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By Damian George Yealands Estate yesterday welcomed the addition of eight brand new hybrid vehicles to its company fleet, further enhancing its position as one of the country’s most eco-friendly wineries. The vehicles, which give off significantly lower carbon emissions than regular cars, takes Yealands’ hybrid fleet to eleven, with the company having already employed three of the vehicles. “I wouldn’t have thought of anything but [buying hybrid vehicles],” Yealand’s Estate owner Peter Yealands says. “It’s part of our ethos, if you like.” The 2011 Toyota Hybrid Cam-

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rys travel approximately 100 kilometres per six litres of petrol, and release 30 percent less carbon into the air than non-hybrid vehicles. Mr Yealands says he anticipates the vehicles will each travel approximately 80,000 kilometres per year. “This is basically to complement our New Zealand sales team as it gets bigger,” he says. “We’re looking to extend that in the next couple of months. These cars are the best cars they could be using. They’re probably one of the more comfortable, they’re roomy and they’ve got good storage space.” Continued Page 3.

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“One of our better events” By Damian George Forrest Estate Graperide organiser Pete Halligan says he could not be happier with the success of this year’s event, held on the weekend. A capacity field of 2500 cyclists from all around the world made their way around the 101-kilometre track on Friday and Saturday, with the mutual respect shown by motorists and cyclists a standout feature. “It’s probably one of our better events that we’ve run,” he says. “It’s not very often the police ring to say how pleased they were with the event and that they were very happy with the majority of the cyclists.” Mr Halligan says the riders had taken a lot of safety information on board and the behaviour overall was “exemplary”. He paid tribute to the consideration shown by motorists around Marlborough, who did their best to accommodate the large number of riders. “I’m appreciative that it can be a challenge on the road trying to manouevre around the other cyclists on the road. They [the motorists] showed a lot of patience and I thank them for that.” The weather also played its part, turning on a fine day after a chilly night and morning to make perfect conditions for racing, and recovery. Mr Halligan described it as a “signature” of the event, alongside the huge number of volunteers who give their time to help organise and run the event. “The volunteers are the champions of the event. I want to thank those champions - the people in the back rooms and all those who supported it and made the event what it was. “I also want to make a special mention to Pru Jensen from the NZ Cancer Society, who comes down every year and does a fantastic job.”

GRAPE SUCCESS: Michelle Morris and Pauline Robbins toast to a successful 2011 Grape Ride after completing the 42km leg on a penny farthing and old vintage bicycle. More photos on page 22. Photo by Celeste Lodewyk.

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Vigilance needed Ministry of Fisheries says anglers complacent By Damian George A Minister of Fisheries officer says carelessness is to blame for more than a quarter of fishing boats being caught with oversized fish on Marlborough waters during the weekend. New fishing regulations accompanied the re-opening of the Marlborough Sounds blue cod fishery on Friday, after it had been closed since October 2008 due to fears of dwindling cod numbers. Minister of Fisheries Blenheim field office team leader Liz Murray told The Sun on Monday fishers had struggled to adapt to the new 30 to 35-centimetre size limit. “I’m just disappointed with the carelessness,” she says. “I don’t think, on the most part, it was deliberate; people have got

the other rules right, they just need to work on that one now.” She says of the 100 boats stopped in the Queen Charlotte and Pelorus Sounds, about half had caught blue cod, with 30 percent of those breaching the size restrictions. The majority of offenders had come unstuck due to measuring the length of the fish on stickers on the sides of their boats, rather than on a flat surface, she says. “On the whole, people just need to be a lot more watchful. It’s something new to everyone. “Ideally, people will have a ‘V shape’ measurer which you can lay the fish in between to measure it accurately and also not harm the fish.” Recreational angler Mike Stoneley, who formed a committee with fellow fishers strongly

opposing the new restrictions, says he had no trouble catching his quota of two fish on Friday morning. Mr Stoneley says he did not think either the imposed ban or the current regulations were necessary, as there were still plenty of fish for everyone. “I was out from 10am until just after midday,” he says. “After catching about six fish, half of them were within the range. But I might have just been on a lucky spot, mightn’t I? “The real test will be over the next eight months to see whether, if I go out again, I can pick up the fish as easily.” He says the committee is pleased Minister of Fisheries Phil Heatley has agreed to review the rules in 12 months time, which is what they had wanted.

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From Page 1. In addition to the hybrid vehicles, Yealand’s Estate currently uses biodiesel fuel for all of its diesel vehicles, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Its efforts were recognised in November last year when it was named winner of the global “Best of Wine Tourism Award”, for sustainable wine tourism practices, by the Great Wine Capitals Global

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All smiles: New Zealand MasterChef Brett McGregor was at Blenheim PaperPlus on Friday for the nationwide release of his book Taste of a Traveller.

By Damian George New Zealand’s first MasterChef Brett McGregor says he is eager to spend more time cooking in Marlborough in the future. McGregor, originally from Taranaki, was in Blenheim on Friday for the national release of his book Taste of a Traveller, marking nearly 12 months since he won the televised NZ MasterChef competition in April last year. He currently owns a bach in Kaikoura, and has previously spent time cooking in Marlborough, per-

forming demonstrations at a fundraising event for the Life Education Trust last year and the Havelock Mussel Festival in March. “I’d love to come back here and do some more stuff - there’s no doubt. It’s a fantastic part of the country,” he says. “There’s a Rugby World Cup festival later in the year that hopefully I can be involved in, and I would really like to come down and maybe do some more demonstrations, cooking at vineyards, matching wine with food.”

He also had high praise for cuisine here in Marlborough, citing the region’s wine and the “sensational” mussels at the Havelock Mussel festival as standouts. “I like the artisan products here too. I think what Chris [local chef Chris Fortune] has done at the markets is fantastic and I hope that grows ten-fold.” McGregor took his book signing tour to Wellington on Sunday, and will continue to visit centres through the country in coming weeks.

By Damian George Marlborough Boys’ College students were treated to some words of wisdom from former New Zealand boxing champion Billy Graham during a commemorative assembly at the school on Thursday. Graham, winner of four New Zealand light welterweight titles, was one of the first 50 members to sign up to the Gold and Blue sponsors club which will contribute funding to the Marlborough College Charitable Foundation. The foundation was set up in 2010, with the aim of developing addidtional funding streams to assist the college in being competitive with the best schools in the country. Now a motivational speaker, Graham offered some words of advice to the students before speaking at the trust’s ‘First 50’ celebration at the school later in the evening. Self-described as “undereducated” and “under-qualified”, Graham told students how he struggled at school but did not let it deter him and was never afraid to ask for help. “By the time I was 16, I was

Motivational speaker Billy Graham spoke to Marlborough Boys’ College students at an assembly on Thursday.

boxing for New Zealand, fighting guys who were 25 and 26, and beating them,” he says. “We do what we have to do to get as good as we can be. “It’s a very simple message: don’t tell me you can’t do it; tell me you can.” Born in Wellington, Graham now runs the Naenae Boxing Academy, and has performed many speaking engagements. As one of the Gold and Blue sponsors, he has committed to donating $100 a month to the trust for a period of three years to help with the development of education in Marlborough.

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Making a mighty impression By Damian George More than 1000 Marlburians have signed up with electricity provider Tiny Mighty Power since its Blenheim store opened last year, the company’s general manager Toby Warren says. “We’ve been very pleased at the positive response from the people of Blenheim and are exceeding the targets we set when we launched in November, 2010,” he says. “People appreciate that Tiny Mighty Power has provided them with an alternative.” The niche company, a subsidiary of electricity generator and retailer Mighty River Power, was developed specifically to increase competition in smaller centres. It promised the people of Marlborough cheaper power bills when it launched here, and has so far delivered on that, Mr Warren says. “We are definitely saving peo- Tiny Mighty Power has received a positive response from Marlburians since its ple money. We wouldn’t have Blenheim office opened in November last year. achieved the results we have if He says there are a number of reasons Mr Warren says the company was we weren’t. “We don’t believe we will be the cheap- why locals have joined Tiny Mighty forced to bump up local prices by one est option for all customers all of the Power, such as the fact they see it as a percent recently as a result of increases by local electricity supplier Marlborough time. From time to time, we expect that more personable electricity provider. “They like that we have a local office Lines. However, it does not have any there will be other retailers who may be cheaper than us. Tiny Mighty Power is they can visit and speak with a real person other plans to change its rates at the face to face.” current time. really all about giving people choice.”

