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Don Zimmerman is back on track to good health.

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Veteran unveils Jack Wakefield is one of 32 veterans heading to London memorial.

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More pay now File photo. An aged care professional with a rest home resident.

Higher wages needed to retain aged care workforce

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Crusader reserve Quentin MacDonald comes back to home roots.

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History made A look back on the life of Ron Perano.

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By Annabelle Latz Our aging population requires a strong health care workforce. This needs to be reflected in decent pay. Carla Palmer is from the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. As organiser for aged care facilities in the top of the South Island, she sees all aspects of the workforce involved in all areas of care, from gardeners to registered nurses. Overall, Carla has observed the recurring theme that workers are paid minimum wage but work to the maximum of their ability. “They are not flipping burgers, they are caring for human beings.” Traditionally, workers in the Aged Care


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works within the sector for further training, providing workers the opportunity to upskill and earn wage increases. She said the problem has been that the framework is not consistent and transportable, so it has not been easy for staff to transfer recognised qualifications between different organisations. “The goal posts keep moving.” The NZNO is currently working on an education module aimed at putting evidence around issues of safe staffing levels, which will be offered to NZNO delegates and members working in the Aged Care sector in the Marlborough region in the near future. “We are actually heading for a crisis if we don’t start now.”

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Young Eagles take off By Robbie Parkes Young fliers took to the skies on the weekend, getting their first taste of aviation as part of the ‘Young Eagles’ programme run by the Marlborough Aero Club. Around 35 youth, aged between nine and 17 years-old turned up to give flying a shot, and got to go up with the professionals. The programme runs year round, covering all aspects of the industry. “It’s basically aviation in all terms of aviation,” said the Clubs Chief Flying Instructor Travers Tennant. “And we’ve got three flying days.” Between 40 and 60 people came to the registration day earlier in the year, and even the numbers coming for the flying day were a dramatic increase from past programmes. “You run a programme and then you get all this massive interest.” “It’s great to see so many young people so keen.” Young people get the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the industry through the course - and it’s free. “Any flying you don’t have to pay for is pretty good.” “It’s more about young people and

getting them involved.” He said the kids do get a lot of enjoyment from going up in the air, even if they come back a bit pale. “Normally smiles last for days.” Travers said the goal is to give people more of a direction and help to foster that interest. “Obviously, what we’d like to see at the end of the programme is some of these young people coming out into one of those industries.” “If we can keep fostering that interest, it’s going to keep us going.” The course offers three $2,000 scholarships a year. “That’s a good chunk and it gets you past your first solo and that’s a pretty big milestone.” “It’s all flying and it just gives you that boost.” James Blakiston, aged 11, got to hit the skies with Craig Anderson, director of Sounds Aero Maintenance. “It was pretty intense,” he said. James came along for the day because he’s really interested in flying planes and all the gadgets that are involved. The programme holds events at least once a month.

Joey Henderson and James Blakiston get ready for take-off at one of the Young Eagles flying days at the Marlborough Aero Club

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By Annabelle Latz If you a re compla ining about cockroaches in Blenheim, you are not alone. They are a huge problem here, and no one quite knows why. “Cockroaches used to just be a problem in the Wither Hills area, but now they are in areas of Springlands and Redwoodtown too,” said Greig Pilkington, owner of JAE Marlborough. In the past year, JAE has treated 120 houses and businesses to eradicate cockroaches.

The Gisborne Cockroach is the main culprit, which like to live outside and in bark, vegetation, mulch and firewood. But Greig warned they can sneak inside in a shopping bag or with a pile of firewood. “More people are saying it’s becoming an increased problem, they are definitely the biggest pest at the moment.” Greig said during the fire of 2000 in the Wither Hills, a big population of cockroaches moved to lower ground. Greig said when they are outside it is not so much of an issue, but he has seen

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incidents when so many have wandered inside, they have moved into the roof space. “In one house they were falling out the dishwasher; there were just hundreds in the kitchen.” The best method of cockroach management is to get the outside of the house sprayed, or get dust put into the roof space. “We certainly do more pest control in Blenheim compared to anywhere else, but there is a bigger population here,” said Greig.

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Elderly people need to be more aware of the services available to them Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Don Zimmerman is well on track to better health. The 77 year-old Blenheim resident said having more knowledge about the services available to him has made a huge difference, but Don said not enough elderly people are aware of this. Don came into The Sun newspaper in April, deeply concerned with the three to six month wait predicted by Nelson Marlborough District Health Board to see a urologist. After his concerns were published, and with help from Grey Power, Don was soon on track for appointments to see both a urologist and a surgeon about his shoulder. Before April, Don was not getting home help, or any help with his catheter, which was inserted in March. He was getting his usual house cleaning help, which he has had for more than three years, and highly values. “That is excellent.” Don has never asked for help at home, because he has never been aware of what he is entitled to. He now has a district nurse visiting him


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once a week, and basic help three times a week. “I feel as though I’m going somewhere now, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and a huge weight has come off my shoulders.” Don loves going down to the Marlborough market on Saturdays, where he sells his old tools, and has a social time. He said it was very important to keep himself active, and knows he now has the ability to balance help and independence. “I think we’ve got it pretty right at the moment.” Don said the help is out there and available, it is just a matter of people knowing where to find it. “They have to contact the hospital, or get their GP to refer them.” He said the care he receives is of great quality. In line with what Human Rights Commission equal employment opportunities commissioner Dr Judy McGregor uncovered recently about workers being underpaid, Don agreed. They deserve every penny they get, I take my hat off to those girls.”

talented youth Talent is in abundance amongst Marlborough’s youth. It was 15 year-old Mitch Alderlieste who took the title of Marlborough’s Top Talent on Saturday night. He has earned himself a gig with guest judge, musician and actor Shane Cortese. His winning performance was Whispering a Prayer, by Steve Vai.

