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Blues & Brews Hot By Annabelle Latz The crowd was happy, the weather was hot, and the festive vibe was buzzing, at the weekend’s Blues, Brews and BBQ’s. Down on numbers from last year, about 2000 people attended the twentieth annual event at the Marlborough A&P grounds, to enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting, good food and great music. Jim Schofield, one of the organisers from the Blenheim Round Table, was thrilled with the success of the day. “The crowd was happy, there were no problems, and everyone enjoyed themselves,” he said. Continued page 2

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Blues & Brews hot Continued from page 1 The weather really played a great part, with the mercury hitting 30 degrees. “It was the twentieth one, and we have never had a bad one yet.” There was great participation in the fancy dress, with about a quarter of the attendees showing some flare. “The more the merrier, it all adds a

bit of fun.” The winner of the fancy dress was a group The Minions. The music, including bands ‘Ratbag,’ ‘Jack Derwin,’ and ‘Laura Sonneveldt’ had the crowd dancing all afternoon. “There was a good mix of reggae, covers, and was all very good with lots of people up dancing.” The home brew competition saw

some great flavours. Taking the overall title was Craig Bull, assistant winemaker at Tohu Wines. This year’s event opened up ticket sales for youths under 18 years-old. Jim said not too many of these were sold, with the day still mainly attracting an older crowd. “All in all, the day was well received.”

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Rob Flood crowned NZ champion By Darrell Bate Saloon driver Rob Flood has returned home to Blenheim grinning ear to ear as the NZ saloon champion for the 2012/13 season. Hosted by Central Motor Speedway in Cromwell last weekend, Flood managed to battle his way from a midfield start to claim the podium in one of the longest championship races recorded in New Zealand

speedway. A typical 25 lap feature race should run over about an 8-10 minute period but due to desperate risks taken by some competitors, carnage was high, stopping the race many times over and resulting in a race just short of an hour long. Flood, along with other cars surviving the incidents, feared running out of fuel during the closing minutes but managed to

make it to the end. The 791e Mustang Saloon will now adorn the 1NZ livery for the next year until the crown comes up for grabs at Stratford Speedway. When interviewed soon after the race Rob commented on how the win would not have been possible without the help from his wife Nikki, parents, Tony and Irene, his crew and his sponsors, Radiator Services, Maher & Moseley, Repco Blenheim, Signs

Now and Lovelady Race Cars. Car designer and builder, John Lovelady was excited to hear of Flood’s success after three other cars from his stables claimed event victories on the same evening making it a night to remember. Flood’s title writes him into the history books as the first South Islander to win the championship and the first NZ champion to be based out of Eastern States Speedway.

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Early days for ferry proposal By Chris Tobin Greater public consultation regarding the proposal to relocate the inter-island ferries from Picton to Clifford Bay should be made, says the organiser of a Picton survey but Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman has advised this will happen if the proposal continues. Sarah O’Bryan, the manager of Picton Village Bakkerij, surveyed 27 business owners between December 22 and 27 regarding the Government’s investigation into relocating the interisland ferry terminal to Clifford Bay.

“I do feel everyone’s opinion should be heard with open conultation with the public,” Ms O’Bryan told the Sun on Friday. “This is not happening with the Government.” However, Marlborough Mayor Mr Sowman in a letter to the editor (page 8) clarifying the council’s role in the matter, said the Government was making preliminary studies as to building and operational costs of the Clifford Bay proposal. “They’re not looking at the wider economic impact of such a decision. That won’t happen until, and if, the Government

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ernment will give us opportunity as a community to enter into any debate about this proposal.” The first pubic meeting to discuss the potential impact on Marlborough of a shift to Clifford Bay will be held at Queen Charlotte College hall on Monday evening at 7pm. Ms O’Bryan said it would be a large meeting with people from all sections of the Picton community expected to attend. “I just want an investigation done properly,’ she said. “I don’t have any vested interests. “If it (the proposal) is in the natio



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Pollution investigation Increased pollution in the Taylor River at Riverside, Opawa River at Elizabeth Street Bridge and the Picton Foreshore are being investigated, the Marlborough District Council’s environmment committee will be advised at its meeting tomorrow. A council staff report said genetic source tracking of the bacteria was planned. “This can give an indication whether the bacteria originate from human or animal sources.”

Window winners Blenheim Bookworld and Spy Valley won the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival window display competition. “There were some fantastic window displays and it was so hard to choose the winners,” said Debbie Carter of the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce. The chamber organised the event. The other judges were Emma Morrow of ANZ Bank and Natasha Fox of More FM. Approximately 20 Blenheim retailers and wineries entered the competition. Results were.- First: Bookworld teamed up with Spy Valley (they won six tickets and a case of wine). Second: Mitchells Sports teamed up with Lawsons Dry Hills. Third: Avanti Plus teamed up with Allan Scott Wines.

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Collins celebrate a century By Annabelle Latz The Collins family arrived in Marlborough one hundred years ago, and a recent family gathering in Tua Marina was a great chance to celebrate the occasion. Helen Harris, (nee Collins) said 65 family members gathered at the school for a picnic to remember their family. After six weeks on the boat from England, Harold and Rosie Collins arrived on New Zealand shores on Christmas Eve in 1912. “They went out for dinner and ordered colonial goose, and were surprised when they were served up a bit of mutton!” said Helen.

