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Service and sacrifice By Celeste Alexander

It has been one year since the Marlborough community was restricted to stand at the end of driveways due to COVID restrictions. However on Sunday it was back to the normal format of crowds gathering

at war memorials across the region to commemorate the country’s national day of remembrance – Anzac Day. As families, veterans and servicemen and women gathered at each of the 10 Anzac services, the first being at Ward on Saturday, it became a time for reflection, remembrance and honouring

those who were killed in war, returned home and who are currently serving. Guest speakers also highlighted this year’s Anzac theme - Service and Sacrifice, with particular focus on the women, past and present, who served. Mayor John Leggett spoke during his address at Blenheim’s Anzac service

on Sunday, of the wives, sisters and mother who nursed the casualties and paid tribute to Edith Rudd (nee Lewis) who not only served in both World War 1 and World War 2, but was also matron of Wairau Hospital for 20 years between the wars. Continued on page 2.

Sam Morris of Marlborough Boys’ College, Jessica Curzon of St Mary’s, William Goldfinch of Richmond View and Jack Shaw of Bohally Intermediate pictured with Vice President of the RSA Marlborough Branch Terry Grant. Terry was Parade Commander again this year for the Blenheim Anzac Day commemoration and the students were chosen to carry wreaths in the parade.

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A day of remembrance Continued from page 1. While honouring the NZ soldiers who displayed “courage and endurance” at Gallipoli, John also spoke of the 500 nurses who were part of the New Zealand Army Nursing Service serving overseas during WWI. “So too we honour the bravery of the women administering to the dreadfully wounded men,” he says. Past president of the Returned and Services Association Marlborough Branch, Chris Bamber followed this up with her address on what she described as the “silent army” of women who served. She mentioned Charlotte Holgate, a widow from Seddon who held the position of District Nurse. In 1914 at the age of 53 Charlotte paid for her own passage to France where she enlisted with the French Flag Nursing Corp, working in hospitals. The relentless work took a toll on Charlotte’s health and she went to England where her health continued to fail and she passed away in 1920. Chris then followed up the Mayor’s mention of Enid Rudd who served in both wars and returned to work as the hospital’s matron from 1921-41. “Edith became well known as ‘momma of the black dressing gown’ as she wore her black silk gown during blackout conditions when tending to patients on-board a NZ hospital ship.” Edith was awarded campaign medals for both of the World Wars, she received the highest military nursing award, the Royal Red Cross First, and later presented with the highest distinction in nursing – the Florence Nightingale Medal.

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Cleghorn heritage honoured By Glenise Dreaver

The Bennett family might come from Auckland, but they have a strong connection to Blenheim – and since their visit last Wednesday, their links have grown even stronger. Tim Bennett is a great great nephew of Blenheim’s iconic doctor George Cleghorn, the man to whom the band rotunda in the forum is dedicated. He and wife Lisa Fullford brought their four sons here to find out more about their family’s heritage. The commitment to community health and wellbeing, for which Dr Cleghorn was so famously known, continues in this generation. All four Bennett boys are members of St John Youth Cadets Meadowbank branch and Preston took out two awards in the recent St John National Youth Festival. He was first equal for Team Communication and took third place for Individual Emergency Trauma. In previous years, his older brothers Brook and William have also had successful placings at the Nationals. And Tim’s wife Lisa Fullford, while having the Dr Cleghorn link through marriage, is also a committed St John member, having served as a volunteer frontline ambulance officer and now as a volunteer in East Auck-

land for St John Youth Cadets. She was also the contingency manager for this year’s northern squad competing at the Nationals and has been heavily involved in fundraising for St John. Last year she received her 15-year Service Medal at a ceremony at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, Auckland. Having come down to Wellington to support Preston at the national awards dinner and ceremony, Lisa said they decided to take the opportunity to find out more about Dr Cleghorn. To do this, they approached Marlborough Museum CEO Steve Austin for help. Steve told them about Dr Cleghorn’s exceptional service to the town and his internationallyrecognised pioneering work in surgery and medicine generally. The superintendent at Wairau Hospital from 1878-1900, where he introduced sterilization of surgical instruments he was, says Steve, “one of the few who understood how infections were transmitted”. “He was therefore able to perform complex abdominal surgery and have patients who survived.” That was, during the nineteenth century, unusual to say the least. As well as taking the family to the memorial rotunda in The Forum, Steve was also able to show the family the illuminated certificate presented to Dr Cleg-


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Roundabout to be raised B l e n h e i m ’s s e c o n d - w o r s t roundabout will be raised next month. The roundabout near Redwoodtown Countdown will be lifted by 80 millimetres – as high as a speed bump – and given a new central island as part of a longawaited upgrade. Four raised crossings were pitched for the roads off the Alabama Rd and Weld St roundabout in 2019 to slow motorists, but residents feared they would be noisy, so the design was re-worked. The roundabout’s current setup allowed motorists to drive into it at higher speeds thanks to its wide line of sight and small island. Construction on the roundabout would run from May 2 to May 28.