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Aspiring opera star wins music award By Robbie Parkes With hopes to make it to the international stage, aspiring opera star Olivia Sheat (right) is one step closer to her dream after winning a prestigious award. The Marlborough Girls’ College head girl received the Queen Elizabeth II Music Fund Award at Council chambers on Monday. The award is aimed at helping the winners further their musical training, and Olivia’s $500 will be put towards her singing tuition for next year.

The 17 year-old is a soloist and the soprano section leader of her school’s senior choir, Bella Voce. She is a member of the National Secondary Schools Students’ Choir and won the Betty Vercoe Scholarship in 2010. Olivia also heads up to Wellington every two weeks to get singing lessons from Jenny Wollerman, head of classical performance at Victoria University. “Singing is something I’ve always wanted to do and always enjoyed,” she said.

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Quit for you and your whanau Story and photo by Celeste Lodewyk There are many great reasons to quit smoking. Your health, tobacco price hikes as well as the government’s goal of making New Zealand smoke-free by 2025 each present their own reasons for you and your whanau to take control and quit now. This is the theme of this year’s World Smokefree Day, celebrated annually on May 31. ‘Quit now. It’s about whanau’ provides the opportunity to encourage and help those who want to quit smoking. This also extends to nonsmokers suppor ting their friends and whanau on their quit journey. To celebrate World Smokefree Day, the local Smokefree Marlborough group has organised a number of promotions including a free Zumba class for the community. The free one hour Zumba session class is provided by Te Rapuora Health Services and will be held this Friday, 5:30pm at Bohally Intermediate School Hall. The community is welcome to attend and there will be activities provided for children. There will also be a greater emphasis placed on Cessation Support services in Marlborough, says MPHO community health services

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adoPtion by gay couPles Initial support by PM for adoption by gay couples. Prime Minister John Key says he would give initial support to potential legislation to legalise adoption by gay couples. Three private members bills which would enable same-sex adoption are either in the Parliamentary members’ ballot or are being drafted.

two bodies in south canterbury Two bodies were found on a remote South Canterbury property on Sunday, about 11am. A charity trail bike ride was taking place near Waihaorunga, west of Waimate, when riders came across the man and woman. Police said yesterday that names would be released ‘sooner rather than later.’ They are focusing the investigation around a man named Jason Frandi, and want to speak to anyone who has seen or had contact with him.

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two More for london Two New Zealand athletes have won qualifying spots for the 2012 London Olympics on the weekend. Triathlete Nicky Samuels placed 15th in the Madrid leg of the World Triathlon Series, on Sunday, securing her ticket to the games. BMX star Sarah Walker also scored a spot after coming 5th in the UCI World Championships in Birmingham on Sunday.

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Blenheim veteran heads to London By Robbie Parkes Jack Wakefield is one of 32 veterans that will head to London for the dedication and unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in June. He is also the only Marlburian to go. Those attending the event served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and for Jack it was as an air gunner in the No. 75 New Zealand Squadron. “It was more or less the full bomber force that was attacking Germany,” said Jack. “We used to go to the Ruhr.” Jack wasn’t involved in the wellknown Dam Busters mission but flew over the likes of Hamburg and Berlin a number of times. He flew in the old Wellington bombers, planes overshadowed by the Lancaster but just as important in the war. In just six years 55,000 men died in bomber command. “It was pretty grim.” “They’re all someone’s husband or brother.” He said it was hard to fathom so many young men losing their lives. “We went away as young men and

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most of them didn’t come home.” Jack counted himself lucky during the war, making it out of two crashes. “And I changed places with mates three times and they never came back.” “If you get through your first tour of war, most certainly your going to get the chop on the second.” Jack said he was excited to be heading back to England and was really proud to be representing his mates over there. “It means a lot to me, I left here with 23 New Zealanders and only four of us came back.” “It’s taken a long time to get recognition really.” He said when the war ended, Churchill barely mentioned Bomber Command. The 70 metre long memorial built in London’s Green Park depicts a full-sized airforce crew just returning from a mission. The group will be heading to London in a RNZAF Boeing 757, making it a four day journey given the age of the veterans. “We’ve had a pretty stiff medical,” said Jack. The unveiling of the Memorial takes place on June 28.

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Class of 1942 reunited Story and photo by Annabelle Latz It is 70 years ago that the third form class at Marlborough College were tearing around the town. In 1942 its rooms at the College were used as a military hospital. Stella Wadsworth was one of the 150 third formers. Their classes would be dotted all around the town. “We would go to English in one area, then bike half way around the town to go to the next period. We still went to College for typing. But in the third form classes there were just thousands and thousands of young people – from the army, airforce, and the navy.” English classes were where the Clubs of Marlborough is now, which used to be the Presbyterian Church. Short hand classes were at the old fire station. Mot Williams, Barbara Pratt and Stella Wadsworth were Marlborough College third form students Mot Williams only received the of 1942, the year their classes were dotted all around the town. cane once in 1942. “We weren’t allowed to do slides “But there was not the excuse of too much was most worried about a Japanese invasion.” down the pole,” he said. traffic, because there wasn’t much in those Barbara Pratt said the whole year became Physical education classes were on the days, and even the petrol was rationed.” very close, getting up to mischief and lots College grounds. The lucky pupils had bikes. of fun. “The girls would be doing PE in their “If you didn’t have a bike, and you couldn’t “We were more interested in what our bloomers, and there would be soldiers hang- kid someone to double you, you ran. I fathers and brothers were doing. Going to ing out the windows watching,” said Stella. dawdled.” school was just an extra thing in life.” “It must have been hell for the teachers.” Stella remembers the slip trenches by the The military hospital was being built at the The school Principal was John Stewart. Taylor River. Delta, and opened in 1943. There was always an excuse for not being “We would have to rush and jump into a “A lot of things have changed in my 84 on time. trench when the siren went off. Everyone years,” said Stella.

