborough this time around and to sample some of the best the region has to offer, member and local resident Ben McLauchlan says. They started the day with lunch at Wairau River Wines Restaurant, and then headed on down the road to the Vines Village for gin tastings. From there they finished the day at Dodson Street Beer Garden, Ben

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The next milestone in the transformation of education in Marlborough has been reached, with the appointment of Naylor Love as the lead supplier to the three schools’ rebuild and relocation. Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges will be relocated on the site currently occupied by Marlborough Girls’ College and Bohally Intermediate. The Intermediate will be relocated and rebuilt on the current Marlborough Boys’ College site. “This will be one of the biggest education projects the Ministry of Education has ever delivered,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The master planning phase is likely to run for most of 2021, with involvement from the three schools, iwi groups and the community.

Wine industry key The New Zealand Institute for Economic Research, in a report commissioned by Wine Marlborough Ltd , says that 18 per cent of Marlborough’s economic activity in 2020, $571m, can be attributed to the wine industry. It directly and indirectly fills one in every four jobs in the region and NZIER says the wine industry accounts for 2750 jobs here and another 3338 jobs are indirectly supported by the industry, far greater than any other sector investigated. $171m from grape growing and wine production ends up in Marlborough household’s pockets, more than 14 per cent of total household income in Marlborough during 2020.

Plea for help Members of a 1993 university hall reunion group came together in Blenheim last Friday to enjoy lunch, gin and beer tastings and plenty of banter.

explains. “One of our members, Stu Marshall, has Rocky Knob Brewery and Dodsons has four of their beers so we wanted to visit there,” he says. Asked where the idea for the red

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Bike thefts an expensive loss By Community Constable Russ Smith

There has been a noticeable upsurge in the theft of mountain bikes recently with Police in both Blenheim and Picton receiving a number of reports of theft. Some of the stolen bikes are worth several thousand dollars each. Recently, an e-mountain bike worth around $6000 was stolen off a rack on the back of a ute at Stadium 2000 in Blenheim. It was one of two bikes mounted on the back of the vehicle with no locking system to ensure their safety. On occasion mountain bikes have been advertised for sale on Facebook shortly after being stolen in Marlborough. One was located in Christchurch recently, after being stolen in Ngakuta Bay several days

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earlier. The basic prevention message is to keep bikes locked away at your own property, or at least out of sight. When you are out and about and leave your bike unattended for any period of time, it should be secured to something immovable with a sturdy

Digital learning bus visits, locals invited Dora the mobile digital learning bus is in town, helping us all into the twenty first century. The Picton and Blenheim libraries are hosting the bus and inviting locals in for two-hour sessions – in the first instance to understand online banking, but also to recognise online scams and protect themselves on line. DIAA (Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa) has paired up with Kiwibank and Marlborough District Libraries to offer the service. And the catchy name DORA is matched by the online banking teaching tool they are using: Banger. DORA spent Monday and Tuesday in Picton and will be outside the library in Blenheim on Thursday, February 25 from 10am until noon, and 1-3pm. There will also be visits to Ashwood Park Retirement Village and Springlands Lifestyle Village on Wednesday February 24, and Springlands Lifestyle again on Friday, February 26, the bus being back at the library that afternoon.

bike chain, cable or u-clamp lock. Having bikes strapped to a bike rack on a car is not safe if you leave your vehicle unattended. They also need to be secured with a suitable bike lock. Police strongly advise people to be cautious when buying bikes from Facebook on Marketplace and especially on buy and sell pages, as these seem to be popular methods for thieves to offload stolen bikes. Be very wary when a seller wants to meet you away from where they live, or only wants to receive cash for the sale. There are some genuine people using Facebook to sell bikes, but some caution needs to be applied. There is a risk that you may not get your money back if Police identify the bike you purchased as stolen and

return it to the owner. Here are some tip on how to stay safe when using Facebook Marketplace: Buy and sell locally. When you open Facebook Marketplace, it automatically shows you items that are available within 60 kilometres of your location. Check the seller’s Facebook profile. People wanting to scam buyers or sell stolen goods will often create fake profiles. To check their profile on Marketplace, click on the post of the item you want to buy, under ‘seller information’ click the seller’s name, select ‘view profile.’ Discuss the transaction details before meeting. Have all the details sorted before you pick up the goods. Avoid being surprised by a change in price or having a confrontation

over details you didn’t discuss before meeting. Arrange to pay by instant or bank transfer, or cash at the time of picking up the goods rather than paying beforehand but be wary. A profile check beforehand will help to tell you if the seller seems genuine and in New Zealand, a pick-up from their home address will offer some surety that there is nothing suspicious about the item being sold. Consider taking someone with you when you meet the seller. This will keep you safer by lowering the risk of something bad happening to you and means there is a witness to the transaction. Trust your instincts, don’t proceed if you think something isn’t right. Don’t divulge your personal information to the other party.

Whole new meaning for tree house By Glenise Dreaver

Picton Library staffers Pauline Clapp, left, and Lis Morrow, do a test run of the faciilities in DORA, the mobile digital learning bus, under the oversight of Laurence Zwimpfer, operations director of the Digital Inclusion Alliiance Aotearoa.

Tuesday, February 16 was Martina Black’s birthday. Despite the gale raging in Picton, she and husband Kevin, like her a ceramicist, set off to Blenheim for her birthday lunch. They were halfway there when the phone call came in. Ian, a Newgate Street neighbour from four houses away, had popped in to the house next door to theirs and was standing on the deck when a tree on the fenceline went over in the gale. He watched with disbelief as it landed on the Black’s roof. Six tonnes of tree made a mighty noise as it landed, smashing through the roof of the hall and the bedroom. A very shocked Ian relayed what he’d just seen – and heard - and there went the birthday lunch plan. Martina and Kevin immediately turned around and came home. “My brain was just reeling,” says Martina. ”It was so dramatic.” And, she adds, ‘It’s a huge upheaval to lose your home.”

This Picton home clearly shows what happens when an estimated six tonnes of tree falls on your house.

They had to work out how to secure the house and went to stay with a friend for a couple of nights. Then they decided on a trip to Kaikoura and Christchurch. “It was a distraction. Because there’s nothing you can do.” The couple are delighted that the arborists who came in to sort the tree out had been so thoughtful. The team picked up the pottery, broken and whole, including the birdbath, and put it to one side. The broken ones can be easily replaced, says Martina. “We can

make more.” The damage to the house could be worse – most in the hall, and some in their bedroom. (Not the spare one. “Of course!”) But nothing inside was broken. By Monday at 4pm the electricity was back on and the house safe to re-enter. Temporary roofing cover was planned to take place yesterday, Tuesday, once the scaffolding was up. Martina sums it up this way: “What a day!”

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Pioneer Race set for Blenheim Toyota Classic Fighters Airshow Planes, bicycles, and motorcycles will be battling it out in a Pre-World War One era relay race at the Easter weekend airshow at Omaka, April 2-4. A firm crowd favourite, the Pioneer Race is a unique blend of action, theatre, and comedy with a competitive twist. In a concept seen only at Omaka, this race takes the form of a relay and commences with cyclists riding antique ‘Penny Farthing’ bicycles that squeak and squawk their way along the crowd-line towards awaiting veteran motor cars which then rattle and shake their way to tag the flight crews of the very early aeroplanes. The aircraft must then fly a circuit of the airfield and the first team across the line is declared the winner. In years past there have been difficulties getting all the Edwardian vintage (pre-WW1) aircraft off the ground, with vintage first responders (latter day pit crews) invariably having to attend to at least one of those machines. These failures are often comedy gold and Yealands Classic Fighters 2021 will see even more variety added to the spectacle including a veteran motorcycle and side car. Just as entertaining are the humans in charge of these magnificent machines. There is not a stitch of lycra in sight. The male competitors will be lining up in the makings