They bought a farm up the top of the Waikakaho Valley. Their first son Lionel came with them, and they had seven more children once here, and adopted one child too. The farm stayed in the family until the 1980’s. Lionel and his brother Harold, (Helen’s father), employed in the bush felling industry were killed in a workplace accident in 1966, aged 54 and 49 respectively. The Collins Memorial Reserve in Koromiko is named after the family. Ties with the Collins family remained tight, and family memorabilia

Jenny (nee Penney) and John Pierson hold the cassette tapes that Jenny used to use to correspond with her grandmother and grandfather Rosie and Harold Collins when they were still in England.

at the reunion which surfaced many memories. Helen still remembers recording voice messages onto cassette tapes which would be sent to their family in England. “We would gather around the tape recorder and listen to how everybody was,” she said.

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Correction In Friday’s Sun, Michael Heath was said to be the principal of Marlborough Boys’ College. Mr Heath is in fact the deputy principal. The Sun apologises for the error.

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The newest addition to the P&O Cruises fleet, Pacific Pearl, berthed in Picton on Saturday. The top deck features a giant LED Big Screen and an outdoor circus arena where jaw-dropping acrobatics are performed.

Cruise ships key in growing wine sales The growing number of cruise ships visiting the Marlborough region has provided local wineries with an opportunity to increase export sales. Allan Scott Wines founder Allan Scott, says the influx of cruise ship tourists arriving in the area has boosted wine sales and increased traffic through wineries such as his by over 100% per day. Tourists are purchasing significant quantities of wine with many buying more than a case of wine at a time.

Scott says along with the increase in wine sales and in particular, Australian visitor numbers to the winery there are additional international marketing benefits for the industry as a whole. “The wine tours have evolved into an indispensable global marketing tool which brings our target market to our door and allows us to interact with them in a way we could never do in their own country. This ability to directly market to potential consumers has

also been a significant revenue generator for us,” says Scott. Scott says historically, entry into the Australian market has been challenging for Kiwi wineries, despite the geographic proximity and favourable trade terms. He says the Australian market is well serviced with local wine producers and it has a parochial and loyal domestic following. “To sample wines such as ours in Australian supermarkets costs thousands of dollars and cannot be compared to the

immersive vineyard tasting sessions and experiences we can host here where the wine was made and can be enjoyed in it’s natural environment,” he says. “We offer wine and food matching experiences and a full restaurant service. Our aim for the tourists who visit the winery is that they are left feeling as passionate about our wines as we are and become advocates of the brand when they return home to their respective countries,” says Scott.

January proved a sunny month January 2013 was a sunny month in Blenheim with 281.1 sunshine hours recorded. Last year a total of 270.7 hours were recorded. The long-term average for the month is 261 hours. Statistics kept by the Blenheim Meteorological Station at the Grovetown campus of the

Marlborough Research Centre show the first and last weeks of January recorded much higher sunshine hours than the second and thrid weeks of the month. The final six days of January (the 26th to 31st) recorded 82.5 hours sunshine, or a daily average of 13.75 hours.

The highest January total on record is 335.3 hours which was recorded in 1957. The lowest total was 165.2 hours in 1971. More rain fell in January 2013 than in recent years. A total of 59.0mm was recorded.

While it was a normal sunshine month for Blenheim as well as in Auckland, Northland and Wellington, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) has reported it was the sunniest January on record for Christchurch, Cheviot, and Ashburton.

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Jeff Sewell with David Sherratt, the ceremonial officer for Marlborough, Wiltshire.

By Chris Tobin The links between Marlborough and Marlborough in England will come even closer next Thursday (February 14). An oar from the replica whaling boat Swiftsure built by Blenheim man Ron Perano which featured in Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee regatta on the Thames River, London, last year will be presented in a ceremony in the town hall of Marlborough, in England, The small rural town in county Wiltshire is keen to strengthen ties with Marlborough New Zealand and Havelock man Jeff Sewell, with his wife Sandra, has been active in this regard for a number of years. Mr Sewell said he had been contacted by David Sherratt,

the ceremonial officer for the Marlborough Wiltshire mayor, who suggested that an oar from the Swiftsure would be an ideal display item in the Town Hall. From there, Mr Sewell discussed the suggestion with Mr Perano and Marlborough district mayor Alistair Sowman. They thought it was a great idea and late last year the oar was shipped off to England. “It’s arrived and they’re over the moon with it,” Mr Sewell said. The guest of honour at next week’s function will be the New Zealand Deputy High Commissioner in Britain, Rob Taylor. The guest list includes Sir Mark Todd and the New Zealand equestrian team which is based a short distance from Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Mr Sewell said former Blenheim woman Debbie Pepler, now resident in Wiltshire, was playing a part in forging links between the two communities as well. “The sky’s the limit regarding this relationship; it’s just limited by people’s imagination,” he said. On February 16, Edwina Fogg, the Mayor of Marlborough Wiltshire, will formally unveil the oar in the Town Hall. Exhibitions on the town’s links with Marlborough NZ, Gunjur in Gambia, and Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA, will also be on display. Mr Sewell said Marlborough Wiltshire had a population of approximately 9000 with a heavily populated and wealthy hinterland. “There’s the opportunity for us to tap into that wealthy population,” Mr Sewell said.