Locals raise $220,000 for Cancer Society The sun found its way through the mist, drizzle and cloud as scooter riders converged into Hokitika late Saturday afternoon. It was a joint effort of 250 scooter riding enthusiasts taking part in the Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari, including 11 riders from Marlborough. The 252km trip from Christchurch to

Hokitika took place on Saturday, as they braved all elements. The Safari was started in 2009, by Jayne and Mike Rattray of Christchurch to support friend and colleague Blair Newton who was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer. Blair’s mother-in-law Chris Greenhill was one of the two scooter teams from Blenheim Harcourts taking part at the weekend. “Coming into Hokitika - my gosh it was emotional,” she said, describing the locals lining the street and clapping. This was the third safari, and Chris has done every one.

Last year the Harcourts teams raised $126,000, and by Monday they had raised $221,000 for this year’s effort. “And we’re still counting.” There was a good bit of celebrating done that night, and an extra celebration for Blair who made it to Hokitika too, a little bit by foot, as he had to push his way up part of The Viaduct. “The support has been unbelievable.” Chris wanted to thank all the local businesses for their support, including Kaikoura MP Colin King. There were a couple of premature departures from scooters, resulting in two broken collarbones, one toe and ribs.

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Look after pedestrians Dear Ed, Good on T Burrows for pointing out the lack of pedestrian crossings in and around Blenheim. Everything in this town has been designed and made for cars and cars only. It is surprising that shops have not been built as drive-ins, so as to allow lazy motorists to stay in their cars throughout their shopping. And good on T Burrows for pointing out that pedestrians are rate payers and tax payers too. As a professional driver I always look with sadness at people, young and old, standing at the side of the street waiting for a gap big enough in the traffic to try and get through. My driving route sometimes takes me back to the same spot and it has happened that the same people were

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Theatre location concerns Dear Ed, Hello again, just a couple of points in regard to your reply to my letter. I was not aware there had been a poll on the proposed new theatre. As you would not have been aware that this time last year a lot of Picton people were not receiving the ‘Sun’ and often the supermarket had run out of copies.

It is more the location of the new theatre that concerns me. A couple of weeks ago I was at the Clubs of Marlborough for lunch and I can see it will have an affect on the view, however that’s all water under the bridge now isn’t it. As for the TV programs, I see they are back again in the other paper. Sarah MacDonald

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Dropping 1080 questioned Dear Ed, I can’t believe that they are hoping to dump from the air ‘1080’. Don’t they know it’s a deadly poison? So they may get rid of the stoats and rats, but what about the rest of the native creatures. Aerial ‘1080’ Drops will be over the 4,500 Hectares in the Mt Stanely area of Tennyson Inlet. We have heard over the years how bad it will be if they are allowed to use 1080 they intend for 10 year consent. Wake up before it’s too late. Kathie Warren

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Kiwi music night By Ana Panoho Celebrating New Zealand Music Month, last Friday night’s Tempo concert was appropriately themed featuring both Kiwi-bred composers and performers’ original compositions. Two g uest a r t ists, A n neka Thwaites and Lee Stuart entertained the audience with a selection of their own beautiful songs. Anneka’s delightful personality radiated through her compositions which were rich with interesting lyrics. Having started out at Tempo herself many years ago, Anneka encouraged the audience and performers alike to give it a go and write a song. Equally, Lee’s talent as a singer/ songwriter was obvious and will surely launch her into avenues beyond Blenheim. Many Tempo regulars and new performers, no doubt encouraged by the New Zealand theme, shared their creativity.

Jayden Paul’s slick compositions were executed on guitar with great expertise and he teamed up later in the evening with talented vocalist, Emma Logan. Caitlyn Morris chose an American composer for her delightful performance on cello of “Truckin Through the South’ by Aaron Minksky. Georgia Marshall’s own composition “Song for You” inspired by her feelings for her Nana, was comfortingly moving. Likewise, the Panoho family’s original song based on the words of Isaiah 55, brought some hope to a broken society. Don’t miss next month’s Jazz Night, featuring guests Colin and Coral Thiel with Robin Randall on Friday, June 29 at 7.00pm at the Wesley Centre.


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No empty seats at St Andrews music concert By Annabelle Latz There was not an empty seat at St Andrews Church for its annual concert on Sunday afternoon. About 350 people turned up to see eight performances, including classical, gospel and jazz music. Marsha and Barry Stringer are a well known couple in Blenheim when it comes to seeking music quality, and this annual concert they host is a chance to pull together some of Marlborough’s best musical talent. Barry said it was a great success.

The Suminski trio was made up of three members of the Suminski family, who moved to Blenheim from their home base of Traverse City, Michigan, about 10 months ago, for a 12 month stay. Nick, 15, played the piano, and his brother Ivan, 16, played the violin. They both attend Marlborough Boys’ College. Their mother Elizabeth played the cello. “We try to play together at least once a year,” said Nick, who has been playing the piano since he

was three years-old. Ivan has played the violin for 11 years. “Playing in groups is really fun,” said Ivan. Heather Jameson teaches blues and jazz in Blenheim, and was doing the incidental music on Sunday. “This concert has a really good reputation, all these musicians are on their way to being professional.” Other local top musicians performing were Olivia Sheat, Hugh Mack, Lissa Cowie, Robin Randall and Gwenette Elliot.