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Descendants of Dr George Cleghorn visited Blenheim last week on the trail of a family story that keeps growing by the day. Steve Austin, CEO of the Marlborough Museum, is helping them in their search. From front, is descendant Tim Bennett, with sons, seated, Christopher 12, and William, 16. Standing at back are Preston 15, Steve, Brook 18 and mother Lisa Fullford.

horn as he left the area. It came with the respect and good wishes of a wide variety of sporting clubs, with organisations like the local horticultural society, the A&P Association, the garrison band, and the fire brigade among the 19

groups represented on the framed document. The story isn’t finished yet Steve will be keeping in touch with the family as he tracks other significant gifts donated to Dr Cleghorn.

The cost of upgrading a “high risk” intersection is on track to be under budget. The Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency has revealed the new roundabout at the State Highway 6 and State Highway 62, or Rapaura Rd, turnoff is on track to cost $4.5 million – roughly $500,000 less than it estimated last year. This included property purchases, designs and construction of the roundabout. NZTA senior project manager Andrew Adams said this week that work on the intersection was all but completed. “The only thing left to do is landscape planting in May, when the ground is wetter.” The intersection was considered a risk due to its isolation, high speeds and high number of large vehicles.

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Bus with empty seats facing chop By Chloe Ranford, Local Democracy Reporter

Blenheim could reclaim its title as a one-bus town if plans to can a service attracting just one passenger a day gets the green light. Return bus routes have been trialled in the town’s south-west and south-east suburbs in a bid to give residents more travel options. But low attendance put the brakes on the south-east bus last December, and last week the Marlborough District Council recommended doing the same in the south-west after reports it was limping along with 33 riders a month – or just over one a day. For one of the route’s regulars, retiree Karen Deakin, the change would mean turning to taxis – “not as cheap as catching the bus”. The 60-year-old lived a few hundred metres from the town centre but relied on public transport to close the distance, so she could run errands or meet up with her husband. The bus cost her $2.00. “I always use the bus as much as I can. It would be a shame if it came to an end ... I think people will feel lost without it,” she said. The bus circled south-west Blenheim four times a day – twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon – and passed by 17 stops.

Retiree Karen Deakin says she uses the south-west bus to visit Blenheim which averages just over one passenger a day. Photo by Chloe Ranford

Its driver cheered when Karen flagged down the bus on Tuesday morning. She was the only passenger to board the morning loops. The driver, who worked for Ritchies, but did not want to be named, was not surprised the council had suggested scrapping the route. “It’s a quiet route. I drive it at 40kmh because if I go the speed limit [50kmh], I get back to the start about ten minutes too quick.” He thought the south-west bus had so few passengers because the original ‘Blenheim Bus’, which ran circuits north and south of the town, covered most of the town’s

more popular destinations. “It’s a shame because these services created a bit of extra work for us [bus drivers] after the Covid-19 lockdown, which hit us hard. “Now there might be even less work to share between us.” Figures showed it cost the council about $33.80 a passenger to run the south-west bus last summer, compared to $5.50 a passenger to run the long-standing north and south bus loops. This was estimated to jump to $51.70 a head if councillors agreed to keep Blenheim’s south-west loop for another year. Councillors would decide the

route’s fate on May 13. If the proposal was backed, the bus would run its last loop on May 21. Councillors would also vote on whether to run return buses to Picton and Renwick for two more years, for $74,000, provided Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Association funded half. If approved, the Blenheim to Renwick service would be cut back from two trips each weekday to just trips on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Blenheim to Picton bus would continue to run two return trips on Tuesdays and Thursday during off-peak hours.