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of a three-piece suit (jacket, trousers, and waistcoat) with round-collared white shirts, neckties, and bowler hats. The only concession to activewear is that trousers are shortened and worn with knee high socks and shiny black shoes. Graham Orphan, Yealands Classic Fighters show director says, “This event is usually run as the first display in the morning, due to expected lower wind levels at that time of the day for the frail early machines. “We recommend all visitors make their way to the event as early as they can to avoid missing any of the show in the event of large crowds or traffic

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Kahawai are a major recreational species providing fun and food for New Zealand families but they are under threat. Last year a friend was fishing a surface “work-up” of kahawai off Pelorus Sound when a purse seiner approached and stopped. My friend realising the boat’s intentions, sat on the workup for an hour or so until time forced him to head back to Havelock. As he headed off, the trawler moved in encircling the shoal. More recently I’ve had a similar report of this year in Cloudy Bay where a company trawler moved in on a shoal of kahawai. Is it any wonder that kahawai numbers at both the Diversion and Wairau Bar are severely depleted? Surface “workups” once common in Cloudy Bay and the Sounds are today rarely seen. It is odd in one way that kahawai are commercially a very low value species, exported to Australia for crayfish pot bait and fish meal. But perhaps it reflects both the over-exploited fishery under the free market based Quota Management System (QMS) which has become increasingly dominated by corporate companies who wield strong and excessive political influence with political party donations undermining any sensible fisheries management. Tony Orman

I’m not sure what is happening to NZ society at the moment. My Webster’s New World Thesaurus says a democracy involves freedom of speech. And our laws reflect this. Section 13 of the Bill of Rights Act 1990, for example, guarantees to all New Zealanders freedom of thought: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and to hold opinions without interference.”

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From the Mayor It’s a challenging year ahead with infrastructure, inflation and freshwater quality driving up costs. Setting the Council’s Long Term Plan 2021-2031 (LTP) budget is not going to be easy. Various cost increases have combined - inflation, deferred infrastructure spending due to COVID-19 and Government directives on freshwater and drinking water quality - to increase rates higher than usual. Most other councils are in the same position, or worse. Our ten year budget priorities are discussed by the full Council this week. The councillors and I will debate them and consider other requests for funding that combined will set the course for the Council’s programme of investment over the next decade. Unfortunately this means this year’s rates rise is likely to be higher than what we have been used to. Last year we kept the rates increase down to only 1.88% because of the impact of COVID and lockdowns, which impacted so heavily on our tourism, retail and hospitality sectors. However, like many other councils we are now playing catch up because we could only hold down that increase last year by putting off our expenditure, which is still needed for Marlborough to progress. Overall our economy has bounced back quite well, but as the main infrastructure provider in a growing region, we can’t afford to take our foot off the pedal. Like every sector of the economy we also face inflationary pressures which we must plan for in our budget – the Local Government Cost Index inflation rate is forecast to be about 2.4% per year for the next few years. The Council also has to absorb extra costs imposed by the Government for its new freshwater monitoring regime and greater enforcement of the NZ Drinking Water Standards. Our overall capital expenditure programme has increased significantly and this means the Council will take on more debt. But borrowing is affordable at present,

Regional land and public transport plans open for submissions Marlborough’s roading and public transport priorities for the next six years are now open for public comment. The ‘Connecting Te Tauihu (Top of the South)’ Regional Land Transport Plan 2021-2027 (RLTP) and the Marlborough Regional Public Transport Plan 2021-2027 have just been released. March and Submissions close on 19 March. hearings will Hearings will be be held held on on 15 15 April. April. The RLTPRLTP is a is collaboration between The a collaboration between Marlborough District, Nelson City Councils, in in and Tasman District councils, conjunction with Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency). The Interisland Resilient Connection (iREX) project to upgrade the interisland ferries, and the construction of an overbridge required in Dublin Street, Picton as a result, has come out top of the list of significant regional projects in the RLTP. This is expected to cost $17m. The Marlborough Regional Public Transport Plan sets out the Council’s intentions for public transport within the wider RLTP. It proposes a continuation of the

But borrowing is affordable at present, and this spreads the cost fairly across the and this spreads the costfunding fairly across the generations, a common principle generations, a common funding principle known as intergenerational equity. known as intergenerational So currently we’re looking atequity. a rates So currently we’re looking at a rates increase for the coming financial year from 1 2021 of close to 6%. figure is not setJuly in stone but I know it isThe going to be set in stone but I know it is going to be difficult get itto down anyfunding lower. On top of that, weto expect receive requests that, to receive funding requests from we theexpect community through the LTP public from the community throughApril the and LTP public consultation process during May. consultation during anddraft May. I am keen toprocess hear your viewsApril on our ILong am keen hear your views our draft Termto Plan proposal in a on month’s time. Long Plan proposal a month’s PublicTerm submissions will beinopen from 1time. Public be open from April tosubmissions 6 May withwill hearings from 1 to1 3 April 6 May withwill hearings from 1 toby3 June. to Submissions be considered June. will be myselfSubmissions and councillors on considered 8 June andby the myself and councillors onJune. 8 June and the LTP then adopted on 24 New rates LTP then adopted on 24 will become effective on June. 1 July.New rates will become effective on 1 July.

What are we spending the money on? What are we spending the money on? Drinking water treatment upgrades This ten-year plan’s proposed in Renwick, Havelock and capital expenditure is capital including Riverlands This ten-year plan’s budget proposed $705m, which is $180m higherwhich Riverlands • Sewerage upgrades including in expenditure budget is $705m, than the $525m in Sewerage including in north upgrades west Blenheim to enable is $180m higher budgeted than the $525m northresidential west Blenheim to enable subdivision and new budgeted in the the 2018-28 LTP. 2018-28 LTP. Our residential subdivision and new housing housing infrastructure programme will see Our infrastructure programme • Road maintenance, public transport awill record million Road maintenance, public transport see a$74 record $74budgeted million for services and new cycleways 2021/2022, and an average of $70m services and new cycleways budgeted for 2021/2022, and • Upgraded parks, sports in of the following ten years. Upgraded parks, sports and and an each average of $70m in each of recreation facilities Marlborough’s level of growth, which recreation facilities the following ten years. • A new library andgallery art gallery (cohas also increased library and art Marlborough’s levelthe of pressure growth, on A new funded by by the the Government) Government) housing, is higher now than in the (co-funded which has also increased the • New and upgraded senior housing past, and is contributing to that New and upgraded senior housing pressure on housing, infrastructure need. is higher unitsunits now programme than in the past, and is • Environmental management Our includes: Environmental management and and contributing to that infrastructure flood protection • Drinking water treatment upgrades need. Our programme • Waste recycling services. including in Renwick, includes: Havelock and Waste and and recycling services

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The iREX project to upgrade the interisland ferries will have an impact for all of New Zealand and has been named number one priority in the Regional Land Transport Plan It proposes a continuation of the Blenheim bus services (north The iREX project to upgrade theand south routes), as will wellhave as continued interisland ferries an impact support of the all of New card Zealand on transport forSupergold scheme providing free travel during off-peak A continuation of Blenheimhours. bus services (north and the Total Mobility also south routes) and Scheme ongoingissupport suggested. of the Supergold card and Total For further information or to submit Mobility schemes. go Forto: further information or to submit www.marlborough.govt.nz/yourgo to: council/have-your-say-consultations www.marlborough.govt.nz/yourcouncil/have-your-say-consultations