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Hitec Automotive Twelve years ago Picton’s York Street Tyre and Auto business was purchased by couple Jack and Leonie Erasmus. As of this year it now boasts of a brand new name and image. Called Hitec Automotive Service Centre, the business is now a full Bosch car service specialising in European and late model vehicle servicing. With the backing of the Bosch Group, a world leader in the supply of quality automotive services and technology, Hitec Automotive is proud to deliver top quality service by trained technicians. At the forefront of the business, Jack has been in the automotive industry for more than 20 years, bringing a high level of professionalism and expertise. Backing Jack in the workshop are qualified mechanics Paul and Harvey who between them have more than 60 years industry experience. Taking care of customers and directing enquiries is administrator Leonie.

“What makes us different is our exceptional customer service,” says Jack. “Our customers know exactly what service they are receiving so there are no hidden surprises. This is something they really appreciate.” Hitec Automotive not only specialises in late model vehiHitec technicians Paul, Jack and Harvey. cles, but they also service a wide range of other vehicle makes and models. The ongoing training of its technicians means Hitec Automotive has the latest technology and expert advice when it comes to your vehicle. No job is too big or small so to find out more about what Hitec Automotive can do for you, simply call in to their York Street premises or phone to make a booking.

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MacDonald’s memories Robbie Parkes talks to Crusader reserve hooker Quentin MacDonald about his career and coming back to Marlborough, where it all began. For Marlborough boy Quentin He said he could really give rugby MacDonald, coming home from the a crack by the end of seventh form. big time as a Crusader is always a bit “I think that’s how it all started,” of a reality check - especially when he said. his dad’s around. “Having someone like Kieran “He still gives me a bit more of Keane coaching, he kind of just a hard time, brings me down to made you think about different earth.” game play and stuff.” “It does mean a lot, especially see“I try to take it into every team I ing the family.” go into.” Growing up in “The ex-Marlborough Following in his Blenheim there’s dad’s footsteps, going to be a bit of Boys’ pupil got his big Quentin put on a rugby influence, Central’s baby but for Quentin, break here, captain- blue jersey and seeing his dad still comes back Paul spor ting ing the first XV in his to play for them Central’s pale he can. seventh form year” whenever blue colours on After school he the field sparked made the Tasman a lot of that. Makos, a move that eased the gap “It was special being a young fella’ between college and professional seeing him play every week.” rugby. The ex-Marlborough Boys’ first “It was a good stepping stone from XV captain returned to Blenheim Marlborough Boys’.” for his old team’s match against “Coming from Marlborough, you rivals Nelson last week. usually play for the Red Devils, but The televised match was followed Tasman gave us the opportunity to by the team’s Rugby Soiree, a stay professional and stay at home.” fundraiser which Quentin got the If the Makos weren’t here, he probinvite for. ably wouldn’t have stayed, he said. He said it was a good bit of fun “That’s one of my biggest draw and to have the game televised was cards.” a bonus. Quentin made his debut for the “We used to get a couple of CTV Crusaders in 2010 and his time in (Canterbury Television) games, the limelight hasn’t changed a lot. which was always a one off, not “I always love the game, still love what they get nowadays.” the game.” T he t a lent com i ng out of He said his first XV days were Marlborough is great too, he said some of the best times in his rugby and for college rugby to get the TV career. treatment really puts them in a good “It was just a good time, even position to go professional. when we were at school we were The ex-Marlborough Boys’ pupil all about rugby.” got his big break here, captaining “It’s not often you get your mates the first XV in his seventh form playing rugby every weekend.” year, making the New Zealand What keeps him going is the supSchools squad, and later scoring port from back home and that same spots in the National U19 and U20 passion he had for the game when squads. he was younger.

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Class size crisis doesn’t stop at Intermediates The President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, Paul Drummond welcomes the decision to re-examine the proposed staff:student ratios for Intermediate Schools but warns that the working party needs to extend its brief. ‘The Treasury got this whole policy wrong,’ said Drummond, ‘They misread the research, failed to check with the professionals and completely ignored the parents,’ he said. ‘Parents remain deeply

disturbed by the idea of increasing any class size,’ he says. ‘They know their children will not benefit from being in bigger classes and teachers agree.’ ‘We want quality teaching going on in our classrooms so that we can continue to respond to the individual needs of children,’ he said. Under the proposed new policy to increase class sizes to 27.5, there will be a four-year cap on total teacher numbers. Whilst schools have

been told that this will translate to losing no more than one teacher, principals are not convinced. ‘This whole policy needs to be looked at again,’ says Drummond. ‘There are many colleagues doing their own calculations and finding they would be losing more than just one teacher,’ he said. ‘This policy has been hastily put together, without due consideration for the way ratios affect all specialist programmes in schools, not just those in

the Intermediate sector,’ he said. ‘Programmes like reading recovery that help thousands of Kiwi kids lift their reading every year would be negatively affected by the proposed new ratios, ‘ said Drummond. ‘It makes no sense when the government has made it clear for the last four years that their goal is to lift achievement that they would introduce a policy that runs absolutely counter to achieving that goal,’ he said.

Renwick School, pictured, could be be affected by increase in class sizes. File photo.