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Injured Picton hunter hospitalised after steep fall A hunter was winched to safety with a broken arm and a dislocated shoulder, following a five hour rescue in Waikawa, Picton last week. Police launched a search and rescue on April 21, after reports of a 76-year-old falling down very steep and challenging terrain, approximately 150 metres from the road.  The man’s cries for help were heard by residents in Amelia Crescent and another member of his hunting party, who was some distance away, Marlborough Area Prevention manager Peter Payne says. LandSAR provided footing for St John staff and used ropes to secure them and allow access to the hunter, so he could be assessed and medicated down the steep slope. The hunter was then carried up the steep terrain by the LandSAR team to a clearing where a helicopter was able to winch the hunter out and transport him to Wairau Hospital. The operation took approximately five hours, from the time staff were notified to when the hunter arrived at the hospital. He is very appreciative of the help he received from LandSAR, Peter says. “On the morning of the rescue, the hunter said he was in a hurry and put on his sneakers

instead of his hunting boots, which could have been one of the reasons he slipped. “He had recently bought a locator beacon, but unfortunately a mate was using it at the time. “A distress beacon lets you instantly signal for help and they work almost anywhere in the world. “The beacon shows rescuers your approximate location, taking the ‘search’ out of search and rescue. “The sooner rescuers can help you, the more likely you are to survive,” he says. Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand works 24/7, 365 days of the year responding to all distress beacon activations. The team acts quickly to find out as many details as they can about who set off the distress beacon and promptly send search and rescue teams to assist. For more information on how to stay safe when hunting visit: https://www.police.govt. nz/advice-services/firearms-and-safety/ firearms-safety/hunter-safety Police want to thank all those involved, as this was a fantastic effort by both the LandSAR team and St John staff.

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Wilding pine project wins Supreme Environment Award The Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust, a trail-blazing project to get rid of wilding pines and bring back the bush, has won the Supreme Award at the 2021 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards. The winners, announced at the Marlborough Events Centre on Friday April 23, were: Supreme and Landscape and Habitat Enhancement: Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust – Community action on wilding pine control Business Innovation: Pinoli Premium Pine Nuts – Creating a business adapted to climate change Wine Industry: Lawson’s Dry Hills – Continuous improvement to reduce environmental impact Marine: Marine Farming Association Restoring Pelorus Sound mussel beds Community Innovation: Marlborough Community Gardens – Growing food and connecting people

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Forestry: OneFortyOne Kaituna Sawmill – Cutting back their carbon footprint Farming: Mount Oliver – Transformation of a Marlborough Sounds dairy farm The Awards encourage businesses and community groups to share their experience in looking after the environment, and public field days will be hosted by winners over the next few months. The Council is a principal sponsor and Mayor John Leggett captured the theme for the night when he said “we achieve more for the environment when we work together. More than ever, Council is working closely with industry, Te Tau Ihu iwi, the community, and central government on initiatives to look after our environment”. For further information go to: www.cmea.org.nz

Old habits can be hard to break. The public’s reliance on dumping rubbish in the landfill is going to become an increasingly expensive habit in years to come, as the Government continues to use price hikes to persuade people to dump less and recycle, reduce and repurpose more. The Council’s Assets & Services Committee has approved an across the board rise in landfill gate fees and an increase to the kerbside refuse collection targeted rate, all driven by central government increases in the waste disposal levy and emissions trading scheme. Council’s Solid Waste Manager Alec McNeil said the Government introduced the waste disposal levy in 2008. “The Government’s intention is to gradually increase the levy and encourage reuse and recycling instead of people just dumping their waste. We are seeing the impact of this now,” he said. The emissions trading scheme also impacts on the cost of disposal at landfill. The waste disposal levy is collected

by the Council and transferred to the Government. Marlborough receives just under half the levy back. “It’s important to note that the money raised has to be reinvested in waste infrastructure and service provision to help reduce our reliance on landfill and encourage reduction, recycling and reuse,” said Alec. Changes to what the community pays for waste will be dependent on the type and amount of waste people take to the transfer stations or landfill. • The tonnage rate at landfill will increase by $21.82 per tonne (including GST) for all waste types • The average cost for disposing of general waste at transfer stations or the waste sorting centre will increase by between $1 and $2 per visit • The average cost of kerbside side refuse bags will increase by $0.12 per bag or $6.24 per roll of 52 • The average cost of grass disposal will increase by $2.50 per visit. The new waste fees and charges take effect from 1 July 2021 subject to ratification at the Council meeting on 13 May.

