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By Celeste Lodewyk For one Blenheim family a long awaited vacation to the sunny Gold Coast of Australia turned into a cyclone disaster. Jodie and Jonny Keen and their four children are relieved to have made it home early this morning after ex tropical cyclone Oswald caused havoc and stranded them in their apartment since Saturday night. The cyclone brought widespread flooding and strong winds to eastern Australia. The Keen’s holiday location received

more than a metre of rainfall in 24 hours, along with huge, damaging 10-metre high waves off shore in unusually high tides. When the Sun spoke to them Tuesday morning the sun was out and the flights out of the country running on time. They were staying at the Champilla Palms Apartments on level five and from their balcony the family witnessed trees coming down, outdoor furniture lifting and blowing away. Continued page 4.

Maia and Brooke Keen brave cyclone winds as they pose for a photo from their hotel on the Gold Coast. Above: A photo taken 10m from the Keen’s hotel.


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Geoff Brown with some of the coins he bought in Blenheim on Monday.

By Chris Tobin Coins were the feature of the day when two antique dealers visited Blenheim on Monday. Christchurch-based antique and precious metal buyers Geoff Brown and Eric Jackson were in town on a brief buying trip. When the Sun called approximately 30 people had seen them bringing in their precious items either to sell or to get valued. “There’s been no big discoveries this trip,” Mr Brown said. “It’s now very rare for anything amazing to come out of the woodwork.” Some jewellery and antique watches were purchased by the pair but most of the sales were of coins. Mr Brown said some people brought items in to be valued but since their visit was only for a short time they discouraged this and wanted to concentrate on possible purchases. Mr Brown said one of the rarest items he had bought on one trip was an extremely rare 1855 Sydney half sovereign. This occurred several years ago.

Move to cut speed limits Pelorus Bridge, New Renwick Rd, Wairau By Chris Tobin A move is being made to have a 70km/h speed limit imposed for a dangerous 2.7km stretch of road north of Pelorus Bridge. Tomorrow a meeting of the Marlborough District Council’s assets and services committee will consider a recommendation from staff that the speed limit be approved “for consultation with affected stakeholders and community.” A report to the committee accompanying the recommendation stated in the past five years there had been two fatal crashes along the road. The crashes had resulted in three deaths and two serious injuries.

“Both of these crashes were head-ons with the recent crash resulting from a loss of control by the driver and overcorrecting the vehicle into the opposing lane,” the report said. There had also been seven minor injuries and 11 noninjury crashes in the 2.7km stretch. “This is far too many for such a short length of state highway,” the report said. “Most of these crashes have been the result of loss of control.” The existing speed limit on the road is 100 km/h. A holiday speed limit of 50km/h has been in place since December 20 and will end tomorrow.

However, it only covers 300 metres either side of the bridge. The committee will also recommend speed reductions along New Renwick Rd between Battys Rd and Fairbourne Drive in Blenheim. The recommendation is to replace the exisiting 70km/h limit to 50km/h and an 80km/h limit from the present 70/100 speed change all the way until just past the intersection with Fairbourne Avenue. Speed limits in Wairau Valley are being reviewed also with a proposal to have a blanket 70 km/h limit on all local roads that intersected with SH63 within Wairau Valley.

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By Chris Tobin Payslips and personal files of clients from the recently closed Maori health provider, Te Rapuora o te Waikarakeke Trust, have been found in filing cabinets which were sold at auction earlier this month. One woman who bought five filing cabinets at the liquidation sale of Te Rapoura furniture, computers and general office equipment on January 19 said three of the cabinets were locked. When she managed to get them unlocked that weekend she was in for a surprise. “There were about 30 cli-

ents’ files, counselling files. One tells of a guy out of jail who’s in drug and alcohol rehab.” The files contained private, confidential information, with names and addresses. A file dating back to 2009 viewed by the Sun said: “The client has a high level of alcohol consumption and cannibis use two to three times per week. His intention was to get drunk most occasions when he was drinking.” The woman kept the file to show the Sun but said she had destroyed the others.


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A pay slip, personal file and general information found in one of the filing cabinets bought at auction. The pay slip was blacked out for this photograph.

“I was absolutely gobsmacked they’d been left in the filing cabinets. “These files should have been returned to the DHB to dispatch to whoever is taking over the contracts. It could have been up to the receivers to make sure things were stripped before going to auction.” Among the payslips was one for trust manager Aroha Metcalf. John Firks of

Marlborough Auctions who ran the sale, said it was the responsibility of the trust, not the receiver, to ensure items were removed but approximately 40 filing cabinets were sold and “the odd one gets overlooked.” He said files that mattered were boxed and sent to the hospital board as far as he was aware. The trust had done good work for two years, he

added, and he did not think the Sun should be running a story. Last week trust chairwoman Margaret Bond denied claims that the trust was mismanaged by its board in spite of audit reports calling it “dysfunctional.” At the time of its closure on December 31, the trust had 22 Blenheim staff and 500 clients.