All the Hills now Kiwis Dad received his New Zealand citizenship two weeks ago and last Friday it was mum’s turn. Judy Hill of Rai Valley received her New Zealand citizenship at a ceremony in the Marlborough District Council chambers. The Hills came to New Zealand

10 years ago and their boys, Lewis, 8, and Fraser, 6, were born in this country. Originally from Eastbourne in south-east England, Mrs Hill said they came to New Zealand for the lifestyle and to raise a family. “I feel excited and honoured,” she

said before receiving her citizenship certificate from Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman. Others to receive their NZ citizenship on Friday were: Kendall Colvey (USA), Vitalie Popa (Romania), Milagros and Mark Makin (Phillipines), Christopher Makin, Dr Jeremy Stevens, Andrea Stevens, Aaron Corkhill and Lloyd Corkill (all Britain).

Danny and Judy Hill with their sons Lewis, left, and Fraser.

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Double standards Dear Ed, Double standards are rife amongst MPs. Take the Labour and the Green parties. These parties now condemn the National government for privatisation of our assets, despite obviously, most Kiwis being against. Wait on!  Were we asked whether we wanted legalised prostitution, smacking i.e sensible disciplining of children, and now, God forbid, legalised homosexual marriage? These moral issues are about the health of society as important, or

more so, than economic issues. But the previous Labour-Green government went ahead. Remember 845,000 New Zealanders petitioned against Fran Wilde’s Homosexual Law Reform Bill, yet were arrogantly ignored by a hundred or so in Parliament. It’s happening again with National’s privatisation.  The only party to stand up against the injustices is NZ First and Winston Peters. As an independent voter I’m looking to 2014 election. Don Coyote

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Dear Ed, I would hope P.M. Key might see the benefits a cruise terminal would bring to Marlborough and offer a bit of financial assistance. Does not have to be flash, just an organised area for bus pick ups, cover, tourist information about Marlborough , coffee shop and that’s about it. Marlborough is in my opinion a hidden gem of NZ, the beautiful Sounds areas, coupled with the wine industry, Havelock, Waikawa and Pelorus Bridge, what a great area.

I love coming back to Blenheim, driving up Waihopai Valley, driving around the Dashwood Pass where I worked on farms as a high school student, driving along the Wairau River where years ago many Sundays were spent watching speed boat racing, and for a couple of years I did a bit of rowing. A drive up to beautiful Lake Rotoiti, the gardens in Seymour Square and Pollard Park. It’s only when you leave and after many years living away one realises what a beautiful place Marlborough, Kaikoura and

the Sounds are. There, now I am home sick. I read the Sun story of the Blenheim family on the Gold Coast during our tropical low. I live beside the Gold Coast airport, and I have lived in North Qld. The winds that weekend were around 130km hr, gives some idea what it is like to live through a category 4 cyclone up North Qld with winds of 200 kms plus. Terrifying is what comes to mind. Kerry Jacques Tugun, Gold Coast.

Hearty congrats to Picton festival Dear Ed, Your letter, ‘Cheap Political shot at Picton organisers’ (Sun January 30) is a little misleading. I was offering hearty congratulations to the organisers of the Picton Maritime Festival for a simply wonderful family event. As usual, Mr Gosling, surprisingly still acting unilaterally on behalf of the Picton Business Group, takes the wrong end of the stick and overreacts as we have come to expect. By comparison to a wonderfully organised festival enjoyed by locals and international cruise ship passengers alike, his failing wee group

of doomsayers’ are perverting the morale of Picton and doing nothing, I repeat nothing, to add vibrancy, excitement, positiveness and enthusiasm to the town. Furthermore, I attended a recent meeting where he did in fact state that people would not come to Picton up a one-way road once the ferries moved.  Offering a correction after the horse has bolted is somewhat shallow but not entirely unexpected. Given there was no agenda for this meeting one cannot possibly expect there to be recorded minutes despite having to record one’s name

and e-mail address. chairmanship? I think not. Leadership, I will allow the community to judge on the basis of visible outputs. Mr Gosling also contradicts himself insofar as stating he is not scoring political points but then goes on to do just that. “I used to be confused, now I’m not sure anymore” pretty much sums up his approach to things.  The community will judge on the outputs. About time we saw some merit in the outputs of the group he chaired.  Happy Festival Attendee #2