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Autumn is here and the sweeping of kerbs, channels and roads is underway to remove falling leaves. Sweeping footpaths is not part of the regular maintenance work of Marlborough Roads unless there is a safety risk caused by debris. So if you have some time and a broom, please help us in keeping the footpath clear outside your home. Street flooding can be prevented by the simple neighbourly act of removing rubbish or leaves from roadside drains. You can help by checking your drains when heavy rain is forecast. If you’re in a low-lying or flood-prone area, clearing away rubbish or leaves may avert flooding. Removing debris also allows any water build-up to drain away quickly, helping everything to dry out much faster. If you see any blockages in roadside drains or need a hand to clear a drain or footpath, please phone the Council on 03 520 7400.

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Supreme winners with sponsors, from left, Gerald Hope and Edwin Pitts (Marlborough Research Centre), Andrew Macalister, Isabella Lee and Eric Jorgensen (Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust), and Dion Mundy (Plant & Food)


A building suitable for use by a community group has become available. The council is calling for submissions from any interested community group for the leasing of the buildings detailed at Schedule 1. Long Term Plan Submissions are to be submitted directly to Marlborough District Council, attention Nicole Chauval, no later than 10 May 2021. For further leasing information or to arrange viewing of the buildings

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Southern Steel – the real deal Les Thomas of Blenheim has been approached by a friend from the past, Hoghton Hughes, a producer who remembers his glory days as an acclaimed steel guitarist known New Zealand-wide. He has asked Les to lay down 16 tracks for a new country music album. Les tells Sun journalist Glenise Dreaver how this has come about. Eighty-six year-old Les Thomas lives a quiet life in his Cleghorn Street flat. (Almost 86 anyway). That quiet spot is a far cry from the days when this master of the steel guitar travelled the country as backing for virtually all the big names in New Zealand country music – and some from further afield. “Slim Dusty, Howard Morrison, Brendan Dugan, Suzanne Prentice, John Hore (now Grennell) the Quin Tikis, Peter Posa ... The list goes on.” Les didn’t have a promising start as a musician. As a teenager he tried and failed – dismally – to learn to play a wooden guitar, despite making one of his own. “I couldn’t get the chords, my hands in the right place on the frets,” he says. He couldn’t read music either. So discovering the melodic steel guitar, with the steel vibrating on the strings, enabling you to play by ear, was a deal breaker. He tried it, immediately thought “Yes!”. So a self-taught virtuoso, Les always combined his musical career with work as a printer, having started with the now-defunct evening paper the Southland News in Invercargill. He’s played in many bands, and from the first gigs they did were soon sought after for events and dances all round Southland. There were also radio work and later some TV appearances. Les well remembers one early unknown who started with them, none other than country music legend Suzanne Prentice, also from Invercargill. “Susie? She started with us when she was only fourteen. What a voice she had even then!” Les recalls. Meeting the iconic Kiwi guitarist Peter Posa was a life-changer. It was Peter who approached the then-legendary show biz entrepreneur Joe Brown and asked for Les and his

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St Marks building project given huge boost

Chairman of the St Marks Charitable Foundation Charles Murdoch (left) and Paul Hanton CEO St Marks Society stand outside the dilapidated accommodation block that can now be replaced thanks to generous donations.

Generous donations from 50 Marlborough people at a fundraising dinner last Saturday launched a fundraising campaign for the new accommodation block at St Marks Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre. The Blenheim centre is one of only a handful in New Zealand and treats those with drug and alcohol dependencies from around the South Island. The dinner at Harvest Restaurant raised more than $100,000 in pledges towards the $1.2m needed to build the new block, with work expected to get under way this year. “I am blown away by the incredible generosity of our community”, said Charles Murdoch, St Marks Charitable Foundation chairman.

“If the rest of our fundraising is even half as successful as this, we will be very happy.” T he even i ng i ncluded a n eye-opening account from former resident and new Ambassador for St Marks, Ramon Smith, who said its programme had probably saved his life after numerous earlier efforts to control his addiction. Paul Hanton, St Marks manager, outlined how the run-down accommodation block is well past its use-by date and the new building would assist St Marks with its work helping clients turn their lives around. The new accommodation block has been designed to fit on the existing site. Each resident will have their own bedroom, bathroom

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Making music, sharing fun Family and friends of Blenheim’s Upbeat orchestra joined players for a rehearsal and shared meal on Friday, April 17 to mark the end of term. The visitors were encouraged to sit amongst the orchestra members to gain the full experience of being under the conductor’s baton. Upbeat is a community orchestra as well as a training ground for the Marlborough Civic Orchestra and rehearses weekly at St Ninian’s church hall in Redwoodtown. Players range from primary

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Renwick's Anzac service began at 9am with a parade down High Street.