Like some extra dollars in your back pocket? Like some extra dollars in your back pocket? A few extra dollars is always helpful and if you a ratepayer onhelpful a low A few extraare dollars is always income, you may qualify for and if you are a ratepayer ona arates low rebate up may to $655. income,ofyou qualify for a rates Reminder letters are being sent to rebate of up to $655. Marlborough home whoto Reminder letters areowners being sent applied last rating to encourage Marlborough homeyear owners who them to last apply again. If you have not applied rating year to encourage previously had again. a rebate readhave on to them to apply If you not find out if you be read eligible. previously had might a rebate on to To qualify, you need to be paying the rates on theneed home live in, To qualify, you to you be paying your name be on you the rates the rates onmust the home live in, invoice and must your be home your name on cannot the rates be usedand principally for farming invoice your home cannot or business purposes. for farming or be used principally How much the rebate will be business purposes. depends onthe therebate amount your How much willofbe rates, the on total ofofyou and depends theincome amount your your the number rates,partner, the totaland income of you of and dependants withnumber you. of your partner,living and the You will needliving your with income dependants you.details for the endedyour 31 March for for You year will need income2020 details the Check your eligibility the application. year ended 31 March 2020 for online here: https://bit.ly/3eDi2Ek the application. Check your eligibility You canhere: apply in person at the online https://bit.ly/3eDi2Ek Council offices in person Blenheim or Picton You can apply in at the – a customer services officer will

complete complete the the form form electronically electronically with with you. you. Alternatively Alternatively apply apply online online here: here: www.marlborough.govt.nz/services/ www.marlborough.govt.nz/services/ rates/forms-rates/rates-rebaterates/forms-rates/rates-rebateapplication/?ed-step=1 application/?ed-step=1 Applications Applications close close for for this this rating rating year year on on 30 30 June June 2021 2021 and and there there are are no no late late applications applications accepted. accepted. For For more Council more information information phone phone Council on on 03 03 520 520 7400 7400 or or email email mdc@ marlborough.govt.nz mdc@marlborough.govt.nz

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Managing a new and harsh reality February 22 was World Encephalitis Day On behalf of The Encephalitis Society, Veronique Theberge is helping raise awareness by entering three teams of four women in the Blenheim Spirited Women race, an all-women’s adventure race planned for Friday April 9 to Sunday April 11. Veronique’s life is a constant challenge as she recovers from encephalitis and battles the effects of acquired brain injury. She is looking for a team of local entrants to help with her fundraising and tells Glenise Dreaver why. Because she was misdiagnosed when she first developed encephalitis, Veronique Theberge of Northland says she is left with a brain injury made worse by lack of early treatment. “I suffered from meningo-encephalitis three and a half years ago,” she says. “ T he ef fe cts on me a nd my fa m i ly have b e en huge. “The list of ways in which I have to adapt and manage the ‘new me’ is still much longer than I’d like it to be, but I’m keen to do my part to help others who may be going through the same challenges by raising awareness.” Encephalitis is, she says, essentially an inflammation of the brain, caused either by a viral infection or an auto-immune effect when the immune system attacks the brain in error. In the early stages when the brain is inflamed, neurons are damaged or destroyed resulting in Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). The after-effects are often long term and although no two persons will go on living with exactly the same challenges, one very common after effect includes extreme fatigue. She says any significant physical or cognitive effort can temporarily cause parts of the brain to shut down completely. At that stage she says, her speech usually goes. “I may slur my words or struggle to put sentences together, and my vision can do really funny things.

“My balance and co-ordination are also affected.” For a person who has always loved exercise, the resulting limitations are hard to bear. She says that after the initial illness strikes, returning to work or school can become quite challenging and the impact on social relationships and mental health is all too often part of the collateral damage. “Recovery takes place in terms of years and many survivors fall short of making full recoveries,” she adds. Yet Veronique has already taken part in two previous Spirited Woman races (Gisborne and Alexandra). “My team-mates took a leap of faith. Because in the early days of recovery, I was struggling to walk to the dairy and back,” she says. “I thought ‘No way I can complete such a race’, but they believed in me.” Those women helped her in developing her strength and endurance, knowing that there was a risk, if she got too fatigued, that her brain could shut down fully, and they would be out of the race totally. “They were willing to take that risk and I am forever grateful,” she says. She got through, though she does admit to “pretty intense” payback afterwards. It hasn’t deterred her and now Veronique and her team-mates have registered in the Blenheim race. She’s looking for a local team that will help her and the other teams who

Girls Still Got it: One of the teams of Spirited Women who will be travelling down to run in Blenheim’s Spirited Women adventure race from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 April From left: Colette Baker, Kirstie Andrews, Veronique Theberge and Kathi Jeeves.

are supporting her fundraising efforts to raise awareness of the cause. The race singlets are provided for free and all that is required is to share the fundraising page on their social media.

Veronique says funds raised will go to the Encephalitis Society to help in paying for their support line, helping families stay calm when their lives are falling apart, and for crucial information for GP’s and to pay for a child affect-

ed by encephalitis to attend their family weekend. If you are entering the race and would like to support this cause, please contact Veronique on weirdwonderfulbrain@gmail. com

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Louie’s sad story A dog found in a heart-breaking condition has served as a stark reminder of the appalling animal abuse that takes place in New Zealand every day. Louie, who is the face of this year’s SPCA campaign, was found with matted fur, rotten teeth and a partially de-gloved leg. He is sadly just one of many of the worst cases of animal abuse, neglect, and abandonment to come through SPCA doors over the past year. Some of the other harrowing stories from this year’s list include: a dog that was left emaciated beyond belief, a duffle bag full of puppies bound with tape and deliberately dumped in a river and a number of horses and sheep left emaciated, in pain and covered in maggots. The SPCA’s Annual Appeal – its largest fundraising event of the year - takes place from March 1 to 7. The annual appeal encourages funding to support the 35,000 animals rescued by SPCA every year. SPCA’s CEO, Andrea Midgen, says, “Our organisation works incredibly hard to protect our nation’s most vulnerable animals from abuse, neglect and abandonment. “The horrific cases from this year reminds us that there is still much to be done to tackle the issue of animal abuse and we’re determined to give these animals the life they so desperately need and deserve.” As a charitable organisation, SPCA requires $47 million each year to operate – this includes more than $10 million to run the Inspectorate programme which involves rescuing animals and prosecuting offenders. With minimal government funding, SPCA relies on the public for the majority of its donations.

While some animals were lucky enough to be rescued and placed in their forever homes, stories like Louie’s demonstrate the shocking reality and heart-breaking decisions facing SPCA every day. Louie, who fronts this year’s Annual Appeal, was thankfully able to be rescued and fostered into a loving home. For the seven weeks following Louie’s rescue, despite his injuries, he was living his best life and experienced unconditional love and care. Unfortunately, due to the extent of his injuries Louie suffered multiple seizures which led to further injuries – and the heart-breaking decision was made to put him to sleep. “Euthanasia is the absolute last resort and we will do everything in our power to avoid euthanising an animal when there is a chance of survival, rehabilitation and adoption,” Andrea says. “Unfortunately, Louie’s case confronts us with the fact that despite our best efforts, sometimes the extent of the abuse is just too extreme, and we must make a heart-breaking decision for the greater good of the animal. “We need to detail these cases to raise awareness of the devastating animal abuse we continue to see in New Zealand,” Andrea says. It is only possible for SPCA to continue its fight for justice, on behalf of these animals, with the ongoing public support. You can get involved in this year’s SPCA Annual Appeal by donating to street collectors in Marlborough from Monday, March 1 to Sunday, March 7, or online at www. spca.nz/news-and-events/event/spca-annual-street-appeal

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Have some snacks handy for the bride and groom to enjoy while having their wedding photographs taken.

Wedding gifts: Designate someone to gather all of the gifts and cards, and other personal items belonging to the bride and groom. This person can drop them off to the couple’s home. Food and drink for the happy couple: This is a major! After a ceremony the bride

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The ceremony is limited to 20 guests and two witnesses must be present. The other option is of course a personalised wedding which a couple can have anywhere they and the celebrant agree. You can write your own vows too. If you have a back-up venue this must be included in the licence application, because you can only get married at a location written in the application. After the ceremony the celebrant will provide a ‘Copy of Particulars of Marriage’. This is not the same as a marriage certificate. The celebrant will use another copy to register your marriage with the New Zealand government. And remember, you must have a marriage licence three working days before the ceremony. For more information, ideas for venues and general guidance contact a local marriage celebrant.