Clifford Bay creates confusion Dear Ed, The Government’s investigation of the possibility of moving the interisland port terminal to Clifford Bay is generating some confusion about the Marlborough District Council’s role in this matter. The Minister of Transport has said it’s worth looking into the viability of a ferry terminal at Clifford Bay. Transport officials have been tasked with gathering information to see whether the project will pass its first hurdle; establishing the project’s financial viability. They’re looking at things like the capital cost of the build and the operational cost of Clifford Bay, and the ability of port users to pay. The future need to upgrade the port of Picton should the ferries remain is part of that calculation. They’re not looking at the wider economic

impact of such a decision. That won’t happen until, and if, the Government decides to move to the next stage and seek resource consents. That will be the time when the broader economic and social issues of any such move will be assessed. That’s the point when the Government will give us opportunity as a community to enter into any debate about this proposal. Until then, we can only gather our own resources and ensure we are well prepared to contribute good quality data. Some concern has been expressed about the confidentiality agreement that covers council staff involved in providing information for the ministry’s preliminary report. As is standard practice, a confidentiality agreement governs those supplying information to a financial feasibility report. Council staff deal regularly with commercially

sensitive information and are familiar with confidentiality requirements. This agreement covers any commercially sensitive information provided by the ferry and port operators that may emerge in the course of the ministry’s research. It protects the rights of the private businesses which use the port. But it does not constrain the council from advocating on behalf of the community. Nothing that has been agreed by council will restrict councillors from fulfilling their roles as advocate for the Marlborough community. My priority, should this project go ahead, will be to ensure that there is proper consideration given to all impacts and that an appropriate support package is delivered to Marlborough. Alistair Sowman, Mayor

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Word about the weather Everyone likes to talk about the weather. Annabelle Latz talks to Marlborough Research Centre’s weather expert Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Rob Agnew is a scientist for Plant and Food Research at the Marlborough Research Centre. He said although New Zealand as a country is still very reliant on the agricultural and horticultural sectors, for most of us, the daily weather report is not as life dependant as it used to be. “If we haven’t got something to talk about, we talk about the weather. It means there is never a shortage of things to talk about.” From any spot within New Zealand, we are never more than 120 kilometres from the coast and this means that the weather can change very quickly “The weather can change twice or three times a day, and we always get some sort of coastal influence on the weather.” Rob is a man who is fond of the outdoors when he gets the chance, and although he is surrounded by weather data every day, he is not obsessed with reading weather reports. “I have to confess I don’t very often look at the weather report, my livelihood doesn’t rely on it.” The weather data aspect of Rob’s job for Plant and Food is only twenty percent of what he does, and the rest is grape related research. “But a lot of my research relates to how the climate varies from season to season.” Collecting weather data keeps Rob Agnew busy, and often provides surprises. He said weather patterns constantly change and there is no doubt that Marlborough’s winters are not as cold as they used to be. “It’s quite remarkable how often we break records,” he said. Part of his job involves daily collection and analysis of temperatures, rainfall, sunshine and other data, from the local weather station at the Marlborough Research Centre’s Grovetown Park campus. Weather data has been collected in Blenheim for 83 years. Rob has been a research technician and scientist for 27 years, and has seen massive swings in sunshine hours even in the last couple of years, but overall, summer temperatures in Blenheim have remained a lot more constant than winter temperatures. Blenheim now has much warmer winters than was

the case in the mid 1900s. “Forecasting weather is very difficult, and I’m pleased I don’t do it,” he said. The weather station was moved to Grovetown Park, in 1985, from Parker St in Blenheim. Until the mid 1990’s all data was collected manually. “At 9am each day we would go and record the maximum and minimum temperatures, rainfall, sunshine etc .” Nowadays, everything is computerised. “We still get the daily records that were previously recorded manually. However, with an automated system we also get data every hour.” Every 30 seconds, data is collected, including data like wind speed and this is summarised hourly. “Wind data is very important for insurance companies and the airport,” said Rob. Rob also operates 10 weather stations on vineyards in Marlborough. He said the concept of phenology; the relationship between a biological event and the climate, is a vital concept for the agricultural and horticultural sector. “A godwit migrating from New Zealand to Alaska each year is a phenological event, dictated by the climate, and in the same way the timing of budburst, flowering and harvest of grapes is dictated by the climate.” Rob loves his job of providing a useful link with the weather data he collects. “I enjoy linking climate data with research, and making it useful to the rural industries. I try to provide a link between the resources, environment, and the end user.” The Marlborough Research Centre makes the monthly weather data summaries freely available to the people of Marlborough on their website at Rob Agnew holds a computerised rain gauge, which measures rainfall by its weight, rather than volume.



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Public invited to view new apartments

Naomi Nailer, manager at Springlands Lifestyle Village with three month-old baby Max, and assistant manager Sharon Dibben.

Don’t wait until you are ‘old’ before choosing Springlands Lifestyle Village as your home. says managing director Chris Thornley. A choice of villas, apartments, studios means independent living is easy, with resthome and continuing (hospital) care also available. Chris Thornley, managing director at Springlands Lifestyle Village, which is family owned and operated, said there are residents at the village who travel overseas each year, and own motorhomes and caravans. “You are as independent here as you are in your own home in town,” said Chris. He said the advantage of being at the lifestyle village means help jobs like gardening, mowing lawns, or changing light bulbs are there, if people choose. “Or if you are returning from holiday, give us a ring and we can turn the heating on for you before you get back,” said Chris. Some residents are as young as 65 years-old.