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Geoff Roberts, Chris Roberts, Tim Nicholl and Lynne Nicholl (front) attended their sixth Blenheim Anzac service together. Tim wore his great-great grandfather and great grandfather’s medals, and Lynnne wore her uncle Ray Hesselyn’s medals.

Marlborough Girls’ College students Emma Clark and Abbey Vallender were given Anzac cookies to hand out after the service.

Lance and Charlotte Wood wearing family medals. Lance wore his father, Eric (Timber) Wood’s medals who served in the RNZAF and Charlotte wore her grandfather, Albert (Chub) Chatfield’s medals who served during World War Two’s D-Day Landings with the British Army.

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Autumn garden As the leaves begin to turn, we welcome in the new season of autumn - it’s time to get planting and sorting your outdoor areas!

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Autumn is a great time for planting out gardens and besides the planting of vegetables and flowering plants, you also have a great range of shrubs and trees you can add to your garden.Let’s have a look at the various areas starting with the vegetable garden. Silverbeet is one of my favourite winter plants and you have at least two types that are available, been the original dark green such as ‘Fordhook’ and the newer coloured silverbeet that are called ‘Bright Lights’. The latter is a sweeter silverbeet and if you don’t like the flavour of the dark green you may well like the sweeter taste of the coloured forms. In the home garden just remove the outer leaves and the plant will continue to produce till it goes to seed. Rust should not be a problem through the winter and nether should pests bother the crop so no extra work involved spraying. It is best to buy the seedlings and plant them at this time, as seed raising will take longer to reach harvest time. Broad beans are grown from seed and if you like these iron rich vegetables then plant up a row. Snowpeas are another good winter seed grown crop and are ideal for stir fry. All the brassicas do well during winter and little problems from caterpillars. You can use the Neem Tree Powder to ensure this. For those with bigger vegetable gardens you can also sow seeds or plants of Chinese cabbage, cress, miniature leeks, winter lettuce, mustard, onions, radish, shallots, spinach and turnips. If you place Wallys Unlocking Your Soil under the plants or with the seeds before you cover them, you will speed up the growth of the plants noticeably. Feed with sheep manure pellets later by side dressing the plants. If you want to add more minerals to your food crops

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Conquering loneliness in the community By Glenise Dreaver

Diana Brooks, newly-appointed Eldercare Coordinator at St Christopher’s Anglican church in Redwoodtown, says their ministry is an outreach programme for elderly people in the community “Not necessarily connected to a church,” she adds. Some years ago there were, she says, fewer elderly people isolating themselves, but now there are quite a number, with loneliness having a consequent impact on their physical and mental health. Diana says she moved into this sort of support work after her younger sister in Christchurch was, two years ago, diagnosed with a terminal illness. That saw Diana move down to

support her in the last six months of her life, which was why she found herself nearby at the time of the mosque massacre. “My partner and I were sitting in the Arts Centre café, Bunsen, when we were suddenly put into lockdown.“ They were between “shifts,” with family taking it in turns to sit with her sister, including overnighting. But the hospital also went into lockdown and no one could get in or out. “That was a very traumatic and life-changing experience. We could see mothers clutching their children, the sad faces of the community ….” On top of that was her sister’s grief knowing that at aged 60 she hadn’t yet lived her life to the full

and now never would. “I didn’t want to live like that. I thought ‘You just have to seize the day’.” So when Diana saw the Eldercare position come up, she felt it was a meaningful role that allowed her to use the skills and abilities she’d accumulated over time. Eldercare participants pay $5 and meet at 10am on the fourth Thursday of every month for morning tea and a shared lunch, as well as enjoying listening to interesting speakers, and taking part in fun activities. Diana says her job is being made much easier because of the already-established team of “very willing” volunteers. “I am just so privileged to have this role.”

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When is NZ government going to have the guts to send any immigrants who have done murder, armed robbery, sexual assault etc back to their own country when they have done there time. Never to return. I know this government won’t.

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Wondering why or who would join the air force army or navy to stand outside a WINZ office all day. Thank goodness this writer is not a politician.

Re: Rubbish at Rarangi May not necessarily be caused by locals. Overseas freedom campers are still in this country and have been here pre-covid. If you have a good look at a lot of places around the Sounds you will find them pulled into and camped in pull off areas and down side roads.

Fundraising Are there any kids sports or volunteer groups who might consider fundraising by offering to stack firewood for people for a donation to their not for profit group? Just an idea as winter approaches.