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Blenheim branch manager Greg Stretch. What sets SBS Bank apart from the rest? It’s all down to their great people, great rates and of course their great service. We think that’s why SBS Bank has been named the Financial Institution of the Year at the 2011 Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction awards. Many others will offer hooks and lures to get you through their doors but at SBS Bank what you see is what you get. They offer good solid rates for all eligible customers, both new and existing. “There’s been a lot of talk in the media recently encouraging customers to go in and negotiate a better mortgage rate with their bank, but that’s not how SBS Bank operates.

“Because our profits are for our customers it’s in our best interest to make sure they are always looked after. The rates we offer you are always the best rates we can give you,” says SBS Bank Blenheim Branch Manager Greg Stretch. In fact, SBS Bank prides itself on offering all eligible customers, both new and existing their best rates, like their current fixed residential lending rate of 5.99% for five years. “As a customer of SBS Bank you’re also an owner which means that you’ve got a direct stake in our business so you get to reap the benefits, like the hot rate we’re currently offering,” Mr Stretch said. So pop in and see Greg and his team at SBS Bank today to experience just how good award winning service feels.

From time to time it is good practise to check your level of repayments and interest rate. Do it every year or so when your fixed rate loan is about to expire, the interest rate on your floating rate mortgage changes, there is a big change in your life such as a new job or you get a big lump sum such as an inheritance. Review your budget as well to see if you can put more towards your repayments. Even boosting your repayments by $25 a week may save you thousands of dollars interest. Topping up your mortgage Personal circumstances can change at the drop of a hat and often people can find themselves having trouble repaying a number of loans with high interest rates. One option could be to pay off these loans by increasing the amount of your mortgage. This would reduce your monthly outgoings considerably but you may end up paying more because of the increased term. To make this work you’ll need

to increase your mortgage repayments to keep the date you will pay off your mortgage the same as before. Restructuring or switching lenders Most important! Consider all your options as choosing the wrong type of mortgage could cost you thousands. Sometimes, simply by changing the structure of your mortgage could save your money. Perhaps switch some or all of your loan from a floating rate to a fixed rate, or take your mortgage to another lender. Before changing look carefully at the costs and possible savings. Your existing lender, another lender or a mortgage broker could help. Switching from one type of loan to another with your existing lender might come with a fee of a few hundred dollars, which you could try to negotiate down. Possible costs to consider include:

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Anyone applying for a loan would like to get the best mortgage rates possible, yet on the other hand many people are not confident on how to get those rates. Here is some advice. - The major issue that can affect your application or final mortgage rate is your credit score. If your credit score is not high enough, it’s time to start paying off your debts. These include credit cards, hire purchases and loans. It would also work in your favour to have a proven savings plan in place. Once you have paid your debt and improved your credit score, keep it in good condition as it will impact on what kind of mortgage rate you will get. To bring your interest costs down, make a larger down payment. This will make certain you will get a good deal. - A down payment of 20 percent or more on new house can definitely save you money and also lowers the risk for the lender who will compensate you by means of a lower mortgage rate on your loan thereby lowering your cost.

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Wednesday May 30, 2012

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What names could we expect to see this year? As well as our current love of boys’ names that are masculine, short, with a ‘hard’ end sound (think Jack, Max, William, Cooper), and our girls’ names that are softer, more feminine, with several syllables and a vowel ending (think Sophie, Chloe, Emily, Mia, Isabella). Here are some trends we could be seeing: 1. Surnames as first names. Jackson, Anderson, Carson, Grady, Harrison, Taylor etc. 2. Place names as first names. Victoria, Dakota, Indiana, Memphis, Chicago, Tennessee, Cairo, Sydney, Adelaide etc. 3. Nicknames as first names. Jack (nickname for John), Charlie (for girls as well), Will, Jake, Nate, Alex, Ben, Jamie, Sam, Zac, Jay, Eliza, Katie, Evie and Lily. 4. Biblical names. Noah, Ethan, Joshua, Thomas, Daniel, James, Sophie, Chloe, Hannah, Grace, Faith, Hope and Charity etc.

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HOLDAWAY: Kenny and Tracy are glad to see the early arrival of their baby boy Angus Ross (7lb 9oz) on May 21st at 12.28pm at Wairau Hospital. A brother for Lily. Thanks to Sue and Ros. Photo provided

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Wednesday May 30, 2012

Keep Fit this Winter

Winter healthy habits Some of us have a lovehate relationship with the winter season. We love layering up in winter layers, eating hot foods and sitting by a crackling fire at night, but we also dislike the shorter days, the restrictions on outdoor activity and the increase in colds and flu. Here are some handy tips for staying well during these up and coming cold months. - Stay hydrated and drink at least eight glasses of water per day. - Up your fruit and vegetable intake with the likes of carrots, parsnips, swede, pumpkin and potatoes, which can be roasted or

made into a hearty warm soup. - Avoid excess sugar as it can suppress the immune system and feed infections. - Get some vitamin C from sources such as oranges, kiwifruit, green and red capsicum, grapefruit and, wait for it… brussel sprouts. - Stay active. Find an excuse to leave the couch by booking yourself into fitness classes, committing to regular exercise with family and friends, participating in a winter sports team, or

setting some winter fitness goals. - Get some sleep. It’s natural to sleep more and ‘hibernate’ during the winter months. Embrace this, and find time to catch up on sleep.

- Practise good hygiene at all times as colds and flu run rampant over winter. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after touching surfaces, eating food and visiting the bathroom. - Dress for the weather by layering clothing and wearing clothes made of wool or fleece. A decrease in the body’s natural temperature can lower the resistance to germs and infection. - Consider getting a flu jab. A flu vaccination can help develop your resistance to influenza. - Get some sun on your skin. If the sun does happen to shine during the winter, get out there and soak it up!