“I want to get rid of this perception of having to be old and doddery to move to the lifestyle village.” A new wing is currently being built, which will mean nine new apartments will be available, in addition to the existing 11. The new apartments, which will be ready to open on March 1 are independent, while the existing apartments are serviced. In addition, six brand new studios also make up the new wing, and are ready now for residents to move into. Self contained villas at the lifestyle village allow for complete independent living. “And someone can look after the place while you are away. There are always new ones being built and coming on the market,” said Chris. There will be an open day this Sunday, February 10. From 11am-3pm, Springlands Lifestyle Village will be open for public viewing of the apartments, villas and studios. Refreshments will also be available.

Resident has no regrets it is so comfortable here

Mrs Nell Moss enjoys a good book in her comfortable unit.

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Nell Moss moved into the Springlands Lifestyle Village one week after she turned 90. Mrs Moss has been in her apartment at Springlands Lifestyle Village for two years. Mrs Moss said she hasn’t regretted it since. “It’s so comfortable here, and I partake in as many activitites as I can,” Mrs Moss said. “The biggest one of the year is our races we have on our scooters, that is a hoot!” She loves going into town once

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a fortnight with others from the Village to shop and have a browse around the stores. Mrs Moss believes the rooms are a lovely size, and said you can either buy your own furniture or bring existing furniture. “There are some lovely ladies who help us, and they bend over backwards to keep us comfortable.” Mrs Moss enjoys meeting others from the village at morning tea, and loves that her best friend lives just across the hall from her room.


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She also has two friends who come to the village to visit her on Tuesday’s, so Mrs Moss always makes a meal for them in her kitchen. “I use the kitchen all the time, and I make my friends things like custard pudding - you have to have dessert!” Mrs Moss said she looked through two to three places, but Springlands Lifestyle Village stood out as the best.

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Wednesday February 6, 2013

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Still independent I really enjoy being here Doug Leigh has been living in an apartment at Springlands Lifestyle Village for almost four years, and enjoys the independence he has as well as the numerous activities available to the residents. When Mr Leigh celebrated his 80th birthday last month, the village catered for all thirty-seven guests, and they had a wonderful time. Mr Leigh has even started his own group called Rummyo, which he believes has become popular among the residents. “One of the advantages is that you can talk to any of the management and they’ll listen to you,” Mr Leigh said. Mr Leigh made the decision to move to the village, and he said his family have been delighted ever since. “I’ve had one or two falls and it’s easy to press the button and help comes quickly.” Mr Leigh said that because the facility is a lifestyle village, the choice to do what you would like remains yours. “You’re still very independent, and it’s what you make of it.” Mr Leigh loves the happy hours held once a month, in which those attending take a plate of food for a general get-together.

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Mr Leigh celebrated his 80th birthday last month

Mr Leigh had a look at a few places, but was impressed with Springlands Lifestyle Village. “I have a lovely view, I get the sun, and I really enjoy being here.” Enjoy entertaining guests in an open, spacious kitchen with a modern design.

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Wednesday February 6, 2013

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Sarah Wheldale, Marlborough Campus Manager outside the Budge St Campus.

By Emily Elliott The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology is in full swing preparing for the upcoming learning year, as courses begin to fill up quickly. According to the operations manager for the Marlborough campus, Sarah Wheldale, the viticulture course is near capacity and the carpentry courses are tracking along nicely. Sarah said it was not too late to enrol for some courses. The viticulture and carpentry courses start

next week, and most other courses are starting sometime between the end of February and the middle of March. The semester begins with a Powhiri for new students on February 26, which Sarah believes is a good opportunity for new students to meet. Sarah said many people are investigating their options this year, wanting to balance both work and study as opposed to enrolling in full-time study. Summer school is currently running at


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NMIT and Sarah said that the campus has been flat out preparing for the programme and course orientations. “The Student Association will be putting on things for international students, such as taking them to Picton and Kaikoura. “Fish and chips on the beach - it’s a great opportunity to meet people and see the country,” said Sarah. There are ten international students starting the viticulture courses, compared to two students last year.

Marlborough Girls’ College was busy with their year 9 orientation last week. All students are back at school this week.

Back to School at MGC By Emily Elliott Marlborough Girls’ College is back to school this week with a starting roll of 1063 students, of which 210 are new Year 9 students. The Year 9 students started last week, and have been working their way through various activities with the help of an orientation booklet. According to MGC principal, Karen Stewart, the Year 9s started the academic year by spending two days with their form teacher.

“They met key staff, logged on to the computers, and did team building activities with their form class.” The new students wrote a letter about themselves and what they hope to achieve in their time at Marlborough Girls’ College. “It’s a comprehensive programme that they do,” said Ms Stewart. The Year 9’s have also been doing orientation tours around the school.