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As of Tuesday morning, the Marlborough community have helped Rachel Rodger to raise just over $5000 for Justine Hunter. Individuals have been donating anything from $2 and more, and local businesses have been giving Justine their support by giving their proceeds

In last Friday’s Sun it was stated that Jamie Arbuckle is project manager for Clifford Bay, as a potential ferry terminal. This is incorrect; the project manager is Jamie Lyall. The Sun apologises for this error.

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Nelson Marlborough District Health Board chairwoman Jenny Black has assured Marlborough people that the health board’s review of orthopaedic and general surgery at Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, does not include removing these services. The health board’s medical surgical directorate had put forward a range of options for staff to comment on, she said. “The key features the board are looking for in our surgical services for Marlborough are safe, high quality and sustainable surgery.

BOOK SALE The Committee of the Friends of Marlborough Libraries will hold a book sale on February 8. The Market Day one-day sale will be held in the district library’s courtyard in Blenheim. A book sale run by the friends of the Libaries in October raised more than $3000.

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Worst storm in 70 years Continued from Page 1. “Our hotel manager advised us to keep our car underground and to stay indoors. The media was calling it the worst cyclone in over 70 years. “At one stage I had to walk to a supermarket to get food as restaurants

and takeaway shops were closed. As I was walking trees on the sidewalk were coming out of the ground, roots and all. It was pretty scary,” says Jodie. Jodie says this will be a holiday they will never forget.

A deadly cocktail Bruce Whiteside You live on the Gold Coast because it presents an idyllic lifestyle that appeals to many New Zealanders and for the most part this country of dramatic weather conditions usually passes us by. This time Cyclone Oswald that was born in the Gulf of Carpentaria brushes the towns of the north and as it moved south it picked up intensity and bore down on Rockhampton, Gladstone and with sheer spite of the elements brutalised Bundaberg, where the heat of the outback and the precipitation from the sea created deadly tornadoes to go with the torrential rain that was driving horizontally. This deadly cocktail wrought havoc and will do so for days to come as the sheer volume of water dumped around the mountain backdrops finds its way to the sea. King tides work against flow and builds up on the land. Thousands of homes have been inundated, some families stranded on their roofs waiting up to 12 hours to be rescued in conditions that helicopters should not be flying in. The rescue services are a very special breed and their skills were pushed to and beyond their limits. This time Oswald was taking no prisoners and relentlessly the cyclone

rolled towards the populated areas of Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The storm then began to slow down, hovered, pounded, drenched and scared the living daylights out of folk who have never experienced winds of such velocity. The roar, the bending and breaking of trees, accompanied by flying infrastructure bore proof of the power of nature. On the Gold Coast part of the roof was torn from the Tweed Hospital, houses were smashed to pieces at Tugun and across the city power was cut by fallen trees. The beaches were piling up sea foam high enough to cover a man. The anger of nature’s fury was a sight to behold, but most of us were too busy to notice. The strength of the wind that often came in super-charged presented a constant worry of windows blowing in. In pitch darkness with no communication except the battery radio and the companionship of the 24 hour ABC it was an ordeal that this expatriate Kiwi does not want to revisit. Queensland is a big state ...big enough to have bushfires raging inland and water all but drowning those who live within 150 kilometres of the coast. It is a crazy place and those who witnessed last night would agree.

Patricia Ball and Katherine Ball (inset front). Twin brothers Sid, left, and Joe Knobben lead the way to the turn-around point in the family heat of the More FM raft race on Sunday. They went on to win.

Raft race a ripper Although Sunday afternoon’s More FM Raft Race was not on water it did not deter from the fun. A crowd of nearly 200 watched the land-based races with competitors getting doused with water balloons and by Blenheim rural fire brigade hoses. Among the colourful line-up of contestants, Patricia and Katherine Ball, left, showed plenty of sparkle in the family heat which was won by

twins Sid and Joe Knobben, 11, (above). David Foster took out the teen event while Team Ford won the adult race from Team Holden. The raft race had to be postponed for a week and held on land next to the Taylor River after high levels of bacteria were found in the water. The Marlborough District Council has since deemed the water in the Taylor River is again suitable for swimming. See also page 20 Photos: Chris Tobin.

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Benn Thomas took part in the duathlon last Friday evening, and won the major spot prize of the La-Z-Boy chair, which will be well used when he watches his favourite television programmes.

run, and eventually caught him in the final cycle leg, at the High St bridge. “It was quite warm out there, it’s as hard as you want to make it,” said George. They both agreed it was good

fun, and great to get out there with friends to remember their mate Matt. “I was exhausted!” said fellow friend Sam Webster, who said the spirit out there was great as everyone egged each other on.