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Rai Valley A & P Show Saturday March 6

The men's and women's woodchopping event drew a large crowd at last year's show. It will take place again this year so make sure you head on over and cheer on the competitors.

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The sounds of chugging engines, panded their sheep section this pounding hooves, axes against year with new classes added, wood and squeals of excitement including the addition of Valais will soon ring out through the Rai Black Nose Sheep. The dog section will take entries Valley community when the area’s prior to show day, and on the 87th A&P Show arrives. It’s a day when town meets day. Judging will commence at country and this year takes place 11.30am. The horse section includes Inon March 6. With a huge range of enter- Hand, Future Stars, Show Jumptainment and sections there is ing and HOY qualifying classes. “We also have the addition of an something for everyone. Vintage displays, wood chopping, Stur- Equine Fancy Dress Competition geon Amusements and trade stalls which is proudly sponsored by of machinery, through to arts and Richmond Saddlery,” show seccrafts, bow and arrow shooting, an retary Andrea Pilcher says. For those who enjoy the indoor animal nursery and more, there’s sections plenty to entice you along. Tractor Repairs & Spares Proudly even more arts and crafts Organisers say they have ex- will be included. New vegetable

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The Rai Valley A&P Show is being held at the Carluke Domain. From State Highway 6 take the French Pass turn-off, then right into the Tennyson Inlet Road and you will find it.

LEFT: Di-ana Win had one of the many stalls at last year’s show, selling handmade birdhouses. Discover what will be on offer this year.

Schedule 6:30am • Gates open to trade/entrants 8:30am • Horse judging begins 9:00am • Gates open to public • Sheep and indoor judging begins 9:30am • Animal nursery open 10:00am • Rai Challenge Children’s Competition starts • BMX/MotoX course display throughout day 10:30am • Giant pumpkin judging • Harcourts Really Young Farmer Competition starts, continues till 12:30pm 11:00am • North Country Club Bar opens, throughout day until 8pm 11:30am • Dog judging begins 12:00pm

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Tracey Grace HR and H&S Adviser for Taylor Pass Honey Co  If you could donate $1m to any charity who would you choose and why? I live in Picton, so it would have to be the Picton Community Pool so it can be upgraded to an all year round pool for all of the community to use.  Where did you grow up and was it a good place to be? I grew up mainly in the Manawatu. Back then (showing my age here ) life was simple, fun, happy and safe.  What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been? Milford Sound.  Name your favourite and least favourite foods? My favourite food is steak and salad, my least favourite is kina.

 Are you a dog person or cat person? Dog.  What thing do you really wish you could buy right now? An overseas holiday.  If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be? Jim Morrison. Love me some Doors.  Favourite programme currently watching? Yellowstone and I love it. Drama with a slice of cowboy and love.  What do you do to prioritise your health and well-being? I eat low sugar low carb, I have a love hate relationship with exercise.  What’s one thing on your bucket list? Complete my degree.

GARDENING THIS WEEK Improving your plants: By Wally Richards Last week we talked about the benefits of Magic Botanic Liquid (MBL) and how it assisted plants to be healthier and increased the nutritional value of your food crops. Some gardeners asked whether it would assist with leaf diseases such as black spot and rusts. The answer is that it can but it also depends on several other factors because there is no golden bullet that is going to fix problems when there are conditions or situations which are causing the problems. For instance at the end of the season (which we are quickly heading to) conditions such as powdery mildew and other leaf diseases are going to attack your plants such as roses, pansy, zucchini as they are finishing the season. Leaf diseases are Natures Cleaners helping to breakdown and aid the composting of foliage that’s done its dash for the season. Annuals of course will die and disappear and perennials such as roses will rest till the new season in the spring. We can build up the health of our plants and make them more resistant to diseases during the growing season. As we saw last week a two weekly spray of MBL can make the world of difference to our plants because we are supplying a range of elements and minerals that are likely lacking in our soils. The soil is a very big factor in how well our plants perform. If you don’t have soil teeming with beneficial microbes, breaking down the nutrients so that plants can take them up, you are in a sense starving your plants, no matter how much food you are throwing at them. Soil life self generates if you allow it to happen so you don’t have to do anything to make it happen other than maybe applying products such as Mycorrcin (It is a special food for soil life, microbes and beneficial fungi). What you have to do is stop killing the soil life. There are three factors that harm and kill your friends in the soil. The first and most often applied to the soil in the growing season is chlorinated tap water. The chlorine in the tap water is there to kill bacteria that might give you a tummy ache but in our garden we want those bacteria and we zap them with our hose. I will give you an example that you will have seen countless times and likely never gave it another thought. In the spring with ample showers of rain your garden plants come away and

According to Wally Richards, rain brings down nitrogen from the atmosphere which is also a boost for the plants but not containing chlorine means that the reduced microbe colonies in the soil have a chance to populate again.

in the main look brilliant and healthy. Later on the rains stop and you get out the garden hose and very soon that healthy sparkle has disappeared and leaf diseases start to show. Then after a dry period of hose watering we have a nice period of rain and hello the plants perform and have a healthy sparkle again (till we have to use chlorinated water again). Rain brings down nitrogen from the atmosphere which is also a boost for the plants but not containing chlorine (we hope) means that the reduced microbe colonies in the soil have a chance to populate again. They have a life cycle of about eight hours so in a day we can see three generations happening which is billions of helpers in your soil. It costs $140 to get a 10 micron carbon bonded filter and housing to simply snap onto your outside tap which removes all the chlorine out of 16000 litres of water approximately (depending how much of the poison your water supplier sticks into the water). In some areas for any average garden you should get one or two seasons out of a filter for $40 replacement. In some areas I have found about 2-3 months use only before you need to replace. Sediment in the water also drastically shortens the life of the filter. Heavy-handed use of man-made fertilisers, chemical rescue sprays and herbicides also harm soil life, knocking back their populations. It is easy to tell if you have a great soil with lots of soil life as it will have an abundance of earthworms. This means also you are applying organic material to the soil instead of harmful acidic fertilisers. That means animal manures, sheep pellets, blood and bone, compost made

from non-green waste (green waste composts which may contain herbicides). A little man-made fertiliser sparingly applied to give a growth boost does not cause too much harm for the benefit of the growth gained. Slow release types are far superior to the general powder types, which I call the fast foods of gardening. They cause great damage over constant use, locking up in the soil which means you have not only harmed the soil you have also harmed your wallet, to all-over disadvantage. Another thing I have learnt in recent times is the application of silica to the soil which assists plants to take up minerals that are locked out without silica presents. Sand of course is silica and you can also apply silica soil drench which the silica is from diatemaciuos earth. I have always had an understanding that an equal mix of clay soil with sand would make a very good growing medium for healthy plants. The mix would also reduce the disadvantages of the two when on their own. Another excellent tool for obtaining plant health is Wallys Perkfection for Roses. The active ingredient of Perkfection is phosphite ion or phosphonic acid. I describe it as a tonic for plants, building the immune system to help overcome many plant diseases or prevent the same. Magic on Buxus is for recovery or prevention of the nasty buxus disease and also a cure/prevention for silver leaf disease as long as the disease has not advanced too far. Applied only monthly it will assist in helping to prevent many disease problems. Problems? Phone 0800 466464.

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The Sun Rai Valley new green area Congratulations to the Valley Progress League, the Billingsleys and possibly Council. But here’s the ‘rub’, $350,000 for public toilets!!? Really? Perhaps it was meant to read ‘basic two bedroom home with two toilets installed’. Smacks of the overpriced bus stops in Blenheim. Don’t worry the rate payers will foot the bill.