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“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” - John Dewey

Igniting a passion in art By Larissa McMillan Jamie Mackman has always been creative. So it isn’t surprising that after finishing high school, Jamie jumped at the chance to feed her creative needs by studying at The Learning Connexion. In 2009, a ‘Painting From Life’ class ignited a fire in Jamie to paint the human figure. Jamie began to use oil paint as her medium, finding it a powerful way to produce flesh and skin tones. Jamie challenges perspective and perceptions with her art; cleverly combining animal parts in her life paintings. A viewer will often find a fox head painted onto a human figure, with all sorts of wild and wonderful creative details. The Learning Connexion’s on-site environment guaranteed that Jamie and

other students had the chance to discover their passions and their personal goals. The dynamic variety of people teaching and studying was part of Jamie’s fantastic experience. Jamie’s ultimate dream is that she can make a living from her art. She knows that it’s ambitious, but it’s something she’s extremely excited about and ready to work hard at to achieve. “What I’ve learnt is that there is so much I can do. At TLC things I thought I’d never be able to do I’ve achieved. It’s been an eye opening experience.” Study on-site or from home. To request a prospectus and find out more about The Learning Connexion contact 0800 278 769 or We are taking new enrolments now.

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ABC children enjoy train outing The children of ABC Springlands enjoyed an excursion out into the community on January 28 and had a great time. They experienced a ride on the Riverside Railway train to Brayshaw Park where they enjoyed a picnic lunch and a walk around the park learning about Marlborough history.

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Kiwi Seed Kiwi Seed Co. (Marlb) Ltd is a Marlborough owned grain and seed company that focuses on the needs of the region. Since beginning in 1989, Kiwi Seed has expanded to have a retail store that stocks a diverse range of stock and pet food requirements. Bruce and Diane Clark have been running Kiwi Seed on Old Renwick Road for twenty-four years, and it is open to everyone - not just the farming community. Their focus is on quality, and they pay careful attention to customer service. Retail Manager, Tim Abrahams, said the company goes out of their way for customers.

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Wednesday February 6, 2013

another beer at The Paddy  Dick Nardella (centre back) serves ll and Sly Dog. Driffi s Barry stand. From left; Tricky, Chri

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 Ella Brasell and Cory Timmermans dress up for Blues and Brews.

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 Alicia Zanders with little Lucy Zanders, Tracey McHaffie and dad Keith Zanders at back.

 Blenheim Round Table committee members Phil Hughes, Pip and Jim Schofield and Trevor Harris.

Blues Brews & BBQ’s More than 2000 people enjoyed this year’s festival held on Saturday.

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 RIGHT: Michelle Murray, Rick White, Arthur Devine and Darryl Murray enjoying Blues Brews & BBQ’s.

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Book Sale Rock and Mineral Club. Brayshaw Park. Wed 6th Feb 9am - 4pm, Sat 9th Feb 1pm - 4 pm, Sun 10th Feb 9am - 4pm.

Family/Whanau or information/advocacy/support for families living with mental illness/addictions please contact– Supporting Families in Mental Wellbeing - Cheryl or Lyn on 577 5491 or visit us at 4 Scott Street.

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Hospice Shop Redwoodtown Donations of lemons wanted please. Volunteers wanted please. Phone 579 4686

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: 579 5304 or call at Level 2, Aorere House, 54 Scott St.

Peoples Sunday Market Noel Leeming Carpark. Jams, chutneys, fruit, crafts, F/R eggs, olive oil, books, bric a brac, giftwear, jewellery, plants. STALL SITES $5. Phone 578 7918

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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.

WHITE, Helen Sloan (Nell) nee Aitken: Peacefully in her sleep, at Hospice Marlborough on February 2, 2013. In her 88th year. Loved wife of the late Cliff, loved mother and mother-in-law of Alison (deceased) and George Wallis (Cambridge), Linda (deceased) and Les White (Cambridge), and Margaret and the late John Coyle (Blenheim). Much loved Grandma of Scott, Glenn, Matthew, Emma, Carol, Barbara, Jen and Blair, and a Great Grandma to 14. A special thanks to the staff at Aberleigh Rest Home for their loving care of Nell for the last 15 months. Messages to 35 Cleghorn Street Blenheim 7201. 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. At the family’s request, a private service will be held in Pollard Park, amongst the flowers she loved. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 5784719

CHAPMAN, Naomi Joan: On Saturday February 2, 2013 peacefully, at Wairau Hospital. Aged 91 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Arthur, a loved aunt and friend. A funeral service for Naomi will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets Blenheim at 11am Tuesday February 5, followed by interment at Fairhall Services Cemetery. GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 5784719


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CANTWELL JOINERY AND WINDOW CENTRE LTD Aluminium Fabricator Required for our factory The person we require must have experience in all aluminium joinery. This is a senior position and the person we require must be a tidy worker and be able to handle the day to day running our factory. Computer experience would be of an advantage.

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Valentine’s Day 2012

Playcentre holds open day

Thursday 14th February

Valentine’s Day Special

Luke loved playing on the obstacle course at Playcentre.

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It was Kate’s last day at Playcentre on Wednesday. She loved her last day!

Blenheim Playcentre held an open day on Wednesday 30 January which was a success. Many people attended the morning, and the Playcentre celebrated three graduations on the day. Blenheim Playcentre offers children half-day weekday sessions of mixed age groups, allowing siblings to attend together, as well as a variety of selfselected play activites.