Re: Post shop Whatever happened to the promise of opening a shop at Redwoodtown Village shops. We’ve been waiting for years. There are a lot of pensioners who still rely on the post and live within walking distance to the shopping complex. Please get it sorted.

It’s getting silly Rumour has it Cn Maher not only wants a roundabout at Bells Rd, Middle Renwick and St Leonard’s Road but he’s also looking to make Rapaura Road 50kph. Why? Why not. Sillier changes have already been made.

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Stupid guy on his phone walking across hospital road April 15. Not giving a rats. Are you wanting to be hit by a car? Head buried in your phone, not taking any notice, either that or you were just being ignorant, not sure which.

Half a million dollars for a cycle lane to Westwood to encourage people to cycle there and cycle home laden with groceries and building supplies. The council is clearly bereft of common sense.


Living wage not minimum wage

Posted a card 6 weeks ago to Christchurch, recipient still waiting. Post Office asked for tracking number. For a card!

Huge companies making big profit margins not all of them think about the poor staff on the ground floor working hard making this happen. They need to be paid at least the living wage. NZ is well known for their low pay rates and paying staff minimum wage, shame on you, start looking after your staff.

Re: Tax Really! You need to relax and get off what ever substance you are on and concentrate on supporting your minor party of 24% or get your vaccination quickly and emigrate to where you think it might be better.

Covid app Blenheim residents are very complacent when it comes to scanning the covid app. This was highlighted for me when I sat at the hospital waiting for my ride and every second person was called out for not scanning as they entered. I am happy to live in a country where I feel safe but what happens if we get a positive case in our midst?

No need for agro To the guy with his family all riding across the courtesy crossing. It is exactly that a ‘courtesy crossing’ not a compulsory stop and designed for people walking, not biking. Yelling out that you should chase the guy in the car and give him the bash is so wrong! You are setting such a bad example to your children!

Battys Road Has been re-chipped 3 times in the last year, humps and hollows fixed, once bigger bump onto bridge. Can’t we have a proper road?

Getting crazier What sort of idiot’s have we. Cycle lane Nelson Street encourages cyclists, do they realise this is a highway to the West Coast and Nelson, no parking on Nelson Street, what next. Having a College on a highway just mental. But that is what we have in charge these days, nutters.

Yeah right Looks like our hort labour problems will be solved soon as the thousands of climate change protesting youth will be available since they won’t want to take a plane overseas.

No rush for new eco cars Friends are trying to do an ‘e’ friendly economy run down the country but reaching Blenheim they ran out of hydrogen refuelling stations! They have rescheduled it into 2023 when they are assured they will be able to go right around both coasts. A spoilt holiday in their new super expensive environment saving car. Back to the trusty V8.

Please help The only way we as rate payers can get rid of the curbing along Eltham Road before someone is injured or worse is by numbers. MDC cut out anything written about them each day so please bombard this great newspaper with pleas or whatever. Every vote counts!

When did this happen! Since when has Lansdowne Park carpark been a freedom camping site? And where does a small caravan have a toilet and holding tank? I notice that the site is also a truck stop area!

Wine bottle caps Could someone tell me where I can take steel wine bottle caps for recycling? Thanks

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Yes WE pay for this! 50kph in an unbuilt section of Old Renwick Road! 80kph is still OK past Fairhall Primary, the Woodbourne Air Base and many other built up areas. Speed dropped from 100kph to 50kph in Rose Manor Drive. It never was 100kph. It’s a new subdivision. The inconsistency is astonishing and absurd!

Working at cafes I notice at cafes there is often someone taking up space having coffee while working on their laptop or ipad. Sometimes spending quite some time there. I wonder what cafe owners think of this, using their power, internet and space etc in return for just a coffee?

Re: Traffic lights Yay... A reply to my txt. Sir, you are correct in your statement, but what makes you think that Joe public will use traffic lights as they are meant to be used? Christchurch, and you may not have known this, has one way streets, roundabouts and traffic lights. And, wonder of wonders, they still got clogged. Buy hey, let’s wait and see, who is right, and who may be wrong.