Playskool! Tantrums, talisman, toggles from Mexico, Teflon Trevor and now no ties! What a house of comedic classless clowns! The world watches as t-shirts and maybe singlets and lycra are soon comely. Where is a cultural kilt on a man without apologising? Indeed, communistic values are destroying our fabric of respect. Political laws. Republic next, too late, then listen to who cries foul! Let the games begin darling.

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Great time out Thanks to Forrest Estate - the singing and music collaboration from Sarah and Anna on Valentines Day was amazing!

Ban fireworks Fireworks should be banned. Last night (Saturday) I was fast asleep when crack! crack! crack! Fireworks. I am now wide away and doomed to stay that way as once disturbed I can’t get off again. These people have obviously stored their treasure since November and have no thought for anyone else except their selfish pleasure. So with no sleep I am now doomed to a grumpy day.

No roundabout Reading about more bad choices being made for our roads is really frustrating. Francis Maher’s suggestion of another highway roundabout is absurd. Highways are for vehicles to travel non stop at open road speeds. Roundabouts shouldn’t be dotted on highways. The SH6 Bells and St Leonards road intersection is dangerous. It needs a four lane highway to space out vehicles and merging lanes. Let’s improve our roads. We shouldn’t have to put roundabouts in highways because they’re substandard.

Take two at ASB was great. Special thanks to staff, especially the doorman who made sure we all scanned or signed in. Masks and hand sanitizer available.

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Is it worth spending 3 million to stop 3 accidents a year (50 in 20 years last weeks report). For the first time I have to agree with our MP. Spend it on Weld Street.

NZ open borders and MIQ, just a freebie world transit lounge. Over a year for natives to get home, or go on holiday and back. Early, kind, hard - what a joke. Who lost the key to lock the door? Now , unknown origin - oh shock, what a surprise!

Thank you to all that contributed to the discussions on our roadside recyclers. This discussion is now closed.

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Re: Brexit Your comments make no sense at all. You need to think more about what you want to say, before you end off your txt.

Re: Noisy cars Understand your frustrations with boys who feel the need to be as loud as they can with their cars. But at least take comfort that their need to be heard, relates to their lack of a certain endowment.

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Storm Stanleys article on Cape Campbell vehicle access ban in the fishing paper baging quads is a direct monetary conflict of interest as he’s the chairman of the Paua Industry Council. The quake was over four years ago remember.

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Thank you to the honest person who handed in my handbag that I left on the supermarket trolley! On Wednesday Feb 17 at Countdown Springlands.

Re: Frustrated Your comments make absolutely no sense who are the ‘weather companies’? What on earth r you on about?

Re: Respondents to Kiwi Kane There are none so blind as those who cannot see. It is the blatantly racist policies of this government that is dividing the nation. Also, a more thorough search of reputable historical record will show the name New Zealand dates back to 1642 - the Maori name Aoteraroa evolved much more recently. Maori did not have a name for NZ - only tribal names for the islands.

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As a truck driver I get a bit annoyed by uninformed car drivers as in txt talk last week. The big majority of trucks are GPS monitored and speed limited. Because of the monitoring technology we know exactly how fast we are going so SH6 to Rai Valley we set the cruise control at 90kph. Cars on the other hand are imported into NZ and required by government to have speedos that read a minimum of 3kph slow. The minimum is 3 but can be a much as 6kph. Before the speed limit drop cars travelling at 95kph and now they are doing 85kph. If you see a truck behind don’t txt the newspaper but try pulling over and letting them go and then you can go back to cruising the highway with less stress. Law abiding driver.

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Own road rules Watched a number of buses from the gypsy fair pulling into Redwoodtown School on Friday afternoon... I didn’t realise that they had the right of way over all other road users!!! It was amazing how many of them turned across in front of traffic going straight along Alabama Road and made them come to a stop and wait while they negotiated a narrow entry way.

Don’t judge Time with our children is precious. But I am busy means I am busy. Who knows what the circumstances of this mums day were. She might be running her own business with 3 kids. Checking emails putting out fires, trying to help husband, figuring out how to pay mortgage. Did you see her at the park with him. Playing in the mud? Did you see her sewing a pirate costume? Or baking with him. No. You judged her on one moment. I feel for this mum. This could have easily been me. Hope someone judges you in your moment of weakness.

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MURPHY: Karma Born February 14, 2021 Weight 3.54kg Hospital Wairau MURPHY: Rhiannon and Christopher are pleased to announce the safe arrival of a daughter, Karma (3.54kg), a sister for Paige and Lilly and a grandaughter for Peta (above), born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021 at 12.13pm. Special thanks to Carol and the rest of the brilliant Wairau maternity team. Both well.

PETER: Wren Born February, 15 2021 Weight 9lb 3oz Hospital Wairau PETER: Kim and Dave are delighted by the safe arrival of a son, Wren (9lb 3oz) on February 15, 2021 at 9.11am at Wairau Hospital. A brother for sister Frankie. Thank you to midwife Sasha and all the hospital staff.

BANDI: Sri Haansi Born February 16, 2021 Weight 3070g Hospital Wairau BANDI: Saisree Modem and Srikanth Bandi are pleased to announce the arrival of their daughter Sri Haansi, a sister for Srijay, born February 16 at 11.24am at Wairau Hospital (3070g). Special thanks to mdiwife Cathy, all the doctors and for all the wonderful support from all staff. Both well.

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Kids buzzing after attending workshops By Celeste Alexander

A group of inquisitive young minds learned the difference between honey bees and NZ native solitary bees, and the role they all play in the ecosystem last Sunday at an interactive workshop held by the Life Education Trust Marlborough. The workshop involved children making their own bee hotels, and was held on a beautiful summer’s day at Jackson Estate. Two sessions were held which began with a scavenger hunt to collect materials for their bee hotels. Once the children had their sticks, recycled tins and pieces of string they headed over to meet Murray Bush and Michael Jamie of J Bush & Sons Ltd, who spoke about the importance of bees, showed some of the equipment they used, and gave honey tastings. Murray explained to the children that the bee hotels they were making would be great for

solitary bees. He also pulled apart a bee box and showed the children one of the frames which was lined with beeswax, giving the bees a base to build their honey cells. “It’s much like your pantry at home,” he explains. “The bees create pockets to store their food in then they’ll put a cover over top so they can come back and eat when they want.” This ‘bee food’ made for delicious sampling as Michael scraped bits off for the children to try. For Murray it was an enjoyable day. “With this sort of thing we like to educate the kids about nature,” he says. “We try to make the kids inquisitive about things and it encourages them to enjoy looking at nature.” Once the bee hotels were complete they were spray painted by the children and taken home. But not before they enjoyed some morning tea provided by Jackson Estate.

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EVENT: Retirement village annual quiz

Blenheim and Picton Retirement Village residents met at the Picton RSA to pit their brains against each other at their annual quiz on Wednesday February 10.

EVENT: Bee hotel workshop

The Life Education Trust Marlborough held a fun workshop for children last Sunday at Jackson Estate. Children made bee hotels, tasted honey and learned about the importance of bees.

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Bethsaida rest home representatives came up from Blenheim for a recent quiz at the Picton RSA. From left, sussing out a tricky question, are John Ramsay, Diversional therapist Dominique Chiroux, Ann Parker and Josephine Eade.

Emerson and Mackenzie Wallace having a honey tasting at the end of the workshop.

Cousins Lottie and Faron Roper are pretty pleased with their finished bee hotels.

Ronald Saju, manager of Seaview, standing, got things off to a good start as he handed out quiz papers and ensured residents knew the rules. Here Springlands residents Malcolm Barrer and Margaret Iggo wait to get started. Agnes Bell, standing, and Rachel Barratt were looking forward to an afternoon of fun and good company at the annual rest home quiz.