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Blenheim Denture Studio is the only practice in Marlborough to offer patients the benefits of an APT injection moulded denture. APT is a system that provides high quality dentures that are the most natural looking and closest fitting prosthetics available. Using state of the art technology to replicate the appearance and function of natural teeth APT dentures exceed internationally accepted benchmarks previously set for dentures. Due to the exact fit and strength of an APT denture, problems like multiple adjustments and cracking are virtually eliminated. You get a denture that fits and lasts fantastically. The teeth used are the best available on the market. Their distinctively natural appearance surpasses anything previously available in dentures. They contain multiple blended layers of dentin and enamel to create a natural, lifelike effect never seen before. This blending of layers guarantees enduring colour stability and long-lasting wear. It also produces a shading effect that is indistinguishable from natural teeth. APT dentures are made from the highest quality

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March Muddy fun run for Havelock Mud glorious mud… get ready Marlborough as Sport Tasman brings the region’s muddiest fun run to Havelock this summer. The Muddy Buddy, a family and team orientated ‘mudified’ adventure run will take place in the ooze of Havelock’s Kaituna River estuary on Sunday, March 24.

Sport Tasman, with support from Marlborough District Council, is staging the event and hopes that the people of Marlborough will dare to take up the challenge of the Muddy Buddy. A similar event of the same name has been running successfully in Nelson for the past three years

and attracted over 1000 kids and adults slipping and sliding their way across a kilometre of prime Mariri mud last year. Sport Tasman’s event manager, Rita Merriman, is expecting at least 200 people to enter the inaugural Marlborough event and hopes that numbers will steadily


Cycling silver again It was silvers for Blenheim cyclists Callum Saunders and Quinn Karwowski at the recent Australian Youth Festival in Sydney and it was silver again at the New Zealand under 19 cycling championships in Invercargill at the weekend. The pair won silver with fellow Tasman representative Cameron Ford, of Nelson, in the 750m team sprint final behind Auckland. Karwowski lost out to Auckland’s Chad Elliston in the ride-off for the bronze medal in the sprint event which was won by Auckland’s Zac Williams from Jeremy Presbury (Southland).

Ali ‘close to death’ Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is close to death, his brother says. Rahman Ali fears the 71-year-old former heavyweight champion, who has Parkinson’s disease, is in terminal decline, British newspaper The Sun reported. “My brother can’t speak - he doesn’t recognise me. He’s in a bad way. He’s very sick,” Rahman Ali said. “It could be months, it could be days. I don’t know if he’ll last the summer. He’s in God’s hands. We hope he gently passes away.”

Kenya’s brave run in Wellington at the weekend was no flash in the pan and New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens says fans should get used to the changing face of world sevens. Never before have New Zealand fans seen their side pushed so hard in pool play during its home leg of the IRB World Series tournament. The Kiwis were beaten by England and bustled by the United States in pool play, then dumped out by losing finalists Kenya 19-14 in the semifinals.

Daredevil Jesse Former Black Cap Jesse Ryder has been picked up for $US260,000 ($NZ307,000) by the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL player auction. Ryder, who had a base price of $US100,000 ($NZ118,000), was the 13th player to be picked up in the auction. He has not played for New Zealand for almost 12 months but has been in blistering form for Wellington in all forms of the game so far this season.

Stunning Upset Italy produced a stunning all-round performance to shock France 23-18 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday and blast the Six Nations rugby championship wide open. More usually contenders for the competition’s wooden spoon, Italy proved their victory over the French two seasons ago was no fluke as they defended well and took their chances against the 2011 World Cup runners-up.

Teams of 2 to 20+ can enter the Muddy Buddy to complete one or several laps of a deliciously muddy course. Shoes are compulsory and fancy dress is encouraged. For further information contact: Rita Merriman, Sport Tasman, ph: 03 923 2311 or 029 770 3158.

Women love ocean swimming


Sevens changing

grow in future years. “The Havelock community is very excited about this event coming to town and the support from organizations such as the Ports of Marlborough, fire brigade, DOC and Vision 20/20 has been brilliant in helping us get this event off the ground” say Merriman.

Yasmin Gee (left) and Jodie Lovell both received medals at the State Ocean Swim in Wellington.

Story and photo by Annabelle Latz There is nothing calm about an open water swimming race. Goggles get ripped off or knocked, limbs are flung about and arms fly at neighbouring competitors. None of this is enough to put Yasmin Gee or Jodie Lovell off their favourite sport. Yasmin took silver medal in her 35-39 year-old age group, at the 3.3km State Ocean Swim in Wellington, part of the national swim series. It took her just 54 minutes to navigate the course, which she shared with 1200 other swimmers. “It is a fight, people hit each other. I love it, it was choppy and some people say it was rough, but I like that stuff.” Yasmin regularly swim trains at Stadium 2000, but said nothing beats ocean swimming, which she started doing 10 years ago when she lived in Cairns, Northern Queensland. “I love that head clearing feeling of the refreshing salt water. You know you have done a work out but you don’t feel like you have.” Yasmin has booked in a swim across the Cook Strait in the sum-

mer of 2014/15. “It’s still a wee way away,” she said, which will be a very different kind of race, as it will be just herself in the water. Yasmin will compete in two more of the six ocean swim series; in Akaroa this month, and Mt Maunganui in March. Jodie took bronze medal in the 30-34 age group at Wellington, swimming just a few seconds faster than Yasmin. She was fourth overall last year in the State series, and plans to swim in Akaroa this month too. “I love the feeling of the water, and wearing my wetsuit. I love swimming in any sort of capacity,” she said. Jodie swam competitively as a teenager, and now swims with the masters, alongside Yasmin. Jodie has been open water swimming for five years. “You just have to focus on what you want to achieve, and navigate so you don’t go off course and end up swimming for miles!” Both women thoroughly enjoy their swimming sessions with the masters, who swim on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Stadium 2000 and do open water swims in the summer.