Motorists advised to take care around local schools Police in Marlborough are having a strong focus on driver behaviour and road safety around school in the next two weeks and and urging motorists to take extreme care. Road Policing Sergeant Barrie Greenall said drivers needed to be mindful that young, excited children heading back to school created significant risk. “No one wants to hit a child on the road and this is a time when they are particularly vulnerable. There will be new entrants and kids starting at new schools so they won’t have an established routine,” he said. “Many children don’t have the ability to accurately

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Story and photos by Annabelle Latz It will be a well deserved feet-up for Benn Thomas, who took the top spot prize at last Friday’s annual Matt Heagney Memorial men’s La-Z-Boy duathlon. He was all smiles when his name was drawn as the winner of the La-Z-Boy which was on the stage at the Clubs of Marlborough. “I really liked the running,” said the 18 year-old Bunnings Warehouse employee after his racing efforts. Conditions were perfect, if not slightly too warm, for the 800m run/ walk, 5.5km cycle, 5km run/walk, 5.5km cycle, and the 200m run/ walk, which attracted a field of 64 participants. Benn will use his new chair to watch his favourite television programmes Sons of Anarchy, Blades of Glory and Step Brothers. He thanked his dad Graeme and family friend Jack Best who did the race with him. Things weren’t quite as straight forward amongst the leaders of the duathlon, as a good battle developed between friends George Baxter and Scott McDermid. Scott, last year’s winner, and a familiar name amongst local multisport competitions, has done all four duathlons to remember his good friend Matt Heagney. It was the first duathlon for George who is usually overseas, who is no stranger to the local Cyclocross competition and Speight’s Coast to Coast. After a neck to neck first run, George had gained a solid lead near the end of the cycle, but tacked on two and a half kilometres when he thought the transition was up Taylor Pass Rd, not at the Forrest Park Drive carpark. He had to quickly backtrack his way to the correct transition area. “I could see Scotty way up at the top of the first hill, he had about three or four minutes on me,” said George. “I was gutted for him, I was going to stop and wait for him, but I wanted to try and win so I kept going. Then I was busting my gut all the way back because I knew he was behind me,” said Scott. George narrowed Scott down on the



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An evening of Amigos and Vinos for Sarah Brown Story by Annabelle Latz Settled back in Marlborough after a decade living out of suitcases all over the world, local musician Sarah Brown says she couldn’t be in a happier place right now. She is looking forward to performing at Amigos and Vinos at Isabel Vineyard next month. “It will be a really good night, there will be lots of friends there, and I can’t wait to see the comedians.” The evening, which starts at 6pm, will also include Steve Wrigley, Michele A’Court, Jeremy Elwood and Sola Rosa. Sarah, 29 years-old, now based in Ward

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“flat out” since her nationwide tour in June. “I had a writing wave come on, I want to do a new album.” Currently Sarah has two albums; her first one self-titled, and her second album titled ‘The Great Heart Robbery.’ Her band, including a guitarist, violinist, double bassist and drummer, currently scattered all over the world, will be regrouping for the concert in Renwick, the evening before Marlborough Wine and Food Festival. “The band I am with is top. It will be so much fun, I can’t wait.” She said many of her new songs will be heard at the concert, a couple of covers, and

her well known titles too. Despite being happily settled back in her home region of Marlborough, Sarah is looking forward to her UK tour mid-year. “It will be pretty exciting, to be with London-based session musicians and see their level of expertise.” Late last year her song ‘That’s the thing” was released onto Juice TV and Channel 63. “I’ve never been happier with the way life is at the moment. It’s a really good balance.” Tickets for Amigos and Vinos are $39, and available from Floor Pride Civic Theatre or Ticket Direct, or visit www.

Young rower a huge success By Emily Elliott For a teenage boy who never planned on rowing, he quickly worked his way to the top of his game, and is determined to keep going. Blenheim boy, Tom Murray, made the Under-18 South Island Team in his first rowing season at only fifteen years old, a huge acheivement in the rowing world. The following season he captained the Under-18 South Island Team, and last year Tom and his pair partner, Corey McCaffrey, made the New Zealand Junior Squad which took them to the World Championships in Polvdiv, Bulgaria in August. For someone who skyrocketed from a novice rower to the next possible olympian, Tom said it was never his intention to row. “Every year the rowing coach would come to P.E. class with ergs [rowing machines] and it was a case of ‘see how far you can row in two minutes’.” “I went down to the club just to get a friend off my back,” Tom laughed. He ended up enjoying it, and three weeks later, Tom won

all three of his races at his first regatta, the Marlborough Champs. Now at eighteen years of age, he looks back at the few seasons he has had and his trip to Bulgaria, and his sights are on the Under-23 New Zealand Team, and Rio de Jainero 2016. “When we went over to Bulgaria, we were thinking getting on the podium would be our wildest dream,” Tom said. The crew arrived three weeks before any other country, and it took them a while to climatise to the 42*C temperatures. “We actually posted a time just a few seconds off the world record!” “We were so chuffed, and sat off for a bit for the rest of the week, saving ourselves for the final.” Now Tom is focused on Nationals coming up in a few weeks, as it is his chance to qualify for an Under-23 New Zealand Team trial. “The coaches have faith in myself and others, but it is Under-23, and I am only eighteen,” said Tom. If he gets into the team, he