A winter must creamy pumpkin soup Pumpkin soup is one of those recipes that is enjoyed by most kiwi families. It’s easy to make, creamy and full of flavour and easily fills the tummies of the hungriest of people. W hat is more, it’s healthy and a great source of nutrients and energy. INGREDIENTS: - 4 tbsp Olive oil - 2 On ions, f inely chopped - 1kg Pumpkin, peeled, deseeded

- 600ml vegetable stock - 1 cup double Cream - 1 tbsp pepper powder - Salt to taste PREPARATION: Chop 3/4 pumpkin into chunks and 1/4 pumpkin into length wise and set aside. Now heat olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook the onions for 5 minutes, until soft. Ad d t h e p u m p k i n chunks to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 minutes, stirring occa-

sionally until it starts to soften and turn golden. Pour the stock into the pan, then season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 m inutes until the pumpkin is very soft. Pour the cream into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée in a blender. Or for a chunkier consistency use a potato masher. For an extra-velvety

consistency you can now push the soup through a fine sieve into another pan. The soup can now be frozen for up to 2 months. Serve with a dollop of fresh cream.


Why walk in winter? Why walk in winter? - Winter walks are fantastic – they cost nothing, can be solo or social and can involve all the family. - If you’re not getting enough daylight, this can lead to seasonal affective disorder (SAD). - Walking in the cold burns more calories because your body has to work extra hard to stay warm. Once you get moving your body will release feel-good hormones called endorphins, giving you a euphoric feeling. - Outdoor walking on different terrains and surfaces is great for strengthening the ankles because the uneven and muddy surfaces make all the muscles around the ankle work to stabilise the joint. - Your core muscles (your tummy and back) will also have to work harder because of the extra balance needed on grass, as opposed to tarmac or the treadmill.

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out & about

Wednesday May 30, 2012

ng Eagles flying day at dy to take flight at the You  Sam Leov getting rea on Saturday. Marlborough Aero Club

 Catherine McManaway and Owen Barron used to catch the train from Picton every morning to Blenheim, and were in the same class in the 3rd form at Marlborough College in 1942. They got together on Sunday for a class reunion.

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 Jacob Gray piloting his own craft at the Young Eag flying day at Marlboroug les h Aero Club.

), and John May (Okaramio  Trevor Marfell (Seddon) t go 2, h College in 194 3rd form at Marlboroug a class reunion. for day Sun on er togeth

the front seat for  Young Eagle Daniel Roodt scores on Saturday Club Aero his flight at the Marlborough morning.

 Music teacher an d professional player Marsha Strin ger playing a piec e with fellow profes sional cellist Lissa Cowie.

 Cellist Lissa Co at the annual co wie playing nc Andrews church ert at St on Sunday afternoon.

Winning snaps from the Sun’s photo competition with Food Magazine.

 Greg Hole with sons Caleb and Samuel mincing meat for tea.

 Erin Josephs decorating cupcakes.

 Lucy Price baking Fairy Cakes

m with the baking”.  Hugo Foote “helping Mu

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community notices The Community Noticeboard is for non-profit organisations. For $10.00 you can publish up to 25 words. No AGMS, sporting notices or special meetings. Community Notices must be pre-paid. Call into our office at 72 High Street, Blenheim

Blenheim Healing Rooms

Open 1st & 3rd Saturdays every month. 11.00am 1pm. Stonewood Homes Office, 68 High Street. Free Christian healing prayer available to anyone. Phone 578 9704

Craft Fair

Havelock Town Hall. June 2nd, 3rd, 4th. 10am to 4pm daily. Free entry.


Thursdays 7pm Blenheim Bowling Club, Weld Street. 40 houses, 2 super houses, 2 silent lines. Raffles and loads of food. Proceeds to Te Rerenga o Te Ra

Housie Picton RSA

Every Tuesday 7pm. Commencing 5th June. 40 Houses. All Welcome.

Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Service

Our Advocates will take up your cause to ensure your rights are respected, listen to your concerns and support you in the actions you want to take to gain resolution. Ph: 5795304 or call at Level 2, Aorere House, 54 Scott St.

Secondhand Book Sale

Next Sunday, Monday Rock & Mineral Clubrooms. Brayshaw Park 9am-4pm. Cheap prices. Good selection. Book donations welcomed. Thanks to our supporters.

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(supporting families in mental well being) For information/advocacy/support for families living with mental illness please contact Cheryl or Lyn on 577 5491 or visit us at 4 Scott Street. All Welcome

Sheets ‘n’ Things

Urgently need warm linen to meet the demand in our community. Happy to pick-up - ph: 578-1355 ext:5 or drop at 14b Stephenson Street (opp Boys College)

St Christophers

Monthly sale of good used clothing, books, toys, household goods this Friday at the Hall, Weld St (opp Countdown) 9am to 12 noon. Great bargains available.

The Blue Door

Half Price Sale. Everything in store is reduced so come and get a bargin. Tuesday 5th-Wednesday 6th June. 53 Charles Street. Phone 579 4353

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community services Marlborough After Hours GP Ser vices: Wairau Hospital campus, after 6pm. Reception 5206377. Office 5209980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy 9am-6pm 7 days Ph 5782271. Diabetes NZ Marlborough: 5775549, Office hours Tues,Wed,Thurs 9am3pm. Lifeline Marlborough: 0800 543 354, 24hr helpline. Marlborough Women's Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre: Crisis line, phone Wairau Hospital 520 9999, for Women's Refuge contact numbers. Overeaters Anonymous: For more information Ph 570 5137 Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846) Alcoholics Anonymous: Rose 5777651, Harvey 5788125 Al-Anon: Help for families & friends of alcoholics. Ph Margaret 578 4690 or Cilla 570 5335.