AA PetrolWatch spokesperson Mark Stockdale says the 27-cent increase in diesel fuel prices at most New Zealand petrol stations in March is hard to explain. The retail price of diesel rose to $1.70 per litre in most centres during the month, while, during the same period, the price of 91-octane rose 16 cents to $2.19 a litre, equalling the record set in July 2008. Mr Stockdale says while a drop in the value of the New Zealand dollar saw a retail price increase in late March, the rise in diesel pump prices is “difficult to justify”.

“The AA calculates that the imported cost of diesel has risen about 20 cents per litre since late February. With the exchange rate recovering, there is now room to drop diesel prices further than the three cent per litre reduction on April 1,” he says. Mr Stockdale says the higher fuel prices overall reflect the 14 percent increase in oil prices in late February, from US$104 to US$117 a barrel. “In New Zealand dollars, this equated to a 16 cent per litre rise in the imported cost of petrol, or an eight percent increase in the retail price.”

On a roll “Marlborough’s Chamber of Commerce is on a roll” says Chamber President Steve Riley. Since he took over the reigns, membership has grown by nearly thirty percent and the Chamber has been busy acting as a watchdog on Council activities and a leader in establishing community special interest groups. Among these are the CBD group which recently attracted 35 to a meeting to discuss the future of the town centre. An exporter’s group is in the planning stages which will help exporters exchange ideas on maximising their efforts. The suggested Wynen Street

development for “Farmers” by the MDC also came under scrutiny. “We do not support Council getting involved in property development” says Mr Riley. “ If developers back off a project, one has to be suspicious of the project’s long term viability” he says. He talks highly of the new Executive Board which now contains a wide selection of business experience all of which is available to members. The appointment of a general manager has also helped the chamber communicate with members. They have recently appointed two people to recruit additional members to augment chamber funds.

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Wineries welcome overseas workers By Damian George With the 2011 vintage in full swing throughout Marlborough, wineries have again welcomed the services of wine enthusiats from around the world keen to expand their industry knowledge. Indevin Winery chief winemaker Rhyan Wardman says the company, which helps to produce wine of various varieties for 24 Marlborough clients, has been impressed with the calibre of overseas workers this year. “We’re finding we’re geting some really good, experienced people; wine-engaged people,” he says. Among them are Englishman Mark Dyer and Frenchman Guillaume Toupnot, both 26, who are working on Indevin’s relatively new continuous flotation tank. The tank, introduced last year, enables Indevin to process grapes and have them ready for innoculation within six to 12 hours, as opposed to the usual period of around 72 hours. Mark has already spent two years in New Zealand, working at Indevin, and Nelson’s Paddington’s Winery, and has returned to further enhance his experience. “I really like New Zealand, especially Nelson and Marlborough,” he says. “It’s a great place to live.”

Learning the ropes: Englishman Mark Dyer [left] and Frenchman Guillaume Toupnot take a break from work at Indevin Winery on Friday. Both are here for the current vintage.

Guillaume completed his masters degree in oenology in France in June last year, and is in New Zealand for the first time. “My parents own a company in France which provides goods for wineries, so I

plan to spend a year travelling the world before going back to work there.” Rhyan says Indevin have been harvesting since March 20, and should be wrapped up before April 25.

Lovers of good food and fine wines will have the opportunity to indulge their passion while helping others less fortunate than themselves when Accent Restaurant hosts a charity dinner next week. With support from Sacred Hill Winery and The River Queen, on April 14 Accent Restaurant will be offering 40 people the opportunity to enjoy a four course dinner with wine for only $65 per person. All profits will be donated to John’s Kitchen, which runs a daily koha café and provides a weekly two course dinner for needy families in Blenheim. Accent co-owners Merv Smith and Helen Lyon say John’s Kitchen is a Blenheim initiative which is meeting a real local need. “We’re strong supporters of the work

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Nelson Marlborough medical officer of health Dr Jill Sherwood announced on Friday the closure of areas in the Marlborough Sounds for shellfish gathering will continue indefinitely. Dr Sherwood last week advised people not to take or eat shellfish from Queen Charlotte Sound, Tory Channel and Port Underwood because of two toxins that have caused shellfish poisoning. Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) has affected all of inner Queen Charlotte Sound, including Tory Channel, while Port Underwood remains closed for shellfish gathering because of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP). “Further testing of shellfish in Queen Charlotte Sound, Tory Channel and Port Underwood has shown increased levels of the toxins,” Dr Sherwood said on Friday. “It is not known how long the toxic blooms will remain as some are gone in a week whilst others can stay in the area for much longer periods.” Dr Sherwood asked that people in the Sounds pass on to friends and neighbours the advice not to take or eat shellfish in these areas. She reinforced that cooking affected shellfish does not remove any toxins, and are still unsafe to eat. People should not eat kina, mussels, pipi, tuatua, oysters or cockles harvested from affected areas since March 14. This includes all of inner Queen Charlotte Sound from a line drawn between Cape Jackson, across to Cape Koamaru, Tory Channel out to East Head and West Head, and all of Port Underwood. The toxic blooms were not a danger to swimmers in the areas, she says. For more information, contact the Blenheim On Call Health Protection Officer on (03) 520 9999 Blenheim. People who become ill after eating shellfish should seek medical attention.

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Colourful jewellery is making a comeback. Already this year we have noticed the desire for stunning coloured stones, including sapphire, emerald, aquamarine, smoky quartz enhanced with diamonds, and the glorious Tanzanite, a spectacular blue enriched with a fine hint of purple, the colour is extraordinary! A discerning customer had rather fallen in love with Tanzanite. Tempted to buy a stone while overseas last year she preferred the security of purchasing with guaranteed provenance; of having the ability to discuss her design with our goldsmith; ensure the materials used and the workmanship was excellent and value for money.

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Phone book not impressive Dear Ed, Yes, not so impressed. Couldn’t agree more about the phone book cover for 2011. Seems this is one time you can read a book by its cover. I have often thought a scenic photograph of Marlborough would

be stunning on the cover. At the same time, I have always enjoyed the artwork on past covers. Photography is also an artform and I know we have many excellent photographers in Marlborough. Aileen Douglas

Broken promise Dear Ed, National at the 2008 election promised to rein in bureaucracy but numbers tell the story. Back in 2000, just after Labour was elected to office, the government employed 29,055 public servants. By the time of the 2008 election, there were 43,569 public servants employed.

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Mayor’s response Response to GH Jeffries’ letter, from mayor Alistair Sowman: I note the town design issues raised by GH Jeffries (March 30) and wonder whether he/she is aware of the current Marlborough Growth and Development Strategy for Blenheim which addresses the very matters he raises. This is the most substantial town planning project Blenheim has seen for many decades and aims to address the points made by GH Jeffries, and many more besides. I wonder whether GH Jeffries has seen the public consultation document or attended any of the public meetings to contribute opinions and insights. I’d be happy to provide a copy of the Strategy if GH Jeffries cares to contact me. That document, which has been well publicised in our local newspapers, gives us a blueprint for redesign and improvement. After widespread public consultation, the Council has approved it and will phase in its ideas as funding allows. Unfortunately for us Blenheim was not built by wealthy dynasties like, for example, Dunedin, so we lack the stately buildings and grand design of such places. This town’s origins are those of a small market village which has grown somewhat haphazardly, as the local economy has allowed. However, the current Council, like its predecessor, will I hope have the fortitude, ability and vision identified by GH Jeffries as necessary to bring change to a town where change and new ideas are so often met with a hail of criticism. Alistair Sowman, Mayor

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One last delivery Local courier driver Rob Turner has delivered his last parcel. The dedicated employee left NZ Couriers on Friday after nearly twenty years of delivering goods and parcels to the people of Marlborough, to set up life in Brisbane. Rob was well-known in