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Marlborough Youth Trust on the road with donation Marlborough youth are being helped to get legally on the road, thanks to a donation by Marlborough Lines. The lines company last month donated to the Marlborough Youth Trust a Nissan Leaf EV car so that youth without access to a car could learn to drive. Marlborough Youth Trust manager Jo Lane said the donation of a car meant the youth trust is more able to help young people into employment. “In Marlborough, many jobs, particularly at entry-level, need a driver’s license. But not all young people have access to a car to do their driver training in. That can be a real barrier to young people getting jobs if they haven’t been able to get a licence.” She said the youth trust was thrilled to receive the car dona-

tion from Marlborough Lines, especially as it is an EV which fits with young people’s environmental concerns and desire to look after the planet’s limited resources. Marlborough Lines chief executive Tim Cosgrove said the lines company is a strong advocate for the MYT and the great work it does to support the youth of Marlborough in a range of positive ways. “We sponsor their Cactus programme and we have also coordinated a youth work experience programme with them, where we give an unemployed youth an opportunity to work for us for six months to gain skills and confidence to seek fulltime employment elsewhere in the future. “The MYT’s work has a strong


alignment with the Youth Education and Employment focus of our sponsorship strategy, and we are committed to doing what we can to ensure young Marlburians have opportunities to succeed.” From that relationship with the youth trust, Tim said, the company was aware that one of the barriers to young people gaining employment was not being able to get their drivers’ license because they don’t have access to a vehicle. “We saw this as a prime opportunity to donate our Nissan Leaf Electrical Vehicle (EV) to the MYT to remove that barrier and also to promote EV technology which will be a significant aspect of the future of transport and the lives of today’s youth. The EV has been gratefully received by the MYT,” Tim says.

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On Saturday morning April 1, the Picton Vet Clinic hosted its first ever Traffic Light Bandana dog walk and fun day, organised by vet Christine Mackenzie. Dog owners were out with their dogs in the sun, enjoying their dog in the company of others, while encouraging communication and control at dog parks, and avoiding accidents and altercations. The four colours of bandanas owners could choose from were green, yellow, orange and red, indicating a dog’s feelings and conditions, the message being always to ask before interacting with any dog.

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Carol Crawford with Doug, her Huntaway Cross wearing his friendly green bandana. Doug was “off the farm” but didn’t make the grade as a sheepdog, so was rehomed.

Doggie day care: Wendy Smith and Mandy Platt minding vet Christine Mackenzie’s Tibetan terrier Holly while Christine co-ordinated the day’s activities.

EVENT: Hospice shop celebrates

Marlborough Hospice Shop volunteers and supporters met last Friday afternoon to celebrate the opening of another extension to their shop in Redwoodtown. They have taken over what used to be a secondhand furniture shop at the end of their block. It is the third extension that has occurred over the years since they opened 15 years ago.

Largest to smallest: 16-month-old Bailey, the Great Dane, was the uncontested leader of the pack in Saturday's line-up. "Because he's still learning manners" said owner Ruth Heron as she selected an orange bandana for him.

No prizes for guessing where this dog’s owner came from.”Bonnie Lassie”, half chihuahua and half chihuahua Griffin cross, was having a day out with Arthur Coutes.

Sky Eathorne and Kellie Clark with Lucy , the German Pointer heading dog, setting off on the guided walk on Saturday morning.

Picton vet Christine Mackenzie with Holly. The well-attended doggie social gathering on Saturday morning was Christine's idea.

Christine Law, manager of the Hospice Marlborough shop in Redwoodtown, enjoys the new space for books, CD's, cards and linen that opening up a new area has given them.

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Library Assistant – Picton (Part time and Weekends) – Fixed term

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Do you enjoy working in a team? Are you energised by people? We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated Library Assistant to join the team at the Picton Library and Service Centre. The Picton Library and Service Centre Waitohi Whare Mātauranga offers both Library and Council functions during week days, but only library services at the weekend. We are looking for someone to assist in providing excellent customer service to our valuable clients .You will have a natural affinity with people from all walks of life and have a warm and friendly manner. You will be well organised with a great attention to detail. You will also be confident using technology. As part of the Picton team you will: • Provide excellent customer service. • Respond to customer enquiries and requests. • Facilitate access and use of Library and Council resources. • Support the acquisition and circulation of library resources. • Support customer use of technology and electronic services. • Help plan and deliver promotions and programmes. It is desirable that you have a familiarity with a library environment and/or relevant experience in frontline customer service. This is a part time role, working two weekdays per week (4 hours each day) and every second weekend (between 9.45 am and 4.00 pm on Saturdays, 12.45 pm and 4.00 pm on Sundays). This is a fixed term role ending on 30 June 2022. We also offer an hourly rate of pay between $22.90 and $23.72, and will vary depending on what skills and experience you have to offer. Applications close at 5.00 pm on 2 May 2021. Applications should be made online via the careers section of Marlborough District Council’s website where you will find full information on the vacancy and how to apply. For further information you are welcome to contact Elisabeth Marrow (Picton Librarian/ Customer Service Supervisor) on elisabeth.marrow@marlborough.govt.nz.