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 520 9980. 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.

BISHELL, Diana Mary: Passed away, peacefully, aged 61 years, at Hospice Marlborough, surrounded by family, on 28 May 2012. Dearly loved wife and cherished friend of Murray, treasured mother and motherin-law of Scott and Rachel, and Simon and Sara. Messages to ‘Caythorpe’ R D 1, Blenheim 7271. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice Marlborough would be appreciated and may be left at the service or sent to P O Box 411 Blenheim 7240. A service for Diana will be held at the Church of the Nativity, Alfred St, at 1 pm Friday 1 June followed by interment at Fairhall Cemetery. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN BLENHEIM FDANZ Ph 03 578 4719 MACDONALD, Valerie (Val): On May 26, 2012 died peacefully, after a focussed fight with cancer, in Wellington, aged 56 years. Dearly loved mother to Leigh, Lance and Kieran, and Nana to Noah, Lachie, Ariana, Kalis and Tayla. Special thanks to the staff at Wellington Hospi-

tal and Mary Potter Hospice for their care and support of Valerie. On Tuesday May 29 Valerie will be resting at 44 Elizabeth Street Blenheim. A service to celebrate the life of Valerie will be held at the Clubs of Marlborough, 42 Alfred Street Blenheim, on Wednesday May 30 at 11:00am followed by interment at Maori Island Urupa. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN BLENHEIM FDANZ Ph 03 578 4719 GRIEVE, David: On May 21, 2012, peacefully, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village, Blenheim. Aged 81 years. Dearly loved husband of Pat (Picton), loving father and father-in-law of Nevin and Carolyn (UK), and Peter and Charlotte (Otago). Loved and missed Grandad of Erin, and Jeremy (UK), Leigh, and Brittany (Otago). Loved son of the late Catherine and Sandford Grieve, and brother of the late Shirley. RIP. At David’s request, a private service has been held. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN BLENHEIM FDANZ Ph 03 578 4719


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bus crash in christchurch A bus crashed into an overhead train bridge in Woolston yesterday, about 9.15am. Seven children and one adult were taken to hospital, all with minor injuries, including cuts from broken glass. A police spokesman said the bridge is only for vehicles of certain heights.

two bodies in south canterbury The two bodies found on a remote South Canterbury property on Sunday morning have been named. The woman was 31 year-old Dagmar Pytlickova, also known as Dasha. The man alongside her was convicted sex offender Waimate man Jason Frandi, 43, whose criminal past includes the abduction for sex of a 19 year-old woman in 2000. The discovery was made during a charity trail bike ride, that was taking place near Waihaorunga, west of Waimate. Police believe Dasha left Cromwell on Saturday, where she had been working, and was hitch-hiking to the Timaru area.

man of the year Sir George Fistonich founder of Villa Maria Estate and currently celebrating his 50th vintage at the helm of Villa Maria Estate, was named Drinks Business ‘Man of the Year’ in a ceremony at the London International Wine Fair earlier this month. This is the ninth annual Drinks Business Awards ceremony. Each year, the winners of 19 prestigious categories are voted for by a series of judging panels made up of some of the leading figures in the drinks trade. Sir George was praised for his leadership and pioneering work at the forefront of the New Zealand wine industry.


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MorriSon winS two rAceS On Saturday the Blenheim Pigeon Club raced the Young Bird Championship race from Timaru. An average distance of 385km, weather was calm with high cloud; birds were released at 8.30am with the first bird arriving at 2.55.56, an average speed of 60kph. Results:Winner of the Blenheim Pigeon Racing Club Championship for 2012 Morrins Hollow with a velocity of 1002.703 m/m, 2nd J Webb 990.898m/m, 3rd C Kirkwood 954.216m/m,4th S Kirkwood 935.375m/m, 5th S Morrison 930.112m/m, 6th J McIlroy 765.241m/m. The Club also held the annual Auction Bird Race in conjunction with the young bird championship. This years race was won by Morrins Hollow (Don Morrison), 2nd and 3rd placing are yet to be confirmed. This race, the bird/s are bought at a “friendly” auction held at the end of the breeding season before youngbirds start racing.

MAgnuM leAding volleybAll Last Thursday night Marlborough Volleyball’s FairWeathers’ Senior Winter League round three got underway. There are four more weeks of round-robin followed by finals played at Stadium 2000 on the 30th June. Magnum playing in the President’s grade beat Can’t Touch This in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15 and 25-18. Treefellas won their first set 1225 against the Cri Clovers but lost the next two, 25-15, 25-23. In the final game in the grade, Kinoaths lost out 25-20 against the Clippers in their first set. But Clippers won the next two sets 25-16 and 25-17. Games from Mixed grade saw The A-Team win their first set against Playschool 25-20. Playschool won the next set 1525, losing the third 25-21 Six Pack Dreamers lost all three sets against Safe Air Social 25-12, 25-8 and 25-16. Desperate Housewives scored a three set victory Meaters.

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Local rifleman to captain NZ By Robbie Parkes Malcolm Dodson has been shooting for years. He’s been involved with rifle sports since secondary school, starting with smallbore shooting around 1970 and trying his hand at fullbore in 1972. The Kaituna Blenheim Rifle Club has been his local club since 1987. For the last eight or so years he has been involved with the Marlborough Boys’ College smallbore team. He also managed the New Zealand Under 25 team for the World Long Range Rifle Championships in Brisbane last year and is a national selector. Those years of experience have come to fruition, and now he’s been named captain of the New Zealand Palma Rifle Team that will head to the 2015 World Long Range Champs.