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Business sense Chateau Marlborough owner Brent Marshall talks to Damian George about his business ventures in Marlborough and the South Island. When Brent Marshall bought the munity projects since the kids were at Chateau Marlborough on Blenheim’s Springlands School,” he says. “While I’m involved in business High Street back in 2005, it was a 30-bedroom, motel-style accommoda- in Marlborough, it’s important to be tion complex. Now, six years later, the involved in the community as well, to four star plus Chateau Marlborough give something back.” Walking the talk, Brent spent 12 is Blenheim’s only four star accommodation provider, complete with years on the Springlands School fitness centre, conference facilities, board of trustees, was president of boardroom meeting spaces, and Central JAB rugby, and is currently on the fundraising committee for the award-winning restaurant. But his part in the hotel’s develop- much-debated civic theatre project, ment is not the only contribution Brent a development he sees as “a really has made to Blenheim since moving positive step for Marlborough, both here from Christchurch in 1993. Far economically and culturally”. Chateau Marlborough recently won from it. After spending 17 years in the the Hotel Club award for “best brekpolice force - predominantly in Wel- kie to wake up to”, which he says is a credit to his chefs and lington, where he worked restaurant staff. It is as a homicide detective on some “high-profile” “It’s important to this attitude which perhaps best sums cases - Brent shifted here be involved in up Brent’s managefollowing the purchase ment philospohy: of the land opposite the the community “employing really former Fresh Choice, on good people and emwhich he built Ashwood as well, to give powering them to Park Retirement Village. make the decisions It is a project which something commensurate with Brent lists among his their positions. I’m proudest, as it brought back.” not a great believer “the latest design in elderly care at the time” to Blenheim. in micro management.” The next stage in Brent’s planning is “Prior to that, the standard of the industry was an old villa with an annex to extend the chateau’s existing Quench restaurant, before putting his feet up out the back,” he recalls. Ashwood Park was sold in 1999, as and letting someone else take over. “My wife Sharyn and I are fast apBrent embarked on purchasing various other commercial properties around proaching the empty nest stage with our children. Like most parents, we the South Island. With four children, Ryan (21), Mat- want to see off the children to their thew (20), Lauren (17) and Georgia respective careers, and then to enjoy (14), Brent is probably as well known what Marlborough has to offer in my around the community as he is in retirement years. “And travel, which I don’t get a lot of business circles. “I chose to become involved in com- time to do at the moment.”


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Bold colours predicted Guthrie Bowron owner Katrina Legg is predicting a bright and bold future for 2011 home renovations. Blues, vibrant oranges, shades of reds and greens promise to be hot colours while combining textures has also become popular,” she says. “More and more people are creating more than one feature wall in a room and using very bold colours in doing so. “Some of our 2011 wallpaper designs feature two or more textures together, great when you want to add impact to a

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Energywise funding All New Zealanders with houses built before 2000 are eligible for the government’s Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart funding. This programme provides grants for installing insulation and efficient clean heating to keep a home warmer, drier and healthier, and research shows it makes a noticeable difference. You can get up to 33%, up to $1300, off the cost of insulation and once your home is insulated properly, you may be able to qualify for $500 funding towards a clean, efficient heater. To encourage even more people to accept the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart offer, EECA is running a new ENERGYWISE™ competition that will see 30 homeowners

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Interior trends for 2011 Are you considering renovating your existing home or thinking about a stylish new interior for that newly built house or office? Whatever your project, here are some hot tips to help you design your way to a fresh new living and work space that is up-to-theminute and suited to your lifestyle. This is what local Interior Design and Colour Consultant Conny van der Geest had to say. 1) Patterns, textures and colours which work well together.

Vinyl transfers as wall art are very popular this year.

In 2011, a precious metal colour does create instant opulence, just add metallics. Strong colour will surprise and it freshens up lustrous tones. Monochrome and tone on tone decor can look striking but subtlety is the key. If vibrant colour is more your style select tones with similar values in the colour spectrum, even Moroccan yellows are back, alongside neutral colours such as black, white or grey. It’s not always about trends though. Choose colours which you are drawn to as this can create your own sense of style. 2) Combine eras and freshen up existing furniture.

Update classic pieces with modern fabrics and finishes, sometimes adding a vibrant hue will do this. It’s amazing how old pieces can look stunning in a modern home when they have been complemented with a funky piece of fabric. Give tired wooden furniture a lift by having certain pieces lacquered in a colour with a gloss.

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A house looks welcoming and inviting at night with the lights on. Indoors, the artificial lighting is of central importance in establishing a mood. A carefully planned scheme can add richness to an interior with contrast and points of interest while having a stimulating or a calming effect. Flexibility is needed with the light to match our changing moods. Lamps provide this in an easy manner. You can introduce lamps into your home easily and move them when desired. Remembering that lamps provide an overall non-directional light, have fun with lamps by choosing beautiful shapes and colours. Even fabric lamps are very big this year. 4) Indoor plants add to the tranquillity of a home.

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In most situations a room evolves, growing with our possessions over a period of time. The room must have character, personality and individuality and this usually takes time to develop. With glass wear sometimes the simplest of details can create the most impact. Pieces that draw on the power of linear graphics give a cool retro look. Glass wear also works very well with natural or artificial light sitting behind it. Vinyl transfers as wall art are very popular this year; you can have so much fun selecting the one which is right for your home and family. Choose the right colour and apply to one of your internal walls.

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Kitchen design advice Each new year brings with it new trends when it comes to designing your perfect kitchen. TH Barnes & Co Ltd Joinery manager Ivor Link discusses some of the new kitchen innovations and designs made popular by current trends. “There are three main categories in kitchen renovation. Renovation to retain the integrity of the existing house, kitchen upgrades and architecturally designed kitchens to match the style of the home. Some clients want a dated look to compliment the historic nature of their home, where as others simply want to upgrade their existing kitchen to adhere to a tight budget and help add value of their home. But for those who are building or redesigning their whole home, the kitchen is made to match the flow and style of the Kitchen designs should compliment your home’s decor. home as conveyed by their architect. In many up-market houses, the kitchen becoming increasingly popular, as is the use of soft is now a feature of the living area, so matching it to the design of the home is important. closing cupboard doors. Other popular features include bi-fold cupboard If you were to design your kitchen to follow current colour trends, there is the risk that in three years doors to minimize space, Lazy-Susan corner time that style will outdate and will limit the resale cupboards and waste disposal systems. value of your home. Whereas if you chose a more tasteful design and co-ordinate the colours with the rest of the home, the kitchen will compliment the rest of the house. Requests for the look of “no door handles” are

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Shoplifting a concern Tuesday, March 29 Three men were arrested on shoplifting charges in Blenheim within the space of 90 minutes, two of which were caught stealing from The Warehouse. The first, a 17-year-old male student, was arrested at 10.50am after taking a pair of jeans from the department store. He was followed by a 19-year-old musician at 12.20pm, who stole a pair of socks. In the meantime, an 18-year-old male student was arrested for stealing chocolates from Countdown.

Wednesday, March 30 At 12.30pm, a 32-year-old unemployed man was arrested for assaulting a woman following an historic domestic incident. At 3.10pm, a 35-year-old male labourer was arrested for driving while suspended, and for having an outstanding warrant to arrest. At 9.15pm, a 49-year-old male vineyard worker was arrested for breaching his bail conditions.

Thursday, March 31 A wild pig was killed instantly after being hit by a car on SH63 near Bankhouse Station at 4.50am. Police say the driver, a 29-year-old man, was unharmed but his vehicle sustained moderate damage.

At 9.40am, a 29-year-old man was arrested on a warrant to arrest. At 6.45pm, a 21-year-old man was arrested for possession of cannabis.

Friday, April 1 At 11am, a 24-year-old unemployed man was arrested on a warrant for his arrest. At 1.45pm, a 23-yearold male logger was arrested for breaching his bail conditions. At 7.45pm, a 16-year-old unemployed man was arrested for stealing clothing from The Warehouse. At 8.30pm, a 45-year-old unemployed man was arrested on a warrant for his arrest. At 11pm, a 19-year-old unemployed man was arrested on the same charge. Just before m idn ight, a 19-year-old male factory worker was arrested for breaching his bail conditions.