can think about training to get into the Olympic team for Rio de Janeiro 2016. “I’ve had some offers from universities in the USA, but Rio is in the back of my mind, so I don’t want to say yes to them yet.” Tom is training everyday, often a three hour session in the morning and a two hour session in the evening, rowing around 21kms per session. “It’s about breaking us down and trying to push ourselves more than others are so that we have that edge when it comes to racing.” Tom said rowing is definitely a love-hate relationship. “I love the way you feel afterwards, having pushed yourself, and there are so many opportunities and scholarships at this level, rowing can take you to a lot of nice places.” Every year Tom plans to make the New Zealand Team, and will change his current Full-Time study to Part-Time if he gets in. “Rowing would be a hard career with a lot of hard work, but at this stage I really enjoy it.”

Tom Murray with the rest of his crew after winning the Junior Men's Coxed Four at FISA Rowing Senior and Junior Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images.

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NZ Post slow Dear Ed, A letter mailed from Martinborough took five days to get to Blenheim. In that time, the writer of the letter came south, visited us and the letter came the next day. In short, he beat the letter, four days later by 24 hours. Congratulations to NZ Post, you have given a newer, deeper meaning to the term “snail mail.” Don Coyote

Dear Ed, I am also a proud parent who used reins for my two children, as did my mother before me, on myself and my siblings. Imagine this...pushing a child’s buggy, or sorting/ holding shopping in one hand and trying to control an inquisitive toddler by holding them by the other hand. Good luck to you! How constricting is that, both to the parent and child. Oh what a joyful outing for both parent and child. “Hold on to the buggy” doesn’t always work, and you cannot always feel if they have let go

their hold of the buggy. Sometimes you are in need of both your hands and all your concentration to complete the job at hand. Where is that third hand when you need it? Congratulations to Nicole Pybus for writing in, and all the people who use child reins, hence freedom for one and all. Thanks Nicole for mentioning Farmers, as where to buy them. Thanks Farmers for bringing pleasure back into taking our young ones on an outing. Vai Yealands

Dear Ed, We hear plenty of negative talk these days and all sorts of negative doings that it’s lovely to report lovely kind things. I am residing in a Villa in Bethsaida Retirement Village and one morning I rang the Blenheim Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service to ask them if they could collect a Wool Rest blanket and an electric blanket for cleaning. Yes certainly was the reply. This was done in such a lovely friendly way. Late in the afternoon the same gentleman who took them brought them back, beautifully done. But the kindness didn’t end there, this time his wife came with him and they not only brought them back but also proceeded to put them back on the bed and to completely make up my bed for the night all ready for me to get into. I was so overwhelmed with their kindness, loving, helpful and thoughtful attitude. In the midst of all the negativity, talk and events it is so lovely riverbank by the fountain. to hear of such a loving kind and thoughtful deed for an elderly Well done all of you, because person. the gardens are just great and the I was so blessed and may God richly bless them too. messages are fun! Joy Smith Yours faithfully Clarkie

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Grabbing life with both hands Ocean swimming is a test of strength, endurance and technique and it can be tougher if you’ve had heart problems. But that hasn’t daunted Renwick man Peter Colbert. Sun reporter Chris Tobin caught up with him last week. By Chris Tobin If you’ve had quadruple heart surgery there could be the temptation to take things quietly. Not so Renwick vineyard worker Peter Colbert. The Renwick 60-year-old chased home a much younger Thomas Moore in the recent 2km ocean swim from Rarangi to White’s Bay and he has a number of other competitions in his sights this summer also. What makes Peter’s achievements noteworthy are that he underwent quadruple heart surgery in September 2011 and has been swimming tough ocean races ever since. “I started to get heart burn on the bike (he cycles regularly) and I thought it can’t be too bad,” he said recollecting the symptoms which indicated something was amiss with his health. “The next time I had a swim and I had the heart burn again.” This prompted him to go to his GP. After a tread mill test he ended up at Nelson Hospital soon after for an angiogram. This showed he had four blocked arteries. “Two were 99 percent blocked and two others not much better.” That meant urgent quadruple heart surgery. “It was straightforward,” Peter said at Matua vineyard just past Woodbourne where he is a machinery operator. “I had to get it done.” The situation was so serious Peter was later told that if he had dived into a pool, the pressure on his heart would

have killed him. The operation took nine hours after which his surgeon said, “In six months you’ll be as fit or fitter than you were when you came in.” However, things moved more quickly than the surgeon anticipated. Three months after the operation Peter completed a 2km ocean race at Nelson and then in March last year at the State Sand to Surf in Mt Maunganui, he placed second in the 55 to 59 years age group in the 2.6km swim around Rabbit and Leisure islands. The Sand to Surf has a range of swim distances and 800 take part. The 2.6km is considered the ultimate distance. There were 30 swimmers in Peter’s age group and to finish second after recent heart surgery was an extraordinary effort. “The Mount was a real test. The sea was real rough and I wanted to push to see how things were,” he said. The second placing showed things were OK and since then he says it’s been back to normal. Normal for Peter is never being far away from water. He grew up in Gisborne and from a young age loved swimming. He was a competitive swimmer and continued this when he went to boarding school at Sacred Heart College in Auckland. On leaving school he joined the Air Force where he remained for 21 years serving in communications at Whenuapai, Ohakea, Wellington, Te Rapa, Wigram and in Singapore.