But the role requires him to do more than just wear the captains hat. “It’s not only a captains job, basically it’s my job to run the whole team and run the whole training programme.” “There’s a lot of work to do between now and then.” And long range shooting does require a lot of skill. They shoot at targets 800, 900, and 1000 yards away using aperture sights, the bullseye only millimetres wide. “It’s a bit of a learned art.” Around 25 people make up the team that will head to Camp Perry in America in 2015, and 16 of them need to be shooters on the day. But they have a long way to go. “The team itself probably won’t be selected for another two years.” “New Zealand in the last two World Championships has actu-

Malcolm dodson has been named the captain of the nZ Palma rifle team that will head to the 2015 world long range champs in America.

ally fallen behind in shooting development.” He said there will be an enlarged squad of people involved in the training leading up to it. Malcolm has been away with New Zealand teams on and off now for 15 years, shooting in four

World Long Range Championships. “The first one I attended was in New Zealand way back in the mid 1990’s.” He went to England in 2003, Canada in 2007 and Brisbane last year.

Masters Swimmers take on the Waikato By Robbie Parkes The Blenheim Masters Swimmers are undertaking the mighty Waikato river, aiming to swim the 425km journey - but from the comfort of their own pool. “It’s really something to give us a little bit of incentive during the Winter months,” said president Phil Jeffs. “The main driver for us is generating some interest and get some new people along swimming.” The distance is split across a number of sessions, with each swimmer logging in their kilometres at the end of their run. “We envisage the Waikato

will probably take us another three months,” said Phil. They have already clocked in 80km in three nights. The plan is to finish the Waikato over the course of the season, and following that the rest of New Zealand’s major rivers. “The reason we went with the Waikato first was because it’s the longest river.” “Then we’ll just knock em’ off as we go.” Depending on how well the incentive runs, Phil said they may consider fundraising next time. The club swims every Thursday night at 8pm in the Stadium 2000 pools.

South Island Snr Badminton Champs Last weekend the Marlborough Senior Badminton team competed in the first round of the Division 3 South Island Champs vs Nelson and Canterbury held in Picton. Marlborough faced Nelson first up, losing the match 3-13. Top performances included Joseph Timms avenging last weekends Marlborough Open loss to Nelsons Cam Labransky in the singles. Jordan Thomas took out the Number 4 singles vs Canterbury under 19’s title holder Joe Bruce Blair Tim ms and John Cuttance won the number two doubles, in a 3-set battle. Marlborough then came

up against Canterbury team winning 4 of the 16 games. Joseph won the top singles, doubles and mixed with Brendon Waters and Brenna Downes respectively. Blair also bagged a singles, fighting through an ankle injury to hold on in a 3 set thriller. The team was Joseph Timms, John Cuttance, Jordan Thomas, Blair Timms, Brenna Downes, Claire Heng, Anneka Thwaites, Stephanie Lewis, Zoya Timms, Lisa Belgrave, Brendon Wa t e r s ( P l aye r / C o a c h ) , Andrew Neame Manager. T he t ea m t r avels to Christchurch in July to compete in the South Island Zone Finals.

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The Sun

Wednesday May 30, 2012

Innovation is Ron’s middle name A name that has been appearing regularly in news headlines this year is that of local man Ron Perano, who throughout his life has embedded himself in both local and national history. His latest exploit has seen Ron’s hand built replica whaling boat, the SwiftSure, accepted into the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant which takes place in London on June 3. The Jubilee pageant has been described as being the greatest gathering on the River Thames for three and a half centuries. Ron left New Zealand on Monday accompanied by six Marlborough Boys’ College students who were selected to row in the jubilee flotilla. They are Mitchell Avery, Harrison Somerville, Troy Gilmore, Tom Wilson, Connor Irving and Hayden Beavis. Looking back at Ron’s life, it is easy to see how he exemplifies the Kiwi “number 8 wire” innovation. When Marlborough’s whaling industry came to a close in 1962, Ron who had spent over a dozen years in the industry, decided to take on sheep dipping and spraying. He had a small mobile sheep shower for lice and fly built but realising the insufficient capacity, he designed and built a larger one. That served several years but it took three men to operate so it was back to the drawing

boards. The result was one big single sheep show, 5.5 metres in diameter that folded up to just 2.7 metres wide and needed only two men to function. About the same time Ron built a mobile cattle shower then a larger version that could handle up to 900 cattle in a day. With the advent of pour-on lice and fly treatment Ron adapted to agricultural spraying. The coming of the first grapes to Marlborough brought new challenges and Ron sprayed some land, pre-cultivation for Montana’s first trials. Ron became president of the Chemical Applicator’s Section of the NZ Contractors’ Federation and served 3 years in that role. In the early 1980s he built a 13 metre steel launch to service a newly bought mussel farm. Christened “Giovanni” the vessel was admirable and Ron with friends, circumnavigated the South Island three times! Fiordland was a highlight of each cruise, “remote and magnificent scenery “ and with a surprising early history of European settlement by sealers and even 244 ship wrecked people in 1795! In agricultural spraying, pre-cultivation spraying for vineyards mushroomed while grapes took over cropping land, the spraying of arable crops declined. Then Ron retired and turned to wood turning and his latest projects of boat building.

FILE PHOTO : Ron Perano pictured with his replica whaling boat the SwiftSure.

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