Saturday, April 2 At 12.50am, a 25-year-old male gib stopper was arrested for breaching his bail conditions. Five minutes later, a 23-year-old unemployed man was arrested on the same charge. At 2.15am, a 23-year-old female barista was arrested for obstructing police after an incident at McDonalds, Blenheim. Shortly after, a 30-year-old male diesel

Argument may have caused crash mechanic was arrested for wilful damage after he allegedly damaged a motor vehicle on Main Street, Blenheim At the same time, a 19-year-old female student was arrested for breaching her bail conditions. At 2.40am, an 18-year-old male vineyard worker was arrested for disorderly behaviour after an incident on Market Street, Blenheim. Fifteen minutes later, a 16-year-old male student and a 20-year-old male pest controller were arrested for trespassing after they were found on a building in Market Street, Blenheim. At 4.20am, a 30-year-old unemployed man was arrested for contravening a protection Order.

Sunday, April 3 Just after midnight, a 28-year-old unemployed male was arrested for disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence and resisting arrest after an incident on Market Street, Blenheim, and a 30-year-old male engineer was arrested for obstructing police. At 2.05am, a 17-year-old unemployed man was arrested for disorderly behaviour. An hour later, a 22-year-old unemployed woman was arrested for breaching her bail conditions. At 5.25pm, a 42-year-old unemployed woman was arrested for stealing alcohol from Countdown. At 11.30pm, a 17-year-old unemployed man was arrested for breaching his bail conditions.

Police say an argument between the driver and passenger of a vehicle may have been the cause of it crashing on Maxwell Road last Tuesday night. The 1996 Holden Commodore crashed into a brick fence at 10.30pm, with the 28-year-old female passenger taken to Wairau Hospital with minor injuries and shock. Police say alcohol was present in both the driver, a 61-year-old man, and the passenger. The driver is due to appear in Blenheim District Court on April 11.

Three car collision A 50-year-old woman has received an infringement notice from police after causing a three-car collision on SH1 near the Opawa Bridge on Tuesday. Police say the woman failed to stop for a queue of traffic that had slowed down to enter the bridge, just before midday. No injuries were reported and the cars involved suffered only minor damage.

Careless driving charge considered A 39-year-old woman escaped unharmed after the car she was driving crashed through a warratah fence and ended up in a paddock on Wednesday morning. The incident occurred in Waihopai Valley near Summerlands Road at 7am. Police say the woman had failed to take a sharp bend, and a careless driving charge was being considered. The car and fence sustained minor damage.

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Happy New Year! The Songkran Festival (Thai New Year 2011) is nearly upon us and to mark this widely celebrated occasion, Bamboo Garden Restaurant will be hosting three nights of Thai inspired dining. In keeping with traditions, the Thai New Year menu will be available Wednesday, April 13 through to Friday, April 15. The purpose of the Thai New Year is to bring joy and happiness to people, and what better way to do this than to enjoy a delicious three-course menu. The menu has modern and traditional Thai dishes. The restaurant’s five specialty chefs have been working hard to create this exclusive menu and say their Thai New Year dining experience is one not to be missed. “Please join us in celebrating the Thai New Year and enjoy this specialty menu.” In addition to their celebrations, Bamboo Garden will also be donating half of all sales from their Thai New Year Menu to Red Cross in Japan to support those affected by the country’s recent disaster. Bookings are essential so be in quick.

2011 THAI NEW YEAR MENU Pre-Dinner Drinks • Singha Beer or Boe’s Lemongrass Gimlet Cocktail Starters • Prawn & Coriander Wontons with Spicy Pineapple Sauce • Pork Spare Ribs & Daikon Radish in clear soup with rice crackers Mains • Stir Fried Groper & Crab Pad Pong Curry • Som Tam Fresh Mango & Chicken Salad w/ Cashew Nuts • Garlic & Honey Glazed Meat Balls with Sticky Rice • Sizzling Savoury Fresh Seafood Pancakes • Asian Stir Fried Greens with Mung Beans and Tofu • Thai Steamed Jasmine Rice Dessert • Coconut Creme Brulee with Tapioca Pearls • Tea or Coffee

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SUTHERLAND/WARREN: Chloe and Joel are proud to announce the arrival of their first baby girl Saphire Dawn Warren, born on 24th March at 7.01am weighing 7lb 2oz. A big thanks to Carole Thompson, Helen Crampton, and for all the support from family and friends. Photo provided.

Gould-Cole:Donna and Jason welcomed their second son, Ron William (10lb 2oz) into the world on 16th March 2011 at Wairau Hospital. A brother for Arthur. Special thanks to the staff at Ward One. Mum and baby well.

Angela Orchard (pictured with son Chase Clarke) of Spring Creek was the winner of our “In Love with Moko” book giveaway competition. Angela submitted a short story about her beloved pet, Boof who was a retired pig dog and much loved member of the family. KENNETT: Catherine and Darrell are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their second girl Ava (8lb 10oz) on March 24, 2011 at 5:46pm at Wairau Hospital. A sister for Zach, Caitlin and Georgia. Special thanks to Carol, Shona and all the Ward One staff. Mum and baby are doing well.

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Boof was a retired pig dog given to me by my father Terry. He was a Mastiff Labrador cross. At Christmas 2008 my partner and I were on holiday and we left Boof at dad’s place in Linkwater. Dad forgot to put the latch down on the kennel stay one night and Boof seized his chance to escape. Dad spent days and days walking the hills to try and find him, he even heard him one day bailing a pig but still couldn’t find him. When we got back from holiday we began searching too, we door knocked around the area, put ads in the paper and over the radio. I thought I had lost my beloved pet. But six months later someone spotted Boof dashing through the rugby grounds at Spring Creek and recognised him. We think he was excited because he was heading home. His enthusiasm got the better of him and he was hit by a vehicle on the road nearby. Luckily he survived. To this day we don’t know who was looking after him for those six months, but we know they did because Boof was fat. I was so happy to see him again as was he. I’ll never forget it, he was lying on the ground and I just hugged him. He started shaking and then his tail wagged. It was very emotional. About a year later I decided to have him put down because he was quite old and I was pregnant at the time, so I knew once bubs arrived I wouldn’t have much time for him. It was the hardest decision I had ever had to make, but I knew it was the right one. I still think about him every day.

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Abolition of gift duty:

How this affects trusts In November 2010, the Government stated they intend to abolish gift duty effective from October 1, 2011. Gifting your assets is set to become easier with the abolition of gift duty. At present, gift duty is imposed on all gifts with a total value exceeding $27,000 in any 12 month period. Gift duty was established in 1885 to protect the estate duty base (through discouraging individuals from gifting away their assets prior to death) and to raise revenue. Estate duty was abolished in 1992; however, gift duty was preserved to guard against people taking advantage of social assistance regimes and provide protection to creditors. The abolition of gift duty will allow individuals to make gifts of any value in any one year without attracting gift duty. This will eliminate the need for lengthy gifting programmes.

With this in mind, now is a good time to revisit the setting up of a family trust and understand the role a trust has in an individual’s asset and estate plan.

What is a trust? A trust exists when one person (a “trustee”) holds and owns property for the benefit of another person (a “beneficiary”). A family trust is a trust set up to benefit members of your family.

Creating a trust There are three parties involved in the formation of a trust:

The Settlor In this explanation we will assume that the settlor is you. If you have formed a trust, you are said to have “settled” it. This is a technical way of saying that you have passed assets over to the trust.

The Trustees These are the people that you appoint to own the assets legally but who must look after them for the beneficiaries. They decide what particular assets the trust will own and who will benefit under the trust. The way they do that is normally written in the trust deed. Often, the trustees are the settlor and a professional (lawyer, accountant or trustee corporation).

The Beneficiaries These are the people who really “own” the assets of the trust even though their names are not on the title. They will receive distributions of either income or capital from the trust. In a typical New Zealand family trust, the beneficiaries are the settlor’s children, grandchildren, other family members or charities. Under New Zealand law, the settlor may also be a beneficiary. Again,

The impact of cancer

Bequest and help others

Cancer, in all its many forms, touches most New Zealanders at some time in their lives…

A bequest or legacy is a sum of money, items of property or possessions left in your will to another person, group, organisation or charity. One great example of the benefits of a bequest is the Marlborough SPCA. Last year the volunteer run organisation received a much needed donation from the late Jim and Kay Ingram in the form of a bequest. Jim and Kay were enthusiastic members of the Marlborough SPCA and often helped to collect donations during appeal weeks. The money went toward the completion of the centre’s Ingram Animal Care Unit, a dedicated facility to house sick and injured animals in need of care. Leaving something in your will is not only a way of being remembered for your humanity, it is also a way to help families, animals, volunteers and organisations.