Rugby was his main sport then. “I was a happy hooker.” Knee injuries brought an end to his rugby days after he was told if he kept running he’d end up a cripple and so he started cycling. From there he returned to swimming and pursued his interest in diving. After leaving the air force he operated a diving shop in partnership in Blenheim for a time before he went to work in the vineyards. Then with Phillip Jeffs, the pair targeted ocean swimming and started training and competing in this arduous sport.

These days Peter manages 100km of cycling a week in three sessions. On Tuesdays and Saturdays he trains in the pool with the masters group. Tuesday evening is usually a sea swim starting at 2km and stretching out to 3.7km as competitions draw near. Ocean swimming appeals to him and the choppier the water is, the better he likes it. “You can pick your own course; it’s your ability to keep a straight line.

You don’t have to worry about anyone.” Will he keep swimming? “Crikey yes. I enjoy the crowd in swimming, they’re very friendly and social.” Peter’s advice to anyone with heart issues is to get them sorted and don’t look back. “It (heart surgery) is not a reason not to do things. I’ve got four new pipes. Someone’s given you another chance. “You’ve got to grab it with both hands.”

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Sunscreen given to children By Emily Elliott For many low-income families, sunscreen becomes another product that children go without due to the cost. Recently, a suggestion was placed in the suggestion box at John’s Kitchen, asking for help to buy sunscreen. According to Yvonne Dasler, conveynor for John’s Kitchen, they are now able to provide families with small pottles of suncreen to take to school. “The kind people at the Cancer Society donated a bulk container of sunscreen, and UFS pharmacy has put it into little pottles suitable for a schoolbag.” “It’s a wonderful partnership,

and now anyone who needs sunscreen for their school children can come and get some free of charge.” According to Ms Dasler, John’s Kitchen has a child focus, and is all about healthy children. She believes that the beginning of the year can be a hard time for a lot of parents when their children head back to school. John’s Kitchen already gives bread to children for their lunches, as well as provides good food for little costs. According to Ms Dasler, because John’s Kitchen have a local approach, a need that comes up in the community can

be filled. “In Marlborough, sunscreen is a must have, but when it comes down to food on the table or sunscreen, the food will always win.” “Marlborough is a great community, if there’s a need people do just pull together for an easy solution.” Katharine Warren, a volunteer at John’s Kitchen and a mother of two, said it was wonderful that they were able to get sunscreen for children, as it is an expensive product. John’s Kitchen will be giving the pottles of suncreen to anyone who needs it, and are happy to accept donations.

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Marlborough Colleges’ head boy and girl returned from a three week Outward Bound course held in Anakiwa this week. Every year, Marlborough Girls’ College and Marlborough Boys’ College sends their head boy and girl to the course, where they are joined with other leaders from schools around New Zealand for days of sailing, tramping, rock climbing,

Danielle Murphy, (front left) Amanda Bashford, (right) Sophie Bashford, (mounted) and Amanda Johnstone, (back) with Bloom, a five year-old mare from Gisborne which is being trained, would love to see more volunteers at Riding for the Disabled in Marlborough.

high ropes courses, and more. According to head girl, Georgie Crawford, the course was fantastic and she loved it. “It was definitely challenging but rewarding. “It was amazing how quickly we bonded as a group.” Georgie and head boy, Atu Moli, were split up when they got to the course, and were each put in a random group with fourteen other boys and

girls, where they did everything together. One highlight for Georgie was the rock climbing up a cliff face. “We had to do it blind folded, which took a lot of communication and support from the others, but our whole group made it to the top!” Marlborough First Light Foundation sponsored the two leaders so that they could attend the course.

Roslein Wilkes (left) and Amanda Johnstone, with Sundance, say there are lots of different jobs for volunteers, not always horse-based.