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RASMUSSEN, Theodore Reuben (Theo): Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, at Redwood Lifestyle Care & Village on Thursday February 18, 2021, in his 89th year. Adored husband of Noeline for 67 years, cherished father and father-in-law of Paul, Lyn (deceased), David, Caryl and Grant, Mary and Dave. Loved Pop of Jeffrey and Connor, Kelly and Gareth, and Chantalle, and four great-grandchildren. Special thanks to the staff at Redwood Lifestyle Care & Village for their compassionate care. Messages may be sent to The Rasmussen Family, c/- P O Box 110, Blenheim 7240. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Alzheimers Marlborough would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to c/- 8 Wither Road, Blenheim 7201 would be appreciated. A celebration of Theo’s life will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Henry Street, Blenheim at 2pm Tuesday March 2.

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John Thurlow and Dave Oliver of the Blenheim Menz Shed recently built and installed replacement letterboxes at a Blenheim address. They are pictured with Yvonne Dasler, one of the residents who approached the Menz Shed to do the job in exchange for a koha.

Menz Shed comes to the rescue Residents happy no wet mail By Celeste Alexander

The Blenheim Menz Shed has come to the rescue of Blenheim residents sharing letterboxes which were leaking, resulting in wet mail. Yvonne Dasler is one of the five residents sharing two letterbox units and says after two years trying to find a joinery company to carry out the necessary repairs, they reached out to the Menz Shed. “Our letterboxes are about 30 years old and the joinery was leaking, but the joinery firms were so busy and we couldn’t get anyone around.” “Like a shot the Menz Shed came to the rescue. We know they are not a commercial business but they were able to help us out which us residents are really grateful for, and we don’t have any wet mail now,” she smiles. Blenheim Menz Shed chairperson,

Dave Oliver, reiterates that the charitable organisation is just that – a charity, which works on a variety of projects in exchange for a donation. Dave and fellow Menz Shed member, John Thurlow, worked on the letterboxes and had them re-installed last month. John is a semi-retired joiner by trade and worked as a boat builder for the past 28 years. His skills enable the Menz Shed to work on some more “specialised” projects, Dave says. They were constructed from repurposed materials, such as the brass handles and joinery, and donated items such as the magnets to hold each box shut. “Plus we modified them to make them more suitable for today’s mail,” Dave says. “Us residents love the fact that some of the materials were repurposed; it makes it more environmentally friendly,” Yvonne says.

Put your best voice forward It is said that singing is the greatest communication in the world - a classic explanation for why entertainment groups like the RSA Singers are enjoyed by the local resthomes. The singers have been entertaining for many years now, and numbers have decreased as people have moved on. More numbers are now needed to join and fill the spaces, a spokesperson says. Marlborough RSA Entertainers meet weekly at 10am every Monday morning in the RSA Lounge to practice, and go out

to resthomes to entertain approximately three times a month. There is a good range of ages and voices. “We welcome both male and female voices to blend together and sing the songs that our parents sang, and sometimes the modern ones too,” the spokesperson says. The group is also looking to find a pianist or two to share this important part of the group and accompany the singing once or twice a year. To find out more contact Jan 035777000 or email sandra.robb@xtra.co.nz

Baby Rhyme Time: This is a fun and interactive session of stories and songs for under two-year-olds. Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) Children’s Library. Wednesdays at 10.30 am and 11.30 am during school term. No need to register just come along on the day. Runs till 26 May. Blenheim Depression Support Group: Meets every Wednesday from 10am – 11.30am. We meet to support each other, have regular speakers, outings, share in a safe environment. Info/meeting venue details please phone Virginia on 027 3035 879. Support group for postnatal mothers: Every Wednesday from 9.30 am to noon. Child minders help with the babies. Call Tatiana 027 901 9807. After school fun: Every Wednesday. Picton Library 3.30pm – 4.15pm. Calling all crafty kids! Come along and enjoy the library after school on Wednesdays during term time. Enjoy listening to some stories and then get creative with a simple craft. Make something cool to take home. All ages welcome (pre-schoolers too). No need to book, just turn up. Every Wednesday afternoon during school terms till April 14.

Thursday 25 February Knit and Natter: Marlborough District Library 10.30am till noon. Are you looking to meet new people? Are you interested in knitting? Join a group of social knitters. Bring along your knitting project, or get inspiration from the other knitters. Enjoy the company of other knitters and admire their beautiful work. Tea and coffee will be available as well. Adults Only. Runs till June 10 Ulysses Retreads Group: Meet Brayshaw Park Thursdays 11am. Ride to various destinations for lunch. Come by bike, tin top or magic carpet. Bring your laughing gear, a thermal to wear and a story to share. Choir: Thursdays 7-9pm. St Ninian’s Hall, 1 Riley Crescent, Redwoodtown (opp church). Come and join Creative Kids Trust community choir Creative Voice. All musical abilities and new members welcome. Picton Mahjong: Marina Cove 1:15pm. Contact Gyllian 573 5383.

Friday 26 February Under 5s stories and crafts: Every Friday. Picton Library’s Under 5’s programme 10.30am – 11.15am is designed to enhance the library experience for 2-5-yearolds. Come along and share a favourite or new picture books and construct simple crafts. Make sure your little person wears clothes you don’t mind getting messy. No need to book. Running till April 16. Kidzone: Fridays 3.30 to 5.30pm, Riversdale Community House, 131 Budge Street. Avon 579 2440. Vintage Farm Machinery: Open daily, 10am to 3pm, Brayshaw Vintage Farm. John 5777 442.

Saturday 27 February Roaring Twenties Casino Night Fundraiser: Armadillos, Springlands Tavern 6pm. Work your way to the high rollers table for the grand final. Roaring twenties theme attire encouraged. All proceeds to Rotary Youth Charities. Tickets $40 available at the Springlands Tavern or phone Patrick 577 9184. Marlborough Artisan Craft Market: Blenheim CBD 9.30am-2pm. The market is a showcase of local Artisans with a large selection of craft products to select from. The market has a vibrant atmosphere to browse and enjoys at your leisure. Children are catered for with an activity zone with outdoor games for young and old to enjoy. Horticulture Society Late Summer Show: 9:00am - 3:00pm at St Christopher’s Anglican Church All Ages, $2 per person. Marlborough Horticultural Society proudly brings you there annual Spring Show. Well known at the Dahlia Show-due to a large number of Dahlias on display, we also have a large number of other flowers, foliage, houseplants, fruits and vegetables entered in the show. We have many sales tables which include plants, produce, arts and crafts. A must-see for all garden lovers.

Picton Summer Concert 2021: Picton Foreshore 4:00pm - 7:00pm. The Summer Concerts are a series of 3 free, family-friendly outdoor concerts, held in various locations around the Marlborough Region. The concerts feature entirely local musicians and entertainers, food trucks and vendors. There will plenty for the children to do, with a variety of activities at each concert. Pack a picnic blanket and settle in for a summer evening out in the park. Blenheim Chess Club: Meets at Delicia Café, Scott Street, every Saturday 10am – 1pm. All welcome.

Sunday 28 February Blue Light Kids Gone Fishin Event: Waikawa Foreshore Reserve and wharf, Waikawa Bay 10:00am - 12:30pm. Kids Gone Fishin is a series of national kids events based around fishing and outdoor activities. The aim is to give kids a day of fun, and to encourage parents to spend quality time with their kids in healthy outdoor activities. Ongoing sausage sizzle, and spot prizes @12pm. Marlborough Farmers’ Market: Marlborough A&P Showgrounds. 9am-noon. Fresh produce from your local farmers. Come and see the tasty line up of fresh and seasonal, gourmet and artisan produce and products that this region has to offer. Market on the Green: 12:30pm- 3:00pm. 12 Mills St, Seddon. Artisan and community market with a local charity feature. February charity is Friends of Seddon School. Marlborough Beekeepers Association: Will be hosting a workshop at our compound at the end of Ballinger Drive, at 2pm. Topics covered include honey harvest, varroa mite assessment and treatment, and assessing the condition of the queens. Further details are on our Facebook page. All welcome. Tory Channel Whaling Stations History Launch Trip with Marlborough Historical Society: This day trip Heritage Tour departs at 9am from Beachcomber Launches Office in Picton. Join Historians John Orchard and Robin Cox as they reveal the history of whaling in Marlborough. Hear the stories of the rugged whalers, explore the site of the oldest shore based whaling station in the South Island, and visit the last Perano whaling station. For bookings and cost please phone 578 1712or email info@ marlboroughmuseum.org.nz.