One of the main risks for cancer which we cannot change is getting older, and with Marlborough having an ageing population, our services locally are needed now more than ever. As we do not receive any funding from Government, the Cancer Society relies entirely on donations, sponsorship and bequests from people who recognize the value and importance of what we do. This allows us to carryout our mission statement of”minimizing the incidence and impact of cancer in our community”. Cancer Society staff interact with people everyday in many different ways. We assist people with cancer, and their families/ whanau and friends, to deal with the impact oftheir illness. We offer personal and family support, practical help and general information about cancers and treatment. Health Promotion and Early Detection programmes are an important part of the work of the Cancer Society. Smoking cessation services are available,along with Sunsmart and Livesmart campaigns, which aim to reduce the incidence of some of the more common cancers. We are very proud to say that all money donated in Marlboroughis used for the Marlborough region, to support our community. There are many different ways in which people are able to give to the Society, including making a gift in your Will. This is a way to leave a life changing legacy to ensure the Cancer Society is able to continue helping those affected by cancer in the future. For more information on how you can support the Cancer Society in Marlborough, please contact Hilary Gill 579 4379 or

A no t h e r g r e a t ex a m ple here in Blenheim is Hospice Marlborough. The Hospice provides palliative care for people with terminal illness within the Marlborough district. It enables them to achieve the best possible quality of life during the final stages of their illness. This care is provided to patients within hospice inpatient units, hospital hospice wards or in the person’s home and is provided at no cost to patients and families. By remembering Hospice Marlborough in your Will, through a bequest you can help Hospice Marlborough to continue this vital community service.

TOWNSHEND SEATON LimiTED We welcome any new or existing clients wishing to review their wills, make new ones, or organise a Trust. Ph: BM 578 8122 78 Seymour Street, Blenheim Email: Free onsite parking

Use your Will power to help others Hospice Marlborough provides specialist care for people with terminal illness in the Marlborough District, support is also given to family and friends. All of this care is provided at no cost to patients and families. By remembering Hospice Marlborough in your Will, through a bequest you can help local people receive the best possible palliative care. For more information contact your Lawyer, or Hospice Marlborough.

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all this will be set out in the trust deed. A trust is one way we can people can plan their affairs. There are other ways include relationship property agreements, wills, companies and/or transferring ownership of your property into equal shares. One of these options may be more suitable than a trust and if you wish to find out more, contact one of your local law firms.

CHANGING LIVES ... By bequeathing to the Cancer Society in your Will

Many people are surprised to learn the Cancer Society receives no Government funding. It is only through donations and bequests and the ongoing support of New Zealanders we can maintain and expand our research, education and support programmes. A gift in your Will or via your Family Trust, no matter how small or large helps us to secure our future so that we can continue to minimise the impact of cancer on our community. Cancer Society Marlborough The Forum, Market St Phone: 579 4379 Email:

The Marlborough Branch of RNZSPCA is a non profit organization and has been operating in the Marlborough area since 1948 and continues to serve the community today. The RSPCA receives no government funding and relies on local fundraising, donations and bequests. If you wish to assist us with our work and would dearly love to provide lasting care for the abandoned, abused or orphaned pets of Marlborough, it is important to communicate your testamentary plans in your will, as it is absolutely crucial to ensure that your wishes are known to your family and respected, so that your legacy continues to benefit the local community. Any Bequests/Donations stay within the Marlborough District. For further information Contact The Secretary, SPCA, Box 115, Renwick or phone the Centre Manager on 03 572 9156.

Is your Will current? If your will was written more than five years ago, it may be out of date. You should revise your will whenever you have a significant change in your life, such as: Marriage Divorce Change of financial circumstances

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2011 Forrest Estate Grape Ride

Luke Wieblitz are all nders and Christchurch’s Sau lum Cal y bo al Loc  the ride. smiles after completing

 Blenheim’s rising talent, Brodie Catterick and Quinn Karwowski competed in the men’s Speed Bunnies leg.

 Friends Joy Crump and Paul Murphy completed the 42km leg together.

Peter Ray Homes ‘Ladies Night’

er and Angela Rutland.  Liz Valk, Wendy Webst

 Kylie McGarva (Callaghan and Martella) and Jody Radcliffe (Carpet Court).

nston and  Lesley Bri art. ew St et Margar

 Simone Hill and Wend y Sadd.

St Ninians celebrates over 90’s

 Grace Willoughby, St Ninian’s eldest parishner pictured with Ruth Cederman.

Clements.  Florence

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death notices

community notices SEE PAGE 26 for Community Notices.

community services Marlborough After hours GP Services: at Wairau Hospital campus, after 6pm. (excluding Redwoodtown Doctors patients see below) Reception 520 6377. Office 520 9980. Ambulance: Urgent 111. Non urgent 579 4870. Redwoodtown Doctors: 9amn o o n S atur d ay m or n i n g. Redwoodtown Doctors' patients requiring A/H consultations please phone 578 0470. After Hours Chemists: Springlands Pharmacy 9am-6pm 7 days Ph 578 2271. Diabetes NZ Marlborough: 577 5549, Office hrs Tues,Wed,Thurs 9am-3pm. Lifeline Marlborough: 577 8668, 24hr helpline. Marlb Women's Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre: Crisis line, phone Wairau Hospital (520 9999) and ask for Women's Refuge contact numbers. Overeaters Anonymous: Red Cross Rooms, 33 Redwood Street. Every Tuesday at 7.30pm. Victim Support: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846) Alcoholics Anonymous: Rose 577 7651, Harvey 578 8125 Al-Anon: Help for families & friends of alcoholics. Ph Margaret 578 4690 or Ross 578 5896. Alzheimers Society Marlb: 57 7 6172 , 8 W i t h er R d, Mon,Wed,Fri 9am-4pm / Tue,

Thurs 9.30-3pm. Hospital Visiting Hours Wairau Hospital: Daily 11.30am7.30pm, children under 12 may visit parents only. Maternity Ward: 10am-Noon, 4pm-7pm. Children's Ward: Daily 10am8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward. M a r l b F a m i l y B u d g et in g 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. Seddon Health Clinic Monday 10am-1pm; Wednesday 3pm-7pm; Friday 10am-1pm. After hours: Marlborough GP Services: Reception: 520 6377. Office: 520 9980. For an appointment phone 578 1665 or Seddon Plunket Rms 575 7194 during clinic hours.