From the horses mouth; your help is needed Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Volunteering at Riding for the Disabled does not necessarily require a love for the four legged friend. If you have skills in the garden, on the farm, with people, or simply just enjoy lending a hand, there would still be a spot for your help. More volunteers are needed, for the daily running of the 26-acre property. Currently there are 80 clients riding the 19 horses at Churchward Park on Taylor Pass Rd, who require assistance due to a range of

disabilities, including depression, paralysis, and cerebral palsy. Head coach Roslein Wilkes said each session requires up to five volunteers, so at least another six are needed. “There’s every disability imaginable,” she said. “But I don’t want people to think that it’s just work with the children and horses,” said Roslein, pointing out that the 26-acre property requires a lot of farm-based skills too. Some people riding the horses are in their seventies, who Roslein said would appreciate

being assisted by older volunteers. Full training is provided, and there are opportunities to upskill, and study for NCEA courses. Amanda Bashford is assistant head coach, and started off as a volunteer. “Even if someone had half an hour once a week to water the plants, that would be a help.” Amanda and her little sister Sophie, both home schooled, have both been coming to RDA for many years. Sophie is following in her big sister’s footsteps.

“I love helping the kids, I get a good thrill out of it,” she said. Amanda Johnstone loves seeing the confidence and relationships build between the horses and riders. Danielle Murphy works full time at RDA, but also started off volunteering. “It’s a good training ground here,” she said. With 54 RDA groups around New Zealand, and volunteers programmes between countries, there are plenty of opportunities. For more information on volunteering, phone Roslein on 578 3051 or 021 257 4616.


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Overnight arrests from Thursday January 24 At 11.30pm: An 18-year-old male engineer was arrested and his vehicle impounded after he was caught causing his vehicle to under go a sustained loss of traction on Middle Renwick Road. He will appear in the Blenheim District Court on the 11/02/12, charged with operating a vehicle in manner to cause a sustained loss of traction. At 1.50am: A 43-year-old unemployed male was arrested Hospital Rd after a night of consuming alcohol. Police had dropped the male home after he was found intoxicated on Dillon St walking around in a pair of shorts after swimming in the Taylor River. The male’s wife rang police for assistance shortly after Police left the address when he became verbally abusive towards her. Police advised the male that he would have to accompany them and that he should get dressed. He refused, took off what clothing he had on and pushed a police officer. He was arrested and held in custody until sober. He has been charged with offensive behaviour and resists arrest he will appear in Court on the 04/02/13.

Incidents and accidents from Thursday January 24: At 8.30am: Police were called to a motor vehicle accident 1km west of Havelock on SH 6 where the driver of a car crossed the centre line and collided with a truck. The car was deflected by the truck into the path of another car. The driver of the vehicle at fault received moderate injuries and was flown to Nelson by the rescue helicopter.

Police are still investigating the accident and no charges have been laid to date. At 9am: A vehicle failed to give way to a cyclist at the intersection of Hutcheson St and Parker St. The cyclist was taken to Wairau Hospital with minor cuts and abrasions. The driver of the offending vehicle was issued with an infringement notice for failing to give way. No over night a r rests Fr iday, January 25.

Saturday, January 26 · At 1.30am a 16-year-old male student was arrested on Redwood St for unlawfully taking a motor vehicle. Police had been alerted to a vehicle that had been stolen in Maxwell Rd, Police located the vehicle in Weld St still running. A police dog unit track the offender to an address where they located him in his bedroom. He will be appearing in Blenheim Youth Court. · At 6.50pm a 17-year-old unemployed male was arrested for wilful damage at a Rata Place address after he threw a coffee cup at wooden door putting a hole in it. He appears in the Blenheim District Court on the 04/02/13

Sunday, January 27 ·At 1.50am a 50-year-old male vineyard worker was arrested for breaching the liquor ban in Scott St. He was later released with a pre charge warning. · At 2.30am a 31-year-old unemployed male was arrested in Market St for breaching the liquor ban. He became aggressive towards police and physically resisted being arrested. He has been charged with breaching the liquor ban, resists arrest, assaults Police after trying to bite the arresting officer. He will appear in the Blenheim District Court on the 04/02/13. · At 3.20am a 21-year-old unemployed male was arrested in Kinross St for breaching the liquor ban. He was released later the morning with a pre charge warning · At 9.40am a 42-year-old unemployed

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WARD: Proud parents Fiona and Josh, and Brother Hunter are excited to announce the safe arrival of Lauchlan Jaxon, born 19th November, 2012 (7lb 1oz) at 9.01am at Wairau Hospital. A huge thank you to Angela White, ward 1 staff, Melissa and team.


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PAYNE: Hayden, Aimee and Connor would like to welcome a long awaited addition to the family. Oliver Edward, (Ollie) born 19th January, 2013 at 1.08am, (8lb 11oz). A huge thank you to Nicky Taylor and the team at Wairau Hospital.