Monday 1 March Rotary Clubs in Blenheim: Meet Monday & Tuesday evenings at 5.30pm. Rotary is a world-wide service club for men & women – doing great things in your community. For further information on meeting venues, please phone Kevin on 021 173 8784, or Jon on 027 222 9505.

Tuesday 2 March Art therapy group for pregnant women: Every Tuesday 5pm to 8pm. Call Tatiana 027 901 9807. Tea @ Ten: Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the Month, Marina Cove Lounge, Picton, great tea, coffee & conversation.

Coming Up: World Day of Prayer: Friday 5th March. Church of the Nativity, Alfred Street Blenheim. An Ecumenical service featuring Vanuatu. A collection will be taken. Morning tea 10am. Service 10.30am. Come and join us. Rides Calendar Thurs 25th Feb. 11am. Retreads Group. Sun 28th Feb. 11am Reefton for Lunch. Thurs 4th Mar. 11am. Retreads Group. Thurs 4th Mar. Committee Meeting. Tim. Thursday rides depart Brayshaw Park. Sunday rides depart Railway Station Carpark. All rides are weather dependant.

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Golf Results Blenheim Golf Club Dan Crawford 63.00, Clive Drummond & Barry Drummond 63.5, Hay Montgomery & Phil Newman 63.6, Jim Findlay & Ray Herd 65.5, Mixed Rachel Bell & Mike Guillemot 66.6, Jane & Warren Ingram 67.2, NTP Fairweather 6/15 Don Lamond. February 22, 9 holes Stableford: Alan Martin 21, Bill Varrall 18, Brian Brown 18, Bob Tapp 18, Ian Hatcher 18, Ivan Neame 17, Dave Menzies 17, Neil Gibbs 17, George Addis 17, Dan Crawford 16, Arnold Newman 16, Leo McKendry 16, Ladies Bernice Arnold 20, Jenny Evans 19, Jill Hurcomb 19, Jenny Adams 18.

Marlborough Veterans Golf Association 7-John Saxon (Picton) 32 points. Team: 1st Marlborough #1: George Mitchinson, Ian Newport, Robin Taylor, and Hans Blohm 102 points. 2nd Marlborough #2: 99 points. 3rd Picton #1: 95 points. Next Tournament: Monday, March 1 at Marlborough Golf Club.

Rarangi Golf Club February 17, Men’s Midweek Medal, Net: Roger Mitchell 67, Murray Ingram 71, Terry Allen 71, Ezra Kahaki 71, Alan Rutledge 71, Tony Nichol 71, David Holdaway 71, David Best 71, John Jones 72, Owen Gibbs 72, Terry Lane 72, Alan Hogg 73, David Mahoney 73, Terry Grant 73. February 18, Ladies Open Day, Stableford. Best Overall: Carolyn Reaney 37, on c/b Suzanne Lang & Lynn Naysmith, 0-20 Suzanne Lang 37, Rete Kydd 36, 21-27 Anne Newman 35, Pat Olliver 35, 28+ Lynn Naysmith 37, Barbara Looker 36, Kathy Payne 35, Joy

Ashby 34. February 21, Men & Ladies, Stableford: Clarry Neame 37, Alan Rutledge 37, Jerome January 37, Terry Lane 37, Lindsay McAlpine 37, Mark Milne 36, Tony Nichol 34, Allan Ryder 34, Frances Price 34. February 22, Men, Medal, Ladies Rd 1 Charters Cup – Stableford: Men, Brian Gill 68, Dick Hubert 68, Ian Hale 69, Tony Nichol 70, Brook Hale 70, Lindsay McAlpine 72, Mike Garrett 73, Owen Gibbs 73, Shane Weaver 73. Ladies – 0-20 Mariann Grant 40, 21-27 Annie Hubert 34, 28+ Maryann Best.

Rarangi Golf Club February 17, Women’s Stableford Div.1: Julie Nicolle 38, Mel Hampton 36, Jane Anderson-Bay 35. Div.2: Sue Lissaman 38, Dianne Betts 36, Heather Stenhouse 34. Div.3: Judy Ibbotson 39, Ann Duncan 36, Debra Nicholls 35, Pam Pullar 33. February 18, Men’s Stableford Div.1: Lindsay Mason 40, Phil Morton 39, Hans Blohm 38, Terry Shagin 38, Dave Knappstein 35, Ian Newport 34. Div.2: Murray Bishell 42, George Mitchinson 36, Peter Gurr 36, Brian Chippendale 36, Scott Murray 36, Bruce Palmer 36.  February 20, Women’s Nelson visit Stable-

ford Div.1: Julie Nicolle 39, Dinz Fletcher 38, Tina Marfell 38, Marilyn Keenan 36. Div.2: Elaine Porter 42, Julie Cockrell 39, Kathryn Orange 39, Val Wilson 39, Julia Knowles 38, Heather Stenhouse 38. Men’s Nelson visit stableford Div.1: Paul Silke 37, Lance Nuttall 36, Peter Marfell 35, Bryce Currie 34, Bruce Snowden 33. Div.2: Ravi Johl 37, Tim Abrahams 34, Alan Cockrell 33, Chris Henry 32, Eddie Paurini 32, Chris Dewet 32. Div.3:Graeme Parker 41, Joshua Abrahams 40, Brian Chippendale 40, George Mitchinson 40, Werner Pluss 39, Hans Blohm 37, Wayne Morris 37. 

Picton Golf Club February 6: Andrew Sunley 69, Len Barlow 69, Mike McGuire 71. February 11: Ian Johnson 43; Grant Aikman 40, Damien Pollard 39; Graham Couldrey, John Saxon, Barry Nitz 38; Jerome January 37; Bill Rainbird, Mike Ashworth, Andrew Sunley, Jeff Pascoe 34. February 12, 9 Hole Partner Stableford: Margaret Frisken + Joyce Allen 23; Ellie Gillies + Lynette Pawson 23; Joyce McClelland + Judy Jones 21. February 13: McCutcheon Cup- Ian Johnson

+ Phil Hawke 46; Jeff Pascoe + Bill Rainbird 46; Ron Peters + Barry Nitz 46; Ant Booker + Aaron Wilson 45; Andrew Sunley + Len Barlow 45. February 18: Barry Nitz 41; Bill Rainbird 38; Graham Couldrey 38; Ian Berrie 38; Mark Ivamy 37; Ron Jones  36,  Anthony Booker 36. February 19, 9 Hole team Stableford: Ellie Gillies, Odette Roper, Barbara Fechney 41; Joyce McClelland, Joyce Allen, Margaret Frisken 40; Mary Butler, Denise Finch, Lynette Pawson 38.

The New Zealand Classic Motorcycle Race Register ran the 41st annual Pukekohe Classic meeting three weekends ago. Organisers were pleased to see a big entry list of some 270 riders on various machines from pre-war to 1995 machines. They also had a parade and demonstration event for some very special machinery including AeroDzero and the Britten V1000 from John Britten fame, Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP bike, NZ built McIntosh superbikes and many others ridden by legends Stephen Briggs, Gary Goodfellow, Dennis Charlett to name a few. With fine, dry, warm weather for the three days of practice and racing, local veteran racer Jock Woodley, riding Lester Ferdinand’s Yamaha TZ350 Grand Prix bike, was in his element as the racing proved very fast and competitive. “The meeting was a fantastic event showcasing the extent of Classic and Post Classic racing talent and machinery in this country,” Jock says. “The guys and girls all race these machines competitively and so well, it’s a treat to see.” Woodley races the little TZ350 in the ‘Pre ’82 Junior’ class against bikes up to 750cc so there is a mix of styles and brands all competing for the top spot and trophies over four or five races, gathering points for the class along the way.