TIMINGS, Imelda Josephine: On April 2, 2011, peacefully, at Wairau Hospital Blenheim (was at Nazareth House, Christchurch, until the earthquake, then Springlands Lifestyle Village, Blenheim). Aged 86 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Jim, much loved mother and mother-in-law of Gerard, Bernard and Bev, Michael and Deb, Mary, Tess, Angela and Carl Pereira, and Claire and Peter Arnold, and the late Paul. Doting Nana Imelda of Paul, Matthew, Julia, and Alice; Luke, Kate, and William; and David, Rachel, and Jonathan. Rest in Peace. Messages to 14A Aylmer Street, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024. No flowers by request please but donations to Nazareth House Christchurch would be appreciated and may be left at the service. The family GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719 wish to thank the staff of Nazareth House, Springlands Lifestyle Village and the High Dependency Unit, Wairau Hospital, for the McCORKINDALE, Eva Doris: On April 4, 2011, peacefully, at care and support given to Imelda. her home with her family, in Havelock. Aged 94 years. Dearly loved GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719 wife of the late Wilf (Mac), much loved mother and mother-in-law of Loraine and Graeme Barsanti, loving Grandma of Miriam and Stefan WALLACE, Rita Mary: On March 31, 2011, peacefully at Messam, and Leonard and Veronica. Messages to 2 Nicholson “The Wood” Retirement Village, Nelson. In her 92nd year. Street Havelock. A graveside service for Eva will be held at Fairhall Loved wife of the late Bill, loved mother and mother-in-law Cemetery at 11am on Thursday April 7. of Lyn and the late David Rankin (Nelson), Yvonne Jowsey GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719 (Hamilton), Raewyn and Ross McCutcheon (Timaru), and Glenda and Alan Nicholson (Piopio). Loved Nana of her 11 SMITH, Kevin Edward: Passed away at home on April 4, 2011, grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Rest In Peace. surrounded by his family and friends. In his 68th year. Beloved partner “A dear Mum, and friend to many”. Heartfelt thanks to the of Mary, dearly loved father of Glen, Tracey, and the late Carl, loved staff at The Wood for their loving care of Rita, she’ll miss father-in-law of Leanne, Leanne, and Jeff (Australia), dearly loved you all. No flowers by request. “Friendship is more beautiful grandfather of Sarah, Jacob, Joshua, Luke, Jacinta, and Caitlin; than a bouquet of flowers”. dearly loved stepfather of Jacqueline, Jeroen de Bruizn (Holland), GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719 Sueann and Shane Jones, Penelope and Grant Wareham, Rebecca and Hayden Dreaver (all of Kaikoura), adored step-grandfather of GENTRY, Ronald Douglas (Ron): On Wednesday March Thomas, Amy, Natasha, Michael and Hamish. Loved brother of Myra 30, 2011, at Wairau Hospital. Aged 77 years. Loved brother and Sam Bell (Runanga), and Pauline and Bruce Ramsay (Auckland). of Pat Bublitz and the late Peter, special friend of Lynne. By Messages to the Smith family, 119A Redwood Street, Blenheim request, a private service for Ron has been held. 7201. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Marlborough would be GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719 appreciated and may be made at the service or sent to PO Box 411, Blenheim 7240. A heartfelt thanks to Hospice Marlborough for their IVAMY, Charles Leslie Austin (Charlie): On Monday March compassionate care of Kevin, and a special thanks to the Support 28, 2011, peacefully, at Ashwood Park Retirement Village. Staff of Mega Mitre 10. A very special thank you to Jackie Fearn for her In his 91st year. Dearly loved husband of Jean for 68 years, help in caring for Kevin. A funeral service for Kevin will be held at the much loved father and father-in-law of David, Peter Michael Mayfield Chapel cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets Blenheim at 2pm (deceased), Kay and Roger Nott, Bryan, Maree and Kalvin Friday April 8, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium. Robinson, and Patrick and Diane. A loved Grandad and GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719 Great Grandad. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Ashwood Park and a special thanks to the ‘Forget-Me-Not’ Wing at GILES, Lorris: Peacefully, at Wairau Hospital on April 1, 2011. Aged Waterlea for all their care and support. Messages to c/- PO 81 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Ivan, dearly loved mother of Box 110, Blenheim 7240. At the family’s request, a private Ross, Sandra, the late Lee, Terry, Mate, Kevin, Aileen, and Richard. service for Charlie has been held. Loved mother-in-law of Lynda, Lynne, Roger, Denise, Debbie, GEOFFREY T SOWMAN FDANZ 03 578 4719 Vanessa, and Stephen. Loved grandmother of her 19 grandchildren, and great grandmother of 16. Messages to the Giles family, c/- PO EBERS, Harald: Passed away, suddenly and unexpectBox 110, Blenheim 7240. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Life edly, on March 27, 2011 at Hanmer Springs. Much loved Flight Trust would be appreciated and may be made at the service husband of Anette. Messages to Anette Ebers, c/- PO Box or sent to PO Box 14-448, Kilbirnie, Wellington. A heartfelt thanks 110, Blenheim 7240. Donations to Hospice Marlborough to the nursing staff at the Inpatients Ward, Wairau Hospital for their would be appreciated and may be sent to PO Box 411, compassionate care of Lorris. Blenheim 7240. DAVIDSON, Patricia Eileen (Trish): On Tuesday April 5, 2011, peacefully, at Wairau Hospital Blenheim. Aged 74 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Les, much loved mother and mother-in-law of Linda and Alister Broughan, Mark and Karen; loved Gran of Daniel, Julian, Lysandra, Braiden, Isabella, and the late Hayden; and Jarryd. Messages to the Davidson family, c/- PO Box 110, Blenheim 7240. Special thanks to the staff of Wairau Hospital Inpatients for all their wonderful care and support. A funeral service for Trish will be held at the Mayfield Chapel cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets Blenheim at 2pm Saturday April 9, followed by cremation at the Sowman Crematorium.



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Wednesday April 6, 2011

health & beauty

for sale

ACCESS BARS Class 11th April and 7th May from 9am-5pm. Call Trilbey 0210564300 or email

PERSIAN Cats + kitten sadly looking for new homes due to ill health of owner. From $ 25 g oo d homes more essential. Phone 0277791520

ADRIENNE'S Beauty Den. For all your beauty treatment. 85 Lakings Road. Ph 578 8862


John R. Mills

Qualified Painter & Decorator

QUALIFIED CARPENTER available now. Reasonable rates No jobs to small Eddie 021 107 9284 or 577 8911

Rent to Buy 6 Anglesea Street Renwick 4 bed, fully renovated

EAR HEALTH Removal of Ear Wax using microscope & suction. Ph for an appointment 5788310 at Physiotherapy Centre, 11 Francis St. MOLE checks - for a thorough skin check using dermoscopy. Call the Skin Clinic 578 1665.

situation wanted

holiday accomodation

Surfers Paradise Stay 7 / Pay 6 at

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03 545 0591 or 021 124 6363

Le Chelsea Apartments with Lynne and Peter (ex Blen). Close to beach. Cavill Mall & Pacific Fair

WATERPROOFING Silicones, buy direct from manufacturer and save. Treatment of Oamaru stone, bricks and concrete etc. Free phone 0508 88 5656

Phone 021 469 873 or 574 2466

WHITE CHIP & WHITE ROCKS Ideal for pebble gardens, paths, driveways. Phone Thomson 5756885

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4 BEDROOM plus for rent. Furnished or unfurnished. No dogs. Witherlea. Large Section. Shane 021 424 588

2L Milk, 2 for $6.50. Night ' N Day. 60 Main Street Blenheim.

Dondons Accounting

Big-Fun Entertainment. Pom Pom the magic clown etc. Ph 577 7393

Mobile Service Need someone to do your bookkeeping or just need someone to show you how to do them. Experience in MYOB, Cashmanger also GST, PAYE. Ph Donna 03 578-7403 or 027-2204481


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Infinity Tour and Charter BUS 50 seater for Hire. Charters, tours, ideal for clubs, teams etc. Phone 021 474 588 decorator

(conditions apply)


WINE barrels for sale. Good condition suitable for wine storage. Phone 577 9160

• All painting • Wallpapering • Specialist spray equipment • Water blasting • Equipment hire • Gib stopping

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TE RAWA RESORT Wilson Bay Pelorus Sound. Restaurant & B a r. R i g h t a t the waters edge, ac c o m m o d at i o n, S h o p, O n & O f f Licence, petrol on wharf, LPG & moorings. Private functions & small conferences. Ph 03 579 8285

Merv Scott Decorating

For all your painting & decorating needs • Wallpapering • Waterblasting • Painting and much more

BIT Hot? Then come to Night 'N' Day. 60 Main Street Blenheim for a Slushie and Energy Shake CLAIRVOYANT, internationally known, 1 hour readings available in Blenheim 7th April. $100. Bookings essential. Phone Margaret 021 230 1518.

Uncle Joe’s Walnuts Please phone 577 9884

F E E L I N G t h ir s t y ? Cream freeze delux shakes, Brain Freeze and Sundaes. Night ' N Day. 60 Main Street Blenheim. GOLD Max Bread 2 for $4. Only at Night ' N Day. 60 Main Street Blenheim.

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H O Tlocally C h i c keinn a n d Chips, Fish and Chips. Marlborough’s From 11am till 9pm. local Night truly ' N Day. 60 Main newspaper. Street Blenheim.


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We have licensed roof applicators in all main centres throughout NZ. Currently we have only the upper South Island without representation. Go to our website and if interested give us a call Phone 0800kowhai - 569 424 or email

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Momorangi Bay Campground Registrations of Interest (ROI)

New Listing

Manager for Momorangi Campground, Queen Charlotte Drive The Department of Conservation is seeking Registrations of Interest from suitably experienced and conservation minded operators for the management of the Momorangi Campground, located half way between Picton and Havelock on the Queen Charlotte Drive. The successful applicant will be expected to take over management from the 1st July 2011 or as soon after as possible post interview. The successful applicant will be required to maintain both the campground and the adjacent day use area to specified standards and will have the ability to operate a small shop. A short list of operators that best meet the Department’s criteria will be invited to be part of the final selection process. ROI Packages are available from: Sounds Area Office, Department of Conservation, P O Box 161, Picton 7250 Tel: 03 520 3002 Email:

Closing date for ROI is noon, Monday 25 April 2011 at the above address.