Karate expert is now a teacher Story and photo by Annabelle Latz Strength of the mind is far more important than physical strength for karate. Brian Benseman is one of Marlborough’s Seido Karate experts, and recently received his fourth degree black belt and the title of Sensei (teacher). There are 10 degrees of black belt in Seido Karate. He is modest about this achievement, but his new acquisition is solid proof he is very good at what he does. Nursing a calf injury could not even stop Brian from achieving his goal of earning his latest black belt. “There is a 99% drop out before people get their black belt,” said the 49 year-old at BB Signs. Brian said his near 30 years’ involvement in the martial art has created self confidence and all-round fitness, which he has passed onto his many pupils, and allowed him to meet lots of positive people. “We try and build a ‘non-quit’ attitude, because attitude beats almost anything,” he said. This attitude got Brian through his very first day of karate, which he remembers with less fondness. “I was terrified!” “You have to put in one hundred percent, you can’t turn up and put in ten percent, it just doesn’t happen.” Like father like son: Brian Benseman has recently Brian started his karate career with Jun earned his fourth degree black belt for Seido Kara- Shihan Andrew Scott (sixth dan), who taught te, and his son Jack, 13, is following in his footsteps. him until a couple of years ago.

One of his karate partners he started with was Kyoshi Eric Hughes (fifth dan). Brian said he has been very lucky to have such great leadership. Karate is an art that is never completely mastered. “It doesn’t matter how good you get, there is always someone better. The two biggest hidings I have ever received were from 60 year-olds, and I was about 25 years-old!” “As long as you are giving that one hundred percent, you will keep getting better.” Brian hopes he can continue to pass his own skills on, and encourage the younger generation to continue with karate. This year a Junior competition will be held in Blenheim, which last happened 10 years ago. Brian’s 13 year-old son Jack has his green belt, and has been doing karate for four years. Discipline means Jack practices hard, and loves what he does. “It’s helped me a lot to gain confidence and strength,” said Jack. Jack said watching other with more karate experience is a great way to learn. “And I enjoy helping the young kids too.” He said it won’t be long until he will have a chance against his dad. “The way he’s growing, it won’t be long at all,” said Brian. For anyone wishing to try Seido Karate, beginners classes are held on Tuesdays from 6.00pm till 7.00pm at the Senior Citizen’s Hall in High St in Blenheim.


The Sun

Wednesday February 6, 2013

Old radios ... and Trevor Jane By Bruce Whiteside It is only a photograph of a sea of old radios and a young man at heart but it invokes memories. It is also a call to invite the youngsters of today to talk to men who were yesterday’s boys, who tinkled with crystals and bakelite knobs and forged the way to the communications we take for granted now. For those of us old enough the Philip’s, the Mullard’s, the Bell’s were the last thing in modern radio. Many you see, there behind Trevor Jane (Sun, February 1) were cast in bakelite but one immediately caught my eye ...and memories came flooding back. It is hardly identifiable and only Trevor can attest as to whether my memory at 79 has stood the test of time. In the upper left hand corner is a wooden cabinet. The photo may have been cropped but the fretwork grill leads me to believe that this 5 valve radio with three knobs; tuning, short wave switch and volume. The radio was I believe a Radion ...with the name Rugby written on the bottom of the escutcheon. The pointer, pivoted at the centre, spread across the dial had broadcast on the top and shortwave

on the bottom. I still recall that the metre bands were little red segments. It was on this radio in 1948 that this fourteen year old with ear glued to the speaker straining to hear commentary through static as Don Bradman made 173 not out in his penultimate test. Like I say ...memories. It took me many years to establish why my parents christened me Bruce Rugby. As I mentioned above the radio was called a Radion ‘Rugby’; and I grew up believing I had been named after the family radio. Trevor mentions the radiograms of the 1950’s. There were two that stood out above the others; the Philips Festival I think they called it and the doyen of them all the Ultimate Concert Grand. The former was a very attractive unit with two distinct veneers, where the front opened up and slid back into the unit. The Concert Grand veneer was American Streaky Walnut that when opened up revealed a ten record automatic changer by Garrard and an 11 valve push pull output, five band radio that drove a 12inch Goodman speaker. Way back in 1952 I brought this unit to the horror of my Mum and Dad. It cost One hundred and ninety five pounds and my Mother lamented the fact it could have

brought a piano. Sixty years on I still have it as pride of place in my lounge. And this is where I upset the purists, those who like to retain the original. Today it has undergone modifications ...sporting a Thorens 124 HD, record player, a CD/DVD player and a Sony Audio Theatre.

Bruce Whiteside.

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