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Death notices Rutherford John Irving: Passed away peacefully on Saturday April 24th 2021 at his home aged 89 years. Cherished husband of Shirley. Loved father and father in law of Jane and Russell, Phillipa, Genevieve and Rob. Loved Grandfather of Tara, Kurt, Trent, Bridget and Jordan. Loved Great Grandfather of Harvey. John will be dearly missed. Messages to 42 Bells Road, R D 2 Blenheim or email robandtheoldcheese@ gmail.com There will be a private family service on Thursday 29 April.

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European football clubs get reality check The rise and swift demise of football’s European Super League this past week was a win for fans rarely seen in the modern era. Twelve top European soccer clubs agreed to create “The Super League,” a European club competition that would be separate to UEFA’s Champions and Europa Leagues. Here are the 12 teams, which include all of the Premier League’s “Big Six” as well as three teams from Spain and three

from Italy. Clubs involved included AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur. The announcement of the breakaway movement early last week saw fans from all 12 clubs flood social media in widespread outrage. Many wrote the clubs had lost their way and had put the prospect

of profits ahead of the fans, many of whom are generational supporters of the teams. The condemnation was so swift by the end of the week, 10 of the 12 teams had pulled out of the plan. Only Real Madrid and Barcelona remained committed to the Super League effectively making the concept dead in the water. In a time where post-match interviews with players and coaches are so mind-numbingly void of

any genuine insight into a team’s performance, this was a huge win for the supporters of these clubs. So often fans are subjected to nothing more than lip service and cliches when it comes to public comments from those within their teams but this outcome proves the opinion of fans still matters. Fan is short for fanatic and while a vocal minority fall in and out of love with individual players and teams from day-to-day, many are

the ones that buy the supporters gear, sit in the stands on freezing cold nights and renew their season passes even when their teams have no chance to win their competitions. It’s clear several owners of these European football clubs only considered the extra cash and not their fan base when they made a greedy decision. People power won the day and that’s bold to see.

Marlborough Football, Mayfield Motorworld Senior Div 2 R1, April 24 Endeavour Park 1: Picton FC vs Call Care Spartans. Result 2-2. A&P 2: Rangers Clubs of Marlborough vs Rangers Masters. Result 8-0. A&P 3: Redwood FC vs Central Privateers. Result 2-1. Athletic Park: Central Wolves vs Bottle-O BV Masters. Result 5-1. A&P2: Central Buccaneers

vs Rangers Development. Result 4-1. A&P 3: Call Care Trojans vs Call Care Hotspurs. Result 4-2. Tasman Trophy Pool A: Wakefield FC 1st XL vs Rangers AFC. Result 2-8. Chatham Cup match: Rangers AFC vs Mapua. Result 6-0. Marlborough’s Rangers AFC has progressed on to the next round.

Pictured after Monday’s Chatham Cup Match are Marlborough’s Rangers AFC (left), Mapua Rangers (right), and Marlborough Football Referee Gary Roberts in the middle with assistant referees Martin Fenwick (left) and Morgan Bruer (right). Photo provided

Picton Golf Club results April 17: Richard Avery 39, Ian Molloy 38, John Saxon 36, Mike Ashworth, Phil Hawke, 35; Mike McGuire 34. April 20, 2nd LGU & Vets: Overall - Lynda White Nett 72. 0 – 18.4 - Jo Prescott 74, Maria McConway 78.  18.5- 24.8 - Jenny Hart 77, 24.9 – 32.9 Ricky Ashworth 74, Margaret Frisken 76, Ellie Gillies 78. 33.0 + Denise

Blenheim Golf Club results Finch 83. April 22: Damian Pollard 42, Ant Booker 38, Jeff Pascoe 36, Ian Molloy, Alan Butland, Ron Jones 35. April 23, 9 Hole: Helen McIsaac 18, Margaret Cosgrove, Eleanor Gillies, 15; Lynette Pawson 14.

Awatere Golf Club results April 21 the women played Stableford Aggregate: 1st Rachael Westenra with 41, Sue Murray 37, Carol Loe 36. April 24, Par Aggregate: Men - 1st Keith Doonan +5, Jordan Judge +4 on countback from Barry Drummond +4 and Lester Gregg +4, Owen Farrell +3,

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