The Perfect First Home 3/40 Stuart Street, Blenheim Price: $185,000 • 2 bedroom home with logburner • Single garage plus numerous garden sheds • Beautifully planted gardens and substantial vegetable garden • Walking distance to Horton Park and CBD • Rateable Valuation: $170,000

Contact the Owner:(021) 502 144 Open Home: Sunday 1-2pm Web Ref No: MB219

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The Loons Circus Theatre Company Presents:


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Roof Coatings

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Large Grade Specimen Trees Great Autumn Colours Now is a good time to plant. Come and see these trees at 247 Vickerman St

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The Marlborough District Council, in accordance with Sections 21 and 22(2) of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977, has lifted the Total Fire Ban in the Marlborough South area from 8.00am on Wednesday 30th March, 2011. Residents are reminded that a Restricted Fire Season will remain in force in accordance with Section 22 of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 until further notice. This means that fire permits are required for all fires in the open air south of the Wairau River including the Diversion. A fire permit is not required for barbecues or approved incinerators provided they are located at least 3.0 metres from any boundary, structure or combustible materials that could catch on fire. Applications for fire permits should be made by phoning the Customer Services at the Marlborough District Council Ph 520 7400. Dated this 30th day of March 2011. Ross Hamilton Principal Rural Fire Officer situation vacant CASUAL mystery shoppers needed. Get paid to shop. Apply online at

Relief Deliverers

Our vision at Aberleigh is to create a warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly. We strive to achieve this vision by promoting: • The uniqueness of each person • The immense value of each person • Openness, honesty and integrity We are looking for a caregiver who is passionate about working in this way. The people we care for have dementia. This is an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives. We offer very rewarding fulltime work. Staff are valued, supported, and cared for. You will be welcomed. A variety of shifts are available. Do not hesitate, contact Sandra on 03 578 7966 or email

Senior Sales Professional Wanted We are looking for a professional sales person to join our busy team. You will have a proven record in sales and building client relationships. The person we want to employ must be a real ‘people person’ , hungry for success and career minded, professional, hard working and self motivated. You will join our passionate local team, working on the region’s only locally owned and operated newspaper. Email your CV and covering letter to: The Publishers Blenheim Sun Newspaper

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Lifting of Total Fire Ban in Marlborough South Area

We require reliable, hard working relief deliverers to fill in over the holidays. If this sounds like you please call The Sun 5777 868






Air Conditioning Installer (Part time) An Excellent opportunity exists to join a well established locally owned and operated business; we are looking to appoint a Part Time Air Conditioning Installer The Suitable applicant will have trade related skills in all aspects of the Air Conditioning Industry. You will be supported by a progressive company & the friendly team at Martella’s. This will be an interesting and diverse position, for one wanting to enjoy excellent conditions & a rewarding remuneration package. The position would be for a minimum of 20hrs per week, some flexibility required as additional hours may be necessary. Martella Refrigeration & Air Conditioning is a highly respected company throughout the South Island. To apply in confidence, send your current CV to: Email – or P O Box809, Blenheim

International Business Opportunity from Home! Contacts in THAILAND – VIETNAM – CHINA – CAMBODIA – CANADA – USA?

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Wednesday April 6, 2011

community notices

The Community Noticeboard is for non-profit organisations. For $8.00 you can publish up to 25 words. No AGMS, sporting notices or special meetings. Community Notices must be prepaid. Call into our office at 72 High Street, Blenheim

Engaged, Cohabiting or Married? The PREPARE/ENRICH programme provides keys to help you build a stronger relationship. (Individual couples). Phone facilitators: John & Jeanie Etheredge 5786873 Hospice Shop Redwoodtown requires donations of quality preowned goods. Fine china, designer clothing, Jewellery, furniture, paintings, wool, drapes, Bric Brac, Treasure and Bling. Housie Thursdays 7pm Blenheim Bowling Club, Weld Street. 40 houses, 2 super houses, 2 silent lines & raffles.Bring a friend, have a good night out. Proceeds to Special Needs Children of Marlborough

Whopper of a donation Blenheim man Ken Duff donates a giant pumpkin he grew in his garden in Witherlea to John’s Kitchen last Wednesday. Ken says he is not sure of the weight of the pumpkin, which he has been growing for over three months, but it is likely close to 40kg.

Volleyball finals to be held Thursday night

Marlborough Homeschooling Support Group. WE are holding a workshop on Saturday the 9th April. 9.45am - 3.30pm. For those homeschooling or interested. Please phone Sandy 578 1926

Last Thursday night Marlborough Volleyball Clubs’ last week of roundrobin play of the FairWeathers’ Senior League got underway at Stadium 2000.

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In A grade last season’s reigning Champs Fairweather’s Magnum once again top qualified having won every game and only dropped three sets for the entire eight weeks of roundrobin play. With Waywards Spikers defaulting last Thursday they were gifted the 3 points as were Flamin Mongrels due to MBC’s A’s attendance at Secondary School Nationals in Palmerston North. A ‘friendly’ game was played between Fairweathers and Flamin Mongrels and whilst a 3 set win for Fairweath-

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ers with just 5 players on the court they were given a good workout having to move extra fast around the court the week prior to finals where they will meet Wayward Spikers who qualified in second place. Also a good hit out for the Mongrels as they will face the MBC A team on fire after a reasonable showing at nationals this last week. Dave Henderson for Flamin Mongrels had a good game on defence, with some good setting from Paul Pheakdey allowing Joe Healey to attack the ball. The 6pm B grade game was a see-sawing event played as a ‘friendly between Just Woodbourne and Treefellas. Just Woodbourne started well with a 25-16 walk in the park only too have the score reversed in the second as Treefellas evened the odds 15-25. Game on

and all tied-up going into the decider it was Woodbourne who dug deeper as they scored point for point and finally sneaked ahead by two to take the set 25-23 and the game 2 sets to 1. The game that counted towards roundrobin points was the double-header played by Just Woodbourne against MBC B. The guys from the Boys College struggled against their more experienced opponents and went down in 3 straight sets. 25-15, 25-18 and 25-12. With just three teams in B grade a final will not be played but instead places sorted by the points table. As usual this Thursday only the 6.55pm game played between MBC B and Treefellas will amass points. Finals commence at 6pm this Thursday.

Letters to the editor

Blue Cod Dear Ed, The blue cod fishery opened April Fool’s Day. I went out, dropped my line with two baited hooks. Bingo! Two cod 32 and 34 centimetres in about two minutes. My partner got two cod in four minutes that qualified for the 30-35 cm takeable slot, so we turned around and came home. Cod of that size are

probably several years old. The two and a half year ban had nothing to do with the good fishing. It was good fishing two and a half years ago. To my way of thinking, the ban has been a waste of time. It has cost m a n y thousands in taxpay-

ers’ money. It stopped recreational anglers getting access while non-recreational carried on fishing. The same applies to the laughable (not really funny!)

set net ban. First Labour and now National have denied the public access for no sound reasons. Vote for a minor party with your party vote Meg Watt

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Q – “Is it right to use “scare tactics” when presenting the gospel to the unsaved?” (General question gleaned from several different responses to our articles on earthquakes) A – Well, Jesus said: “Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” (Luke 12:4-5)

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The modern mind, religious or not, usually considers “fear” to be a negative emotion. This thinking is not only wrong, but highly dangerous. Our loving God has filled our body with nerves that can sense pain and has given us the emotion of fear for our protection. Fearing fire will keep you from getting burned; fearing traffic will keep you from getting run over; fearing sexually transmitted diseases can help to keep you pure, leave you with a clear conscience and prevent unwanted pregnancies. Fear is an emotion that keeps us from doing certain things because of the consequences of those actions – consequences that often involve pain or misery that is simply not worth whatever short term benefit or pleasure the action might bring. Before our government criminalized God’s method for training children, most parents had enough common sense to realize that bringing short term pain to a child’s backside taught them a healthy fear of the consequences of disobedience. Our latest experiment at trying to raise our children better than God can will only result in a generation of young people who have no fear – of anything! No fear of the law, no fear of disobedience and no understanding of the consequences of their actions. Can fear be pushed too far? Of course. Can fear be irrational? Of course. When the Bible speaks of fearing God it is always balanced by the love of God. As a young person I loved my parents dearly – but I also feared their reactions should I step out of line and disobey them as I knew they would not hesitate to discipline me in love. We should love God with all our hearts, souls and minds – and yet we should fear him as he will punish sin. God is a perfect balance of love and holiness – compassion and justice. The concept is only hard to the politically correct modern mind who is biased against a God who cramps his style. Love is the fulfilling of the law according to Rom 13:10. Ideally all children would obey their parents out of love and every citizen would obey the law and treat their fellow man with dignity and respect out of love for God, country and one another. Unfortunately a sinful, human nature means this ideal is impossible short of the God giving us all new hearts. There is no “good news” for lost sinners without an understanding of some “bad news” – namely sin, a holy and just God and the penalty for that sin in a place called hell. “Scare tactics” may be a very poor, emotionally charged term, but a healthy fear of sin, death, hell and the wrath of God will not only save your soul, but it would go a long ways towards cleaning up our country.