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Housie 3 super houses, Thursday 7pm Blenheim Bowling Club, Weld Street. 40 houses, raffles and meals from 5.30pm. Proceeds to Te Rerenga o Te Ra

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Alzheimers Society Marlborough: 577 6172, 8 Wither Rd, Mon,Wed,Fri 9am-4pm / Tue, Thurs 9.30-3pm. Hospital Visiting Hours: Wairau Hospital: Daily 11.30am-7.30pm, 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. Marlborough Family Budgeting: Free confidential budgeting advice. Monday-Friday. Phone 578 2006. Citizens Advice Bureau Free, friendly, confidential advice. Mon - Fri 9.30am 4pm. Phone 578 4272. Picton Doctor: Phone weekend doctor 573 6092 or Marlborough After Hours GP Service 520 6377. Office 5209980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non-urgent 579 4870. Chemist:Picton Healthcare Pharmacy. Ph 573 6420 Mon -Fri 9-6pm, Sat-Sun 9-3pm, Queen Charlotte Pharmacy 573 7927 Sat 9-1pm.

STEPHENSON Leyton Permain, Reg No 4211810, Flying Officer WWII: On January 24 2013, at Blenheim. Aged 92 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Margaret, much loved father of Joanne, loved and respected stepfather of Jann, Glen and John, respected father-inlaw of Murray and Peter, special grandad of Tayla, Lucy, Franki, Joseph, Kathryn and Ashley. Loved brother of the late Arthur and loved uncle of Peter and Suzanne and Guy Pierce. A true gentleman. Messages to The Stephenson Family, c/- PO Box 110, Blenheim 7240. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to PO Box 411, Blenheim 7240. A service for Leyton will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, corner Hutcheson and Parker Streets, at 1pm Thursday January 31, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium.

GILL, William Ernest (Bill): On Monday January 28 2013, peacefully, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village Blenheim. Aged 85 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Nona, much loved father and father-in-law of Christine and Peter Barry (Wellington), Richard and Cynthia (Tasmania) and Tony and Karen, loved grandad of Sean and Patrick; Jayson and Melissa; Fallon and Roger, Holly, Rachel, and Reuben and great grandad of Olivia. A loved and respected brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Messages to 71 Murphys Rd Blenheim 7201. A funeral service for Bill will be held at the Church of the Nativity Alfred St Blenheim at 2 pm Friday February 1 followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 5784719



Acknowledgements ROMA-CATTERMOLE: Jacob Ian Richard( Jake) 4.4.1984 - 20.12.2012 Joyce, Ian, Yvette Cattermole, Debra Rowe and families wish to thank everyone who attended Jakes' service and their love and support through this difficult time. Thank you for the flowers, cards and condolence messages. Special thanks to Ian Boddy and friends at Wesley Church and Lloyd Bush of Geoffrey Y Sowman. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement of our sincere thanks. "Still Your Light Shines"

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 Jim Luff doubles as Donald Duck for the duathlon, saying he might do a bit more running in preparation for next year’s event.

Matt Heagney Men’s Memorial La-Z-Boy duathlon Conditions were perfect for a tough, fun, and inspiring evening of activity for the 64 blokes who took part in the memorial duathlon last Friday.

 Sam Webster gave his thumbs up for the enjoyable but tough duathlon last Friday. am, Tony  Chris Williams (left) Campbell Ingr finish line. the at up rest Nott n Aaro and ons Gibb

 Mark Burdon (left) and Ben Leslie take a quick breather at the bike transition.

Tony Beattie look  Pat Heagney (left) and after the barbeque.

MoreFM Raft Race The MoreFM raft race became a land-based event on Sunday after bacteria in the Taylor River made the water unsafe. It didn’t deter a big turn-out. Enjoying the race were:

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 Tyler Black, at back Jonty Tetua, Aaro n Black and Joshua Black.

 Jack Bensem an and Caleb Re eves.

 Hannah Dickson, left and Amelia Wadsworth.

 At back Lisa Strong and Grant Palmer, Hayley Strong (yelllow hat), Bro oke Palmer (red hat), Lucas Strong and Sam Str ong (at front).

 The Palmers and Strongs roaring along.

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Tuesday January 29-31: Parliament, Education & Science and Primary Production Select Committees. Friday February 1: Attend the Two Tooth Sale at Harwarden and meetings with rural community. Saturday February 2: Speak at the DOC opening of the ‘Homestead Run’, St James Cycle Trail. Monday February 4-5: In Blenheim meeting with constituents by arrangement, visit the building site of the Churchill Trust Private Hospital, Blenheim. Wednesday February 6: Waitangi day. Thursday February 7: One Day Caucus meeting at Premier House. Friday February 8: In Blenheim meeting with constituents and local businesses by arrangement. Monday February 11: In Blenheim meeting with constituents and social agencies by arrangement. Tuesday February 12-14: Parliament, Caucus and Primary Production Select Committee meetings.