Local Veteran racer Jock Woodley rode Lester Ferdinand's Yamaha TZ350 Grand Prix bike (Lester and bike pictured) at the recent 41st annual Pukekohe Classic. Photo provided

BASIS who we appreciate and can’t do without.” The bike will now be stripped and checked, exhaust repairs will be made and Jock and his team will look forward to the next challenge mid-March at the Bruce McLaren Motorsports Park at Taupo, which will be the second round for NZCMRR championship points for 2021.

Alzheimers Marlborough would like to thank the following businesses for their support of the recent fundraising golf tournament. Golf Holes Sponsors Aotea Electric Marlborough Bethsaida Retirement Village Callahan & Martella Cloudy Bay Funerals Craigs Investment Partners Design Marlborough Foreshore Construction Marlborough GJ Gardner Homes Geoffrey T Sowman Funerals Harcourts Marlborough Real Estate Heagney Bros Jennian Homes Marlborough Mainland Residential Homes Ltd Wallace Diack CA Ltd Waterlea Lifecare Financial Sponsorship Ashwood Park Retirement Village John & Elspeth Beattie

Clarke and Haack Construction CM Mechanical Cuddon Ltd First National Real Estate Marlborough Gilbert Haymes Associates Ltd Lazer Plumbing MotorWorld PH Kinzett Ltd Paragon Gas & Plumbing Renwick Transport Ltd Tony Cantwell Engineering Wild South Landscaping Marlborough Glass Fisher Windows B&M Boyce Prize and Raffles Sponsors Auto City Electric Basis Cathorpe Carters Chantilly Café Cory Broughton Jewellers

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“We (Pre 82J) were racing alongside another class Pre 95 Formula 3 as well so the grids were very full and some of those F3 bikes are fast and handle well with their later suspension etc. But we managed to qualify second on track and first in class for the weekend,” Jock says. “Little bike was performing well and we, (Lester and I) managed to tune the suspension pretty much on the money. Not an easy chore as Pukekohe Park would be our roughest track on the race calendar, so I just had to ride well and the bike did the rest for me.” Jock managed three class wins and was on form for the final race, well ahead of his main rivals when an exhaust pipe on the bike broke. He had to pull to the side of the track and register a DNF for that race, relegating him to third on points for the weekend. “A bitter-sweet time of it in the end but what a fantastic weekend racing anyway. Amazing atmosphere, the bike went brilliant up till the exhaust breakage and I felt I was riding well,” Jock says. “My support team of so many family and close friends was amazing and we all had a blast. “We are humbled to have the support of a number of businesses New Zealand wide, especially locals, Blank Canvas Wines, Picton Tools and Tyres, Sign Images and

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Results of Tournament played at Marlborough Golf Club on February 22. Individual: Richard Anderson (Marlborough) 38 points, 2 - Hans Blohm (Marlborough) 36 points, 3- George Mitchinson (Marlborough), Tony Armstrong (Marlborough) 35 points, 5- Richey Down (Picton), Pete Jerram (Wairau Valley) 33 points,

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Carter calls time on stellar career It took a while for Dan Carter to win me over at first. I was a child who grew up loving Andrew Mehrtens and who thought he would be comparing all future Canterbury and Crusaders’ No 10s. It’s fair to say after two decades, I’ll spend the rest of my life comparing not just red and black No 10s to the boy from Southbridge but all future All Blacks pivots as well. Carter announced his retirement from all rugby on social media on Saturday night, though his

All Black career ended with the victorious 2015 Rugby World Cup final in which he was named man of the match. Carter’s performance in that victory was masterful. When the team needed a steadying influence, Carter kicked a drop goal to assure victory. However, it was Carter’s complete domination of the British Lions at Wellington in 2005 that will live long in the memory of most fans. It’s unlikely there’s ever been a more dominant display in a big

match in rugby. He scored 33 points in the 48-18 victory in which British scribes referred to him as a genius. His chip-kick and regather down the touch line for his second try is and forever will be iconic in All Blacks folklore. Even as he aged, his form erratic, Carter answered his critics in the 2015 final. That’s the mark of a champion. Did it help he always had a forward pack that featured Richie McCaw, Tony Woodcock and

Keven Mealamu? Absolutely but his calm nature and ability to be both attacking threat and backline conductor has not been replicated since. He achieved what many All Blacks say is the most important part of playing for the team, that is to leave the jersey in a better place than when you found it. To achieve that in the All Blacks No 10 jersey is no small feat and an appreciation for just how good he was, won’t be fully appreciated for many decades to come.

The age old saying is that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. In Dan Carter, we had a once in a lifetime talent. Someone who handles the pressure of being a great All Black, someone who never got too big for his boots and maintained high standards until the end. Time will tell if he has any further involvement in professional rugby but few can argue his contribution to rugby as a player has been immense.

Sportshub ‘a new home’ Just as spokes unite in the hub of a wheel, so too will a number of Marlborough’s sporting codes join together under one roof in the Lansdowne Park Sportshub. The hub, known in te reo Māori as pokapū, will provide a central place and focal point for netball, rugby union, touch rugby, softball and beach volleyball, and include toilets, change rooms and office space for sports administration staff. A kitchen, function area, equipment storerooms, umpire rooms and a tuck shop will also be included. Other groups will also have the opportunity to use the multi-code facility. “A hub is the central part of a wheel from which the spokes radiate and we like to think of the new sportshub as being that place from which the sport-

ing codes can fan out, utilising the shared building space and the fields and amenities at Lansdowne Park,” says Assets and Services Committee chair, councillor Nadine Taylor. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this new multi-use model is the envy of sporting codes across provincial New Zealand,” she said. Local company Robinson Construction Limited was awarded the contract and began work in April 2020. “This is another great example of a council project in progress creating employment through the local construction supply chain – a project being carried out by locals for the benefit of locals,” Nadine says. Tasman Mako brand ambassador Graeme Taylor says he saw the opportunity of the new shared space

as a “cross-pollination” amongst the local sporting fraternity. “We are all in this sports world together and we can learn from other people and they can learn from us. I think it is an awesome concept. I think the council’s leadership role in this project has been outstanding – it is for the betterment of the Marlborough community. “We are thrilled with the project and can’t wait to get in,” he says. Marlborough Netball Association chairwoman Beth Tester echoed these sentiments, saying netball also cannot wait to be in its new home at the hub. “It was a huge decision for our code but we can’t wait to join with the other sports and believe it will be a giant step towards future proofing our sport in Marlborough,” she says.

Marlborough Netball Association chairwoman Beth Tester, Deputy Mayor Nadine Taylor and Tasman Mako Brand Ambassador Graeme Taylor – netball and rugby are two of a handful of Marlborough sports which will share the new multi-code facility at Lansdowne Park.

Work on the new $4.3m multi-code shared space building, located between the netball courts

and the No. 1 rugby pitch, is on track for completion by the middle of this year.

75-year-old shield resurrected The Marlborough Tennis Club recently resurrected a trophy first played for in the mid-1940’s. It’s a match between a team selected by the club president and one selected by the club captain and was generally played on closing days. The first shield was presented by then club captain Ruben Taylor and was first played on closing day 1945. This was on the old courts in Kinross Street and Taylor won this very first contest

against acting president George Palk’s team. Played nearly every year until 2010, the shield was, by 1991, full of miniatures, so in that year, then-president Vern Ayson donated a follow up shield. It was played for on closing day 1992 and was last played in 2010. This recent contest was played on a Friday night as a fill-in for players before all the regular weekly events start and was won this time by Bill Taylor’s president’s team.

LEFT: This year’s Marlborough Tennis Club’s president Bill Taylor, left, holds the club’s original closing day shield dating from 1945, while Stephen Dempster holds the follow-up version.


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