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Children excel at athletics prize-giving Results from Marlborough Children’s Athletics Club 2010/2011 prize-giving held at Athletic Park on Wednesday: Aaron MacDonald Trophy (most improved high jump) - Rachael Foote; Geoffrey & Michelle Stagg Trophy (800m/1500m) - Jack Holdaway; Rochelle Watson Trophy (most improved long jump) - Sarah

MacLean; Blenheim Transport Cup (Shotput/Discus) - Kyla Otway; Rhoades cup (most promising girl, 10 and under) Mya Wiapo; James Family Cup (most promising boy, 10 and under) - Torban Otway; Susan Rapley Trophy (most versatile girl, 11 and over) - Emma Botha; Neal Family Cup (most versatile boy, 11 and over) - Harrison Pine;

Central toil against Auckland Auckland reached 382 for 4 at tea on a raininterrupted second day of their final Plunket Shield round-robin match against Central Districts in Napier yesterday. Resuming on 267 for 2 batting first, Auckland lost Anaru Kitchen (35) and Greg Todd (30) to seamer Doug Bracewell, who had the figures of 2-76. Andrew de Boorder had just registered his third first-class hundred before rain again halted play in the second session. He was unbeaten on 102, with Gareth Hopkins on 26. The Stags are currently second on the competition ladder, four points behind leaders Canterbury.

Lynne Ford Cup (best effort in girls sprints) - Aliya Mottus, Ruby Roberts; Nicholls Cup (best effort in boys sprints) Oliver Lawson; Sandy Beverley Cup (sportsmanship) Louis Butson; Barbara and Albyn Leslie Cup (special merit) - Lucy Sheat; Kenny Cup (most outstanding girl) - Jade Otway; Burton Cup (most Ooutstanding boy) - Jake Southey.


Winning streak for Marlborough

Bowls results Marlborough Indoor Bowls Association Interclub first round fours results, April 2: Rapaura (23 points); Clubs of Marlborough, Blenheim South (22); Strand (19), Witherlea (18), Springlands (17), Rai Valley (16), Marshlands (13), Grovetown (10). Teams for round one of the monthly competition, April 12. At Omaka: Witherlea A; Strand A; Blenheim South A; Strand B; Clubs of Marlborough A; Springlands B; Rapaura; Linkwater; Blenheim South B; Witherlea C; Blenheim South C; Clubs of Marlborough B. At Rapaura: Rapaura A; Pastimes; Witherlea B; Rai Valley; Springlands A; Grovetown.

Your week in sport

Shunning of Ireland a disgrace The decision yesterday to exclude Ireland from the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is an absolute disgrace. Comfortably the best of the second-tier teams in the recently concluded 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent, Ireland set the tour nament alight and consistently held their own with the tournament’s best teams. Apart from their remarkable upset (although some would suggest otherwise) win against England in their second match, Ireland were not disgraced against test-playing nations West Indies, South Africa, and eventual champions India. That performance was on the back of their impressive showing in their first World Cup appearance in

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2007, when they toppled Pakistan. What is more, they boast some of the more promising players in world cricket, including left-arm spinner George Dockrell, who has already made an impact on the county scene and will surely now succumb to the pressure of the England scouts. Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom has called the ICC’s decision “nothing short of outrageous”, and he is right on the mark. Ireland must be now wondering what they have to do prove themselves on the world stage. Though they may be reinstated in the 2019 event, the damage may have already been done. The decision seriously contradicts

MEDALS: Blenheim Judo Club member Sophie Warburton (13-years) was one of several local fighters who won gold and bronze at the weekend’s Central District Open Judo Champs, held in Blenheim. Photos by Celeste Lodewyk.

the ICC’s objective of trying to Damian George expand its horizons, which it has partly achieved with initiatives such as the introduction of the twenty20 format. This call is a massive step backwards, and a slap in the face for Ireland cricket. With the ten teams already confirmed for 2015, organisers will be hoping perennial strugglers Bangladesh and Zimbabwe put up a decent showing, as they will know full well Ireland could have just as easily provided more of a challenge.

By Celeste Lodewyk. Blenheim has a habit of making great first impressions, something clearly demonstrated on Sunday when the Central District Open Judo Champs were hosted here for the first time. Around 83 contestants from as far as Wellington and Dunedin spent all of Sunday competing for gold, silver and bronze medals. Between the Pelorus and Blenheim Judo clubs, Marlborough was well represented with 16 entries. Of those 16 entries, there were 12 medals won. Thanks to the supporting efforts of the Blenheim Judo Club, the event was a resounding success which saw many local names topping the medal list. Representing Blenheim were Zac Stevens, Tessa Warburton, Sophie Warburton, Selina McLagen, Ben

Cohen and Alan Harvey. For Zac it was his first tournament and although he did not win a medal he still fought well and walked away proud of his efforts. Ben won gold for his weight category as did Alan, a great effort considering it was his first championship. Selina’s enthusiasm for her second ever tournament was unrivalled despite missing out on a medal win. Sisters Sophie and Tessa both fought well with Sophie winning her first ever gold for her weight category uncontested and a bronze for the open senior girls category.

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Local cyclist getting better with age By Damian George At nearly 80 years of age, Blenheim cyclist Peter Preddy completed his seventh Forrest Estate GrapeRide on the weekend, and he is not done yet. In fact, the 78-year-old appears to be getting better with age. His time of 3 hours, 16 minutes on Saturday was his personal best and more than one hour faster than his first race in 2005. “I did my first ride on a mountain bike,” he says. “I did that in 4 hours, 18 minutes and one of my objectives was to take an hour off that. I’ve done that now.” Peter moved to Blenheim in 2005 after spending ten years in the Marlborough Sounds. Before that, he had lived in Southland as a farmer until he retired in 1995. He says he is not sure why he has remained so fit, but reckons his time on the farm may have something to do with it.

“I was fairly fit and I haven’t got too many ailments. I’m one of the lucky ones.” Having joined a local cycle group upon moving to Blenheim, Peter was persuaded to ditch the mountain bike and purchase a road bike instead for the weekly rides. Leading into last weekend’s race, the avid cyclist was training three times a week and racking up more than 300 kilometres. He came third out of 11 riders in the event’s 70-99 age-group section. Having completed seven events, Peter now wants to make it a round ten before calling it a day. “I was there when they had the celebrations for the first Graperide and I thought at the time I wanted to do ten. “I might have to slacken off a wee bit though.” The Moa Beer Speed Bunnies

women’s race was won on Saturday by Nelson’s Karen Fulton for the third consecutive time, after she came in ahead of fellow Nelsonian Jeannie Kuhajek and Blenheim rider Hayley Mercer. The men’s Speed Bunnies race was won by Cantabrian Paul Odlin. Former Marlborough cyclist Robin Reid, now based in Nelson, was victorious in the arduous five-lap, 505-kilometre men’s Ultimate section, which began on Friday afternoon and finished Saturday morning. He completed the course in 16 hours, 18 minutes, while the only female competitor in that section, Caitlin Miles, completed the race in 22 hours, 18 minutes. N ot s low i n g d own : Blenheim man Peter Preddy, 78, completed his seventh GrapeRide on Saturday.

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