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Wednesday January 30, 2013


Best result for trainer Story and photo by Annabelle Latz The Best family has known from the beginning that Tijuana Bromac would be a winner some day. Jack Best does not remember much of last week’s race, when he watched the bay gelding ‘Shamrock’ his stable name, fly down the home straight at Otaki, driven by Scott Phelan, during the Kapiti Coast Harness Race meet on January 20. He won The Railway Hotel Otaki Cup. Worth $10,280, the 2600m feature race for horses with two to seven wins, discretionary handicap race, was the biggest win yet for the four year-old. Jack, 19, trains him with his mum Anne Marie and dad Jeremy. Shamrock has always im-

pressed them. “He’s got good feet and shoulders, it’s just the way he stands.” They bought him to their Wrekin Rd property as a weanling, or a “wee fella, not even a year old.” A quiet but strong youngster, he was later sent to Christchurch to Kerry Hadfield for breaking and training. Fate had its say soon after that. Shamrock was supposed to be sold as a two year-old, but he was not going that well at the time so they kept him. Now in his second full season, the family is thrilled. After a less successful meet at Marlborough earlier this month, Jack knew his horse had the win in him at Otaki. Tijuana Bromac won in a time of 3-28.1. “It was just the way he looked, I

Jack Best gives his good mate 'Shamrock' a rub in the paddock. Shamrock is having a spell after his big win at Kapiti Coast HRC's meet at Otaki on January 20.

could see in his eye he was ready to go.” Jack, who has his trials license, will be going for his junior license soon, and is looking forward to

driving Tijuana Bromac in his races. “I know the horse that well, I go down to his paddock and see him every day.”

Stormy Breeze storms in at trials The smart four-year-old Stormy Breeze was the standout trialist at the Marlborough O.T.B. Harness racing trials held at Waterlea on Saturday. On a fast track, Stormy Breeze won the one to three wins pace with real authority. Driven by Hannah McCabe, the Julius Caesar gelding led throughout and careered away in the run home to score by three and a half lengths from Lifesofine with Strawb’s Blue Chip finishing in thrid place. Stormy Breeze cut out the 2400m mobile start event in 3m.00.28s with a last

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800m in 57.37. He is trained locally by Alan Smith who races the horse in partnership with Mrs Rata Harper. For Hannah McCabe it was her thrid trials win from sixteen drives. She is indentured to Robert Dunn’s successful Christchurch team and took the chance drive while visiting the Top Of The South. Results:  Pacer’s Qualifying 2400m Mobile (Time 3m 12.5) 1 Lady of Eyre ( Paul Scott 2 Donegal David Rex (Jo Proctor)Only starters Margin 2lengths, Time 3m 04.6 Both horses qualified.

Winner trained by G.D.Neill, Waterlea. Pacers Non Winners 2400m Mobile: 1 Director Dan (Jo Proctor), 2 Roan Rocket (Mike .O’Brien), 3 Roman River (Bob .Rochford). Margins: Neck, 12 1/2 lengths Time 3m 09.31 Winner trained by P.F.and M.J.O’Brien, Waterlea. Pacer’s 1 to 3 wins 2400m Mobile:1 Stormy Breeze (Hannah McCabe), 2 Lifesofine (Mike O’Brien) 3 Strawb’s Fire Chip (Paul Scott). Margins: 3 1/2 lwngths, 2 1/4 lengths Ganesh Bromac 4th Time 3m 00.28s Winner trained by A.L.Smith, Waterlea.

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By Chris Tobin Olympic Games bronze medal cyclist Simon van Velthooven didn’t cut any corners in his talk to a group of young cyclists in Blenheim on Friday. He told them if they wanted to succeed, they had to possess grit and the determination to win. “Everyone talks about participation, but you’ve got to go there to win and if you don’t have the real grit, the real mongrel to win, you won’t make it.” Talking to van Velthooven later, he said he wanted to get across to the young hopefuls that enjoyment was important but if they wanted to do well, they had to have the will to win and the desire to work hard. “For Olympic sports, it’s a direct result of how much training you put in.” van Velthoven said the New Zealand elite sprint programme of the last two years had taken off and was progressing still. “It’s developing as fast as us;

it’s cool being a trailblazer. “Everything is new and exciting.” He has a busy calendar mapped out to the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “It’ll go so quickly. “The clock’s ticking already and it’ll go in the blink of an eye.” Van Velthooven has strong family ties to Blenheim with grandparents Wim and Rief van Velthooven and other relatives living in the town and he has been coming here “for the greater part of his childhood.” His early ambition in cycling, he said, was to compete in Japan professionally in the elite kierin racing, a betting sport, and it was even a bigger goal than winning an Olympic medal. He is keen to return to Japan. “There’s a craziness about it (Japanese kierin) and I was quite fortunate to go there before getting an Olympic medal. Hopefully I’ll go there again.”

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Gymnast training hard By Emily Elliott Blenheim girl, Anna Tempero, is looking forward to the next year as she trains in Christchurch. The eighteen year old gymnast has recently moved down south and hopes to get better and train harder. Anna has been doing gymnastics for thirteen years, and usually competes in 5-6 competitions a year; her most recent competitions took her to Hawaii and Chicago in the USA. For Anna, the move to Christchurch now means she can train around 20 hours each week, instead of the ten she did in Blenheim. “It gives me incentive to train harder. “The girls here are aiming for the Commonwealth Games and


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